--The body of a dead man floated to the surface of the south side of the basin yesterday, near 10th street. Alderman L. T. Chandler
, of Jefferson Ward
, assisted by Deputy Constable Williamson
, proceeded to hold an inquest over the body, which, on being taken from the water, proved to be that of a soldier.
His features were very much swollen and disfigured, and the remains were in process of speedy decomposition.
In the pocket of his jacket was found a soldier's leather percussion box, which contained a string of beads and a rosary, also one or two notes of a small denomination, and a pass dated the 13th of May, at the headquarters of Pickett
's division, signed by Raymond Fairfax
commanding the Pioneer Corps
, permitting Conners
to visit Richmond
, a member of the City
Battalion, testified that he and some comrades were sitting in the door of the barracks on Wednesday night, about 10 o'clock, when they heard a cry apparently proceeding from a man that was being choked; heard the hallooing or screams two or three times; he and others went in the direction of the cry, and engaged with others in searching the basin bank and the waters, but could find nothing.
testified that she heard the cry of murder, followed by a splash in the basin, Afterwards men came to see what was the matter, when some one on the north bank of the basin asked what was the matter, when those on the south aide replied, "There is nothing here, it must be on your side"
heard a halloo; listened is see if a fight was not about to ensue; then heard another cry, and the falling of a body in the water, and all was silent.
testified that he was standing in his store door on Wednesday night, about 10 o'clock, when a soldier approached and asked the way to the Manchester bridge
told him. The man was a little drunk.
He left, and walked in the direction of the Gallego Mills
, and he, fearing more drunken men would come along, famened his door.
Soon after heard cries--two of murder, and one for help.
Soon after some men of the City
Battalion came to the basin and looked in. He carried on a light to assist them.
Heard no scuffle as of a fight.
Is satisfied that deceased is the same man that inquired the way to Mayo
A. F. Johnson
, of the City
, testified that the cries proceeded apparently from a man who was being choked.
Another witness testified that the screams were very loud, and evidently made by a man in mortal terror.
The jury having elicited all it could by means of testimony, retired to consult on their verdict, which, on its announcement, was found to be that the deceased, Conners
, came to his death by blows on his head, given by some person to the jury unknown, and then being thrown into the basin.
It is more than probable that the name of the deceased was Conners
His head and face were much swollen and some bruises appeared; but whether they existed prior to this death, could not well be determined.