Harvey Alexander Atkins was a Private, Co. I, 2nd Tennessee Infantry in the Spanish American War and received a pension of $20 a month starting June 4, 1928 He enlisted At Union City, Tenn. His discharge papers says he was born in Henry County, at 32 years of age he was 5 foot 8 inches with dark complexion, blue eyes, light hair. His occupation was Farmer. He was discharged in South Carolina Feb. 8, 1899, signed by his captain James E. Walker. Harvey's pension was increased to $30 a month starting Feb 24, 1931. His address at one time was 1355 Mississippi Ave. Memphis, Tenn.
A newspaper (The Post Intelligencer) article written by Harvey A. Atkins In Middletown, Pa. August 26, 1898:CAMP MEADE
The 2nd Tenn., 22nd Kansas, 159th Indiana and the 3rd Missouri were ordered by the War Department to break camp at Thoroughfare Gap, VA, yesterday at 2 pm. tents were quickly put down and at 6:30 we boarded the train of 14 coaches and 8:30 we were in Washington, where the Red Cross society met with eatables and flowers which were very much appreciated, and at 11:15 our train was announced ready to proceed on our journey up the Susquehanna River Valley. Along the route were many fine houses, farms, and above all the finest stock barns I ever saw.
We arrived at Baltimore MD, about 1 o'clock where we were again met by the good and charitable Red Cross Society with bountiful delicacies and fragrant mountain flowers.
We arrived at York, Pa, at 9:30 where we were delayed an hour and 30 minutes on account of having a hot box on the engine and changing roads.Some of the boys were shown through the York Carriage Works where we saw many fine and costly vehicles. About 11 o'clock we were again proceeding on our way up the Cumberland Ry. to Harrisburg, Pa, where we again shifted roads to the main line of the P.R.R. which quickly landed us in Middleton, where our camps were awaiting our arrival. We were glad to go into them for we have been on provost duty for 3 weeks past, have to sleep the best way we could.
We have at this pace the finest camping site we have had at all. This is the finest farming county I have seen east of the Mississippi River.
We are camped near the P.R.R. between Harrisburg (the capitol of Pennsylvania) and Middletown, and on the Susquehanna River.
The citizens of Harrisburg and Middletown have a street car line between the two cities which is a great convenience to both.
The 2nd Tenn. boys are in moderately good health, about 138 are in the hospital, mostly suffering from rheumatism caused from bad sleeping quarters. Among the number are only 3 Henry County boys, one of them being Sam Howard who had been there for 3 weeks. I went over to see him but was not allowed to go in.
Some of the boys are circulating a petition asking the President to remember them when the time comes to mustering our troops, but the officers are very anxious to go to Cuba ... some of the Southern Isles. I hear some of them gave up positions ..... over $25 or $30 per ....... offices paying from $115 .... per month which is paid to .... officers by the government.
..... have always been willing to go to .... Cuba to fight for our welfare, but if peace is declared I don't care to take the chances of injuring my health and possibly losing my life doing garrison duty in that country for $15.60 a month.
I notice in the Washington Post the names of the troops which are to be sent to Cuba about October 1st, among them is the 2d Tenn., which a great many of us regretted to see, but possibly this order may be changed as some of the war arrangements are changed nearly every day.
Everybody in this section of country seem to be in good circumstances having up to date conveniences around them.
Much Success to you and your valuable paper.Harvey A. Atkins, Co. I, 2d Tenn. Regt. Vols.
ATKINS, H. A.
Spouse: SMITH, LULA Marriage Date: 22 Mar 1894
County: Henry State: TN
(Phil McNamara's grandfather above)
posted by Kathleen Caprio Albaum McNamara