|Freedmen working a farm.|
The growing resistance to the Federal government and particularly to its agents, Charles M. Hamilton and William J. Purman, reached the boiling point in January of 1868 when news spread through the county of the kidnapping and beating of two farmers, William McKay and John F.E. McKay. On January 3, 1868, the two filed suit against the Carpetbagger Hamilton, each alleging that the agent:
|Col. James F. McClellan|
|Charles M. Hamilton|
|Carpetbaggers as seen by Southerners|
|Carpetbaggers as seen by Northerners|
It would take Hamilton nearly six weeks to respond to the filing against him. I will detail his response in the next article.