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Bushwacker Bill Wilson's Death

I'm trying to find information about the death of the Missouri Bushwacker Bill Wilson of Phelps County, Missouri. "Captain" Bill Wilson led a gang of bushwackers against the Union and Union sympathizers during and after the war. After the war was over, Bill, as with so many other sympathetic to the Confederacy, went to Texas. Bill had a $300 bounty on his head and felt safer further south. According to family tradition, Bill brought a wagon load of apples to sell and after getting paid, he headed north, spending the night at the home of J. B. Wilmeth near McKinney, Texas. The next day, March 6, 1969, Bill was going north pass present-day Van Alstyne, Texas when two other Missourians, John Thompson and William O. Blackmore held him up. As they approached Bill, they shot him several times, killing him. Both men were soon caught and tried. They were hung in Sherman, Texas.
I have court records coming to me about the case but I was hoping to get newspaper articles. So far, I have an article from the Dallas Herald from April 7, 1869 which gives the last words of the hung men. I was hoping someone might direct me to other newspapers closer to the actual incident of the murder. Any other information about the murder would be appreciated as well.

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