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Letter from Mrs. C. A. Harwood

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Admin/Biog History Barnett Van Slyke enlisted in Company H, 35th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry from Waterford on February 11, 1864. The regiment was formed at Camp Washburn in Milwaukee. He died of diease on August 20, 1864 in Natchez, Mississippi, leaving a widow and orphan children.
35th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry
Organized at Milwaukee, Wis., and mustered in February 27, 1864. Ordered to Alexandria, La., April 18. Moved to Benton Barracks, Mo., thence to New Orleans, La., April 26. Ordered to report to Gen. Williams at Port Hudson, La., arriving there May 7. Attached to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 19th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf, to December, 1864. 4th Brigade, Reserve Corps, Military Division West Mississippi, to February, 1865. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, Reserve Corps, Military Division West Mississippi, February, 1865. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 13th Army Corps (New), Milltary Division West Mississippi, to July, 1865. Dept. of Texas to March, 1866.
SERVICE.-Duty at Port Hudson, La., till June 27, 1864. Moved to Morganza, La., June 27, and duty there till July 24. Moved to St. Charles, Ark., July 24, and duty there till August 6. Return to Morganza August 6-12. Expedition to Simsport October 1-10. Moved to Devall's Bluff, Ark., October 11-18. To Brownsville November 9, and guard Memphis & Little Rock Railroad till December 12. Moved to Devall's Bluff December 12, and duty there till February 7, 1865. Moved to Algiers, La., February 7, thence to Mobile Point, Ala., February 22. Campaign against Mobile and its defences March 17-April 12. Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely March 26-April 8. Assault on and capture of Fort Blakely , April 9. Occupation of Mobile April 12. March to McIntosh Bluff April 13-26. Moved to Mobile May 9, and duty there till June 1. Moved to Brazos Santiago, Texas, June 1-8, thence to Clarksville June 20, and to Brownsville August 2. Duty at Brownsville till March, 1866. Mustered out March 15, 1866.
Regiment lost during service 2 Enlisted men killed and 3 Officers and 271 Enlisted men by disease. Total 276.
Classification Archives
Collection Civil War Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation March 8, 1864
Abstract Letter from Mrs. C. A. Harwood concerning the death of Barnet Van Slyke, Company H, 35th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, to Mrs. Van Slyke:

U.S. General Hospital
Natchez, Mississippi, August 21, 1864

Mrs. Van Slyke

Dear Madam

A few days ago, at the request of your husband, Barnett Van Slyke, Company H, 35 Wisconsin, I wrote you a letter and sent in it $6.50 (six dollars fifty cents). At that time I knew that there was little hope of his ultimate recovery, though I did not quite think [the] time for him was so short. But he failed very rapidly. And yesterday, about one o'clock in the afternoon, the immortal was loosed from the mortal. And his spirit wafted out on the returnless waves of eternity, and he is no more among the children of men. The day I wrote that letter for him, as I was sitting by his bed, he spoke of his children. And almost instantly the tears rushed from his eyes and rolled down over his wasted cheeks and his utterance was choked. And he said, "finish the letter as you think best. I can't tell you any more" and I left him, fearing to agitate him more. A few days after, as I was again sitting by him, he said, "I am content to die if it is the Lord's will. I can leave my family comparatively comfortable and I die willingly." And said also he would like to talk with me more, but he was too weak, his breath was gone, but would I read to him from the bible. I took a bible and read the 8th chapter of Romans and the 14th of John. And fearing I might weary him, I closed the book and arranged what I could for his comfort and left him with his nurse, a kind and experienced man. And I would assure you that your husband received, while in this hospital, kind and attentive care, and that he was surrounded with every comfort, but the one great one of having his own family and friends around him. Enclosed you will find a lock of his hair, cut from his head after he was dead. As he requested, his clothes will be sent to you. And for you and all, who thus mourn, I have only this one drop of comfort. Our Father hath done it and we may not murmur, and that he may be to you and your children more than husband or father, is the prayer of

Yours Respectfully
Miss C. A. Harwood
Event Civil War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Notes Barnett Van Slyke enlisted in Company H, 35th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry from Waterford on February 11, 1864. The regiment was formed at Camp Washburn in Milwaukee. He died of diease on August 20, 1864 in Natchez, Mississippi, leaving a widow and orphan children.
35th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry


Organized at Milwaukee, Wis., and mustered in February 27, 1864. Ordered to Alexandria, La., April 18. Moved to Benton Barracks, Mo., thence to New Orleans, La., April 26. Ordered to report to Gen. Williams at Port Hudson, La., arriving there May 7. Attached to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 19th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf, to December, 1864. 4th Brigade, Reserve Corps, Military Division West Mississippi, to February, 1865. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, Reserve Corps, Military Division West Mississippi, February, 1865. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 13th Army Corps (New), Milltary Division West Mississippi, to July, 1865. Dept. of Texas to March, 1866.



SERVICE.-Duty at Port Hudson, La., till June 27, 1864. Moved to Morganza, La., June 27, and duty there till July 24. Moved to St. Charles, Ark., July 24, and duty there till August 6. Return to Morganza August 6-12. Expedition to Simsport October 1-10. Moved to Devall's Bluff, Ark., October 11-18. To Brownsville November 9, and guard Memphis & Little Rock Railroad till December 12. Moved to Devall's Bluff December 12, and duty there till February 7, 1865. Moved to Algiers, La., February 7, thence to Mobile Point, Ala., February 22. Campaign against Mobile and its defences March 17-April 12. Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely March 26-April 8. Assault on and capture of Fort Blakely , April 9. Occupation of Mobile April 12. March to McIntosh Bluff April 13-26. Moved to Mobile May 9, and duty there till June 1. Moved to Brazos Santiago, Texas, June 1-8, thence to Clarksville June 20, and to Brownsville August 2. Duty at Brownsville till March, 1866. Mustered out March 15, 1866.



Regiment lost during service 2 Enlisted men killed and 3 Officers and 271 Enlisted men by disease. Total 276.
Object ID SC411.5.47.2
Object Name Letter
People Van Slyke, Barnett
Subjects Civil War
Soldiers
Diseases
Sick persons
Death
Orphans
Widows
Crying
Title Letter from Mrs. C. A. Harwood
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