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Lieut Robert Increase Boyington
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Birth: Aug. 31, 1836
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 20, 1920
Garfield County
Oklahoma, USA

Civil War Veteran-Union Army
Co. I, 105 PA Inf.
GAR Post 19
Mentioned in the Enid Daily Eagle Sept. 20, 1920
Wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg

Article in the "Toronto Republican" (Toronto, Woodson Co., KS), Thursday, 3
February 1927, page 1:
"Mr. Sprankle was in forty-five different engagements of the civil war and participated in the famous battle of Gettysburg, his company arriving on the scene the evening of the first day of the battle. When the command was given to charge Mr. Sprankle was wounded, having his left shoulder blade broken by a piece of shell. As he started to the rear he saw among the wounded men a former school teacher of his, Bob Boyington. Mr. Boyington had been shot through the leg and would soon have bled to death. Forgetting his own wounds, Mr. Sprankle took his companion's shoulder strap, and twisting it tightly above the wound, stopped the flow of blood. Then picking him up, carried him on his uninjured shoulder, to the rear lines. 'I saw lots of wounded men I could have helped, but I couldn't pass my school teacher by,' he said. That was the last time the two men met for nearly fifty years and their happy reunion came as a strange coincidence. When the Gettysburg monument was dedicated in September 1910, Mr. Sprankle was living at Toronto, Kansas. The Kansas City Star wished to get a story at that time regarding the battle from some veteran who had been actively engaged in it. E. E. Kelley, who now writes the Grass Roots column for the Topeka Capital and is editor of the Garden City Herald, was then editor of the Toronto Republican and he wrote the story of the battle as given him by Mr. Sprankle, for the Star. Included in the story was the incident regarding Bob Boyington. Mr. Sprankle had not heard from Mr. Boyington since that day on the battlefield, and since he was his senior by several years, supposed him to be dead. However he was at that time residing at Carrier, Oklahoma, near Enid. The section foreman at Carrier took the Star and when he saw Mr. Boyington's name, immediately showed the article to him. He sat down at once and wrote to Mr. Sprankle, who didn't lose much time in taking the train to Carrier and walking in on his friend, took him by surprise and inquired: 'How is that leg?' The two veterans had a very happy visit and one of Sprankle's treasured possessions is a picture they had taken together at that time. Mr. Boyington passed away several years ago.
(Contributed by Margaret Sopp)

Son of David D. Boyington and Malinda K. Jackson. 
Family links: 
  Mary K Boyington (1846 - 1926)
  Kate Scott Boyington Ford (1880 - 1975)*
*Calculated relationship
Rose Hill Cemetery
Garfield County
Oklahoma, USA
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Record added: Sep 24, 2008
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Lieut Robert Increase Boyington
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Lieut Robert Increase Boyington
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