Addison Sleeth

Addison Sleeth
Virginia Union University
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Co. G, 52nd IND. Infantry
The Humboldt Union, Thursday, Sept. 26, 1912
Died: Sept. 18, 1912
Buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Humboldt, Allen County, KS.

Addison Sleeth.

Addison Sleeth was born April 29th, 1842, in Shelby County, Indiana, and spent his youth on a farm, attending the country schools during the fall and winter months till he was eighteen years old, when he entered Asbury (now DePauw) University at Greencastle, Ind. He was here but a year when the Southern Rebellion broke out and he enlisted in Co. G, 52nd Indiana Inft. Vol., October 28th, 1861.
He served in this regiment three years, then re-enlisted in the same company, and served till the war closed. During his forty-three months of active service he traveled over ten thousand miles.
On September 10th, 1865, at Montgomery, Ala., his regiment was mustered out. The war over, he returned to Indiana and engaged in farming and teaching.
In 1874, he moved to Humboldt, Kans., where he has since resided. For over thirty years he has suffered from rheumatism. He was very ill since June 10th, suffering much but patiently from other ailments until he passed away at 7:30 the evening of September 18th, 1912, aged 70 years, 4 months and 19 days. He leaves a wife, son and daughter, two brothers, and four sisters to mourn his loss.
The funeral services were conducted last Friday afternoon at the Methodist church by the Rev. L. A. McKeever, the Grand Army of the Republic and the Lawton circle attending in a body. The floral offerings were profuse, showing the esteem in which the deceased was held. Interment was in Mt. Hope cemetery.
“Uncle Ad,” as he was familiarly known, was a grand good man, always optimistic in his views, a source of comfort and pleasure to those about him and lived such a noble life that when it came his time to go he was prepared.

The following lines written by him on the death of a comrade seem appropriate here:


The angel death still hovers o’er,
That gallant band who wore the blue;
The line of march still nears the shore,
The boat more often comes in view,
To take a comrade o’er the stream,
To join the ranks that form anew.
If this is all a soldier’s dream,
O may the soldier’s dream come true.
O grant to all the dear old boys,
Who stand together through the storm,
To camp at last amid the joys,
Where e’er their ranks deserve to form;
Now picket guard the line between,
Let Blue and Gray be free from strife,
And give to each a new canteen
Of water, from the Stream of Life.

History of Allen and Woodson counties, Kansas
embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county
edited and compiled by L. Wallace Duncan, Chas. F. Scott.
Published 1901

A DDISON SLEETH—The forefathers of the subject of this review were among the pioneers to America. They settled in the colony of Virginia, and did their share in the establishment of a civilization, the highest and most progressing and enduring of the age. The paternal great grandfather of our subject, like most of the other colonists, had been taught to love liberty and justice, and when British tyranny and British encroachment became unbearable, and the colonies said tliey were, "and of right ought to be free and independent states," he enlisted in a
Virginia regiment and served seven full years as ensign in our struggle for independence.
About the first of the 19th century a son of this soldier of "The American Revolution" settled in Ohio, where John Sleeth, our subject’s father, was born. When he was six years old the family again moved west, locating in Shelby County, Indiana, where he grew to manhood and married
Rebecca Talbert, who was born in North Carolina and came with her parents to Indiana when a child. They were tillers of the soil, and brought up their children in the paths of sobriety and industry. Their children were seven in number and Addison, their second son, was born April 29,
1842. The mother died in Shelby County, Indiana, in 1883 at the age of sixty -five years, and the father died in i88g at the age of seventy-four years. Their three sous and four daughters survive them and are still living.
Addison Sleeth spent his youth on a farm, attending the country schools during the fall and winter months, till he was eighteen years of age. Desiring the advantages of a higher education, he entered Asbury University at Greencastle, Indiana, but had been a student only a year
when the Southern Rebellion threatened to overthrow the government. He enlisted in Company G, 52nd Indiana Volunteers, on the 28th of October, 1861, for three years. He then veteranized and served till the war closed. The regiment participated in a number of battles and skirmishes, beginning with the capture of Fort Donelson, in February, 1862, and ending with the capture of Mobile, in April, 1865. As a member of the regiment he traveled ten thousand miles during its forty-three months active service in the field. September loth, 1865, his regiment was mustered out of the service at Montgomei}*, Alabama. The war over, Mr Sleeth returned home and engaged in farming and teaching. He was married August 11, 1868, to Margaret Joyce and became a citizen of Allen County, Kansas, in the year 1874. In 1877 Mrs. Sleeth died leaving two children, Grace G. and John J. Sleeth. Both are well educated, the former having pursued some of the higher branches of learning, and the latter having completed a course in the Humboldt high school.
In 1878 Mr. Sleeth married his present wife, Phebe C, a daughter of S. M. and L. A. Partlow.
As a citizen of Kansas Mr. Sleeth is thoroughly representative and honorable. He goes through life without interference with the affairs of others and for thirty years has maintained himself blameless in the estimation of his fellow countrymen. In politics he is Republican and is a frequent attendant of county conventions in a delegate capacity.

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