June 6, 1865 - Testimony of Henry L. Mudd, Jr. about Dr. Samuel Mudd, recalled
HENRY L. MUDD, JR., recalled for the accused, Samuel A. Mudd.
By MR. EWING:
Q. State whether you know of the whereabouts of your brother, Dr. Samuel Mudd, in the first five days of the month of March last.
A. I did not see him on the first day of March at all: but I judge he was at home; he certainly was at home. On the second day of March, he was at my father’s before breakfast in the morning. He came to see my sister, who was sick. I am not certain whether he took breakfast or not. I saw him again in the evening of the second, about four o’clock. On the third day of March, he was sent for about ten o’clock; and the boy found him in the barn, stripping tobacco. He came to my father’s to dinner between eleven and twelve o’clock,—I guess it was about half-past eleven o’clock,—and took dinner with us, and left about two o’clock. In the evening of the same day he came back again, and brought some medicine.
Q. That was the third day of March?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. What time in the evening?
A. I do not know exactly what time it was. I say he came back again; but I did not see him. I was told—
ASSISTANT JUDGE ADVOCATE BINGHAM.
You need not state what you were told.
Q. [By MR. EWING.] Did you see him again on the evening of the third day of March?
A. I did. I went to his house at night, and brought some medicine over. On the fourth day of March, he was again at my father’s to see my sister. On the fifth day of March, I saw him at church; and he dined at our house.
Q. Are you certain that he took dinner at your father’s house on the third day of March?
A. I am positively certain of it.
Q. State to the Court the distance of your father’s house from the city of Washington.
A. I guess, as near as I can come at it, it is between twenty-seven and thirty miles from the Navy-Yard bridge.
Q. Will you state if you know whether your brother has owned a buggy within the past few years?
A. No, sir; I do not know that he ever did own one, or a carriage of any description. I know he has not one now, and has not had one since I can remember. I do not know that he ever did own one.
Q. If he had one, would you have been likely to know it?
A. I would have known it anyhow: I would be bound to know it.
Q. Will you state whether your father owns a buggy or rockaway?
A. He does not.
Q. What sort of a carriage does your father own?
A. He owns a large double-horse carriage, a close carriage, it is called, holding four persons inside, two on the driver’s seat, and a large seat behind.
Q. How is it as compared with the hacks that are used about the city?
A. I guess it is about as large as any of them; very near it, anyhow. It is a very heavy carriage.
Cross-examined by ASSISTANT JUDGE ADVOCATE BINGHAM:
Q. How did you come to be certain about the 3d of March?
A. I was at the barn stripping on the 3d of March; and when I came to my dinner, my brother came in immediately afterwards, and he asked for some water to wash his hands. His hands were covered with the gum of tobacco. I saw the gum on them myself. My sister was sick at the time, and that is the way I came to be certain about it.
Q. How long was your sister sick?
A. She was sick at least a week; not dangerously ill.
Q. The first week of March?
A. Yes, sir: she was taken sick on Ash Wednesday, the first day of March.
Q. And that is all the way you are certain about it?
A. Yes, sir.
By MR. EWING:
Q. What did you do on Ash Wednesday? Where did you go?
A. I went to church on Ash Wednesday in the morning, and in the evening. I do not know what I was doing. I was at home, though.
Q. How far is the church from your house?
A. About four miles.