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Capt John Walter Hicks

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Capt John Walter Hicks

  • Birth 1836 Bedford, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 22 Oct 1867 Vidalia, Concordia Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Burial Duncansville, Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Plot Koon 151-14
  • Memorial ID 39795285

Courtesy of Janice Erbe Mackey

"John Walter Hicks married Miss Ellen "Nellie" S. Farley, dau. of James and Ellen Farley of Cherry Valley, Illinois on 27 Feb. 1867 in Rockford, Winnebago Co., Illinois."


The following preamble and resolutions, concerning the death of Col. J. W. Hicks has fallen into our hands and we are called upon to reannounce the sad intelligence to our readers.
The Colonel was favorably known and highly appreciated as an upright, affable and congenial associate by many in this county and the news of his death will be most painfully felt by all who knew him.
On the 27th of February last, he was joined in marriage with Miss Ellen T. (H.) Farley, a daughter of James Farley, one of the most highly respected and influential citizens of this county, and in company with his wife, repaired to Fort St. Philip, of which post he took command, about seventy miles below New Orleans.
Being after a few days relieved of the charge of that Fort by a colored regiment, Col. Hicks according to orders from the War Department, was placed in charge of forces at Alexandria, on Red River, and when he was no longer needed there, he was placed in command of Vidalia, in Louisiana. In a short time the dreaded yellow fever began to assume a very threatening aspect, which caused the Col. And his lady to establish their head quarters about four miles back in the county, but the fatal disease had fastened its fangs upon him, and soon terminated his earthly career.
His young wife, who was most devotedly attached to him was left weak, worn and heart-broken over a thousand miles from home among strangers and in a strange land and though she was kindly cared for by the sorrowing men lately under her husband's command, yet, the sunshine of her life seemed to have all turned into darkness and gloom.
A week of deep sorrow and lonely grief had passed, when her brother, Thomas Farley, reached her side to share her afflictions and accompany her home.
Escaping with her life from an attack of the cholera, on Saturday the 9th inst., they reached again their paternal fireside, made sad and dismal by the permanent absence of one who, for his many excellent qualities was most ardently beloved not only be the afflicted wife, but by the whole family. Another noble sacrifice is offered upon the alter of our country.
Col. Hicks and his devoted young wife set out in life with buoyant spirits and bright prospects but in less than eight months from their wedding day the cruel hand of death has blighted all those prospects and the cold grave has closed over the sum total of a young wife's brightest joys, (?) again the vanity of all things here below. She has our sympathy and condolence.
-Camp near Vidalia, Louisiana
Oct. 28th, 1867
"K" Co. 20th U.S. Infantry

The above named company acting this day in concert with 1st Serg't. William Jones as chairman, and Corporal B. O. Kirk as secretary, unanimously adopted the following preamble and resolutions of account of the death of Lieutenant John W. Hicks, who after a brief but distressing illness with the yellow fever, departed this life on the 22nd inst., at 11 o'clock a.m. near this place.
Whereas it has pleased Him "who doeth all things well," to remove from our midst, our late beloved Commander, 1st Lieutenant John Walter Hicks: therefore, be it:

Resolved, That in the death of 1st Lieutenant Hicks, we realize that we have lost an officer of whom we justly felt proud, a brave soldier and a kind and affectionate commander and that the army has sustained an irreparable loss, in the death of an efficient and influential officer.

Resolved, That we herein offer our sympathy and heartfelt sorrow to his amiable and afflicted young widow and that we mourn with her, in this, her hour of sad bereavement and widowhood.—In his death, she has lost an affectionate and true husband and protector, and we, too, have lost a true, brave and beloved commander.

Resolved, Also, that we tender to his parents, that poor consolation of his company, fondly (?) expressions of sorrow, with them in their affliction.

Resolved, That the following Preamble and Resolutions be published in the Hattiesburg Register, Concordia Intelligencer, and that a copy be forwarded to the widow, and one also, to his parents in Pennsylvania.

Resolved, That the members of this command under Dr. Meng, Captain Cutter, and Mr. Friedler, their thanks for their ever assiduous attentions to the deceased during his painful illness of nine days and that Serg't. Geo Mahew, Serg't. G. B. Noyes and Corporal B. C. Kirk, be appointed a committee to present a copy of these resolutions to the widow of the deceased.
B. O. Kirk, Sec.
W. Jones, Chairman,

(Copied from the proceedings of the Company, of which the late 1st Lieutenant J. W. Hicks was commander.)

*note: Copied verbatim by Janice Erbe Mackey from the Rockford Weekly Gazette dated 14 Nov 1867. Where there is a (?), the old newspaper type is not legible.
Military timeline
Name: John W Hicks
Residence: Blair County, Pennsylvania
Enlistment Date: 20 Apr 1861
Rank at enlistment: 1st Lieut
State Served: Pennsylvania
Survived the War?: Yes and volunteered again
Service Record:
Promoted to Full Captain on 17 Oct 1861.
Commissioned an officer in Company I, Pennsylvania 3rd Infantry Regiment on 20 Apr 1861.
Mustered out on 29 Jul 1861 at Harrisburg, PA.
Commissioned an officer in Company C, Pennsylvania 76th Infantry Regiment on 17 Oct 1861.
Promoted to Full Major on 01 May 1863.
Promoted to Full Lt Colonel on 13 Feb 1864.
Mustered out on 01 Jun 1864.
Promoted to Brevet Major on 13 Mar 1865.
Commissioned an officer in the U.S. Veteran Volunteers 9th Infantry Regiment on 10 Aug 1865.
Promoted to Brevet Major on 13 Mar 1865.
Commissioned an officer in the U.S. Veteran Volunteers 9th Infantry Regiment on 10 Aug 1865.
Promoted to Full Captain on 10 Aug 1865.
Promoted to Brevet Lt Colonel on 13 Mar 1865.
Promoted to Brevet Colonel on 13 Mar 1865.
Mustered out on 24 Apr 1866.
Promoted to Brevet Captain on 02 Mar 1867.
Death Date: 22 Oct 1867
History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865
Soldiers of Blair County, PA
Heitman: Register of United States Army 1789-1903

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 39795285
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt John Walter Hicks (1836–22 Oct 1867), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39795285, citing Carson Valley Cemetery, Duncansville, Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Sky (contributor 47004249) .