Article from the Confederate Veteran mag., dated Aug., 1922, p.271.
On March 15, 1922, we paid our last rites to our deceased comrade, WILLIAM PUTCH, who lived to the ripe old age of more than 90 years, in good health almost to the end of his exemplary and eventful life.
He was born in Westphalia, Prussia, in 1831 and at an early age came to Missouri, settling in Arrow Rock, Saline County, engaging in the banking business.
In 1861 feeling that the cause of the South was just, he cast his lot with us and endured the many hardships incident to 4 years of active service in the second Missouri Calvary. After the battles of Elk Horn, Luka and Corinth, he served under General Van Dorn and when he was killed we were placed under that matchless soldier, GEN. N.B. FORREST.
Comrade PUTCH took part in all the battles fought by that wonderful soldier, in all these cavalry battles in the prairies of Mississippi- West Point, Okolona, Fort Pillow, Harrisburg and many others. He rode from the Missouri River to the Gulf of Mexica[ Mobile] and returned on horseback during the 4 years.
His life was quiet , but in every way exemplary and worthy to be followed. He served Saline County several years as tresurer.
He leaves a wife, 4 sons , a daughter and a host of friends to mourn his loss.
[ this is not my family]
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