Affidavit of Cilla Norris

Letters Received by the Office of the Adjutant General (Main Series), 1871 – 1880

National Archives Microfilm Publication M666 Roll 1

“Statements, depositions, and other records submitted by Gov. William W. Holden relating to crimes of the Ku Klux Klan against citizens of North Carolina, 1869 – 1871″

Cilla Norris, Col.

Being sworn to tell the truth and the whole truth says, she is a resident of Chatham County, was at the house of Wyatt Prince on the night of the attack upon said Prince by the Ku Klux – that she recognized and is certain that she is well acquainted with some of the said Ku Klux. She is a witness against them, and they have notified her that she must leave the County & never return, and if she does they will kill her, that she is now a refugee from her lawful home and cannot return.

She cannot state positively or to the number present on the night of the assault – the house was full, they were all masked, but in the general confusion in the house the masks of some of them were removed, and she identified them, as well as recognized their voice.

She further testifies that the evidence given by Wyatt Prince is strictly true – that his wounds, though flesh wounds, were severe & that he has now the scars on his body.

Cilla (X) Norris

Sworn and subscribed before me the 21st day of Dec. 1870.
W. Whitaker, J. P.