June 9, 1865 - Testimony of Frank Ward about Dr. Samuel Mudd
FRANK WARD, a witness called for the accused, Samuel A. Mudd, being duly sworn, testified as follows:
By MR. EWING:
Q. Where do you live?
A. At Horse Head, Prince George’s County, Md.
Q. Are you acquainted with Daniel J. Thomas, who has been one of the witnesses for the prosecution?
A. I am.
Q. How long have you known him?
A. I do not know exactly how long, but ever since I was a boy.
Q. Are you acquainted with his general reputation, in the community in which he lives, for veracity?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. What is it?
A. It is considered pretty bad.
Q. Has he been a loyal man throughout the war?
A. He is first one thing, and then another, generally; sometimes Union, and sometimes disloyal.
Q. Unstable as to his politics?
A. He is sometimes one thing, and sometimes another. It is generally so understood. I cannot say positively.
Q. Do you know whom he supported for the Presidency at the last election?
A. I have understood that he voted for McClellan.
ASSISTANT JUDGE ADVOCATE BINGHAM.
You need not state what you understand.
I did not see him vote. I do not live in his county.
Q. [By MR. EWING.] Have you been a loyal man through the war?
A. I have tried to be so.
By the COURT:
Q. Did you vote for McClellan?
A. I did.
By ASSISTANT JUDGE ADVOCATE BINGHAM:
Q. Did you vote for Harris for Congress?
A. I am not positive about that: I am not certain.
Q. Is it doubtful?
A. I do not recollect whether I voted for him or not.
By the COURT:
Q. Did you not rejoice at the success of the rebels at the first battle of Bull Run?
A. No: I did not do that.
By ASSISTANT JUDGE ADVOCATE BURNETT:
Q. You said that Daniel J. Thomas’s reputation for truth was not very good: will you state to the Court the name of any person you heard speak of his veracity before this trial?
A. I do not know any one particularly. It is a general thing.
Q. If it is a general thing, can you not give us some one of that general number, any man in that entire community, who, before this trial, said one word in reference to Mr. Thomas’s veracity? I want you to name a man.
A. I think I have heard the Ormes speak about it.
Q. When did you hear them say it? and what did you hear them say?
A. I do not know particularly, exactly.
Q. Did you hear them say any thing about his truth?
A. I have never taken a minute of any thing of the kind.
Q. Have you any recollection now of hearing them say any thing about it?
A. No more than I have heard them talking in conversation; and they would say they would not believe him, or something like that.
Q. Did you hear them say that before this trial?
A. I do not know particularly about that.
Q. We want you to state particularly what you know. Did you hear them say that, or not?
A. I do not know that I heard them particularly.
Q. If you did not hear them, whom did you hear say that? or did you hear any person say any thing about it before this trial? or is it only an opinion you have gathered from the rumors that come to that neighborhood, and the opposition that has been raised against him during this trial?
A. I do not know any thing more than what I have generally heard.
Q. You cannot name a man in that entire community that you heard say a word about his truth before this trial?
Q. How far do you live from Mr. Thomas?
A. About two miles.
Q. You are unable to name a single man?
A. I do not know of any particular person I can positively name.
Q. You cannot say positively whom you have heard say any thing about it, so as to tell us who it was?
A. I do not know exactly.
Q. You cannot state a man?
A. I cannot state positively.
By MR. EWING:
Q. Was your knowledge of his reputation for veracity, knowledge had and obtained before this trial commenced?
A. I have heard as much before as I have since.
Q. Before the war?
A. It has been several years. I do not know particularly whether it was before or since the war.