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State of Tennessee}
Davidson Co      }

Personally appeared Jacob Nail and having been duly sworn deposes and says that I live in Marshall Co. in the Town of Lewisburg on Saturday night (about 10 o'clock) the 25th of Jany 1868 a party of men numbering about 25 twenty five (masked) came to the house of Silas Hays (Col) where we men had a little frolic that evening after our days work for Silas for whom we were splitting rails.  Whilst we were going on with our little dance, the parties stopped us dancing and made us divide into two parties across the house and said they wanted to talk to us. After we had done so, they told us to put up our right hands and swear that we would never again give a Radical Vote, that if any of us did they would kill us and furthermore if any Colored man knew, of an other col man voting the radical Ticket, he also would be killed unless he informed of the col man who so voted. 
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