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Civil War (Union) 1
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21 Jul 1817 1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1
Death:
05 Apr 1883 1
Washington, D. C. 1
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Joseph K. Barnes 1
Birth:
21 Jul 1817 1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1
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05 Apr 1883 1
Washington, D. C. 1

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SURGEON GENERAL BARNES. His Death from Bright's Disease at His Late Residence Yesterday Morning--His Military Record. Brig. Gen. Joseph K. Barnes (retired), late surgeon general United States army, died at his residence in this city, 1723 H street, yes- terday morning of Bright's disaease. His funeral will take place from his late residence at 2 p.m. to-morrow. He will be buried with military honors at Oak Hill cemetery. The troops at the arsenal, the marine band, and the marines at the navy yard have been ordered to act as escort, together with such of the district militia as may desire to take part. The following officers have been ap- pointed pall bearers: Gens. W.T. Sherman, Edmund Shriver, D.H. Rucker, W.H. Emory, A. Baird, M.C. Meigs, R.C. Drum, R. Macfeely, N.W. Brown, C.H. Crane, C.M. Wilcox, and Joseph E. Johnston. The surgeon general's death was not unex- pected, as he had been suffering from the disease which terminated his life for over a year and had been confined to his bed for several weeks. Indeed within the past few weeks his death has been daily expected. His death was quiet and his last moments were soothed by the presence of his family and a number of friends. For over forty years Gen. Barnes was upon the active list of the medical corps of the United States army, and his advancement to the position of surgeon gen- eral was the result of faithful devotion to the duties of his profession and for distinguished services during the war. His personal ap- pearance was striking--tall, well propor- tioned, and commanding in figure, while his face possessed elements of strength, which were patent even to the casual observer. He was a man of generous impulses, and the quiet and unassuming manner in which he performed his duties, gained for him the love and esteem of the soldiers with whom he came in contact. His military record is re- cited in the following order from head- quarters: HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY, ADJUTANT GEN- ERAL'S OFFICE, WASHINGTON, April 5.--The follow- ing order has been received from the War depart- ment and is published to the army: Bvt. Maj. Gen. Joseph K. Barnes, brigadier gen- eral, United States army (retired), late surgeon general of the army, died at his residence in this city at 2 o'clock this morning. He entered the service as assistant surgeon June 15, 1840; was pro- moted surgeon, with rank of major, Aug. 29, 1856; medical inspector, with rank of lieuten- ant colonel, Feb. 9, 1863; medical inspector gen- eral, with the rank of colonel, Aug. 10, 1863; and surgeon general, with the rank of brigadier gen- eral, Aug. 22, 1864. He was retired from active service, by operation of law, June 30, 1882. He served with distinction in the Florida war against the Seminole Indians, in the war with Mexico, and in the war with the states in re- bellion. For faithful, meritorious, and distin- guished services in this last war the brevets of brigadier general and major general, United States army, were conferred upon him. He was eminent, skillful, and successful in his profession as surgeon and physician, and distin- guished for great administrative ability as the head of the medical department. He inaugurated the Medical History of the War; he founded the medical museum; and he brought the mediical department to the highest state of efficiency. During the troublesome times of the late war, he earned the unbounded confidence of the secretary of war, Mr. Stanton, and held it unshaken to the last. At the time of the assassination of President Lincoln and the attempted assassination of Secre- tary Seward, he attended at the death bed of the one and ministered with untiring energy and skill to the successful restoration of the other. So dur- ing the long illness of President Garfield he was one of the eminent surgeons who, for days and nights, served with devoted duty in the sick chamber of the dying president. During these long protracted hours of anxiety and care his own health gave way, and from that moment to the time of his death he was an invalid. His career was one of honor to himself and of great service to this country. By command of Gen. Sherman. R.C. DRUM, Adjutant General.

 

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