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Oct 2, 1861 - Death of Duckett, Confederate sympathizer

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A Painful Occurence.—

Several weeks ago, J. Gabby Duckett, eldest son of Dr. T. B. Duckett, of this town, left his home, without the knowledge or consent of his father, and proceeded to the Potomac river, a few miles above Sharpsburg, for the purpose of passing over to join the Confederate Army in Virginia. He was last seen alive walking on the tow-path of the Canal near Grove’s ware-house in the direction of a fish dam on which it was supposed he intended to cross.— On Wednesday last, a dead body was washed ashore at Shepherdstown and a careful examination proved it to be that of young Duckett. A ring was found upon one of his fingers with the initials of his name upon it, and a pair of stockings upon his feet contained those of his father’s name. The supposition at first was that he had been drowned in crossing the river, but a small bullet hole being found in his chest, as if made with a pistol, left no doubt of his having been shot and thrown into the river either before or after he had crossed it. One dollar and fifty-eight cents in coin were found in his pocket-, but he was known to have had a much larger sum with him, together with several suits of clothing. He was in the 20th year of his age, and his death, under the painful circumstances which surrounded it, has very deeply afflicted his aged and devoted father, who is a firm friend of the Union cause. His remains were brought to this town, and interred on Friday last.


Herald of Freedom & Torch Light


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Washington County Free Library

Hagerstown (Md.), Newspapers; Maryland, History, Civil War, 1861-1865

Washington County (Md.), 1861-1865

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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