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The Daily Mercury
The Daily Mercury
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Description: How General Lawton Died

Date: May 20 1900

Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL

Source: Madison Co. Library, Huntsville, AL

Page/Column: Page 3, Column 5

Surgeon Beaseley, Who Stood Beside Him, Tells the Story
The following account of the death of General Lawton has been received in a letter from Surgeon Beaseley to his family, who resides at Saucelito, Cal. The writer was within a few feet of General Lawton when he was struck and was one of the first to reach him after he had fallen from his horse, says the New York Sun. The letter reads:
“I was at the head of our column when an officer rode up and told me that there was a wounded man over toward the river, pointing out the location. So I cantered over in the direction given, and on my way I noticed a tall man standing alone about 20 yards away to my right. He was dressed in a yellow oilskin and white helmet. He put up his hand and called for me to come over to him. I did so and then recognized that it was General Lawton. He told me that I had better not go over there on my horse, saying there was a wounded man there, but he would send a litter and have him brought to me. We were in a somewhat depressed place. I handed the bridle to my orderly and went across. The wounded man was Lieutenant Breckinridge of General Lawton’s staff. A litter came soon afterward and with it another officer, Captain King. I helped carry the litter back to where I had left my horse and found General Lawton still there.
“When within six feet of him, I noticed a bullet splash in a pond of water about 20 feet behind him and at the same time saw him turn slightly in his saddle. The officer who was with him also noticed the movement and said to him. ‘General, are you hit?’ ‘I am shot in the chest,’ was his answer. The next instant he turned quickly in a half circle and plunged forward. Captain King caught him as he fell. I put my hand on his pules. There was none, and at the same time blood poured from his mouth. The light of life left his eyes, and after a few short breaths the general, who a few moments before was a strong, powerful man, an indomitable worker, a brilliant and absolutely fearless soldier, lay a corpse.”

Submitted: 02/13/15

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