Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families
Monday, February 4, 2013
Military Monday - Hugh M. Heaslet
Hugh Heaslet was born in Alabama in April of 1839, the son of Benjamin Clark and Eleanor Rogers Heaslet. He enlisted in the 10th Alabama Infantry, Company K in the summer of 1861.
The 10th Alabama Infantry was organized in Montgomery in June of 1861. Hugh would have just been 22 years old at that time. They fought in many battles, including the battle of Antietam in September 1862 at Sharpsburg, Maryland. The record from Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond, Virginia shows Hugh admitted in July of 1862 for "debility." Debility being defined as a loss of strength, or being weak or feeble; perhaps he was recovering from an illness and was unable to serve at that point. He was returned to service in August, and died at the battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862. He left no widow or children, and his father Benjamin, applied for his pension the year after his death. In April of 1863, Benjamin was legally declared Hugh's heir in Talladega County, Alabama.