tured as prisoners of war, some of them held for weeks and others only for a short time, and then shot in the most brutal manner by order of General Paine, without even the farce of a trial, and their bodies left to rot, the citizens fearing to bury them lest a similar fare should overtake them.
These rebels, thus summarily executed, may have been bad men, but having been taken and held as prisoners, they were certainly entitled to the formality of a trial.
The case of a boy, named Lafayette Hughes, fifteen years of age, charged with being with some guerrillas who burnt a bridge across Goose creek, at Madden's mill, between Hartsville and Carthage, deserves special mention.
The bridge was burned in the daytime.
Mr. Madden, the owner of the mill, was present, and used every means he could to prevent then from burning it. If this little boy had the benefit of the trial, he could have proved by Mr. Madden that he was not present on the occasion.
But, perhaps, some negro reported t