W.T. Hale's Statement
STATEMEUT Ot, W. JSf HALE. I was arrested On the 8th of Jaly, 1872, by Sheriff Djdnon and his podsa. The reasons for my arrest were not made known to me, though I demanded them. They said in answer : Come and go with an to Djver and vou will find out." When we got to Dtweri they said we were bound to go before Judge May; that I had no tight to know the cause of my arr( ; that thty had seen the Uw on it and they could not send for him to come here ; then we left Dover f r D ir-danelle ir-danelle ir-danelle : we traveled - on to the William son camp ground, about seven tnilei from Dover. There we were halted, and in formed hy jb officers that we would reran reran in there all night, provided they could get forage. After they had been there about two honrs,Dodson and Hickox came in and said they coull not forage and would have to move on to Russellville. Dodson called out all his men ' but two, an 1 left the m to guard : us prisoners, oar horses were brought and we ordered to moent. Doddon told Tacker to fall in and West by his side, and for you two Hales to fall in together. Dodson remarked remarked that part of hi 4 men went somewhere. somewhere. W. A. Smart said, in answer, that he M did not go into tbii thing blindfolded.. blindfolded.. I will stay. You may bet on that." We had marched but a short distance distance when Dodeop parsed from the front to the rear, and back again ; and as he passed back, somebody remarked that it was aa " dark as Egypt," and Dydxon said " y, but Egypt has no eyes." ' Then the firing began. . Immediately, a gun was discharged on my right, and I looked around ; and abjut that time I received a shot in my tight shoulder, after which I got off my mare, and got out of sight of the road and sat down by a tree. About that time I heard a man cry out, " oh, Lord 1" three times. Then I heard a voice, which I think was Dodson ' saying "Goljd n yuo, 1 have you now." Then I heard one more groan, and tbe nalloe- nalloe- ing ceased. Ioa few minutes they ah left, and I heard no more of them. t . W. T. JXiXX. Witness: B. F. Baixy. ; , Sworn to and subscribed before me. thia 11th day of July, 1872. r J. C Wabrex, Mayor of Dover.