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In Greeneville, Tennessee, the Confederate military executes two local Unionists for burning railroad bridges

Greene County, Tennessee, 1857
During the night of November 8-9, 1861, Unionist insurrectionists in Eastern Tennessee burned five railroad bridges on the East Tennessee Railroad between Knoxville and Charleston.  Confederate response was swift.  Richmond deployed troops to crush the rebellion and hang all traitors  Jacob M. Hensie and Henry Fry were hanged immediately after being found guilty of involved in military court.  Their bodies were displayed for twenty-four hours from a tree limb overlooking the railroad.  Three other Unionists were also later hanged.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Oliver Perry Temple, East Tennessee and the Civil War (Cincinnati, OH: The Robert Clarke Company, 1899), 366-388.