tour I am leading in October at Greenwood Cemetery in Hamilton, I am coming across some rather interesting stories of the Civil War veterans buried there. I've been focusing mostly on the 35th Ohio and the various colonels, and have found quite a few men who were discharged during the war that came home and passed away while the war was still raging. I also have come across a story of a veteran who, after the war, was in a small town in the north part of Butler County, missed the train to take him home, decided to walk along the rails to the next town, and was killed on the tracks by the Chicago express. The accident took place between two towns where a curve in the tracks was located which is why the train did not see the veteran until too late. Now, I question this a bit. Having spent my younger years a few miles from this location, there is only one slight bend on the rail line, and the sight lines are rather long. Now, in the later portion of the 1800s there may have been more trees along the tracks, blocking the view from the engine...plus a train, especially an express train moving at presumably a higher speed, cannot stop on a dime.
The rail line was not likely moved in the intervening years as the valley it runs through is constricted in some areas by a creek. And of course the area may have been more wooded in the past, but the land there has been farmed for generations so most likely was farmed when the accident occurred.
I am purposely being vague with details as I will be sharing the full story during the tour. It is far more interesting than what I have shared thus far.