Billy Budd Chapter 29 & 30
A few weeks after Billy's hanging, the event is recorded in a magazine as Claggart rightly accusing Billy of mutiny. Billy stabbed Claggart and was given the appropriate execution.
Eventually, in the navy, everything becomes worshiped and remembered. Billy's tale moves from ship to ship and is remembered by other sailors. He is remembered by them for his good looks, his way with people and unjust death. The Ballad of Billy in the Darbies reflects his new immortality.