Pitcher Stabbed in a Memphis Saloon, 1867

From the October 1, 1867 edition of the Memphis Public Ledger:

“A Young Man Dangerously Cut in a Concert Saloon

The  “Overton Free Music Hall, as a beer jerking concert saloon opposite the Overton Hotel is termed, is attaining a notoriety which promises the eventual squelching of the institution by the police at no remote period. A few weeks ago it was the scene of a shooting affray, and last night a young man received a dangerous wound within its classic purlieus. About ten o’clock two young men, named, respectively, John Sullivan and Thomas Kinna, while drinking at one of the tables and listening to the ravishing strains of the music doled on on a wind-broken piano and wheezy old fiddle, engaged in a warm discussion as to the merits of a fair beer-jerker. Blows succeeded words, and in a moment Sullivan drew a knife and stabbed his antagonist in the side. The inmate crowded to the spot, but Sullivan disappeared through the doorway, and at last accounts had not been arrested. A physician was immediately summoned, who dressed Kinna’s wounds, which are serious, but may not terminate fatally. Both young men at one time belonged to the fire department, but have had no connection therewith during the past few months. Kinna is better known as a base ball player, belonging to one of the clubs and somewhat noted for his proficiency in pitching.”

In 1867, Kinna was a member of the Mechanics Club of Memphis. In August of 1868, he would be shot to death in another altercation.



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One Response to Pitcher Stabbed in a Memphis Saloon, 1867

  1. Pingback: Pitcher Thomas Kinna Meets His Doom: August, 1868 | Three Hands Dead

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