Scott Mitchell

Scott Mitchell lived through the Civil War, though he does not know his age.  Here, he briefly describes his recollection of the war and stories of lynchings and hangings that took place during that time.

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Yes, I remember the Civil War, because I was living in Christian County where I was born, right with my master and mistress, Captain Hester and his wife. I was raised on a farm right with the, then I left there.

Yes, Captain Hester traded my mother and my sister, ’twas in 1861, he sent them to Mississippi. When they were away from him about two years, he bought them back. Yes, he was good to us. I was my mistress’ boy. I looked after her, and she made all of my clothes, and she knitted my socks, because I was her [redacted].

Yes, I was twenty years old when I was married. 

I remember I was a boy when they had the Civil War. I remember there was a brick office where they hanged colored folks. Yes, the blood was a-streaming down. Sometimes they hung them by their feet, sometimes they hung them by their thumbs.

Formerly enslaved person
Birth Year (Age)Interviewer
WPA Volunteer
Enslaver’s Name
Scott MitchellUnknownMargaret BishopCaptain Hester
Interview LocationResidence StateBirth Location
Breathitt County, KYKentuckyChristian County, KY
Themes & KeywordsAdditional Tags:
Civil War, Violence,First person, witnessed extreme cruelty, Klan/mob violence,