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

Diamond's Account of the Great Hanging

After the bodies of Henry and Ephraim Childs had been re-
moved, Harper was conducted to the place of execution and
there in the midst of a multitude of people and a weeping family
remained unmoved, and obeying the directions of the executioner
in a business-like manner stepped off the carriage, and in a minute
more nothing but the perishing mortality of M. D. Harper was
left on earth.
Whatever his errors or crimes may have been, let his dust rest
in peace, and a spirit of sincere remission linger about his house
and lowly bed.
[TRIAL OF HENRY FIELDS]
THE STATE, DISLOYALTY, &
vs. TREASON.
HENRY FIELDS
(SHOE MAKER)
Henry Childs sworn.
[WITNESS.] I iniated [sic] the prisoner Henry Fields into this organ-
ization.
J N. Helm sworn.
[WITNESS.] In a conversation with Henry Fields recently he stated
that he was in favor of the North. On one occasion he said, if the
Conscript Law was raised to include men of his age, he would hang
before he would fight. I remarked that if he should see the rope
coming, he might probably change his mind.
He replied, "I would hang." He also stated, that he endorsed the
proclamation issued by Maj. Genl. Butler, U.S. Army, upon his occu-
pation of the city of New Orleans. I borrowed a newspaper containing
said proclamation from the prisoner, who requested me to return it as
he wished some of his family to read it.
THE PRISONER. I do not belong to a secret organization having for
its object the overthrow of the Confederate Government and the re-
establishment of the Old Union.
Being brought before the Court a second time, he deposed as
follows:
["]I was partially initiated by Dr. Childs, but refused to take the
degree in full; but afterwards did go through."
He was found guilty, and hung.

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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 December 28, 2014.