(Depositions of witnesses ISAAC LINDSEY and EDWIN HALL on behalf of David M. Lindsey)


Isaac Lindsey, aged 33 years, citizen of Monroe County East Tennessee. Residence near Hopewell

Springs. Occupation, a farmer, being duly sworn by the Special Commissioner and examined touching

the loyalty of Claimant deposes & says:

I am a son of Claimant. I was a Union man & conversed frequently with Claimant about the

cause & progress of the war. Claimant was a Union man from the beginning to the end of the war.

Think Claimant's sympathies were wholly enlisted in favor of The Government of The United States. I

enlisted in the hundred days men & acted in the capacity of a scout for the Union Army from its first

advent into East Tennessee until the close of the war. I have heard Claimant talk both publicly &

privately about the causes of the war and he on all occasions expressed himself in favor of perpetrating

the Union. His reputation was that of a Union man and he was so regarded by all his neighbors, both

Union and rebels. Don't know that Claimant ever contributed any money or property in favor of the

Union cause. I have know of Claimant giving valuable information concerning route, etc., to men

making their way to Kentucky for the purpose of joining the Federal Army. Claimant was often

threatened by rebel bushwhackers on account of his Union sentiments. Had some of his property taken

by the rebellion account, I suppose, of his sympathies with the Union. To the best of my knowledge

Claimant never owned any confederate bonds or contributed anything in aid of the Confederacy. Don't

think Claimant could have remained in the country if the confederacy had been maintained. His talk

and actions would have prevented him from establishing his loyalty to the Confederacy. And further

deponent saith not.

Attest Isaac Lindsey

Special Commissioner



Edwin Hall, aged 43 years, citizen of Monroe County East Tennessee. Resides near Hopewell Springs.

Occupation a Physician and country merchant, being duly sworn & examined by the Special

Commissioner touching the loyalty of Claimant deposes & says:

I have known Claimant ever since March 1861. My acquaintance with Claimant was intimate

during the war. I boarded with Claimant principally during the war, lived within 3 miles of him. The

balance of the time I saw him very often. I was regarded by Claimant as a loyal man and I so regarded

him. I conversed often with Claimant about the causes & progress of the war. He was opposed to the

rebellion and so expressed himself to everyone with whom he talked. Said that he was in favor of the

suppression of the rebellion & of the success of the Federal Army. I am very certain that Claimant's

sympathies were with The Federal Government. He was regarded by his neighbors as a Union man.

His public reputation was that of a loyal man. Don't know of his ever contributing anything to the

Union cause. Have known of his secreting a Federal officer by the name of John Bradley, who was

acting in the capacity of a recruiting officer, as he said, before The Federal Army had come to Monroe

County. Have heard of Claimant being threatened by the rebels on account of his Union sentiments.

They threatened to drive him from the State. Don't think Claimant ever owned any confederate bonds.

Don't believe he ever contributed anything to the Confederacy, either to its credit or otherwise. Don't

think Claimant could have established his loyalty to the confederacy if it had been maintained, as his

reputation was that of a Union man and he had said a great many things against the Confederacy. Some

rebels knew of his harboring the union officer, as above stated, afterward, & this would have prevented

him from proving his loyalty to the confederacy. And further this deponent saith not.

Attest Edwin Hall


Special Commissioner