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King, James Harvey 1847-1934 INTERVIEW

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 4:32 am    Post subject: King, James Harvey 1847-1934 INTERVIEW Reply with quote

Pacific Grove Tribune, CA May 25, 1934
Comrade” King Meets Nurse Who Cared For Him During Civil War
by Nevada Semenza
A year ago during special ceremonies at the University of California at which members of the Grand Army of the Republic were guests, J. King, last member of Lucius Fairchild Post, G.A.R. fell into conversation with a woman who had served as a nurse during the Civil War, a centenarian she was. “Where did you serve as nurse during the last year of the war? inquired Comrade King. “I was in the Memphis Marine hospital, Ward 42 that year,” she replied. Comrade King looked searchingly at the withered face, the bent frame and white hair. It seemed incredible and yet it must be.... “I was in that ward for six months that year with a shell wound in my right arm and another in my leg and then a spell of fever on top of that. It hadn’t been for you I should have died,” he explained to the astonished woman. More incredible to him than the coincidence of their meeting some 69 years after the war was the astonishing transformation in the appearance of that nurse. He remembered her as a tall strong woman about 30 years of age, competent, imperturbable, vigorous. That to Mr. King is the best anecdote of his Civil War experiences. Five King boys went out from the little Chautaugua county town in New York in answer to Lincoln’s call for 350,000 troops from that state. Junius King was only 18 when the persuasive words of a recruiting officer set fire to his eagerness to “join up.” He did consult his mother about it, but she was not eager to see a fifth son march away to war. What if he was too young, he argued with himself, he looked much older. Perhaps if he ran away to another town he could like himself into enlistment. he went to Corey Pennsylvania, where he found in Captain Bone, the recruiting officer an old friend. He was quite willing to cooperate with the boy’s scheme to become a soldier. Junius King’s service during the remainder of the war was as a soldier aboard the blockade runners. Their job was to protect the troops being moved up and down the rivers and other waterways from rebel snipers. During the battle of Mobile, King saw Dewey and Admiral Farragut. He came face to face with death too, when his ship was shattered and most of his comrades killed. Of a crew of 126 but 25 survived that battle. One of them was young King who was forever after to carry as souvenirs scars on his right arm and right leg of shell wounds. He was removed to the Marine hospital at Memphis where only the remarkable skill of his physician and the care of that nurse he was to meet so many years later, saved his life. The only other major contest of the war in which he saw service was the famous siege of Vicksburg. He recalls the fanatic efforts of the officers to gain access to the city, their fruitless building of a canal, hoping to enter from the southern end of the city. After that his boat was sent up the Mississippi and on August 28 1865 he was discharged at Mound City, Illinois, after taking part in many important skirmishes. Comrade King still thinks no better definition of war has been given than the famous one attributed to General Sherman. “Selfishness is at the root of all war,” he opines. “ (illegible). wars advice to young men is this: If our country should undertake a war as the aggressor, do not enlist, but is we are attacked by a foreign power that is the time for you to shoulder a gun.” “Our country should not get mixed up with foreign powers,” he firmly believes. As for the power of propaganda in bringing about wars, Mr. King emphatically denounces the policy of the Hearst papers to keep the idea of war forever in the mind of the reader. He believes it will have the opposite effect of its avowed one. When Pacific Grove’s lone G.A.R. veteran marches with the colors of his army next Wednesday in the annual Memorial day observance there will go with him in memory the 72 members of the Lucius Fairchild post who have slipped quietly from the ranks in the 30 years of King’s residence here. Four years ago the last man D.T. Welch marched into the beyond. In the mind of the “last man” of the post will troop the comrades called before him. These are their names: William Harding, H.N. Martin, F.G. Wallace, David Cox, A.H. Prebble, Riley Birks, J.A. Bouncy, J. Faden, W.W. Nulon, T.W. Oliver, B.F. Andrews, J.P. Brown, Eli Griggs, J.R. Patrick, Ernest Mickles, George D. Clark, C.H. Bixby, Oscar Winter, D.B. Ely, Perry S. Lyons, J. A. Bailey, George A. Hovey, W.A. Coffee, Elisha Johnson, F.E. Wilson, R.C. Worns, N.U. Chandler, S. Sergeant, L.B. Sheperdson, David Smith, E.F. Van Dollsom, I. Mitchell, FD Noble, L.S. Cleveland, W.N. Irvine, B.R. Ship, T.T. Tidball, M.L. Mixer, B.T. Van Horn, John W. Burket, J.M. Clark, J.N. Wood, S. Strong, T.R. Weaver, Peter Christianson, E.K. Abbott, I. Notistine, James Painter, Alfred B. Collins, George S. Gould, George W. Margoon, J.R. Wolf, J.H. Wilson, M. Washburn, Willis McMigan, C.F. Ross, J.W. Begmer, F. Nosbury, Daniel F. Andrews, Charles P. French, NJ Sharp, J.C. Brown, B.M. Damon, W.H. Moore, J.H. Livingston, WP Kinsman, John W. Bayley, J.C. Brown, J.W. Burkett, J.W. Begmer.
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