Wednesday, March 16, 2011

They Fell Dead-Civil War.

All these men fell in Battle. Although the information tells you when and how they died, it doesn’t tell of the other battles they were in. Many of the names listed here were stated in other battle reports before they died. If you see a name of interest and would like to read the battle reports he was in you can request it by writing to me at the following.

The siege and reduction of Fort Donelson, February 12-15, 1862.

Eighth Illinois Volunteers Infantry.

Lieutenant Joseph G. Howell, acting adjutant, fell dead in the latter part of the battle, after rendering me efficient aid, bearing an order from Colonel Oglesby to myself. He was a noble and gallant officer.

Service card.

Rank 1LT.,Company K., Unit 8 IL US INF, Residence BLOOMINGTON, MCLEAN CO, IL., Age 22, Height 5' 11, Hair AUBURN, Eyes HAZEL, Complexion DARK, Marital Status SINGLE, Occupation TEACHER, Nativity BETHEL, BOND CO, IL., Joined When JUL 25, 1861, Joined Where CAIRO, IL., Period 3 YRS, Muster In JUL 25, 1861, Muster In Where CAIRO, IL., Remarks PROMOTED FROM 1LT 3 DEC 1864, ABSENT WITH LEAVE SINCE 30 MAR 1861.

Fort Donelson, Tenn., February 18, 1862.

Second Iowa Infantry.

Captains Jonathon S. Slaymaker, company C., and Charles C. Cloutman of company K., fell dead at the head of their companies before they reached the entrenchments.

Camp Foster, Roanoke Island, February 23, 1862.

10th., Connecticut Volunteer Infantry.

Colonel Charles L. Russell, fell dead at the head of his regiment gallantly doing his duty.

Birth: Jul. 25, 1828, Litchfield, Litchfield County, Connecticut.
Death: Feb. 8, 1862, Roanoke Island, Dare County, North Carolina.
Burial: Oak Cliff Cemetery, Derby, New Haven County, Connecticut.

"February 8. Col. Charles L. Russell, 10th Conn. Vol of Derby, killed at the battle of Roanoke. Col. Russell with his regiment was first to land on Roanoke Island and fell at the head of his troop. He was a young man 34 years of age and highly esteemed as a citizen and patriot, being one of the first to respond to the President's call for three months volunteers and acted as Adjunct on Colonel Terry's staff."

Attack on Yazoo City, Mississippi.

14th., Tennessee Cavalry.

Major J. G. Thurmand, fell dead, shot through the head, leading his regiment, the gallant Fourteenth Tennessee Cavalry. He is dead. His deeds place him in the ranks of that honored few whom we delight to recognize as the bravest of the brave.

The siege of Vicksburg.

2nd., Texas Infantry. the siege of Vicksburg.

Sergeant William T. Spence, of Company B, and Private T. E. Bagwell, company C., charging their guns within 5 paces of the muzzles of the assailants, hurled them back headlong in to the ditch outside. The repulse was decisive. Bagwell fell dead on the platform; Spence fell by his side, shot through the brain. He lingered a few days.

The battle near Fredericksburg, Va., December 13, 1862.

134th., Pennsylvania.

Hugh Barnes, first lieutenant of Company I, fell, dead, nobly discharging his duty.

Note. Mustered in August 22, 1862.

Report respecting the One hundred and seventh Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers in the two actions, September 14 and 17, at South Mountain and Antietam:

Arriving at the base of South Mountain, after a wearisome march of 17 miles, on September 14, at about 5,30 o'clock p. m., we found the enemy fiercely engaged with the Pennsylvania Reserves. Immediately, in compliance with orders from General Duryea, formed in line of battle near the foot of the hill, and gave orders to move forward with fixed bayonets. Nothing could exceed the promptness of both officers and men in the execution of this order; with enthusiastic cheers they dashed forward, and soon the enemy were scattered, and in much confusion were flying before us. Several times they rallied, and once in particular, having gained an admirable position behind a stone fence, they appeared determined to hold on to the last. Here it was they sustained their greatest loss. Colonel Bristor Brown Gayle, Twelfth Alabama, fell dead.

Colonel Bristor Brown Gayle.
Birth: Unknown.
Death: Sep. 14, 1862, Boonsboro (Caroline County), Caroline County, Maryland.
Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama.

Prisoner of War.

Lieutenant William S. Bliss.

Lieutenant Bliss was murdered on the 1st or 2nd day of May. He and other officers and others who had the means had been in the habit of buying cakes and milk at a house near a well whence we brought water and had on the morning of that day left his canteen at this house to be filled in the evening. At about 5 p. m. Lieutenant Bliss and Lieutenant Winslow of the Fifty-eighth Illinois, went to the well for water, under guard of course. Arrived at the well Lieutenant Bliss stepped to the back window of the house in question, distant about ten or twelve paces, to get his milk. Ordered by the guard to come away he replied that he merely wanted to get his milk, at the same moment receiving it from the woman of the house and in return handing her a shinplaster in payment. The guard, standing about six paces from him, repeated the order. Lieutenant Bliss said, "In a minute," and receiving his change stepped back some three feet. At this moment the guard raised his piece and Bliss perceiving the movement exclaimed, "Good God! you will not shoot me, will you?" Saying he "must do his duty" the guard fired, shooting Bliss through the heart, who fell dead without a groan or motion.

Note. Records show he was in Battery B. First light Artillery.

Prisoner of war.

G. W. Spears, Company B, First Alabama, shot by private Clarence Wicks.

A court hearing.

Question. Who gave you the orders?

Answer. The sentinel whom I had relieved. Somewhere about 7 o'clock in the morning a man came out from the prisoners' barracks to this sink, and removing his pants sat or squatted down apparently for the purpose of moving his bowels. I told him that place was not to be used for that purpose and twice or three times ordered him away and told him to go to one of the sinks. He did not move and I picked up a small stone and threw at him, hitting him on the side of the face.

Question. What then happened?

Answer Six or seven of the rebels came running toward me from their barracks and one of them, said to be his brother, said to me, "You damned son of a bitch! I will report you. " I had orders to shoot rebels insulting me and did shoot him.

Question. Did he fall?
Answer. Yes, sir; he fell dead.

The battle of Bentonville N. C., 1865.

Major Willard G. Eaton.

During the engagement of this day I lost many valuable officers and men. In the attack on the enemy on of my best and most, gallant regimental commanders fell dead as he advanced to the enemy's works. It was Major Willard G. Eaton, Thirteenth Michigan Veteran Volunteer Infantry. His country and friends will long mourn his death, for he was brave, good man, loved by all who knew him.

Birth: April 6, 1821.
Death: March 19, 1865.
Burial: Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego, Allegan County, Michigan.
He enlisted as a First Lieutenant, home was Otsego, age was 40.

The Fifth New Hampshire Battalion Volunteers.

Warren Ryder.

I cannot close without paying tribute to the lofty courage and cool daring of Lieutenant Warren Ryder, company A., who fell dead while gallantly leading his men within fifteen feet of the enemy's works.

The battle before Nashville, Tenn., December, 1864.

Ebenezer Grosvenor, 18th., Ohio infantry companies H. & B.

The regiment remained at the works ten or fifteen minutes, when it was ordered by Lieutenant Grant to fall back, which it did, fighting stubbornly as it went. Captain Grosvenor fell dead, pierced by three balls.

Sergeant Richard Gosson, Company K, Forty-seventh New York, fell dead while planting the colors of his regiment on the enemy's works. He is recommended to the Secretary of War for a medal, to be sent to his family.

Note. He was awarded a Medal of Honor.

Adjt. Clavdius V. H. Davis, Twenty-second Mississippi Regiment, a gallant and excellent officer, and a young man of ability and promise, seized the colors of his regiment after three color-bearers had been shot down, advanced with them beyond the enemy's works, and fell dead while calling upon his regiment to dash forward on the enemy's columns.

Note. Clavdius V. H. Davis, Twenty-second Mississippi infantry, company E.

Seventh Texas in actions near Atlanta, July 1864.

First Lieutenant James M. Craig company H., fell dead while gallantly leading his company in the second charge.

Birth: Mar. 28, 1836.
Death: Jul. 22, 1864.
Burial: Ewing Chapel Hall Cemetery, Marshall, Harrison County, Texas.

Seventy-fourth Regiment Ohio Infantry.

Lieutenant John Scott, Company B, who fell dead at the head of his company and close on the enemy's works. In his death the regiment has lost a most fitting example as a true Christian and brave soldier.

Kenesaw Mts., GA.

Lieutenant Mahlon Hendricks, company C., Thirty-sixth Indiana, an accomplished young officer, fell dead in this attack, pierced by a minie-ball.

Authors note.

Mahlon Hendricks.
Date Enrolled: 1861/08/27
Age: 21.
Where Enrolled: Richmond, Indiana.
Regiment: 36.
Company: C.
Discharge Date: 1864/06/23
Remarks: Killed June 23, 1864 at Kenesaw Mts., GA. Appt. from 1st Sgt. to 1st Lt., June 2, 1864.

44th., Tennessee infantry company H.

I immediately sent a detachment of 20 men, under Lieutenant John A. Hatch, to engage the enemy. A sharp skirmish ensued, and Lieutenant Hatch was mortally wounded, and fell dead.

The fall of Plymouth, N. C., April, 1864.

With sorrow I record the death of the noble sailor and gallant patriot, Lieutenant Commander C. W. Flusser, U. S. Navy, who in the heat of battle fell dead on the deck of his ship, with the lanyard of his gun in his hand.

Note. Charles Williamson Flusser was born at Annapolis, Maryland, on 27 September 1832. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1847 and graduated with the Class of 1853. During the Civil War, he commanded the gunboats Commodore Perry and Miami in operations in the North Carolina Sounds area. LCdr. Flusser was killed in action on 19 April 1864 in the engagement between Miami and the Confederate ironclad Albemarle.

Forty-eighth Virginia Infantry, 1863.

Of my officers, Captains [J. M.] Vermillion and [C. W. S.] Harris both fell, dead.

John M. Vermillion, company A., Charles W. S. Harris, company E.

Osmond B. Taylor, Virginia Battery.


My best gunners(Corpl. William P. Ray). He was killed while in the act of sighting his guns. He never spoke after receiving the shot, walked a few steps from his piece, and fell dead.

Note. Corporal William P. Ray, Capt. Taylor's Company Virginia Light Artillery.

Lieutenant John Schoonover, Eleventh New Jersey Infantry.

A moment later, and Captain Ackerman fell dead by my side. In justice to the memory of this officer, permit me to bear witness to his unexceptionable good conduct ever to the front, distinguished for personal bravery, he leave behind him a spotless record.

Note. Captain Andrew H. Ackerman, 11th., New Jersey infantry companies A. & C.

Originally interred in the Reformed Dutch Church Cemetery in Totowa, New Jersey. Remains moved several times after death, and now reside in an as yet unknown location.

Colonel D. H. Hamilton, First South Carolina Infantry.

At this point I lost many men and one noble officer, Lieutenant E. C. DuBose, Company L, who fell dead while distinguishing himself by his gallantry and coolness.

Note. Lieutenant E. C. DuBose, Co. L., 1 (McCreary's) South Carolina Infantry (1 S.C. Inf., Prov'l. Army)

Captain V. Maurin, Louisiana battery, Donaldsonville Artillery.

My cannoneer [Claudius] Linossier fell, dead, pierced to the heart by a piece of shell.

Note. His regiment, Capt. Landry's Co. (Donaldsonville Art'y), Louisiana Artillery

Murfreesborough, the Eighteenth Tennessee Regiment.

Color-Sergeant, George K. Lowe, company C., fell dead upon the field, nobly discharging his duties.

Battle of Murfreesborough.

The Eight Tennessee infantry.

During this advance Colonel William L. Moore, of the Eighth Tennessee, had his horse killed under him, and in a few moments afterward that gallant officer fell, dead, having been shot through the heart by a minie ball.

Battle of Murfreesborough.

Nineteenth Regiment Ohio Volunteers.

Lieutenant Daniel Donovan, commanding Company B, fell, dead, in front of his company while gallantly leading a charge.

One hundred and second New York Infantry.

The battle of Antietam.

Captain M. Eugene Cornell, of Company D of this regiment, fell, dead, at the front of his command while bringing them into line, being shot through the head.

128th., Pennsylvania Infantry.

The battle of Antietam.

While in this position, the One hundred and twenty-eighth Pennsylvania came up and took position on the right of the Forty-sixth Pennsylvania Volunteers, still massed in column of company. Colonel Samuel Croasdale, its commander, fell dead while endeavoring to deploy it into line of battle.

Birth: 1837.
Death: 1862.
Burial: Doylestown Cemetery, Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Thirtieth Ohio Infantry.

The battle of Antietam.

Sergeant Nathan J. White Co F.,, bearer of the national color, stood amidst the rain of bullets and defiantly waved the color toward the advancing enemy, when he received a shot in the breast and fell dead.

Eighth Michigan Infantry.

Adjutant N. Miner Pratt fell dead near my side, gallantry fighting musket in hand and cheering on the men.

First New Jersey Infantry, of the battle of Gaines' Mill.

Captain Ephraim G. Brewster, Company C, fell dead on the field of battle while fighting bravely.

Seventh Arkansas Infantry

Battle of Shiloh.

Lieutenant. Col. John M. Dean, our brave commander, fell dead, shot by a Minnie ball through the neck while gallantly leading us to the charge. He died as a brave man and soldier would wish, "with his feet to the foe and his face toward heaven."

Battle of Shiloh.

John Campbell, who, though a boy, was attached to my military family, and was at times used as aide. His conduct during the battle was such as to give promise of great future usefulness. I regret to say that young Campbell, while acting as my aide-de-camp, fell dead, his entire head having been carried away by a cannon shot. He was a noble, boy, and strongly showed the embryo qualities of a brilliant and useful soldier.

Battle of Shiloh.

Robert Thomas, adjutant of the Ninth Tennessee, after exhibiting the most determined spirit and a high degree of skill as an officer, fell dead.

Battle of Shiloh.

Second Kentucky Infantry.

Captain John H. Spellmeyer, Company C, fell dead with three fearful wounds.

First Georgia, infantry.

Private J. W. Brown, of Company F, First Georgia Regiment, who, upon hearing the order to fall back, exclaimed, "I will give them one more shot before I leave," and while ramming down his twenty-ninth cartridge fell dead at his post.

Battle at Griscom's house.

Lieut. John L. Dillon, Thirty-eight Illinois Volunteers, commanding Company E, fought with a musket until he was shot once, when he drew his sword and cheered on his men till he fell dead.

Rank 2LT.
Company E.
Unit 38 IL US INF.
Age 27.
Height 5' 7.
Eyes BLUE.
Complexion LIGHT.
Marital Status SINGLE.
Occupation WAGON MAKER.
Joined When AUG 2, 1861.
Joined Where MATTOON, IL.
Period 3 YRS.
Muster In AUG 21, 1861.
Muster In Where CAMP BUTLER, IL.
Second Lieutenant.

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