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"A Notorious Desperado Killed in North Carolina - A Company of Soldiers After His Confederates - A Defaulting Book-keeper at Chicago," New York Times, December 17, 1870

Title

"A Notorious Desperado Killed in North Carolina - A Company of Soldiers After His Confederates - A Defaulting Book-keeper at Chicago," New York Times, December 17, 1870

Description

The article is about the recent killing of Jack McLaughlin. He was killed while unarmed by Henry Biggs. McLaughlin had tried to take Biggs hostage, when during the night, while McLaughlin was asleep, Biggs procured a pistol and shot the outlaw dead. This killing led to much rejoicing throughout the county. This was due to the outlaw committing crimes and other acts of terror that made him a “terror to all good citizens.” While he was dead, there was still a company of soldiers deployed throughout the region in order to try and capture or kill any remaining members of McLaughlin’s company.

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New York Times

Source

"A Notorious Desperado Killed in North Carolina - A Company of Soldiers After His Confederates - A Defaulting Book-keeper at Chicago," New York Times, December 17, 1870

Date

1870-12-08

Type

Document

Coverage

Robeson County, North Carolina

Original Format

Newspaper Article

Text

JACK MCLAUGHLIN, one of a gang of notorious outlaws of Robeson County, and for whose capture large rewards have been offered by the Governor of the State, and the authorities of Robeson County, and killed yesterday, near Vigil, by Henry Biggs. McLaughlin had forced Biggs to accompany him on one of his predatory excursions, Biggs being unarmed. Stopping in a swamp, they built a fire and lay down to rest. McLaughlin fell asleep, when Biggs secured his pistol and shot him dead. The affair caused a great deal of excitement and much rejoicing in Robeson County, where McLaughlin's many and bloody deeds made him a terror to all good citizens. A company of United States soldiers are still in that county aiding citizens in efforts to kill or capture McLaughlin's confederates.

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New York Times, "A Notorious Desperado Killed in North Carolina - A Company of Soldiers After His Confederates - A Defaulting Book-keeper at Chicago," New York Times, December 17, 1870, Civil War Era NC, accessed May 28, 2017, https://cwnc.omeka.chass.ncsu.edu/items/show/52.