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Capt. J.M. Gatewood
Last Gallia County Civil War Veteran

Capt. J. M. Gatewood, Last of Union Vets, Died at 8 Last Night

Captain James Madison Gatewood
Captain James Madison Gatewood

Taps has sounded for the last Gallia County veteran of the great Civil War, which ended more than 78 years ago. Capt. James Madison Gatewood died at 8 o'clock last night at his home in the hills overlooking the Ohio River above Crown City. He was 95 years old on the 4th of July last and was known to be frail and feeble, but to hundreds who had known him and knew of his remarkable career the news of his passing will be surprising and saddening.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral parlors of George J. Wetherholt & Sons at 2 o'clock Sunday, with Rev. W. Scott Westerman in charge. Interment will be made in Mound Hill Cemetery.

Decedent was a son of James Gatewood who became the pioneer in furniture making here, and Virginia Lowry Gatewood. He was born July 4, 1848 in Clay Township. But his home from the time he was nine until his death was on the site of the home where he died. He attended the ? academy but at the age of 17 near the close of the Civil War, he enlisted in Co. G, 195th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. From 1866 to 1869 he served in Co. K. 23rd U.S. Infantry and his experiences for the next decade were thrilling beyond description. He served as an aide of General Cook and one time was in the command of General George A. Custer, but engaged in carrying the mail to frontier army posts before the Custer massacre on the Little Big Horn. He was a superb horseman in his young manhood and one of his mail routes was from Camp Harney, Oregon, to Prescott, Arizona.

Mr. Gatewood returned to Ohio and the old homestead in 1876 and on Christmas, 1878, he and Margaret Ann Sheets were united in marriage.
To all his older acquaintances Capt. Gatewood was distinguished for his iron will, his alert mind and his probity and intergrity. In his later years his snowy white beard and erect figure gave him a patriarchal aspect.
To his descendents Capt. Greenwood must have imparted his stanch patriotism and military propensities as will be noted in looking over the list of his survivors. Not only was he a soldier and the son of a soldier but also the father and grandfather of soldiers.
Surviving children are Perry C. Gatewood, Dayton; Virginia Gatewood and Mrs. E. R. Housekeeper, Gary, Indiana; Mrs. K. M. Leighton, Esther Gatewood, and Mrs. Trimble Jones, and Melvin Gatewood, all of Crown City R. D.; Mrs. Dwight Ghrist, Punta Gorda, Fla.; Paul Gatewood, Toledo; Another son, Major Edward Gatewood was killed in the historic battle at Verdun, France, in the first World War. Melvin, Major and Paul are in the present war and grandsons, James Robert and Nelson Gatewood and James T. Jones are in the U. S. Airforce.
Two brothers and three sisters also survive; Charles Gatewood, who lives just below the James Gatewood home; Edgar E. Gatewood, Everett, Washington; Mrs. Emma Kerns and Mrs. Laura Mullineaux, Gallipolis, and Mrs. Sabina Brading, Chattanooga, Tenn. Mrs. Kerns' husband, the late A. W. Kerns, was also a Civil War soldier. Twice wounded, he carried a mine ball in his chest to the grave.
[Newspaper Unknown, Article submitted by Diane Pierce]

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