In Tennessee, Julius Mileke, Union Army deserter, is executed at a public crossroads outside Nashville

German-born Julius Mileke had deserted from the 10th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, enlisted again elsewhere, collected his bounty, and deserted once more, before being arrested in Louisville, Kentucky. He was shot by firing squad at noon, seated on his coffin at a crossroads outside of Nashville before a large group of soldiers and onlookers.  His reported last words, in German, were "Take good aim, men. All is over now."  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation
"Shooting a Deserter," Chicago Tribune, May 20, 1863, p. 3. 
Date Certainty
Exact
Type
Crime/Disasters
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