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The Daily Dispatch: February 5, 1861., [Electronic resource], A Southern Sympathizer shot dead in Ohio. (search)
A Southern Sympathizer shot dead in Ohio. --The Zanesville Courier of the 1st inst., contains the particulars of the shocking murder of Wm. Wilkins, a few days previous, at Sewellsville, Belmont county, Ohio. The murdered man was engaged in a heated discussion of the national troubles, during which he earnestly sided with the South, and exhibiting a pistol expressed his willingness to fight for her. One of his companions, who had taken part in the discussion, requested Wilkins to let him see the pistol, and upon his compliance with the request, remarked that if those were Wilkins' sentiments, it was as good a time now as any other to make a commencemeested Wilkins to let him see the pistol, and upon his compliance with the request, remarked that if those were Wilkins' sentiments, it was as good a time now as any other to make a commencement, and placing the weapon at the breast of the latter, fired, the ball entering the heart and killing him instantly. No arrests were made.