Lieutenant John Oldswager, Company M, but just promoted from the ranks three days before, was killed by a cannon ball when we advanced upon the crest. He was a noble and brave officer, and never flinched from duty.
John Oldswager, Age 26, tears. Enlisted, August 28, 1862, at Alexander; Mustered in as Corporal, Twenty-Second Battery, October 28, 1862 ( which became Co. M.,, Ninth Artillery, February 5, 1863 ), to serve three years; Promoted Sergeant, Date not stated; Mustered in as Second Lieutenant, October 16, 1864; Killed, October 19, 1864, at Cedar Creek Virginia; Commissioned Second Lieutenant, September 28, 1864, withrank from August 15, 1864.
This was taken from the ninth Regimental History.
John Oldswager. A survivor of Company M writes: "He was of German nativity, and by trade was a carpenter and joiner. He won his promotion by good, honest service, and was a young man when the death-shot came. His head was shot away, all except the face, which was spread out flat on the ground. He was buried a short distance from where he fell, under a large locust tree. I was talking with him the night before Cedar Creek, and he said he should not live to go through another battle. He was a good, brave soldier."
Subsequently when the National Cemetery was laid out in Winchester, his body was removed to it, and now lies with
those of so many of the Ninth who there
''Under the sod and the dew, await the judgment day."
No. 65. Report of Major James W. Snyder, Ninth New York Heavy Artillery, of operations October 19, 1864.
Captain Orson Howard was instantly killed by a cannon ball, the last shot that was fired from the rebel guns as we made the last advance near the Middletown and Strasburg pike, and when victory had crowned our efforts. He died as all brave soldiers die, with his face toward the enemy, and will long be remembered as one of American's bravest sons.
Orson Howard, Age 24, years. Enlisted August 25, 1862, at Auburn; Mustered in as First Lieutenant, Co. I, One Hundred and Thirty-Eight Infantry, August 25, 1862 ( which became the ninth Artillery, December 19, 1862 ) to serve three years; Mustered in as Captain Co. E., September 28, 1864; Killed October 19, 1864, at Cedar Creek, Virginia; Commissioned Fiest Lieutenant, September10, 1862, with rank from August 25, 1862,Original; Captain September 28, 1864, with rank of same date.
This was taken from the Ninth Regimental History.
"Then the captain and I, being nearly alone, bore off to the left over uneven ground towards the pike. We passed down
quite an incline to a valley, which had a rail-fence across it running parallel with the pike. I should say the pike was thirty rods away from us square to the front. On the pike wasa rebel battery, which I think was using one gun, firing directly
at us, and had killed and wounded some of our men. Captain Howard said it was of no use for us to charge that battery
alone, and as there were other men approaching, he said we had better wait till they came up, so we sat down behind
the said fence. He sat down flat with his feet towards me. I was on my knees loading my gun when at my right I saw a
letter torn into bits. I picked it up, and asked him to read it while we were waiting, but he replied that he would put it in
his pocket and read it when he had more time. As he was in the act of putting the letter in his pocket, a shot from the battery on the pike took off his head. He simply fell back, straight ened out, and that was all. I took from his body whatever of value there was and later gave the same to Major Snyder. The shot which killed the captain was next to the last that the battery fired, for our men swept it in a few moments later."
Ninth Kentucky, Infantry.
Adjt. Henry M. Curd, killed by a cannon ball; a gallant and meritorious officer, cheerful under all dangers and privations, and endeared to the command by his frank and manly bearing, who nobly fell in discharge of his duty.
Capt. Joseph Desha was also struck by a cannon ball and carried off the field, as was supposed, in a dying condition; but he returned the same night with his wound tied up, and has since continued in command of his company.
Numbers 96. Report of Lieutenant Colonel Maris R. Vernon, Seventy-eighth Illinois Infantry, of operations January 20-March 23.
I have to record the death of Lieutenant William E. Summers, killed to-day by a cannon ball.
Name: SUMMERS, WILLIAM E
From the 95th., Regimental History.
Corporal John Kennedy, wounded in left arm in skirmish at Lake Providence, La., Feb. 10, 1863; also in left knee at Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 15, 1864; leg amputated.
Report of Colonel J. A. Smith, Fifth Confederate Infantry, commanding Third and Fifth Confederate Infantry.
Captain George Moore, of Company H, was instantly killed by a cannon ball.
Report of Brigadier General, Lucius E. Polk, C. S. Army, commanding brigade.
Captain Hugh S. Otey, a brave and faithful officer, was mortally wounded by a cannon ball, from effects of which he died a few days after.
Numbers 413. Report of Captain A. H. Smals, Tenth Virginia Infantry.
Lieutenant-Colonel Walker was killed by a cannon ball passing through his body.
Numbers 81. Report of Colonel Hiram L. Brown, One hundred and forty-fifth Pennsylvania Infantry.
May 4, furnished a detail of 36 men for fatigue duty. During the day Captain Thomas F. McCreary, of Company G, was wounded by a cannon-ball.
Thos. F. M'Creary Captain August 29, 1862 Promoted from 1st Lt., January 22, 1863; discharged September 8, for wounds received at Chancellorsville, Va., May 3, 1863.
Numbers 4. Report of Colonel Abner C. Harding, Eighty-third Illinois Infantry, commanding Fort Donelson.
Lieutenant Harmon D. Bissell, quartermaster, shot dead by a cannon-ball. This was about sundown.
Note. Killed in action at Fort Donelson, Tennessee, February 3, 1863.
Numbers 8. Report of Colonel Douglas H. Cooper, C. S. Army, commanding division.
Serg. Felix S. Heiston, who was particularly distinguished for his bravery and soldier-like bearing. He was killed at his gun by a cannon-ball.
Numbers 57. Report of Colonel Amor A. McKnight, One hundred and fifth Pennsylvania Infantry.
Lieutenant Cummiskey, of Company D. had his head blown off by a cannon ball while gallantly leading his men forward to repulse a charge of the enemy.
P. P. R. Cummiskey 1st Lt., Mustered in February 6, 1862 Killed at Fair Oaks, Va., May 31, 1862.
No. 175 Report of Lieutenant. Col. Charles Jones, Seventeenth Louisiana Infantry.
On rising the hill First Lieutenant. T. O. Hynes, of Company K, had his left arm carried away by a cannon ball.
Numbers 121. Report of Colonel Samuel Beatty, Nineteenth Ohio Infantry.
Major Edwards, acting lieutenant-colonel, was killed, while gallantly doing his duty, by a cannon ball
Numbers 1. Report of Brigadier General S. A. Hurlbut, U. S. Army.
Captain McClure, of the Second Kansas, lost his foot by a cannon ball.
Captain McClure James R Co. B.,. Residence Junction City, Mustered in June 20, 1861 Must. out with regt. Oct. 31,1861; wounded in actioin September 4, 1861, at Shelbina, Mo.
Numbers 32. Report of Brigadier General N. B. Pearce, commanding First Division, Army of the Arkansas.
We are pained here to have to record the death of Lieutenant Weaver, of this battery, who acted gallantly, and received the death-wound by a cannon ball while sighting his gun.
Numbers 5. Report of Captain Judson Kilpatrick, Fifth New York Infantry.
Private John Dunn, whose arm was shattered by a cannon ball, and who bore himself with the greatest bravery, and who said to Surgeon Gilbert, while amputating his arm, that he could not have lost it in a nobler cause.
DUNN, JOHN.—Age, 20 years. Enlisted, April 25,1861, at New York city; mustered in as private, Co. H, May 9, 1861, to serve two years; wounded, June 10, 1861, at Big Bethel, Va.; discharged for disability, August 21, 1861, at Baltimore, Md., as John S. Dunn.