Tuesday, July 29, 2014

First State Missouri Militia Cavalry.

Numbers 17. Report of Colonel James McFerran, First Missouri State Militia Cavalry.
WARRENSBURG, MO., November 7, 1864.

GENERAL: I have the honor to report that pursuant to your orders I marched with my command of five companies, on the 25th day of September last, from camp on the Sni, eight miles southwest of Lexington, leaving Company M at that place, and arrived at Sedalia on the 26th, where I was joined by Major Mullins' battalion and Company K, and remained until the 29th and marched for Jefferson City, arriving there on the 1st day of October, when I was joined by Company B and remained until the 2nd, and then marched to Mike Clark's Ford, on the Osage, with 200 men to guard that and other fords against the advance of Price's army. No enemy appearing I was ordered back to Jefferson City on the 5th, and at 5 a. m. on the 7th took position with my regiment in the rifle-pits on the extreme left of the defenses of the city and remained there during the fight and until Price's army had passed.

On the 8th I joined other troops in the rear of Price's army, and on the evening of the 9th was present at the fight with his rear guard at California. On the 10th marched by way of Tipton and camped ten miles south of Boonville. On the 11th, by order of General Sanborn, I was sent with my regiment to reconnoiter the Boonville and Georgetown road to ascertain whether the enemy had moved west from Boonville or not. Found the road strongly picketed by the enemy and drove the pickets in; shortly afterward two squadrons, under the command of Major Mullins, charged a party of the enemy numbering about 100 who were marching on the road toward Boonville and dispersed them.

No casualties on our side; loss of the enemy not ascertained. After an examination of the road, and exhausting all sources of information, I became fully satisfied that no portion of the rebel army had moved west, and immediately sent a dispatch to General Sanborn to that effect and returned the same night to General Sanborn's camp, having raveled about twenty miles and completed the reconnaissance as directed. On the 12th marched to California after subsistence, and on the 13th returned to the Georgetown road and encamped about fifteen miles southwest of Boonville, Price's army in the meantime having moved to Saline County. On the 14th the command marched by way of Georgetown and encamped about eighteen miles west of Sedalia on the Lexington road.

On the 15th marched to the vicinity of Cook's Store, in La Fayette County, and camped. On the 16th I was ordered by General Sanborn, with my regiment, to reconnoiter in the direction of Waverly, and if necessary visit that place to ascertain the position and movements of the enemy. I marched my regiment to the vicinity of Waverly and obtained the desired information. The sun was setting when we turned toward camp, twenty miles distant. Price's army, 20,000 strong, lay in and below Waverly. What seemed to be a large cloud of dust to the east and passing to our rear admonished us that the enemy was making an effort to cut off our return. The darkness of the night favored us, and by taking a more westerly route than we had traveled in the day we escaped this force and also that commanded by Jeff. Thompson, who, returning from Sedalia laden with spoil, placed his men, 2,000 strong, in ambush on the road we had passed over in the morning to intercept our return.

On the 17th marched to Fisher's Creek, in Pettis County, and camped and remained there until the 19th, when we marched to Boonville, in Saline County. Here you assumed command of the First Brigade, of which my regiment formed a part, which from the time of leaving Jefferson City had, by order of General Sanborn, been under the command of Colonel John F. Philips, Seventh Cavalry Missouri State Militia. On the 20th we marched to Lewis' plantation, in La Fayette County. On the 21st marched to the Sni, eight miles southwest of Lexington. On the 22nd marched to Independence, arriving there in the afternoon; I was immediately ordered to the front with my regiment at a gallop and to advance upon the enemy on the Kansas City road.

After moving about half a mile from the town my advance was fired upon; my regiment was then dismounted, and all, except one company held in reserve, advanced against the enemy. It soon became apparent that the enemy in large force was posted in the timber that skirts the southwest portion of the town and held the fences and hedge in front of his position, and were attempting to flank my regiment on the right and left. This made it necessary to extend my lines to near three quarters of a mile in length. I now discovered that the enemy was increasing his forces and that my regiment was in imminent danger of being overpowered and cut to pieces.

I immediately sent messengers to you with the information, and about this time I sent forward the company held in reserve to support the left in peril. After considerable delay, for which you were not responsible, I sent other messengers to you, and still others, in relation to our condition. After near one hour the Fourth Missouri State Militia appeared upon the ground, and shortly afterward a battalion of the Seventh Missouri State Militia, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Crittenden, who, assigned by Neill's battalion, gallantly charged the enemy and drove him from his positions.

As these respective commands arrived I sent them to the left, just in time to prevent disaster, and where up to this moment my gallant men, under the command of the heroic Neill, had maintained the protracted and unequal contest, while Mullins and Burris with their brave battalions held the overpowering force at bay on the right and in the center. In the meantime the enemy placed several pieces of artillery in position and were shelling my men furiously over the entire field. Shortly afterward you arrived with two pieces of artillery and opened upon the enemy, and about the same time the remainder of the Seventh Missouri State Militia, under the command of Colonel Philips, also arrived and supported the artillery. During all this time the town of Independence was occupied in force by Federal soldiers, well supplied with artillery, and yet for near one hour my regiment wit forlorn hope battled against fearful odds, perhaps ten times their numbers.

The fight continued until sunset, when the enemy retreated toward the Blue, pursued by my regiment, assisting the advance of Colonel Winslow's brigade, and continued to press his rear in the darkness of the night, encountering at short intervals heavy volleys of musketry from the almost concealed enemy, who slowly and stubbornly retreated. My men having traveled forty miles, and been engaged with the enemy since about 3 p. m., withdrew from the contest, and pursuant to orders remounted and moved forward with the brigade.

The column continued to advance, Colonel Winslow's brigade being in the front; a few volleys more and the column halted at about 10 p. m., the conflict ending for the night. My men lay upon the road during the remainder of the night, holding their horses, both having been without food since the night previous, and suffering for water. About sunrise in the morning, and before any orders, were received to move, I was relieved of the command of my regiment by orders of Major-General Pleasonton, with out any cause being given. It is but justice in this connection to say that the regiment during the campaign, while under my command, nobly did its duty, and at the battle of Independence behaved with distinguished gallantry.

The casualties in the campaign, while under my command, are as follows: In action October 6, 1864, on the Osage, below Jefferson City, 

Private Wright J. Hill, Company D, killed.  Enlister August 19, 1863, age 18, mustered in October 5, 1863.

Private Samuel Howard, Company D, mortally wounded.  Enlisted February 15, 1862, age 29, mustered in February 19, 1862.

Sergt. James C. Triplett, Company D, slightly wounded.  Enlisted February 15, 1862, age 45, mustered in February 19, 1862, discharged for disability August 14, 1862.

Private Warren Mitchell, Company D, severely wounded. Enlisted January 15, 1864, age 26, mustered in March 23, 1864.

Private George Tyler, Company H, killed.  Enlisted March 29, 1864, age 26, mustered in March 31, 1862.  Buried Jefferson City, National Cemetery.

Private John Harvey, Company H, mortally wounded.  Enlisted January 10, 1862, age 18, mustered in March 8, 1862.

Private Jacob Evans, Company H, mortally wounded.  Enlisted May 4, 1863, age 23, mustered in October 4, 1863.  Died October 13, 1864, from wounds received at Jefferson City.  Buried Jefferson City, National Cemetery.

Private William Collier, Company H, mortally wounded.  In action on the move west of Jefferson City, October 8, 1864.  Enlisted May 8, 1863, age21, mustered in October 4, 1863.  Buried Jefferson City, National Cemetery.

Sergt. William L. Powell, Company A, slightly wounded.  At Sedalia, Mo., October 15, 1864. 
Enlisted February 3, 1863, age 25, mustered in 8, 1863.

George Sparks, private, Company D, killed.  At Georgetown, Mo., October 14, 1864.  Enlisted February 24, 1862, age 20, mustered in March 22, 1862.

Lieutenant Triplett, Company D, was severely wounded by pistol-shot, accidentally. In action at Independence, October 22, 1864. 

First Lieutenant John D. Mullins, Company F, mortally wounded.  Enlisted March 3, 1862, age 31, mustered in March 12, 1862.

Private William H. Royston, Company A, severely wounded.  Enlisted January 22, 1862, age 21, mustered in February 3, 1863.

Private Richard Owings, Company G, severely wounded. No record found.

Corpl. James C. Wood, Company K, slightly wounded.   Enlisted April 1, 1862, age ?, mustered in April 8, 1862.  Mustered out April 7, 1865.

In relation to the action on the Osage, below Jefferson City, October 6, 1864, you are respectfully referred to Major Mullins' official report, a copy of which is forwarded herewith, marked A.

The los sustained by the enemy in the several engagements is not known, but must have been severe.

At Independence Colonel Young was mortally wounded and Captain Davidson severely wounded, both of the C. S. Army, fell into our hands as prisoners of war.

All of which is respectfully submitted.
JAMES MCFERRAN, Colonel First Cavalry Missouri State Militia.

Monday, July 28, 2014

George R. Duncan, Kansas.

Here is a sad but interesting story from my book web site about Oakland Kansas.
June 20, 1895
Boy Drowned At Oakland:
George R. Duncan of North Topeka Goes Beyond His Depth.
The merry picnic of the Sunday schools of the churches of North Topeka at Oakland park yesterday afternoon was brought to a sad close by the drowning in the river of George R. Duncan the 13-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. George F. Duncan, who live west of the Rock Island round house at Shorey. After the picnic dinner at the park, nine boys, including young Duncan, went to a cut-off in the river to go swimming.
Willie Taggart and Charlie Spangier, who were with Duncan, say that he waded out after them to a sudden decline and went down in the water, when he came up he was throwing his arms about but they thought he was just in fun. Soon he called for them to go and help him but they were afraid to go to him as they could not swim well, he sank and rose several times and finally remained down, Some of the boys ran to the park to give the alarm.
Tom Ingel arrived and pulled the body out of the water. Other help was quickly at hand and a physician and several of the men at the picnic set about to resuscitate the boy, but it had been at least fifteen minutes since he had sunk in the water and efforts were of no Avail. The drowned boy was taken home in a carriage by William Forbes and Rev. W. B. Hutchinson. A sister of the boy was at the picnic. George was a member of the Baptist Sunday school and was well liked by his acquaintances. The funeral will take place at 2:30 o’clock this afternoon from the North Topeka Baptist church. Rev. W. B. Hutchison officiating.
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Robert Frank Shipley.

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Robert Frank Shipley.

Birth: May 8, 1838.
Death: Apr. 29, 1903.

Wife: Almeda E. Cairns Shipley.
Married December 29, 1868, at LaSalle County, Illinois.

Children: Lila Mary Shipley Erlenborn.  Charles Asbury Shipley.

Burial: Restland Cemetery, Mendota, LaSalle County, Illinois.

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a First Sergeant in the Union Army in Company A, 140th New York Infantry. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on April 1, 1865 at Five Forks, Virginia. His citation reads "Captured the flag of the 9th Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.) in hand-to-hand combat." )

New York 44th., Infantry, Regimental History.


Was born at Williamson, N. Y.. May 8. 1838, and enlisted in Co. C, 44th Reg.. New York Vol. Inf. at Penn Yan, N. Y., Aug. 14, 1862. He also served in Co. A, 140 N. Y. V. I. and was honorably discharged as 1st Sergeant from Co. I, 5th Reg. N. Y. Vet. Inf., Aug. 21, 1865.

He participated in the following: Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wapping Heights, Rappahannock Station, Aline Run, Wilderness, Laurel Hill. Spottsylvania, North Anna, Bethesda Church, Petersburg, Weldon R. R. Poplar Grove Church, Hatchers Run, White Oak Road, Five Forks, Appomattox. At the battle of Five Forks, for capturing a stand of colors from the Ninth Virginia Infantry, he was awarded the "Medal of Honor." His death occurred at Mendota, Ill., April 29, 1903.

New York State Records.

New York Forty-Fourth, infantry.

SHIPLEY, ROBERT F.—Age, 21 years. Enlisted, August 14, 1862, at Penn Yan, to serve three years; mustered in as corporal,Co. C, October 3, 1862; promoted sergeant, November, 1863; transferred to Co. A, One Hundred and Fortieth Infantry,October 11, 1861.

New York One Hundred and Fortieth.
SHIPLEY, ROBERT F.—Sergeant, Co. C, Forty-fourth Infantry; transferred to Co. A, this regiment, October 6, 1864; to Co. I, Fifth Veteran Infantry, June 3, 1865; awarded medal of honor.

New York Fifth Veteran infantry.

SHIPLEY, ROBERT E.—Sergeant; transferred from One Hundred and Fortieth Infantry, to Co. I, this regiment, May 31, 1865; promoted first sergeant, date not stated; mustered out with company, August 21, 1865, at Hart's Island, New York Harbor, as Robert F. Shipley.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Colonel Charles Lawrence Peirson or Pierson.

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Massachusetts Thirty-Ninth Infantry, Regimental History.

Charles L. Peirson, from Lieut. Colonel July 13, 1864; owing to the stress of the "Battle Summer" campaign, his severe wound at the Weldon R. R. August 18, '64, and subsequent absence from the Regiment, not to mention the red tape that ever did hedge military matters about, it was not till the 23d of November, 1864, that Colonel Peirson was mustered in to his rank: the Records of the War Department, Washington, D. C, state.

Peirson is now held and considered by this Department, under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved February 24, 1897, to have been mustered into the service of the United States in the grade of Colonel, Thirty-ninth Massachusetts Infantry, to take effect from July 13, 1864, and to have held that rank until the date of his discharge from service.

Upon the recommendation of Major General G. K. Warren, Peirson was commissioned Colonel of Volunteers by brevet, to date from March 13, 1865, for meritorious conduct in the battles of the Wilderness and Spottsylvania in May, 1864, and as Brigadier General of Volunteers, by brevet, to date from March 13, 1865, for gallant and meritorious conduct in the battle of the Weldon Railroad in August, 1864.

After months of prostration, incident to his wound, and on the clear evidence of his inability to return to the Regiment, Colonel Peirson resigned and was mustered out of the service January 11, 1865. Subsequent to the war, General Peirson was long in the iron business, Boston; on his retirement therefrom, he found occupation for his well earned leisure in historical studies, particularly with reference to the Civil War, being a member of the Loyal Legion, which he commanded, 1895, and the Massachusetts Military Historical Society. His city residence is at 191 Commonwealth Avenue; his summer abode is at Pride's Crossing, city of Beverly.

Charles L. Peirson, 28, S. ; civil engineer, Salem; wd. May 8 and 10, '64, Spottsylvania; prom. Colonel; Charles Lawrence Peirson was born in Salem; was graduated from Lawrence Scientific School, Harvard, 1853; was a Corporal in the Fourth Battalion, under Major T. G. Stevenson, which in the spring of 1861 did gratuitous service in Fort Warren, Boston Harbor; later commissioned First Lieut, and Adjutant in the Twentieth Massachusetts, he was taken prisoner at the Battle of Ball's Bluff and suffered three months' confinement in Libby Prison, Richmond; on his return to his regiment he was detailed for special service on the staff of General N. J. T. Dana and also later upon that of General John Sedgwick, thus passing through the Peninsula campaign; it was while on sick leave from such service that he was notified of his appointment to his new position in the Thirty-ninth Regiment.

Surgeon General Files.

CASE 691. Lieutenant-Colonel Charles L. Pierson, 39th Massachusetts, was wounded at an engagement near the Six mile House, Wei don Railroad, August 18, 1864, and was taken to the 3d division hospital of the Fifth Corps. Surgeon L. W. Read, U. S. V., reported "a gunshot wound penetrating the pelvic cavity." The Massachusetts Adjutant Oneral 1 states that the wound was considered mortal. The following day the colonel was sent to the depot at City Point, where Surgeon W. L. Faxon, 32d Massachusetts, described the injury as a dangerous shot wound of the abdomen. On September Kith, the late Assistant Suigeon J. Sim Smith, U. S. A., saw the patient, and included this case in an important report made by him on the usefulness of the Nolaton probe, relating the circumstances as follows:

"Lieutenant-Colonel Pierson, 39th Massachusetts, who had been wounded August l8, th., by a ball, which had penetrated the pubis on the right side, near the sympliysis, and entered the pelvis, stated that at the time he was shot he was standing erect, and that alter receiving the wound he walked some distance. When I saw him, he was lying on his back, with his thighs Hexed upon the abdomen, which was tender and tympanitic, with an ecchymosis extending over the iliac and hypogastric regions. He had well-marked symptoms of peritonitis and cystitis, with a profuse and foetid discharge from the wound. After complete anaesthesia had been induced, a flexible catheter was passed into the wound to ascertain the course of the ball. It was found that after it had passed through the pubis and penetrated about two inches obliquely to the left, it had turned still more to the left and passed transversely across the pelvis.

A Nelaton probe, with a flexible shaft bent to suit the course of the wound, was then entered without difficulty for about eight inches, and upon its removal the metallic lustre upon the porcelain bulb was very distinct. Being still uncertain as to the exact locality of the ball, the probe was again introduced, and it was found that pressure made upon the left .side, behind the trochanter major, caused the p:obe to be thrust from the wound. Upon cutting directly down behind the trochanter, the ball was found lying almost in direct contact with, and upon the outer side of, the femur.

The extraction of the ball was followed by a tree discharge of foetid pus, and in a day or two his condition improved, and he is now recovered." The missile (Fid. 184) was sent to the Museum by Dr. Smith. Promoted to a colonelcy, this officer was honorably discharged January 4, 18t?5, and pensioned. The Pension Record states that, on March 5, 1865, the wound was still open and discharging, and the disability was rated at three-fourths, and probably not permanent. The wound subsequently healed soundly, and, alter May 15. 1868, the colonel ceased to draw a pension.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Samuel J. Dana, Vermont.

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Samuel J. Dana was born in Warren. Washington county. Vermont. May 18, 1833. When he was thirteen years of age his parents moved to Fayston, where Mr. Dana still resides. October 5, 1853, he married Adaline W. Benton, of Fayston. They had seven sons, six of whom are now living. She died October 24, 1886. On January 10, 1888, Mr. Dana married Mrs. Miranda Davis, who died April 24, 1889. He was married February 27, 1894, to Miss Mary J. Fisher, his present wife. August 25, 1862, he enlisted in the United States service and was mustered in October 10, 1862 as a private of company B, 13th Regiment, Vermont Volunteers.

He was with the regiment all through its service except when it left Fairfax Court House. Being sick at the time, he was left In the care of Lieutenant McElroy and Harvey M. Wait until an ambulance was sent for him from Wolf Run Shoals. He was wounded in the left arm by a piece of shell at the battle of Gettysburg, July 3, 1863. At the expiration of his term, Mr. Dana returned to Brattleboro where he was honorably discharged July 21, of the same year.

He was one of six brothers who served in the Union Army and came home with honorable discharges. His grandfather served in the War of 1812-1814 and his great-grandfather fought in the War of the Revolution. Mr. Dana represented the town of Fayston in the legislature of 1872-1873 and has held nearly all the town offices, acting as town clerk for 26 years. In company with his son, Henry W. Dana, he has been manufacturer of clapboards and shingles for several years, and is carrying on the business at the present time. He held the office of Assistant Judge of Washington County Court from December, 1902 to December, 1904.

Samuel Jackson Dana.

Birth: May 18, 1833, Warren, Washington County, Vermont.
Death: Mar. 15, 1926, Fayston, Washington County, Vermont.

Parents: Samuel Dana (1800 - 1888), Calista Porter Dana (1806 - 1884).

Wife's: Adaline White Benton Dana (1834 - 1886), Marandie Whittlesey Dana (1845 - 1889), Mary Jane Fisher Dana (1843 - 1909).

Children: Pling J., Clarence, Henry C., Henry W., Charles H., Win R. (?) and Fred A. Dana (?).

Burial: Irasville Cemetery, Waitsfield, Washington County, Vermont.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Horace Leslie Campbell.

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Horace Leslie Campbell.

Birth: July 29, 1893.
Death: Unknown.

Son of Charles A. and Cora Campbell.

Wife Bernice Grosboll.

Children: Corene, ( ?-March 22, 1921.) .

Burial: Unknown.

Lieutenant Horace Leslie Campbell, only sou of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. A. Campbell, born July 29th, 1893, at the Campbell home near Tallula. He enlisted the last of July, 1911, in the U. S. aero service, entering the ground school of aviation, Columbus, Ohio. October 19th, training there and finishing his course in eight weeks. On Dec. 20th he was transferred to Love Field, Dallas, Texas, Where he entered the flying school.

He was married, April 23, to Miss Bernice Grosboll, of Petersburg, retiirning to Love Field, where he instructed in the flying school two iveeks. He sailed for France from Camp Dick, May 22nd, landing in Ramorantin, France. He tt/as made tester and path-finder here: has received two decorations from the French government and fourteen citations for honors of varioiix kinds. Lieutenant Campbell is believed to have broken two world's records for altitude, once without oxygen.

He was 48 years when he signed up for the draft for W. W. II.

Carl P. & Mark Henry Sisler. .

Carl Powers Sisler.

Birth: Jun. 1, 1892, Nebraska.
Death: Mar. 12, 1956,

Wife's: Lucille J Wiedetz Sisler (1904 - 1965), Clara L. Sisler (1896 - 1931).

Inscription: Iowa, Bglr Co K 53 Inf, 6 Division, World War I.

Burial: Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois.

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Bugler, Co. K, 53d Inf.. 6th Div.. U. S. Regulars. Born June 1, 1892. Son of Chas. Edw. and Lizzie Breed Sisler. Entered service May 1. 1918. at Crookston, Minn. Promoted Aug., 1918, to Bugler. Battles: Argonne Forest. Verdun. Army of Occupation. In trenches from Sept. 10 until Armistice. Home address. Ohio, Ohio Twp.

Mark Henry Sisler.

Birth: 1889.
Death: 1965.

Burial: Union Cemetery, Ohio, Bureau County, llinois.



Corporal, Co. 54, 5th Repl. Reg. Born July 8. 1889. Son of Chas. Edw. and Lizzie Breed Sisler. Entered service May 27. 1918. at Camp Gordon, Ga. Promoted July 17. 1918. to Corporal. Wounded at battle of Argonne, Oct. 4, 1918 (bul'et through lung.  Battles: Eight days in Argonne Forest, Sept. 27-Oct. 4, 1918. Discharged January, 1920. Home address. Ohio, Ohio Twp.

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.