Pine House, GA Railroad Collision, Nov 1875



Augusta, Nov. 18. - A frightful accident occurred last night on the Charlotte, Columbia and Augusta Railroad, near Pine House, about twenty-five miles from Augusta. After the regular passenger train left Columbia yesterday for Augusta, it was followed by a train of empty cars for Augusta. The two trains rolled along at the rate of about twenty miles per hour, the one following closely on the other. The passenger train was about to stop, when the second train came rushing along, and the engine telescoped with the ladies' passenger car throwing it and the smoking car from the track. A terrible scene followed. The ladies car was filled with passengers, men, women and children were jammed together, wounded, crushed and bleeding. After a few moments' confusion windows and doors were broken open and passengers emerged from the wreck. It was then discovered that while many were bruised seriously, but one life was lost - that of CHARLES NIGHTINGALE, a bright and lovely child about six years old, son of WILLIAM NIGHTINGALE, of Brunswick, Ga. The child had but a slight wound on the head and seemed to have been steamed to death.
The son of MR. HEGESHEIMER, of the United States coast survey, who was in the smoking car, was seriously injured, and will probably lose an eye. MR. DISHMAN, of Baltimore, a commercial traveler, was cut in the arm, bled a great deal and seemed badly wounded. As soon as possible passengers were rescued from the wreck. At last every passenger was brought from the train, except the poor boy whose untimely death is above recorded. A few hours later an outward train reached the spot, and being unable to pass brought the passengers on the wreck to Augusta, reaching the city about 10 1/2 o'clock.
The conductor of the passenger train is not to blame, but there is great felling against the men on the other train for criminal carelessness. Passengers report that the engineer and conductor could not be found after the accident. The passengers arrived at 11 o'clock last night and every attention was given the wounded.
The body of little CHARLIE NIGHTINGALE was carried to Brunswick this morning. MR. F. DISHMAN, of Baltimore, is doing well, and so is the son of MR. HEGESHEIMER. All the other passengers escaped, some without a scratch and others with slight bruises. It is almost a miracle, under the circumstances, how any of them escaped.

Augusta, Ga., Nov. 18. - Only one death has occurred from the railroad accident. MRS. HEGESHEIMER, who was in the rear part of the ladies' car at the time the engine rain into it, found herself after the accident sitting on the cow-catcher. Midway in the wrecked car her infant son was found under one of the seats, close to the locomotive, badly bruised, but not dangerously injured. The engineer and conductor of the extra train, who are responsible for the collision, have not reported to the officials of the road. Passengers report that they were alarmed several times before the accident by the extra train running up close to the regular passenger train.
STEPHEN D. HEARD, cotton factor and a prominent citizen, died tonight.

The Times-Picayune New Orleans Louisiana 1875-11-19