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Pvt William R. Scott

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Pvt William R. Scott

  • Birth 12 Feb 1845
  • Death 16 Dec 1861
  • Burial La Fontaine, Wabash County, Indiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 23321286


WILLIAM R. SCOTT--Jonathan Scott was born January 26, 1816 in Fayette County, Indiana. On the 4th of January, 1845, he came to the then new and undeveloped wilds of Wabash County, and settled in Liberty Township. On the first of November 1840, he was married to Mary Pearson, daughter of Mahlon Pearson who was born in Granger County, Tennessee, August 18, 1824. Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Scott raised a family of three children, two sons, and one daughter. Both sons served in the war of the Rebellion, and the older one, William, died in the service of his country at Otterville, Missouri, December 16, 1861.
dob: 12 Feb 1845

William R. Scott
Regiment Name 8 Indiana Infantry
Company I
Soldier's Rank_In Pvt.
Soldier's Rank_Out Pvt.

Jonathan Scott #35602284
Mary Pearson Scott #3560232
Wabash Plain Dealer, January 10, 1862, extract of letter dated December 16,1861, from Elias B. McPherson, Otterville, Missouri (republished with permission):
"I left Syracuse hospital on last Friday and came down to Lamine Camp, where I found Flave Brewer, Elijah Scott, and William R. Scott in rather a bad condition ... on the following evening we received orders to be in readiness to start on a forced march. About an hour after dark the orders were 'Forward march'. And off they went on quick time, leaving all those who were not able to march. Among those left were Wm. Right Scott... myself and many others too numerous to mention. We remained on the camp ground until Monday morning when I succeeded in pressing a spring wagon into service, into which I got Flave, Elijah and Wm. R. Scott and brought them over to town where I succeeded in getting them into a good Union man's house, the hospital being crowded.

"William Right Scott seemed much better than the other boys. On Sunday he was knocking around the camp, (the day being very pleasant) and also wrote a letter home, but at night he took a severe cold, and having the diarrhoea also, he was very feeble all day Monday. I made him a warm ginger stew in the morning which caused the measles to break out on him as thick as when he first took them. This caused his eyes to water, which bothered him considerably. But still he would say all the time that he was not sick, but only felt a little bad. I went and saw the Post Surgeon, who gave me some opium for him. This checked his bowels, but made him stupid; but this was what I expected.

"About 7 o'clock he sat up in bed and ate a piece of bread and drank some tea. He then laid down and dropped off to sleep. I then set with him until about 10 o'clock, and he seemed to be resting so easily that I thought it best not to give him more powders. So I gave him a drink and then laid down on the bed by his side. He seemed to be sleeping so easily that I did not feel anyways uneasy about him, thinking he would be better in the morning. I finally dropped off to sleep, and I suppose I had been asleep two or three hours, when I awoke, and you can better imagine my feelings than I can describe them, when, to my horror and surprise, I discovered I was sleeping with the DEAD.

"He lay as if sweetly sleeping, but he breathed not. He seemingly had been dead for some time. I awoke the other boys in the room and told them what had happened. Neither Elijah nor Flave were able to help me any. But there was another young man in the room, belonging to the 22nd Regiment, who kindly assisted me in laying him out. When the morning came, I went up to town and made arrangements to get his grave dug and coffin made. I then went to the camp ground to get some of the boys to come and assist me in burying him, but they were all gone out into the country in search of provisions, but a few. So I came back, leaving word for them to come as soon as they returned. They came just in time to be at the funeral, which was about 4 o'clock P.M. The following persons constituted the funeral procession, to wit: Wm. and J. W. Garrison, John Scott, W. H. Sailors, T. York, Simon Houser, myself and two strangers. We buried him as decently as circumstances would admit. He lies near the side of Joel Brewer.

"The reason I have written the particulars in reference to his death and burial, is because I suppose his parents will be glad to hear all about it, and you can let them see this letter."

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Gravesite Details xferred from Harper Cem. 8-11-15





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  • Added: 10 Dec 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23321286
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt William R. Scott (12 Feb 1845–16 Dec 1861), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23321286, citing Old LaFontaine Cemetery, La Fontaine, Wabash County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by SixDogTeam (contributor 46950943) .