John Dunn


A SOLDIER'S OBITUARY - Mr. John Dunn was born in Girard, Erie County, Pennsylvania, April 11, 1832, and died about 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, October 8th, 1872, being 40 year 5 months and 27 days of age. In the late Rebellion he served as a soldier, of Co. A., 92d Regiment Illinois Volunteers. He enlisted August 13th, 1862, and was mustered in U.S. Service Sept. 4th, 1862, and disbanded at Chicago, Illinois, July 7th, 1865. He endured many privations incident to a soldier's life in active warfare. During a portion of his service he acted the part of a scout, penetrating the rebel lines to obtain important information as to the situation of the rebel forces, in many of those perilous adventures barely escaping with his life. Serving thus, he not only did his duty without one complaint, but also obtained valuable information to his commanders. On his return home, while in Baltimore, Md., in 1865, he fell from the cars while in motion, receiving a severe injury on his left side, that eventually caused him to bleed to death on the day above mentioned. He was a faithful soldier. Many of us have known him long and well. Quiet, unpretentious, liberal according to his means, ever genial in spirit and ready for every good word and work, we could not fail to esteem him, nor to regret his loss as a citizen. And now we mourn him as we mourn good men whose lives have been linked with ours upon the field of strife and are remembered with the slain. Noble John Dunn has numbered himself with those for whom a nation mourns, and over whose fate the lovers of our country in our land where he was known will drop a tear. But while we mourn let his name be enrolled on the long list of heroes enshrined in the hearts of a grateful nation. His funeral was largely attended by soldier and citizen. The soldiers followed the body to the grave with crape about their arms, thus testifying their esteem for their fallen comrade.
Here is the obituary for my Great-grandfather John Dunn. He is buried at Rock Lily Cemetery, Winslow, IL. He was a blacksmith in Winslow and, during the Civil War, besides serving as a scout, he also shoed the soldiers' horses. He married Priscilla Drane, and they had 3 children: James, Emma and Lillie. His parents and his siblings, and their descendants were long-time residents of Lena, IL, many of whom are buried at the Lena Burial Park (a.k.a. Lena Cemetery). I have several of his letters to Priscilla while John served in the Civil War. His letters show he was a caring, loving husband and father. I have the original obituary, but it is just a clipping and doesn't show the name of the newspaper in which it was published. Debbie Meyer, Jan 2000

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