New Ulm, Minn., Oct. 27.—Private John Jorgensen of Company G, Twelfth Minnesota, committed suicide in his tent by placing the muzzle of his rifle to his heart and pushing the trigger with the ramrod.
Death was instantaneous, and no satisfactory explanation is offered by his comrades for his strange action.
Private Jorgenson was about 27 years of age and single. He enlisted at Austin, where he was working as a section hand at the time of the call for volunteers.
The bullet which killed him passed through several other tents and into the water tank several hundred feet away.
Jamestown Weekly Alert, 10/27/1898