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Description: Atrocious Murder of Dr. Bozeman - The Murderer ArrestedDate: November 6 1861
Newspaper published in: Union Springs, AL
Source: ADAH Digital Collections https://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite/Home/usa/al
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SOUTHERN HOME JOURNAL
PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY, AT
Union Springs, Alabama.
H. H. SMITH - - - Editor and Proprietor
Dr. R. L. G. Bozeman, who was murdered on the 22d ult. was a most estimable citizen, enjoying the esteem and confidence in a remarkable degree of his neighbors and acquaintances. He was humane and indulgent event to a fault, to his negroes, and his untimely death is deeply lamented.
Dr. R. L. G. Bozeman was brutally murdered near his residence about 8 miles
South West of this place, by one of his negroes, on the 22nd inst.
Two of Dr. B.’s negroes, Dolphus, or Doll, as he was usually called, aged 24 years, and a young negro aged 15 years, had been “run away” a few days and returned on the morning of the murder, Dr. B. being the only white male person on the place at the time, and expressed themselves willing both to submit to the usual punishment of “run aways,” and to go to work. The Doctor proceeded with them to the blacksmith shop, not exceeding 150 yards distant from the house, and while preparing a line to tie them with, Doll approached him from behind, and with an iron bolt, inflicted a deep and mortal blow on the head, under which he immediately sank in death, uttering neither word nor groan. The negro then dragged the body inside the shop, tumbled it under a bench and partially covering up with rubbish, locked the door and fled. The young negro went to the field as if nothing unusual had occurred, and it was not until 24 hours after, that these facts were elicited from him; when on proceeding to the shop the body was found. The young negro has been in close confinement ever since.
We learn, however, that a trial of this negro has been had, the result of which was that he should be hung at __ place of the murder next ___ (the 8th inst.)
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The Murderer Arrested
We learned this morning that the negro, Dolphs, or Doll, who murdered Dr. Bozeman on the 22d ult., has been arrested, and that he will be brought back to the scene of his brutal murder to-night, and that it is probable he will expiate his crime on the gallows or at the stake, at the same time with his accomplice.