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GONTZ, John D. (Lieut.)

    Johnstown Tribune, 11 May 1866, Page 3, Contributed by Kelly Kendig

DIED, suddenly in this place, on Saturday, May 5th, 1866, Lieut. JOHN D. GONTZ, aged about 34 years.

The death of Lieutenant Gontz was caused by the effects of an overdose of laudanum, in the use of which he was in the habit of indulging. There is no evidence whatever to sustain the assertion that he died the death of a suicide. Notwithstanding his weaknesses, he did not go before his God with that crime upon his soul.

Lieutenant Gontz had seen about eight years of active military service. He was in the regular army five years before the Rebellion, and when that great crime commenced he volunteered into the 11th Pa. Cavalry, and was with it, we believe, about three years. He bore the reputation of being a brave soldier, and was always honorable and clever. Peace to his ashes.

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