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The Daily Dispatch: April 30, 1861., [Electronic resource], Explosion of an oil well — loss of Life and frightful Scenes. (search)
t and for a distance of twenty feet, and numbers horribly burned rushed blazing from the hell of misfortune, shrieking and screaming in their anguish. Just within the circle of the flame could be seen four bodies boiling in the seething oil, and one man, who had been digging a ditch to convey away the oil to a lower part of the ground, was killed as he dug, and could be seen as he fell over the handle of his spade, roasting in the fierce element. Mr. H. R. Rouse, of the firm of Rouse, Mitchell & Brown, of the village of Enterprise, Warren county, a gentleman largely interested in wells in this locality, and whose income from them amounted to $1,000 a day, was standing near the pit, and was blown 20 feet by the explosion. He got up and ran about 10 or 15 feet further, and was dragged out by two men, and conveyed to a shanty some distance from the well. When he arrived, not a vestige of clothing was left upon him except his stockings and boots. His hair was burned off, as well a
"Never say Die." --The Lynchburg troops merit all praise for their numbers, size and strength of men good order and military discipline. One, if not all of three companies which arrived last week, brought more than the prescribed quota of men. There have been 104 of the Rifle Grays mustered into service — the highest number allowed by law. The following members of that company returned to Lynchburg on Sunday, viz: Chas. Shade, S. D. Fossee, P. H. Rourke, P. Martin, J. Strine, George Mitchell, G. L. Jessee, J. J. Smith, M. Labby, George W. Staples, John Archer Fergusson and James Hord. It is intended to organize under Lieut. Biggers a Company "B," of the Grays, including the above members, which, as soon as formed, will join their comrades in the field.