Archive for February 19th, 2009

Hoisting the Black Flag

February 19, 2009


Correspondence of the New-York Times.

CHICAGO, Monday, May 7, 1866
Horse-stealing has been practiced of late so extensively, in some sections of this State, that the black flag has been hoisted by the citizens, and no mercy is shown to the thieves. Last week two men were hung in Calhoun County, and one in Hardin. Five men were caught stealing horses in Jersey County, and instantly killed by shooting. WILLIAM ROLLINS was shot, but escaped by feigning death. He went to St. Louis, was arrested, taken back to Jersey, fell into the bands of the Vigilance Committee and was shot dead. Another was shot in Pike County. These occurrences make the business rather unpleasant than otherwise.

The New York Times (New York, New York) May 13, 1866