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Deposition of Alexander H. Burns to Southern Claims Commission
Testimony on Facts
The said Alexander H. Burns being duly sworn deposes and says my age is 60 years. I reside in Blount County Alabama and I am a Farmer.
I was not present at the time and I did not see the soldiers take the mare or mule but I saw the mule in the possession of a part of the Union Army after the soldiers had taken him from the claimant and I knew the mule to be the property of the claimant. I knew the claimants property well. I lived about two miles from the claimant at that time. I know that he had a mare at the time the army came through this County and after the army had passed on the claimant told me that the army had taken the mare from him that he had lent the mare to his daughter and that the army had been there and taken her and I know that I never saw the mare after that time and I have every reason to believe that the army taken the mare.
I saw the mule in the possession of the soldiers who said that they belonged to General Wilson's army in the day time they was passing along the main public road in the direction of Myrick's Ferry on the little Warrior River on the road leading to Elyton, and I was a soldier riding the mule in the ranks with other soldiers along the Road by my house and I knew the mule belonged to the claimant and said to my wife that the soldiers had taken the claimants mule they was then passing my house.
I was not present when this property was taken.
I was not present at the taking of this property.
I know nothing of anything contained in this question.
This property charged in this claim was taken by troops in the march going in the direction of Elyton, there had been no battle or skirmish.
I saw the mule in the possession of the soldiers after they had taken him. I did not see the mare taken as such was in the possession of the army.
This was good property I know the property well. the mule was about 5 years old was over medium in size was sorrel in color was broken and was used to the Plow and Wagon and such kind and gentile under the saddle. The mare was about 10 years old was medium in size was bay in color was broken and worked well to the Plow and Wagon and was a good saddle animal. I think the mule was worth fully one hundred and fifty dollars ($150.00) in United States money at the time he was taken. I think the mare was worth one hundred and twenty five dollars ($125.00) in United States money at the time she was taken. This property was taken about the last day of March 1865. This property was taken by soldiers belonging to General Wilson's command of the union Army. I did not have the names of any of the officers but that of General Wilson at the time. I saw this mule in the possession of the army a soldier was riding him along the public Road in the ranks with other soldiers. I cannot say how many soldiers were in the squad but there must have been 12 or 15 of them when I saw them passing my house. The soldiers that had this mule in their possession was going in the direction of Myrick's Ferry on the Warrior River. I do not know whether or not there was any officers along with the soldiers. I did not know officers from soldiers. I did not hear the soldiers say anything about the taking of the mule. I cannot give the name of any of the soldiers. I think from the fact that the army was in the rebels lines and ******(?) they could not buy horses or mules nor supplies of any kind that they were justifiable in the taking of this property they had to have stock to supply the places of their broken down stock and I think that they was justifiable in the taking of this property and I think that the soldiers had orders from the proper officers to authorize them to take this property. I think this from the fact if they did not they could not have done anything with the stock that they taken from the citizens along this march.
I am related to the claimant by marriage and am his son-in-law. I married his daughter. I have no interest in this claim.
Further this deposition saith not.
attest James Thompson Alexander H. Burns - his mark
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