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The Daily Dispatch: October 15, 1864., [Electronic resource] 4 0 Browse Search
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Fatal result of a sham battle. --On Tuesday afternoon, during the progress of a sham battle between some school boys on Union Hill, one of them, named Hammie Stewart, by accident left the ramrod in his gun, and firing it off, drove it in the stomach of one of his playmates, named Charles W. Cox, son of William H. Cox, where it struck against his backbone and there lodged until it was drawn out by a physician. The little fellow was immediately removed to his father's residence, in the neighborhood of the occurrence, where he lingered in great agony until Thursday noon, when death put an end to his sufferings. A jury of inquest was held yesterday by Justice Baker, of Henrico assisted by Constable E. W. Robinson; but owing to the absence at school of a number of boys who were witnesses to the transaction, it was adjourned till 6 o'clock in the afternoon.
tip-toe, and every one seemed personally interested in the projected movement. For a week previous, "grape-vine" messages had been constantly received that the Army of Tennessee was on its way to the enemy's rear, and now, when these messages seemed to be, in a measure, confirmed, every one was wild with excitement. Time wore painfully away until 10 o'clock A. M. of the 29th, when the joyous words "fall in" were heard along the lines; and the men sprang with alacrity to their places. Stewart's corps, with Loring in front, Walthall in the centre, and French in the rear, marched to the Chattahoochee river and crossed at Pumpkintown. The crossing of the corps was a grand sight. From the lofty hills which crown either side of the river, the long serpentine line of glittering arms and bristling bayonets glistened in the rays of the declining sun; and as the pontoons at so great a distance were invisible, it seemed as if the men were walking on the water. The ladies from the south