This Day in Dayton, 18 August
On August 18, 1862 the 72nd regiment took the cars for Louisville. The troops traveled in cattle cars, some of which had just been emptied of cattle, with no pause to clean out the manure. The regiment was being rushed to Kentucky because Buell’s Union army was retreating before a Confederate offensive led by Kirby-Smith and Bragg that was threatening Louisville and Cincinnati. When word came of the Union defeat at the Second Battle of Bull Run, the sensation of repeating the previous summer’s events was surely complete.