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In Ohio, General Burnside executes two Confederate officers arrested in Kentucky for spying

Ambrose Everett Burnside, detail
05/15/1863
The month before, Confederate Captains William F. Corbin and T.G. McGraw had been arrested in Pendleton County, Kentucky.  In his typical style, General Ambrose Burnside, commanding the Department of the Ohio, quickly convicted the two of spying and recruiting for the Confederacy.  They were held and then executed at the giant Johnson's Island prison camp near Sandusky, Ohio. This was a sensitive time for the treatment of prisoners and the deaths resulted in a serious Confederate threat of retaliation in early July, 1863.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Eric J. Wittenberg, The Battle of Brandy Station: North America's Largest Cavalry Battle (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2010), 203-204.

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