A powder keg explodes, death ensues

A Democrat rally. Angry Copperheads, Judge Charles Constable holds court. Soldiers bent on teaching Copperheads a lesson. And ample whiskey for everyone. The ingredients for a perfect storm.

As the afternoon of March 28, 1864 wore on, a large crowd of civilians and soldiers milled about the Charleston courthouse square. Fueled by corn whiskey, the mood of the crowd had turned ominous. Democrat Congressman John R. Eden decided it would be unwise to deliver his planned remarks. Eden along with other conservative Democrat leaders urged the crowd to disperse and go home. Eden left town while Circuit Judge Charles Constable opened his court at 3 p.m. &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref="http://etypeservices.com/Cass%20County%20Star%20GazetteID497/"><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>

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