Charlie Henniker got a speedy trial; an impartial jury, perhaps, not so much.
The letter sent to Texas Gov. Francis Lubbock in August 1862 — perfectly innocent, its author claimed — unwittingly sparked fears of a French plot afoot.
Benjamin Franklin once wrote, perhaps cribbing from the English author Daniel Defoe, that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
Had the governor in December 1861 simply suggested burning Galveston to the ground — and left it at that — perhaps things might not have gotten heated.