Difficulty at Port Union

The Gazette
September 19, 1900

In a difficulty at Port Union between Messrs. R. C. Webb and H. C. Ham, the former was shot in the wrist and side and the latter was severely cut in the side. We could learn no further particulars.

Since the above was put in type, we get the following particulars of the difficulty from the Monroe News of the 17th inst.;

Yesterday on Port Union Plantation on the Ouachita river in Union Parish a difficulty arose between R. C. Webb, of this city, the owner of the plantation, and Mr. Crawford Ham who lives upon the place, in which a pistol and a knife played a part. From what we can gather Webb went to his plantation to see Ham about gathering the cotton. Soon after starting the conversation the two men grew angry and Ham pulled his pistol and began firing at Webb, shooting him through the arm and hitting him also with a glancing shot in the side. Webb stabbed Ham in the side under the left arm. Our informant, who was speaking from hearsay, states that Ham was the aggressor in the fight and after shooting Webb twice snapped his pistol three times at him.

Mr. Webb returned to his home in this city yesterday. Ham’s wound is serious.

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