In Tennessee, Confederate General Earl Van Dorn is shot to death by a jealous husband
Earl Van Dorn was a capable cavalry leader famous for his pursuit of the opposite sex. While stationed in Spring Hill, Tennessee, he had met Jessie McKissack Peters, attractive wife of a local doctor named James Bodie Peters. Dr. Peters confronted Van Dorn at his headquarters late at night and shot him in the head from behind. Van Dorn lived for a few hours but died of his wounds. Peters was never brought to trial. Questions remain today over this case, including Peters' Unionist connections and the paternity of a daughter born nine months later. (By John Osborne)
Tobin T. Buhk, True Crime in the Civil War: Cases of Murder, Treason, Counterfeiting, Massacre, Plunder, & Abuse (Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2012), 125-134.