From the Richmond Dispatch, 3/27/1863, p. 1, c. 4
Condemned to be Hung. – The orders of the General Court Martial now in session here relative to Capt. A. Webster, who had been on trial before it for several days past, were promulgated yesterday. Webster was arrested in Fauquier county some months ago, charged with the murder in cold blood, and under circumstances of peculiar atrocity, of a Confederate Captain named Simpson, and brought to Richmond and placed in Castle Thunder, from which place he has made several unsuccessful attempts to escape. The prisoner was regularly commissioned as Capt. of an independent company in Pierpoint’s army, and as such, had done much to oppress the loyal inhabitants of the counties in which he and his fellow-freebooters operated. He was not tried for the murder of Captain Simpson before the Court Martial, but for the military offence of a breach of his parole of honor. Of this offence he was found guilty, and two-thirds of the court assenting thereto, it was adjudged that he be hung by the neck until dead at such time and place as might be designated by the commander of the Department of Henrico. The sentence of the Court was yesterday approved by Brig. General John H. Winder, who ordered that the said Capt. A Webster be executed, pursuant to sentence, at Camp Lee, on Friday the 3d day of April between the hours of 8 o’clock A. M., and 3 o’clock P. M., under the direction of the Provost Marshal.