Thursday, August 09, 2012

Henry K. Southwick.

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Henry K. Southwick. Comissioned second lieutenant Second Rhode Island Infantry. Aug. 29, 1S62 ; mustered in Sept. 8, 1862 ; attigned to Co. F; promoted first lieutenant Aug. 18, 1863; mustered as such Aug. 24, 1863; commanding Co. F, July 19, 1863, until Feb 13, when relieved from duty to accept appointment as captain in the Fourteenth Rhode Island Heavy Artillery; commissioned captain Feb. 1, 1864; mustered as such March 24, 1S64, and assigned to Co. M; commanding Co. M from March 25 until July 15, 1864, and from Oct. 2, 1865, until regiment was disbanded at Portsmouth Grove, R. I., Nov. 2, 1S65 ; judge advocate general court-martial from May 6 until June 17, 1864; detached from regiment as acting assistant inspector-general Department of the Gulf from July 6, 1864, until muster out Oct. 2. 1865, with assignments to duty as follows : Acting assistant inspector general District of Carrollton, La., from July 6, 1S64, until Jan. 24, 1865; acting assistant inspector-general for infantry and artillery, District of West Florida, Jan. 15 until April 14, 1865; acting assistant inspector-general District of La Fourche, La., from April 20 until July 17, 1865 ; acting assistant inspector general Eastern District of  Louisiana (all of state south of Red River), from July 15 until Oct. 2,  1S65 ; while acting assistant inspector-general of West Florida was  also provost marshal of that district from March 18 until April 14, 1865.

Some time in January or February of 1865

While the Third Battalion was stationed at Camp Parapet, several of the officers sent for their wives, and the camp was enlivened by the presence of the gentler sex. One sad incident, however, occurred here which cast a shadow over the otherwise pleasant surroundings. Capt. Henry K. Southwick's wife was taken seriously ill, and died after a brief illness. The heartfelt sympathies of the officers and men were extended to Captain Southwick in his severe affliction. This battalion, in common with the others, suffered from the malarial diseases incident to the climate. Lieutenant-Colonel Viall says: "On the 16th of February, 1865, our entire regiment numbered 1,452, over three hundred men having died of disease. The daily sound of the dead march by the drum corps became so frequent and depressing that an order was issued to discontinue music at funerals.

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