From the Richmond Whig, 3/27/1862, p. 3, c. 2

SERIOUS ACCIDENT. - We learn that Wm. Farmer, a mechanic employed at the Laboratory, on Byrd Island, was severely injured, yesterday morning, by the explosion of a shell, the charge of which he was attempting to remove. He was using a steel punch for the purpose, and not proceeding with due caution, caused the charge to explode and burst the shell. His right eye was put out and his left hand dreadfully torn. He had been admonished but a few moments before of his danger by Superintendent Smith. Two other men were standing near him at the time, but they escaped uninjured.

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