Saturday, March 24, 2012

While O. Jennings Wise lay on his death bed . . .

. . . suffering from his wound, by not suspecting its danger, lifting himself partially on one elbow, he turned his face toward the Federal surgeon in charge, and said: “When I am sufficiently recovered do you think I will be allowed to go home, on my parole of honor?”  The doctor quite willing to gratify him, replied that he had no doubt that the General would allow him every reasonable gratification.  Before Many hours had elapsed, however, his parole was granted from a higher than earthly source.

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, March 1, 1862, p. 2

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