Back to top

Suicide bomber in Kentucky kills himself and badly injures five others

Hancock County, Kentucky, 1857
02/06/1860
Hardin Davidson, a physician in Hawesville, Kentucky had been involved earlier in a lynching and local lawyer William Sterret had raised questions since about Davidson's role.  Davidson constructed a bomb, wrote farewell letters to his family, followed Sterret into the town's general store, and detonated the device. The store was demolished. The doctor died soon after but Sterret recovered from his wounds, as did the four others injured. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"An Infernal Machine," New York Times, February 11, 1860, p. 2.
Francis Vincent, Vincent's Semi-Annual United States Register.... 1st of January and 1st of July, 1860 (Philadelphia: Francis Vincent, 1860), 88-91.

Tabs

How to Cite This Page: "Suicide bomber in Kentucky kills himself and badly injures five others," House Divided: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College, http://hd.housedivided.dickinson.edu/node/31233.