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Quaife, Milo Milton, 1880-1959 "Wisconsin's saddest tragedy"


Wisconsin's Saddest Tragedy: This article recounts the murder in the state capitol of Charles C.P. Arndt (1811-1842) by fellow-legislator James R. Vineyard (1804-1863). It details the circumstances of the assault, Vineyard's trial and acquittal, and the reaction of citizens and the press. Based on many newspaper accounts and a transcript of the inquest, it places the crime in its political context (Arndt was a Whig Yankee from the lakeshore, and Vineyard a Democrat Southerner from the Lead Region) and its cultural context (which tolerated gun-carrying and dueling). (19 pages)

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Citation: Quaife, Milo Milton, 1880-1959 "Wisconsin's saddest tragedy" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 05 /Issue: 3 (1921-1922)

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