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Black Battalion: Speech of Hon. Joseph B. Foraker of Ohio in the Senate of the United States, 1908

   Hairston further reports hearing two pistol shots (S. I., p. 741) off
to the southeast some twenty minutes before the real fusillade.  This
would cover Howard's confused effort to couple these  shots with the
firing at the entrance to the Cowan alley and to bring them all with his
firing the alarm into the limit (extreme time) of four minutes.  Hairs-
ton also heard bullets whistling overhead, evidently Howard's three
shots, and thought he heard horses galloping, presumably the Mexican
scavenger's cart hurriedly driven to a place of safety from the rear of
the barracks. Hairston located the general fusillade correctly back of
B Company barracks.
   Pvt. Alexander Ash, Company D, on post No. 4, was remote from the
whole affray-in the far southeastern end of the fort, around the corral.
He threw no especial light on the situation.  He had the confidence of
his commanding officers as a reliable soldier.
                            BAKE SHOP.
   John Brown, the last member of the principal conspirators, was dis-
posed of in three lines in the investigation at Brownsville.  He claimed
he was asleep in the bake shop.  He was not subsequently examined.
He was serving his third enlistment.  On Boyd Conyers's statement,
made at Monroe, Ga., Brown was sought in Atlanta.  James Powell, who
had claimed to have been a discharged soldier of the Ninth Cavalry
and to have been in Brownsville the night of the raid, proved an all-
around liar and romancer, who, however, had learned much of the in-
side of the affair from Brown.  He also gave Brown the news that de-
tectives were looking for him.
   Brown fled to Philadelphia early last August, where his trail was
lost for a time.  Finally it was learned that he had skipped to Tampa
on a phosphate-rock vessel.  From Tampa he doubled back to Jackson-
ville, where he now rests in fancied security. He had been a sailor
before he entered the army.
   Pvt. Wesley Mapp,  Company D, was the only other occupant of
the bake shop.  He claims (S. Doc.  No. 402, p. 141) that he slept
through the whole shooting and did not wake till Sergt. Israel Harris,
Company D, came, after it was all over. He was serving his second
enlistment, was a frequenter of the Allison saloon, and after his dis-
charge disappeared.  He has not been located.
                            THE RAIDERS.
  Boyd Conyers furnished the following list of 7 men, all of B Com-
pany, who took part in the raid, besides John Holloman, John Brown,
Carolina de Saussure, and himself:
  William Anderson.
  James Bailey.
  Charles E. Cooper.
  William Lemons.
  Henry Jimerson.
  James (Rastus) Johnson.
  Henry (Sonny) Jones.
  Elmer Brown, Company B, who slept in the corral, furnished the
following list of suspects:
  James Bailey.
  Carolina de Saussure.
  C. E. Cooper.
  John Holloman.
  James (Rastus) Johnson.
  Henry Jimerson.
  William Lemons.
  J. L. Wilson.
  He also believed, agreeing with Conyers, that Sergt. George Jackson
knew all about it and opened the gun racks for the raiders before the
shooting, and again after the guns had been returned to the racks at 2
o'clock in the morning, that they might be cleaned.   Boyd Conyers
made the same statement as a part of the history of the raid.
  The two lists of raiders agree with the addition by Brown of the
name of J. L. Wilson, though furnished independently.  Wilson's gun
was one in which shells picked up in the alley were found to fit.
  It is noted that Cooper, Holloman, Lemons, Jimerson, Johnson, and
Wilson all belonged to Company B baseball team, and ran together.
  Other members of the baseball team were: Corpl. Wade Harris, James
Allen, Henry Carmichael, Edward L. Daniels, Henry Jones, George
Mitchell, and Isaiah Raynor.
  Cooper was the coach and Jimerson and Lemons substitute players.
  Conyers's list is 4 short of the 15 raiders whom reliable witnesses
counted in the alley.


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