Jackson County, Alabama, January 19th, 1835. It is our unhappy lot to announce that Another Revolutionary Hero has gone. Col. John McCutchen, who, in the time that tried men's souls, stood boldly forth in defense of the liberty and independence of his country, bidding defiance not only to oppression, but confronting the armed myrmidons of the Tyrant, was, on the 17th of inst.. In the eightieth year of his age, summoned to another and better world.
He engaged early in the Revolutionary conflict, was a the defense of Fort Moultrie, the battle of Eutaw Springs, and with the true patriotic zeal, participated in all the perils and distress that so peculiarly characterized the unfeeling warfare that then waged throughout the Carolinas; nor did he retire until he had the satisfaction of beholding the independence of his country for which he had so long labored and ardently struggled, permanently secure.
Having devoted his youth to the service of his country in the field, in the maturity of manhood he engaged with those fearless and enterprising pioneers who, emigrated to the west, embarked in the arduous undertaking of reclaiming the fertile valley of the Tennessee River from its then savage wilderness and preparing it for the enjoyment of all the arts, luxuries, and refineries of social life. He has ever been noted of as a man of uncommon intellectual endowments: for the last forty years of his life has been a professor of Christianity of the Baptist order, and been esteemed by all as a worthy example and an honor to his profession.
Thus ripe in years and rich in the consciousness of having, at two different periods of his life, rendered important services to his country, and in the consoling hopes of a glorious immortality, the veteran has departed, leaving his relatives and numerous friends to mourn his loss. On Monday, the 18th instant, as the citizens of this vicinity have convened to pay the last honors to the deceased, on motion of Maj. Jophn B. Stephens, they constituted themselves into a meeting for the purpose of making a public manifestation of their grief; to acknowledge the service and express the highest regard they have ever entertained for the principles of their departed friend. Col. James Smith was called to the Chair and Major John B. Stephens appointed Secretary, when the following resolutions were unanimously adopted; viz:
Resolved, That, under a deep sense of the gratitude we owe to those sages and heroes who achieved our independence , we deem it a duty incumbent upon us, their sons, with a filial piety to pay every tribute of respect to their virtues and their valor, as the only remuneration in our power, for the manifold rights and privileges that we now enjoy. Resolved, That, in the death of Col. John McCutchen we have to lament the loss of one of that land of ancient warriors, whose presence never fails to enliven our zeal in the cause of liberty and to remind us what it cost; that in him we have lost a firm patriot, a worthy citizen, a pious Christian, and an esteemed friend, and, while we respectfully acknowledge his public services, stern integrity and private worth, we deeply sympathize with his widow and other members of his family in their bereavement. Resolved:, That the above resolutions be signed by the Chairman ans Secretary, and be transmitted the Democrat ans Southern Advocate for publication. James Smith, Chairman John B. Stephens, Secretary *copied March 4th 1935 by George McCutchen from "Revolutionary Soldiers in Alabama", by Thomas M. Owen, Director and founder of the Department of Archives and History of Alabama, at Montgomery.