From the Richmond Sentinel, 10/27/1864, p. 1, c. 3
NEGRO BOY KILLED. - Yesterday
about noon, as the Camp Lee train was coming down the Fredericksburg railroad,
Broad street, a number of boys, white and black, as usual, jumped on to steal a
ride. As the train passed third street one of the boys, a free negro named
Harris, about fourteen years old, from some cause fell from the position he had
taken in rear of the tender. The passenger coach wheels passed directly over his
head, crushing his skull horribly and killing him instantly.
Accidents of this kind are
constantly occurring on this road, but the warnings seem to be utterly lost on
the boys, who, we believe, would, in spite of the efforts of the railroad
officers to keep them off, continue to jump on the train if a dozen of them were
killed a day.
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