Mobile Register

June 18, 1861

Page 1


            AFFLICTING 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.  ---[Memphis Appeal]---


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