New Jersey Obituaries - September 28, 1898 - Seymour Seeley

Another Soldier Dies

Seymour Seeley Succumbs To Fever

The Disease Was Contracted at the Army Camps - His Father says the Condition of the Camps Was Much Worse Than the Papers Stated

Bradford Seymour Seeley, son of William H. Seeley of Port Monmouth, died last Thursday of typhoid fever, which he contracted in the army camps in the South.

Mr. Seeley was 24 years old and was a member of Company,second Regiment of New Jersey Volunteers, which was camped at Florida during the war. Toward the latter part of August Mr. Seeley's father received word at Port Monmouth that his son was very sick with fever. Mr. Seeley immediately started for the South to bring his son home. He arrived at Florida on August 20th and found his son's condition slightly improved. Mr. Seeley started North with his son and arrived at Port Monmouth on September 3d. Young Seeley was so thin and worn that he was not recognized by many of his friends. A short time after his arrival home he had a relapse and last Thursday he died. Mr. Seeley told a REGISTER reporter yesterday that he had read a good many reports published in the papers of the awful condition of the camps; but the papers did not tell half of the truth. He said that the condition of the camp in which his son was stricken with the deadly fever was worse than any thing he had ever heard of. Mr. Seeley also told the reporter that while he was at camp, a sick man was beseeching some different sort of food. The sick soldier had a hard tack, a tablespoonful of rice and a little piece of bacon, and the sick man said that was all he had had in 24 hours.

Seymour Seeley's funeral was held on Sunday afternoon at the New Monmouth Baptist church and the body was buried with military honors. The coffin was draped with an American flag and a squad of soldiers from Mr. Seeley's company acted as escorts. The pall bearers were Charles Jones and Albert Morris of Keansburg, Charles O'Neil, John Murphy, Harry Ludlow and Fred Nieman of Port Monmouth.

The service at the church was conducted by Rev. William V. Wilson. The funeral was a very large one, over one thousand persons being present.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, September 28, 1898