Arrest Under General Grant's Late Order

September 13, 1866


The military guard, under General Grant's guidance was stepped in and arrested four citizens who were charged with killing a "negro" after the civil authorities refused to arrest the men.


Arrest under General Grant's Late Order. Four citizens of Giles county, named George Wells, James Russell, G. Keiff, and John Sullivan, were brought to this city yesterday, under a military guard, charged with murdering a negro on the 23d day of June last. It is claimed the civil authorities refused to take cognizance of the case, and the military, acting under the order of General Grant, have taken the matter in hand. They were committed to the penitentiary, where they will be confined until the civil authorities of Giles County signify their readiness to try them.
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