The Times-Picayune (New
Orleans, Louisiana) 14 April 1868
Murder and Robbery at Marshall, Texas--
We find the following in the Jefferson (Texas) Jimplecute, of April 7:
We have just learned this (Monday) morning, by a friend direct from Marshall, of the murder of Col. W.R.D. Ward, an old and respected citizen of Marshall. Also the wounding, perhaps fatally, of Major Ely, of Shreveport. They were both robbed of large amounts of money. It is said that the murder and robbery was committed by Harris, Robinson, and a Mr. Poe. The murderers made their escape, but are being closely pursued by Capt. Boggess and Mr. Miller, both brave and feareless men, and in all probability they will be captured. The murderers crossed at Camp's Ferry, on the morning of the 5th, and their pursuers were only three hours behind them. Excitement about the affair is very high in Marshall, and it is common talk on the streets that other parties, who are well known around Marshall, are implicated in this horrid affair.