William Bruce Mumford

William Bruce Mumford

Onslow County, North Carolina, USA
Death 7 Jun 1862 (aged 42)
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Cenotaph Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 6405348 · View Source
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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

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Gravesite Details William Bruce Mumford was originally buried in Cypress Grove Cemetery in New Orleans and moved to Greenwood Cemetery in 1955.



  • Created by: Tom Denardo
  • Added: 9 May 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6405348
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Bruce Mumford (5 Dec 1819–7 Jun 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6405348, citing Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Tom Denardo (contributor 767) .