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The Daily Dispatch: October 17, 1861., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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il in which they were confined, was a three-story tobacco warehouse, measuring about 40 by 120 feet. In the second story were confined seventy-six commissioned officers, and in the room above, five hundred non- commissioned officers and privates. The windows were all iron-barred, and the guards very strict and severe upon the prisoners. Mention has already been made of the shooting by the guard of a Federal prisoner, and the following are the facts of the case: The deceased was corporal Wm. C. Burke, of the Seventy-ninth New York regiment, and he was shot whilst shaking his blanket from his prison window, as was required of the prisoners as soon as they arose from sleep. The guard, a young Mississippian, called to him to stand back, and the order was complied with, when he was pierced in the breast by a musket ball. He reeled, fell to the ground, and expired without uttering a single word. He was buried the same day, and the guard acquitted. He afterwards stated that he had