Captain Hugh M. Middleton
1903

 

SUDDEN DEATH OF WELL KNOWN CITIZEN

 

Was a Confederate Veteran, a Former Member of the County Court and

a Prominent Democrat - Fell Dead While Seated in a Chair at his home

on McCallie Avenue

 

   

    About 1:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon, while seated in the dining room of his residence, No. 101 McCallie avenue, Esquire Hugh M. MIDDLETON was taken ill of heart trouble and in less than five minutes, and before medical aid, which had been hurriedly summoned, could arrive, he was dead.

    For several months he has been complaining of heart trouble and he seemed to have a kind of premonition as what was in store for him, as he often remarked that he believed he would die of heart failure and that the time of his death was not far off.  Yesterday he seemed in excellent health and the fatal attack came while he was talking to his wife and E. O. WELLS, his son-in-law.  While he was speaking, he fell from his seat as though in a faint and in the arms of Mr. WELLS he was carried to his bedroom.  A physician was sent for, but when Dr. NOLEN arrived life had been extinct for several minutes.

    The deceased leaves a wife and four children, two boys and two daughters.  They are Harry and Charles MIDDLETON of Pittsburg, PA., Miss Margaret MIDDLETON of New York and Mrs. E. O. Wells of this city.

 

SKETCH OF THE DECEASED.

    Capt. Hugh M. MIDDLETON was born Aug. 20, 1835, near Cunningham, in Forsythe Co., GA.  He moved with his parents Capt. and Mrs. John MIDDLETON of Chattanooga county near Summerville, in the same state, in the year 1838.  His father died there in the same year, leaving his widow, Matilda MIDDLETON, and five sons, Albert, Andrew J., John, Hugh M., and William P. MIDDLETON.

    Albert MIDDLETON died in Mexico in the year 1847, being at that time a member of Capt. William FULTON'S company of cavalry.  William P. MIDDLETON died near Centreville, Va., in December, 1861, a member of Company B, Ninth Georgia volunteer infantry, C. S. A.  Andrew J. MIDDLETON died in April, 1897, in Gordan county, ten miles north of Calhoun, Ga.  John MIDDLETON died at an early age, about 1840, at that time being seven years old.

    Hugh M. MIDDLETON married Miss Mary A. CARTER at Summerville, Ga., in June, 1860.  In the early months of the year 1862 he helped to organize Company H. Thirty-ninth Georgia infantry, and was elected third lieutenant.  In the regular order of promotion he was made captain of the company in the early part of 1864 while the Confederate army was in winter quarters at Dalton, Ga.

 

IN THE WAR

    On Feb. 21, 1864, he received a furlough to visit his home and walked from Dalton to Summerville, a distance of forty miles, making the trip in one day.  On Feb, 22 he was captured by a detachment from the Fifteenth Pennsylvania United States troops at Summerville, and was carried to Chattanooga, and then to Nashville, and finally landed at Fort Delaware about March 30.  He remained there until Kirby SMITH surrendered the trans-Mississippi department, and was then paroled on July 25, 1865.  He then returned to Summerville and sold out his

possessions there and moved to Elizabethtown, Ky., with his wife and daughter Ella.  They lived there for twenty-five years and in 1890 moved to Chattanooga.

 

IN BATTLES AROUND CHATTANOOGA

    Capt. MIDDLETON was under fire with his company at Bridgeport Ala., in May, 1862, and afterwards at Baker's Creek or Champion Hill, Miss., in May, 1863.  He was in Vicksburg when that city was besieged by the union forces.  Capt. MIDDLETON was also in the battle  of Mission ridge and the operations around Chattanooga.

    At the time of his death Capt. MIDDLETON was a member of the Master Masons lodge, Hardin Lodge, No. 249, Knights of Honor, and N. B. FORREST camp.  For some years he was a member of the county court, having been elected as successor of the late J. A. HOLTZCLAW, immediately after the latter's demise.  Since living in Chattanooga Mr. MIDDLETON has taken much interest in politics and was one of the best known democrats in the county.  Mr. MIDDLETON'S term expired

about three years ago and he has not taken an active part in politics since that time.

 

FUNERAL SERVICES

    The funeral services will be held from the First Presbyterian church this afternoon at 4 o'clock.  Dr. J. W. BACHMAN will conduct the services.  Interment at the Citizens' cemetery.

    The pall-bearers from N. B. FORREST camp will be Esquire J. W. LEIGH, Capt. J. F. SHIPP, Maj. M. H. CLIFT, W. A. TERRELL, C. W. TERRELL, J. W. WILLINGHAM, W. B. FORD, and Capt. Milton RUSSELL.

    The pall-bearers from Temple Lodge, 430, F. and A. M., will be Francis MARTIN, D. H. BLOOM, D. F. BECKMAN, T. W.  FRITTS, A. N. SLOAN, J. C. PARKS, F. A. RYDER, and D. A. GRAVES.

    The members of the N. B. FORREST camp will meet at the hall at

3:30 p.m., for the purpose of attending the funeral.
Chattanooga Times Sunday March 29, 1903

 

 

  Funeral of Capt. Middleton.

 

    The funeral services over the remains of Capt. H. M. Middleton occurred yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the First Presbyterian church, the interment following at the Citizen's cemetery.

    Despite the downpour of rain that had continued all day a large number of people assembled to show their last mark of respect to the deceased.  N. B. Forest camp was present in a body seated in the rear of the church.  As the funeral cortege entered, the members of the camp arose and followed the remains of their comrade, occupying seats reserved for them in the center of the house.

    The choir was composed of Mesdames Chunn, Morris Temple, M. B. Ochs and Sam Davis, Messrs. Chunn, Stillman, Henderson, and Webb. They rendered "Asleep in Jesus", "It is Not Death to Die", and "How Firm a Fountain".  Dr. J. W. Bachman, who was endeared to Capt. Middleton as pastor, neighbor and comrade in Forrest camp, conducted the impressive services.  He spoke from the text, "Boast not thyself of tomorrow," and drew from the sudden death of the one lying before

him thoughts upon which he recommended all present to meditate.  He spoke with loving sympathy to the bereaved and dwelt upon the character of the deceased as one worthy of emulation.  As soldier, he said his record was faithful and true, and the same was true of him as husband, father, church-member, friend, and citizen.  The remarks addressed to his comrades were especially touching, and there were few dry eyes among those who looked upon this faithful band of heroes

gathered to honor another of their members who had responded to the last roll call.  There were pall-bearers from N. B. Forrest camp and from the Masonic camp to which Capt. Middleton belonged.  They were:

    Esquire Leigh, Capt. Shipp, Maj. Clift, W. A. Terrell, J. W. Willingham, W. B. Ford, and Capt. Russell, from the camp; Messrs. Francis Martin, D. H. Bloom, Beckham, T. W. Fritts, A. N. Sloan, J. C. Parks, F. A. Ryder, and D. A. Graves from Temple lodge, 430, F. and A. M.
Chattanooga News (TIMES) Mar 30, 1903


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