--We noticed the fact last week that Wm. E. Coffman
, of Rockingham
, had been tried by Court-Martial in the command of General Imboden
, for the offence of assisting and piloting deserters to the lines of the enemy, and that he was sentenced to be hung on Friday last.
, after the trial, was sent from Rockingham
, where the trial occurred, to this place for execution.
His counsel sued out for him a writ of habeas corpus;
but we are informed that Gen. Imboden
, refusing to respect the writ of habeas corpus,
ordered him to be hung, whereupon his counsel telegraphed the fact to the President
, who ordered the prisoner to be handed over to the civil authorities.
He will accordingly be tried before Judge Allen
. Mr. Coffman
being a citizen, and not a soldier, the military authorities have no jurisdiction over him.--Staunton (Va.) Spectator.