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The Daily Dispatch: July 16, 1864., [Electronic resource], Formal murder of Confederate soldiers. (search)
What one woman has Suffered. Last year the world was horrified at the murder of a whole family at Beckham's Landing, in Obion county, Tennessee, by Yankee negro troops. In Europe it was made a theme of comment by the press of civilized nations. The particulars have never been fully given until within a few days past, when Mrs. Mary Beckham, the widow of A. F. Beckham, one of the victims, publishes a letter giving the details of the horrible act. As a matter of history we put it upon record: On Tuesday morning about 9 o'clock, August 4th, 1863 twelve armed negro soldiers came to the house, there being no one there except my husband, father in- law, Benjamin F. Beckham, and four of my children, and some of our family negroes. They rushed on my husband and tied him, took off his watch and pin, and rifled his pockets. They then tied my father in-law, and dragged them to the river, it being about thirty yards. They killed my husband on top of the bank by shooting him in the