Franklin, KY, Train Attack & Accident, Nov. 1866


On Wednesday night about 2 o'clock, as the train on the Louisville and Nashville Railroad was bout five miles from Franklin, Ky., the engineer discovered that the road was barricaded. He immediately slackened speed, but not until the engine, baggage car and express car were thrown from the track and upset.

The passengers being aroused, found the train surrounded by guerrillas, who fired one shot as a note of warning, which passed through the car without injuring anyone.

The guerrillas then entered the sleeping car and ordered the passengers to go forward to the next car. As they crossed the platform, each one was compelled to hand over his pocketbook.

The whole transaction occupied not more than five minutes, and, before the passengers fairly recovered from their astonishment, the intruders were gone.

When the guerrillas had departed, it was discovered that the train was on fire, having caught from a stove in the express car. The passenger cars were pushed back out of danger, but the engine, express car and baggage car were burned. None of the express freight was saved, though most of the baggage was removed. The safe of the Express Company even was burned.

Reprinted from the Atlanta Era by
The Yorkville Enquirer
Yorkville, SC
22 Nov. 1866, page 1