From the Richmond Dispatch, 8/25/1862
Fatal Accident. - About one o'clock, yesterday
afternoon, a soldier named James Cary, belonging to Company C, Wheat's
battalion, jumped out of a third story window in ear of the Columbian Hotel,
intending to alight upon an adjacent shed, but missed his object, and fell to
the ground, a distance of about forty feet. From what could be ascertained
relative to the affair, it seems that he had been engaged in a fight with some
of his room-mates, and in order to escape arrest by the police, who had been
sent for, sought to make his exit from the hotel by the above-mentioned route.
He was picked up in a dying condition and was taken to the Baskerville Hospital,
on Cary street. He survived only about half an hour.
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