103rd Anniversary of the Brunswick Massacre

Brunswick Massacre Photo © Paul Meacham @PaulyRockPhoto

March 6th, 2018 marks the 103rd anniversary of the 1915 "Brunswick Massacre". 

Police Officer R. N. Deaver was killed returning fire in the line of duty. He is buried at Christ Church Cemetery on St. Simons Island. 

Local timber trader Monroe Phillips entered the office of his lawyer Col. Harry Dunwody at the corner of Newcastle and Gloucester Streets in Brunswick and killed Dunwody and other associates with a shotgun. 

His rampage was stopped by attorney Eustace Butts, who had already been injured by a shotgun blast to the leg, and young Ralph Minehan, who gathered a shotgun and pistol from a nearby hardware store.

Butts and Minehan took Phillips down as he took aim at Deaver.

5 (some reports say 7) were killed and at least 32 injured in what was the largest mass shooting in the history of the nation at the time.  

10 days later, a young man said to have been obsessed with the events in Brunswick attempted a similar shooting in Macon.





Photo © Paul Meacham @PaulyRockPhoto

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