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Huxford, William P. - Major


Well-Known Veteran Succumbs to Old Wound.


Since His Retirement From Army Service He Was Indentified Officially With Patriotic Associations--Was One Time Clerk of Alabama Court of Claims, Passes Away at the Albemarle.

Maj. William P. Huxford, one of the best known civil war veterans in Washington and long prominently identified with the Grand Army of the Republic and the Loyal Legion, is dead at his home in the Albemarle apartment house. The end came Monday night, the result of an old wound he received at the battle of Malvern Hill, Va., in the civil war.

It was when Maj. Huxford was leading his company against the Confederates that he was struck in the left cheek by a minnie ball. He was left on the battlefield for dead by his comrades. Later he was picked up and taken to the field hospital at Savage Station, Va. The hospital was captured by the Confederates, and Maj. Huxford was taken to Libby prison at Richmond, Va.

He never recovered from the effects of the wound in his cheek and the terrible exposure to which he was subjected during his subsequent imprisonment in the Libby prison. In 1868 he was mustered out because of disability.

Was Senator Hawley's Secretary.

After his retirement from the army he was connected in various capacities with the Grand Army of the Republic, with the Loyal Legion, and with the military committee of the senate. For many years he was secretary to Senator Hawley, of Connecticut. He served the Loyal Legion for 23 years, and since 1897 was registrar-in-chief. He was a member of the council of the commander-in-chief from 1891 to 1897, and served for several years as secretary of the Army Mutual Aid Association. At one time he was deputy clerk of the Alabama court of claims.

He was born in New York, March 29, 1844, and went to Michigan with his family early in life. He was 17 when the civil war broke out, but enlisted in the Fourth Michigan infantry as a private. Through creditable service he was made corporal in the same regiment, but in September, 1862, he went to the 162d New York volunteer infantry, receiving the rank of sergeant major.

Twice Confined in Libby Prison.

He served with distinction in the battles of Bull Run, Red River, Malvern Hill, the peninsula campaign, in the campaign of the gulf, the campaign of the Shenandoah valley, and at the battle of Deep Bottom. He was released from Libby prison after he had partly recovered from the effects of his wound, but later, at the battle of Deep Bottom, he was again captured and thrown into Libby prison. At the close of the war he was released and mustered out of the volunteer establishment.

In July, 1865, he was appointed captain of the Forty-second regular infantry, and in 1868 was retired. In April, 1904, he was advanced to the grade of major on the retired list by a special act of Congress.

Maj. Huxford is survived by his wife, who was Miss Fessendon, of Maine; a son, Frederick W. Huxford, of Stamford, Conn.; and a daughter, Miss Lucia F. Huxford, of Washington.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow, and interment will be in Arlington Cemetery.

The Washington Post, Washington, DC 28 Dec 1910

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