John Taylor, Martyrdom Account

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and excitment, he succeeded in escaping and came to . He was on horseback when he arrived; he <​and​> was not only very much tired with the fatigue and excitement of the chase he had had; but was also very much distressed in feelings, on account of the death of his brothers; these things produced a fever which laid the foundation for his death, which took place the 30th. July, thus another of the brothers fell a victim, although not directly; <​yet​> atributable yet indirectly to this infernal mob.
I lay from about five o’clock untill two O’clock next morning without having my wounds dressed, as there was scarcely any help, of any kind, in ; and was busy with the dead bodies, preparing them for removal. My wife, Leonora [Cannon Taylor] started early the next day, having had some little trouble in getting a company, or a p[h]ysician to come with her; after considerable difficulty she succeeded in getting an escort, and Doctor came along with her. Soon after my and Mother arrived from Oquakie [Oquawka], near which place they had a farm at that time, and hearing of the trouble hastened along.
, Brigadier General of the Hancock Co. Malitia, was very much of a gentleman and showed me every courtesy; and Col. Jones also was very solicitous about my welfare. I was called upon by several gentlemen from and other places, among whom was , as well as by our own people; and a Dr. [blank] from , I think, extracted a ball from my left high that was giving me much pain; it lay about half an inch deep, and my thigh was considerably swollen, The Doctor asked me if I thought I could would be tied during the operation. I told him no, that I could endure the cutting, associated with the operation, as well without and I did so; indeed, so great was the [p. 58]
and excitment, he succeeded in escaping and came to . He was on horseback when he arrived; and was not only very much tired with the fatigue and excitement of the chase he had had; but was also very much distressed in feelings, on account of the death of his brothers; these things produced a fever which laid the foundation for his death, which took place the 30th. July, thus another of the brothers fell a victim, although not directly; yet indirectly to this infernal mob.
I lay from about five o’clock untill two O’clock next morning without having my wounds dressed, as there was scarcely any help, of any kind, in ; and was busy with the dead bodies, preparing them for removal. My wife, Leonora [Cannon Taylor] started early the next day, having had some little trouble in getting a company, or a physician to come with her; after considerable difficulty she succeeded in getting an escort, and Doctor came along with her. Soon after my and Mother arrived from Oquakie [Oquawka], near which place they had a farm at that time, and hearing of the trouble hastened along.
, Brigadier General of the Hancock Co. Malitia, was very much of a gentleman and showed me every courtesy; and Col. Jones also was very solicitous about my welfare. I was called upon by several gentlemen from and other places, among whom was , as well as by our own people; and a Dr. [blank] from , I think, extracted a ball from my left high that was giving me much pain; it lay about half an inch deep, and my thigh was considerably swollen, The Doctor asked me if I would be tied during the operation. I told him no, that I could endure the cutting, associated with the operation, as well without and I did so; indeed, so great was the [p. 58]
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