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The Daily Dispatch: August 4, 1862., [Electronic resource], Yankee outrages in Nansemond and Isle of Wight. (search)
owners. A few days since, upon going into his field, Mr. Sumner discovered several of his slaves in conversation with Sawyer, which greatly enraged him. He ordered his negroes to return to their work, and told Sawyer that he should not speak to his slaves under any pretext whatever.--Sawyer replied that he had not spoken to them--Mr. Sumner insisted that he had, and told him that he had seen him talking to them; whereupon Sawyer called Mr. S. "a d — d liar," at the same time drawing a huge Bowie knife, and advancing towards him. Mr. Sumner immediately seized a fence rail, and commenced backing, while Sawyer advanced and brandished his knife in a most threatening manner. With the rail Mr. Sumner succeeded in keeping the villain back until a corner of the fence had been reached, where his gun lay. He then quickly seized the weapon, which Sawyer no sooner saw than he started to run. Mr. Sumner fired, the load taking effect in the negro's back, and literally cutting him to pieces. The