Excerpt from a 1909 newspaper clipping (copied from my Page 5).
Van Sickle, Druezilla - Hardin, Isham
Henry P. Harding
While researching the family of Edward Glover (Ned) and Ann Drusilla Dickens, I have noticed a few references to Ann Drusilla's twelve children. Ned was the father of eleven of these children but I've found no reference by name to Ann Drusilla's first child, Henry P. Harding. So I began a search for whatever information I could find
Ann's first marriage and son are mentioned in Dr. Van Sickle's 1880 book (copied from my Page 4).
"She was twice married; first, in Jo Daviess County, Illinois, July 6, 1835, to Isham S. Harding, farmer, son of Isaac Harding, of Kentucky, by whom she had one son, Henry, born March 10, 1837, who was a soldier in the Union Army, and died at Fort Snelling, Dec. 10, 1862. In 1836, they removed to Clayton County, Iowa, where her first husband, Isham S. Harding, died."
I found Ann's son, Henry P. Harding in the Clayton County Census in 1850 and 1860:
1850: 41 Hardin Henry P. 18 M Iowa (he was 13 or 14). Henry was living in the home of Henry and Sarah Redmond.
1860: 710 Harding H.P. 23 M . Laborer . . Iowa (his age is correct here).
History of the Services of Co. "B" 27th Iowa Inf.
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" October 30th marched to Princeton arriving at 12 p.m. Remained the rest of the day to rest. Many of our men had been taken sick with Measles and Ague. On the 31st we marched to St Francis where we left some of our worst cases of sickness. Co. B left two L.T. Dickens and H.P. Harding. The latter never rejoining us. He died at Fort Snelling Dec 10th 62."
Dickens, Lucius Age 21. Residence McGregor, nativity Wisconsin. Enlisted Aug. 9, 1862, as Seventh Corporal. Mustered Sept. 1, 1862. Wounded slightly April 9, 1864, Pleasant Hill, LA. Promoted Third Corporal July 15, 1863; Second Corporal March 7, 1864; First Corporal Sept. 10, 1864; Fifth Sergeant April 27, 1865. Mustered out Aug. 8, 1865, Clinton, Iowa. Report of the Adjutant General and Acting Quartermaster General of the State of Iowa, January 1, 1865 to January 1, 1866: Corporal Lucius Dickens, wounded April 9, 1864, Pleasant Hill, LA, slightly in the hip.
Co. B, 27th Iowa Infantry
I knew from earlier reading that Ned and Ann had two sons in the Union Army. I knew (from Dr. Van Sickle's book) that Ann's first son Henry P. Harding also served in the Union Army. I was very happy to find that all three of these sons were in the same "Company B of the27th Iowa Regiment." Sadly, Henry's Army career was cut short by his untimely death. The two Dickens sons, John W. and Lucius Dickens survived the war - but barely.
You can read about the 27th Infantry's history, battles, and hardships on an excellent Web site. Follow the link below:
Harding, Henry P. Age 25. Residence McGregor, nativity Iowa. Enlisted Aug. 12, 1862. Mustered Sept. 1, 1862. Died of disease Dec. 10, 1863*, Hospital, Fort Snelling, Minn. Buried in National Cemetery, Fort Snelling, Minn. See: Roll of Honor, Vol. IX, Page 240. (My note: *Death date is 1862.)
July 1837 -- December 1862
Dickens, John W. Age 21. Residence Clayton County, nativity Iowa. Enlisted March 7, 1864. Mustered March 25, 1864. Transferred to Company B, Twelfth Infantry, July 13, 1865. See Company F. Seventh Cavalry.
27th Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry
No. Name Rank Co. Date of Death
Searching for Henry P. Harding
From "Roster of Company "B"
It is always possible that descendents of Isaac Harding who lived in KY in the early 1800s, the grandfather of Henry P. Harding, may search for information about this missing relative. If so, I'm pleased to say, you have found him having been raised among his Iowa Dickens
and Van Sickle relatives and Resting in Peace with Military Honors in the National Cemetery at Fort Snelling, Minnesota!
Civil War service of Henry P. Harding, John W., and Lucius Dickens is below.
(My note: after Henry died, Lucius and John W. continued their military service for the duration of the Civil War.)
(My note: dictionary definition, "Ague is a fever with alternating chills and sweating, especially associated with malaria.")
August 14, 2007