May 29, 1865 - Testimony of Thomas L. Gardiner about Dr. Samuel Mudd, recalled
THOMAS L. GARDINER, recalled for the accused, Samuel A. Mudd.
By MR. EWING:
Q. State whether or not, this last spring, you came up to Washington in company with the accused, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd.
A. I did, sir.
Q. State the date of the visit.
A. It was on the 23d day of March, I think.
Q. What time did you leave?
A. We left here the next day, in the evening.
Q. What time did you leave your homes to come up here?
A. We left on the 23d of March.
Q. What time of the day?
A. It was quite early in the morning, after the usual breakfast time,—perhaps eight or nine o’clock.
Q. State the purpose of the visit.
A. We came up to attend the sale of Government-condemned horses, which, we were told, would take place on Friday. When we got up to Mr. Martins, we learned that the day of sale had been changed from Friday to Tuesday, and we were disappointed in attending the sale.
Q. Go on, and state where you and Dr. Mudd were during that visit.
A. We got to Mr. Martin’s, and heard there that we were disappointed in the day of sale. Dr. Mudd said he wanted to go over in town. We left our horses at Mr. Martin’s, and got our dinners there. We then walked across the bridge and up to the Navy-Yard gate. Then we took a street-car, and came up on the avenue. We then went to Mr. Young’s carriage-factory, where Dr. Mudd looked at some wagons.
Q. What time in the day was this?
A. This was getting late in the evening, perhaps about four o’clock, perhaps five,—pretty late in the evening. We then went round to one or two livery-stables, where Dr. Mudd looked at some second-hand wagons. We then went round on the island to Mr. Alexander Clark’s. We stopped at his dwelling-house; he was not at the house, but down at his store near the river. We walked down there, and remained there with Mr. Clark until about dark; then Mr. Clark closed up his store, and we returned to his dwelling-house with him; then we got tea; and, after tea, Mr. Clark, Dr. Mudd, and myself walked round to Dr. Allen’s, who keeps an apothecary-shop somewhere in the city, where we remained some two or three hours. We then returned to Mr. Clark’s, and remained there all night. The next morning, after breakfast, we went down with Mr. Clark to his store, where we remained a few minutes, took leave of Mr. Clark, came up on the avenue, went into the Capitol, and looked at some of the paintings. We then took a street-car and went down the avenue to Mr. Martin’s, where we got our horses; and after dinner we left, and went home. As soon as we returned to Mr. Martin’s, we ordered our horses to be fed, and our dinner; and after dinner we returned home.
Q. State with whom you slept that night that you were in the city.
A. Dr. Mudd and myself slept together. There was but one bed in the room, and we occupied that.
Q. State whether you and Dr. Mudd were separated for any length of time, and if so, for what length of time, during that visit.
A. We were not separated at all. I am confident that we were not out of one another’s sight from the time we left Mr. Martin’s until we returned.
Q. Did you or did you not see any thing of Booth on that visit?
A. No, sir; I did not.
Q. Did you or did you not go to the National Hotel?
A. No, sir: I think we stopped opposite the National Hotel, when we looked at some rebel prisoners passing; but we did not go in.
Q. Do you recollect a contest in your Congressional election district in which Calvert was the Union candidate, and Harris the secession candidate, or the opposing candidate, for Congress?
A. Yes, sir; I do. Mr. Harris was running as a peace candidate. I do not know that he was termed a “secessionist.”
Q. Do you know as what candidate Calvert was running?
A. I understood that he was running as the Unconditional Union candidate.
Q. Do you know—if so, state—which one of those candidates Dr. Samuel Mudd supported for election?
A. I cannot say positively who he supported: I did not see his ticket.
Q. I did not ask you who he voted for; but I asked you who he supported in conversation?
A. From a conversation I had with him, I supposed he would support Mr. Calvert. He said he thought it would be better to elect Mr. Calvert. I understood him so.
Cross-examined by ASSISTANT JUDGE ADVOCATE BINGHAM:
Q. Do you say that Mr. Calvert was reputed to be a better Union man that Harris, at the time of that election, by the neighbors generally?
A. I understood that Mr. Calvert was running as the Union candidate.
Q. I did not ask you that. Do you say that Calvert was reputed publicly to be any stronger or better Union man than Harris?
A. I understood so.
By ASSISTANT JUDGE ADVOCATE BURNETT:
Q. Was not Colonel John C. Holland the Unconditional Union candidate in that district? Were there not three candidates running?
A. Really I do not know.
Q. Do you not know that Colonel Holland was a candidate?
A. I know that Colonel Holland was a candidate when Harris was elected the last time.
Q. Do you know that he was then?
A. I do not.
Q. Do you know any thing about it?
A. No, sir.
Q. You do not know that Colonel Holland was the Unconditional Union candidate, and the others were both peace candidates?
A. No, sir; I do not. I have no knowledge of there being three candidates in the field.