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The Daily Dispatch: October 6, 1862., [Electronic resource] 6 0 Browse Search
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Military execution. --Saturday witnessed the execution of the solemn sentence of the court-martial upon the bodies of McGowan, of company 1, 14th Virginia regiment, and John, Relleher, company F, same regiment. Truly the way of the transgressor is hard. These men had been in several battles, in which they exhibited a suffie 16th of September, a general court-martial convened in the city of Richmond, condemned to death for desertion, privates D. W. Rogers, company G, 1st regiment; Pat McGowan, company I, 14th, and John Kelleher, company F, same regiment. On the 15th of July, the same court had sentenced Owen Maguire, of company H, 1st Virginia regim. The clear voice of Assistant Provost Marshal Alexander then broke with painful distinctness on the ears of hundreds, as he read "General Orders" condemning McGowan and Kelleher to be shot to death with musketry and Maguire to be whipped, for desertion.--The respite of Rogers for fourteen days was also announced. A painful p