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 store, and, passing in, fell dead.
The copperheads were gathered behind Judge Edwards's office, loading their firearms, and then would step out and first of killed and wounded:
Killed.--Major York, Surgeon Fifty-fourth Illinois; Alfred Swim, company C, Fifty-fourth; Nelson Wells, copperhead; John Cooper, copperhead.
Wounded.--Colonel Mitchell, Fifty-fourth Illinois, slightly; James Goodrich,