Death of Lt. Col. James N. Kirkpatrick
An article from the Lafayette Daily Courier, June 12, 1862.
Lt. Col. Kirkpatrick’s grave, Wildcat Cemetery, Lafayette, IN.
Col. Kirkpatrick’s Death
D.M. Osburn, of Co. A, 40th regiment sends us a detailed statement of the melancholy circumstances attending the death of Lieut. Col. Kirkpatrick:
“Yesterday morning (June 8, 1862) our regiment took two days’ rations and marched for Bear Creek to help build a railroad bridge where one had been destroyed by the 10th Indiana Regiment in the effort to bag the rebels. After we arrived at the place we were marched above the road into the shade and stacked arms. The Colonel and two other men got into a canoe and started across the stream, and when about two-thirds over, the front end dipped water and the canoe sank. All were good swimmers, and when within about fifteen feet of shore it appears that Col. Kirkpatrick took a cramp, and Col. Blake, seeing that he was sinking, cried out for some men who were in another canoe to hasten to his relief, but none got there until to late. Several of our boys swam across and dove after him, but the water was too deep to find him. He was under water about fifteen minutes, when he was brought up with a hook, but all efforts to resuscitate him were fruitless.”