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In Tennessee, Julius Mileke, Union Army deserter, is executed at a public crossroads outside Nashville

Union Army Camp Scene, Mathew Brady photograph, detail
05/15/1863
German-born Julius Mileke had deserted from the 10th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, enlisted again elsewhere, collected his bounty, and deserted once more, before being arrested in Louisville, Kentucky. He was shot by firing squad at noon, seated on his coffin at a crossroads outside of Nashville before a large group of soldiers and onlookers.  His reported last words, in German, were "Take good aim, men. All is over now."  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Shooting a Deserter," Chicago Tribune, May 20, 1863, p. 3. 

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