Doctor John J. McLean's Deposition

J. J. McLean's Deposition Filed in the Southern Claims Case of Maria Catherine McLean Buie
October 1873
Jefferson County, Mississippi
Transcribed by Linda Durr Rudd

J. J. McLean was a cousin of Maria C. McLean Buie and a nephew of Maria Watson McLean.

Testimony of J. J. McLean
October 28, 1873

I reside at Union Church Jefferson County Miss. I am by occupation a physician - am 45 years of age. I have resided in this vicinity during the past 20 years and am well and intimately acquainted with the claimant she is a cousin of mine and I have always been the family physician. In relation to her political I can not say as she had any. I visited her frequently during the war one way or another except at one particular time after the war she remarked to me she was glad it was over. I do not think she had any political sentiments but am under the impression that like most women she desired to see it over, the war. I never heard her express herself and can not say in what direction her political feelings if she had any tended.

In relation to the property witnesses says I did not see the property taken. I was familiar with the property owned by the claimant. I saw it almost daily. I reside about one mile from her place and resided all thro the war at about the same distance. When General Grierson came to Union Church with his command in the spring of the year of 1883, he stopped with his command for one night - and the next morning pushed on to Brookhaven 25 miles southeast - as the command were passing on toward Brookhaven and after passing claimant’s place I saw in the possession of soldiers of the command - one fine sorrel mare - one sorrel horse - one iron grey mule - two brown or bay mules - that I knew was the property of Mrs. Buie or rather Mrs. McLean - I was standing at the road side and had a plain view of every soldier and man that passed - I was near my own residence - these animals were in the possession of and rode by the soldiers with one exception - a Lieut. Col. Blackman - had his accoutreuments put on that morning upon the sorrel mare - I remarked at the time that I knew the animal and her owner - the previous night I was detained by general Grierson - and was set at liberty early the next morning before the command left, and preceded at once to my own home which is situated east of claimant’s residence, and I presumed that the stock was taken the night before...I am satisfied that I saw them perfectly - they were at this time the property of Mrs. McLean mother of claimant - Mrs. McLean has since died and all of her estate real and personal rights - credits has descended to the claimant Mrs. Mariah C. Buie as her only child and heir at law. I do not think Mrs. McLean left any will...

October 29, 1873 - Recalled

I went to see Mrs. McLean several times previous to leaving this settlement. I commanded a company in the 12th Mississippi Confederate Regiment - her three sons were in my company - Mrs. McLean was totally and absolutely opposed to their going into the service and often made the remarks that if the war was about the negro, that she would prefer to give up all of hers sooner than see it go in that war was a terrible thing - I am satisfied that both herself and her daughter Mrs. Buie were decidedly opposed to the war. But whether thro affection or love for the union or for personal consideration on account of sons and brothers is more than I can state. I can only say that I do not know of their helping the Confederate States voluntarily and if all acted as they did and had such views as they professed and entertained been carried out , war and secession would have been impossible.

John James McLean served with the 12th Mississippi Infantry


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