The killing of Colonel Crane, by Colonel Yerger, in Jackson, Mississippi,
according to the evidence taken on the Coroner's inquest, seems to have
been a cold-blooded, deliberate murder.  It has nothing whatever of the
political element in it, except what may grow out of the fact that the murdered
man was a Northern man, in the discharge of his duty as an officer of the
federal army, and that his murderer was a hot-tempered, ex-officer of the rebel
army.  The political differences which had existed between them had not led
to any personal difficulties or open feuds, indeed, the two men were
unknown to each other.

Yerger, though repeatedly called on to pay his taxes, had as steadily refused
to do so; and, when Col. Crane, as was his duty, took steps to collect them by
law, Yerger resented this as a personal insult and took steps to avenge it by
murdering Crane.  He traveled from Memphis to Jackson, armed himself with
a thug-knife, sought Crane in the public street, and endeavored by the use of
the most insulting language to provoke him to a fight.  Failing in this, and
having heard him declare that he was unarmed, he drew his knife and
deliberately killed him.

There can be no doubt of the nature of the act, and there seems to be no
doubt that it will be punished as it deserves.  So far as reports have reached
us, the public sentiment of the locality, while naturally sympathizing with the
family of the murderer as well as with that of his victim, makes no attempt to
palliate his crime or to screen him from its just penalty.  Yerger is in custody
of the military authorities and will be tried, we presume, by a military
commission, as the civil authorities have not yet resumed their ascendancy in
the State.

New York Times, June 15, 1869
The Killing of Colonel Crane