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Brooks Dickson Looney McKee

Obituary of I. A. Looney, Hillsboro, Texas.

From the tribute by Hill County Camp, No. 166, U. C. V., of Hillsboro, Tex., the following is taken:

"Comrade I. A. Looney was born February 22, 1840 and died January 9, 1915. He entered Confederate service in Tennessee on the 22d of May, 1861, in Company B, 18th Tennessee Regulars, as second sergeant and was promoted in the year of 1862. He bore the battle flag at Fort Donelson; was captured and imprisoned at Camp Butler, near Springfield, Ill., getting without the prison walls on the morning of his twenty-first birthday, and was exchanged at Vicksburg, Miss. He followed Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and the varied fortunes of the Tennessee Army until the close of the war and surrendered at Goldsboro, N. C., never missing an engagement in which his command took part, save one in which a small part of the army was engaged. He was then in the hospital. He carried the battle flag in nine battles, some of which were Murfreesboro, Nashville, Chickamauga, and Franklin. He was struck eight times with Minie balls and once with a piece of shell. He also bore the flag in the last battles of Bentonville and Releigh, N. C.

"As a soldier for his country he was ever ready, brave, and true; as a soldier of the cross he wore the full armor and left his escutcheon unsullied when laid aside to meet the summons of his recall; as a citizen he was ever for the moral, the charitable, and the right; as a husband and father he was industrious, energetice, loving, and kind.

"Committee: W. L. McKee, Tam Brooks, W. H. Dickson."

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, June, 1915.

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