Friday, November 21, 2014

George L. Beatty.

George L. Beatty..

Birth: August 26, 1845, Tennessee..
Death: May 5, 1934.

Burial: Live Oak Cemetery, Brady, Mc Culloch County, Texas.

Texas pioneer and Judge and Lawyer, was listed in the Texas State Gazetteer  as being a lawyer in Brady Texas (1890-1891 ).  Was a Civil War Vet.

George L. Beatty, Private, Ninth Kentucky C.S. A. Infantry, Co. A.  Enlisted November 1, 1862 at Fayetteville, Tennessee.  Captured with Captain Hones in the Indiana and Ohio raid.  Prisoner to close of the war.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Colonel John G. Chambers.

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John G. Chambers.

Birth: 1827.
Death: July 15, 1864.

Fathrt: John Chambers.

Wife: Hannah J. Wilson Chambers.
Married October 3, 1852.

Children: William S. Chambers, Charles H. Chambers.

Burial: Unknown..

Massachusetts Twenty-Third Infantry, Regimental History.

Lt. Col. Chambers was in command of the regiment.  One of the diarists records that, during this early time,  he was walking up and down behind the line, clapping his hands, and evidently enjoying the fun.

Lt. Isaac H. Edgett, his acting-adjutant, reports, "when Col. Chambers was hit, we were standing very close together, and he fell against me, forcing me down on the right knee—his body falling across my left. I laid him on the ground, and was proceeding to ascertain the nature of his wound, when he rose to his knees and said 'I guess they have fetched me this time.  Go and find Brewster (Major), and tell him to take command, but don't let anybody else know that I am hit.' He then got upon his feet and, clutching his left breast with both hands, started for the rear. I learned afterwards, that he went only a short.distance when he fell again, was picked up and carried away on a stretcher."  Even then he refused to lie down, but went away, sitting cross-legged on the stretcher, and, with compressed
lips, repressing any sign of the pain he suffered.

John G. Chambers Biography.

John G. Chambers, sou of John and Belinda (Woods) Chambers, was born at Chelsea, Mass., 15 Sept., 1828. At the age of fifteen, he went to work, at first in a printing office at Cambridge, and, after a little, in the office of the Boston Journal. In the spring of 1846 he enlisted, in Co. 'E,' Capt. Crowninshiold, of the Massachusetts Regiment, for service in Mexico, and served through the war. One of his comrades recollects him as "genial comrade and gallant, soldier."

After that war, he was at work, as compositor for the Journal, as reporter for the Atlas, or, as collecting clerk for the Courier. In the spring of 1861, he went out, with the 5th M. V. M. as 1st Lt. in Co. 'E,' and, after a time, was appointed Adjutant.

Author. The following information was put together from, The medical and surgical history of the war of the rebellion, Volume 1.,pt.2 .  I found although Colonel Chambers died of his wounds, it was the oversight of the surgeons which was the biggest cause of his death.

Lieutenant Colonel John G. Chambers, 23rd., Massachusetts Volunteers, Age 37 years was wounded near Fort Darling, on May 16, 1864, by a musket ball.  The missile shattered his watch before entering the walls of the thorax, some parts of the machinery of the watch were driven in with the projectile.  After being wounded the stretcher bearers with great difficulty, hastily carried him from the field.,

He was taken to the landing at Bermuda Hundred, where his friend Surgeon G. Derby, U. S. A., placed him on the evening of the day battle, on one of hospital transports for Fort Monroe.When he reached Fort Monroe  no wound of the stomach was suspected not for a considerable time.  His case was regarded as a cheat wound the ball first striking and disintegrating his watch and entering the chest below the left nipple.

Colonel Chambers was a man of small stature, thin and slender, active and resolve, but with greater strength of will then vigor of body

On a previous occasion at Quaker Bridge, north Carolina, July 6, 1863, he received a shell wound over the left clavicle, and although he was not severely hurt the immediate nervous depression was very marked.

On arriving at Fort Monroe Colonel Chambers entered the Chesapeake Hospital on May 18, 1864, and was put under the care of Assistant Surgeon R. Clellan U. S. A., who on June 9, 1864, extracted the ball.

June 30, 1864, a fistulous opening exists connecting the inferior oritice with the cavity of the stomach, with discharges of partially digested food.  "Orifice of entrance completely cicatrized."  Death came July 15, , 1864, from exhaustion.

From a later report.

When Colonel Chambers, who was then in command of his regiment, went into action, he had in his left breast pocket of his coat a large watch and an comb. His coat was buttoned tightly for the attack of the enemy which was resisting was made at an early hour.  When he was removed from the field, it was found that the ball by which he was wounded had struck and destroyed the watch and had broken to many pieces the iron comb.

It was supposed that the fragments of the watch and comb had been lost when his coat was first opened  An examination made by the ward surgeon failed to determine the presence of any foreign body in the chest; all detached pieces of bone were removed.  The hospital being at the time over crowed with wounded, my attention was not called to the case until June 9th..

When he was opened up it was found that many pieces of the watch was in the cavity of the stomach, after a careful  examination and washing of the cavity the wound was closed.

He was gaining his strength, the wound had closed to nearly its whole.  In early July his health began to fail.  A few days before his death being present as he swallowed some brandy, he exclaimed; "Doctor; it smarts my wound;" and upon examination, the odor of brandy was found upon the dressing.  All fluids taken into the stomach, a small portion was immediately present at the wound.  His exhaustion became more profound, and on July 15th, he died calmly of exhaustion.

The autopsy determined the fact that a prong of iron comb had escaped detection at the time of the operation; that its sharp point had become embedded in the bottom of the cavity and by its means a gastric fistula was established.

Author. You may be wondering about this talk about the stomach when he was struck in the chest.  When the ball had struck the watch the ball had flattened out and upon entering  the chest the flattened ball push everything with it, the ball traveled backwards and downwards and entered the cavity of the stomach.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Oliver W. Williams, Ohio.

Oliver W. Williams.

Birth: Unknown.
Death: Unknown.

Wife: Gertrude F. Baker Williams, ( 1842-1930 ).

Children: Hattie E. Williams.

Burial: Unknown.

Note. She is buried in Huron county, Ohio, he is not buried with her.
His wife name was found on his pension file.

Roster Twenty-Fifth Ohio Infantry.

Company G.

Oliver W. Williams, Privaet, age 20, Enlisted June 18, 1861, for 3 years.  Promoted to Hospital Steward, November 1, 1861.

Company C.

PRIVATE Oliver W. Williams, promoted to Hospital Steward : wounded at Chancellorsville ; promoted to Second and First Lieutenant ;  wounded at Honey Hill and Dec
eaux's Neck ; discharged April '26, 1865, on account of wounds.

Ohio State Records.

Oliver W. Williams, Twenty-Fifth, Ohio Infantry, Co. C.; First Lieutenant, Age 19; Enlisted June 18, 1861, for 3 years.  Promoted to Second Lieutenant from Hospital Steward May 25, 1864; First Lieutenant August 11, 1864; Wounded November 20, 1864, in battle of Honey Hill, S. C., discharged April 25, 1865.

The medical and surgical history of the war of the rebellion, Volume 2., pt.2


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Jeremiah O'Donovan

Jeremiah O'Donovan.

Birth: 1834, Ireland.
Death: Oct. 22, 1904, Chelsea, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

Parents: Mary and Daniel O'Donovan.

Burial: Catholic Mount Auburn Cemetery, Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts 20th., Infantry Co. F.


O'Donovan, Jeremiah — Priv. — Res. South Boston; 27; carpenter; enl. and must. Aug. 21. 1861; re-enlist. March 19, 1864; comm. 2d Lieut. from 1st Sergt., June 1, 1865; not must.; must. out July 16, 1865, as Sergt.

Author. Other records shows he was Promoted to Full 1st Sergeant. Promoted to Full Sergeant. Promoted to Full 2nd Lieutenant on 01 June 1865.Mustered out on 16 Jul 1865 at Washington, DC.

The medical and surgical history of the war of the rebellion, Volume 2., pt. 2.

CASE 152. Sergeant Jeremiah O' Donovan, Co. F, 20th Massachusetts, aged 27 years, was admitted into Douglas Hospital, Washington, July 18, 18(55, from the "Soldiers Rest," with a bayonet stab in the epigastric region, received the day previously while endeavoring to quell a mutiny. The wound penetrated the peritoneal cavity and was followed by acute peritonitis, which was treated by opiates and other remedies.

He recovered, and was discharged from service. The examining board for pensions at Boston reported, on February 24, 1870, that there was a small triangular-shaped cicatrix on the linea alba, five inches above the umbilicus. The applicant had recently an attack of apoplexy, and was still bemiplegic. The disability was total, yet due to other causes than the wound. The applicant's s claim for pension was rejected.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

George S. Harger

Thomas S. Harger.

Birth: Sep. 1, 1840, Granville, Hampden County, Massachusetts.
Death: Oct. 3, 1890.

Wife: Fanny D. Kingsley Harger,
Married October 18, 1865.

Children: Linus W. Harger.

Burial: Cemetery of the Maples, Canaan, Columbia County, New York.

Note.  On his pension file, his wife name was spelled; Fannie L. Kingsley.

  Massachusetts Tenth Infantry, Co. I.


Harger, George S., b. West Granville; 20, S.; farmer, Granville; April 26, '61; wd. right shoulder. Fair Oaks;wd. thigh, Spottsylvania, and captured, lying two days and nights upon the field; a prisoner in Orange Court House, Gordonsville, Trevellion Station, and Richmond, being in six different prisons before his trip down the James, Feb. 18, '65, to freedom; June 24, '65, was recaptured by Sheridan but, owing to wds., could not be removed; when he did start for liberty, it was in the arms of a stalwart comrade who carried him out bodily,clothed in rags indescribable; M. O. April 14, '65; in 1875, dealer in hay and straw. East Chatham, N. Y., apparently in excellent health; said to have been killed at Ayer by R. R. train.

The medical and surgical history of the war of the rebellion, Volume 2., pt. 2.

Corporal G. S. Harger, Co. 1, 10th Massachusetts, aged 24 years, was wounded at Spottsylvania. May 18, 1864, and made prisoner and paroled to Annapolis, where Surgeon B. A. Vanderkieft reported that the "ball entered the right buttock and passed forward, wounding the rectum, urethra, and bladder, and emerged through the upper third of the left thigh. This soldier was sent to Boston, well, April 15, 1865, for muster out.

Massachusetts Tenth Regimental History.

On May 18, 186, the Regiment suffered severe losses in the left flank movement of General Grant, and in the report of that engagement I included among the killed Corporal Harger, who was a true soldier in every respect, and a man of deep rehgious convictions. Two years after the war my doorbell rang in Northampton. I answered the bell, and was surprised to see Corporal Harger, whom I had supposed killed.

He came in and stayed with me a day or two, and his story from that time until'he got into the Union lines would fill a book. He lay there, he savs, that afternoon and nearly all the next day, till towards night he saw a Rebel with half a dozen canteens on the end of a musket thrown over his shoulder. He must have some water. He managed to raise himself and attract the Rebel's attention who came over to where he lay. He said "Oh! for God's sake give me a little water." "Give you water, you damned Yankee you killed my brother here yesterday."

He threw down the canteens, seized his musket, the right hand at the small and the left at the tail bend, and made a lunge at the Corporal as though he would run his bayonet through him. He said, "I'm not going to kill you yet; I'm going to torture you." Three separate times he went through this motion; the last time when the Corporal opened his eyes, the countenance of the Rebel had completely changed; he threw down the musket and said, "For God's sake, what am I thinking of? I may be where you are tomorrow."

He took the canteen, bathed the Corporal's brow, gave him a drink, and then got a little pine bush which he inserted in the ground to keep the sun off and said, " I will send an ambulance for you when I get into camp." The Corporal was soon taken to a camp of wounded Rebels, where lie was the only Union soldier present.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Albert Dunlap Lundy.

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Albert Dunlap Lundy.

Birth: Jul. 24, 1836
Death: Mar. 23, 1915, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.

Wife: Jane Susan Ayres Lundy (1840 - 1907).

Children: Ayers D Lundy (1861 - 1949), Frederick Kennedy Lundy (1877 - 1933), Ethelwyn Ayres Lundy Hough (1881 - 1915).

Burial: Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania 131  st., Infantry, Regimental History.

LIEUT. ALBERT D. LUNDY.

Lieut. Albert D. Lundy was born in Danville, Pa., July 24, 1836, where he resided until 1854, when he came to Williamsport to engage with the Catawissa, Williamsport & Erie Railroad, under Hon. McKiport, general superintendent. He resided in Boone and Webster counties, Iowa, from 1858 to 1861.  In 1860 he married the eldest daughter of Capt. J. J. Ayres Mrs. Lundy visited the regiment at Antietam in 1862 and witnessed the review of the army by President Lincoln. Lieutenant Luridy was detailed on staff duty at brigade headquarters soon after the battle of Fredericksburg. He rendered efficient service at the battle of Chancellorsville, which was noted in the official report of Col. P. H. AUabach, brigade commander.

He now resides in Williamsport, Pa., engaged as state agent of the Sun Insurance Office, and also as a partner in the agency of A. D. Lundy & Co. His family consists of a wife and five children, two residing, in Chicago, two in Williamsport, and one in Englewood, N. J.

History of Lycoming County Pennsylvania.

A. D. Lundy, general insurance agent and book and stationery dealer, was born in Danville, Pennsylvania, in July, 1836. His father, John Lundy, was a native of Lycoming county and of Quaker descent, and was a merchant tailor at Danville, where he located when a young man and resided until his death in 1859. He married Mercy Morrison, of French birth, who at that time resided at Blackwell's, Tioga coumty. Oar subject is the youngest of a family of seven children and was reared in Danville, where he received his education in the public schools of that place, after which he took up the study of civil engineering. 

He assisted Colonel Potts in engineering the construction of the Coal Run railroad, and also did engineering work on the Catawissa railroad. He came to Williamsport in 1854, where he was clerk for the superintendent of the Catawissa railroad for several years. In 1858 he moved to Iowa, remained there until 1861, and then returned to Williamsport, Pennsylvania. In 1860 he married Miss Jennie, daughter of J. J. Ayres, and in 1862 became a partner with Mr. Ayres in the book, stationery, and insurance business, in which he has continued successfully from that time to the present. 

In 1862 he enlisted in Company I, One Hundred and Thirty-Fiirst Pennsylvania Volunteers, and was discharged in May, 1863. He participaated in the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville, and was second lieutenant of his company under Colonel Allabach. In politics he is a Republican, is now State agent for the Sun Fire Insurance Company, and with his firm is State agent for the Pacific Life Insurance Company of California. Mr. Lundy was one of the organizers of and is a director in the Y. M. C. A. , and with his family belongs to the Presbyterian church, of which he has been elder for over twenty years. He is the father of five children: Ayres D., Cordelia Mercy; Mary B. ; Frederick K., and Ethelwyn A.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Corporal John A. Kelley, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania 103rd., Infantry, Regimental History.


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 John A. Kelley, of Company I, was not only the youngest member of his company, but no comrade of his Regiment had a better record for duty.When he enlisted, he lacked four months and thirteen days of being fifteen, and after three years, six months and twenty-seven days of continuous service, when he was honorably discharged from the service, with only ten others of his original company left, he was then only two months and fourteen days past eighteen, the minimum age required at time of enlistment. A few years before his death, Capt. William Fielding, in conversation with his brother, Frank Fielding, an attorney at law, at Clearfield, Pa., said of Corp. Kelley : "John Kelley was the youngest soldier in the company. He never shirked a duty, never asked any favors, never asked to be relieved of any duties and never missed a battle in which the company or Regiment was engaged."

Comrade Kelley received a flesh wound at battle of Fair Oaks, but did not leave the Regiment. He was promoted to Corporal August 25, 1863, when he had only passed his sixteenth year by three or four months. He re-enlisted as a Veteran, Jan. 1, 1864, and was captured with the Regiment at Plymouth. He was a prisoner of war for ten months and eleven days; was confined in Andersonville Military prison five months and a week; in Charleston, S. C, race track three weeks, and over four months at Florence. He was paroled Mar. 1, 1865, after which he received a furlough for thirty days, his only absence from the company, except as a prisoner of war, during his term of service. To this furlough he was doubly entitled, by reason of being a paroled prisoner, and by virtue of his reenlistment as a veteran. He was discharged at Harrisburg, Pa., July 13, 1865, with his company, there being only ten of the original 105 members remaining.

There are many claimants for the honor of being the youngest soldier in the Federal Army, during the Civil War. In the judgment of the writer, if Comrade Kelley is not the youngest to bear arms continuously, from 1861, until the close of the war, no other soldier of his age can, at least, surpass his record for duty well performed. Comrade Kelley was born in County Donegal, Ireland, April 29, 1847. His father was James Kelley, his mother Katherine McFadden Kelley. He came to America when a mere child. When the war broke out he was employed in a country store in the little town of Murrinsville, Butler County, Pa.

This small hamlet was then an important point for drovers and commercial men to meet farmers and people of the neighborhood. The war being the principal topic of conversation, young Kelley took a lively interest in the discussions which he heard. In Dec, 1861, when Fielding and Kiester were around recruiting, they suggested to Kelley that he enlist.Encouraged thereby, he slipped out in advance of the other recruits and enlisted at Harrisville, the next day. When he returned from the army in 1865, both his parents were dead. He took a short commercial course in Sheafer's Commercial Academy, at Pittsburgh, Pa., and in December, 1865, secured a position as commissary clerk with Charles McFadden, then a very prominent young railroad contractor, and was with him for some years.

His rise was rapid from clerk to foreman and from foreman to superintendent and afterward a partner with his employer on some of his important contracts. He has continued in the contracting business entirely, ever since the close of the war and has been connected with some of the largest contracts in the East, with very successful results, in consequence of which he has amassed a comfortable fortune. He is looked upon by his business associates, as one of the best equipped all around contractors about Philadelphia.

Comrade Kelley was married in February, 1876, to Katherine M. Sweazey, who was born in hunterdon County, N. J. ; father Elias Sweazey, mother Charlotte Sweazey, nee Smith. Of this union there were four children, viz.; Agnes M.. now Mrs. Pedro M. Auza, of Santiago de Cuba ; Katherine Fabiana now Mrs. Geoige A. Bohem, John A. Jr., Charles L., Philadelphia.

His first wife died January, 1884. He was married again on November 23, 1886, to Martha Ambrosia McGevern, born at Port Clinton, Pa. ; father Edward McGevern, mother Mary McGevern, nee Keane. Of this union there were seven children, five of whom are living: Mary Martha, James (deceased), Francis A. (deceased), Joseph Francis, Helen Mary, Edwin J., Margaret.

Comrade Kelley is now one of the substantial citizens of Philadelphia, and is still actively engaged in railroad building and in the execution of large building contracts. When a youth, for the three years preceding his enlistment into the army, he served as an altar boy (acolyte) at St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church at Murrinsville, Butler County, Penna. In his Company were many members of the same faith, who died while confined in Andersonville prison, and young Kelley, zealous in the teachings inculcated in him in his youth, was active in seeing the last rites of the Church were given his dying comrades by seeking the faithful servant of the church who daily ministered to the suffering and dying in Andersonville prison.

In his days of prosperity Comrade Kelley has been faithful to his religious vows. For twenty-five years he has been a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, of Philadelphia. The object of this society, which was organized in 1769, is for the relief of immigrants from Ireland. He has also been a member of the Catholic Club of Philadelphia for twenty years, and a life member of the American Catholic Historical Society for the same length of time.