SGT Walter W. Ireland

SGT Walter W. Ireland

Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri, USA
Death 16 Oct 1898 (aged 21)
Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, USA
Burial Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 97319993 · View Source
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The Weekly Intelligencer, October 22, 1898
Lexington, Mo.


Died, at Jacksonville, Florida, October 16, of typhoid fever, Sergeant Walter W. Ireland, aged 21 years, 6 months and 24 days.

For the past three weeks the people of Lexington have daily asked each other the question: "Have you heard anything from Walter Ireland today?" Ever since it became known that he was sick with that southern scourge, the hopes and fears and sympathies of all have manifested themselves. No young man in our community was more widely known or more universally loved and respected.

One week before his death his mother reached his bedside, and had the consolation of seeing his every want anticipated, and of seeing that everything was done for him that human skill could do. But a mother;s love and devotion, combined with the best medical skill and unceasing labor, could not relax the icy fingers which Death had laid upon him. The inevitable end came at 1:30 last Sunday afternoon, and the gallant spirit of the brave young soldier went to join the command 'over the river."

Walter was born and reared in this city, and was a recent graduate of Wentworth Military Academy. When the call came for volunteers to fight the battles of our country he enrolled as a member of Company H, in the Sixth Missouri volunteers. There was a generous rivalry among all our troops in regard to which regiments would have the first chant to go to battle. His choice was well made, for his regiment has been selected to go to Cuba, and had he lived to make the campaign with his command, he would, we have no doubt, have returned home with high military honor.

The body was brought home for burial, accompanied by his mother, and by Lieutenant Stanley Gordon, of Company H, who was detailed for this purpose. The body was taken to the family residence, on South street, Wednesday morning, where many friends went to take the last look at one they all admired. At 2:30 o'clock p.m., the remains were taken to the Presbyterian church, where Dr. E.C. Gordon delivered a very impressive discourse. The large church was crowded, and a great many, who could not secure seats, remained outside.

Dr. Gordon read a letter from Rev. J.C. Gibbons, chaplain of the Sixth regiment, saying the he "was with Sergeant Ireland when he died. As a soldier there were none better; he was always to be depended upon; he was trusted implicitly, and was ever at his post. He was always found to be correct, and his morals were excellent, and were not contaminated by camp life. His comrades loved him, and praised him. The regiment is in mourning. His death has fallen like a pall upon us all."

From the close of the last song in the church, the funeral was military. His comrades carried the casket to the hearse. A band led the procession playing a dirge; then came the cadets from Wentworth Military Academy, under command of Adjutant Cobb; then came a number of soldiers, members of Company K, Fifth Missouri, under command of Lieutenant K.W. Carter; then came the hearse, with six soldiers on each side--the active pall bearers. Then came the family, followed by a long line of carriages, while the side walks were crowded with those who walked to the cemetery.

At the grave the cadets formed "open ranks," "present arms," and while the band played a mournful dirge, the casket was carried through the ranks to the grave. The coffin was lowered, the chaplain made his last prayer, and the command was given to fire the last salute. Three volleys were fired, "Taps" were sounded, and all was over.

There were many handsome flowers laid upon the newly-made grave; there were many bitter tears shed, and many sorrowful hearts turned away, feeling; that words were powerless to express the sympathy they felt for the stricken family.

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