Richmond Dispatch, 6/25/1862

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From the Richmond Dispatch, 6/25/1862, p. 1, c. 6

Man Shot. – A man named J. Walton, a member of the Georgia Battalion, who was imprisoned in the guard-house of the Western District, corner of 6th and Cary streets, as a deserter, was shot twice on Sunday night, while attempting to escape, and died of the wounds received, and of which was through his right leg and the other through the body. A notorious desperado named Summerfield, alias Wilson, who was in the same room with Walton, in the fourth story of the building, had succeeded in divesting himself of certain irons which encircled both his wrists and ankles, and, eluding the observation of two guards stationed below, had made good his escape to parts unknown. Walton attempted to follow, and was lowering himself from the window, when he was hailed and told to go back. Refusing, the sentinel raised his piece and sent a ball through his leg. Still persisting, another sentry “took a crack” also, and the party fell on a shed below, but was caught before falling off it. The last wound, being through the body, killed him. The desperado who escaped had already (in some army) been branded for desertion, and if Lieutenant Booker could have succeeded in retaining him, would have undergone the unpleasant operation a second time.

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