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

Diamond's Account of the Great Hanging

Robt. Wheelock sworn.
[WITNESS.] I met the prisoner at the bar on the 3oth day of Oct.
last, at Stroud's spring in this County, to lay plans (as he said) for
crossing Red River. I was introduced to him as a friend of De Lemeron.
He said we must join Capt. Garrison and organize; and if strong
enough, to fall upon Texas and go fighting and take what we wanted.
He said go by Col. Bourland's, and if we could not make him go with
us, he would shoot him down and leave him kicking. Dr. Bradly
administered to him the oath to support the old constitution and
Union.
He brought with him two horses and one gun, which he exultingly
said he had bought from York and paid him in Quartermaster's re-
ceipts. He said he could find Capt. Garrison in two or three days;
that he was below Bourlands' [bend], on this or the other side of
the River.
George Dister sworn.
QUESTION. Do you know the prisoner at the bar?
ANS. I do.
QUESTION. Where did you see him last before meeting him here?
ANS. At his own house, on the 3rd day of Nov, last. He was saddling
two ponies and said he had been appointed picket guard on the
Gainesville and Pilot Point Road. He asked me for a rifle gun and
promised to return it the next morning.
QUESTION. Did he return the gun.
ANs. No; the men who had him in custody returned it to me.
A. H. York, sworn.
[WITNESS.] I sold two horses to De Lemeron on the 3d day of Nov.
last. He told me he was appointed agent by Genl. Hudson to buy
property for the government. He promised to come to Gainesville and
get a Quartermaster's receipt for the amount the horses were valued at.
J. L. Wisdom sworn.
[WITNESS.] De Lemeron told me that after perfecting an organiza-
tion with Capt. Garrison's men, we would then come back to Gaines-
ville and take it, as it would be a light job-that the plunder of the
town was ours already.
Geo. C. Wright sworn.
[WITNESS.] On the night of the first of Oct. 1862, I went down to
the Dripping Springs as a scout for the Command at Gainesville. I met

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