A Closer Look
John Whipple was the youngest of the six
Whipple children, and
the younger of the two boys.
John was very active, and in one letter
to his daughters in July, 1862, Henry Whipple wrote about the
"You would be delighted, I
am sure, to see Master John and his pets. He has a lamb called
Nellie and a dog,
Bonnie, a calf
already canvasses the question whether he shall increase his
pets or not. He is a darling boy and generally a very good one
in a while he gets into [trouble]."
John was described
by historian Phillip Endcott Osgood as a child who caused the
family deep concern. He did not like to
and did not like being the son of a Bishop. He reportedly ran
from home on two occasions. He left home again at age 21. Several
months later, he was found dead in the Ohio River with a pistol
wound in his cheek.