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January 18, 2014

Civil War deserters challenged local law enforcers in 1864


“DESERTER SHOT.—Officer Selah Fish went to Pittsfield, Otsego county, on Sunday to arrest a deserter named Brown,” came news on Jan. 20. “He entered the house where the young man was stopping and found him in the company of his father. On stating his business, the two made an attack on him, one of them striking him with a knife. The deserter then tried to escape, when Mr. Fish fired upon him. The first shot struck him in the arm, above the elbow; the second in the leg below the knee; the third, which stopped him, in the thigh. Brown was brought to Norwich and lodged in jail, and on Monday the balls were taken out. He was pretty badly hurt.”

The deserter Brown was likely an observer of this next event, seen in the Jan. 27 edition, shared from the weekly Chenango County Telegraph.

“ATTEMPT TO OPEN THE JAIL.—On Thursday night, the Sheriff being absent on business, his son Charles was left in charge of the jail, about 11 o’clock he was awakened by a knock upon the outside door…and on asking ‘who was there?’ was answered, ‘a man with a prisoner.’ He opened the door and a single man, of large frame and slouching habit, stalked into the sitting room and took his seat near the door that opens into the hall next to the cells. He demanded the keyes (sic) and was ordered to leave. Then a scuffle ensued, in which Charley was thrown down and slightly choked. Charley got to his feat (sic) and seized the poker, with which he knocked the intruder down. On being let up he made another demonstration, but was impelled towards the outer door by a well-directed blow and was finally thrust out.”

“This was a very bold attempt to open the doors of our local prison, and we have no doubt that the Sheriff will bring the offender to punishment as soon as he can lay hands upon him.”

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