In 1863 When a Black Man Refused to be Whipped Was He a Murderer if He Killed His Former Enslaver?


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This cuts both ways. I read a story about black troops goading a woman, widowed and childless because of the war, into hanging herself. The incident happened because she had a mourning wreath on her door to commemorate the loss of her husband and sons.

When Lincoln was assassinated, she took the wreath down. In the process, she was told by passing black troops to put it up to honor Lincoln.
She refused and said it was there for her family lost. They bullied and badgered her and forced her to put it back up and threatened her if she took it sown.
In front of these soldiers, she hanged herself as they watched and laughed.

I guess that was sweet revenge too
 

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What's interesting is now that slavery's over, we are hearing the voices of African Americans, folks that weren't allowed to testify before.
...but if we do count the statement of field hand Tom, then the killing was premeditated and it would change the charge to murder.
 

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This cuts both ways. I read a story about black troops goading a woman, widowed and childless because of the war, into hanging herself. The incident happened because she had a mourning wreath on her door to commemorate the loss of her husband and sons.

When Lincoln was assassinated, she took the wreath down. In the process, she was told by passing black troops to put it up to honor Lincoln.
She refused and said it was there for her family lost. They bullied and badgered her and forced her to put it back up and threatened her if she took it sown.
In front of these soldiers, she hanged herself as they watched and laughed.

I guess that was sweet revenge too
What's your source for this story?
 



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