June 10, 1865 - Testimony of Daniel E. Monroe.
DANIEL E. MONROE, a witness called for the accused, Samuel A. Mudd, being duly sworn, testified as follows:
By MR. EWING:
Q. Where do you live?
A. In Charles County, Md., a few miles below Beantown.
Q. State whether you heard, on the Sunday after the assassination, who it was that had assassinated the President, and from whom you heard it.
A. I heard from Mr. Moore that it was Edwin Booth.
Q. Where did you hear it?
A. At Beantown.
Q. Where was Mr. Moore from?
A. Mr. Moore was from Bryantown.
Q. That morning?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Do you know Daniel J. Thomas, a witness for the prosecution?
A. Only by reputation.
Q. Do you know what his reputation is, in the community in which he lives, for veracity?
A. It is not very good, so far as I know.
Q. Do you know what the neighbors generally think of him as a man of truth?
A. They think, as far as I know, that he is untruthful.
Q. From your knowledge of his reputation, would you believe him under oath?
A. No, sir: I do not think I could.
Q. Is that opinion of Mr. Thomas an opinion of one party in that community, or is it the opinion of the community generally?
A. It is the opinion of the community generally.
Q. Have you been a loyal man throughout the Rebellion?
A. I have never done any disloyal act.
Q. Have you approved of the efforts of the Government to suppress the Rebellion?
A. I have, with one or two exceptions.
Q. Have your feelings been in favor of the suppression of the Rebellion, or of its success?
A. My feelings have been in favor of the suppression of the Rebellion under the Constitution as it formerly stood.
Q. In the efforts of the Government to suppress the Rebellion, have you sympathized with it, or have you sympathized with the Rebellion?
A. I have sympathized with the Federal Government.
Q. All through the war?
A. Yes, sir, with the exception I speak of. I did not approve of the manner in which slavery was abolished.
Q. Whose election did you advocate at the last presidential election?
A. I used my influence for Messrs. Lincoln and Johnson.
Cross-examined by ASSISTANT JUDGE ADVOCATE BINGHAM:
Q. Whom did you hear speak about the assassination at Beantown?
A. Mr. Moore.
Q. When was it?
A. On the Sunday after the assassination.
Q. What Mr. Moore?
A. Mr. William Henry Moore of Bryantown.
Q. What time of day was it?
A. It was, I suppose, near ten o’clock in the morning.
Q. Who was present?
A. Mr. Sasser and Mr. Warren.
Q. What did Mr. Moore say?
A. Mr. Moore said that he had understood in Bryantown that it was Edwin Booth who had assassinated the President.
Q. From whom did he say that he heard it?
A. I do not remember that he stated from whom he heard it; but my impression is that he said he had heard it from the soldiers.
Q. Was there any thing said, or did you hear, that this Booth, who had assassinated the President, had been traced to the neighborhood of Bryantown? Was that a part of the talk there?
A. No, sir: I had not learned that he had been traced to the neighborhood of Bryantown.
Q. When did you learn it?
A. I learned it some time afterwards.
Q. Did you not learn it that day?
A. No, sir.
Q. Did you understand during that conversation what the troops were down there for?
A. The troops were around there, I understand, hunting for the assassin.
Q. For Booth?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. What is Sasser’s first name?
A. Philip A. Sasser is his name.