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WINCHESTER, TENN.. JUNE 16, 1S63-
W. J. SLATHER, IWprioto
Notice to Subscriber!."
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your paper, plasa r new your .-ubwii.tion
as it ia a notice, that the tim: i which i'
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iei73u me answer that La knew wt'r.vg cf any
nueh men. that thcru wvre uo such inei. in his
employ or h.td his pa?g.
Long before this dispatch wat received,
however, every one why butt an oppo tunitv
oi hearing their conversation w.is well mis,
fled that thry were spies. !:uart is ti.ey were,
they gave frequent and distinct evidence of
Uitpae.ty. After this dispatch came to hand,
which u did about 12 o'clock (midnight), a
fun1 i n :njir vm-h,.i . a . j 1 ft i i 1 l . p . 1 . 1
7, .7 f-'-'-"'" " oruereu. i inis personal oistory ci lvi. urton, i cavepatnereti i
iaf Major confuted widest onoodti m. but I 'rom the Coui.el hiimelf. and from Colon -1
cf Artillery, but at tiitt time of hi? depth wu? '
his Inspector Ueneral. When ho joi.it .1 the '
Confeuerate Army he altered Lis name, end j
now signs ii ibus" ' Lnwrnnce W. Orton. Col. j
Cav. P. A C. :i. A." (Provisional Army O n j
federate States of Artacricu.'') Scmetilaes- lie
writes his name "Orton," and sometime.- i
"Auton," according to the object which h.:
had in view. '1 his we learn from the papers !
found on him. These facts in relution to the ;
A."'l CI AI i t) Pftr-iS PtTATCKn.
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Frun rhc Na'hville Pr.jss, of tin- Hth, v,-.i
-xlr:K t the followinj; d"t:iiled account of thu
'.rceeutioii of th two Conie terate braves vhosfi
tragic end wo notice! und.-r "Tj.:s" h.aA
in tin luivt nurnter of tlu' I'mlcti -i. A l'Yile
rul iSurgeoa yivca the followirnt ccount:
Special l.'cvre- ; ov.dence f ih" P; -: s 1
1'iie Izccation at .Friiidir:.
ITTAILIi PACKS AND HISTORY UP
II t-PQri:Trr.s ?v,t,
Pranklin. rlVur:., June )
Last eri-nin . aheut. muj d.wu twi- sti angora
rodo into c:i'.u and vail xl at i.'ol !'::.ird's had
qti'irl'T?, w1k presented unusual :i j;e;.rsnee.
'i'hey hud on citizens' overcoats, FecVrul regu
lation pams and cp?. The caj . wer covt-r-M
with white flannel' navelocks. They wnreside-
arm., aid showed high intflliaenee. One
ciaimea to m a uoioni in i'ie i. i. mn
ealied hir.iself Col. A'tstin; tl:e other culled
the Coh.nel protested a-tdnst it. und even' pu
flT,u l nn artn'. When the M-ijoi's
sword whs drawi from the scabbard there was
f.'U:td etched upon it ta.se words, "Lt. W. 0.
Peter. C. y. A " At this discovcrv Col. tr.Ird
rem.-ivked, Gentlemen, Vou h tve' played tl is
d-dv.tll." "Yps,"piii(i Lieut. P't(-r. ' and
it ci'itt r,fx.' being a perfett sueem " They then
iiif'essed the ;vhol unaier, and upon further
search vnrioua pipers, snowmr; t.hir ituiit,
wre discovered upon their p--fV.n?. Lieut
i'eter was found to have on a rebel can, se
crete 1 hjthe white C-mnel hav.lock
Col. Kairu ur.me liatelT tehvi nnh nlthe fqeu
to Oen. R .seirans and n-ked what he should
Waikins, who kr.ow him well; they havi..it
belonged to the Burnt- regiment of the regnbu
Army 2d U. H. Cavalry. Col. WaUin:,.
howver, did not rt'C'.'gniaf, Col. Ortvii until
aftr.r he Lai ir.ftdu hivw-lf known, and now
mourns his aponcy and tragic fata.
The nt'ser vie im of this delusive and recli-
j less dar'n:g. was U alter G. fetor a Li"uii ant
m the rebel at my. and Vol. Orion s Adjufan;.
lie was a tail, handsome young man, ot about
'' yem, tiitt gn.vo tatny rig us cf nit. cation
Of his history I have been able to grf'n:r
nothing. He plavcd but a second pint. Col
The VollLndisrhron Cruo.
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Orton w:is the lea'dor. and did all th talking l' ro-it tl.
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A , hi'd in a short time reaeived an order "to 1 und niana-inir. Such is a succinct account of! torul.'.l t i m
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u v lunii uy unim ic'au court martial, und it
iound guiliy hari'j them wunedwkly. Tnecourt
wits convened, and befoie daylight the case
was decided, and the prisoners informed that
thoy must prepare tor im:ned :,te death by
At duylight men were detai ed to make a
scatlold. The prisoners were visited by the
Chaplain of the 7htb illiriok wh , upon th -ir
requa.t. adm'risu red tjm iicrauunt to them.
lney aiso wrot som" li tters to tueir friends. with a por
and deposited th-sir jewn-lrv. siiv-r ( up, and (them: ant
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one of the most daring enterprises that men I t.re;,:-e of tho armv bv .,i;tiU'i.
and the men who plaved the awful tragedy. 'Z t'8it.',nco to the execuiior, - i
History will hardly furnirli its par.r.l'el j ""thtvy. Lew, mind yon. nro r...
the character and standing of the parties, the i pi'ohh'inatiCul rosu't;' of hid fou.'e. bitt
'loldneis and dari'iit of the enterprise, and thn aetutij, hjjiociSv of all ol tl c;n
swftne?s with which discovery and punish-j ,.xeept the "h.-?, : v v n?i unV.v ncc ir-
.iwn!i,.,Ki; ,., no.itHtu.ahlv ar.,.... tor -.rl',, ca'
insnectinc cur noiition. v.'orki and ti.-,v!i i tlicmst s V '.-i , Lent ".''"'t'.s :i,uj f.-,-;,' f.
finer .taluablti, tor ttr.nssn;soioh to
li".!:tp, and both r nre.-enun;:
themselves us I pet-tor Gererals of the CJ. S.
A. Tl cy repr-scnted that tliev were now out
on an expedition in this drpartment, inspect
ing the -utposts and defences, and that day no
lo e yesterday they had been overhauled by
the enemy and lost their coats and pu 'ses.
They exhibited official papers from Gen. Rose-
.'crans. and also from the VVrr department .-.t,
W ashiugton, confirming their rank and busi
ness These were all right to Col. Haird, and
he felt satisfied of their honesty. They asked
the Colonel to loan them S-3 , as they had no
coats and no money to buy them. Col. Baird
loaned them tho money, and took Col. Austin's
note for it. Jut-t at dark they start d. saying
1 they were going to Nashville, and t 'ok that
way. ,just so soon as tny Ktartea. tne
tho'ught of their beinrr pies struck Col. Baiyd,
ha says, like a thunderbolt and heordercd Col.
U atuins. of the 6th Ky. Cavalry, who was
Standing by, to arrest them immediately. But
they were going at lightning speed Colonel
TVatkins had no time to cail a guard, and only
with his crdeilyheaet out on the chase, lie
ordered the orderly to unsiine his earhine and
if. when he (tha "Colonel) halted them tbey
showed any suspicious motions, to fireon th' m
vMthout waiting for nn or.ier. They were
overtaken nb-nn one third of a mile from here.
Col. Watkins told them that t'ol Baird want
ed to make some fui ther inquiries of theta.and
ikcd them to return. This they politely eoa
'onted to do, after some remonstrance on ac
count of the lateness of t' o hour and the iu
tancs they had to travel, and Col. Watkins led
toe.ii to his tent, where ha placed a stn n
guard over them. It wusjiot until one of them
Wtcmptod to pass the guard at the door that
they even susnected they were nrh-oncrs. Cot.
Watkins immediately brought them to Colonel
M rd under strong guard. They at once mani
Meu great uneasiness, and pr- tenaea greaim
Agnation at b -ingt'.ixi traa ei l?oloiv-j Ba.rd
lr-.nkiy told them th it ho had his suspicions of
'Mr true character, and that tht:y should, if
lyal, object to no necessary caution. They
"r very hard" to satisfy, and were in a great
Wry to get off. Col Baird told theja that
they were under arrest, and ho pbouid hold
hem prisoners until he was atib?d that the?
e what they purported to be. He iaaoidi
ely telegraphed to Gtn. BofecrecJ, ac4 r
The gallows was constructed by a wild cherry
tree not far from the d-pot. aod'in a verv pub
lic place, 'I wo r.-pes Lung dunging from the
tu m rei.")iin.; w.tbin -igi,t teet - mio giounj.
A lit. le after l' o clock A M. tho whole garii
sn.n vviis mar-ha'h'd around th1 placof esecu
t. on i i sol mn so-moss. Two poplar cufSns
w-.e lying ii t-w frt away. Twenty raiinti s
y.isi nine the lurd cotidueted tne irion"rsto
the S'-alFold they walked firm and steady, as
it' unmindful ol the tearful jirecipk? 'they
vt-w a . proa, hing- 'i'he tcuards' did them ihe
h-'U r i inarch ;nh .--ruis r-ver-.(d.
-Ai'Mve.d t' tie ..;, -e i;f -:frrti.)r, 'hey
..?;.! upon the j 'iu'.-m of tii cart and tooit
il'eir r"9i ' '.ivi- p;:t, i :-. 't'ljo f'r-ivost Marchi'i
(,a;i ; o-v:,; i , t'.en tl. d a i...'t! hai dker
or ,.r the i,'.:e cf ti.-h i d -uijui.ted th
ropes - l.-y tliei. H.-ked the .n vil-of bid
'Jin r a la; t iui-e-w.-ti which bur...' era -.!. they
tentteriy en-briej-.a mi ofjo.-. 'lids over, the
rart m .y- d from ur.c.er Mn m. und tbey huiiir
iti ti.a air What a IW'ul p.-nalty l ' Ilicy
swun,; oil' at. 'J n in two minutet tile Lieii
t?J.iT.t ceased to strugfl. The Colonel
caught hold of thi rope with both hinds and
rai.-ed himself up at three ininut.-s, and ceased
to stru;::t,l.j at live minutes, it six minutes
Pr. Pornvter. ,org(.n Oth Ky. Cavalry, and
l)r, AIoss. 7-th 111. Infantry, and myself, who
had iieeu detailed to examino tin) bodies, a--proaehed
them, and foand the pnl.se of both
full and strong. Atscven minutes the (.'olonel
snrugged his fhoulders. '1 h! pulse of eneli
continued to beat 17 minir.es. and at twenty
minutes all si-ns of life hud ce se-.l. Th"
bodies were cut down at 3D minutes aid en
cotHried in full dress. The f'ob nel was buri.-.l
with a gold locket and chain on his neck.
The locket contained the portrait and a braid
of hair of his intended wire her portrait was
also in. his vest pocket these wore buried with
him at his request. Poth men Were bui id
in the same grave companions in life, misfor
tune and crime, companions in infamy, and
now companions in ti'.y grave.
I should have stated in another p'ace that
the prisoners did not want the punishment
delayed, but, well knowing tho c' sequences
of their acts, even before their dr.aJ, asked to
have the sentence be it by hanging or shoot
ing, quickly decided and executed. But they
deprecated the idea of death by hanging, at. 1
asked for a cemmutation of the sentence to
Tho elder and leader of there u fortunate
men was Lawrence Williams, of Georgetown.
D C He was us fine a 1 -okig man in I
have ever seen, about 6 ft et hip.h. and perhaps
,.() years old. He was a son ot Captain Vvi.
lisnis, who was killed ft the b-jttli of Mnnte
rev. He wan one of th- most intellectual and
accomplished men that I hav ever known.
I have never known any ono who exc-lled
him as a talker. He wan a member of the
Regular Army with tho rank of Captain of
Cavalry when tho rebellion broke put, and at
tli at t nij was aid de-camp, and private secre
tary to Gon, WinSeld Scott. From this con
fld-nce and respect shown him by so distin
guished a wan. may be judged his education
and accomplishment?. He wan a first cousin
of Gen. Le, commanding the . Confederate
Army on the Rappahannock. Soon alter the
war began, he was frank enough to inform
Gen. Scott that all his sympathies were with
the South, as his friend and interests were
there, a.td that he could not Spht agamsi
th em. As he was privy to all of Gen. oott.
plans for the campaign, it wa3 not though
pro; er to turn him loose, he.ice he was entte
Governor's Island, where ho remained thre
months. After' tho first Bull Run battle he
was allowed to go bouth. where ho joined the
Con f -derate Army, and his subsequent history
I havo net heeo able to lea. n much about
Keffw MileoaOn Ewgg's fcteffas Chief
tion o; taur t.a.torous insignia uimii
d the botunes" ot their conduct m.td
tneir flimsy subterfuges almost successful.
To the last, however, thev deni.-d h'-ini; j i.,,
spies, l ney ciairn'M taai tm-y wfii enaeav. i
oring to get through our lines in order to vi:.itl
friends in th Noith, anti in lvarope. hut
this st cry was so poorly matured, that wh-n j
either told it, it would not han-x t e:etcer. !
and tliere was ht'.le resemblance between the j
account? which Ur. two k;ivo. I Ii- arr-st. s.
comple.tely eonft.'und' d th-m. that they v;.-n
never afterward able to recover fn-m it.
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The upfortii'tate wn matte ho complaltK. at j ' i.i't1.' v.'i-ul...
the severity of their punishment, t-xci-pt they ' ,-,(, ,.r .u , j,
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were too well informed not to know that upon " ' " ' '
conviction of beAm? spits they in:,f. uii'er j :! W'-'iitor, tjoVtnl
death, ar.d h-nco they expected it, a. i l n.a le j rni1.' A:: 4 "'ii ;tri'l
no coir plaints. :.',' witu
Col. Orton who r-cognized CI. V'tirk 1 : .. .. . ..
soon as he s t'.v hitn. told him th.it lit- Vn"-'ly ' . ,',. ' ,
es.-iip' d his Itffi when th arrest was m.:-- ' ' ' ', ." " s
that ho hat; h's hand on hs pistol io kill h'm ' 1 ' '" - '
and escape that had it bet n t-ny i-i.e else, !;e , coin :'' i ---t: ii n
would Have cone so. , t h
Col. Ortc-n d-iiverfi! hi swoid and pitoh- ,
to Col. Wivtli-s, and told hit" N- nr.".
wear them. JI also presented i.tn his her-, I
which he yp.lued at ?1 O'.Ki, and tuk-U hiw
treat, it kindly for his tskn. t.'" '
We arc all sad over this event. Th.':-e s ! Ih;1
gloom upon every face. Although ,-.. r.re;-.;.
fully satii'aed 'that the mission of tltes-r rv.' : ,. ' ,
was to 1 1 an our e-mtruction a.nc :iat eV' t
they recoirnizod their punishment just, r.e
eordi"ff to the accepted rules of war among
all nations rti'.l to see sueb mer- saiil r -.I'-li n
penalty, uar L.iea our garrisTi u.n adin
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Itolda tho following 1 1: nj.n ?, US u--'
gard to tho lata battles ' rcc'-? i. "-s
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On tho wholo, then, thottglt the ultt j
mate result depends of Ci;rs, entiro'y !
on tho ishuo of tho battle ' ti iVKjoaty,
Gen, Hoolcct'ti ohjodH seen I) liave
beon ffustrat: 1. it is truo thtu Go.i.
Si'dfivnCit'is t-ufj s ban e itcccvcled in
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Fi edvrioitribiM v but this njceess wiM I by rrt.nrr-ri-trt. The --rotractcii r; j '.t
have been .! i. atai! if Jlooker' ;sf,f VielbariT ail'.'. raw :hc h tjo. it
cl'eckmateu with CiO it iiMiuhaonoei
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i. ir. ll r: .-zzt tf.r'D-t t)', it,
:hl:y:i s iv.-'Kl, ar;tioot-ti-io.- Caithaifo
u Licll.i. ii' t!:c If: t r0;'.',it in true,
ho is wt-l! jhc.(:(l, joi i;c, c its (if Grant
behind him, and if Lee wan Htron en
ough t iort'o i.im back on Aloitday he
nut Lavo l'n cut to nieoo-i. i v. an
ti nriiits a'y.iy fronj .Sed'.rick's & $,
and I,ee separated the Iwn divis ('iits.
Tho only Coi.ri'jo of Id stiCCitHU soemca
I..- bo that Sedwi.'S should bo abio t
opoi-ate on Leo's i-iglit'lla.:k uT.'. rear
i ef -,. e llouker wn'n crushed. We can
anticipate no more h i .oful tidings
iioni tlio G 'Vei'Hit.ent .t Vashin rto'i,
I. avin kept bacit the nisalt of Alo.)
day's batt'o. Ii it nhould havo beet;
unfavorable,- wo do not wor der at tl t ir
hofiiatin to pioclnini o gteut i cal
; mity. If Gerioral ilookr in deicuted
the chance of 6Uccoe8, at least ia
Vir. iniu, in 'Ono
3;g Onr loss at Port UuelBon is pa
u mated by an officer who participated
in tho fight, at (JuO. Jho Yankee, loss
io cfScerB alone amounted to nearly
not uarnritoo tn-j ce.-:inty, to tit c;on
or or later Gen?. Smith. Pace ard
Taylor '.vill take putt in the gi-car
drttma, basing enacted a o?ji;d thjfaar.our
City of the Hills. Bank 'has Icf-.
Smith and Taylor naiue.Y.cf t,hj aiiivx
tion in Lo li.iiat.r., and vo oco not Jr.
1 1 n v sh i:: I i lot. '!ir; titc'r m'-'::
ti e ;-;r:'tt'i tVa".:-' .d oventr. If u'::'
reymi ts we already h'tye prove ! bU-;-;,
'.ye y.-t expect t- t-e. Smith lurnta
;tiio:;.i-r !li,ifhc" on -tho scotij of
nttio... SJotdc J: ,?(()'.
YANK.EI& T .v : o ' y fthfid. bellied lop
nid d, flop oared Ab'litioni3t3. I'f.tttr.
ed in 'J'eoucbHee. got hers yesterday
evening, nay's tho Lytichbtst Hepnb
lican, by the Woistern train. We ash
ed one where fe hailed froro "YaiV,
j aw," in tho sweetest of aweefc jDtacI;
accents, was all we could get-out cf
hini. Vio accouted another with a 'ika
nni'ort.unate result; and then ucusR0d"
ami quit rr-aking enquiries Kot. anian
of thm oo uM ppa'-e .i vord "f Boe!'"'