The following is an old newspaper article from the MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL [GRENADA, MS], submitted by Jim McGhee from Missouri.
A Romantic Incident
The Tupelo correspondent of the Mississippian narrates quite an interesting little incident connected with the occupation of Courtland, Alabama, by the Federals, and its recapture by our troops. The writer says:
The Federals had held Courtland for some time, and, as is their wont, inflicted many insults upon its unarmed citizens without regard to sex. Among the abused and insulted of the fair sex was the belle of Courtland, a lady of high accomplishments, great amiability, and considerable wealth. Exasperated and justly vindictive, this fair one announced publicly that whoever should either kill or capture the miscreant who had thus shamefully insulted her, should receive her hand and fortune. Not many days after this avowal, Frank Armstrong's command defeated the Yankees at Courtland, capturing the place, together with many prisoners, among whom was Captain Robertson, the dastardly villain whose little soul had permitted him to be insolent to a refined lady, and who had forgotten that "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" or insulted.
The wretch, Robinson--faugh!--showed his cowardice early in the action, and surrendered his sword to Capt. Champion, of Missouri, whose dauntless bravery in this as on many former occasions has made his name familiar to the army. Capt. Champion was ignorant, until when about leaving Courtland, of the romance connected with his captive. The lady sent him a present of a splendid pair of holsters, accompanied by an earnest request to visit her. But, alas for romance, war is inexorable, and without being granted time to visit the fair charmer whom he had avenged, Capt. Champion was obliged to leave the scene of his conquest. Since his return the Captain has avowed his intention of returning to see his affianced, and we predict that his handsome figure will not prove uncomely to the lady's eyes. Robinson is now a prisoner at Columbus, Mississippi.
MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL [GRENADA, MS], August 19, 1862, p. 2, c. 3
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