Corporal William Reddick, Company B, 33d Regiment Ohio Volunteers
Reddick was duly sworn and examined as follows:
Question. Will you state your position in the military service?
I am corporal in Co. B, 33d Ohio Regiment.
Question. When and for how long did you enlist?
I enlisted on the 18th of August, 1861, for three years.
Question. Were you a member of the secret expedition sent out by Gen. Mitchell,
of which the other witnesses here have testified?
Question. Will you state the circumstances under which you were engaged in that
I was sitting by the camp fire when the captain and second lieutenant called me
up to them. The captain told me that there was a secret expedition on hand, and
he wished I would go with it, stating that he preferred me before any other of
his company, and that he had to furnish a man from his company. He said we were
to enter into the enemy's lines, capture a train, and destroy the bridges on the
road; that it would be very easily accomplished; that we had a good leader, a
man who understood the business, and who had been employed in the service of the
United States. He told me that he would give me three-quarters of an hour to
study upon it, whether I would go or not. I went to my tent, and, after a time,
I went up and reported that I would go. He took me to the colonel, and the
colonel told me to get all the citizen's clothing that I could procure in camp.
I only made out to get two checked shirts of one of our boys who had just
returned to camp, and a pair of jean pants from the cook in the hospital. We
were then taken to Shelbyville, where we procured clothes, and then we returned
back to the camp for supper. After supper we were taken back to Shelbyville. We
went out upon the railroad a mile and a half or two miles, and there we stopped
and money was given to us. We were unacquainted, at that time, with each other.
We divided into squads. John Whollan and myself went up the railroad about five
miles that night. We stopped at a house where there was a light, and represented
ourselves as strangers who desired to stop for the night. There was a lady
there, a Southern woman, who told us we could not stay in the house, as her
children were sick. She told us to go to the negro quarters, if we wished to get
out of the rain, for it was raining very hard at the time. We told the negroes
there that we were trying to make our way to our command, which we represented
to be at Round Gap. This the negroes told to the lady of the house, who came
down to see us, and desired us to go over to her uncle's, where we could get
better accommodation. We did not do so, but went to bed and slept until about
four o'clock, when our breakfast was sent to us from the house, and we then
started off on the right-hand road and went some seven miles, where we got
conveyance to Manchester, and from Manchester we footed it, procuring conveyance
along the road as we could get it. We left camp on the 7th of April and got to
Chattanooga on 10th. On the 11th we took passage in the cars to Marietta, and
arrived there about midnight.
Question. You have heard the narrative of the subsequent events, as given by the
witnesses here; does it accord with your recollection of the facts?
Question. Is there anything in addition that occurs to you that you desire to
I think of nothing else, except that when I was arrested and brought to
Chattanooga Mr. Andrews was taken before Gen. Leadbetter, of whom he asked the
privilege of sending a flag of truce to our lines, which was denied. We were
ironed and confined, and received the same treatment as our comrades.
Question. You were with the witnesses who have deposed here and the other
members of the expedition throughout all the time of your confinement in the
prisons of the South?
Yes, Sir; except that we were separated a little time; a portion were sent to
Knoxville. After we were brought together again we remained together until we
Co. B, 88d Regt. Ohio Vol.
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