Monday, November 30, 2015

Joseph R. Doolittle.

Joseph R Doolittle.

Birth: May 23, 1842.
Death: May 25, 1927.

Occupation: Machinist.

Wife; Cornelia H. Paddock Doolittle, (1841-1903)

Married January 20, 1865.

Children: Lewis J. and Gerald B. Doolittle.

Burial: Hillside Cemetery, Cheshire, New Haven County, Connecticut.

Connecticut First Battery History.


Southington. Served three months in Rifle C. . C, 3d C. V. Enlisted Light Battery Oct. 18, 1861 discharged Feb. 17, 1863. physical disability. Reenlisted Jan. 2, 1864; promoted Corporal Nov. 20, 1864. Mustered out June II, 1865.

Page 158, Comrade Doolittle says that at one period when ammunition was running short he had got " about half way to the caissons when we saw Capt. Rockwell with some other officers standing by the roadside. The Captain saw us coming. He ran towards us, waving his sword as high as he could and shouting: 'Halt! Halt!' Then he asked, 'Where are you going?' We had halted, and I answered that we were going back after more ammunition. He smiled and said, 'All right, I thought you were running away.'"

Sunday, November 29, 2015

John V.M. Sutphin.

Corp John V.M. Sutphin.

Birth: 1843.
Death: 1914,

Wife: Frances C Moore Sutphin (1845 - 1909).

Children: Anna A Sutphin (1869 - 1954).

Burial: Neshanic Cemetery, Neshanic, Somerset County, New Jersey.

New Jersey Ninth Infantry Co. F., Regimental History. 

Corporal John V. M. Sutphin was eighteen years of age when he enlisted in Company F, having been born in May, 1843, at Reaville, Hunterdon county, New Jersey. He was with his company at Roanoke Island, and in the battle of Newbern he received a shot in his breast his life being preserved by his blankets, cartridge-box belt and apparel, through which the bullet passed before entering his ftesh. He participated in all the battles in wich the Ninth engaged in North Carolina, and was detailed to act as a sharpshooter. When the regiment went to North Carolina, Corporal Stphin won the prize offered by Captain Appleget to the one making the best shot lying down. He was in every engagement with his company from Walthall in May to Petersburg in the latter part of August, 1864, when a piece of shell, which struck him on the right leg below the kee, disabled him for life. Despite this he was kept at light service in the hospital, and was not discharged until the end of the war. Corpral Sutphm still lives (1889), with happy remembrances of the services performed by him in the battles for the perpetuity of the government.


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Arthur Longman.

Arthur Longman.

Birth: 1845.
Death: 1916. Burial:

Wife: Sarah Longman.

Children: Robert, Frank, Raymond, Gratia Longman.

Burr Oak Cemetery, Athens, Calhoun County, Michigan.

Arthur Longman.

Michigan Seventh Cavalry, Co. H.

617 Oak St., Kalamazoo, Mich.

Arthur Longman born in Yorkshire, England, October 6th, 1845; enlisted at Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Mich., August 18th, 1864, as Private in Co. "H," 7th Michigan Cavalry,; wounded in right leg below the knee by kick of horse while marching at night near Petersburg about March 25th, 1865; mustered out at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, July l7th, 1865, and honorably discharged.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Alfred Sickman

Fifth West Virginia Cavalry Formerly Second infantry, Co. G..
Alfred Sickman was born June 27, 1840, in a farm house in Mifflin township, Allegheny county. Pa. His mother died when he was about 8 years old, and his father, Samuel Sickman, married his second wife. Miss Ann Ailes, about two years later, and removed to California in Washington county, Pa., in the spring of 1858. Alfred attended the seminary there until the breaking out of the rebellion, when he recruited what was later called the "Pike Run squad," and proceeding with his men to Pittsburgh, became a part of the Plummer (Aiards, and was elected first lieutenant at the organization.

He was unassuming, pleasant and considerate, greatly liked by his men. He met every duty as it presented Itself, and bravely and conscientiously served his country to the best of his ability. At the battle of Allegheny Mountain, December 13. 1861, while gallantly leading his men, he was sliot and fell dead in front of the enemy, dying as a brave soldier should. His remains were left on the mountain side, and were buried by his comrades April 7, 1S62, on their way to Monterey.  The remains were subsequently removed and lie in the National cemetery at Grafton. 

Burial:Grafton National Cemetery, Grafton, Taylor County, West Virginia.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


James M Simeral.

Birth: Mar. 12, 1822.
Death: Oct. 25, 1902.

Wife: Martha W. Simeral, ( 1823-1900.)

Children: William,  Edward W. Simeral (1854 - 1928).

Burial: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska.

Iowa First Cavalry.

LIEUTENANT JAMES. M. SIMERAL Company L. Was born March 12th. 1822, in Smithfield, (a Quaker community, )  Jefferson county, Ohio. Was educated at Franklin College. New Athens, Ohio. Was deputy auditor and auditor of his native county over five years. Was married to Miss M. Wood, June 22d, 1852 all of Steubenville. Jefferson county, Ohio. Emigrated to Dubuque, Iowa November 1854. Is engaged in the real estate business at Omaha.

Iowa State Records.

Simeral, James M. (Veteran.) Age 38. Residence Dubuque, nativity Ohio.  Enlisted June 13, 1861, as First Sergeant. Mustered Aug. 1, 1861.

Simeral, James M. (Veteran.) Age 38. Residence Dubuque, nativity Ohio.  Promoted Second Lieutenant from First Sergeant of Company G, Sept. 23, 1861. Promoted First Lieutenant March 1, 1863. Mustered out
Feb. 15, 1866, Austin, Texas.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Francis Downs, Wusconsin.

This is a picture of Corporal Francis Downs, I found him interesting looking and was going to do a post on him. But after starting researching him I was unable find any personal information on him  I was able to find his service record, but was unable to find any family information other then his mother was Mary Wells.

I was hoping you readers could help fill in the blanks.

Wisconsin First Artillery.
Francis Downs, Residence Gale, Enlister or Mustered August 27, 1861; Corporal; Mustered out October 11, 1864, Term expired.
Wisconsin 49th., Infantry, Co. C.
Francis Downs, First Lieutenant, Residence La Coese, Enlisted or Mustered  March 6, 1865; Second Lieutenant, January 27, 1865 Mustered out November 11, 1865.

Monday, November 23, 2015

John Jacob Hess.

John Jacob Hess.

Birth: Sep. 17, 1840, York County, Pennsylvania.
Death: May 23, 1913, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania,

John Jacob Hess was the son of Jacob Hess and, in 1860, was a wheelwright presumably living in York Borough, York County.

He stood 5' 9" tall with light hair and gray eyes. A Civil War veteran, he was drafted in York November 9, 1862 (although that date leads to the possibility that he enlisted as a substitute), and mustered into federal service there November 11 as a sergeant with Co. D, 166th Pennsylvania Infantry (aka "Drafted Militia"). He was honorably discharged with his company July 28, 1863. He then enlisted in York January 26, 1864, and mustered at Harrisburg January 28 as a private with Co. B, 187th Pennsylvania Infantry. Promoted to corporal December 1, 1864, and honorably discharged with his company on August 3, 1865.

He married widow Julia Ossman, née Harvey, May 30, 1871, in York. They had no children, but Julia brought son William Ossman (c. 1862) into the relationship. By 1890, John and Julia were living in Harrisburg. Wife: Julia Hess (1836 - 1905).

Burial: East Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.