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

Diamond's Account of the Great Hanging

to rise up and kill all southern men, women and children and take
possession of their property. To the very best of my understanding this
was the purpose.
Now, I pray that you will go on with this work, until every member
of this order is brought to justice. I can refer you to one whom I desire
shall be punished as I am punished; I want him hung to the same limb
to which I am hung--my brother-in-law, Wm. Boyles. He is the
author of my ruin. I took his counsel, and being a bad man, he gave
'me bad advice. (Here, he informed the people, where Boyles might
be found.) Hunt him to the end of the world, or finish him, for his
crimes. I hope I may be forgiven. Although I have injured the people
so much I die with the consolation that in the end I done my duty
to them.
Here his time expired and he was launched into eternity.
Boyles [was later] killed at Collinsville.
On being arraigned he confessed his guilt, giving the signs, grip,
and password. He was a participant in the Ramey Dye meet-
ing. While his trial was pending he addressed the court as follows:
One night recently I had a remarkable dream, which run this way:
I thought that the North had overrun and surrounded the South which
disheartened me. I could see no way for the South to escape. This
dream, with what I heard (of the organization,) determined my course.
I further dreamed that the Federals took me prisoner, and an officer
gave me some liquor and I drank it; and it proved to be the best liquor
I ever drank in my life.
Truly, 'the old men shall see visions, and the young men shall
dream dreams.'
Birch was found guilty and hung.
6"Barnabas Birch enlisted in the company of volunteers organized at Gainesville,
May 23, 1861, by Captain W. C. Twitty. Smith, First roo Years in Cooke County, 31.


Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed May 2, 2016.

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