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Union telegrapher dies in a Washington DC hospital of wounds from a booby-trap left in Yorktown

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05/05/1862
Ohioan D. B. Lathrop, a Union Army telegraph supervisor in Major General Samuel Heintzelman's III Corps headquarters, had hurried into Yorktown on the morning after the Confederate withdrawal to secure the telegraph office and any remaining documents there.  He tripped the wire of a booby-trap and set off an explosion that dealt him fatal wounds to his legs and lower body.  He died in hospital in the following night, one of several victims of hidden booby-traps the Confederate left scattered through their vacated positions.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Russel H. Beatie, The Army of the Potomac: McClellan's First Campaign, March 1862-May 1862 (New York: Savas Beatie, LLC, 2007), 495. 
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1863), V: 4.

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