William Felix Brantley, Brigadier General CSA


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Here is a confederate general was better know after the war for a feud...

Brantley was part of a family feud, which resulted in his death by murder. An account of his involvement follows:

William’s brother, Dr. John Ransom Brantley was killed in Gonzales, Texas in 1859. The brothers’ reprisal for this act, led to other murders. On August 16, 1870, William’s brother, Arnold J. Brantley, was shot in cold blood, according to reports. The Weekly Clarion stated in November 1870 that it was the General’s attempt to bring to justice the party responsible for this murder that led to his own. He was shot and killed near Winona, Mississippi on November 2, 1870 as he drove his buggy from town toward his home. None of the assassins were ever apprehended.[2]
Brantley was killed by a shotgun blast at Winona, located in Montgomery County.[3] He was buried in a cemetery "behind the church at Old Greensboro, about three miles north of Tomnolen, Webster County, Mississippi."[10]

Here is a pfc report about the Baltzel/Branley feud... The murders of the Branley and Braltzel made national news in their time... The early days in the south after the civil war were just like the wild west in later decades...

The start... read the PFC and see how the other brothers and other are murder over time...

John Ransom settled in Gonzales, Texas, with his wife Rebecca and their daughters Missouri and Alice.3 In addition to practicing medicine, he dabbled in merchandise and this may well have instigated the feud which began in 1857. His foray into goods may have irked local general store owners John, Barney, and William Munroe as well as their clerks David and William Baltzell. One day, one of the Baltzell brothers lashed John Ransom's slave Buford. The Memphis Avalanche reported that Bufe was a "smart nigger, although a grand rascal" but no one knew what he had done to earn the wrath of the Baltzells.4 When Buford informed his master what had happened, John Ransom was livid and sought vengeance.

On February 26, 1859, John Ransom confronted the Baltzells and the verbal argument quickly turned bloody. Rumor had it that he tried to stab William, was shot by David, and succumbed from the wound. 5 Local authorities arrested David but the Munroes bailed him out of jail and he was never brought to trial. The people of Gonzales quickly took sides and most came to the defense of the Baltzells, likely for three main reasons. 6 For one thing, even though John Ransom was well liked, he had only been in town a few years and was still viewed as an outsider. For another, many likely thought he had been foolhardy in his quest to avenge a slave. Another possibility may be that they thought John Ransom posed a threat to the Munroe brother's trade. The murder made newspaper headlines nationwide and when word reached J.R.'s relatives in Mississippi, all hell broke loose.