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

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

ville, unmolested, but dreading the risk of encountering the picket
on his return, he waited till after dark; then he stripped himself
of hat, coat, and boots and crawled a half mile, like the serpent.
across the prairie; and escaped the notice of the picket.
Found guilty S& hung.
[TRIAL OF W. W. JOHNSON]
THE STATE DISLOYALTY &
VS. TREASON
W. W. JOHNSON
The prisoner confessed his connection with the order and gave
the signs, grip, and [pass]word; took the oath to support the Old
Constitution; was in the meeting at the Steam Mill, called for the
purpose of rescuing Harper and others.
Found Guilty, & hung.
[TRIAL OF RICHARD N. MARTIN]
THE STATE DISLOYALTY &
VS. TREASON
RICHARD N. MARTIN
I. L. Ozment sworn.
[WITNESS.] R. N. Martin told me that there existed a secret organi-
zation in the Country; and if I would go with him, he could take
me in an hour where I could learn all about it. I consented to go.
He took me to the residence of Wm. Boyles; and after going a short
distance from the house Boyles initiated me. He swore me to support
the old Constitution and Union. He gave me the signs, grip and
password.
Martin was found guilty and after being sentenced confessed
his crimes. Upon the scaffold, in the presence of citizens and
soldiers, he delivered the following address:
Gentlemen: When I first joined this secret organization, I did not
fully understand its objects and intentions. But afterwards I received
a document containing its plans. Although I am to die upon this tree,
before I am hung I want to tell all I know concerning this order;
and I desire it made known to the world.
You commenced the work to break up this secret order in good time.
By this time it would have been too late for you. It was our intention

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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 13, 2014.