As far I know I am not related to this H.G. Pannell,I found his name and a story about him while researching my Pannells and I thought that it is a good story.
Source: Tannehill and the Growth of the Alabama Iron Industry",(including the Civil War in West Alabama) author, James R. Bennett. Page 180:
Recurring outbreaks of yellow fever struck the Texas Coast through out the 19th century and did not spare soldiers or their dependants. During the summer of 1867, the fort surgeon at Galveston, a post with a strength of 185, reported 204 cases, probably including some civilians and replacements,resulting in 81 deaths. Houston was also decimated but not as bad as Galveston. So many Federal soldiers died that the town Sexton could not keep up with the daily burials. H.G. Pannell, who sold Van Horne Sutherland`s Metal Coffin, was hauled before the Federal District Commander, who confronted him,"Mr. Pannell, they tell me you dislike to bury my soldiers". "General, the sexton replied, "who ever told you that told a d---ed lie. It`s the plesantest thing I`ve had to do in years." The general placed Pannell in the brig, but let him out almost immediately because his services were so desperately needed.
I got a chuckle out of this and wanted to share it. (A lady allowed me to copy the story out of her book, so I can`t tell you anything else that was in it.)