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In Tennessee, daring Confederate spy mission fails and two are tried and hanged

Execution of Confederate Spies, Tennessee, June 9, 1863, artist's impression, detail
06/08/1863 to 06/09/1863
Two Union inspectors, a colonel and a major, visited the federal lines at Franklin, Tennessee but suspicious Union officers made enquiries to their headquarters and, after arrest and questioning that night, they were identified as Confederate officers, Colonel Lawrence A. Williams and a Lieutenant Dunlap come to spy out Union positions for General Nathan Bedford Forrest.  On orders from General William Rosecrans and his chief of staff, James A. Garfield, they were tried overnight and hanged in the early hours of the next morning.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
"Execution of Rebel Spies at Franklin, Tennessee," in Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1864), VII: 287-288.
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