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I told him, he might consider him released, as those men were true
and faithful Union men.
Wisdom told De Lemeron that he had a company and some of his
men had no arms, and he desired to get some guns. De Lemeron at
once offered his gun, shot pouches and ammunition. He then said,
that he, with twenty or twenty-five of his neighbors at the head of
Elm, were ready last summer to join the order, but no one had ever
mentioned it to them-that they were all strong Union men and spoke
of coming down in this country to join, as they had heard such a
party spoken of. He then said he was willing to go with us to Gaines-
ville and burn it, and take the principal men prisoners, and commit
any deprivations we thought advisable.
He spoke of being a good drill officer. I told him he was the very
man I wanted, as I was ignorant of military matters. He desired, if we
gave any offices, to get the Adjutant's place. Wisdom and myself prom-
ised him that office in our Regt. It was then suggested that we should
drill some before going into action. Upon which De Lemeron pro-
posed to meet us at Mr. Stroud's spring on Sunday night, and for
Wisdom and myself to bring our lieutenants, and first seargeants [sic],
as they would be sufficient.
We met at the time and place appointed and received instructions
in the arts of war from De Lemeron. He then proposed to muster
what strength we could and make our way to the Northern army,
then stationed on the North Fork of the Canadian River. He pro-
posed further to go by where Capt. Garrison was, with his men, and
if we deemed our united strength sufficient, we would return and
avenge our wrongs. If not, pursue our course to the Northern army.
We then agreed to meet again the next night. We met and De
Lemeron told me he had purchased two horses from Mr. York, to be
paid for in Cook [sic] County, or State, scrip-that he had borrowed
a gun from Mr. Dister under the pretense of guarding the Gainesville
and Pilot Point road that night.
De Lemeron's advice was to take every man prisoner we met, to
go by Col. Bourland's, and if he should be willing, take him along;
if not, we will shoot him. I then administered to him the oath to
support the Constitution and government of the United States. It
was then proposed to drill again, as Capt. Shannon (Wisdom) had
not arrived. He then drilled us about two hours.
I then informed him that my name was Bradly, instead of Miller;
that I was a southern man, and so were all my men, and that I in-
tended to carry him to Gainesville to be tried before the District
Court then in session.
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 28, 2015.