The Chisolm Massacre: A Picture of "Home Rule" in Mississippi
Washington DC: Chisolm Monument Association, 1878. Third edition. Octavo (20cm). Brick red cloth stamped in black and gilt; light blue endpapers; 331,pp; black and white frontispiece, one plate. Tight and straight, rubbed and bumped at extremities, minor stains to lower and fore-edge of textblock: Very Good.
William Chisolm was a white Republican judge and former sheriff in "Bloody Kemper," Mississippi. His life had been threatened multiple times because of his support of Reconstruction. On April 24, 1877, President Rutherford B. Hayes withdrew troops from the South, effectively ending Reconstruction. Mere days later, Chisolm and his family were murdered by a mob of around 300 people, likely KKK members, ostensibly in revenge for the death of KKK leader John Gully. Later, a Black man named Walter Riley was accused of Gully's murder, and was hanged. For this edition, see BLOCKSON 2587. For the first edition, see WORK p.376. 61384.