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Argument in Tennessee law school leads to a fatal shooting

Wilson County, Tennessee, 1857
05/04/1860
Two law students from Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee argued over a reportedly trivial matter.  One of them, James Sanders Cahal, struck the other, Spot McClung, whereupon McClung immediately drew a firearm and shot Cahal in the head.  Cahal lingered on for several weeks but died on May 26, 1860.  McClung was arrested, charged, and placed under a $15,000 bail assessment.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Francis Vincent, Vincent's Semi-Annual United States Register.... 1st of January and 1st of July, 1860 (Philadelphia: Francis Vincent, 1860), 372-373. 

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