Chrysostum J. Sullivan
Born Aug. 10, 1841 probably in Pleasant Run, Hunterdon Co. New Jersey. Arrived in San Patricio, Texas April 1, 1854 with his parents, John and Eliza Schamp Sullivan. Died March 27, 1863 Bayou Teche, LA.
San Patricio, April 25, 1863
Corpus Christi Ranchero
A few days ago, the melancholy intelligence of the death of Chrysostom J. Sullivan, reached his bereaved mother.
The noble boy was killed in a skirmish with the enemy, at Bayou Teche, on Friday, the 27th of March, at about 2 o’clock, P. M.
A friend writing to his mourning family says: "He had been sent by Maj. Boon, commanding the scout, to the right and impelled by his noble nature and daring spirit had gone further than his comrades. After firing ten shots, he was called back, and on his return he was shot in the side. He lived but one hour and a quarter after being wounded, when his daring spirit departed from us."
When he fell his comrades rushed to his assistance, and everything was done to soothe and alleviate his pains."
"Those who knew him loved him as a brother. He was the favorite of his company and battalion, and they feelingly participate in the affliction of his mother, brothers and sisters."
The affliction of his family would indeed be redoubled, were it not that he died at the post of honor and duty. He was an affectionate son; his last dying words were" "Oh my mother, my mother, I am dying, I want to see my mother."
He was a loving and loved brother; being the eldest, he, since his father's death, has presided over the family with the care and solicitude of his deceased parent. That he was a brave and faithful soldier, his humble tombstone, in Centerville, LA, will attest through time.
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