Cheyenne Daily Sun-Leader no. 237 June 27, 1898
FIVE TROOPERS KILLED
And Fourteen Wounded in a Railway Collision in Mississippi.
Full Particulars of the Accident to the Torrey Cavalry Regiment Yesterday.
Special to the Sun-Leader.
Tupelo, Miss., June 26.--Section two of the cavalry train ran into section one here two hours ago. Four or five of Torrey's cavalry were killed and many men were injured. More particulars tomorrow.
Tupelo, Miss., Jun 27.---The list of killed and wounded is as follows:
Willie B Wallace, troop C.
Sam Johnson, troop C.
Gimmer, troop L.
Cornelius Lenihan, troopC.
Colored Porter Gordon, car Granby, Cincinnatti.
Henry S. Mapes, troop C, both legs cut off and punctured in abdomen.
R. D. Stanley, M troop, elbow dislocated; …
Tupelo Miss., Jun 26.--The first section of the train on the Kansas City, Memphis and Birmingham railway, carrying Torrey's regiment, arrived at this little Mississippi town at 4 this afternoon and stopped for water. It had whistled to proceed when the second section rounded the curve entering the town, and dashed into it, causing the loss of six lives, the fatal injury of one man and the serious injury of 15 more. The engine of the second section ploughed its way through the caboose on the rear of the first section and through the next coach sleeper, Seville, which bore the regimental staff and gave the first section such a shove as to telescope the coach in the center of the train bearing troop C of Laramie., Wyo.
The force of the collision also threw the baggage car of section one into the ditch several hundred feet, where it rolled over, a mass of broken wood and twisted iron.
DISASTER TO CAPT. SHANNON'S TROOP.
The chief fatalities occurred in the completely telescoped car occupied by troop C, where the men were pinned down by broken seats, timbers and irons.
Axes were quickly produced, and the soldiers worked in smoke and dirt like demons to rescue their imperiled comrades. Only a groan now and then told the location, and the telescoped car was removed by piecemeal before all were rescued. The bodies of the dead and wounded, as fast as removed, were carried into negro huts, their owners doing all in their power to assist in the work.
The engine of the second section was buried in the debris of the sleeper Seville, a hissing steam menace to the whole train.
A chain of men a quarter of a mile long formed with buckets, passing water and thus extinguished the fire and prevented a worse catastrophe.
NARROW ESCAPE OF COL. TORREY.
The miracle of the wreck was the escape of those on board this sleeper, including Correspondent Magill. Everyone escaped from the sleeper by jumping save Col. Torrey, who was apparently unable. He was in the state room in the rear of the sleeper, separated from the engine by a short caboose.
The caboose crushed like paper, and the engine went almost entirely through the sleeper, tearing it into kindling wood.
He was carried 300 yards when the force of the engine was stopped, and he found himself on the outside beneath the wreckage. Although his feet were badly bruised, he clambered up the embankment and escaped.
His other injuries were bruises about the head, none of which was serious. He immediately began directing the clearing of the wreckage.
Col. Torrey is all right, except a slight injury to his feet from being caught by broken timbers.
The accident is believed to be the result of carelessness on the part of Engineer Bowles. He was severely injured by jumping from the engine and could not talk. The fireman was not hurt.
In the caboose when the engine rounded the curve were the train crew and Lieuts. Brees and Follett. All saw the engine coming in time to jump and save their lives.
JUMPED TO DEATH.
Trooper Gimmer, on the second section, was on top of the stock car and saw collision was imminent. He jumped, lighting on trestle work with fatal consequences.
The wounded have all been carried to vacant store buildings. A hospital has been fitted up, where they are receiving every possible care from the good people of the town. There will be detailed to remain with the wounded one man for every wounded man. The dead will be buried with military honors. The wounded able to go will be taken.
The roads have been running trains provokingly slow, giving as a reason their desire to avoid accidents such as just occurred.
The regiment will not reach Jacksonville now until Tuesday night.
Dr. Root is left here in charge of the wounded men. The latest report from the doctor says that all will easily recover except Mapes, who is dying.
The people of this town cannot be praised too highly for their conduct.
WHO THEY WERE
From the muster rolls in Adj. Gen. Sitzer's office we get the following information of the men killed and injured in the wreck of Torrey's train yesterday:
W. B. Wallace, trumpeter, troop C, age 18, from Laramie.
C. M. Johnson, farrier, troop C, age 24, from Laramie.
Cornelius Lenihan, private, troop C, age 23, from Cheyenne.
H. S. Mapes, private, age 31, from Laramie.
G. Gimmer, private, troop L, from Evanston.
H. D. Stanley,
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Note: 1899 reinterment from Tupelo, Miss.
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