Testimonial about Horrall's 42nd Indiana History

Testimonial about Horrall's 42nd Indiana History

Special thanks to Debra Dougherty for submitting the article below.

The following newspaper article appeared in Washington Gazette, Washington, Indiana, Saturday, November 5, 1892, page 1:


Washington, Ind., Nov. 3, 1892,
CAPT. S. F. HORRALL, Washington, Ind. 

My Dear Sir: I have just concluded the perusal of your history of the 42d Ind. Vols. Infantry, and regard it as a book of sterling worth. It was exceedingly interesting to run over the names comprising the regiment, among them your own and many others well known and dear, extending over 64 pages of the book. I admire its fair and impartial way of dealing with all of whom it speaks. It is worthy of a place in every home in the land and every soldier and lover of the Union should, while they can, secure a copy of the book for future reference. Some sections of the book are real funny and amusing, others are lofty and sublime, none are grander than the following on page 124: "Now while peace, prosperity and happiness reign from the lakes on the north to the gulf on the south, and from the Atlantic to the Pacific, east, west and all over the continent, and all these differences of opinion and sympathy with those who would have destroyed the Union should be and are freely forgiven, they should never be forgotten."

The story or history should be told to the children and taught in our schools until the last generations, and the declaration by Governor Morton after the war be ever kept in mind: "That we were right and they were wrong." I am glad Dear Captain, that among perhaps your last efforts with your trenchent pen, you have saved from oblivion so many important and interesting facts connected with the war of the rebellion. The exhibition of "love" for companions and children is tender and warm, and commends itself to the considerate attentions of every husband and father, who reads this pleasing story. 

Having known you from our youthful days up with intimate friendship, and both now being in the "Seat of Life," with regards unabated and ties that will extend to end of life. I am most respectfully your well wisher and friend, and when the end comes let us be ready to step on the ascending chariot drawn upward by the eternal love of God to a crown that fadeth not away. God bless you. 

Yours, T. A. Long


Note:  T. A. Long is Reverend Thomas A. Long (1832 TN - 1897 Daviess Co., IN), and he is buried at the Maysville Cemetery in Daviess Co., IN.                                    


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