Story of a Sensational Trial


by L. Mell Glenn



In 1866 James Crawford Keys and three others narrowly escaped death on the gallows for a crime for which they had been unjustly convicted—a crime which took place in Anderson, SC, in 1865. Written in the informal style of letters recounting the events to descendants a hundred years later, this true story pits military hierarchy against attorneys for the condemned men in various civil courts and entails last-minute Presidential intercession, during the tumultuous period following the Civil War. Pub date: 1965.