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William Bruce Mumford
Birth: 1815
Onslow County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jun. 7, 1862
New Orleans
Orleans Parish
Louisiana, USA

National forces occupied the largest city of the Confederacy in April 1862. Soon after Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler took command of New Orleans, he announced that no activity or gesture in support of secession would be tolerated. Professional gambler William Mumford decided to take a chance by violating the edict. At the U.S. Mint, he chopped a staff in two in order to get the hated flag out of his sight. He then dragged the flag through the streets. True to his warning, Butler promptly dragged Mumford before a military tribunal, whose members found him guilty of treason. Hanged at the site of his "heinous crime", Mumford is often listed as the only man to be tried, convicted, and executed for treason in the United States since 1812. Persons who challenge that special niche for the flag-hater often forget that John Brown of Harpers Ferry was convicted of treason-not against the United States, but against the state of Virginia. (bio by: Tom Denardo) 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Mary Baumlin Mumford (1825 - 1912)*
 
 Children:
  Mary Jane Mumford (1849 - 1882)*
  Infant Daughter Mumford (1851 - 1851)*
  Charles Baumlin Mumford (1854 - 1929)*
  James Mumford (1857 - 1863)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: William Bruce Mumford was originally buried in Cypress Grove Cemetery in New Orleans and moved to Greenwood Cemetery in 1955.
 
Burial:
Forest Hill Cemetery *
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA
*Cenotaph [?]
 
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Originally Created by: Tom Denardo
Record added: May 09, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6405348
William Bruce Mumford
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William Bruce Mumford
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William Bruce Mumford
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