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Subject: [Bklyn] BDE - May 2, 1885 - OBITS & DEATHS
Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2002 01:16:37 EDT
Samuel WHITNUM'S Death.
Detective Short Finds That He Did Not Fall from a Wagon.
Samuel WHITNUM, the man who was found in an unconscious condition at North
Second and Second streets last Tuesday afternoon, and who died at the Eastern
District Hospital Friday morning, did not, as was supposed, fall out of a
truck. After the post mortem yesterday, Coroner HESSE and Dr. J.F. VALENTINE
stated that death resulted from a fracture of the skull, which could have
been produced by a fall or a blow with some blunt instrument. Detective
SHORT and Officer RILEY made an investigation last night. They learned that
the man, who had been working that forenoon, went to a distillery, familiarly
known as a bucket shop, on North Second Street, near Third, where he drank to
excess. He treated a Labitue of the place several times and they left
together after WHITNUM had purchased a small flask of whiskey. WHITNUM went
down North Second Street as far as Second, and his friend, finding that he
would not treat again, walked away. It is supposed, in the absence of
positive knowledge, that WHITNUM fell at the corner and fractured his skull.
Officer RILEY, when he arrived at the time, found a crowd around the
unconscious man, but no person could state how he met with his injury.
Lieutenant Louis E. McLAUGHLIN
Lieutenant Louis E. McLAUGHLIN, commander of Devin Post, G.A.R., of this
city, died at his residence, 600 Atlantic Avenue, at 5 o'clock last evening.
Lieutenant McLAUGHLIN was born in Brooklyn forty-two years ago the 1st of
January. He was educated at the public schools, his classmates including
Senator John J. KIERNAN and several other now prominent citizens. On the
breaking out of the war he desired to enlist, but this was objected to by his
parents. However, on the morning that he Fourteenth Regiment formed on Fort
Greene to march to the front, young McLAUGHLIN'S patriotism overcame all home
influence and he prevailed upon the officers to enlist him. He was forthwith
furnished with the uniform and sent his school books and clothing to his
mother. He marched away with the other brave fellows of that organization.
Subsequently his father obtained from Secretary STANTON the discharge of his
son, on the account of his youth. His father went to the camp on the
Wednesday preceding the first battle of Bull Run and demanded that the young
soldier should go to his home. Young McLAUGHLIN refused to do so, saying
that after enlisting he would not disgrace his father and mother, nor his
native city, by leaving his post on the eve of a battle. He remained and
participated in the fight with his regiment. A few weeks after his father
succeeded in securing his discharge, but the young man finally enlisted in
the Eighty-second Regiment and went again to the war. He had his right thumb
shot off at the Battle of Antietam and received another wound. He was
promoted to lieutenancy for bravery. He was captured by the Rebels and for
several months was in prison on James Island and Libby Prison, until
exchanged. He was detailed to serve on the staff of General CORSE, and, with
other officers, served in the forage department of SHERMAN'S army from
Chattanooga to Washington, receiving the thanks of the War Department for his
energy and integrity. After the war he was superintendent of the Arms
Manufactory in Bridgeport, Conn., for several years, where he formed the
first post of the Grand Army of the Republic in that city. Subsequently, he
removed to this city, and was appointed to an office in the Custom House by
Collector MARRITT. Lieutenant McLAUGHLIN had been very prominent in Grand
Army affairs, and at the time of his death was serving his second term as
Commander of Devin Post. He leaves a most estimable wife and two children.
His parents reside at Dido, Tarrant County, Texas. The Rev. Messrs. LANSING
and FOSTER will officiate at the funeral on Monday.