Monday, August 6, 2012


In Mound City Hospital, 18th inst., of Camp Dysentery, HOWARD D. LEONARD, aged 20 years, of Co., K, 14th Regiment Iowa Volunteers, son of David Leonard.  At the call of his country this young man left the comforts of home for the exposure and peril of the battlefield.  Having gone through the dangers and hardships of the siege of Donelson he wrote home a graphic account of that memorable conflict.  The exposure however of those fearful nights in which our soldiers lay in the cold and wet proved too much for his constitution.  He was soon prostrated by severe illness, and when his regiment moved to go up the Tennessee river he was sent to the Hospital where he died. – Amiable, intelligent, conscientious, and pious; possessing cultivated taste, and giving every promise of a useful and honorable career, young Leonard was the hope and pride of his parents and friends.  From the noblest impulses he joined the ranks of his country’s defenders, and has early fallen a sacrifice in the sacred cause.

“How sleep the brave who sink to rest,
By all their country’s wishes blest.”

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, March 22, 1862, p. 1

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