Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Death of Col. Wm. H. Worthington

The following dispatch was received yesterday.

FARMINGTON, Miss., May 23, ‘62

To Col. Wm. Thomson

Col. Wm H Worthington, 5th Iowa Infantry is dead.  He was shot through the head when visiting the pickets as general officer of the day, this 2 o’clock A. M., by a sentinel.  His body will leave here to-day for Keokuk.


This announcement of the sudden and melancholy death of Col. Worthington came like a thunder bolt upon our community, and filled all hearts with sadness.  No one can tell the grief and agony of his wife and children so suddenly and fearfully bereaved, though all hearts give them their deepest and sincerest sympathy.

Col. Worthington was the Colonel of the Fifth Iowa Regiment, and for some time past has been acting as Brigadier General in Gen. Pope’s Division.  His Regiment was organized in Burlington in July last, and from thence passing thro’ Keokuk and St. Louis, was ordered to Boonville, Mo., in which neighborhood it remained for several months.  From Thence it went with Gen’l Pope’s Division down the Mississippi, to New Madrid, and after the taking of Island No. 10, was ordered up the Tennessee river.

Col. Worthington proved himself a faithful and efficient officer performing his duties in a manner that secured the esteem and good will of his men and the respect of his superiors in office.  He was a man of ardent temperament and generous and noble feelings.  Cut off in the very prime of manhood his loss will be severely felt and sadly mourned. – {Gate City, 24th.

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, May 31, 1862, p. 1

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