A sad occurrence
Some days ago, Mr. James Little, an estimable citizen of this county, while laboring under a temporary aberration of mind, threw himself into a well upon his farm and was drowned. Mr. Little was about 65 years of age. It is thought that the distressed condition of the country was the cause of his mental derangement. All of his sons are in the army, one of whom has been very badly wounded –s o much so, that he is disabled for life. Tarboro Southerner
Source: Fayetteville Observer, May 16, 1864, as found on www.ncecho.org.