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

Diamond's Account of the Great Hanging

[TRIAL OF W. W. MORRIS]
THE STATE DISLOYALTY &
vs. TREASON
W. W. MORRIS"
[THE ACCUSED] plead [sic] guilty, making the following state-
ment to the jury:
I was initiated into this secret organization by M. D. Harper. This
organization has for its object the reconstruction of the old Constitu-
tion and Union of the United States. I was sworn to secrecy, in the first
place, with old man Wernell and Floyd. And, secondly, I was sworn
to do every thing in my power to reconstruct the old Union and re-
instate the old Constitution Harper gave us the signs, grip, and pass-
word. He informed us that the organization originated in the Northern
Army, and was sent South. He told us of the plot to procure powder
at Sherman. We were told that we would not have to fight against the
North. The powder was to be used against the South.
He was found guilty and hung.
[TRIAL OF RICHARD ANDERSON]
THE STATE DISLOYALTY &
VS. TREASON
RICHARD ANDERSON
The evidence against this prisoner being the same in sub-
stance as that against Harper & Lock, it is deemed unnecessary
to repeat it here. He was found guilty, and after [being] sentenced
to be hung, made full confession of his guilt.
[TRIAL OF ELI THOMAS]
THE STATE DISLOYALTY &
VS. TREASON,
ELI THOMAS5e
The testimony against Dr. Thomas being the same as in the
foregoing trials, he was found guilty, and after being sentenced
to die, he addressed the Court the following letter:
5r"Wesley Morris," thirty-two-year-old farmer born in Tennessee, and "William
Morris," fifty-year-old farmer born in Georgia, are listed in the 186o federal census
for Cooke County. Ibid.
s"Dr. Eli Thomas, a physician born in Ohio in 1823, moved to Cooke County prior
to 186o. He had lived previously in Kentucky and Iowa. Ibid.

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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 July 23, 2014.