May 25, 1865 - Testimony of Sylvester Eglent
SYLVESTER EGLEN, a witness called for the prosecution, being duly sworn, testified as follows:
By ASSISTANT JUDGE ADVOCATE BINGHAM:
Q. Did you live with the prisoner, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd?
A. I lived with his father.
Q. How near did you live to Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, the prisoner?
A. About a quarter of a mile, I guess.
Q. State whether you heard him say any thing, at any time, about sending men to Richmond; and if so, what he said, and to whom was he talking.
A. Last August a twelvemonth ago I heard him say he was going to send me, Elzee, my brother Frank, and Dick Gardner and Lou Gardner, to Richmond to build batteries.
MR. EWING objected to the question and answer.
The COMMISSION overruled the objection.
Q. To whom was Dr. Mudd talking at the time?
A. Walter Bowie and Jerry Dyer were in company.
Cross-examined by MR. EWING:
Q. Whereabouts did that conversation take place?
A. At my old master’s front gate, under the oak-tree where the horse was.
Q. Was anybody else there besides Walter Bowie and Jerry Dyer?
A. There was a good deal of company there; but there was not any more in company at the time this was passed.
By ASSISTANT JUDGE ADVOCATE BURNETT:
Q. How soon after that did you leave?
A. That was the last Friday in the August before last, and I left the Saturday night following.
Q. How many more went away with you?
A. Forty head of us went in company.