From the Richmond Dispatch, 9/3/1864, p.1, c. 6
Condemned to be Hung. – A negro fellow named Henry, employed by the Central Railroad Company, was sentenced to be hung by the County Court of Hanover on Friday last on the charge of setting fire to the wheat and straw stacks of Mr. Day, of that county, and afterwards arming himself and waylaying him on the highway. On the night of the destruction of the wheat and straw stacks, Henry was shot at by a little son of Mr. Day and struck in the leg, a spirit of revenge for which, it is supposed, induced him to make an assault upon the youth’s father for his life. When arrested, great excitement and indignation was shown on the part of those who were aware of his crime, and it was with the greatest difficulty that the officers could protect him from immediate execution.