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Description: Her Boy Came Home. After Twenty-Three Years Capt. BARCUS Finds His Mother.

Date: December 30 1888

Newspaper published in: St. Louis, MO

Delaware, O., December 29.

The most surprised and happiest mother in Delaware on Christmas morning was Mrs. W. S. WOLF, the wife of a prominent citizen, when her oldest son, William BARCUS, who she had long mourned as dead, called upon her. He was the son of her first husband and in 1860, then a young boy, he was in the employe of the lamented LINCOLN, at the time of the great statesman's elevation to the Presidency. At the breaking out of the war he enlisted in Second Illinois Cavalry,and after serving three years re-enlisted. Securing a furlough, he visited his mother, then living in Licking County, O. He returned to his regiment, and by his bravery won the rank of Captain. At the close of the war, and four days before his company was to have been mustered out, Capt. BARCUS and his command were attacked by a band of guerillas. He was shot four times and left on the field for dead. He remained there several hours until found by a rebel officer and cared for. He had his left hand shot off and was so badly wounded that he is now a helpless cripple. For three years he lay in a hospital, and upon leaving endeavored to find his mother, but she having moved away from her old home he could find no trace of her. He married a daughter of a Confederate officer, accumulated a nice property and located, with his wife, near Hopkinsville, Ky. A short time ago he started to find his mother and visited Licking County and when almost ready to give up the fruitless search he learned that she resided in this city, and arriving her Monday he met the mother who had for twenty-three years thought him dead.

Submitted: 04/08/13

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