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Jan 3, 1863 - Dreadful accident.

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Two boys, Polk and Dallas, twin sons of John Nowl of Williamsport were on Monday, the l8th inst., trying to remove the charge from an unexploded shell; one of the boys in striking upon the plug which contains the percussion cap, exploded it a piece struck one of them on the leg, carrying away a large portion of the flesh and producing such a fracture of the bone as to require amputation of the limb. Another piece struck the other boy on the arm, also producing extensive laceration of the soft parts, and badly fracturing both bones. The amputation of the leg was performed by Dr. [?] assisted by Dr. Croft. Both boys are doing well. Many similar accidents have occurred from the improper handling of explosives and as our county is now strewed with them persons can not be too careful in handling them as sometimes the slightest stroke or falling from the hand to the ground may cause their explosion.




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Washington County Free Library

Hagerstown (Md.), Newspapers; Maryland, History, Civil War, 1861-1865

Washington County (Md.), 1861-1865

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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