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Re:Nelson wasn't the only one....

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  • melchizedek22 <richthofen@buckeyeinet.co
    Apples and oranges,this case at least went to trail The Baron
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 30, 2002
      Apples and oranges,this case at least went to trail
      The Baron

      - In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, "Mike Vanderboegh" <vanderbo@b...> wrote:
      > It wasn't the only time this happened in the war. Reference the case of Col. Florence M. Cornyn, Tenth Missouri Cavalry, murdered at Corinth, MS, 10 August 1863 by his thieving second-in-command, Lt. Col. William D. Bowen. Bowen was later acquitted of murder, but never returned to his command, being eventually thrown out of the army by the personal order of U.S. Grant. Cornyn's commander, BG Grenville M. Dodge, was (I believe) likely party to the murder as he definitely benefitted by Cornyn's death and he and Bowen had been "business associates" (if that's what you call being involved in the same cotton stealing ring) since the year before in Arkansas.
      > Both Tom Sweeney and Frank Blair (friends of Cornyn) never got along with Dodge after the Cornyn murder and there are tantalizing clues in the record that they blamed him and his "iniquitous" associates for Cornyn's death.
      > The murder took place, by the way, at Cornyn's own court martial. Bowen picked a fight with Cornyn in the court ante-room. Cornyn punched him out, and then Bowen calmly pulled his pistol and shot him, delivering the last shot as he stood directly over Cornyn as he lay prostrate on the floor.
      > The Nelson assassination wasn't the only one during the war. Indeed, I believe the anti-Cornyn plotters took their cue from the Nelson outcome.
      > Mike Vanderboegh
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: Dave Smith <dmsmith001@y...>
      > To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Monday, December 30, 2002 8:29 AM
      > Staying away from Ebenzer Creek for a moment, I think the record is
      > pretty clear that while Davis was provoked by a pompous, over-
      > bearing, and frankly, huge man in Nelson (he weighed over 300 pounds
      > in a day where 200 was a big man), he clearly attacked, shot and
      > killed a man who had no chance to defend himself.
      > I agree with the Baron that this is manslaughter, and Davis got away
      > with one. A big one.
      > Had this happened in the AoP, he'd have been tried. But I suspect
      > that because it happened in the western theater, and several who
      > would have pushed the issue died at Perryville, it's a sad commentary
      > on military justice that this one got away.
      > Dave
      > --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, "melchizedek22
      > <richthofen@b...>" <richthofen@b...> wrote:
      > > Killing Nelson,was manslaughter,what he did to the
      > > blacks following the 14th corps at Ebenezer Creek
      > > was even worse.Nelson had a big mouth and somewhat
      > > brought it on himself,but those poor black folks left
      > > behind to be returned to slavery was a crime against
      > > humanity. The Baron
      > >
      > >
      > > -- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, "Daniel Moran" <moxley1@e...>
      > wrote:
      > > > Absolutely incredible. What a comedy of errors! Thanks for
      > sending
      > > > this along. The one side said this about it, and the other side
      > said
      > > > that. I suppose the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
      > > >
      > > > You've just answered a ton a questions. Many thanks to both you
      > and Mr.
      > > > Elliott.
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