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Colonel Theodore Bowers of Grant's staff is accidentally killed boarding the General's train at West Point

Theodore S. Bowers, detail
Colonel Theodore Bowers, military aide to General Ulysses S. Grant, was killed instantly when he fell between two cars boarding the general's train at Garrison's Station, the halt serving West Point.  Bowers had enlisted in the Illinois Volunteers as a private and served through the war, eventually working on Grant's staff and witnessed the signing of the surrender at Appomattox.  He was 34 years old.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"The Late Colonel Bowers," Harper's Weekly Magazine, March 24, 1866, p. 179.