Private Jacob Parrot, Company K 33d Regiment Ohio Volunteers
- Jacob Parrot was duly sworn and examined, as follows:
- By the Judge Advocate-Question. What is your position in the
- Answer. I am a private in Company K, 33d Ohio Regiment.
- Question. What is your age?
- Answer. I will be twenty years old next July.
- Question. In what part of Ohio did you reside?
- Answer. I lived in Hardin county.
- Question. You have heard the testimony of Mr. Pettinger. Will
you state whether, as far as the matters to which he has deposed have come to
your knowledge, they are true, according to your best information and belief?
- Answer. Yes, Sir; they are.
- Question. You were a member of the expedition of which he has
- Answer. Yes, Sir.
- Question. Will you state the circumstances of your capture and
the treatment you received?
- Answer. There was a man named Robinson, of our party, who was
captured with me. We took to the woods after we left the train, and after a
time we came down out of the woods. When we came out on the railroad there
were four citizens there, who saw us and took us. We were taken to Ringgold,
where a company of Confederate soldiers were stationed. When we got into the
hands of an officer, one of them took me out and questioned me, but I would
not tell them anything. An officer and four soldiers took me out and stripped
me, and bent me over a stone and whipped me. They stood by me with two
pistols, and said if I resisted they would blow me through. I was whipped by
an officer, a lieutenant, who was with the party, and who had on the uniform.
He gave me over one hundred lashes with a raw hide. He stopped three different
times during the whipping, let me up, and asked me if I would tell and when I
refused to do so he would put me down and whip me again. He wanted me to tell
who the engineer of the party was, and all about the expedition, but I would
not do it. I did not tell him anything about it. The engineer was one of our
soldiers, who was finally captured with the rest.
- Question. Were other persons present when you were flogged?
- Answer. Yes, Sir; there was a crowd there. It was right by the
side of the railroad, and the people there wanted to hang me. They got a rope
and would have hung me, but for a colonel who came up.
- Question. Did you have any trial of any sort?
- Answer. No, Sir.
- Question. Your companion was with you at the time?
- Answer. Yes, Sir.
- Question. Why was he not whipped?
- Answer. I do not know. He told the regiment that he and
belonged to. I suppose, as I was the youngest, they thought that they could
make me tell the most; but I would not tell them anything not even the
regiment I belonged to.
- Question. Will you state the circumstances under which you
joined the expedition?
- Answer. My captain called me out of the tent and asked me to
take a walk with him. We walked down toward the guard quarters, and he asked
me if I would go on a secret expedition, and told me that, if I agreed to go,
I should go up to his tent in about half an hour and report to him. I went up
and told him I would go.
- Question. Did he know the precise object of the expedition?
- Answer. No, Sir; he only knew that it was a secret one, and so
- Question. Will you state how long you felt the effects of the
flogging you received?
- Answer. I was very sore for about two weeks afterward; my back
was very weak, and I have not got over it yet.
- Question. Was any disposition manifested, upon the part of the
Confederate authorities, to relieve you from the effects and sufferings
produced by this flogging?
- Answer. No, Sir; except a short time before I came away from
Richmond, when I got a doctor to look at my back, and he put some mustard
plasters on it, which, I think, helped it some.
- Question. Were you with Mr. Pettinger, and the others of your
party present here, during the confinement of which he has spoken?
- Answer. Yes, Sir.
- Question. At what age did you enlist?
- Answer. I enlisted a year ago last Fall, when I was a little
over eighteen years old.
- Question. Have you a father and mother living?
- Answer. No, Sir.
- Question. Will you describe particularly the manner in which
you and your fellow-prisoners were chained in the jail at Chattanooga?
- Answer. We were all handcuffed together. I and some others had
trace-chains around our necks secured by padlocks; we were secured in that
way, two by two.
- Question. Will you state the character of the food furnished
you in your prisons?
- Answer. At Chattanooga we got some wheat flour mixed up with a
little water and baked, and some spoiled pickled beef. That was all we got,
and we had a very small supply at that. We had it only twice a day.
- Question. What was your condition in other respects, so far as
ventilation and light were concerned, while you were in the prison at
- Answer. We had scarcely any light at all. Frequently we could
not see to pick up a pin off from the floor. The windows were very small, and
the room was so close, and we were so warm, that we had to take our clothes
off entirely. We were covered with vermin. The room was so small that we could
not all lie down, and we had to rest ourselves by leaning against the walls.
We were not allowed to leave the room under any circumstances while we were
confined in it.
- Question. Were you searched when you were taken?
- Answer. When I and my companion were taken we were searched,
and our money all taken from us before we were taken to Chattanooga. It was
taken from us by some of the officers, and never returned to us.
- JACOB χ PARROT,
- Company K, 33d Ohio Volunteers.
Ohio boys in Dixie: the adventures of twenty-two scouts
sent by Gen. O. M. Mitchell to destroy a railroad; with a narrative of their
barbarous treatment by the Rebels and Judge Holt's report,
New York: Miller & Mathews,1863
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