Lynchburg: Schaffter & Bryant, Printers, 1869. 32pp. Bound in modern plain wrappers, else Very Good.
"Pollard had published an account of the 'elopement' a sister of James Grant who, taking offense at it, shot him in the back with a shotgun on the streets of Richmond. The jury acquitted him, apparently having its own ideas of the freedom of the press" [McDade]. This pamphlet describes the "assassination," prints the argument of John Gilmer, who prosecuted the defendant, the Judge's charge to the jury, and several "suppressed letters to the New York Herald" in which Edward protests "those who vilified my dead brother," including the Herald.
Edward Pollard was the well-known contemporary historian of the Confederacy. Henry Pollard was the editor of the 'Southern Opinion,' a Richmond newspaper. He was killed on November 24, 1868. A week before his death he published a report of the 'elopement.' "About ten o'clock on the morning of the 24th, as Pollard, the editor of the paper, was near his office door, a shot was fired from the upper window of an opposite building. Pollard was instantly killed, eleven buckshot having entered his body, one passing through his heart... James Grant, a brother of the young lady named, was found in one of the rooms," with the fired gun near him. The previous day James had demanded a retraction, which Pollard refused, upon which James promised to shoot Pollard on sight. [Hudson, Journalism in the United States from 1690-1872, page 765. New York: 1873].
McDade 376. Haynes 14272. Cappon 2453. Item #34589