The engineer Pierce Morse was one of the best on the road -- I suppose no human skill could prevent the accident which resulted from the heavy rains causing the track to slip under the weight of the engine. This track is to be abandoned & one adopted farther up the hill on better ground. The tender & four or five cars were thrown off only one of which, & that the forward one, was smashed up. This sad event has cast a shadow over every heart. William spent the forenoon doing all he could. Mr. Harvey, whose leg had been set by the surgeons of the regiment, Dr’s Beebe and Culver, suffered so much after they left with the soldiers, who marched down to Parkersburg; that William sent for Dr. Frank Hart who said that the ankle was dislocated & that there was a compound fracture of the bone. Mr. Harvey was taken to Mrs. McClure’s & finally in the mail train which did not start much before twelve o’clock, to his home in Barlow. The body of Mr. McKim was taken charge of by Mr. Charles D. Cook to be conveyed to Cobleville and the bodies of Nugget & Stukey were sent to Marietta by an extra train.
William went to Chillicothe. Mrs. Dawes came down on the evening train. Lee is said to be retreating from Spotsylvania. Grant having made a successful flanking movement.
Peggy's comments:Mary Gates Dawes's nineteen year old brother, Charles Gates, was on the train and was injured in the derailment. He had enlisted with the Hundred Day men in the 148th Ohio. Though injured, he was unwilling to turn back and he proceeded with his regiment towards Harper's Ferry.