The immigrant couple I discussed in my previous post, John and Letitia Frad (Banbury) Hicks, had four children, including my second great-grandmother Mary J. (Hicks) Throckmorton and a son named Mardenbro Hicks. When he was 19, Mardenbro became a soldier in the Civil War.
According to the Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers in the War of the Rebellion 1861-1866, Vol. 8, he joined Company C of the 121st Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry on August 22, 1862. Mardenbro’s first — and only — battle action occurred a month and a half later at Perryville, Kentucky. (More information about this battle can be found, among other places, on the University of Kentucky website.)
Wounded in his first battle, Mardenbro remained in Kentucky to recuperate for through the rest of that fall and into the winter. He was far from alone:
For months, hundreds of wounded soldiers remained in Perryville under the care of the town’s 300 citizens. In addition, thousands of injured and sick troops convalesced in Danville, Harrodsburg, Bardstown, and other local communities. Union surgeon G. G. Shumard recalled that a “large number of sick and wounded were scattered about the country in houses, barns, stables, sheds, or wherever they could obtain shelter sufficient to protect them from the weather.” Another doctor remarked that “Every house was a hospital, all crowded, with very little to eat.” (Source: Perryville Enhancement Project, “History of the Battle of Perryville.”)
The Official Roster indicates that Mardenbro finally was “discharged Feb. 12, 1863, at Louisville, Ky., on Surgeon’s certificate of disability.”