War Incident Revived
By Shinnston News in Avocat-
ing Relief for John Nay, an
Congressman Dovenerhas introduced a bill for the relief of John Nay, of Shinnston.
The Nays were uncompromising Unionists,and when a company of Ohiotroops had been detailed to suppress an alleged confederate uprising on Coonsrun having its headquarters at the residence of the later Peter B.Righter. John Nay was selected by themas a guide to the expedition party on account of his familiarity with theneighborhood and principally because he had the fearlessness to incur theanimosity of Mr. Righter and his adherents, for at that time the name"Righter" was spoken with hatred breath by the Union people ofHarrison and Marion counties.
In thefirst affray at Righter's Mr. Nay was one of thewounded. He was struck by a musket ballin one of his hips, and has ever since suffered from the effects of thewound. At the time of this occurrence theUnion soldiers were driven back and Mr. Nay was left where he fell. He secured a piece of fence rail and withthis help was dragging himself across a field when attacked by cattle whobecame excited by the smell of his blood. This peculiarity of animals is by no means unusual, and for a secondtime that night Mr. Nay was in danger of losing his life, while half-faintingfrom pain and loss of blood he contended with animals whofor the time were absolutely frantic.
John Naywas incapacitated from joining the army, but his brother Oliver enlisted andmade one of the appalling list of Andersonville'sprisoners. He was an excellent man, abrave soldier and a shining example of patriotism. After his brother's death John Nay acted afather's part as guardian of his children. He would never ask from his country that which he so richly merits byhis services to his country when it was pleading for the assistance of itscitizens of the border.
[Retrieved and transcribed byN. L. Kotowski from The Clarksburg Telegram, Clarksburg,W. Va., February 8, 1893.]