Friday, August 17, 2012

John Samuel Hay Doty.

Most of the following information was taken from The Illinois 104th., Regimental History.

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Captain John Samuel Hay Doty.  Age 23: born in Carlyle, Pa.; Carpenter; was first in the three months, enlisting April 15, 1861; enlisted again August 7, 1862, and began raising men for a company; was elected Captain unanimously and led his men in the Kentucky campain and the battle of Hartsville; was captured there but escaped.  In the tullahoma and Chickamauga campains, Captain Doty was present and was in the action of Elk River and Davis Cross Roads, and the battle of Chickamauga.  Was one of the besieged at Chattanooga, and commanded his company at Lookout Mountain and Mission Ridge.  In the Atlanta campaign he participated in the action of Buzzard Roost, of Rocky face, the battles around Resaca, New Hope Church and Kenesaw Mountain.

At Peach Tree Creek, Ga., July 20, 1864, Captain Doty fell mortally wounded, piecrced by five bullets and lived but a short time.  No more patriotic brave or nobler soldier ever drew a sword in his county cause.  Every man in the regiment consid ered it a personal bereavement.  To some of his own boys who crowded around, he said with dying breath; :Take care of those Rebels first and see to me afterwards."

His last words were: "Tell my father that I died for the flag.  Good by boys."  His remains were borne to his home and now rest in the cemetery at Ottawa on the banks of the Illinois.

John Samuel Hay Doty, was born April 16, 1839, died July 20, 1864, at the age of 25 years 3 months and 5 days.  His height was 6'1, hair black, eyes dark and complexion fair.  His residence was LaSalle County, Illinios.  Burial was Ottawa Avenue Cemetery, Ottawa, La Salle County Illinois.

The following two notes were taken from 104th., Regimental History.

Captain Doty, immediately after surrendering, managed in the confusion to slip away, and, going among the wounded, many of whom had crawled back to camp,began taking care of them, He succeeded in deceiving the rebels until Harlan arrived, and also saved the company books and papers.

Captain William Straw of Company F., says:"My warm personal friend, lay dying with five bullet wounds in his body. He was lying with his head down hill. Realizing his condition he called to me to pry for him, taking him im my arms and placing him in a better position I administed what consolation I could. His blood satorating my clothing, I held him until he was carried to the rear on a strectcher. Duty calling me elsewhere I saw no more of my beloved friend."


Anonymous said...

I am a descendent of Captain John S H Doty. His brother, Henry A, was my great-great grandfather. They both served in Co. E of the 104th IL Volunteer Infantry. Should anyone have additional information on Capt. Doty I would greatly appreciate you sharing that with me.
Charles Bartlow

Unknown said...

Mike Doty grandfather Edward in PA