June 18, 1861
TRAGEDY—We learn from a volunteer, now in the city from Corinth, Miss., that
one day last week a member of the Wigfall Rifles,
meeting at that place, named J. M. Harrison, a merchant, of the firm of Harrison
& Edwards, of Greensborough, Miss., obtained a furlough. He arrived at his residence at Greensborough
before day on Thursday morning, and desiring to surprise his wife, he entered
his house, with as little noise as possible.
Mrs. Harrison saw him, however, but in the dark mistook him, and called
to his brother, Mr. William Harrison, merchant of town, who was sleeping on the
premises, to shoot a negro who had broken in. He did so, and a heavy load of shot entered
his brother’s breast under his nipple. Mr.
Harrison died a few moments later, leaving his wife and brother in a state of
distracted agony too fearful to contemplate.
[Transcribed by Sharon Strout]