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Langhorne, Maurice - Capt.

DEATH OF CAPT. LANGHORNE

He Was A California Forty-Niner And Fought Gallantry In The Confederate Army.

[Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun.]

LYNCHBURG, Va., June 23.—Captain Maurice Langhorne, whose death at Kansas City, Mo., has just been announced here, was born in Cumberland county, Va., about seventy years ago. His father was Dr. Wesley Langhorne, a widely known practicing physician and a near relative of the large Langhorne family of this city. Late in the thirties Dr. Langhorne, with his wife and children and numerous slaves, left his home in Cumberland, and in private conveyances, including vehicles of all descriptions, emigrated to the State of Missouri. Lynchburg was reached early in their journey, and here they tarried for several days a the guests of Colonel Maurice Langhorne, Sr., father of the present Colonel Maurice Langhorne, a well-known resident of the city.

The narration of Captain Langhorne’s career would constitute an interesting history. From an early age he evinced a roving disposition, and was among the very first of the “forty-niners” who landed in the gold fields of California. It is said that he found one of the biggest nuggets of that time. Encouraged by his success he induced his father and mother to join him in his far-Western home, and there they resided for some time. After some years, however, they returned to Missouri, and were living there when hostilities broke out between the States. Captain Langhorne was among the first to enter the Confederate service. At the beginning of the war he became connected with General Shelby’s command as a captain, but was soon promoted to a colonelcy, in which position he rendered gallant and valuable services, being regarded as one of Shelby’s most able officers. At the close of the war, being like many others of the South, unwilling to resume citizenship in the United States, he volunteered and was appointed captain in a regiment raised under Maximillian{sic}. Owing to objection raised by the United States government, Maximillian{sic} was unable to receive the regiment, and as a consequence the command was compelled to return. Captain Langhorne took up his residences at Independence, Mo., where he became the editor of a paper, and where he resided almost without interruption until shortly before his death.

Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, MD 24 Jun 1898



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