Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Brave Fellow

In the Fort Henry gunboat fight, in the explosion of the Essex, one of the seamen was shockingly scalded.  His clothing was at once removed, linseed oil and flour applied to his parboiled flesh, and he was carefully wrapped in blankets and placed in bed.  A few moments after, came the news that the rebel flag was struck, and the fort surrendered.  In his enthusiasm he sprang out of his berth, ran upon deck and waved his blanket in the air, hazzaing for the Stars and Stripes.  The poor fellow, after the first excitement was over, was assisted below, and in the night he died, full of rejoicing at the triumph of the old flag.

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

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