Dean of the Confederate Home Employed as Nurse
Steamer Sinks in the Red River
J. Dean of Chariton county, Mo. who served with Co. G, 5th
Mo. Infantry during the Civil War, was not only a soldier,
he was a nurse by force of circumstances.
The story goes back to June 9, 1965 when he was on a
steamboat on the Red River, fourteen miles south of
Shreveport, La., the steamer sunk and the passengers saved
themselves as best they could. (…Unknown) one of the
passengers was a three month old baby, Mrs. Nannie Tidd of
Columbia, an aunt of Mrs. Sue Johnson of this city, and a
visitor her Monday of this week.
was had upset business so Dean, then a young man was
employed by the parents of the baby to act as nurse and he
did so for three years. The infant was carried on a pillow,
and this was the method of travel from Louisville to St.
While visiting her Monday Mrs. Tidd was anxious to see her
benefactor so sent a car to the Confederate home to bring in
Mrs. Dean and a pleasant time was spent talking over old
times and the uncertainties following the Civil War days.”
Source: Files of Neil Block, Commander, William T. Anderson
Camp #1743 SCV, Huntsville, Mo; transcribed by Lisa Perry.
Source of original newspaper article is unknown but a
handwritten note states Higginsville, Mo 1921.