The Celebrated Brannon divorce case
--From our late Northern files we learn that the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia has granted a divorce to General John M. Brannon
from his wife, Eliza Brannon
. --The parties were married at Fort Columbus, New York, in 1850, and in 1858 Mrs. Brannon
mysteriously disappeared from the residence of her mother, Mrs. Col. Crane
, on Staten Island
It was generally supposed at the time that she had been either outraged and murdered, or that she had committed suicide by drowning, and her friends were in mourning for her death; but in 1860 it was ascertained that she was living in Florence
with Powell T. Wyman
, of the United States army.
Subsequently Dr. C. H. Crane
, U. S. A., a brother of Mrs. Brannon
, received a letter from Wyman
, dated Paris
, stating that he had married his paramour.
After this Wyman
resigned his commission in the army and returned with Mrs. Brannon
, but his friends persuaded him to accept another commission, and he took command of one of the Massachusetts
regiments, and was killed at Seven Pines
, below Richmond
, a Confederate bullet passing directly through his heart.