Bygones of Monroe:
From the Seventh Regiment – December 5, 1861
We yesterday received an interesting letter from Rev. A.K. Strong, of the Seventh Michigan Regiment, but as it came to hand almost simultaneously with the President’s Message, we are reluctantly compelled to defer its publication until another week.
The letter states that considerable sickness has prevailed in camp, and some deaths have occurred, but the health of the Regiment is now improving. We quote one paragraph from the letter, relative to the deaths which have occurred:
“A short distance from the camp is the cemetery of the Seventh Michigan Regiment. It is situated in a pleasant grove and fenced in by a neat rustic fence. There lie buried our dead, save Capt. McKernan’s body, which was taken home to his friends, and that of Laman P. VanWert, Fifth Sergeant of Company F, which Capt. Harty last week escorted to Fentonville, the former residence of the deceased. In this burying place lie the bodies of Philander Cadwell of Company B, who died of measles Oct. 26th, William White of Company C, who died of typhoid fever Nov. 7th, Nelson Worden of Company C, who also died Nov. 7th of measles and pneumonia, George Knapp of Company A, who died of the same diseases Nov. 14th, Ansel James of Company B, who died of the same diseases Nov. 16th, Charles Porter of Company C, who died in like manner the same day, John M. Campbell of Company E, who also died the same day of typhoid fever, and Lewis P. Hughson of Company G, who died of congestive fever Nov. 19th. In that quiet graveyard they sleep until the resurrection day.”
(Monroe Commercial, December 5, 1861, Page 3, Column 1)