A regiment saved by two women.
In travelling on the cars from Bethel
to Jackson, Tenn.
, the Twentyseventh Iowa
regiment was saved from a fearful loss of life by the heroism of a couple of Union women.
The train was running in the night at a high rate of speed, and just before reaching a railroad bridge the engineer saw a couple of lanterns being waved in the distance, directly on the track.
He stopped the locomotive, and men were sent ahead to ascertain the cause of the alarm.
They found that the lanterns were held by two women, who explained to them that a party of guerrillas in that vicinity had been informed of the coming of the regiment, and at about eight o'clock that evening the villains had set the bridge on fire, and allowed the main timbers to burn so much that they could not bear the weight of the train, and then put out the flames and went away, hoping, of course, that the cars would run on the bridge, that it would break down with the weight, and thus kill and injure many of the soldiers, and prevent the regiment from going through.
The noble women had learned of these intentions, and had walked ten miles through the darkness and mud to save the Union