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Trial of Calvin Sartain for shooting into steamer White Cloud, Columbia, Missouri.
At the military commission which convened at Columbia, Mo.,
pursuant to Special Orders, No. 160, of February 20, 1862, from the
headquarters Department of the Missouri, and of which Lieut. Col.
William F. Shaffer, Regimnent Merrill's Horse, is president, were
arraigned and tried:
CHARGE: Violation of the laws of war by attacking a vessel transporting U. S.
Specification 1.--In this, that the said Calvin Sartain, a citizen of Howard County,
Mo., did shoot and discharge a loaded gun at and into the steamer White Cloud,
which said steamer was being used for the transportation of troops of the United
States on the Missouri River; and the said Sartain did thereby with malice
aforethought kill and murder a certain person whose name is unknown, the pilot of said
boat. This near the Missouri River in Howard County, Mo., on or about the 25th
day of August, 1861.
Specification 2.--In this, that the said Calvin Sartain, a citizen of Howard County,
o., did aid and abet certain persons whose names are unknown in an armed attack
upon the steamer White Cloud, which said steamer was engaged in the transportation
of U. S. troops on the Missouri River. This near the Missouri River in Howard
County, Mo., on or about the 25th day of August, 1861.
To which charge and specifications the prisoner pleaded not guilty.
The commission finds the prisoner as follows:
On the first specification, guilty, except as to time murder and killing of a certain
person whose name is unknown, the pilot of the boat.
Of the second specification, guilty.
Of the charge, guilty.
And does therefore sentence him, Calvin Sartain, to be shot to death at such time
and place as the commanding general of this department may direct.
Finding and sentence approved. Sentence will be carried into effect
at a time and place to be hereafter designated by the general commanding
this department. In the meantime the prisoner will be confined in
the military prison at Alton.
SOURCE: Official Records, Series 2, Volume 1.
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