Thursday, April 5, 2012


Wounded at Gettysburg, Saw Lincoln Often

This post is an example of an article that I found of special interest as well as being an obituary:
 Chase, John 1843-1931

 John Chase of Morris Dies Thursday Morning

Native of Pittsfield and Soldier of Rebellion
Wounded at Gettysburg
Saw Lincoln Often
And Died on Anniversary of His Birth

Morris, Feb 13---John Chase passed away Thursday morning, February 12, at his home in the town of Morris.
He was born in Pittsfield, February 17, 1843, the son of Daniel and Sally (Bartlett) Chase. He enlisted in the Civil war at about the age of 20, and served until its close in Company G, Second Regiment, New York Heavy Artillery. While taking part in the battle of Gettysburg he was hit by shell and rendered deaf for the remainder of his life.
August 7, 1866, he married Helen M. Hurlbutt, who with three children, Albert D. Chase of Morris, Mrs. F. G. Bolton of Syracuse and Mrs. G. W. Sprague of Morris, survive him. He also leaves nine grandchildren; two great grandchildren; one brother, and two sisters, to mourn his loss.
It is worth noting that while he was acting as nurse, after recovering from wounds, in a Washington hospital, he saw Abraham Lincoln many times and died on the anniversary of the birth of the great man he so much admired.
Funeral services will be held at the house Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. F. G. Leonard officiating.

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