Hanging of the bridge burners

A drawing by Confederate engineering Col. (later Gen.) Danville Leadbetter of the Unionists hung after they burned several railroad bridges, threatening Knoxville’s ability to supply the Confederate armies. Their lawyer John Baxter lost his fight to save them from the gallows and they were hung beside the railroad tracks, where their bodies remained suspended long after their deaths, for passengers to contemplate or, as here, to abuse.

Via Tennessee In The Civil War.

About Dick Stanley

Retired Texas daily newspaperman
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