GEN. BARNUM IS DEAD DISTINGUISHED VETERAN A VICTIM OF PNEUMONIA. He Had Been Ill Only Since Satur- day, but Medical Still Could Not Save Him--His Local History. NEW YORK, Jan.29.--General Henry A. Barnum, Port Warden of this city and one of the most distinguished veterans of the late war, who had been ill with pneumonia, died at three minutes past 10 o'clock this morn- ing. The General passed away quietly. No arrangements have as yet been made for his funeral, but the interment will take place in Syracuse. The General caught a severe cold on Satur- day. It developed into pneumonia, and Drs. Carlton, Loomis and Shrady thought they could pull him through despite his age of 59 years. The condition of the old soldier changed for the worse shortly after mid- night, and all hopes were abandoned when day dawned. -------------- Henry A. Barnum was born in Jamesville, Onondaga county, N.Y., September 24, 1833, and consequently was in his 59th year at the time of his death. He came to Syracuse in his boyhood and was educated in the com- mon schools. He was a pupil of the late Prof. A.G. Salisbury, and between teacher and pupil a close, life-long friendship existed. He was for several years a school teacher, then studied law and was admitted to the bar, but never practiced his profession. At the breaking out of the civil war he engaged vigorously in the raising of troops in Onon- daga county; enlisted as a private in the Twelfth New York volunteers, which was one of the earliest regiments organized in this State; was chosen captain of Company "I" and went to the front with his regiment, which was the first body of troops under fire at Blackburn's ford, Va., in the fighting pre- liminary to the first battle of Bull Run. He was promoted to be Major October 25, 1861, and for a time served on Gen. James S. Wads- worth's staff, later rejoining his regiment and serving through McClellan's peninsula campaign. The old Twelfth was engaged in the siege of Yorktown, in the battles of Han- over C.H., Gaines Mill, Savage Station, White Oak Swamp and Malvern Hill. At the last named battle, while serving on General Butterfield's staff, he was very severely wounded, a bullet passing through his left hip, inflicting a wound from which he never fully recovered. At the time the injury was supposed to ne mortal, and at the Colonel's own request the American flag was wrapped about his person, and his body was abandoned and fell into the hands of the enemy. He was taken to Libby prison, where he remained till exchanged July 18, 1862. Intelligence reached his friends here that he had died on the field of Malvern Hill, and the event was the subject of commenorative exercises. Major Barnum was on leave till the following December. In the meantime, during his stay at home here, the 149th N.Y. Vols., was recruited in Onondaga county, and on Sep.- tember 18, 1862, this regiment was mustered in, with Barnum as its colonel. In January, 1863, he joined the regiment at Fairfax, Va., and his presence was highly inspiring to the officers and members of his com- mand, who at the time were greatly de- pressed. He raised the regiment to a high state of discipline and efficiency. In April following, by reason of his wounds, he was granted leave of absence and came to Al- bany for treatment under Dr. March. On June 30th Col. Barnum rejoined the regiment at Edward's Ferry, Md., when it was on its way to Gettysburg, and personal- ly led it to that field, riding his horse, sitting woman fashion, with one leg thrown over the pommel of his saddle on account of his wound. The march was a hard one, but he was able to retain command part of the time at the Gettysburg battle. At Ellis- ford, Va., Aug. 6, 1863, Col. Barnum was compelled a second time to leave the regiment, and went to Washington for treat- ment. He again joined the regiment at Wau- hatchie November 30, 1863, and received a flesh wound in the right forearm while leading a famous charge of his regi- ment on Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, November 24, 1863. At this battle the 149th captured eleven battle flags. On December 23, by order of General Thomas, in recognition of the gallantry of his regi- ment, Colonel Barnum was detailed to con- vey the captured flags taken by this and other regiments to Washington, for deposit in the War department. By permission, he was allowed to go by way of Sandusky, Syracuse and Albany, and at these palces he met with enthusiastic public receptions in honor of his recognized bravery and the significance of the captured trophies in his custody.