September 7, 2018

James Smith Kills Robert Raines, Lincoln, 1861


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[March 21, 1861] -

Attorney at Law, 

Stanford, Lincoln County, Ky., 
March 21st 1861
Governor B. Magoffin 

Enclosed you will find the description of James Smith, who, about the ^last of^ Feby, in this County, killed Robert Raines — he has fled, and we desire you to offer a reward for his apprehension. The murder was a most unwarrantable one, and the person murdered a young man of great respectability and goodness.

He is about five feet 11 inches high — weighs about 165, or 170 pounds, has heavy eyebrows — a sulky look — sandy hair and whiskers, the latter very thin upon his face. ^His eyes are rather yellowish.^ He cannot straighten his right arm, caused by rheumatism. He is about 22 years of age, speaks rather quick when spoken to.,

Yours truly 
Harry T. Harris.

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[1] Henry T. Harris to Beriah Magoffin,  21 March 1861,  Office of the Governor, Beriah Magoffin: Governor's Official Correspondence File, Apprehension of Fugitives from Justice Papers, 1859-1862,  MG8-104,  Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives,  Frankfort,  KY.  Accessed via the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition: Early Access,, (accessed September 17, 2016).

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