Street Fighting and Shooting in Portsmouth

On Monday last, quite a serious disturbance occurred on Market street, which resulted in the shooting of two persons and the damaging and bruising of a number of others. The facts, as we have collected them, are as follows. The first difficulty occured in a saloon on Market street where a soldier knocked down a young man for shouting for Vallandigham. The affair became known on the streets, and a heated discussion and some hard words drew a crown on the corner at Miller’s grocery. William White, a boy, who, it seems, was trying to get near his father, thinking him in danger, was struck by Thomas Carrie, who, running, was pursued and fired at twice by young White, one ball striking his shoulder and the other his lower right arm. At this time Mr. Beyerly, intending, it is said, to know the pistol from the boy’s hand, struck him a heavy blow on the head with a piece of iron. He was immediately felled to the earth by Uriah White, the father of the boy, who then endeavored to take the revolver from his son. In the attempt one of the barrels was discharged, the ball striking Mr. White in the lower part of the body. He started to go home, but was followed, with insulting remarks by a man named Walden, who, we understand, had taken an active part in inciting the soldiers and others to attack citizens. Mr. White knocked him down and proceeded on his way home. By this time the crowd had swelled in numbers, and for a while there were indications of a general melee. By the active interference of the city Marshall further disturbance was prevented and order was restored, though several skirmishes afterward occured. Mr. Carrie’s wounds were not severe. That of Mr. White is dangerous, though his physicians now expect his recovery.”1

  1. Street fighting and shooting. (1863, December 19). Portsmouth Times, p. 3.
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