On December 26, 1861, the Vermont Phoenix reported the following during times of the Civil War:
Private John Wheeler of Co. F, 4th Vermont Volunteers, has sent to one of his friends in this village a piece of a newspaper stained with the heart’s blood of the first deserter and traitor shot by order of our military officers. This “memorial” was posted in Lilley’s saloon (Brattleboro, VT).
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