Thursday, April 16, 2015

Charles B. Haslett.

Charles B. Haslett.

Birth: July 20, 1838.
Death: January 15, 1902.

Wife: Malissa A. Haslett, ( 1838-1921.)

Children: William E., Henry G., Mila M. Haslett.

Note. Had one more son, but was unable to find.

Burial; Morrison Cemetery Vliets, Marshall County, Kansas.

Kansas County History.

CHARLES B. HASLETT, farmer, P. O. Frankfort, is a Vermonter, born in 1832 in Brookfield; was reared in St. Lawrence, County, N. Y., and removed thence to Illinois, Iowa, and to Kansas in 1800. He located one and a half miles east of the present site of Frankfort, and in September, 1861, enlisted in Company D, of the Eighth Kansas Volunteer Infantry, and his record is identified with that of his gallant regiment up to the battle of Chickamauga, where he was captured.

The last nine days of his captivity were spent in burying the dead and carrying off the wounded. He was then taken to Richmond, and put in the third story of a large tobacco warehouse, and adjunct of Libby Prison and there, with only one blanket to cover three men, he spent the fall of 1863. In November he was put into similar quarters in Danville, Va., and spent the long wretched winter of in that way, fed on decaying bacon, corn bread and sweet potatoes. In the spring of 1864, a removal still worse was made to Andersonville, and it was in that hideous prison pen that he fully realized the full extent of the devilish barbarities of the slave-holding, women-whipping fiends, who sought to disrupt the nation.

His only clothing was the same uniform in which he was captured merely pants and a blouse in tatters; no shirt, boots or blanket, and the fare a pint of "cow peas" or a pint of corn and cob meal in twenty-four hours. Scurvy, caused by exposure and dry diet, was very common, and many a poor wretch walked deliberately over the "dead line" to be shot down order to escape his tortures. Men were promiscuously shot by the guards who desired a furlough, and such a reign of misery and terror, as Mr. Haslett says: "is beyond the power of language."

He was exchanged at Charleston, S. C., in December, 1864, and returned to Kansas. He has now a valuable 160 acre farm, forty acres in timber and the balance in cultivation. On this he has a good frame house, and substantial improvements. Mrs. Haslett was born in Michigan, and there are four children living, three boys and one girl.

Ex-Prisoners of War of Kansas.

Charles B. Haslett, Town Frankfort; Marshall county; Kansas Eighth Infantry, Co. D.; Private; Captured at Chickamauga, September 20, 1863.  Sent to Andersonville, December 11, 1864.

Enlisted September 24, 1861; Mustered in September 28, 1861, as Private: Mustered out April 1, 1866, at Leavenworth, Kansas

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