September 24, 1864
Murder in Jackson County. – We learn from a reliable source that Dr. Wm. Park a citizen of Jackson county, residing near Ravenswood, was killed on Wednesday last by Capt. Kennedy’s Home Guards, under the following circumstances: Some of Kennedy’s men pressed one of Dr. Park’s horses for the purpose of going on a scout. The doctor asked the privilege of going to town with the men to see if he could not get his horse released. Shortly after leaving the house on the way to town, one of the soldiers shot the Doctor in the head killing him almost instantly. Parks voted for the ordinance of secession but had never been charged with any other act of disloyalty. The act is universally denounced as an unprovoked and unjustifiable outrage and if the circumstances have been correctly reported to us the perpetrators should at once be brought to justice.
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: September 1864