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The Angola HorrorThe 1867 Train Wreck That Shocked the Nation and Transformed American Railroads$
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Charity Vogel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449086

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449086.001.0001

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Troubled Sleep

Troubled Sleep

(p.11) Chapter 1 Troubled Sleep
The Angola Horror

Charity Vogel

Cornell University Press

This chapter recounts what happened moments before the New York Express derailed, and specifically at 3:10 P.M. of December 18, 1867. It considers the experience of Josiah P. Hayward, one of the 200 passengers aboard the express train. It takes note of Hayward's apprehension on that day, even though he was used to railroad travel, and the unaccustomed precautions he had taken. To railroad travelers in the 1860s like Hayward, winter was widely known as “smash-up season.” Twelve hours and ten minutes before the New York Express would pass through Angola, residents of the region were suddenly awakened by the sensation of a small but unmistakable earthquake.

Keywords:   railroad travel, New York Express, Josiah P. Hayward, winter, smash-up season, Angola, earthquake, New York

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