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Collection Reference Number GLC02382.208
From Archive Folder Collection of Henry Jackson Hunt 
Title Bessie Brown to Henry Jackson Hunt regarding the funeral of her father
Date ca. 18 April 1874
Author Brown, Bessie (fl. 1874)  
Recipient Hunt, Henry Jackson  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Date inferred from contents. Pertains to the funeral of Harvey Brown. Bessie transmits the address of her father's funeral. Gives Hunt, who is to write a memorial for her father, insight into his "home life, his gentleness, consideration and thoughtful love... " Notes that her father died of Bright's disease, which he contracted in the military, and that this disease had caused him to leave Fort Meade in 1854 and Fort Pickens in 1861. Discusses memorable events of her father's life, including his service as a funeral escort for Revolutionary War notable John Paulding "the last of Andre's captors."
Subjects Women's History  Death  Children and Family  Military History  Union General  Disease  Health and Medical  Revolutionary War  Spying  Prisoner  Prisoner of War  
People Brown, Bessie (fl. 1874)  Hunt, Henry Jackson (1819-1889)  Brown, Harvey (1795-1874)  Paulding, John (1758-1818)  
Place written Clifton, Staten Island
Theme Children & Family; Health & Medicine
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information Folder information: Henry Jackson Hunt was Chief of the Artillery in the Army of the Potomac. Considered by his contemporaries the greatest artillery tactician and strategist of the war, he was a master of the science of gunnery and rewrote the manual on the organization and the use of artillery in early modern armies: Instruction for field artillery. Prepared by a board of artillery officers, consisting of Captain Wm. H. French...Captain Wm. F. Barry...Captain H.J. Hunt...To which is added The evolutions of batteries, tr. from the French by Brigadier General R. Anderson (New York, D. Van Nostrand, 1864). Hunt was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Samuel Wellington Hunt, a career infantry officer. As a child he accompanied his father in 1827 to the Kansas Territory on an expedition to found Fort Leavenworth. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1839 as second lieutenant in the 2nd U.S. Artillery. He served in the Mexican War where he was elevated to captain and major. Hunt received attention when in the First Battle of Bull Run in 1861, his four-gun battery covered the retreat of a Union force with an artillery duel. He soon afterword became the chief of artillery in defense of Washington, D.C. As a colonel on the staff of McClellan, he organized and trained the artillery reserve and fought in the Peninsular Campaign. His keen work influenced battles at Malvern Hill, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. His most famous service occurred at Gettysburg. He served in Virginia through the end of the war. Following the Civil War, Hunt held various military posts. He served as president of the permanent Artillery Board. He also served at Fort Sullivan, Eastport, Maine (1868), Fort Adams, Newport, Rhode Island (1869-1872 definitely, and possibly until 1874), military commander at Charleston, South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia (1875-1880), commander, Department of the South (1880-1883), and as Governor of the Soldier's Home in Washington D.C. (1883-1889). Hunt had served as Chief of Artillery for the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War. Harvey Brown served in the United States Army 5th Light Artillery during the Civil War. He was promoted Brigadier-General 23 November 1861 by brevet at Fort Pickens, Florida, and Major-General 2 August 1866.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945