A South Carolinian killed by a Railroad car.
--The Petersburg Express of Saturday records the death of private J. C. Wrenn
, of the Catawba
Light Infantry, Capt. J. L. Stratt
, of the Sixth Regiment South Carolina volunteers.
The unfortunate accident occurred about one o'clock on Thursday night, at Johnson's Plain, six miles beyond Roam's Station, and about sixteen miles from Petersburg
, while, gay and light-hearted his company was coming on to engage in the defence of Virginia
and the South
and a portion of his company were riding upon a flat car attached to the train, he being seated on the front bench very near the edge of the car. Wearied and worn down by the fatigue of a long journey he unconsciously fell asleep, and while in that state, aided it is supposed by a slight jar of the train, he pitched forward and fell between the two cars Awakened by the fall, he endeavored to sustain himself, but to no use. The car passed over his body, cutting off his right leg near the knee, breaking his left arm in two places, crushing the shoulder, breaking his neck and otherwise horribly mangling him. Of course his death was immediate.
The body was brought to that city Friday, and taken to the residence of one of its most estimable and kind hearted citizens, where it was properly taken care of and placed in a neat coffin.
The corpse was buried Friday afternoon in Blandford
with military honors.
is represented as having been a most exemplary young man, correct in all his habits, and upright, honest and manly in character.
He was only twenty-three years of age. He was the pride of the company and possessed the full confidence of his officers and companions.
He was from Chester District, South Carolina, and leaves a mother, brother, and two sisters.