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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. Shelby.

   “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

 

 

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