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The Daily Dispatch: October 24, 1861., [Electronic resource], An affecting sentence of Condemned Murderers in Georgia. (search)
An affecting sentence of Condemned Murderers in Georgia. Judge Ball's sentence of the Wilsons, for the killing of Thomas Terry, some time since, in Atlanta, Ga., has been published in the Southern Confederacy, of that place. It is an affecting and eloquent address, and will be read with interest by our readers: Prisoners at the Bar:--You have been placed at the Bar of this Court to receive the fearful sentence which the law prescribes as the penalty of that crime of which you stand convicted by the solemn verdict of your peers. Few more revolting scenes have ever been witnessed within the walls of a Court of Justice than the one now presented here. A father and a son ! standing together before the seat of a judgement to hear the doom which the violated law demands as the punishment of their unhappy deeds! I would that I could have been spared this scene, and the performance of this painful duty. I would that the evidence had shown your hands unstained by the blood o