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In Little Rock, Arkansas, seventeen year-old David Dodd is hanged as a spy on the grounds of his old school

Little Rock, Arkansas, 1861, artist's impression
David Owen Dodd was a seventeen year-old telegrapher from Little Rock, Arkansas working in Mississippi when Union sentries halted him on a rainy night just before New Year's. A search found sheets of Morse code hidden in his boots outlining Union troop dispositions. He was tried as a spy in a military court, found guilty, and sentenced to death.  He was hanged on the grounds of his old school in Little Rock in the afternoon. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Daniel W. Barefoot, Let Us Die Like Brave Men (Winston-Salem, NC: John F. Blair, 2005), 168-174.