June 9, 1865 - Testimony of John L. Turner about Dr. Samuel Mudd
JOHN L. TURNER, a witness called for the accused, Samuel A. Mudd, being duly sworn, testified as follows:
By MR. EWING.
Q. State where you live.
A. I live in the lower part of Prince George’s, near Magruder’s Ferry, on the Patuxent River.
Q. Are you acquainted with Daniel J. Thomas, who has been one of the witnesses for the prosecution?
A. Slightly. I know him when I see him. I never had any dealings with him in any way.
Q. Do you know what his general reputation is, in the community in which he lives, for veracity?
A. That is a question I am hardly able to answer, because I have no dealings with him. I can only answer from his general character in the neighborhood.
Q. That is all I wish to inquire about.
A. It is not as good as it ought to be.
Q. What is his general reputation on the subject of truthfulness?
A. I know nothing about his truthfulness; but his general character is—
ASSISTANT JUDGE ADVOCATE BINGHAM.
You need not state anything about it if you know nothing about his truthfulness.
Q. [By MR. EWING.] Do you know what people generally think, in the neighborhood in which he lives, of his truthful-ness?
A. They do not think him a truthful man by any means.
Q. From your knowledge of his general reputation, would you believe him under oath?
A. I would rather not answer that question, unless I had full knowledge. I could only speak from his reputation generally.
Q. I am speaking from his general reputation. Judging from that, would you believe him under oath?
A. If I was to take his reputation as such, I could not, where he was much interested.
Q. Will you state whether Mr. Thomas has been understood to be loyal from the beginning of this war?
A. I do not know. He has been part of the time loyal, but I cannot say all the time.
Q. Was he, in the beginning of the war, a loyal man, and so understood?
A. I do not know about the beginning of the war. He has been loyal for the last year or two. Some of the other witnesses can tell you more about that than I can, because they live immediately in his neighborhood. He lives in another county from me. He has never voted in our county at all; and the gentlemen from his county can tell you more about that than I can.
Q. Will you state what has been the general reputation of Dr. Mudd as to loyalty?
A. He has been considered a good loyal man throughout the whole war.
Q. Has he been a supporter of the Administration in its war measures?
A. That I am not aware of, because he does not vote in my county. We live in different counties.
Q. What has been his reputation as to that?
A. He has always been considered a true loyal man all the time.
Q. What has been your position with reference to the Government?
A. I have always been with the Government. I have always been a loyal man.
Q. A supporter of the Administration?
A. At the late election, I voted for George B. McClellan for the Presidency, because I considered him as good a loyal man, and as good a Union man, as Mr. Lincoln; and as he said, that, if he was elected, the war would last only a few months, on that ground I voted for him. I always supported the Administration otherwise all the time.
Q. Are you acquainted with Dr. Samuel Mudd?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Do you know what his reputation has been for peace, order, and good citizenship?
A. Very good. I have always considered him a good, peaceable, quiet citizen; as much so as any man we have amongst us.
Q. Did you ever know of his having done any thing in aid of the Rebellion?
Q. Did you ever hear of his having done any thing in aid of it?
A. No, sir.
Q. You have known him well?
A. I have known him ever since he was a boy.
By ASSISTANT JUDGE ADVOCATE BURNETT:
Q. How near do you reside to Dr. Mudd?
A. About six or seven miles.