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Ponchatoula in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

1862 Train Wreck

1862 Train Wreck Marker image. Click for full size.
September 11, 2016
1. 1862 Train Wreck Marker
Inscription.  Near this spot on February 27, 1862 a southbound lumber train collided with a northbound troop train carrying men of Col. Edmond J. Goode's 7th Mississippi Infantry in route to join the Confederate army in Tennessee. The lumber train had failed to move onto a siding as the northbound train approached. In the fog of the early morning, while most men were sleeping, the terrible crashed occurred. The first two wooden passenger cars were torn apart with splinters of wood causing death to 22 men at the scene, mortally wounding another 6 men and seriously injuring 10 more. All of the dead and most serious injured were members of the Dahlgren Rifles of Pike Co., MS and the Quitman Rifles of Franklin and Amite Counties. A medical team from the C.S. Hospital in New Orleans and volunteers from nearby Ponchatoula provided assistance to the injured and dying. After the victims were removed and the tracks cleared, the regiment continued on its journey to Tennessee. They would earn the respect of friend and foe as part of Mississippi's "High Pressure Brigade".
Erected by Friends of Camp Moore.
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marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersRailroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is February 27, 1862.
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 30° 25.2′ N, 90° 26.151′ W. Marker was in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, in Tangipahoa Parish. Marker could be reached from SW Railroad Avenue (Business U.S. 51) 0.3 miles south of Tower Road. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Ponchatoula LA 70454, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. USS Ponchatoula Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); Ponchatoula Depot (approx. 1.3 miles away); PFC Raymond "Mike" Clausen, Jr. (approx. 1.7 miles away); Hammond Junior College (approx. 5.9 miles away); Mt. Vernon Walnut (approx. 6.1 miles away); Peter Hammond (approx. 6.1 miles away); City Of Hammond (approx. 6.2 miles away); Grace Memorial Episcopal Church (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ponchatoula.
Also see . . .  Camp Moore - Ponchatoula Train Wreck Marker. (Submitted on September 12, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 11, 2016. This page has been viewed 622 times since then and 9 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on September 11, 2016. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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