From the Richmond Dispatch, 9/17/1862, p. 2, c. 3

Under Sentence of Death. A soldier named Patrick McGowan, formerly belonging to Company E, 59th Virginia regiment, Captain Gustavus A. Wallace, is now confined in Castle Thunder under sentence of death, a court-martial having condemned him to be shot for desertion. It appears that McGowan was not taken prisoner at Roanoke Island, and that after that event, a majority of his comrades being necessarily compelled to take no part in the war on account of their parole, he entered another company as a substitute, and had been in several actions, that of the 30th of August, at Manassas, included, when he left his comrades and came to Richmond. Here he was apprehended, tried, and condemned.





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