Galena Daily Gazette
16 February 1925


James Hudson

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.

Again between the living and the dead the impenetrable veil has fallen—that mysterious veil which all science cannot lift, before which faith, abashed, can only kneel beyond which religion may not step.

James Hudson was a native of Platteville, Wis., and was born July 8th, 1847. He was a son on John Hudson, who was born in New York State of English parents. The latter went to Wisconsin in early manhood, and was there married to Miss Permella Haney, a native of Pennsylvania, and a daughter of one of the old families of the Keystone State.

At the outbreak of the Civil War, John Hudson, then considered too old to be a soldier, but anxious to be of help to the Union, enlisted in Company I, 10th Wis., Infantry, and going to the front, was killed at the battle of Chickamauga. His remains repose on southern soil.

His eldest son Andrew, a member of Company B, 43d Wis. Regiment was killed at Johnsonville, Tenn.

Like his father and brother, young James ran away from school before his sixteenth year and enlisted in Company C, 7th Wis. Regiment, and entered the ranks in 1862 under Capt. Andrews.

James Hudson participated in the battle of the Wilderness, and on the 10th of May, during the second engagement at that point, was shot in the left breast, the ball passing through the upper left lung and lodging in the shoulder-blade, where he carried it to his grave.

After being shot, James Hudson was first sent to Fredericksburg, and later to Belle Plane (sic) Landing. Subsequently he was conveyed north, returned to his own state, receiving his discharge on account of disability. Upon his recovery he began his apprenticeship in the butcher trade. He was married in Galena, Illinois, July 8th, 1873, to Miss Mary Blewett. Of this union there was (were) born seven children, two of whom, Ida M. and Wilbur E., are deceased.

James Hudson was a member of Miners Lodge 273 A.F. & A.M. Jo Daviess Chapter No. 51, and Saxon Lodge No. 62, K. of P.

He passed from this life on Wednesday, Feb. 11th, at 12:30 p.m.

He is survived by his widow and children: John A., William C., James L., Maud Steading and Mary Bottom, also seven grandchildren, William C. Hudson, Jr., Edward James Hudson, Hugh Pierce, Hudson, Rose Mary Hudson, Glayds (sic) Mary Hudson, James Hiram Hudson and Edward Lloyd Bottom.

Funeral services were held from the family residence on Bench street Friday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m., Rev. Lothian of the First Presbyterian Church officiating, using as his text, the 23rd psalm and the 14th chapter of St. John.

Miss Elizabeth Maxeiner sweetly sang three hymns:—Jesus Savior Pilot Me; We Shall Meet Beyond the River; Thy Will Be Done.

The body was then conveyed to Greenwood. The following men acted as pallbearers: John Meusel, Elmer Scott, William Shea, Charles Venable, Milton Vincent, Dr. P. F. Kittoe.

The services were concluded at the grave by the E. D. Kittoe, Post G.A.R. Thomas Hodson, Commander.

Submitted by Tim Doser.