#25 Hanging the Spy Eden, Pennsylvania June 29, 1862


Eden, Pa. June 29, 1862

15 YEAR OLD BOY HANGED AS SPY

A mother wept hysterically as she helplessly watched the execution of her 15 year old son, in Eden this morning. The boy, Jonathan Peters, had been found guilty of stealing Federal secret documents and selling them to a Confederate colonel. Shaking with emotion, Jonathan's 6 year old brother Will, had to be dragged off the scaffold by two soldiers. The victim seemed completely undisturbed by his fate and awaited his execution bravely. His apparent coolness brought him respect from the spectators. The inhabitants of Eden felt that the death sentence was unduly harsh, considering the age of the youth. "Military justice must be served," an Army official was quoted.