Affidavit of Samuel Mastin – Papers relating to crimes committed by the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama

National Archives Microfilm Publications Microcopy No. 666
Letters received by the office of the Adjutant General (Record Group 94) (MAIN SERIES) 1871 -1880 Roll 67, 1872
Papers relating to crimes committed by the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama, 1869 – 1879 Huntsville, Ala.

August 7th, 1869

Samuel Mastin makes affidavit in regard to Ku Klux Klan taking his guns July 1869 and other property from other persons on Plantation of Mr. Mastin 3 miles from Huntsville. State of Alabama County of Madison On this 7th day of August personally appeared before me a clerk of the circuit court in and for the County and State aforesaid Samuel Mastin, resident on the Plantation of Mr. Frank Mastin three miles from Huntsville, Ala., Madison County, State of Alabama, who being duly sworn deposes and says that Sunday night 18 July 1869 while I was asleep in my house I heard some persons knocking at my door and said for me to open my door, which I did, I found there one of my fellow servants Henry Johnson, and two men dressed in disguise, a black gownd on, their faces were masked, they said I want your gun, which I got and gave to them, they said all right Sam you shall not be hurt, then they left my house carrying my gun with them, they also took a double barrel gun from Washington Pope and a watch from Tom Mastin, there was another man holding the horses.

(signed) Samuel (x) Mastin

Witnesses: John Lee Rogers, John H. Wager

Sworn and subscribed to before me this 7th day of August 1869 and I certify that the foregoing affidavit was carefully read to the affiant before signing his name by making his mark

Jas. H. Bone Clerk Circuit Court

A True Copy

James Miller 1st Lieut. 2nd Infantry Post Adjutant