04-28-1865: Frank Washington's Interrogation about Dr. Samuel Mudd and John Wilkes Booth.
U.S. National Archives Microfilm M-599.
Dr. Mudd, his farmhands Frank Washington and Thomas Davis, and his father's farmhand Electus (aka Alexis) Thomas, were arrested on April 24th, and brought to Washington's Old Carroll Prison. Following is an undated Statement by Frank Washington, followed by a Question and Answer interrogation of Washington on April 28th.
Statement of Frank Washington (cold)
I live with Dr. Sam Mudd and was there when a couple of men came there on Saturday on horseback. It was just about daylight when they came. Dr. Mudd came and woke me up and told me to take the horses round to the stable. I only saw one of the men at that time. He told me to rub the horses and he would pay me for it. I did so, and after breakfast went to my work. At 12 o'clock I went to dinner. The doctor told me to get his horse, and the same young man that I saw in the morning told me to get the little bay mare. I did so, and that is the last I saw of him or the horse. The young man I saw had on a low crown, black hat.
Neither of the horses appeared to me to be splattered with mud by a fall.
I was at work that day about a quarter of a mile from the house, and out of sight.
I did not hear until Sunday that these men were suspected of having anything to do with the murder of the President. I have lived with Dr. Mudd now some two years. I heard him say nothing about it.
I judge it was between 1 and 2 o'clock when I had the horses ready for the doctor and this gentleman.
One of these men had a black saddle, while the other had an ordinary one. Neither was an army saddle.
I saw nobody at Dr. Mudd's that day except these two men, and the men engaged on the place.
Carroll Prison, April 28th, 1865
Frank Washington (Colored)
Examined by Colonel Jno. A. Foster
I live with Dr. Samuel Mudd, take care of his horses; remember the morning the two men came there, it was just about daybreak. When Dr. Mudd called me from my bed both horses were there.
Q. What did you do?
A. He told me to carry them both around to the stable. When I got around to the door a man said "Take my horse, rub and curry it well and I will pay you for it." I did that. After I was done my breakfast I never saw no more of them. Doctor said get his horse and the gentlemen's horses. I could not tell which way they went. That is all I know. I live in the doctor's kitchen; in the same building.
Q. The doctor himself came home?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. What kind looking man spoke to you?
A. It was just daylight and I could not see good.
Q. Did you help the man in?
A. I did not.
Q. He did not pay you?
A. No, sir.