I found a book available at HathiTrust Digital Library
It's written by Thomas L. Wilson and titled Sufferings endured for a free government; or, A history of the cruelties and atrocities of the rebellion.
Complete with a table of contents, it tells the stories of many folks who lost their lives during the time period of the Civil War.
Since the text is fully searchable I was able to find an incident from a county in which many of my maternal ancestors lived. Though there is a difference in the spelling of his name, I believe that the story "Murder of Phileneas Plumley
" is detailing the events of the death of Finis E Plumlee of Van Buren Co TN. Finis was married to Lucinda Sparkman. I have numerous connections to the Sparkman family thru marriages of my cousins.
The page detailing the murder says
"He left a wife and seven little children(who all witnessed his murder) to mourn the loss of a good husband and father."
I was found the census entries for 1850, 1860, and 1870 for the family. Finis is not listed in the household for the 1870 entry and his burial information
including a picture of his headstone can be found at Findagrave.com
. It should be noted that the book says this happened in the early part of 1863 while Finis' gravestone gives February 5th of 1864 as his date of death. (image of Plumlee household from 1870 Census shown below)
I did find another incident which was claimed to have taken place in Clinton County Tennessee. While there is a Clinton, TN, there is no Clinton County TN. I believe the author meant Kentucky instead of Tennessee as I was able to find a record of the person he mentioned living in that county in Kentucky.
This brings to mind Robert Scott Davis' Georgia Black Book, Vol. #1: Morbid, Macabre and Disgusting Records of Genealogical Value.
Davis' work and research is far more in-depth than Wilsons but I'll take research clues wherever I can get them
Wilson, Thomas L.(of Tennessee), Sufferings Endured for a Free Government; Or, A History of the Cruelties And Atrocities of the Rebellion
... Philadelphia: King & Baird, 1865. (Online at https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008653811).
Tennessee, Van Buren County. 1850 U.S.Federal census, population schedule. Database with Images. Ancestry http://ancestry.com
Tennessee .> Van Buren > Dist 3 > Pg 374, line 18( image 4 of 8).
Tennessee, Van Buren County. 1860 U.S.Federal census, population schedule. Database with Images. Ancestry http://ancestry.com
Tennessee .> Van Buren > Not Stated > Pg 3, Line 1(image 6 of 60).
Tennessee, Van Buren County. 1870 U.S.Federal census, population schedule. Database with Images. Ancestry http://ancestry.com
Tennessee .> Van Buren > Not Stated > Pg 2, Line 15(image 2 of 7).
Find A Grave, database, and images (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 04 September 2018), memorial page for Finis Ewing Plumlee (5 Jun 1820–5 Feb 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19885633
, citing Sparkman Cemetery, Van Buren County, Tennessee, USA; Maintained by Ash Far (contributor 46913275