Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Samuel T. Craig, Iowa.

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Samuel Thomas Craig

Birth: Mar. 22, 1835.
Death: Mar. 17, 1902.

Parents: Thomas Craig (1803 - 1882), Mary Elizabeth Welsh Craig (1811 - 1903).

Wife: Helen Blanche Higgins Craig (1849 - 1925).

Children: Charles Craig (1875 - 1879).

Burial: Oakview Cemetery, Albia, Monroe County, Iowa.

Iowa First Cavalry, Regimental History.
Samuel T. Craig was born March 22d, 1835, in Corydon, Harrison county, Indiana. His parents, Dr. Thomas and Mary E. Craig, emigrated to Waveland, Montgomery county, Indiana, while he was a mere child, where he received a common school education and learned the carriage making trade with N. Glover. He emigrated with his parents to Albia, Monroe county, Iowa, in the spring of 1855, being in his twentieth year. He manufactured the first buggy made in Monroe county, Iowa.

In the spring of 1858 he and his brother David traveled overland in an open buggy to St. Paul, Minnesota, there being no railroad west of the Mississippi river except a short line from Burlington to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and the city of Minneapolis was but a village.

He was one of the unfortunate gold hunters during the Pike s Peak excitement in 1859-60. He returned home to Albia, Iowa, in the fall of 1860, with a view of returning to the gold fields early in the spring of 1861. The late war of the rebellion of 61, and the call of President Lincoln for Volunteers to defend the National flag, changed his base of action, and at the fall of Fort Sumter declared his intentions to defend the Government.

He enlisted as private of Company H, First Iowa Cavalry Volunteers, June 13th, 1861. Was promoted after about two years 1 service to orderly sergeant, thence to Second Lieutenant, thence to First Lieutenant all in same company and regiment.

He served on staff of Colonel J. M. Glover, commanding Second Brigade Cavalry Division, for nearly a year. Was first in the city at the capture of Little Rock, Arkansas, and captured several prisoners. Served on staffs of General Cyrus Bussey, Carr and Davidson, at Little Hock, Arkansas, and on staffs of Generals E. D. Osband and B. S. Roberts, commanding cavalry division at Memphis, Tennessee. Participated in nearly all the engagements with the enemy west of the Mississippi river, including Prairie Grove, Van Buren, Little Rock, Prairie DeAnue, Poison Springs, Camden, near Marks Mill, Saline River, et al. Was mustered out of service while under the command of General Custer, at Austin, Texas, February 15th, 1866 having served four years, eight months and three days.

He cast his first vote for John C. Fremont, republican candidate for President ; also voted for Lincoln and Grant twice, Hayes, Garfield. Blaine and Harrison for same office. Was a consistent republican as well as a prohibitionist. Was elected county auditor on the republican ticket in 1869, 71, 73 and 75, four consecutive terms, serving eight years. He has since been engaged in the mercantile business at Albia, Iowa. Married May 17th, 1870, to Miss Helen B. Higgins, from Chardron, Ohio, and had sons, Samuel T. and Charles H., and daughters, Helen and Laura, and are members of the Christian Church.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

George Love, Tennessee.

Second Tennessee C. S. A. Cavalry, Regiment al History.

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George Love, son of James F. and Maria Love, was born October i8th, 1835, in Sumner County, Tennessee, five miles north of Gallatin. He was raised on the farm, and educated at the Wallace School- house, near his father's residence.

When about eighteen years old he commenced business as a clerk for William Moore, who kept a family grocery at Gallatin. After clerking for Mr. Moore for about two years, he was next a clerk in Parker & Holder's dry goods house for about three years. He went from Gallatin to Nashville in 1858, and did business there for John Ramage & Son {boot and shoe business) until the breaking out of the late war.

George Love entered the Confederate service as Second Lieutenant in Captain H. B. Boude"s company, which, on the 19th of October, 1 86 1, became Company A of the Seventh Battalion of Tennessee Cavalry. He served as second lieutenant under Captain Boude  until after the battle of Shiloh.

Near Fulton, Mississippi, on the 12th of June, 1862, Boude's and Tyree's companies were consolidated, and William T. Rickman was made captain, and the subject of this sketch was made first lieutenant of this consolidated company, which, at the same time and place, became Company D of the Second Tennessee Cavalry.

After passing through many hard-fought battles, always doing his full duty. Lieutenant Love fell, mortally wounded, while so daringly breasting the missiles of death at Fort Pillow on the 12th of April, 1864. Being rather retiring and unassuming, though generous, kind, and obliging, he had won many friends, and, therefore, he was much missed and greatly lamented, not only by his own company, but all of the regiment.

I take the following from the Manuscript Notes of Colonel Barteau:

"A singular instance of a premonition of death occurred in the case of Lieutenant Love. As an officer, he was popular with his men, and always calm and fearless at the post of duty. Li the morning he called several of his company around him and told them, in a quiet manner, that he should be killed that day. He gave directions for the disposal, among the command, of his horse and little posses sions, arranged for the payment of his small debts, and wrote a farewell letter to his orphan sister, living at Gallatin, Tennessee. 

"He led his company on, and at eleven o'clock was laid low by a canister shot from one of the enemy's guns. We buried him the next morning. His memory lives in the hearts of all his surviving comrades, and the regiment could boast of no braver soldier or better man."

Alonzo B. Searing, New Jersey.

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Alonzo Bryant Searing.

Birth: Jun. 26, 1844, Mill Brook, Morris County, New Jersey.
Death: Jun. 14, 1932, Dover, Morris County, New Jersey.

Parents: Samuel Johnson Searing (1809 - 1890), Elizabeth C. Bryant Searing (1810 - 1895).

Burial: Millbrook Methodist Cemetery, Randolph, Morris County, New Jersey.

New Jersey Eleventh Infantry, Regimental History.

Page 360, Alonzo B. Searing enlisted in Company E, Eleventh New Jersey Volunteers, August 18th, 1862, and was, at the time of his entrance into the service, eighteen years of age. He was with the regiment during its entire term of service, being present at its muster-out, June 6th, 1865. Searing, like many others in the regiment, became a soldier when quite young, and the effective fighting element of the army was composed of just such men, the great bulk of them serving in the three-years volunteers of 1861 and 1862. At Gettysburg the two men on his immediate right were mortally wounded, while he escaped with a slight ankle wound. Searing was a faithful, brave and efficient soldier. Since the close of the war he has served five years in the National Guard of New Jersey. He now resides at Dover, New Jersey.

Page 69, A soldier sometimes has a premonition of coming death. Such was the case with Sergeant Daniel Bender, of Company H. Just previous to the battle, in a conversation with A. B. Searing, of
Company E, he said that he had a presentiment that he would not live to see the end of the coming battle. His presentiment proved too true, for a bullet, passing through the visor of his cap, pierced his brain.

One year afterward, when bivouacking upon the battle-field of Chancellorsville, just before the battle of the Wilderness, among many ghastly relics picked up was a skull, the cap still upon it, and upon the visor was stamped " D. Bender, Co. H, 11th N. J. Vols." A. B. Searing, of Company E, cut the visor off and brought it home with him.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Henry Edwin Hayes

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Henry Edwin Hayes.

Birth: 1840.
Death: Unknown.

Father; Jhon "John" S. Hayes., ( 1814-1901 ).
Mother: Julia Short Hayes, ( 1819-1880 ).

Brother and Sisters: Albert W., William, Luther P., Lucy I., Ann E., Cordelia A., Cordelia L., Mary F., and Eva A. Hayes

Wife: Abbie C. Hayes.

Children: Non recorded.

Burial: Unknown.

New York Tenth Cavalry Regimental History.

Henry Edwin Hayes was born in Livingston County, New York, in 1840. Three years afterward his parents removed to Cortland County, where he resided until his enlistment, in August, 1861. At this time he was attending school at Cincinnatus Academy, and had but one more term to complete the graduating course. He was the first among the students of this institution to offer his services to the country, after the call for volunteers following the first Bull Bun disaster. A short time after arriving at the Elmira rendezvous he was appointed acting adjutant by Colonel Lemmon.

This position he held for a few days, and then returned to Cortland County on recruiting service, preparatory to receiving a commission. On arriving at Elmira with his second installment of recruits, he found the Regiment fully organized and officered, and himself assigned to a position as quartermaster-sergeant on the non-commissioned staff. This position he held until the battalion organization was discontinued. In June, 1863, he was commissioned first lieutenant in Company I. Although not possessing a rugged constitution, he participated in all the engagements, marches, and duties of the Regiment up to the time of his illness, and the loss of an eye, in May, 1864, which resulted in his discharge for disability in the following August. In the spring of 1865 he went West, and took up the profession of teaching. In 1869 he received a tempting offer from a New York publishing house, which he accepted, and returned to the East. He has been connected with the old and extensive publishing house of D. Appleton & Co. since 1873, and is now manager of their educational department.

New York State Records.

HAYES, HENRY E.—Age, 21 years. Enlisted, August 31, 1861, at McGrawville; mustered in as sergeant, Co. A, September 27, 1861, to serve three years; appointed battalion quartermaster sergeant, November 25,1861; company quarter-master sergeant, June 24,1862; first sergeant, 1862; wounded at Middleburg, Va., June 19, 1863; mustered in as second lieutenant, Co. I, to date June 19, 1863; resigned, August 1, 1864, per Special Order No. 256, Adjutant General's Office. Commissioned second lieutenant, July 27, 1868, with rank from June 19, 1863, vice Boyd, killed; First lieutenant, June 14, 1864, with rank from May 25, 1864.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Milford N. Bullock, New York..

New York Thirty-Fourth, Infantry, Regimental History.
Battle of Antietam.
Milford N. Bullock, of Company K, was found dead on the field after the battle. The position in which he was lying indicated the painful circumstances of his death. He was lying on his back, his rifle by his side. The ramrod of his gun was in his hand, the lower end against the trigger of the gun, and the muzzle of the gun at his head. It appeared at the time that the wound he had received had not been sufficient to cause instant death ; but, being in mortal agony, he had contrived to end his sufferings by taking his own life. He had placed the gun by his side, the muzzle at his head, and by means of the ramrod had succeeded in discharging it.

The circumstances were all so painful, that his comrades, at the suggestion of Captain Northup, agreed that they would not mention them in their letters home. But now, after forty years, there is no harm in referring to them. Young Bullock was from Stratford, Herkimer County, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. His courage, his fidelity to duty were always unquestioned. His grave is not at home among his kindred, but far away, like that of so many others. He sleeps among the many unknown dead, in the great National cemetery at Antietam ; but we have never walked down those beautiful shaded aisles without feeling that we were again very near to our beloved comrade of those far-off days.

New York Stat Records.

BULLOCK, MILFORD N — Age, 19 years. Enlisted, May 1,1861, at Stratford, to serve two years; mustered in as private, Co.K, June 15, 1861; killed, September 17, 1862, at Antietam, Md.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Jesse Benson, New York.

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Jesse Benson.

Birth: Jun. 18, 1839
Death: Feb. 1, 1916.

Wife: Mary Jenkins Benson (1844 - 1893).

Children: Daniel J. Benson (1869 - 1869).

Burial: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, West Shelby, Orleans County, New York.

New York 151st., Infantry Co. A.

BENSON, JESSE Born June I8, 1839, at Boyalton, N. Y.: son of ; Judson and Roxena Benson ; farmer and teacher. Unlisted August 13, 1862, at Ridgeway, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. A, October 22, 1862; was the first man  of the regiment to be wounded in line of battle. He was taken to the field hospital at Mine Run, whore his right arm was amputated, and later carried to a log house and placed upon a bedstead with only the cord for a mattress. The following day was placed in an ambulance, remaining there five days. Was two nights on the ground and one day in a ear on his way to the hospital in Alexandria, Va.. where he was discharged for disability, February 8, 1864. Married Mary Jenkins, November 1864; has two sons.

Mr. Benson's pursuits have been teaching and farming, he resides in Shelby, N. Y., where he has held offices of Justice of the peace, excise commissioner, Collector of taxes, three terms, and U. S. Census Enumerator, three terms.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Christian & Simon Streit, Connecticut.

Regimental History of the Ninth Connecticut Infantry.
Christian Streit.
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STREIT, LIEUT. CHRISTIAN, born in Germany, May 21, 1822; served in the German army; came to the United States, and finally settled in New Haven. He was an accomplished musician, was a member of the New Haven City Band and of other organizations of the kind. He served with the Second Connecticut regiment early in the war, and when that regiment's period of service had expired, he organized a band for the Ninth regiment. He enlisted in the Ninth as leader of the band, Sept. 14, 1861, and was mustered Oct. 4. He was promoted to be second lieutenant of Company F, July 3, 1864, and was transferred to Company B, of the Ninth battalion, Oct. 12, that year. He was mustered out Aug. 3, 1865. Lieut. Streit died Nov. 12, 1880, leaving a wife and seven children.

His brother, Simon Streit, also served with the band of the Ninth, being honorably discharged Sept. 17, 1862. He reenlisted as a private of Company B., June, 1864, was promoted to corporal that month, and was transferred to Company A, Ninth battalion Oct. 12, 1864. He was mustered out Aug. 3, 1865. After the war, Simon enlisted, Aug., 1866, in the regular army and was assigned to Company K, Seventeenth U. S. Infantry, which became, in Dec, 1866, Company K, of the Twenty-sixth infantry. He was appointed principal musician of the regiment, Feb. 1, 1869, was transferred to the non-commissioned staff of the Tenth U. S. Infantry, March 3, 1869, and was honorably discharged Aug. 18, that year. He is now a member of the New Haven police force.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Alvin H. Graff, New Jesery.

I was unable to find any personal information on him, but I know some one is looking into this line. I hope this information well help.

Fourth New Jersey, National Guard Infantry, Spanish American War.

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Alvin H. Graff, Captain. Residence, Jersey City, N. J.

Enrolled at Jersey City, N. J., May 2. 1898, by Colonel E. A. Campbell.

Mustered in at Sea Sirt. N. J., May 14, 1898, by Captain W. C. Buttler, U. S. A.

Enrolled as Regimental Adjutant 1st N. J. V. I., May 2. 1898.

Appointed acting Assistant Adjutant General 1st Brigade, 1st Division 2nd Army Corps, per G. O. No. 2, Headquarters 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps, dated May 23, 1898. Relieved June 6, 1898, by assignment of Captain Miller as Assistant Adjutant General.

Mustered out November 9, 1898.

Mustered in as 1st Lieutenant 4th N. J. V. I., November 10. 1898, and assigned to Company " D."

Detailed as Acting Adjutant 4th N. J. V. I., per S. O. No. 77- dated Novemser 23, 1898.

On special duty at Athens, Ga., January 9 to 17, 1899.

Relieved as Acting Regimental Adjutant per S. O. No. 21, Headquarters 4th N. J. V. I., dated February 1, 1899.

Mustered out to accept promotion February 5, 1899.

Mustered in as Captain Company " M" 4th N. J. V. I., February 6, 1899, and assumed command same day.

$5.83 to be deducted on this roll.