Abingdon Virginian, 3/27/1863
Died at the hands of an assassin, in Castle's Woods, Russell county, Va., on the 26th day of December, 1862, JAMES M. LEE, a member of Capt. Baldwin's cavalry. The deceased was at home on a visit to his family and friends, when he and one of his neighbors engaged in an unfriendly combat, when a third person stepped up and plunged a large knife into his body, which caused his death in a few moments. Mr. Lee was a quiet and peaceable man. He was thirty-one years and six months old. In his death the Confederacy has lost a good soldier, and his company on of its best members. He leaves a wife and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his untimely death. Rest in peace. D.
Abingdon Virginian, 1/23/1863
I will pay the above reward for the apprehension of SQUIRE OSBORNE, who wilfully murdered James M. Lee, in Castles Woods, on Friday, the 26th of December, 1862. Said Osborne is about 36 years of age, about six feet high, blue eyes, dark hair, round or stoop shouldered, has one little finger cut off, (hand not recollected.) He also has fresh wounds on his left arm, is quick spoken, and has a small round face, with a scar below one eye.