Trouble was brewing in Jefferson, Texas, on the night of October 4, 1868. The Civil War had ended, and the riverport city was occupied by Federal troops to keep the peace. George Webster Smith, a carpetbagger who had become involved in local politics had been sequestered in the city jail - the calaboose - for his own safety. Four freedmen, Cornelius Turner, Lewis Grant, Richard Stewart, and Anderson Wright, were locked in with him for the same reason. The local authorities had posted guards to protect those in the calaboose from any harm. Suddenly, a handful of men burst into the jail yard, disarming the guards, and making way for what was said to be about one hundred masked vigilantes - suspected to be members of a local organization called The Knights of the Rising Sun. The terrible events that followed that evening set the stage for one of the most predominant trials in Jefferson's history. Some of the men accused of the crimes that night were pillars of the community, and the number of suspects was so large that a stockade was built near Big Cypress Bayou on the south side of town to house them. Even though the Stockade Trial - as it was called - attempted to determine the exact events of that murderous night, the truth may never really be known... but the story of that October evening will live forever in Jefferson's history.
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Andrew Spencer graduated from LeTourneau University in Longview, TX with a B.A. in English and a minor in history. His poetry has appeared in New Plains Review, Coe Review, Chaffey Review, and Cartographer. He lives and writes in the piney woods of East Texas. Curtis Hawthorne graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from LeTourneau University. After graduating, he completed a Certificate in Applied Linguistics at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics. He currently lives in Mountain View, CA where he works as a software engineer for Google. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the pipe organ.
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Book Description 23 House, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. first edition edition. 134 pages. 8.40x5.50x0.50 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0984645837