The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 73, July 1969 - April, 1970 Page: 84
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Black Republican News Paper, published in New York, which paper (to
wit: The New York Democrat) was mainly devoted to the destruction of
Southern Constitutional rights and the circulation of which was improper
& illegal. And in this, that, as Correspondent of same paper, a letter from
Texas contained substantially, as follows: That though Secession had
passed, yet there were many Union men in Western Texas and that with
two Hundred Men, this part of the State could be swept, thus attempting
to excite rebellion, and further in this.
That his place was the rendezvous of men disaffected to the Confederate
Govm't and its interests.
"signed" John Ireland
Judge Advocate & Recorder
The Prisoner, F. W. Doebbler, was brought before the Commission and
the Commission proceeded to examine the testimony.
F. Fresinius being sworn, says:
I have know Mr. Doebbler before our State Seceded. I sometimes went
to his Beer house. As soon as the State seceded I found out that he was
opposed to the present Govm't, and therefore I never visited his house
any more. I heard him say that he was opposed to our Government. He
took his objections from the New York Democrat. When ever we had any
arguments, he would bring up something he had gotten from the New
He made his house the place of rendezvous for people calling them-
selves Union men. None of the loyal Citizens would visit his house any
more. He was Agent of the New York Democrat, and remained as such
after the state had Seceded, say 4 or 5 or 6 months. I know he took the
Democrat a long time after. He was also a Correspondent of the same
Paper, and a certain correspondence in the paper to effect that, altho'
the State had Seceded, there were plenty of Union men in the Western
part of the State, and if an additional force of Zoo men were sent here,
the Secessionists could be swept out of the Country.
It is the general belief that Defnt. wrote that article. His house was the
place for the Union men to meet up to the date of his arrest and the day
the meeting took place when the man was killed, in May, these men were
assembled in his house. I heard some good loyal men say when an election
was to be held, that these men were throwing themselves away by their
When there was any bad news for us, he made it his business to carry
the news through town. His associates were Ratcliff, Braubach and Loch-
ter. These were his only associates.
The men named above are all disloyal. The correspondence of which I
spoke purported to come from Fredericksburg & the accused was the only
correspondent the paper had there. I don't think it could have been writ-
ten by any one else.
I never heard that accused acknowledged himself to be the Author of
the piece in the Democrat. I may have seen other New York Papers there
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