The murders in Missouri--pages from a book of horror.
A Missourian writing from Tupelo, Miss.
, to the Mobile Advertiser
, gives a list of the recent murders in Missouri
by Federal soldiers.
In the roll of martyrs are one minister of the Gospel, an ex-member of Congress, one Judge
, and two Confederate commissioned officers.
Hon. W. H. Field
, formerly of Kentucky
, and a Representative from that State at one time in the old Congress, a high-toned Christian
, gentleman, and patriot, was inhumanly murdered by a band of Federal soldiers under one Lieut. Nash
No crime could be laid to Mr. Field
He had lived in peace and harmony with his neighbors, had conducted himself as a law abiding citizen toward the Government
, had trodden the path of the conscientious and God-fearing Christian
Yet he was shot down at mid-day, for no cause, save that he dared to differ with the marauders who were feasting on the blood of his friends.
, and Ridgway
were shot down by another band of these hell-hounds, right in the presence of Mr. Lasley
's family, and while his wife begged and implored them to spare the life of her husband.
And for this triple murder not even a palliating circumstance could be found — Price
was a boy. Lasley
had both taken the oath of allegiance to the Gamble dynasty, and were under heavy bonds.
There was no pretence that they had forfeited their lives or their bonds.
They were simply murdered,
where they were found in the midst of their female relatives and friends.
, of Marton county, was surrounded by Glover
a marauders and surrendered himself as a prisoner of war. He bore a commission from the Confederate Government.
Arrested on his own premises, he was permitted to go to his residence, only that the barbed arrow that was about to strike might be tipped also with the most virulent poison.
Coming home under arrest, his family know too well the character of the friends who had him in possession to repose any confidence in their honor.
Yet his wife was assured of his entire safety, and told that he would return again.
Less than a quarter of a mile from where they had given these pledger, the commander of the forces told Col. Owen
he must prepare to die. It was in vain he asked for time — only five minutes were granted him. He was then placed before a file of soldiers and pierced with eight balls.
One of the demons took pleasure in bearing the news to Col.
O.'s wife, saying , as he tossed a Minie ball cartridge to her, ‘"We put eight like that through him." ’ He was a Confederate soldier, who had surrendered to regularly licensed Federal bandits.
--a brave, chivalric, and noble man — was hunted day and night until found — and then butchered without warning and without mercy.
Hon. Robert Smart
of the Lafayette Judicial Circuit
, who had left his home in independence that he might dwell in peace with his family in Saline county
was also hunted down by these cutthroats.
He had not been connected with the rebellion — he had left his business only because the civil courts could not be held — he was endeavoring to live quietly in the seclusion of a country home.
Yet night after night and day after day the armed minions of Lincoln
searched his residence and his premises.
Every hour was to him one of terror.
At length he was found in the yard near his residence.
No sooner was he found then a valley of balls whistled past him. He started to run and another volley was fired, one ball wounding him in the leg. He then offered to surrender, but still the balls flew around him — he fell down, and, holding up his hands, offered again to surrender, but they did not cease to fire.
At length, seeing no prospect before him but death, be again tried to run, and again was wounded — again endeavored to surrender, but the fire only became more deadly, till the fatal shot was fired by Maj. McKee
, (a cold-blooded villain whom Missouri
had warmed into life,) and he fell exhausted, soon to become a corpse.
All this in the presence of an affectionate and terror-stricken family.
, of Lewis county
, a respectable and unoffending man, was taken from his bed at midnight and murdered.
I might add pages to this list of barbarities; but time and space forbid.
And what has been done with these lawless, vagabond triflers with human life?
Have they been called to account by their masters for these deeds of darkness?
, the murderer of Mr. Field
, was arraigned, with a great flourish of trumpets, before a mock military court.
While the trial was progressing he was visiting in the city, lounging in bar-rooms, wandering about as Le pleased, and before the testimony against him was finished he had left for unknown parts.
closed the trial and there was no expression by the court of either guilt or innocence.
This is the only notice taken by the Federal
authorities of any of these foul crimes.