Much beautiful sentiment clusters around the name of Colonel William F. Cloud, the distinguished colonel of the Second Kansas, whom Cloud county was named in honor of. He is also the man into whose arms the gallant, beloved and much lamented General Lyons fell, at the battle of Wilson's Creek. Colonel Cloud visited Concordia in September, 1887, in attendance upon an old soldiers' reunion. He made a speech, at the close of which he expressed a desire to be present at the centennial of the naming of Cloud county, which would be in 1967. He is a brave and true man and was much honored at this reunion. During this occasion he was lifted to the shoulders of four or five of his comrades and carried three times around the speaker's stand, amid three loud cheers.
Time has not effaced the feeling and sympathy of the old veterans of the Civil war for each other. Every one of these old soldiers relate with a feeling of pride that he defended this glorious Union and became enthused as he recalls, though time grows remote, how he marched with the gallant "boys in blue."
Colonel Cloud is a resident of Kansas City, Kansas, and is said to refer with pride to his namesake, Cloud county, and has always felt an interest in this great western field.
Transcribed from E.F. Hollibaugh's Biographical history of Cloud County, Kansas biographies of representative citizens. Illustrated with portraits of prominent people, cuts of homes, stock, etc. [n.p., 1903] 919p. illus., ports. 28 cm.
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