“Death of Mr. Kennedy,” Carlisle (PA) Herald, June 30, 1847, p. 2: 4.
Death of Mr. Kennedy
Leah Suhrstedt, Dickinson College
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Death of Mr. Kennedy.
It is with the most painful feelings that we record the death of JAMES H. KENNEDY, Esq. of Hagerstown, Md. which occurred suddenly at Winrott’s Hotel, in this borough, on Friday morning last. Under the severe injuries he received in the recent disgraceful riot, Mr. Kennedy has been detained here, confined to his room, patiently awaiting the tedious process of recovery. We learn that the evening before his death he was apparently well and in good spirits, and conversed cheerfully with his family and acquaintances. The next morning between three and four o’clock, he awoke and alarmed his family, complaining of a difficulty of breathing. (Dr. Myers being absent) was sent for and was promptly in attendance, but medical relief was unavailing. In a very short time he had ceased to breathe.
Of the particular cause of his sudden death no opinion could be formed without a post mortem examination, which we learn was contemplated upon the arrival of the body in Hagerstown.
The intelligence of the sudden death of this estimable gentleman tell upon our community with startling effect, and excited a profound feelings of sorrow, which pervaded all classes. Upon learning that his body was to be taken in the morning train of cars to Hagerstown, a large number of our citizens met at the Court House, and formed in procession to attend the removal of his remains, which they accompanied to the extremity of the town. In the evening another meeting was held, to give further expression to the feelings of the community, the proceedings of which will be found subjoined, and to which we invite attention.