Death of Jesse J.
105th Pennsylvania Volunteers
Source: The Brookville Republican, 5th April 1862 issue; reprinted 16th July 1908.
Died. At the hospital at Fortress Monroe, Va., March 26th, Private Jesse J. Templeton, of Co. K, 105th Pa. Vol., aged about 16 years.
Though it has been our duty, often, since this war commenced, to chronicle the death of some brave soldier who fell a victim to disease while in the service of his country, yet in no case has it caused such a feeling of sadness as in this instance. Jesse Templeton, as our readers are aware, was a half brother of Col. A. A. McKnight, and enlisted under Capt. Altman, in Indiana, Pa., being at the time engaged in the "Register" office.
On his arrival at camp, the Colonel, on account of his extreme youth, endeavored to persuade him to return home, but Jesse, fired with the same spirit that caused two of his brothers to take up arms in defense of their country, would not consent to leave the regiment.
On the late voyage of his regiment to Fortress Monroe he contracted a severe cold, which caused lung fever and resulted in his death. He was a favorite with his company, and indeed with the whole regiment. Only a few short weeks ago we saw him full of life and spirits, eager to meet the enemy, and we can hardly realize that this brave young heart has ceased to beat, and that his laughing blue eyes are closed in death. We sympathize deeply with his brothers, who have been called to part with the youngest of their number. His remains were embalmed and sent to Brookville for interment, and were yesterday followed to the tomb by a large number of our citizens, all anxious to pay the last tribute of respect to the young soldier.
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