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Description: Sanguinary Fight - Two White and Six Colored Men Killed
Newspaper published in: Hartselle, AL
Source: Madison Co., AL Library
Page/Column: Page 1, Column 5
Two White and Six Colored Men Killed.
Several Other White Men Dangerously Wounded.
GIRARD, LA., June 27.--A riot occurred at Oak: Ridge, yesterday morning, about 5:30 o'clock, in which one white man and six negroes were killed, and several white men dangerously wounded. Parties arriving here to-day give the following particulars of the affair. Yesterday evening a negro man living in the vicinity of Oak Ridge indecently assaulted a white girl. He was arrested about 7 p. m., and when the deputies were taking him to the calaboose they were fired upon by Jerry Baldwin, colored, his two sons and three other negroes, wounding Deputies Baker and Gardner. The negroes then dispersed and later rendezvoused at a negro cabin two miles from town. On looming their whereabouts the officers went to arrest them. On approaching the cabin they were fired upon, and one of their number, G. W. Higginbotham, was instantly killed, and Constables John Conger, Gardner and Baker dangerously wounded. During the melee which followed John Baldwin and one of his sous and four other negroes were killed. Great excitement prevails at Oak Ridge, and further trouble is apprehended. Later—A courier just arrived from Oak Ridge reports everything quiet. Twenty men from Bastrop have arrived there. Town Marshal John Conger, who received eleven bullet wounds, died at 3 o'clock to-day.