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Obituaries - NJ - 1898 - Bradford Seymore Seeley
Another soldier dies
Seymore Seeley Succumbs to fever., The Disease was
contracted at the army camps - his father says the conditions of the camps was
much worse than the papers stated.
Bradford Seymore Seeley, son of William H. Seeley (and Pheobe Compton) 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 I, 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 29th and found his son's condition slightly improved. Mr.
Seeley started North with his son and arrived at Port Monmouth on September
3rd. 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 camps in which his son was stricken with the deadly fever was
worse than anything he had ever heard of. Mr Seeley also told the reporter
that while he was at camp, a sick man was beseaching 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.
Seymore 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
Red Bank Register, Wednesday, September 28,1898, Vol. XXI No. 14, page 1
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