BRIG. GEN. OLMSTED, SOLDIER-PRIEST, DIES Raised the First Company of New York Volunteers for the Civil War. FOUGHT IN MANY BATTLES At the Close of the War Was Indians' Phy- sician--Took Orders Eight Years Ago--Dies of Paralysis. Brig. Gen. William Adams Olmsted, who took holy orders some eight years ago, and who until recently had been Chaplain of St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Fifty-first Street, near Ninth Avenue, died of paraly- sis at St. Vincent's Hospital yesterday, at the age of 75 years. In January his right side became paralyzed. He had been in an almost unconscious state since. The funeral will be held from St. Am- brose's Church, Fifty-fourth Street and Tenth Avenue, on Thursday morning, and it is expected that the interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. He was born in Albany on Christmas Day, 1834, and received the degree of M. D. at Howard University, Washington, D. C. At the commencement of the civil war, in 1861, he raised the first com- pany of volunteers in New York State. The company had 170 men. He was made Captain for his services. After the battle of Big Bethel, Va., in which Capt. Olmsted fought, he was pro- moted to be a Lieutenant Colonel. He was at the battles of Seven Pines, Fair Oaks, Oak Grove, Savage Station, and Glendale. At Malvern Hill in 1862 he was brevetted for gallant and meritorious service. In 1863 he was ordered to Elmira, N. Y., to raise a regiment, which became the 189th New York Volunteers. He was then transferred to the command of the First Brigade, Second Division, Second Army Corps, and retained the command up un- til the disbandment of the army. Eight or nine years ago he took holy orders at Notre Dame University, Indi- ana. Before that he was a physician among Indians. The only relative Gen. Olmsted leaves is a grandnephew, Dr. William H. Has- kin, of 42 East Forty-first Street.
To The Editor of the New York Times: In your interesting notice of the late Col. and Brevet Brig. Gen. William A. Olmsted, whose funeral will take place to-morrow, the fact is omitted that Gen. Olmsted succeeded Col. Rugg in command of the Fifty-ninth New York Volunteers toward the close of the civil war, but in time to do hard and faithful service. In conversation about a year ago Gen. Olmsted also told the writer that after the war he was for some time in the forts on the upper Missouri in a medical capacity. There the General met the friendly Sioux chief, Two Bear, whom I also knew, and who did much to counteract the influence of Sitting Bull; then, in the later sixties, winning his way to leadership of the hostiles, Gen. Olm- sted took deep interest in the veterans of the Fifty-ninth New York. He was a soldier "without fear and without reproach," and no doubt equally true as a minister of God. HENRY MANN. New York, March 10, 1909.