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From: "Chuck Campbell" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2004 08:00:39 -0500
I thought I share this Boit from Nebraska with you, as C.A. Burnham was from
Potsdam, NY and a Civil War vet of the 92nd NY Vols, Company C.
A DEPLORABLE TRAGEDY
JAMES M. BURNHAM SHOOTS
HIS FATHER TO SAVE
HIS OWN LIFE
James M. Burnham, the well known Editor and proprietor of the Wymore
Wymorean, shot and instantly killed his father, Capt. C. A. Burnham,
formerly of Potsdam, New York [92nd NY Vols, Co. C], at their home in
Wymore[NE] Sunday morning. Capt. Burnham was a strong and robust for a man
of his age, and when drinking was considered a very dangerous man. He had
been on a drunken spree for three or four days, and James had endeavored to
shun his father as much as possible as the Capt was very abusive and
quarrelsome when in that condition.
Late Saturday night, the Capt returned home and fell on the front porch in a
drunken stupor, after a while he got up and seeing his wife, who was up
awaiting him, he became very abusive and applying the most obscene epithets
to her, went upstairs to his own room. He arose about 4:30 and went down
town, returning to his home about 8 oclock when the family had just sat
down to breakfast. He savagely ordered James to leave the house at once,
and when James arose to comply with his orders, the enraged father grabbed
his son and swore he should not leave. He grabbed up a butcher knife and in
his wild frenzy, would have murdered his son, and perhaps his wife and
daughter-in-law. James realizing his own life, and the lives of his mother
and wife were at stake, drew a revolver and shot, the bullet striking the
Capt in the breast and killing him instantly.
The killing, as the evidence at the coroners inquest disclosed, was in
self-defense and held justifiable.
James Burnham has been almost crazed with grief, and nothing but words and
thoughts of sincere sympathy are expressed for him and his estimable family.
Barneston Star, Friday, August 24, 1900 Barneston, Nebraska
"Affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person."
Chuck C. Campbell
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