Walter Shivers, 17, a cadet at the Chuckatuck Military Institute, was killed by the accidental discharge of a pistol in his overcoat pocket at the residence of H.S. Tynes Esq. in Chuckatuck. The boy’s father sent a buggy for the young man and his sister to return home to Isle of Wight County. Walter threw his coat over his arm to climb into the buggy. As he did so, the pocket struck the banister of a stairway and exploded the pistol. The ball entered the left side just above the hip and passed through his body. He lived another 12 hours in excruciating pain.