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Troop train crashes through a bridge near Huron, Indiana, killing eighteen Illinois soldiers and injuring many more

Troop train wreck, near Huron, Indiana, 1861, September 17, 1861, artist's impression, detail
09/17/1861
At around eight o'clock in the evening, a train carrying four companies of the 19th Illinous Volunteer Infantry crashed into Beaver Creek near Huron, Indiana, around 140 miles west of Cincinnati when the bridge gave way after a derailment.  Two cars suffered the most severe damage when, after landing in the creek, the box car and caboose landed on top of them. Eighteen men in these cars were killed and dozens others injured, many severely.  Sabotage was suspected but later a broken rail was determined to be the cause.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Chronicles of the Great Rebellion Against the United States of America (Philadelphia, PA: A. Winch, 1867), 12.
A History of Jo Daviess County, Illinois ... (Chicago, IL: H.F. Kett  & Co., 1878), 413.