Bath, NY Cannon Accident, Jul 1827

BATH, (N.Y.) July 5.

In celebrating the National Independence yesterday, a dreadful accident took place. In firing a six pounder, a young man by the name of Morgan, a private in Capt. Bell's artillery company, rushed forward before the gun, to ram down more waddling at the moment the match was applied to the priming. His arms were both shot off, and his body mangled in a shocking manner. He is yet alive, but his physicians think it impossible to save him. This was the dreadful effects of intoxication, as Morgan was at the time intoxicated, as was his general habit on all public occasions. This ought to be a warning to others.

Connecticut Courant, Hartford, CT 16 Jul 1827