Warsaw, KY Steamers UNITED STATES and AMERICA Collide, Dec 1868

Most of the officers and crew of both boats escaped, as also did nearly all the passengers of the America; but most of the passengers, and many of the deck hands, of the United States were lost.
The number of the lost is not exactly known, as the books of the United States were destroyed. The number is supposed to have been about seventy, about twenty of whom were ladies. One newly married couple were among the lost.
MR. WILLIAM GARVIN, of Louisville, one of the oldest citizens and oldest merchants, was on the United States, was never seen after the accident occurred, and is supposed to have perished in his stateroom. He was a leading member of the Presbyterian Church, and was held in high estimation by those who knew him.
Young MR. JOHNSON, son of A. Y. JOHNSON, and a merchant's clerk in Louisville, had gone up to accompany his cousin, MISS L. M. JOHNSON, to Louisville, whither her father had recently moved from Memphis. Both the young people perished, and the body of the young lady was found 30 miles below, with a life-preserver attached. She is supposed to have floated till cold and exhaustion ended her life. We learn that she was a graduate of Science Hill Female Academy.
Two Episcopal clergymen, from the East, were lost, REV. F. S. RISING, of New York, and REV. R. J. PARVIN, of Philadelphia. They were on their way to Louisville, as secretaries of certain societies of their church, to attend meetings there in the interests of the societies they represented. Whether they were drowned or burned, has not been ascertained.
The following is the list of lost, so far as ascertained to the present writing:
MRS. R. A. JONES and daughter EVA, of Waynesville, Ohio; ELIZA FORD, colored; REVS. MESSRS. PARVIN and RISING, of New York; HARRIET WARING, of New Albany, and a young lady in her employ; MR. BIGBY, JOHN F. BURNS, J. M. LEDOWER, M. J. COOK, MRS. GEO. W. GOFF, WM. GARVIN, LOUIS JOHNSON, MR. SPEIGELBERG, DR. H. H. BURKHOLDER, MISS MARY L. JOHNSON, MRS. JACK PEARCE and son, JAMES JOHNS, 3d clerk of States, of Louisville; STEELE BRIGHT, O. B. SAPPINGTON and L. H. VANCE, of Madison; JOHN FENNEL, steward; RICHARD MARSHAL, second steward; JAMES FENNEL, bar-keeper; DAN (colored), barber; MRS. COMMODORE THOMPSON and a lady traveling with her; MRS. CHARLES HAYS, Nashville; JOHN MASSETT, Owensville, Ohio; HARVEY BRUNSWICK, billiard table manufacturer, Cincinnati; SMITH, cabin boy, Madison; lame gentleman and wife, New Hampshire; gentleman and sister, Natchitoches, and two ladies, put on board the States by MR. WHALEN, of Philadelphia, names unknown. Seven of the officers and cabin crew, and eighteen deck hands and supposed to be lost. The body of an unknown man was picked up at Vevay.
Many of those who escaped were in their night clothes; many others with heavy clothing upon them, were thoroughly immersed in the water, through which they struggled to the shore. All such, necessarily suffered from exposure to the chill air of the stormy night. The nearest house was that of MR. RAHL, half a mile distant on the Indiana shore. The family gave all relief possible to the sufferers. A couple of hours after their escape they were taken to Warsaw by a passing steamer. The citizens of the town opened their houses to the sufferers, and ministered to their necessities to the utmost of their ability.
Among the saved was OLE BULL, the celebrated violinist. His first thought was for his violin, and, securing that, made his way to the land. The president of the company owning the boats was aboard one of them at the time the collision occurred.
The officers of both boats did all in their power to save the passengers, and were the last of those who escaped to leave the doomed boats.
The lost were from different States, from as far North and East as Concord, New Hampshire, to as far South as Pensacola, Florida. Thus in different States of the North and South, East and West, many families have been overwhelmed with grief and shrouded in mourning by this terrible disaster.

St. Louis Christian Advocate Missouri 1868-12-16