Monday, August 19, 2013

Unfortunate Cannon Accident, 1861

Yesterday the ladies of Crittenden County, Arkansas, presented a flag to the Crittenden Rangers.  At the conclusion of the proceedings, several cannon shots were fired.  Mr. Angus Greenlaw, who resided in Hopefield, and is brother to the Messrs. Greenlaw of this city, was in the act of ramming a charge down, when the gun went off prematurely.  Mr. Greenlaw was greatly injured.  The flesh was almost cleared from the right hand, the left was terribly burned, the left thigh is also much burned.  We learn that the injuries, although very serious, are not considered dangerous in their character.
Mr. Greenlaw was interred at Elmwood Cemetery the same day this article appeared in the Memphis Daily Appeal, April 14, 1861.  Apparently his injuries were greater than first believed!

Angus Greenlaw married Ellenorah E. Bayless on July 14 1844 in Fayette County Tennessee.  His brothers, mentioned in the article, were William Bowden Greenlaw and John Oliver Greenlaw.  For a list of Greenlaw interments that appear on Findagrave in Shelby County Tennessee click here.

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