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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Why one man fought the Civil War

The Sniper Who Slayed More Than 100 Union Soldiers -- "...sometimes a man simply fights because of personal loss — and the need for bloodstained revenge."

In his book Jack Hinson’s One-Man War: A Civil War Sniper, Tom McKenney describes Hinson as "a Southerner at heart," but one who "was firmly against secession and war." The brutal death of his sons changed all that. Two of Hinson’s sons "were caught with rifles by a Union patrol while hunting squirrels, they were executed on suspicion of guerrilla activity, their decapitated heads delivered to Bubbling Springs, the Hinson plantation, and mounted on gateposts. That was the day that 57-year-old Hinson’s neutrality came to an end." Hinson freed his slaves, collected his rifle, and waged his own war against the Union -- beginning with "the lieutenant responsible for killing his sons" and the soldier who put his sons' heads on his gateposts.

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