Diamond's Account of the Great Hanging
inflame the minds of a people already swayed by the passions and
prejudices, incident to a gigantic, internecine struggle for sec-
tional supremacy by the publication of a work calculated to fur-
ther impress them with the wrongs and injustices which they
conceived had been inflicted upon them. And the publication
being to some extent political in its character, it has not been
deemed prudent or politic to circulate it among a people engaged
in a mutual struggle to heal the wounds and quiet the passions
engendered by a long and bloody war.
But now since peace and quiet has been restored, all the states
having resumed their constitutional relations to the genl. govt.,
and the people all united again as in a common brotherhood
pledged to a faithful allegiance to the national flag, the publica-
tion of these pages may be regarded as a duty this writer owes to
unwritten history to offer them to the future important historians
of this country north and south, who may deal with the facts
contained in them upon a broader and more comprehensive
scale, submitting them to a wider and more universal circulation
for the opinion and candid judgment of Mankind.
The only merit the writer claims for his work is its unvarnished
truth. It only contains the actual proceedings of the "Court," with
the letters, confessions, speeches and military operations of those
engaged & essentially connected with it, without any attempt on
the part of the writer to warp the text to suit his own taste or to
attract the reader.
It being a truthful statement of all the circumstances connected
with the exciting scenes enacted on that bloody theatre, the writer
appeals to those who may differ with him in opinion, as well as
those whose friends or relatives may have died upon that fatal
limb, if it is anything but justice to them that the whole truth
should be published, so that, as before stated, an impartial public
might correctly judge between the right and the wrong. Hundreds
yet live to attest the truth of what is herein detailed; and being
thus fortified, the writer challenges denial or evasion on the part
of any one who may desire to question any important or material
statement herein contained.
Those who participated in the events of that period believed
then, and believe yet, that under all the circumstances they did but
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101196/. Accessed August 22, 2014.