A Dreadful Tragedy
The people of our town were startled from their Rip Van Winkle slumbers on Friday morning, by the announcement that a fearful tragedy had been acted the night previous. Major Geo. A Turner, who has for sometime been stationed here in charge of a lot of government stock, had been shot during Thursday night, the 29th ultimo. by Mr. C.B. Anderson, a citizen of the town. Mr. Anderson, having been led to suspect the fidelity of his wife left town on the afternoon of Thursday saying he would be absent that night, but returning to town after dark he placed himself in a position from which he could observe all that passed in his house. From this position he saw Major Turner enter the house in such a manner as ot indicate his purpose. Mr. Anderson thereupon went to the house of several of our citizens, aroused them from their slumbers informed them that Major Turner was then in his house, and asked them to go and witness what passed, but they all declined. Mr. Anderson then returned, noiselessly entered the house, and discovered the deceased in bed with his wife, flagrante delicto. He fired upon him twice with a navy repeater, killing him instantly. It is a wonder how Mrs. Anderson herself excepted being shot. Mr. Anderson immediately gave himself up to the sheriff, and has been bound over to court in a bond of $2,500.
Mr. Anderson is a quiet, peaceable and respectable citizen, and enjoys the sympathy of the whole community. All approve his conduct.
Maj. Turner was a native of Virginia, but resided in Missouri at the breaking out of the war. We learn that he has a wife and one child in Missouri. He was a man of excellent business habits, insinuating address and fair intelligence, and he had made quite a favorable impression on our citizens. All feel that he deserved his fate.
Mrs. Anderson is about eighteen years of age, is handsome, showy and fond of dress. Take all the circumstances – the undoubted criminal connection of the parties – the time – the dead hour of the night – the seducer dead 0 the bed drenched in blood – the one hurried into eternity in the twinkling of an eye – the other doomed to drag out her life with a blasted reputation – the husband surveying the ruin of his domestic happiness – it is a fearful tragedy, and one which we trust will set people to thinking.
[Livingstone Alabama Messenger]
Source: Fayetteville Observer, November 20, 1863 as found in www.ncecho.org
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