Found this interesting and heartbreaking account of war in the Gettysburg Compiler, January 12, 1864:

Singular Fidelity of a Dog on the BattleField

On Monday last, as Hon. John Covode, in company with a number of officers, was passing over the battlefield beyond Fredericksburg, their attention was called to a small dog lying by a corpse. Mr. Covode halted a few minutes to see if life was extinct. Raising the coat from the man’s face, he found him dead.

The dog, looking wistfully up, ran to the dead man’s face and kissed his silent lips. Such devotion in a small dog was so singular that Mr. Covode examined some papers upon the body, and found it to be that of Sergeant W. H. Brown, Company C, Ninety-first Pennsylvania, 91st Regiment.

The dog was shivering with the cold, but refused to leave his master’s body, and as the coat was thrown over his face again he seemed very uneasy, and tried to get under it to the man’s face. He had, it seems, followed the regiment into battle, and stuck to his master, and when he fell remained with him, refusing to leave him or to eat anything.

As the party returned an ambulance was carrying the corpse to a little grove of trees for interment, and the little dog following, the only mourner at that funeral, as the hero’s comrades had been called to some other point.

I thought this photo below, taken on May 30, 2013, was also fitting, showing how loyal and intelligent man’s best friend really is.

By Jonathan Palmer/Herald-Leader

Figo pays his respects to his partner officer Jason Ellis.


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