Ben Milner

The Courant American Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
December 6, 1894
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Killing near Stilesboro

Charles Young, a Negro, fatally shoots Ben Milner, another Negro

On Friday last, near Stilesboro, Charles Young, colored, shot and killed Ben Milner, also colored.

It seems that Ben Milner and another Negro, somewhat overloaded with whiskey, went to the home of Charles Young and told him they wanted to have a dance there. Young objected, when Ben Milner insisted further and finally said he would have it anyway. Young at this became somewhat angered and with emphasis said they should not have the dance. Milner, who had been with the other Negro, standing at the door talking, started slowly to go in the house. Young went to a rack on the wall and took down a double-barreled shotgun and taking a position, forbade Milner coming further; then seeing him again move towards him he fired the weapon. The charge, which was large shot, lodged in Milner’s thigh. It severed an artery and the Negro bled to death in a very short while. Ben Milner was well known about Cartersville, having lived here up to several months ago.


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