|Death: ||Dec. 19, 1861|
Prince William County
Death came far too soon for Andrew Jackson Read. On December 19, 1861 the young Louisian became a casualty, not of battle, but of conditions of army life in the 1800's. To his Texan Lt., Pryor L, Bryan(a native of Reads Louisiana parish) fell the duty of notifying the soldiers family. He wrote to Read's sister, Jane, from a camp"three miles above Dumfries on the Potomac River, Prince William County."
"He gave me a letter and asked me if I would him this favor to answer it for him." Bryan wrote of Read. "I taken the letter and told him I would do so...but as he was so very sick I declined doing so at the time as I knew that it would only render you and mother unhappy to know that he was lying sick so far from you.. But this morning...while sitting by his side I seen him depart this life, I thinkand happy and peaceful home. I do assure you that there is no accident that ever occurred to this regiment that could of hurt me worse than his death. I felt like I was loosing a a close friend. He was one that was universally liked by all that became cquainted with him. His sicknes was typhoid fever. Miss Jane I will say to you that there has not been a man in this regiment that has been sick that has had better attention and nursing than he has had."
Read had become part of the largest group of soldiers to die for for the Confederate cause:those who died of disease. The following year, on April 28, Lt. Bryan died in a private Virginia home. It is unknown whether he died of battle wounds or the diseases that preyed on the Civil War armies.
Co. F, 5th Texas Volunteer Infantry
Created by: JFJN
Record added: May 03, 2011
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