Interview with Gov. John Patterson
QUESTION 37
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT WAS THE ONE THING THAT MADE YOU, JUST IN A COUPLE OF SENTENCES, THAT MADE YOU MAKE THAT DECISION TO CALL MARTIAL LAW. SOME PEOPLE SAID IT WAS THE PRESSURE OF THE KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION THAT LED YOU TO MAKE THAT DECISION.

Gov. John Patterson:

No, no, I had sent Mr. Tom Posey, who was my aid, he was a state trooper and he was my aid in the governor's office and I couldn't get information back fast enough from down at the church, so I sent Tom Posey down there and I told him go down there and find out what's going on and get to a telephone booth and get to a telephone booth and call me and tell me what the situation is, and he called me back in a little bit and he said this thing is fixing to get out of hand and you ought to do something about it. And at that moment, I had the national guard liaison officer sitting in my office just in case, and at that moment I said all right, its martial law, issue the order. And the orders went out and it was just all over in a matter of 15, 20 minutes.