Age: 20, credited to Rutland, VT
Unit(s): 7th VT INF, 13th VT INF
Service: enl 8/26/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. A, 13th VT INF, m/o 1/24/63; enl 3/18/65, m/i 3/18/65, Pvt, Co. C, 7th VT INF, m/o 3/14/66
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Birth: 1836, County Galway, Ireland
Burial: St. Michaels Cemetery, Brattleboro, VT
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Boudreau
Findagrave Memorial #: 101556669
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 10/26/1891, VT
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)
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DIES A HERO
Barney Breslin's Tragic Death in the Railroad Yard This Morning.
Barney Breslin has been regarded as a poor, ignorant man, but he died like a hero this morning in a successful effort to save the lives of two children. He was walking on the railroad track near the round house at the lower end of the railroad yard, and was accompanied by the two little children of Brakeman Spaulding.
The escaping steam from a locomotive made so much noise that he did not notice the approach of the 9:52 train, north bound. He had just time to push the children off the track when the locomotive struck him, throwing him about 15 feet against a high board fence, the body falling between the fence and a wall. His neck was broken and the skull fractured, so that death was instantaneous.
The train was in charge of Conductor Carlton, and Engineer Tuthill and Fireman Harris were on the engine. Mr. Tuthill saw Breslin before the locomotive struck him, not in time to give an alarm.
Breslin was about 60 years old, and formerly worked on the railroad, but for several years had not been regularly employed. His wife died several years ago. He leaves one son who lives here, and another son and daughter in Boston. He has a brother in Rutland.
The train was stopped and Station Agent Brooks was notified as soon as possible. The selectmen could not be found, and Lawyer Hitt, Bailiff Galvin and Chief of Police Hall ordered the body to be taken to Hackley & Moran's undertaking rooms.
Source: Vermont Phoenix, August 28, 1896
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.