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In Nashville, Tennessee, notorious Confederate guerrilla leader, Champ Ferguson is arraigned for murder

Champ Ferguson, September 1865, artist's impression
07/04/1865
On the morning of the Independence Day anniversary, Champ Ferguson was arraigned before the Military Commission's Judge-Advocate H.C. Blackman for murder.  He had been a Confederate guerrilla leader, operating largely in eastern Tennessee under General Morgan.  His methods, however, had certainly exceeded even the lax standards of irregular warfare of the time, and he was charged with scores of specific murders.  He was tried later and executed on October 20, 1865 in Nashville.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Champ Ferguson, the Guerrilla, Unparelleled Atrocity He is Charged with the Murder of Fifty-Four Persons," New York Times, July 13, 1865, p. 2.
Thomas D. Mays, Cumberland Blood: Champ Ferguson's Civil War (Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2008), 134.

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