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Daniel Sickles & Philip Barton Key...



Item # 218428

March 02, 1859

THE DAILY JOURNAL, Wilmington, North Carolina, March 2, 1859.

* Daniel Sickles
* Philip Barton Key
* Insanity plea

Pg. 2 contains a report headed: "The Sickles & Key Tragedy" which was the talk of the town in 1859. Daniel Sickles suspected Philip Barton Key (son of Francis Scott Key) was having an affair with his wife, and when Sickles caught Key attempting to enter his house he became enraged and shot Key, who died a short time later. Sickles--a Representative in Congress--pleaded temporary insanity and was acquitted of the murder charge, the first time this plea was used successfully. See the photos for the early report as given in this newspaper. Ftpg. contains a "Taken Up" ad for a runaway Negro man, with details (see photos). Complete in 4 pages, very nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War