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Letter Referencing Death of William Bruce Mumford, New Orleans, La.

In connection with the death of William B. Mumford, pioneer druggist of Kansas City, Mo., on February 19, the Kansas City Star made some reference to the tragic fate of his father at the hands of General Butler in New Orleans during the Federal occupation of that city. William Bruce Mumford, Sr., was a successful merchant of that city before the war, and he had fought in the Florida war, but a broken leg had prevented his enlisting in the Confederate army. When the Federals captured New Orleans he was assisting merchants in removing their wares from the invaders, and while doing this he tore down a flag that had been raised. For this he was shot by order of General Butler. His wife then removed to Wytheville, Va., with her children, and later lived in Washington D. C., for some years. After her death the sons went west and became successful business men of Missouri and Kansas.

In sending report of his brothers death, Charles B. Mumford, of Muncie, Kans., writes that his brother's wife shortly followed him in death, both having succumbed to influenza, which developed into pneumonia. Mrs. Mumford was a native of Alabama, born in Montgomery. A daughter by his first marriage, Miss Celeste Mumford, and this brother are the only survivors of the family.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, May, 1922.

NOTE: The letter states Mumford was shot. He was hanged June 7, 1862. See The Daily Picayune, June 8, 1862.

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