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Blackburn, Tom, 1834-1854

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Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Abram Fulkerson Cadet Letters, 1853 - 1854

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Scope and Contents Two letters written while a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute; to his mother and sister. Also one letter fragment from same period. Letter of April 14, 1854 mentions trial of Charles Christian for murder of Cadet Thomas Blackburn.

Letter to "Molly" (Mary Gunn). Murder of Cadet Thomas Blackburn, 1854 February 1

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Written at Lexington, Virginia. Topics include the murder of Virginia Military Cadet Thomas Blackburn by Charles Christian, a local law student.
"You see how nice a sense of honor the southerners have. In law here if one man calls another a liar and he beats him almost to death for it the law does nothing with him for it is considered sufficient provocation."