J Edmond Blake (Lieut. 6th Infantry) to C. A. Harris,
Mount Vernon Arsenal, Alabama, July 31, 1837
I have the melancholy duty to perform of reporting the death of M. W. Batman late Capt. 6th Regt. Inf. He died this morning at the Post most suddenly and unexpectedly. He rose and after shaving himself proceeded to the Bath house. When discovered there he was stretched upon the floor having been seized with an apoplexic fit, and it is presumed had been in that situation from ½ to ¾ of an hour before he was discovered. The surgeon of the Post (Dr. Runstall) was immediately sent for and every means of restoring Capt Batman resorted to, without unfortunately success. He died at ½ past 10 o’clock this morning, about three hours after the commencement of the attack. In the death of Capt. Batman, the Army has lost a most efficient officer, and the Indian Department, a most zealous, indefatigable, and trust-worthy agent.
His death was immediately reported to Capt. Page at Pass Christian.
I am Sir, With the greatest respect
Your obdt [obedient] ser[vant]
J Edmd Blake
Lieut. 6th Inf.
C. A. Harris, Esq.
Commissioner Indian Affairs,
Source: National Archives Microfilm, M 234, Roll 237, RG 75. Transcribed by Carolyn Kent