Jerry L. Haynes

Mountain Justice

In the early 1900's, a peculiar thing began happening in the mountains of southwest Virginia..  Republicans began getting elected. Lincoln's party! This was true in Carroll County.  The Allen's were strong Democrats, and the trouble soon began.  After a few minor “misunderstandings”, the infamous Floyd Allen was brought to trial.  He was convicted of a relatively minor charge and sentenced to one year in prison. When the Sheriff was ordered to “take charge of the prisoner” a shot rung out.  Then a second, and within 90 seconds, more than 40 shots had been fired.  Five people would die, including the judge.  Watch the story of the Carroll County Tragedy unfold  through the eyes of a Richmond journalist who came to Hillsville to “find the truth.”
303 printed pages
Original publication



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