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Sgt William S. Brister
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Birth: 1842
Monroe County
Ohio, USA
Death: Nov. 25, 1863
Scott County
Virginia, USA

On the 25th of November, Sergeant William Brister, of F, was accidentally shot and killed at Duffield Station by private Stephen Hogue of the same company. It seems that Sergeant Silas King had just returned to camp from a scout on which he had found a number of arms. Among them was an old flintlock musket. Seeing Hogue approaching, Sergeant Brister playfully picked it up and pointed it toward him. Hogue, in the same playful mood, picked up a musket, which he thought unloaded, and pointed it toward the Sergeant and pulled the trigger. It proved to be loaded, and Sergeant Brister was shot through the breast and died in a few minutes. It was a dreadfully unfortunate occurrence and nearly crazed Hogue, as the two men were close neighbors at home, and very warm friends. Hogue soon afterwards wrote to Brister's friends, saying that he "had killed the best friend he had on earth." Brister' s remains were sent home.

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This history of the 116th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry was written by Thomas F. Wildes, former Lieutenant Colonel of the Regiment, and published in 1884.

Excerpt from a book: Mrs. Williams and I heard of another private cemetery known as the Brister Cemetery in this area so we hunted and found it, too. It is on mail route 1, Lewisville, on the Harold Weisand farm, not too far from Chapel Hill, but I doubt if I could find it again. It is atop a knoll and all overgrown with brush and weeds so that it was very difficult to find. We climbed through the underbrush and were able to make out these stones:

Brister, Anne, departed this life Mar 17, 1831, aged 51 years

Brister, James, died 2-16-1874, 62 years (husband of Margaret at Chapel Hill)

Brister, Wm., son of J&M died Nov. 25,1863 in the 21st year of his age. Member of Co. F, 116th Reg., O.V.I.

Brister, Sara, daughter of James and Hannah, died Dec12, 1860 aged 2 years, 6 months, 12 days

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  James Brister (1812 - 1874)
  Margaret Dailey Brister (1805 - 1881)
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Created by: Tom Decker
Record added: Nov 27, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81120050
Sgt William S. Brister
Added by: Tom Decker
Sgt William S. Brister
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