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Uncle Daniel's Story Of "Tom" Anderson by McElroy

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UNCLE DANIEL'S STORY

OF "TOM" ANDERSON

And

Twenty Great Battles.

By John McElroy

1886.

"UNCLE DANIEL" IS PRESENTED TO THE PUBLIC. A TRUTHFUL PICTURE, IN STORY, BASED UPON EVENTS OF THE LATE WAR. THIS VOLUME IS DEDICATED TO THE UNION SOLDIERS AND THEIR CHILDREN.

The Author

New York, Jan. 1st, 1886.

UNCLE DANIEL'S STORY.

CHAPTER I.

DARK DAYS OF 1861.--A FATHER WHO GAVE HIS CHILDREN TO THE COUNTRY.--RALLYING TO THE FLAG.--RAISING VOLUNTEERS IN SOUTHERN INDIANA.

"The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect and rely upon myself."--Charlotte Bronte

ALLENTOWN is a beautiful little city of 10,000 inhabitants, situated on the Wabash River, in Vigo County, Ind., in the vicinity of which several railroads now center. It is noted for its elevated position, general healthfulness, and for its beautiful residences and cultivated society. Daniel Lyon located here in 1850. He was a man of marked ability and undoubted integrity; was six feet two inches in height, well proportioned, and of very commanding and martial appearance. In 1861, he was surrounded by a large family, seven grown sons--James, David, Jackson, Peter, Stephen, Henry and Harvey--all of whom were well educated, fond of field sports and inclined to a military life. The mother, "Aunt Sarah," as she was commonly called by the neighbors, was a charming, motherly, Christian woman, whose heart and soul seemed to be wrapped up in the welfare of her family. She was of short, thick build, but rather handsome, with dark brown hair and large blue eyes, gentle and kind. Her politeness and generosity were proverbial. She thought each of her seven sons a model man; her loving remarks about them were noticeable by all.

Daniel Lyon is at present 85 years old, and lives with one of his granddaughters--Jennie Lyon--now married to a man by the name of James Wilson, in Oakland, Ind., a small town conspicuous only for its rare educational facilities.

[Illustration: Uncle Daniel telling his Story 017]

On the evening of the 22d of February, 1884, a number of the neighbors, among whom was Col. Daniel Bush, a gallant and fearless officer of the Union side during the late war, and Dr. Adams, President of ------ College, dropped in to see Uncle Daniel, as he is now familiarly called. During the evening, Col. Bush, turning to the old veteran, said:

"'Uncle Daniel,' give us a story from some of your experiences during the war."

The old man arose from his easy-chair and stood erect, his hair, as white as snow, falling in profusion over his shoulders. His eyes, though dimmed by age, blazed forth in youthful brightness; his frame shook with excitement, his lips quivered, and tears rolled down the furrows of his sunken cheeks. All were silent. He waved his hand to the friends to be seated; then, drawing his big chair to the centre of the group, he sat down. After a few moments' pause he spoke, in a voice tremulous with emotion:

"My experience was vast. I was through the whole of the war. I saw much. My story is a true one, but very sad. As you see, my home is a desolate waste. My family consists now of only two grand-children; wife and sons are all gone. I am all that is now left of my once happy family. My God! My God! Why should I have been required to bear this great burden? But pardon this weakness in an old man. I will now begin my story.


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