The State Paper
Friday May 29 1904, pg 1 col 4
Two Men Drowned Near Fort Sumter
J D Carmichael and J W Harmon Victims of Accident, Mr Harmon Lexington Veteran
Several Others to the Party Had Narrow Escape---Rescued by Life Saving Crew
Special to the State.
Charleston---May 19---The first and only casualty of the Confederate reunion occurred this afternoon in the capsizing of a small outrigged sail boat between Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island and Fort Sumter, resulting in the drowning of J D Carmichael of Dillon and J W Harmon of Lexington.
J H Bond of Lexington and another man from the same place had a narrow escape, being rescued in an exhausted condition, requiring medical treatment at the army hospital on the island.
Sullivan, Nelson and Gibson, three Charleston men, were also saved by the fine work of the life-saving crew on the beach, assisted by several men of the garrison. The boat was owned by Sullivan and the party was on a pleasure sail. A hat was blown into the water, and in putting about suddenly, the boat was capsized. The bodies of Carmichael and Harmon were recovered.
The former has a son, William Carmichael, manager of a hotel at Marion,
who has been notified of the death of his father.
The harbor was as calm as a mill pond.
Submitted by Carolyn Klear, 10 Oct 2003.