From the Southern Patriot (Charleston, S. C.), 4/4/1843, p. 2, c. 3
A NARROW ESCAPE. – The Richmond Compiler of Friday says – Some of the officers of the Navy are now in our city for the purpose of inspecting and proving the new cannon cast for government at the Tredegar Foundry. The process of proving has been going on for two or three days past. Wednesday a ball from one of the Cannon glanced across the upper part of Belle Isle and passed through the Cotton Factory on the opposite side of the river. It passed over the head of one of the factory girls, who was sitting at her work. Had she been standing it would have taken off her head. Quite a narrow escape. Precautions will be taken to prevent the intrusion of these balls into people’s houses again.