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”

J. J. Younger, a citizen of Alamance County, after being duly sworn deposes and says that he joined the organization of Constitutional Union Guards about two years past. I was initiated in the woods near Sellars Mill on Haw River in said County.

There were present five men, three of whom I knew, to wit: John Long, George Mebane, F. W. Blanchard, the others were in disguise. George Mebane made a motion that a box imitating a coffin should be made to put at Joseph McAdams’ door but intended no damage, which motion was carried. Then F. W. Blanchard and myself were designated to make it we both being mechanics. I insisted that I would not do it as McAdams was a brother Mason. I was told by George Mebane you will have it to make or you will be punished and my understanding that that punishment should be death I assisted in making the box at the time I was ordered to do so. I was ordered to do this within tow days after the meeting referred to. I made the coffin at F. M. Blanchard’s shop 1 mile from Big Falls in said County and left it in said shop, said shop stands about half open – no door, one end entirely open ½ of one side. On the next morning the coffin was not there. The next I heard of this coffin or one similar to the one I made was put as said McAdams’ door at his dwelling.

I would have informed Mr. McAdams of this had I not felt sure that I would be punished either by whipping, hanging, or drowning. I had a gown, but on reflection I destroyed it the day after the coffin was placed at this man’s door. I then thought the organization was wrong. The purposes of the organization as I understood them were being perverted. I had nothing further to do with it, and I believe if myself and Blanchard had been arrested by the Civil Authorities, the parties who ordered us to make the box would have sworn falsely in the matter and my impression is that it was generally understood that the organization or the members of it should do all they cold to keep comrades from being punished by any authority even to the extent of swearing an alibi. I never was on a raid, never was in any meeting but the one named above and know none of its members as I had nothing to do with it after the making of the coffin.

J. J. Younger

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 17th August, 1870.

W. A. Albright, C. S. C.