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The Daily Dispatch: November 2, 1863., [Electronic resource], The execution of Dr. Wright at Norfolk — further particulars. (search)
ave been instantaneous, as not a motion was perceived. It was a few minutes after 10 when the signal to lower the trap was given. The body after hanging a half hour, was examined by Dr. Conover, the Medical Director, Dr. J. H. Lee, of the 21st Connecticut, and several other surgeons, who pronounced life extinct. The body was then cut down and placed in the coffin, to be delivered to his family. Thus has Dr. David M. Wright paid the forfeit of his life for shooting, in cold blood, Lieut. Sanborn, of the United States colored troops, in the early part of July last. Since the commission of the deed he has endeavored to justify himself in it. He was a man of strong Southern feelings, and this, in a measure, may have prompted him to commit the act. He came to the city from Edenton, N. C., about twenty-five years ago, and commenced the practice of medicine, in which he was very successful until the occupation of this city by our troops. In appearance he may be described as being ra