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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones) 2 0 Browse Search
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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Two specimen cases of desertion. (search)
y bivouac-fire to attend the session of the court. Winding for miles along uncertain paths, I at length arrived at the court-ground at Round Oak church. Day after day it had been our duty to try the gallant soldiers of that army charged with violations of military law; but never had I on any previous occasion been greeted by such anxious spectators as on that morning awaited the opening of the court. Case after case was disposed of, and at length the case of The Confederate States vs. Edward Cooper was called — charge, desertion. A low murmur rose spontaneously from the battle-scarred spectators as a young artilleryman rose from the prisoners' bench, and, in response to the question, Guilty or not guilty? answered, Not guilty. The Judge-Advocate was proceeding to open the prosecution, when the court, observing that the prisoner was unattended by counsel, interposed and inquired of the accused, Who is your counsel? He replied, I have no counsel. Supposing that it was his purp
Mayor's Court, Saturday. --A number of cases were disposed of by the Mayor on Saturday, of which the following is an enumeration; Anderson Jackson, free, living in the city with Powhatan papers, ordered 20 lashes and put to work on the city fortifications. Same judgment in regard to Carter Smith, a Cumberland darkey. Edward Cooper, free, from New Orleans no papers and an unlawful weapon, discharged, (a soldier servant) Joseph O'Neal, Frank Ward, Patrick Clarke, James Hickory and Thos. H. Hughes, drunken soldiers, detained in the watch-house for encumbering the streets, discharged with orders to repair to their respective camps. Jas. Wells, drunk, lying on the sidewalk, committed in default of surety. Mary Walker and Mary E. Wilson, charged with keeping a disorderly house, acquitted. Myer Myers, charged with stabbing James W. Camp and James P. Harrison, committed for further examination. Ellen Birney, charged with beating Mary Tinsley, acquitted, Wm. Kearney, drunk and inte