Proud to be Part of Grand Army of the Republic, Man Suffers Painful Hip Injury

Hip injury causes man pain for the rest of his life after serving in The Civil War as part of the Grand Army of the Republic.

| Good Old Days

My father was Edmund N. Creekmur, private, Company K, 49th Regiment, Illinois Volunteers. He was born Jan. 8, 1846, and died Nov. 4, 1914. While in the service he was shot through the right hip. He had to do so much marching that the flesh wore off the ends of his toes, to the bones, but his hip injury caused him to suffer at times and limp the rest of his life. He was always proud that he belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic, and I am, too.

Mrs. J.P. Lawson
Salem, Illinois

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