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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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(p.119) Chapter 10 Rescue
The Angola Horror

Charity Vogel

Cornell University Press

This chapter describes the rescue efforts carried out at the height of the New York Express disaster in Angola. When he arrived on the scene at Big Sister Creek, Dr. Romaine J. Curtiss immediately realized that the wounded and the dying would need hospitals. He decided to build makeshift ones out of the homes of the nearest Angola families. Railroad accidents posed challenges for doctors and nurses in the nineteenth century, as train wrecks were often difficult disaster scenes to reach. The Angola wreck occurred on a winter's day, just as daylight was about to fade. This chapter considers some of the problems encountered by Curtiss and the citizens working alongside him as they tried to help the victims. It also looks at the role played by Josiah Southwick and his wife, Huldah, who turned their home into something like an “army hospital” for the victims.

Keywords:   rescue efforts, New York Express, Angola, Romaine J. Curtiss, hospitals, railroad accidents, doctors, train wrecks, victims, Josiah Southwick

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