Thursday, January 20, 2011

Samuel Mardis

Age, twenty-nine; residence, Agency Prairie, Lee Township, Polk County, Iowa; native of Illinois; enlisted January 20, 1862, and died of mumps, in steamboat hospital, June 1, 1862, at Pittsburg Landing, Tenn., and was buried on the hill at the Landing. He participated in the battle of Pittsburg Landing, April 6th and 7th, 1862. He was a kind husband and father — greatly attached to his family. He left a wife and six children. "A faithful soldier and good man," says Captain Studer, "anxious to perform his duties thoroughly. When he enlisted he left behind him a wife and several small children, wholly depending on him for support. He was a high-minded soldier, knew no fear, was kind and courteous and very pleasant among all. At Shiloh he fought most bravely, remaining with his company throughout that battle."

Lieutenant Wilkins's testimony is the same as that of Captain Studer.

SOURCE: Leonard Brown, American Patriotism: Or, Memoirs Of Common Men, p. 218

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