Petition from Alamance County citizens dissolving their association with the Ku Klux Klan

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″

Alamance County, July 28, 1870

We the undersigned citizens of Alamance County do hereby acknowledge that we have been members of an organization in said County known to the public as the Ku Klux Klan, but known to the members thereof as the White Brotherhood or Constitutional Union Guard.

This organization in the outset, as we understood it, was purely political and for the mutual protection of the members thereof and their families, but since joining we have been pained to know that whilst the objects of the organization were to attain certain political ends, the means used and resorted to were such as would shock a civilized and enlightened people.

And we hereby publicly and independently dissolve our connection with this organization and call upon upright law abiding citizens everywhere to do the same thing – knowing as we do that unless the crimes which have been committed by this organization can be put a stop to and the organization itself entirely broken up, civil liberty and personal safety are at an end in this County, and life and property and everything else will soon be at the mercy of an organized mob. We intend to see that the signs, grips and passwords of this organization are fully exposed, together with the plan of operations &c, so that people everywhere may see with their own eyes.

In making these confessions we have implicated no one but ourselves, but we hope that our friends will take warning from what has transpired within the last few days and immediately withdraw from organizations such as we have mentioned and assist us and all other good citizens in restoring peace and good order in our County.

(signed) – Clement C. Curtis, James E. Boyd, Robt. Hanner, John R. Stockard, Jacob Michael, J. N. H. Clendennin, Henry Albright, Jas. H. Foust, D. D. Teague, A. J. Patterson, J. A. J. Patterson, John G. Albright, Christ. C. Curtis, S. A. Curtis, W. S. Bradshaw, Jasper N. Wood.