T. Y. BRANNOCK
HOW THE SCAR CAME.
Some of T. Y. Brannock’s War Experience.
The scar on T. Y. Brannock’s left cheek was made by a minie ball at
the Marshall fight, in the Joe Shelby raid, in October 1863. After the
fight he rode about 12 miles into the country, and had the ball cut out
at Rock Creek church by Dr. Brown. He was afterwards taken prisoner and
sent to Gratiot street, and from there to Rock Island, Ill. He remained
there about a year, and was released at the close of the war. He went
out with Col. Elliot in August 1872, (sic) and immediately became
attached to Col. Shanks regiment, and served through Missouri with Gen.
“We were in more danger at Rock Island,” said Mr. Brannock “than we
were in actual service. Almost ever day some one or more of the
prisoners were killed. The killing of a prisoner meant promotion hence
our constant danger. For a good part of the time we were guarded by
negro soldiers, and they were too mean to think about. We were actually
starved. Many a prisoner died of hunger. I actually saw men eating from
the slop barrels.”
The Nevada Daily Mail,
Nevada, Vernon County, Missouri. July 25, 1893