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Obituary of John H. Shields, Wichita, Kansas.

Capt. John H. Shields died at his home, in Wichita, Kans., on the 9th of November, 1916, and was laid to rest among those of his family who had preceded him into the spirit land. He was born in Madison, Morgan County, Ga., on June 8, 1844; so his life had rounded out more than the allotted span.

Captain Shields enlisted in the Confederate army July 1, 1861, and was attached to Cobb's Legion. He was with Longstreet in all the big battles around Richmond and also at Gettysburg and Chickamauga. At the close of the war he removed with his family to Clinton, Ky., and published a weekly paper there until 1885, when he went to Kansas and again entered the newspaper business with the Weekly Democrat at Wichita. In 1913 he received the appointment of postmaster of the city and continued in that office until his death. As an official he gave an eminent satisfaction. The large attendance at his funeral testified to the esteem in which he was held. Among the many handsome floral offerings was one in the form of a Confederate battle flag, which attracted much attention. Captain Shields was very active in organizing the Confederate Camp at Wichita, the only one in Kansas, which he had continually served as Adjutant. At the close of the war he joined the Baptist Church and had been a faithful and zealous member since.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, December, 1916.

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