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The Daily Dispatch: September 14, 1864., [Electronic resource],
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The Daily Dispatch: September 14, 1864., [Electronic resource], Fight with Deserters in
Fight with Deserters in Alabama. --On Thursday night some deserters from the lower part of Coffee county, Alabama, fired the bridge across Pea river at Elba and set fire to the town of Elba in several places. The next morning they were pursued by citizens, who overtook them some ten or fifteen miles below, at which point a fight occurred, resulting in the instant killing of W. F. Beard, Confederate States Tax Assessor; R. P. Brooks, Confederate States Collector; M. Carmichael, Deputy Sheriff and Jailor. Dr. T. P. Larkins was shot through the body — the wound is considered mortal. Captain J. Cantey Brown also received a flesh wound through the thigh. One deserter was killed, and two badly wounded and captured; one was afterwards hung, and the other shot while attempting to make his escape. One of the deserters confessed that he burnt the court-house some time ago.