From the Richmond Dispatch, 3/27/1862, p. 2, c. 4

Accident. – Benjamin Farmer, who works at the laboratory of the Richmond Armory, on 7th street was seriously injured yesterday, about 12 o’clock, by the explosion of a bomb shell which he was endeavoring to unload. His left hand is said to have been torn to pieces, and the right one very much injured.

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