Diamond's Account of the Great Hanging
He then directed me by a secret path to Mr Ware's house but said
it was almost impossible for me to get round Mr. Disters', his nearest
neighbor. I then asked him some questions about Mr. Dister's wealth
and his horses. He answered that he was rich and had good horses. His
wife requested that I should not take any of his horses, as he was
a good neighbor.
De Lemeron said no, that he was French; and Dister [was] Dutch,
and they had nothing to do with this family quarrel-that they were
neutrals. His wife wished me great success and said her husband
could do so, too, if he were not afraid. De Lemeron said that he had
to lie low and say nothing.
He said he had gone to Mrs. Ware's contrary to orders from Southern
men, and had repaired her wagon-that he had loaned Mrs. Boyles his
horse under the cloak of being hired from the old widow lady living
with him, and that he intended to assist them. (Ware and Boyles be-
longed to the clan, and had ran [sic] away, and DeLemeron was assist-
ing their families to get to Missouri).
I then got some men to go with me to Bluff Springs in search of
Ware and Boyles. We went to De Lemeron's house that night be-
tween midnight and day. He opposed the course of the Southern men
in Cook [sic] County in bitter language. But he said he had to lie low
and say nothing; for if a man lived in Rome, he had to do as Romans
done: and as he lived in Texas, he had to do, as Texans done.
I then remarked to them all that I did not believe DeLemeron would
inform on us. He said he would not. His wife then said, "If the truth
must come, my husband is as good a Union man as I am a woman-
and I am as good as they ever make 'em."
De Lemeron said that he was not so stuck with southern men as to
obey all calls. When I left, he told me to call at any hour of the night,
and I should have what information and provisions I wanted; and if I
saw Ware, to tell him he need not be afraid to come to his house at
any time, for information or provisions.
On the 31st of Oct. 1862, I went to see John Wisdom and told him
what had transpired, and to get some men; and if I possibly could, I
would meet him at Mr. Strouds that night. If I could not, for him to go
on and sound the Frenchman on his northern principles. On the 1st
November, 1862, I met De Lemeron at Mr. Robinson's in company
with Messrs Stroud and Wisdom. De Lemeron took me to one side
and asked me if that man (pointing to Wisdom) was one of my party.
I told him he was. He then said that Wisdom came to his house and
represented himself as such, but he thought he might be a Gaines-
ville spy and would give him (Wisdom) no satisfaction. Upon which
he took him, De Lemeron, prisoner, for fear he (De Lemeron) would
betray him, (Wisdom).
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 May 25, 2015.