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Letter from James Madison Bowler to his wife, Elizabeth, telling about the river and a train wreck – November 30, 1864

Filed under: Civil War Daybook — Lori Williamson @ 9:00 am

Letter from James Madison Bowler, stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas,  to his wife, Elizabeth, telling about recent movement on the river, and a train wreck on the DuValls Bluff Railroad.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Little Rock, Ark.
Nov. 30th, 1864

Dear Lizzie:

A fleet of transports arrived here last week, up the Arkansas river – the first boats that have come up this river since last winter. It looks quite pleasant to see them at the levee. My [S…ler] arrived with a stack of goods. […] A sad accident occurred on the DuValls Bluf RR a few nights ago. Her train was thrown from the track, some five miles from here, and three persons were killed and twenty wounded. A Lieut. and 20 men of the 112” were on the train as guarts. The Lieut. and one man were pretty well bruised. One woman had the flesh completely torn from a leg from the thigh to her foot. She cannot survive long in that condition. Her husband was killed; and her two children escaped unhurt. […]

Truly your loving hubbie,
Madison


See whole letter here: 1864-11-30_Bowler_combined

Citation: November 30, 1864, Letter from James Madison Bowler to Lizzie, Correspondence, undated, 1829-1865. Bowler, James Madison and Family, Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1330]

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