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Private William M. Bohanon | Texas Rangers, Texas Texas Rangers, Texas

Private

William M. Bohanon

Texas Rangers, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, July 2, 1885

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 1 year, 8 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Duty related illness

Incident Date: 6/22/1885

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Private William M. Bohanon enlisted in Company C of the Frontier Battalion of the Texas Rangers on November 11, 1883 under the command of Captain George Schmitt. The rangers were troubled with fever and illness during the summer of 1885, which resulted from high water caused by heavy rains. On May 13, 1885, Private J. G. Wood, a new recruit, died from illness. Captain Schmitt received a very terse letter from Captain John O. Johnson of the Adjutant General’s office in Austin regarding expenses incurred by the company while on recent duty in Fredericksburg; in his reply, which gives some indication of conditions, Schmitt related that several men were sick with fever from “exposure and swimming the rivers” and that one man was not expected to live.

Private Bohanon became ill from typhoid fever on June 22 and died on July 2. He was reportedly buried in Pearsall, Frio County, and had no relations in Texas.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
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July 4, 2015

 

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