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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

September 09, 1861

Tragic Accident Reported

The Richmond Times Dispatch reprinted (from an Atlanta newspaper) a sad story about a Georgia student who would never get to fight for his country as he had hoped.

Distressing, accident. –On Thursday, the 29th instant, Mr. Rufus Pollard, a young man, shot himself accidentally at Union Point, on the Georgia Railroad. It seemed that he snapped a cap on his pistol, and failing to fire, he put on a new one, and while doing so, the powder in the pistol took fire and exploded, the ball striking through the hand and body near his heart. He lingered for a few moments and then expired. He had just set aside his text books and quit the school-room, and was arranging to depart for Virginia to serve his beloved South.–Atlanta Intelligencer.