Annapolis Junction, MD, Train Wreck, June 1869


The Baltimore Sun of Friday, says: A accident occurred on Wednesday night near the Annapolis Junction on the Washington Branch Railroad to the "through" train for New York, which left Washington at 9 o'clock–which though resulting in the injury of several passengers was not so disastrous in its effects as from the peculiar circumstances might have been expected.

The train consisted of the engine, tender, mail car, baggage car, smoking car, ladies' car, chair car, two sleeping cars and a special car–the latter occupied by General GRANT, Mrs. GRANT, and two children, Mr. CRAMER, Consul at Leipzig (brother-in-law of the President) and wife, and Hon. Secretary BOUTWELL, who were en route North.

The train, being a through one, did not stop at way stations, and was proceeding at full speed, and when reaching a point about 250 yards North of the junction, in a deep cut, where a County road crosses, a cow appeared upon the track, which was caught up by the cowcatcher and thrown up the bank.

Many of the passengers in the cars which went off the track were violently thrown from their seats, and several received injuries; though with but one exception, that of Mr. Samuel WEIL, of Atlanta, Ga. none were, it is believed, seriously hurt. Immediately there were frantic cries and much alarm.

The next car, occupied by ladies, was also turned over upon one side diagonally across the track and was badly broken and shattered. The passengers were thrown together in a mass, but none were, it is believed, seriously hurt. A colored woman, having a child in her arms of Mrs. LINCOLN, of Washington, had her collar-bone fractured by being thrown violently against the car.

The child is also somewhat injured, though it is thought not seriously. Others in the car received bruises, slight cuts, etc.

The smoking car fared the worst, it being overturned and whirled around endwise upon the track. It was very badly smashed up, and it was in this car that most all the injuries to passengers occurred. The Mr. WEIL referred to as being seriously injured was seated in this car. He was on his way to New York, with a view of proceeding to Europe. His injuries are principally about the head, he having been badly bruised and received a severe cut on the left side of his head and face, extending from a short distance above the left forehead to about an inch below the left eye, so that it is believed the sight of the latter is entirely destroyed. He was taken up insensible, but in time recovered consciousness, and the physician in attendance reports that he is doing well, and is not necessarily dangerously wounded, though he is believed to be injured more or less internally as well as externally.