Wednesday, December 25, 2013

From The Second Iowa Cavalry


FRIEND SANDERS: – James Armstrong, of Princeton, wounded yesterday, died at 3 o’clock to-day.  All that medical skill, the attention and kindness of friends could do was done for him; but his wound was mortal.  He was clerk at headquarters, and being a talented, promising young man, was honored and respected by all.  In full consciousness he passed peacefully away, and now sleeps “the sleep that knows no waking.”  Aware of his condition, he said he was willing to die but for his wife and child.  Deep and heartfelt have been the expressions of sympathy for her great sorry, which she yet knows not.

The officers were intending to send his body home, but find that no corpse will be transported unless in a metallic case; and of these there are none in this country.  A coffin is being made and tomorrow he will be buried with the honors of war, and in such manner as to be removed with facilities for so doing are rendered possible. – Most of the wounded were sent to the river to-day.

Yours, &c.,

– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Monday Morning, May 19, 1862, p. 2

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