“Little Doctor on the Black Horse” Post #16 – Grand Review and Mustering Out –

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Little Doctor on the Black Horse

Grand Review and Mustering Out

by Harriott Benedict Wickham Barton


“Headquarters, 17th O.V.I., Richmond, Va., May 9, 1865

Dear Hattie:

No letters from you since I last wrote. We will not get any mail at this point, as we are ordered to leave here early in the morning. I was all over the city today, an account of which I shall give you in my record. We are to be reviewed by Gen. Halleck as we pass through the city and will camp the first night at Hanover Court House. You may expect to hear of our arrival at Alexandria about next Monday, that is if you watch the telegraph. I am well and expect soon to see you, so I shall bid you good night.

Your affectionate Husband,

D.D. Benedict

Grand Review of the Armies

Grand Review of the Armies, Washington D.C. 1865 (from Wikipedia Commons)


The regiment was mustered out in Washington and David was back home in Norwalk by June 1, united with his joyful family. A year later the longed for son arrived at last, and was named Fred, for the beloved college friend, Fred Tennard, who was now a veteran of the Confederate forces. For David the War was definitely over.

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harriott-wickham-1915-20-2About the Author: Harriott Benedict Wickham Barton   (1890-1981) was born in Norwalk, Ohio to Frank and Agnes Wickham. Her father was the youngest of twelve children of Frederick and Lucy Wickham, early settlers of the Firelands, and her mother was the great-great granddaughter of Platt and Sarah Benedict, who founded the city of Norwalk. Educated at Norwalk High School and Wooster College, she became a teacher. She marched as a suffragette and worked for the Labor Department during World War I. After the war, she went west to teach school, and became one of the last homesteaders, proving up a property near Wheatland, Wyoming. She married Angus Barton in 1924 and they raised four children on the homestead through the Dust Bowl and World War II. In the late 1940s, she and her Angus moved to Ohio, where they spent the rest of their lives. During the 1950s and ‘60s, she wrote “Little Doctor on the Black Horse,” poetry, and short stories, some which were published in various journals and magazines.

© 1961 by Harriott Benedict Wickham Barton. All rights reserved.

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  1. Reblogged this on après-pensées.

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  2. Thank you very much!

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  3. Best wishes, dear friend!

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