(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
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
privately about the causes of the war and he on all occasions expressed himself in favor of perpetrating
Union cause. I have know of Claimant giving valuable information concerning route, etc., to men
making their way to
threatened by rebel bushwhackers on account of his Union sentiments. Had some of his property taken
the rebellion account, I suppose, of his sympathies with the
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
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
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