Fearful Railroad Catastrophe
Lackawaxen, Penn, July 15
A train with about eight hundred and fifty rebel prisoners, on their way to the camp at Elmira, collided with the Pennsylvania coal company’s train between here and Shohola this afternoon, killing and wounding a large number, reported at over one hundred.
The train with the prisoners should have left Jersey City this morning at half past four, but was delayed and thrown out of time one hour by the captain of the guard, who returned to the vessel on which they came from City Point to hunt up three prisoners, who had escaped from him.
The coal train was on its way from the Hawley Branch to Port Jervis, and neglected to ascertain that the other train was behind time, and went on, striking the latter at a crooked part of the road, where the engineer could not see far enough ahead to avoid the calamity.
The Herald of later date says that 16 yankees were killed and 17 wounded. Of the Confederate prisoners [from Point Lookout] 49 were killed and 68 wounded.
Source: Fayetteville Observer, July 28, 1864 as found on www.ncecho.org