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or seemed to quibble, I pray you to remember the situation of my
mind, and deal with me in mercy. John M. Crisp
After being condemned, he again addressed the Court as
To the Honorable Court Gainesville, Oct. 18th 1862
now in session, at Gainesville:
Whereas, through the mercies of Almighty God, and the Court,
my life has been prolonged to this present time, I greatly desire the
patience of the Court, yet a little longer.
I hope the Court will condescend to hear my imperfect petition and
offered obligations to my injured country. I do not expect to influence
you; but implore you, for mercy-that my life may be spared.
First, if in your wisdom and mercy you see fit to spare my life, and
I ever again show any signs of not being true to our Southern Con-
federacy, then I will not plead for mercy any more; but will submit
my life, to pay the forfeit.
Secondly, I desire to be placed under the watch-care of some of our
truest and best Southern men, that they may from time to time ex-
amine into my conduct; and if they find any thing wrong, report me
Thirdly, I am willing and anxious at any time to do any thing in
my power to sustain the independence of our Country. And fourthly,
if we can have any correct of the future by the past, I would refer your
honorable body to Capt. Roff, Harry Howeth, W. B. Magill, Joseph
Martin, Wm. West, and Charles Hibert, and let them say what my
actions have been heretofore in giving aid to the volunteers. I now
submit by begging your forgiveness for the wrongs which I may have
done; and I promise you that if my life is spared, I will never commit
wrong again. John M. Crisp
He was hung in accordance with the sentence of the Court and,
no doubt from the record before us, died a much better man than
he had lived.
[TRIAL OF SAMUEL CARMICHAEL]
THE STATE DISLOYALTY &
"8Samuel Carmichael, a carpenter born in Tennessee in 1821, settled in Cooke
County prior to 186o. He probably had moved to Texas by way of Alabama. Ibid.,
family no. 33.
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 June 20, 2013.