|Death: ||Jan. 26, 1891|
THE SEVENTH IN HARD LUCK,
Survivors of Wounded Knee Killed or Injured in a Railroad Wreck.
A COLLISION NEAR FLORENA, KANSAS.
Meagre Details From the Scene Report Four Soldiers Dead and Over Thirty Injured—Railroad Officials Reticent.
BEATRICE, Neb , Jan. 27. [Special Telegram to THE BEE.] Very meagre information has thus far been received from the scene of the Union Pacific wreck, occurring at Florena, Kan., at 4:30 yesterday afternoon. The railway officials here are reticent and it is next to impossible to secure telegraphic communication from Florena or Irving. The most reliable information is in effect that the special train conveying the four troops of the Seventh cavalry and two batteries of artillery which left this city at noon yesterday had a head end collision with the regular passenger, No. 44, bound north at Florena, Kan., a station sixty miles south of this city. The special containing the military was running on No. 44's schedule and apparent confusion of orders caused the catastrophe. The trains met on a downgrade from both directions. The three engines were practically demolished. Eight coaches and a stock car of the special were smashed, and also the mail car of the regular. The special was a very heavy train and a double header. Four members of the Seventh were killed outright, and Captain Godfrey and six enlisted men seriously, if not fatally, Injured and twenty-five or more of the command received injuries of greater or less severity. The baggageman of the regular was also injured. The track is badly torn up and traffic is interrupted for from twenty to twenty-four hours. The railway authorities here admit a serious wreck, but decline to give out definite information. The passenger coaches of the special were next to the engine, which makes it possible that the disaster is even greater than here reported.
The killed are:
SERGEANT SHORTBAT, Battery E.
PRIVATE MEIL, Troop G, Seventh cavaIry.
CAPTAIN GODFREY, Troop D.
SERGEANT SHARP, Troop G.
Several other non-commissioned officers and privates are painfully hurt.
Lizzie Dennett, of Lincoln, Neb., had an arm broken and her head cut, and Brakeman Kimball, Conductor Flynn and one or two others were slightly injured. A number of cavalry horses were killed. The conductor of the military train, whose carelessness is responsible for the wreck, has disappeared. -- OMAHA DAILY BEE, Wednesday Morning, 28 January 1891
Fort Riley Post Cemetery
Plot: Section F Plot 11
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