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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8. (ed. Frank Moore) 6 0 Browse Search
The Daily Dispatch: April 11, 1864., [Electronic resource] 4 0 Browse Search
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re somewhat excited by liquor, and consequently rather boisterous, but not belligerent — were more disposed for fun than fight. About four o'clock, a soldier, Oliver Sallee, stepped up to Nelson Wells, who has been regarded as the leader of the copperheads in this county, and placing his hand good-naturedly against him, playfully asked him if there were any butternuts in town? Wells replied, Yes, I am one! and drawing his revolver, shot at Sallee, but missed him. In an instant Sallee was shot from another direction, and fell; but raising himself up, he fired at Wells, the ball taking effect in his vitals. He (Wells) went as far as Chambers & McCrory's s Wells, copperhead; John Cooper, copperhead. Wounded.--Colonel Mitchell, Fifty-fourth Illinois, slightly; James Goodrich, company C, Fifty-fourth, severely; Oliver Sallee, Fifty-fourth, severely; John Neer, company G, Fifty-fourth, slightly; William Decker, company G, Fifty-fourth, slightly; George Ross, company C, Fifty-fourth,
were too evident. Some of the soldiers, about to return to their regiments, were somewhat excited by liquor, and consequently rather boisterous, but not belligerent; were more disposed for fun than fight. About four o'clock a soldier, Oliver Sallee, stepped up to Nelson wells, who has been regarded as the leader of the insurgents in this county, and placing his hands good-naturedly against him, playfully asked him if there were any butternuts in the town? wells replied, "Yes, -- --you, I am one!" and, drawing his revolver, shot at Sallee, but missed him. In an instant Sallee was shot from another direction and fell, but raising himself up, he fired at wells, the ball taking effect in his vitals. He (wells) went as far as chambers & McCrory's store, and, passing in, fell dead. The insurgents were gathered behind judge Edwards's office loading their fire-arms, and then would step out and fire from the corner at the soldiers indiscriminately with guns and revolvers.--Of cou