1874 Coushatta Louisiana Massacre Legal Document

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1874 Coushatta Louisiana Massacre Legal Document

Description: 1874 Coushatta Louisiana Massacre Legal Document.

In August 1874, six Republicans were forced from office in Coushatta, then assassinated before they could leave the state. Victims included the brother and three brothers-in-law of the Republican State Senator Marshall H. Twitchell. Also killed were five to twenty freedmen who had been escorting the Republicans and were witnesses to the assassinations. The events became known as the Coushatta Massacre and contributed to the Republican governor's requesting more Federal troops from U.S. President U.S. Grant to help control the state.

The second page has several signatures of the people involved in this agreement

United States of America

District of Louisiana

Know all men by these presents that we Luther B. Lowe, as principal and Samuel Parson, Joseph C. Keyser and Hugh McKenna as Surities do hereby acknowledge ourselves to owe and to be indebted to the United States in the just and full sum of Five Thousand Dollars for the payment of which well and truly to be made we jointly and severly bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and adminstrators and assigns firmly by these presents. Sealed with our seals and dated at Natchitoches, in the District aforesaid this 9the day of November 1874.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the said L.B. Lowe has been arrested and is now in the custody of the United States Marshal for the District aforesaid charged upon the oath of S. Vandusen & Henry Smith with the crime of conspiracy and murder in the case of the United States vs. T.W. Abney et als "arising out of the Coushatta affair" and whereas the said L.B. Lowe has waived examination.

Now therefore if the said L.B. Lowe do not make his personal appearance before the United States Circuit Court at New Orleans in said state in case an indictment is found against him for said crime in said case to answer said charge and not depart the court without leave thereof then this obligation to be void and of no effect otherwise to be and remain in full forceand virtue in law.

Date: Nov. 9, 1874

Size: 8 by 26 inches (because of the size it will be folded on an existing fold for shipment)

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