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On This Day: August 13

1862 - (Civil War) Missouri scouting expedition continues

The 3rd Wisconsin Cavalry was among Union forces on a scouting expedition from Ft. Leavenworth to Independence, Missouri.

1936 - Freight Train Derails Near Janesville

On this date a freight train derailed one mile east of Janesville on the Milwaukee Road tracks. 18 cars, 13 of them oil tankers, burned in the ensuing spectacular blaze. Although monetary loss was estimated at $150,000, no one was injured. [Source: Janesville Gazette]