Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday-Hugh L. Luttrell

During Hugh Luttrell's service in the Civil War he contracted lung trouble. Based on affidavits in his pension file he first started complaining of issues during the command at Greenfield, Missouri in August 1863. The company surgeon started treating Hugh for chronic laryngitis in October 1864. Those symptoms were first noticed during Price's raid through Missouri in the fall of 1864. For the rest of Hugh's life he would be plagued with chronic bronchitis and catarrh. Eventually they led to his death on July 23, 1886 at Pawnee Station, Bourbon County, Kansas. He is buried in Fort Scott National Cemetery, Kansas. The image of his gravestone was found on Ancestry.com.

1 comment:

  1. Disease and not "lead poisoning" appears to have been the greater danger to soldiers during the Civil War. My own ggf, who lied about his age to enlist at 16 (along with his 15-yr-old brother), contracted dysentery before he ever saw battle. Spent most of a year in a field hospital and for the rest of his life suffered from, and was regularly incapacitated by, chronic diarrhea. That he managed to successfully farm 160 acres in spite of it and lived to the ripe old age of 83 is a measure of his fortitude and determination.