Letters Received by the Office of the Adjutant General (Main Series), 1871 – 1880

National Archives Microfilm Publication M666 Roll 1

“Statements, depositions, and other records submitted by Gov. William W. Holden relating to crimes of the Ku Klux Klan against citizens of North Carolina, 1869 – 1871”

Roxboro, Person Co., N. C.
October 7th, 1870

Governor Holden
Raleigh, N. C.

Dear Sir:

The first victim to Ku Klux violence was Mr. T. L. Wiles. Lived four miles of south of Roxboro; an industrious, and in his dealings with persons, strictly honest man. The alleged charge against him was that he was living in adultery with a colored woman (can’t say as to the truth of the charge). The woman’s name is Harriet Bran, who also, with Wiles was cruelly whipped and both of them driven from the farm he had rented for the year. The next and only other instance I can call to mind was against Wm. B. Hudgens. The supposed cause was that he was living on land, the title of which is in dispute. The party not in possession had ordered him to leave the premises, threatening at the same time if he failed to do so within a certain time, he would be Ku Kluxed off. He failed to leave as ordered and was afterwards cruelly and most terribly beaten by disguised men (26 in number), and forced to leave the premises he had leased for two years. Hudgens has always voted the Democratic Ticket. Wiles the Republican. I don’t think politics had anything to do with either case.

Most Respectfully &c.

P. S. I had liked to have forgotten to mention the case of a Mr. Thomas, U. S. Detective, who visited Roxboro on business pertaining to his duty, and during the night had a coffin placed at his door with the following inscription tacked on it, to wit: “You and all other damned Radicals had better leave these parts or else you will fill this furniture.”

A true copy of original letter on file in Executive Department of North Carolina.
J. B. Neathey,
Private Secretary