The Galveston Daily News (Galveston, Texas)
27 September 1865, Wed
Murder of U.S. Soldiers.-- The Jefferson (Texas) Jimplecute of the 19th, informs us that two United States soldiers were killed on the Friday evening previous in the neighborhood of Hickory Hill, Davis County, about sixteen miles northwest of Jefferson. A company of cavalry returning from Paris, Lamar county, lost one of their number by sickness near Hickory Hill, and had detailed four men to attend to the burial. While in this act they were attacked by a party of men, and two of them killed, while several balls passed through the hat of another, who escaped only by feigning death. It is supposed that the foul and cowardly deed was perpetrated by men who had followed some distance for the purpose.
The murderers were generally believed to be Missourians.
An indignation meeting was held in Jefferson on the receipt of the news. It was more largely attended than any public meeting for four years past; and adopted resolutions condemning the deed and pledging each member of the assemblage to give influence and assistance in bringing the assassins to punishment. We heartily join the meeting and the papaer quoted in reprobation of the deed, and in the hope that the murderers may be speedily caught and punished.