Death of an Old Soldier

“There died at his residence on the Portsmouth and Gallipolis pike, between this city and Sciotoville, at 3 o’clock last Saturday afternoon, the oldest German in Scioto county, John Behner, in his 90th year. The deceased came to this county in 1836 and has been a continuous resident here ever since. He was a soldier under the first Napoleon, and was with the great autocrat of Europe at the burning of Moscow. He was thrice wounded in the European wars of that period, and, after Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow, he served as a soldier under the allied forces of Europe against his old commander. He leaves a large family of sons and daughters, all grown up and settled in different parts of the county. The remains were interred at the Sciotoville burying ground last Sunday.”1

  1. Death of an Old Soldier. (1879, December 13). Portsmouth Times, p. 7.
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