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Charles C. Curtis
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Birth: Feb. 28, 1854
Gloucester County
Virginia, USA
Death: Mar. 3, 1879
Richmond
Richmond City
Virginia, USA

Charles Curtis' death made national news for several months after he was murdered by John Poindexter for making John's fiancee uncomfortable with "unseemly" remarks Charles made to her about her shoes while serving her as a clerk in a Richmond shoe store in 1879.

John Poindexter went to the shoe store and attempted to "horsewhip" Charles, but was pulled off Charles by people in the store.

The next day Charles (described by his friends and family during the trial as a gentle, unassuming church-goer) went ,on the ill advice of a well-meaning friend, to John Poindexter's place of business to attempt to apologize for any unintended angst he had caused John's fiancee.

John apparently mistook Charle's walking cane for a weapon, pulled out a pistol and emptied it into Charles, who died the same day.

Both young men were members of Richmond's upper class and the incident and trial were published in many prominent newspapers of the day.

John pleaded for leniency, but received a 2-year sentence in the penitentiary.

At least one editorial at the time lambasted concealed weapons and commented about a legal need for weapon control, "especially in the Southern part of the nation." 
 
Inscription:
In the 26 year of his age.

A tribute from his friends in appreciation of his pure and manly character.
Spotless in life, untarnished in death.
 
Burial:
Hollywood Cemetery
Richmond
Richmond City
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section P
 
Maintained by: starbug
Originally Created by: John Shuck
Record added: Mar 14, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25259623
Charles C. Curtis
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Charles C. Curtis
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Charles C. Curtis
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