Comrades Meet

An Incident of the Rebellion. How the Boys Helped Each Other.

Kendall County Record, May 5, 1897

To the Editor:
Recently I was on my way home from Aurora: the sky was overcast, the elements threatened and night was not far distant. I concluded not to proceed and knocked at the door of Comrade Wormley and announced that I had made up my mind to go into camp for the night. "All right," said John. "How many horses?" "Two." "Well, we can corral them. I think this is a good enough locality for forage."

I had met this comrade years ago, when hope was high and life was young, amid the stirring scenes of the Civil War. He rode with as gallant a body of troopers as ever rode in battle line, the Fourth Illinois Cavalry. He was in the chase from Fort Henry across to the Cumberland River and helped to encircle Fort Donelson. Later he was a Shiloh, but was overcome by the storm of that terrible Sunday night. He was ordered to a hospital but reported to his command in a few days and engaged in active work of the cavalry in the vicinity of Corinth, Mississippi. This caused a relapse, and he was sent to a hospital at Jackson, Tennessee. He was very sick. His friends at home were notified and they immediately dispatched Doctor Davis of Oswego to take charge of the case. This physician arranged to transfer his patient from the hospital to the home of a friendly colored family who live in a favorable locality in the northern suburbs of the town.

The Fourth Cavalry were not then at Jackson and Dr. Davis came to our company (Company K, 20th IL Infantry), because we were from Kendall County, to get assistance. Samuel Hagerman, I and two others, subsequently killed in battle, went with Dr. Davis at nightfall to the hospital and put the sick soldier on a cot. He was very light and was entirely unconscious. We filed out of the hospital with the cot and with the Doctor acting as guide, passed through town to the home of the colored family. The distance was over half a mile, but scarcely a word was spoken on the way. We all thought the case was hopeless, but we were never called upon to carry the soldier to the grave as, at that time, we anticipated. Dr. Davis remained with his charge for seven weeks. The sick soldier boy slowly recovered and on October 1, 1862 was discharged from the service and sent home. Signed: Fox

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