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Death of John K. Wickliffe – Civil War Soldier From Muhlenberg County

John Kincheloe Wickliffe was the son of Moses Wickliffe and Nancy Young.  His siblings were Aaron, William Y., Susan Jane (who married William Y. Cundiff), Benjamin Singleton and Robert McLean (twins, who remained bachelors), Moses (also served in the Civil War), Agnes Elizabeth (who married John F. Davis), Charles Bryant, and Mary Frances.

John K. Wickliffe was listed as killed in the Maysville Weekly Bulletin, of July 7, 1864.  Listed were those men who were killed or wounded from the Ninth Kentucky Infantry, from May 9th to June 1st, 1864, Colonel J. W. Caldwell, commanding.

A History of Muhlenberg County by Otto A. Rothert, 1913

In this connection it may be well to refer to John K. Wickliffe, another of the Muhlenberg soldiers who lost his life fighting for the South.  John K. Wickliffe was a son of Colonel Moses Wickliffe, and one of the most popular men in the county.  He was born in 1834 near Bevier, enlisted in Company C, Ninth Kentucky Infantry, fought at Shiloh, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, Hartsville, Stone River, Jackson, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, and Rocky Face Gap, and was killed at Resaca, Georgia, May 14, 1864.  No soldier’s death was more keenly deplored in the county, by both Northern and Southern sympathizers, than John K. Wickliffe, who had won his way into the hearts of all with whom he had come in contact.  Lycurgus T. Reid, of Rockport, Ohio County, writing to me in July, 1912, relative to the death of this brave man, says:

‘Although I may have forgotten some of my war experiences, I remember the time John K. Wickliffe was killed.  I had my hand on his back when the fatal ball struck him.  This incident, in all its detail, is as clear in my mind today as it was the day he was shot.  I need but close my eyes to see the whole scene reenacted.  It will be impossible for me to picture to you all the details of the event.  However, I will attempt to give an outline of the facts.

‘We were at Resaca.  We had dug out shallow trenches and on top of the low embankment and the lower side of the log, through which to shoot at the Yankees should they attack us.  We had left our arms back of the breastworks while we were working on this embankment.  Suddenly the rally to arms was sounded and every mother’s son of us made for our guns.  I, being a small man, was posted on the left of Company C (the color company of the Ninth Regiment), near the flag and John K. Wickliffe, who was our second sergeant and left company guide.  Something, at times, makes me think he was color sergeant that day, but if he was he held on to his gun and accoutrements.  We fell into the slight works and began to arrange ourselves for a good, square fight.  The Yankees were in sight and coming fast.  Wickliffe lay down on his stomach and, finding his cartridge box under him, asked me to push it up on his back.  While I was attempting to do so a minie ball from the Yankee column struck the lower edge of the log, just above our heads, and glanced down, striking Wickliffe in the forehead, a little to the right of the center, passing through his head.  He suddenly rose to his feet and fell backward, outside of the works, a dead man.  He scarcely moved a muscle after he fell.  I fired a number of shots over his prostrate body at the approaching enemy.  During the course of the fight that followed I was obliged to change my position, but before doing so I took another look at my old friend and then covered his face with a blanket.  That was the last I saw of John K. Wickliffe.’


Deaths From The Schuyler Citizen

Deaths From The Schuyler Citizen

Schuyler County, Illinois

Died – Mr. Reuben Cady, at the residence of his brother, Henry, near Camden, in this county, on the 5th of December last, in the 30th year of his age.  The Schuyler Citizen, January 4, 1860.

Died – William Pare – at the residence of his father, Jacob Pare, about six miles north of Rushville, on Monday the 9th inst., of inflammation of the brain, aged six years.  The Schuyler Citizen, January 11, 1860.

Died – Sarah Elizabeth Davis – at the residence of her father in this place, of ulceration of the lungs, or quick consumption, on Wednesday the 18th inst., Sarah Elizabeth, only daughter of John F. and Nancy Davis, aged 15 years, 6 months and 4 days.  Miss Davis was a young lady of unusually amiable qualities and, by her uniform kindness and geniality among her associates, had drawn around her a large circle of warm and devoted friends.  In her father’s house she was the pet and idol of each member of the family.  But all this availed nothing, “the Reaper came that way,” and her young and buoyant life was no barrier to “his sickle keen.”  She contracted a severe cold last fall, which settled on her lungs and she sank rapidly till her death.  An unusually large concourse attended her funeral.  Two of the schools of which she had been a member, adjourned for the occasion.  We deeply sympathize with the bereaved family and especially the parents, for alas!  Too well do we know the overpowering grief that weighs down the heart of a parent who has lost a beloved daughter.  The Schuyler Citizen, January 25, 1860.

Died – Silas T. Lawler – at his father’s residence, three miles south of Rushville, on Saturday 4th inst., of consumption, Silas T. Lawler, in his 27th year.  The Schuyler Citizen, February 8, 1860.

Died – Ann Stewart – Suicide – A young woman by the name of Ann Stewart committed suicide at the house of Mr. French, in this city, last Tuesday evening.  She had been employed in Brown’s hotel for some time, and had borne a good character.  On Tuesday she procured morphine, and took enough to destroy her life.  When the fact was ascertained, she was beyond the reach of remedies.  We are told that she once before, at Beardstown, attempted the same end, but was prevented.  A post mortem examination revealed the presence of morphine.  Her father lives in Berwick, Warren County.  Macomb Eagle, 11th inst.  The Schuyler Citizen, February 15, 1860.

Died – Carrie Janet Benton – on the 12th inst., Carrie Janet, infant daughter of Dr. George R. Benton.  The funeral will take place in the morning at 10 o’clock.  The Schuyler Citizen, February 15, 1860.

Died – Sophia Campbell – on the 14th last, of croup.  Sophia, daughter of Mrs. Isabella Campbell, aged three years and six months.  The Schuyler Citizen, February 22, 1860.

Died – John A. Murphy – on the 23rd of January last, of inflammation of the lungs and bowels, John A., son of Rev. David H. and Sarah A. Murphy, aged 1 year, 7 months and 7 days.  Had there been sufficient efficacy in beauty, in loveliness, in activity, in a mild and pleasant disposition, or in more than ordinary intellectual development and prospects of future attainments, to have stayed the messenger of death, little John had not died, or in the care and solicitude of his parents and friends, he would not have died.  But “Death spread his withering, wintry arms, and beauty smiled no more; Ah!  Where are now those rising charms, which pleased our eyes before?  That once loved form, now cold and dead, Each mournful thought employs; We weep our earthly comforts fled and withered all our joys.  Hope looks beyond the bounds of time, when what we now deplore, Shall rise in full immortal prime, and bloom to fade no more.”  John C. Roach, Farmington, MO, February 20, 1860.  The Schuyler Citizen, February 29, 1860.

Died – Mrs. H. M. Hindman and Mrs. Eliza Sturtevant.  Of lung fever at her residence in Beardstown, Illinois, at 10 o’clock a.m., March 5th, Mrs. H. M. Hindman, widow of John J. Hindman of Rushville, Illinois.  The funeral was to have taken place on Wednesday the 7th, but at 10 o’clock of that morning, Mrs. Ann Eliza Sturtevant, wife of G. C. Sturtevant, also of Beardstown, departed this life after a long and painful illness, which she bore with Christian fortitude and resignation, the funeral ceremonies were therefore deferred until Thursday morning, when the two sisters-in-law, who for years had been residents of one home, were consigned together to the tomb, death not dividing them.  The Schuyler Citizen, March 15, 1860.

Died – Mary Florence Hardin – in Ripley, Brown County, Illinois, on the 7th inst., Mary Florence, youngest daughter of W. H. H. and Margaret Hardin, aged ten months and seventeen days.  The Schuyler Citizen, March 15, 1860.