The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963

Diamond's Account of the Great Hanging

of men, in the vicinity of each member of the order, to seize upon
the person named at a certain hour on a certain day. These true
and good men having received their orders through the proper me-
dium and the time fixed for their execution, the critical moment
had at last arrived.
Accordingly, precisely at daylight on the morning of the first of
October, 1862, every one so far as known (except those who had
escaped) were seized and placed in custody, "in the name and by
the authority of the people of the County of Cooke, State of
Large quantities of ammunition and fire arms were captured
in the possession and upon the persons of the accused.
Many escaped through the treachery of one Doc Edmonson.
Being a son-in-law of one of the oldest and best citizens then
residing on the western line of Grayson County, and who was
himself a native of Illinois, he was informed of the contemplated
arrest by those whom he had induced to regard him as a friend.
As soon as he could shun his friends, he mounted his horse and
notified many of the members of their danger. So zealous was
he in the execution of trust and faithful in observing his oath
he forgot to be merciful to his beast; for it is well known that
the poor animal was so violently urged on his mission that he
died early the next day. Edmonson fled but at the close of the war
came back to the country. After enjoying the friendship and hos-
pitality of his old friends and neighbors for several years, [he]
returned to Kansas.
Some, however, who had the advantage of Edmonson's warn-
ing refused to take his advice, and after the first arrest gave
themselves up voluntarily, believing the "Order" strong enough
to release them.
At the very hour when the arrests were made all over the
county a perfect deluge of rain was falling, and the heavens


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