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Trial of General Mercer for shooting Union soldiers. --The court martial of Brigadier-General Hugh W. Mercer, at Savannah, for the alleged murder of seven UnionBrigadier-General Hugh W. Mercer, at Savannah, for the alleged murder of seven Union soldiers, which has been going on since the 16th instant, seems to excite very little local interest. It appears that the soldiers General Mercer is charged with shGeneral Mercer is charged with shooting were originally prisoners of war, taken from the Union forces. They were released from the Southern prisons upon condition of taking the oath of allegiance to
ten companies each.
One of the battalions was stationed at Savannah under General Mercer.
They were all styled "Foreign Battalions" by the official promulgations o aught in the act of deserting back to the Federal side, and were shot while General Mercer was in command of the post.
Evidence for the prosecution is difficult to secure, and the trial has been delayed.
General Mercer put in his parole by Sherman in defence, claiming United States protection under the Johnston-Sherman agreement