The Case of Dr. Watson

December 15, 1866


A decision was made in the case of Dr. Watson who shot and killed a black man. General Schofield came to the decision that Watson will be tried in a military commission, not a civil court. The Dispatch says this represents a break of two separate Constitutional mandates.


The Case of Dr. Watson.--The decision of General Schofield in the case of Dr. Watson, of Rockbridge, was given yesterday. It was that the defendant, charged with shooting a negro in Rockbridge county, and thereby causing his death, should be tried before a military commission, and not before the civil courts. The trial will take place on the 19th of December.
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