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Southern saboteurs cause the wreck of a civilian express train in Missouri, killing twenty

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09/03/1861
At 11:15 p.m., sabotage on a bridge crossing the Little Platte River in Buchanan County, Missouri caused the Hannibal to St. Joseph express train to crash thirty feet into the river. Among the twenty dead were women and children and several soldiers on their way to Fort Leavenworth, including newly enlisted Barclay Coppoc, a survivor of John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry. Almost every one else among the 100 aboard was injured. The outrage helped touch off the bitter "no quarter" raiding and retaliation that ensued in Missouri.  (By John Osborne)   
Source Citation: 
Chronicles of the Rebellion Against the United States of America (Philadelphia, PA: A. Winch, 1867), 11. 

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