|Birth: ||Sep. 16, 1825|
Dr. Henry Clay Huntsman was born in Dayton, Greene Co., Ohio on Sept.16,1825. He married Frances Matilda Fulton at Pella, Ia. on Sept.30,1856. Appointed an Assistant Surgeon by Governor Kirkwood of Iowa he joined the 5th Iowa Infantry in the field near Farmington, Ms. on May 28,1862. In Aug. 1863 he was appointed Surgeon of U.S. Volunteers and assigned as Examining Surgeon of recruits from the south. He was appointed Surgeon of the 50th U.S.C.T. on Aug.15,1863. He was in charge of the Parole Camp near Vicksburg, Ms. (Camp Fisk) on April 15,1865 where he compiled a listing of the Andersonville, dead. He was discharged in June of 1866.
Supplement compiled by Frank Walker (47458830) from Military Pension Records, National Archives, Washington, D.C.:
Henry C. Huntsman was from Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa. In neighboring Marion County, he married Matilda Fulton on September 30, 1856.
Huntsman enlisted for three years in the Union army in Pella, Iowa, on April 27, 1862, and was the assistant surgeon for the 5th Iowa Volunteer Infantry. He mustered into the army in Burlington, Iowa. By August 31, 1862, he was in a division hospital in Clear Creek, Mississippi. By April 30, 1863, he was with the Pioneer Corps, 7th Division, 17th Army Corps. On August 11, 1863, he was discharged and promoted to surgeon of the 50th United States Colored Troops and was attached to the 12th Louisiana Colored Regiment. By September of 1863, Huntsman was at the headquarters of the Department of Tennessee. In early 1865 he was detailed to the Board of Enrollment and in March was in Vicksburg, Mississippi. In the summer of 1865 he was attached to the headquarters of the Department of the Gulf in New Orleans. From September of 1865 to February of 1866, he was in charge of the post hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. Huntsman was mustered out of the service at Vicksburg on May 24, 1866. His muster records reveal that he was frequently sick beginning in 1863.
In 1889 a sworn affidavit by Mrs. Matilda Huntsman gave an account of her husband's experience during the war and the effects it had on his health afterwards. She stated that he entered the war in 1862 in perfectly good health. In 1863 he wrote about how he was "broken down from overwork and from effects of much work in the hot sun." He spoke of nervous exhaustion in May of 1863 at the Battle of Champion Hill, 17 miles east of Vicksburg, Mississippi. In the autumn of 1863, Huntsman went on sick leave to Norwich, Ohio, where he consulted a physician about his condition. After the war he was in poor health and told of his sufferings from illness and overwork during Grant's Vicksburg Campaign. His condition steadily deteriorated after the war although he recovered enough by about 1867 to reopen his private practice. He continued, however, to suffer from "severe nervous prostration, constant trouble with his stomach, [and] frequent nervous chills." He slept poorly and could not tolerate noise when he returned home from treating patients. Mrs. Huntsman thought that her husband first became seriously ill shortly after the surrender of Vicksburg in July of 1863.
Huntsman remained active in medicine as late as 1884 when he attended the American Medical Association meeting in Minneapolis. A colleague who was with him described how Huntsman was "nervously disturbed" and how he slept very poorly and would moan and tremble.
The only mention of children for Henry Huntsman was a daughter, Gail, born in March of 1872.
Henry C. Huntsman died on January 30, 1887. This was presumably in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where his wife still lived after his death. Cause of death was reportedly from pneumonia and complicated by a non-specified nervous condition. His symptoms suggest he suffered from malaria contracted while in the army in the Deep South. Huntsman's wife died in 1896.
Frances Matilda Fulton Huntsman (1832 - 1896)
Ida Huntsman Haworth (1860 - 1931)*
Maintained by: Frank Walker
Originally Created by: Shelli Steedman
Record added: Dec 02, 2005
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