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100 years ago: Former ‘Boy Soldier’ dies at home in Lawrence

February 7, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 7, 1913:

  • "Death last night claimed Dr. Leonard B. Powell at his home on Haskell avenue. Death was due to paralysis and a general breakdown, which was the direct result of hardships endured during the Civil War, Dr. Powell having served three years in the Union Army. He was 65 years old and was born in Kentucky September 3, 1847. When the Civil War broke out Leonard Powell was a young man, in fact only a boy but he responded to the call and enlisted at the age of 16. He was a member of the 65th Illinois Volunteer Infantry and was e youngest enlisted man in the regiment. He was known as the 'Boy Soldier.' But in spite of his youth he carried his heavy rifle all day and marched beside men of much more mature age than he. He camped at night under the open sky, lay in the cold damp entrenchments ,and endured all of the hardships and privations of army life in war time, but he stayed at his post. fighting for the Union for three years.... At the close of the war he continued his education in medicine and later came to Kansas to make his home in the new west. He established a practice at Stockton and remained there for 16 years. But army life had left its mark and in the prime of manhood he was attacked with rheumatism which finally caused him to abandon his practice. He then gave up his work and came to Lawrence to make his home where for thirteen years he was one of the town's best citizens. He made friends rapidly and although troubled considerable with rheumatism he was always quite active."
  • "H. D. Whitman, assistant postmaster of Lawrence, is confined at his home today with a dislocated shoulder as the result of being struck by a motorcycle yesterday about noon. Mr. Whitman dismounted form a Massachusetts street car at Hancock street and had just alighted when a motor cyclist coming up from behind struck him. Mr. Whitman was unable to be at the office today but it is not believed that his injury will prove at all serious although it is causing him considerable pain. This leaves the Lawrence post office without a postmaster or an assistant. Postmaster Finch is confined to his home with a broken knee cap."

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