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1861 Wm. Moffat injured in train accident
Posted by: Lessa Clayton (ID *****8753) Date: January 09, 2009 at 10:13:46
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From the Richmond Dispatch

September 9, 1861

The late accident on the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad
The Abingdon Democrat furnishes us with the following particulars of the fearful accident which occurred on Sundaynight last, on the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad, one and a half miles west of Abingdon. A train of cars loaded with Louisiana troops, (Col. McGinnis' regiment,) was ascending the grade on the opposite side of the creek; and just east of the bridge a collision took place. The locomotive buried itself in the rear car one-third of its length, knocking in the front of the boiler, tearing away the smoke-stack, and otherwise damaging the engine. The first car of the rear train was forced into the third. So complete was the wreck of this car that it seems miraculous that any one of its occupants escaped death or serious wounds. One man was instantly killed in this car. Many of our citizens repaired to the scene of disaster and rendered all the aid in their power.
The following are the names of the sufferers:
-- Donohough, killed
Harvey Givins, scalded; and since dead
Samuel P. Heath, slight concussion
Samuel Jones, severe concussion about back
Edwin Robinson, severely injured about chest
Robert Waters, leg slightly bruised
William Leathers, face burnt
F. M. Koss, slight wound
S. F. Phillips, back, hip, and left shoulder
A. D. Cassay, left leg slightly bruised
Frederick Brown, concussion of chest, (serious)
Bernard Partridge, slightly hurt
George W. Kent, compound fracture of right leg, above the ankle, (amputated)
Wm. Moffat, (N. O. Delta office,) breast and spine, badly hurt
-- Balline, ribs broken badly
Edward Carnaham, (N. O. Delta office,) leg, hip and head slightly
All the wounded men belong to the "Askew Guards," "Grossetete Creoles" and "Davenport Rifles."


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