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The Daily Dispatch: September 20, 1861., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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Fatal occurrence. --Benjamin Franklin Martin, Esq., of Columbia, Tennessee, was killed at New Orleans a few days ago. The Crescent thus describes the unfortunate occurrence: The young man, we learn, was in the employment of Capt. Samuel G. Risk, to receive the levee dues of the 3d section of the city wharves, and while in discharge of his duties on Thursday evening, about seven o'clock, went on board the regular Memphis packet, H. R. W. Hill, and sat down on the rail which runs around the boiler deck, in jovial and friendly conversation with some of the officers of the boat. After a short time they all rose to separate, he to go home, when his boot-tie, came in contact with some obstacle, and unable to recover himself, fell backward on the lower deck, coming in contact with one of the hog-chains. By the kind and immediate attentions of Capt. Booker, of the Hill, he was conveyed to his residence, where the best medical care and attentive nursing proved unavailing. His spin