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Notorious Confederate guerrilla leader Champ Ferguson is executed for war crimes in Nashville's Old State Prison

Execution of Champ Ferguson, Nashville, Tennessee, October 20, 1865, artist's impression, detail
10/20/1865
Champ Ferguson, a notorious Confederate guerrilla leader, had been captured earlier in the year and indicted on July 4, 1865 for more than fifty murders.  A military commission found him guilty and he was sentenced to death on October 10, 1865 and hanged in Nashville ten days later at the Old State Prison. His last request on the scaffold was that his body not be turned over to surgeons but returned to his native White County, Tennessee. (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Thurman Sensing, Champ Ferguson: Confederate Guerrilla (Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press, 1970), 252-253.
"The Execution of Champ Ferguson," Harper's Weekly Magazine, November 11, 1865, p. 716.