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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.