Negro Soldier Shoots Guerrilla


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Civil War Harper's Weekly, February 20, 1864

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FEBRUARY 20, 1864.]





WE represent, through a sketch from one of our special artists, A SCENE ON BOARD A RAILROAD CAR at the time of the late accident on the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, near Lebanon Junction. The principal cause of most of these accidents has been the effect of intensely cold weather on the iron rails, which, becoming filled with frost, are made brittle and easily broken. Says our correspondent: "A leading railroad man said to me a short time

since, 'You do not see any railroad men on the cars in this weather unless it is absolutely unavoidable.'"

In case of accidents arising from the above cause there is unusual confusion on board. In addition to the chances of being hurled down some steep embankment there is the havoc made in the floor by the torn-up rails breaking through into the car, while the helpless passengers are jostled from one side of the car to the other. No one can realize the position except by actual experience.


A FEW days ago a negro sentinel belonging to Colonel John A. Nelson's regiment shot Burroughs for attempting to escape from the small-pox hospital at Portsmouth, Virginia. We give a sketch representing this interesting incident on this page. Burroughs was captured shortly after Butler assumed command of the Department, was tried, and sentenced to death as a guerrilla; and while awaiting

execution was seized with the small-pox and conveyed to the hospital. Colonel Wheldon, upon his convalescence, gave orders for his removal to the jail; but the Lieutenant commissioned to execute these orders brought no warrant, and was refused admission by the sentinel, who was a negro. Burroughs, supposing from the altercation that friends had come to his assistance, tried to escape through the window. On hearing the noise the sentinel opened the door, and seeing the prisoner in the act of passing out fired at him and killed him.


Railroad Accident




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