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Joke ID 43

Work: [1] 'The Book of Humour, ...'(1880, book)
> Transcription: [35] from page s: 37-38
>> Joke: 43

In the Midst of Life we are in Death.

A very singular occurrence was noticed in the 10th Massachusetts regiment at the siege of Petersburg. A sergeant had been engaged in the SecondDivision Hospital inplacing upon a numberof headboards the names of members of his regiment who had been killed in the late fight, or had died in battle, which were to mark their last resting-place. There was one board in excess, and, in a sportive vein, he placed with a lead pencil his own name upon it, and the date of his demise, 20th of June, as his term of service had then expired,and he was about to leave for home. Onthat day, while near the front, bidding his companions in other regiments a farewell, he was struck in the breast by a 20-pounder Parrott, and instantly killed. His remains were interred, and the very headboard he had unthinkingly inscribed with his own name was placed over his grave, and with date correctly marks for a time his resting-place.

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  • Book title: The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
  • Date: 1880
  • Joke taken from: Page 37
  • Book Editor: GENT, L. C.
  • City: London, Edinburgh
  • Country: England, Scotland
  • Added by: ben
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