May 21 1862 - John Cross, local man, killed
Washington County Soldier Killed. —
Mr. Jonathan Cross, living some five miles North of Hagerstown, informs us that his son John H. a young man between 17 and 18 years of age, was killed in the bloody battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas. Young Cross left this county some three years ago, and took up his residence in the State of Illinois. When the war commenced he enlisted in the 35th Regiment of that State, and sharing the fortunes of his regiment through the campaigns of Missouri, he went with it into Arkansas, and there lost his life in fighting for the defence of the flag of his country. The Lieutenant of his Company communicates to his father the intelligence of his death in the subjoined letter :—
“Camp on James River, Missouri,
April 8, 1862.
“Dear Friend:—I have taken upon myself the painful task to inform you of the death of your son, John H. Cross. He fell while at his post on the battle-field, Friday morning March 7th, 1862. You have doubtless read accounts of the great battle of Pea Ridge; Arkansas.
“On Friday morning our company was called to the scene of action. Our first work was to support a battery for some two hours, during which time a "grape shot” from the enemy’s guns passed through his head, entering between and above the eyes. His death was instantaneous, and without a single struggle.
“I was close, by his right side at the same time.— Four of our company carried him to the rear, and after the battle was over he was buried with four more of our company, who were also killed during the day.
I deeply sympathize with you and his mother, and brothers and sisters, in your loss. Yet be this your consolation, ‘‘he fell while striving to defend our noble flag.” God will doubtless require, his blood at the hands of traitors. The battle ended with a great victory to our arms. I am yours truly,
Truman C. Lapham,
Lieut. Comp. L, 35th Illinois Regiment.”
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