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Firing at a deserter.

--Yesterday morning a soldier giving his name as Wm. S. Seagul, was arraigned before the Mayor to answer the charge of firing his musket at Lewis Walyard, a fleeing deserter, in the public streets, thereby endangering the lives of persons passing. The accused, on leaving Petersburg, was put in charge of two deserters, with orders to deliver them to the military authorities in this city. After the cars arrived here he started to Gen. Winder's office with his prisoners, but had gone only a short distance when one of them broke and run, making his escape. On nearing Broad and 7th streets the other deserter dashed off, and Seagul fired at him, but without striking him. The fugitive, however, was captured, and both he and Seagul taken in charge by the police. The Mayor sent both parties to the Provost Marshal, with the request that all military guards be prevented from shooting at deserters in the public streets. Rather than hazard the lives of innocent parties it would be better to handcuff or tie deserters when passing through the streets, and thus save the necessity of shooting at them. A gentleman who was passing along at the time Seagul fired his musket, asserts that the Sall actually touched the hair on his head. Had he been killed the guard would have been guilty of murder in the first degree, and might have been hanged for the offence.

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