Thursday, October 23, 2014

John A. Niebling

John A. Niebling.

Birth: between 1843-1846.
Death: July 19, 1939.

Wife and children, unknown.

Burial: El Dorado Springs Cemetery, El Dorado Springs, Cedar County, Missouri.

Missouri Twenty-Sixth Infantry Regimental History.

John A. Niebling, at the age of fifteen years, enlisted September 9th, 1861, under the name of his stepfather, John A. Poolman, as a Drummer in Co. A; Independent Sharpshooters, which was mustered into the 26th Missouri Infantry about six months afterward. He served with the regiment in all its marches and battles, and after being mustered out in St. Louis, dropped his stepfather's name (J. A. Poolman) and resumed his own name, J. A. Neibling. He keeps a general store, and is Postmaster at Ferguson, Missouri.

Author.  The regimental History gives his age at 15; Missouri State records Give 18; His pension file says 17.  He is listed by both names on the pension files.  On the Missouri State Soldier records he is listed as ( John A. Poolman ).

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Frank, Francis H., Francois Hq Peabody.

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Here is a interesting man, if you were to research him you would have look under a lot of names.  What ever he went under he was a Drummer in the Twenty-Second Iowa Infantry Co. C.  On the Regimental roster and picture, he is listed as ( Frank Peabody), In the State records and Pension files he is listed as ( Francis H. Peabody ), On his head stone he is under ( Francois Hq Peabody ).

I have very little information on him.  If any one has any information on him and would like to put it on this page, I would like to hear from you.

Frank, Francis H., Francois Hq Peabody.

Born about 1855.
Death: July 24-25, 1925.

Wife: Anna Peabody.

Children: Non found.

Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington county, Virginia.

Iowa State Records.

Francis H. Peabody, Age 17.  Residence Newton; Nativity Ohio; Enlisted August 2, 1862, as a Drummer; Mustered in August 28, 1862; Mustered out July 26, 1865, at Savannah, Georgia..

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Voltaire P. Twombly.

corporal, 1861.
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Voltaire Paine Twombly.

Birth: Feb. 21, 1842, Farmington, Van Buren County, Iowa.
Death: Feb. 24, 1918, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.

Wife: Chloe A. Funk Twombly.

Children Eva Twombly.

Burial: Pittsburg Rural Cemetery, Keosauqua, Van Buren County, Iowa.

Military Record.

Born February 21, 1842, near Farmington, Van Buren county, Iowa, educated in common schools of Keosauqua, Iowa.

Enlisted April 21, 1861; under first call for troops.  Mustered May 1,1861, into service of the State by Judge George G. Wright..

Mustered May 27, 1861, into United States service as a private in Co. F, 2d Iowa Infantry.

Promoted 7th Corporal October 1, 1861, and detailed on color guard. Promoted 5th Sergeant February 16, 1862, and honorably mentioned by Colonel Tuttle in his report of operations of the regiment in battle of Donelson, February 15, 1862,

Promoted 1th Sergeant March 1, 1862.
Battle of Shiloh April 6 and 7. 1862, as Color Sergeant.
Promoted 3d Sergeant April 2, 1862.
Promoted 2d Lieutenant August 1, 1862.
Wounded in battle of Corinth, Miss., October 3, 1862.
Atlanta Campaign May 1 to September 1, 1861.
Promoted 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant June 25, 1861.
Wounded in battle of Jonesboro, Georgia, August 111, 1861.
Promoted Captain Co. K (consolidation of Cos. F and K), November 10, 1861.

March to the Sea.

Captain, 1865.
Served on stall' of 3d Brigade, 1th Division, 15th Army Corp, as Acting Assistant Inspector General, from January, 1861, to July, 1865.

March north through the Carolinas, Columbia, S. C, Bentonville, N. C, Goldsboro, N. C, Raleigh, N. C. Surrender of Johnston's Rebel Army March 15.

Grand review of the armies at Washington, D. C, May 21, 1865.  Mustered out of service (close of war) July 12, 1865, finally discharged at Davenport, Iowa, July 20, 1865.

Civilian Life.

Student in Business College, Burlington, Iowa, September 1 to December 1, 1865.
Flour merchant at Ottumwa, Iowa, December, 1865, to December, 1867. 
Married Chloe A. Funk, of Keosauqua, May 1, 1866. (The girl I left behind me).
Milling business at Pittsburg, Van Buren county, January, 1868, to April, 1876.
United with Congregational church, Keosauqua, April, 1869..
Merchant at Keosauqua, Iowa, April, 1876, to December, 1879.
Charter member W. C. Harper Post !No. 79, G. A. R., Keosauqua, 1870.
County Treasurer Van Buren county, January, 1880, to January, 1881.
Mayor of Keosauqua from March, 1881, to December. 1881. (Resigned).
Treasurer of State of Iowa, January, 1885, to January, IN'.U.
Companion, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, October, 1887.
President Home Savings Bank, Des Moines, Iowa, June, 1891, to January, 1909. .

Author. The pictures and most of the information was written by Voltaire P. Twombly.  It can be found in his Book; called The Second Iowa Infantry at Fort Denelson; published 1897. This book can be found and read  on line.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Captain Jasper Newton Searles.

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Jasper Newton Searles.

Birth: Nov. 9, 1840, North Royalton, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
Death: Apr. 25, 1927, Stillwater, Washington County, Minnesota.

Wife: Sarah Lewis Searles (1845 - 1930).

Children: Lewis Tozer Searles (1870 - 1926), Erskine Searles (1880 - 1880), Julius Bronson Searles (1881 - 1882). 

*Burial: Lakeside Cemetery Hastings Dakota County Minnesota,

*Jasper Searles was originally interred at Fairview Cemetery in Stillwater...his body was reinterred in May of 1930 at Lakeside.

Military Records.

Jasper Newton Searles Age at Enlistment: 20;

 Enlisted in Company H, Minnesota 1st Infantry Regiment on 29 Apr 1861. Promoted to Full 1st Lieutenant on 17 Sep 1862.Promoted to Full 2nd Lieutenant on 10 Jan 1862. Promoted to Full Captain on 07 Oct 1863.Mustered out on 04 May 1864.

Minnesota First Infantry, Regimental History.
Company H..

It was at Harrison's Landing that the ambulances  of the army were witth drawn from the direct but irregular oversight of the medical corps of the army, and organized into an Ambulance Corps, under officers assigned to that service. On the separate  organization of this service Second Lieutenant Searles  of Co. H was assigned to command the Ambulance  Corps of the First Brigade, Second Divison, Second   Army Corps.*

*This officer was employed in so many different positions, both with and detached from the regiment that  it will be well to note them here.

On being appointed Second Lieutenant at Camp Stone, Jan. 10, 1862, he was appointed Acting Quartermaster of  the regiment when it broke camp to accompany General  Banks up the Shenandoah in the spring of 1882, and  continued in that position until just before the battle of  Fair Oaks, when he rejoined his company and there remained through the battles of Fair Oaks, Peach rchard, Savage's Station, White Oak Swamp, Glendale and Mal vern Hill.

At Harrison's Landing he was assigned, as already  stated, to command the Ambulance Corps of the brigade  and continued in that position until July 8, 1863, when  he was commissioned First Lieutenant of Company K  and assigned to command the Ambulance Corps of the  Second Division, Second Army Corps. He remained in that position until the regiment was  sent to New York City during the riots, when he acted  as adjutant of the regiment until the regiment rejoined

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Captain Evangelist James Gillmore.

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Evangelist James Gillmore.

Birth: May 8, 1835, Darien, Genesee County, New York.
Death: June, 1864.

Father Benjamin P. Gillmore, ( 1809 - 1862 ).

Wife: Elizabeth Rowling Gillmore, ( 1836 - 1882 ).

Burial: Avon Center Cemetery, Grayslae, Lake County, Illinois.

Ninety-Sixth Illinois Infantry, Regimental History.

Captain Evangelist J. Gillmore. Age 26 ; born in New York ; farmer  and teacher ; enlisted from Avon ; appointed First Sergeant at the organization of the Company ; promoted to Second Lieutenant Jan. 6, 1863,  and to First Lieutenant Feb. 17, 1863, and to Captain Jan. 8, 18(14 ; at the  battle of Kenesaw Mountain, Georgia, June 20, 1864, he was mortally  wounded while attempting to retake the breastworks from which the 35th  Indiana had been driven, being shot three times, and dying three days later, beloved and regretted by his associates of whatever rank. His body was, by special order of the Department Commander, taken to his  former home at Avon Center, Lake County, Ill., for interment.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Colonel Caleb James Dilworth.

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Caleb James Dilworth.

Birth: Apr. 8, 1827, Mount Pleasant (Jefferson County, Ohio.
Death: Feb. 3, 1900, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska.

Wife: Emily O. Phelps Dilworth (1835 - 1910).

Children: William A. Dilworth.

Burial: Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska.

Illinois Eighty-Fifth, Infantry Regimental History.

COLONEL CALEB J. DILWORTH was born near Mount Pleasant, Jefferson county, Ohio, April 8, 1827. His parents, Abram  Rankin Dilworth and Martha Stanton Judkins, were of old Quaker stock. They removed to Indiana, and soon after to Illinois. They were living near Canton, in Fulton county, at the time of the  Black Hawk war, and took refuge with friends in Canton when  there was an Indian alarm. An elder brother, Rankin, graduated from the military academy at West Point in the class of 1844, and died from wounds received at the battle of Monterey in the  war with Mexico. A half brother, William H. Evans, was quartermaster of the Eighty-fifth during the last year of its service.

Colonel Dilworth read law with General Leonard F. Ross, of  Lewistown, and was admitted to the bar in 1848. In the fall of 1853 he married Miss Emily Phelps, daughter of William and Caroline Phelps, of Lewistown, Ill., the only issue of such marriage being a son, William A., now practicing law in Omaha, Neb.

In 1862 the subject of this sketch was practicing law in Havana, Ill., and assisted in recruiting the Eighty-fifth, and at the  organization of the regiment was commissioned lieutenant colonel. He served in that capacity until Colonel Moore resigned,  when he was promoted to be colonel. He commanded the regiment from June 14, 1863, until June 27, 1864, when, in the midst of  the indescribable turmoil of battle at Kennesaw mountain, Georgia, the command of the brigade devolved upon him through the  death of his seniors.

It was his plucky decision that held the ground wrested from the enemy, although his corps and army commanders doubted its possibility. At Peach Tree creek his brigade forced a crossing of that stream, although defended by largely superior numbers, fighting the battle out alone with the  Third brigade, and winning for himself and his command the  highest commendations of his superiors. He continued in command of the brigade until wounded by a gun shot at the battle of Jonesboro, Ga., the ball passing entirely through his neck.

Recovering from his wound, he was hastening to the front to rejoin  his command when, upon his arrival at Chattanooga, he found  that communication with Sherman's army had been severed. He  reported to General Thomas for duty and was appointed to the  command of the post at Cleveland, Tenn., a position which he held with credit to himself until the post was discontinued. He was  then assigned to command at Covington, Ky., where he remained until the close of the war. He was commissioned brevet brigadier  general March 13, and was mustered out of the service June 5,  1865.

After returning to Illinois he practiced law at Lewistown until  the autumn of 1870, when he removed to Lincoln, Neb., where he resumed the practice of his profession. He was elected state's  attorney in 1874 and served two terms. In 1878 he was elected  attorney general, holding the office for two terms, and in 1892 he  was elected department commander of the Grand Army of the Republic of Nebraska and served one term.

As a soldier he was enterprising and fearless; he won merited distinction at the bar. He had retired from active professional life and was residing in Omaha, where he died on Saturday, Feb ruary 3, 1900. His remains were taken to Lincoln and buried in  Wyuka cemetery on the Monday following, past department com manders acting as pall-bearers, while department officers conducted the services.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Prince A. Gatchell.

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Prince A. Gatchell.

Birth: Aug. 4, 1841, Springfield, Penobscot County, Maine.
Death: Mar. 24, 1925, Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado.

Son of Albert S. and Lydia Staples Gatchell

Wife: Hattie Ostrander Gatchell..

Burial: Roselawn Cemetery, Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado.

First Maine Heavy Artillery Regimental History.

Captain PRINCE A. GATCHELL, Adjutant .

Originally from Company A, was promoted to Second and First Lieu tenant and transferred to Company M. Wounded at Spottsylvania May 19, 1864. Succeeded James W. Clark as Adjutant. Received medal of honor  for meritorious service at battle of Boydton Road, October 27, 1864. Commissioned Captain Company E just previous to muster out, but remained  as Adjutant till muster out, September 11, 1865. Residence, Buffalo, Wyoming