Formal murder of Confederate soldiers.
--The Nashville Union
says that five Confederates were hung there a few days since on the charge of being guerillas,
which had "been proved against them." It says:
Yesterday morning was the time appointed for them to expiate the fatal penalty, and at a quarter before eleven, the arrangements having been fully made, they were brought to the scaffold erected in the yard back of the penitentiary building, and a few minutes given them to make any remarks or engage in prayer.
Precisely at eleven clock a cap was drawn over their faces, the signal given, and they were launched into eternity.
They were named William Lemmon
, Cyrus Lee Cathle
, Jesse B. Necren
, Thomas R. West
, and Benjamin F. West
, respectively charged with assault with intent to kill, bushwhacking, robbery, and murder Lemmon
, Necren, and the two Wests
protested their innocence.
Cathle acknowledged his guilt, and gave a short history of his life, but as he talked very low, only a few persons present could hear him.
The prisoners all stood firm and composed, except Cathle, whose wife had been permitted to visit him daily since he was sentenced, and remained with him during the last night of his life.
He was considerably excited, and while the rope was being adjusted had to be supported by the Lieutenant
in charge until the fatal prop was sprung.
struggled considerably, his neck not being dislocated.
When the officer told him his time had come he remarked that he felt as natural and unconcerned as though he was going to dinner.
The remainder appeared to die easy.
After being suspended the usual time their bodies were taken down and delivered to their friends.