--Gen. Joseph J. Bartlett of Washington, D.C., formerly of Binghamton, N.Y., died yesterday at Baltimore. Gen. Bartlett left Binghamton at the outbreak of the civil war as Captain in the Twenty- seventh Regiment, and by distinguished service in the field rose to the rank of Major General. He was United States Minister to Sweden under President Johnson, and held the office of Deputy Commissioner of Pensions under the Cleveland Administration. The funeral will take place Monday at Washington and the interment will be in Arlington Cemetery.
"FIGHTING JOE' BARTLETT. A dispatch from Washington announces the death last Saturday of Gen. Joseph J. Bartlett. It has surprised us that the Wash- ington newpapers and correspondents have not furnished stories of his career, which was sufficiently romantic to have been well worth writing. Besides his War record, which was as brilliant as that of any surviving officer of his rank, he had a part in making the recent history of Samoa and, we believe, his adventures in the islands first attracted international attention to them. If we are nor mistaken, he was that "American adventurer" referred to by Robert Louis Stevenson in his book, "A Footnote to History," who tried to teach the Samoans how to fight. At any rate, he was in Samoa some time in the '70's and he did try to make it a military power. Or, perhaps, it would be nearer the truth to say that he found the Samoans, as others have since found them, full of martial ardor, al- ways trying to fight, but turning war into a farce because they knew so little about it. He kindly volunteered instruction in the profession which he had learned in his own country. He organized King Malietoa's soldiers, drilled them and tried to enforce a little discipline among them. He was not very well satisfied with the results. He wrote home that with a dozen of his old boys in blue he could whip all the Samoans in the South Seas. His instructions, however, probably had more affect than he could him- self see. At least, a few years later the Samoans had progressed far enough in the art of war to be able to defeat a German force of respectable size. Gen. Bartlett's "interference" excited the Germans and English who had large interests on the islands and complaints were made to the United States Government. As he was there in some official capacity, he was called home, and the project, if he ever enter- tained it, of making Samoa the great mili- tary power of the South Seas and himself its dictator and general, ended. An incident has been told of Gen. Bart- lett's War life which is worth repeating. He entered the army as major in the 27th New-York Volunteers, of which Gen. Slocum was Colonel. After the battle of Bull Run he was promoted to a colonelcy. As the War progressed he won an excellent reputa- tion for bravery and, like Gen. Hooker, be- came known among his men as "Fighting Joe." His fame soon became recognized not only in the Union Army but among the Rebels, and Col. Bartlett was looked upon as an officer whom it would be very desirable to capture. While stationed in advanced post in Virginia, some Rebel officers laid a careful plot to take him by a night sur- prise. A detachment of dismounted cavalry was sent against his camp. The pickets werecaptured before they had time to give an alarm. The Colonel's tent was in the outskirts of the camp nearest the picket- line. The first warning of the approach of the enemy was given by his personal sentry. Col. Bartlett sprang from his cot without stopping to dress, but, instead of running away, planted himself in front of the advancing line and began snapping his pistol, at the same time ordering his aide to rouse the camp. The audacity of a single man standing in his shirt opposing a detach- ment which for all he knew might be a whole regiment caused the Rebels to stop for a moment to see what force was behind him. The halt was fatal, for it gave the Union soldiers time to come up, when the enemy hastily fled. Gen. Bartlett was in the Army from the first call for volunteers to the Grand Re- view. He commanded brigades and divisions in the 5th and 6th Army corps and was made a major general by brevet to date from August 1, 1864. During his later years he had a position in the Pension Office and, though a strong Democrat, he retained it during several Republican administrations. Up to the breaking-out of the War his home was in Binghamton.