Bob, it is indeed sad to read about a soldier who survived the war only to die in a mundane accident. A similar event took place in my family.
My g-g-grandfather, Capt. Reuben F. Segraves, Co. G, 45th Arkansas Mounted Infantry, survived Price's 1864 Missouri Campaign and surrendered at Jacksonport at the end of the war. A couple of years after the war he got tangled up in a mule-powered sorghum press on his farm and was crushed to death. An ignoble end for a gallant soldier.