Affidavit of F. W. Blanchard

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″

Affidavit of F. W. Blanchard

F. W. Blanchard, a citizen of Alamance County, North Carolina, being duly sworn, deposes and swears as follows:

I was initiated as a member of the organization of White Brotherhood about two years ago. I was initiated by George Mebane; there were about six present, all in disguise save Younger. Mebane was in disguise until after I was initiated; then he took off his false face. The others I did not know. After Younger and myself were initiated we were asked “what we came there for?” I answered I did not know. They said we had you brought here to make something in the shape of a coffin, for to put at Joseph McAdams’ door to scare him. I told them that is something I cannot do. Some of the party told me that if I did not do it I would be hanged and put a rope around my neck and one of them ran for a tree with a rope in his hands, and someone said hold on. There the matter stopped. I assisted in making the coffin, or box. I did this fearing that if I did not I would be punished with death as I thought. After making this box, it was left in the ship, which was an open one. On the next morning the coffin was missing. This coffin was finished on Saturday. The next I heard of this was that a coffin was placed at Mr. McAdams’ door. I did not know the parties that placed at the door of Mr. McAdams’ this coffin.

I never afterwards had anything to do with the organization because from the above I was led to believe that its purposes were wrong. I would have exposed the whole thing at the time if I had not been afraid of being punished by death by the organization. I do not think any man could have been convicted by the Civil Authority for the reason that we were bound to swear for our comrades, even to the extent of an alibi, and no power but the Military could have broken it up. I never had a gown, I was never in disguise. This organization was for the purpose of the advancement of the interests of the Conservative Party.

F. W. Blanchard

Sworn and subscribed before me August 17th, 1870.
W. A. Albright
C. S. C.