I thought I would share this story about the last day of my G-G-Grandfather's life...Aaron Morrow. He was a Private in the 3rd TN Mounted Infantry USA. His father, William Morgan Morrow was beaten to death by Confederate soldiers for complaning about having to pay the tax-in-kind. A ten percent tax on farmers of their livestock, property...etc. etc. This was no big deal in parts of the state of North Carolina, but in the mountains where they were barely surviving it was a lot. Anyway his four sons, James, George, Aaron and William Marion all joined the 3rd TN Mounted Infantry. Appomattox would not settle the quarrel between these men and those who killed their father.
On September 10 1866 the opposing factions came to Court armed and expecting trouble. Aaron L. Morrow, brother of 1st. Lieutenant James K. Morrow was shot and killed by John Tatham of Valleytown, late of Company D, 25th Regiment CSA. James K. Morrow shot and killed former Confederate Army Captain, Harlan Boone, Co. B, 25th Regiment and also shot former Captain James Cooper of Thomas Legion.
Judge Shipp ordered the Sheriff to call out the Milita Guard to restore order. The Grand Jury had a formal indictment for murder presented to it charging John Tatham with the murder of Aaron Morrow. Witnesses sworn in open court were...Enoch Voyles...James Cromwell...Lewis Hubbard...J. Fain...Adam Cable..Jim Wright and Madison Slaughter....Indictment ; None Not a True Bill- J.B. Brooks foreman.
An alias capias was ordered issued for James K. Morrow, but no process was ever served on him in this case. Garland S. Ferguson, 9 April 1900, writing the history of the 25th NC Regiment had this to say about the killing of H. Boone and Jim Cooper." Captain H.A. Boone formerly in command of Company B was murdered on the streets of Murphy by the celebrated outlaw, Morrow, after the close of the war." Mr. Ferguson did not mention the killing of Morrow's brother by a former member of the 25th Regiment, John Tatham, which occurred before Morrow, the outlaw, as Mr. Ferguson describes him, killed Boone. My G-G-Grandfather William Morgan Morrow was killed for his Union beliefs. His oldest son James K. Morrow would be bushwhacked 5 years after the war..no doubt as a result of this feud....James K. Morrow's brother-in-laws...John and George Hickey also of the 3rd, would be captured and hanged by Captain George Gailor Bristol of the 39th NC Infantry at Murphy in October of'63. George Morrow also would die of mysterious circumstances in April of '66 and of course you know how my G-G-Grandfather, Aaron Lafayette Morrow was killed. Only William Marion Morrow the youngest boy would live to an old age...he became a Methodist Minister....I am proud of all these men...James Hortom.
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