Contributed by Susan
Description: Death of Captain William Overton KelloDate: February 15 1848
Newspaper published in: Richmond, VA
Death of Captain William Overton Kello
Died, at Millfield, Southampton County, the residence of his family, on the 27th ult., in the 38th year of his age, Captain William O. Kello of the 8th Regiment of Infantry, U.S.A. The deceased was educated at West Point, and on leaving that celebrated institution, entered the army as a Brevet 2nd Lieutenant. He continued to discharge his military duties with zeal, fidelity and ability, until about the commencement of the war with Mexico when his health, which had been gradually giving way for two or three years, became so seriously impaired as to disqualify him for further service. By those who knew intimately the subject of this notice, no ordinary regret is felt for his untimely death. The profession of arms was the one of his choice. The strongest aspirations of his bosom were to distinguish himself in the service of his country. A few days previous to the battle of Palo Alto, when General Taylor left Fort Brown for Point Isabel with the full expectation of meeting the enemy on his route, he arose from his sick couch to place himself at the head of his company – which formed part of the expedition – and followed the lead of his great and heroic commander in chief. But the laurels of war bloomed not for him. The reached the Point too much exhausted for further exertion, and it was his hard fate, while thus confined to hear the roar of the artillery which announced that the glorious battle of Palo Also was being
fought and won, without being able to unite with the brave men who were "stemming its tide." From his period his health gradually but surely declined; while that seething of the mind which arises from blighted hopes, the destruction of long cherished aspirations, united with his physical sufferings, to sap the foundations of life. Some few months since – having obtained leave of absence – he "came home to die"; blest at least in the soothing attentions of the devoted mother "that watched over his childhood" – of a sister and brothers affectionately attached to him, and other deeply interested relatives and friends.
The deceased possessed (what is usually considered no slight advantage in a military man) a remarkable fine person. His deportment was dignified and urbane; and in the social relations of life, his qualities were such as to command the respect, esteem and friendly regard of all who were acquainted with him. Such, in brief, was William Overton Kello. His memory will long be cherished by his bereaved family and immediate friends, while many of his gallant associates in arms will lament his early death, and
"Deem life only wanting to his fame."