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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

September 16, 1864

Richmond Newspaper Reported on Accident and Exiles

The Richmond Times Dispatch reported on the railroad accident involving prisoners from Andersonville, and some of the Atlanta exiles being robbed.

From Georgia–railroad accident - Arrival of the Atlanta exiles. Macon, September 14. –A train leaded with Federal prisoners ran off the track last night at Camp creek, on the Southwestern railroad. Eight cars and the engine were crushed to pieces. A large number of Yankees were killed and wounded, fully as many as were Confederates in their removal from Point Lookout to Elmira, New York, when a similar accident occurred. Many of our officer, are of the opinion that there will be no further advance of the enemy in Georgia this year. It is thought that Sherman proposed the armistice for the purpose of putting Atlanta in a condition to be held by a small force. The first train of exits from Atlanta arrived last night. They were robbed of everything before being sent into our lines. There has been further correspondence between Generals Hood and Sherman on the subject of an exchange of prisoners, but no agreement has yet been arrived at.