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Corinth July 16" 1866 Geo. S. Smith } Capt-. and Bvt Major } Sub. Com. Bu. R.F. and A.L.} Columbus Miss. } Dear Sir I have the honor to acknowledge that rct. of your communication of the 14" inst. and in reply would state immediately on hearing of the killing of the negroes. I issued, and placed in the hands of the Dpty. Sheriff a warrant for the arrest of the murderer. For several days the sheriff was unable to find him. Where I ascertained that he had gone to the Sheriff at the Co. seat and submitted his case had his trial and was acquitted. The evidence before the coroner at the inquest show that the negroes commenced the attack and were armed with an axe and a knife. These are all the facts in the case that have come into my possession, [[strikethrough]]in the[[/strikethrough]] The affair took place outside of this district–and was more properly attended to where it was then here. I remain sir yours respectfully James McAmis Mayor City of Corinth Official J. Webster City Clerk
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