May 20 - Testimony of Frank Bloyce about Dr. Samuel Mudd
FRANK BLOYCE, (colored), a witness called for the prosecution, being duly sworn, testified as follows:
By the JUDGE ADVOCATE:
Q. State where you live.
A. I live in Charles County, Md.
Q. In town, or in the country?
A. In the country.
Q. How far from Bryantown?
A. About half a mile.
Q. Were you in Bryantown on the Saturday after the murder of the President?
A. I was there in Bryantown on Saturday evening.
Q. At what time were you there?
A. Between three and four o’clock.
Q. Did you or not see the prisoner Dr. Mudd there?
A. Yes, sir: I saw him there on Saturday evening. I was in the store buying something.
Q. What time do you think it was when you saw him there?
A. Between three and four o’clock on Saturday.
Q. Where did you see him,—in the streets, or in the store?
A. He came in the store while I was there.
Q. Will you state whether or not the soldiers from Washington had then arrived in Bryantown?
A. I do not know exactly whether they had or not.
Q. You did not see them? You do not know whether they had or not?
A. No, sir.
Cross-examined by MR. EWING:
Q. Were you around about the town during that time?
A. Yes, sir: I was in the store. I was not about the town:
I was in the store buying some things. I did not take much notice of Dr. Mudd there then, I had met him so frequently.
Q. At what time did you go into the store?
A. I went into the store just as quick as I went into the town. It was between three and four o’clock. I never stopped at any place, but went straight to the store.
Q. How long had Dr. Mudd left it before you left it?
A. I do not know about that. I do not know when he started. I did not see him when he started from the store: I did not take that much notice.
By the COURT:
Q. Which one of the Dr. Mudds was it?
A. Dr. Samuel Mudd.
Q. Was the report of the President’s assassination in Bryantown at that time?
A. I do not know.
By MR. EWING:
Q. Did you hear any thing about the President’s assassination?
A. No, sir: I did not. I never heard it until the door was guarded.
Q. Then you heard it, did you?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. And that was a little before night?
A. Yes, sir: a little before night.