Yankee Officer killed at Vicksburg.
A correspondent of the Memphis Appeal
relates the following incident that took place after the surrender of Vicksburg
Col. A. B. Watts
, who was noticed in your paper for his gallant conduct at Port Gibson
, has again rendered his name a glorious one.--Just after the surrender of the city he went down to the landing to get a lemon from one of the boats, and had returned and was in the act of mounting his horse, when a Yankee captain, with a guard, informed him that the horse belonged to Uncle Sam. Capt. Watts
informed him that he was an officer, and was entitled to his horse and side-arms.
Whereupon Capt. Yank
called him a d — d liar, and cursed him for some time, and commenced abusing the women of Vicksburg
, and called them a d — d set of outcasts.
then drew his pistol and remarked to the Yankee
that he hated to kill as mean a dog as he was, but his honor compelled him to do so, and fired, the ball entering the right breast and killing him. The guard cried out, "Kill the rebel!" "Cut him down!" Capt. Watts
presented his pistol and said, in a very composed manner: "Proceed, gentlemen; but I will kill four of you before you accomplish your object. " But the guard came to the conclusion that he was too brave a man to fool with, and decided to let him pass.
mounted his horse and rode out of town and we are happy to say that the gallant young here has arrived safely in Brandon, Miss.
, waiting to be exchanged.