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Young veteran colonel who had fought through the Civil War, is murdered in a Philadelphia bar-room.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa 1860, zoomable image

William Riddle, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, died by violence on this day in Philadelphia aged twenty-five.  Riddle had served throughout the Civil War during which he had been wounded several times, captured, escaped Libby Prison, and had fought at Antietam and Gettysburg. He had risen to the rank of Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, commanding a regiment besieging Petersburg. Surviving all that, he was killed in a Philadelphia bar-room in an argument over business that escalated into a brawl.  Four men were tried later for his murder.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Obituaries," The American Annual Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1867 ... (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1870), 567.