Jefferson County, NY

94th Infantry Tragedy 1862

Daily News & Reformer, Watertown, NY, March 18, 1862
NYS Historic Newspapers,

The Accident to the 94th

We are indebted to Hon. James A. Bell for the annexed account of the accident which befell this regiment on Saturday last, by which four men belonging to Company G were killed, and several injured. The remains of Samuel Glazier and Barton Glazier, and Nelson Forton, were brought to this county this morning.

Albany, March 16, 1862

Messrs., Ingalls & Brockway:
Gentlemen,- I have ascertained the following facts in relation the accident which befell the 94th regiment yesterday. It left Albany at 9 o’clock a.m., in a train composed of two engines, three baggage cars, and 22 passenger cars. When one mile below Tivoli, a station on the Hudson River Railroad, 45 miles distant from Albany, the baggage and three forward passenger cars were thrown from the track by the breaking of a rail. The road crosses a small bay, at that point, with water seen feet deep on either side of the tracks. The engine and tenders passed over the little bridge near the middle of the bay safely. The baggage cars, which contained three horses, regimental stores, baggage, &c., were thrown off to the left, the passenger cars to the right. The first passenger car contained the members of the band and two or three others. The second car contained a portion of Captain Horr’s company. This car was latterly driven through the band car, which is completely demolished. Strang as it may appear, I have good authority for saying, when the motion had ceased, those that had but a moment before been seated in the band car, found themselves in the second car mostly submerged, without any definite knowledge of the manner by which this change was accomplished. Those that were able made their escape from this perilous condition through the windows. The others were taken out, four of whom, I am pained to say, were dead. The third passenger car was suspended on the embankment between the balance of the train and the bottom of the river.

The following were found dead: Samuel Glazier, Barton Glazier, father and son, both of Adams; Nelson Forton, son of David Forton of Cape Vincent; John Sherman, a British deserter (all of Capt. Horr’s Company).

NOTE -- Brayton Glazier Findagrave memorial 81204928, Samuel Glazier Findagrave memorial 81205234. David Forton may be Nelson Forton Findagrave memorial 91458271

The following persons were seriously injured, and left at Tivoli: James Laflin, of Watertown, ribs Broken; - Brainard, a young musician who joined the regiment at Rome.

The following persons were more or less injured but went on with the regiment, and are now in Hospital in New York; Quarter-master DeWolf, seriously bruised, but no bones broken; Bruse Forrester, slight cuts on head; Commissary Sergeant-Major Simmons and one or two others were lightly bruised, but no skin broken. None of the horses were seriously injured. The greater portion of the baggage was carried way the current. The portion saved is much injured.

Although the accident occurred at one o’clock in the afternoon, it was not known here until five. Gov. Morgan and the members of his staff have done all in their power to make the regiment comfortable and suitable care for the injured. An undertaker and good coffins were sent down. The dead were brought to Albany this morning. John Sherman has been buried here. An escort, composed of Sergent Warring and a private, have been detailed to accompany the remains of the others to their friends. Although this intelligence causes sorrow and death to at least two families in our community, yet how many have reason be truly thankful Providence that their friends were spared. There were at least one hundred persons in the three cars that were thrown from the track, and more than 800 on the train.

The following additional particulars we cut from yesterday’s N.Y. Times:

Shortly after leaving Tivoli, and before the train had obtained full headway – owing to which circumstance a greater sacrifice of live, it is supposed, did not occur – six cars were thrown from the track, caused by the breaking of a rail. Five were precipitated into the water, and one was overturned upon the track. Among these were two baggage cars, in which were the Quartermaster and his sergeant. They owe their lives, no doubt, to the baggage floating and not bouncing about, otherwise they must have been smashed to pieces. The car in which the band were also went to pieces, turning bottom upward, and was literally broke into atoms; another car fell on top of it. To escape, the men had to get out of the bottom of the car and crawl into the one that was covering it, and by that means reached terra firma. Only last week the bandmaster was sent to this city with the money raised by subscription among the officers to purchase instruments. By this accident the whole of them are rendered useless; the officers are not in a position to purchase others, consequently the regiment will have to leave without a band.

The civilian that was killed was put off the cars two or three ties by the Quartermaster, but insisted on riding, and promised, if allowed to do so, to enlist on arriving in New York.

The car containing Co. G was a perfect wreck, and nearly covered with water – the soldiers that were killed were in this car, and their appearance indicated that they were drowned, as there were no marks about their bodies that would show death by any other cause. There was great confusion and panic for a moment, but the soldiers uninjured at once became a collected and applied themselves energetically to the work of recuing those who were in the water. But for their efforts many soldiers must have been drowned.

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