Suffolk Christian Sun
February 14, 1862
There are men who
have acted with so much patriotism during this war, that their names should be
recorded. It is our purpose to notice
some cases in this vicinity in this issue of the Sun, and to give others at
Our neighbor, Tho. J. Kilby, has sent three
sons and a son-in-law, who resided with him into the volunteer service. Three sons and a daughter make up the full
number of his children. His youngest son
is barely 18 years old. Mr. Kilby has attended to all his business usually transacted
by his boys, and has acted as one of the Commissioners of the county in uniforming the volunteers and providing for their
families. In addition thereto he has
received and divided the donations of the ladies of the county, among the
soldiers, and should an attack be made on this place, he will be found ready to
take a place by the side of his boys in the ranks.
In addition to
this, Mr. Kilby opened his field and gave up his
growing crop for the use of the soldiers stationed here. A regiment has been quartered on his premises
since May last.
Col. Wm. B.
Whitehead has also sent three sons into the army, and notwithstanding he has a
large amount of private business on his hands, has given almost his entire time
to the public service since the opening of the war, as one of the Commissioners
of the county, and as a volunteer in everything where money or labor has been
needed. His services have been of
immense value to his countrymen and the public.
Messrs. R. S. Eley and Robt. B. Brinkley, two
young men doing a thriving business as merchants at the commencement of the
war, left their store in the hands of clerks and both went into the volunteer
service as privates. Mr. Eley has since been promoted to a Lieutenantcy,
and Mr. Brinkley has been made Captain of a Company. In addition to this, while extortion and high
prices have ruled the hour, they have continued to sell out their stock of
goods, which is nearly exhausted, at the same prices they charged before the
Let the future
historian of Suffolk
make a note of such men, and let them be remembered when the war is over.
as knowledge of either of the gentlemen named above, and with a desire to see
their deeds emulated.
by Sharon Strout]