91st PA--Benjamin Redheffer's death

Railroad accident on 2 May 1864

[source: These two newspaper articles are about the death of Sergeant Benjamin S. Redheffer (in Company A). They were supplied to me by Bill Redheffer.]

[source: Journal + Statesman 6 May 1864]

A SOLDIER KILLED BY THE CARS.--The body of a soldier, was found laying between the tracks of the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad, near the Junction of the Delaware Railroad, about a mile from this city, on Tuesday morning last, between seven and eight o'clock. He was discovered lying on his face by the bridge tender, who sent word to the depot, when a hand car was dispatched to the scene, and his body brought in and placed in the tool house. Coroner Zebley was informed of the fact, who immediately summoned a jury and proceeded to hold an inquest. Several witnesses were examined, but no evidence elicited beyond the mere fact of the finding of the body. The deceased was dressed in the uniform of a soldier, and was fully equipped for service, having on his scabbard containing the bayonet, cartridge-box and belt. On his cap was the letter "A," and the figures "91," and he is supposed to belong to Company A, 91st Pennsylvania volunteers. A small piece of paper was found in his pocket, on which was written with a lead pencil, the following:--"Wm. Letourneau, 1509 Brown street,Phila." He also had a small sum of money in his pocket. He is apparently about 35 years of age. He was horribly cut and bruised about the face and head. There was one large gash, extending from the corner of the mouth downward; another in the region of his right eye. His whole face was clotted with blood, and he presented a horrid spectacle. He is supposed to have fallen from the cars, sometime between one o'clock and daylight. His body was taken to the hospital in an ambulance, from whence his remains were interred on Wednesday afternoon.

[source: Delaware Gazette 13 May 1864]

Fatal Accident.--A frightful accident occurred on Monday night on the through train from Washington to New York on the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad at the bridge at Stannton. It appears that the man, name unknown, was lying on a seat, with his feet protruding out of one of the windows. On coming on the bridge his feet came in contact with one of the rods, which dragged him out of the window, dashing his brains out and throwing him into the water beneath. It was done so quick that no assistance could be rendered by any of his fellow passengers. On the train arriving at Wilmington persons were sent to the bridge, who found the man's coat which had been torn from him in his fall. Search was made for the body, which was found near the bridge. A pocket book containing $129, was found, but nothing to prove his identy [sic]. He was a young man, apparently about twenty-five years of age. He is supposed to have been asleep at the time of the accident.

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