Soldier Nurse Meets His Charge

John Dean of the Confederate Home Employed as Nurse

After Steamer Sinks in the Red River


“John 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. 

The 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. Louis. 

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.