Search using this query type:

Advanced Search (Items only)

Testimony of Albert Murray in Holden's Impeachment, 1871


Testimony of Albert Murray in Holden's Impeachment, 1871


The testimony of Albert Murray, the sheriff of Alamance County, offers specific insight to the knowledge the sheriff had regarding the Ku Klux Klan and the hanging of Wyatt Outlaw. Sheriff Murray reveals that he was in fact a member of the White Brotherhood, being initiated when there was “warm weather” in 1868. Continuing on through the testimony, Murray says that he did actually leave the brotherhood, but he does not recollect the exact time. He varies between the winter of 1868 and spring of 1869, but never gives an exact date, or month for that matter, of when he left. When questioned about the hanging of Wyatt Outlaw, he informs the court that he had been in the town of Graham that evening that Outlaw was hung, but returned home before the lynching took place. Upon hearing of the crime being committed, he explains to the court that he did not attempt to track down any of the offenders, claiming that there was essentially nothing he could do.


North Carolina Senate


North Carolina Senate, Trial of William W. Holden: Governor of North Carolina, before the Senate of North Carolina, on Impeachment by the House of Representatives for High Crimes and Misdeameanors, Vol. 2. (Raleigh, NC: Sentinel Printing Office, 1871), 1944-1965.






Raleigh, North Carolina

Original Format

Government Document

Document Viewer


Copy the code below into your web page


Testimony of Albert Murray.pdf



North Carolina Senate, Testimony of Albert Murray in Holden's Impeachment, 1871, Civil War Era NC, accessed May 21, 2024,