Friday, February 24, 2012

On The March.

The soldier did more marching then fighting and when it was time to fight many did it in bare feet.  Shores were had to come by for both sides.  When there were shoes they were soon wore out from the many long marches.  When on the march many would take off their shoes and tie the laces together and hang them on their rifle as the cartoon on the left shows.  This page will not be about shoes but the men that marched in their bare feet.

New York 91st., Infantry.

*Lieutenant Reese walked the last half of the march in bare feet.

*The shoes of Sergt. Major E. R. Cone gave out early in the march, yet he has not only kept up with the regiment, but has performed all his duties in bare feet.

*James Richardson, Company F, wounded on the 1st instant, without shoes, his feet dressed in cloths, has kept up with the regiment, and is now present for duty.

Report of Lieutenant Colonel Joseph B. Leake, Twentieth Iowa Infantry.

Very many of my command marched with shoes so much worn that their feet were on the ground, and were badly bruised and cut up by the stony roads. A few had been supplied with boots at Camp Lyon, which fitted them so illy that their feet became much blistered and inflamed by the continuous marching. A few of these last mentioned ( carried their boots and marched in their bare feet ) to the scene of action.

No. 204 Reports of Col. John C. Moore, Second Texas Infantry.

By this time many who had left camp with worn-out shoes became totally barefooted, and many of the men, as well as some of the officers, returned to camp after the battle in their bare feet.

*Side note.

REESE, JR., AQUILLA A. Age, 20 years. Enrolled at Baltimore, Md., to serve three years, and mustered in as second: lieutenant, Co. A , February 27, 1865; mustered out with company, July 3, 1865, near Washington, D. C ; first lieutenant, New York Volunteers, by brevet. Commissioned second lieutenant, February 24, 1865, with; rank from January 8, 1865.

CONE, EDWARD RAYMOND.—Age, 19 years. Enrolled at Albany, to serve three years, and mustered in as sergeant, Co. C, September 24, 1861; re-enlisted as a veteran, January 1, 1864; promoted first sergeant, prior to October, 1864; sergeant major, December 7, 1864; mustered in as first lieutenant, Co. C, May 28, 1865; mustered out with company, July 3, 1865, near Balls Cross Roads, Va. captain, N. Y . Vols., by brevet. Commissioned first lieutenant, May 11, 1865, with rank from March 2,1865.

RICHARDSON, JAMES. Age, 23 years. Enlisted at Troy, to serve one year, and mustered in as private, Co. F , August 31, 1861; discharged, June 13, 1865, at Whitehall Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa.

John E. Wardlow

Lieutenant John E. Wardlow.
John E. Wardlow, son of James and Eliza ( Cooke ) Wardlow, was born in Pawtucketm Mass. ( territory which is now in Rhode Island ), October 16, 1840.  He attended the public schools of his native place of his youth.  At the breaking out of the Rebellion he manifested a strong desire to serve his country in her hour of peril, Enlisting as a Private in Battery B, First Rhode Island Light Artillery, August 13, 1861.  That he was an excellent soldier is shown by the fact that he was successively promoted to Corporal, Sergeant and First Sergeant in his battery, and afterwards was detached as acting Sergeant-Major of Artillery Brigade of the Second Army Corps of the army of the Potomac.

He subsequently received a commission as Second Lieutenant inthe Fourteenth Rhode Island Heavy Artillery October 16, 1863, and afterwards on appearing before the Examining Boardat Washington D. C., received a commission as First Lieutenant in the same regiment, December 3, 1863, and was assigned to Company E. He was acting battalion Quartermaster of his battalion from January 21, 1864-March 1864.  He was also borne on detached service as Post Quartermaster ans Commissary From March 27, 1864, until November 6, 1864.  Also served as Post Commissary at Donaldsonville La., from June 28, 1864 to August 29, 1865.

He was discharged from service in consequence of impaired health August 29, 1865.  After returning to the North he went to an infirmary in New York for his health, but not receiving any lasting benefit returned to Providence, Rhode Island.  Soon afterwards, while visiting relatives in New York City, he was taken suddenly ill of heart disease and died there March 10, 1876.

Side note.  Enrolled and mustered as a Private, Battery B, First Rhode Island Light Artillery, August 13, 1861, Promoted to Corporal October 1, 1861, Sergeant December 15, 1861, First Lieutenant May 12, 1862.  

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Company A., Ohio 86th., Infantry.

Finding any information on the 86th., is very difficult so the information here is very limited.  But I decided to put up the information I do have, as the picture is neat and the men look so young.  I know this picture is hard to fine and those looking into these lines will be glad to see it, and, "Yes you may copy it if you wish." 

Ohio 86th., Infantry, Company A.

Back roll left to right.

Samuel Holland, Enlisted from Youngstown, Age 19., Sergeant, was Promoted.
Josiah L. Zimmerman, Enlisted from Poland, Age 18, Private, Dead.
Packard Loverain, Enlisted from Youngstown, Age 18, Private.

Front Roll Left to right.

Joseph Nelson Ashburn, Enlisted from Lordstown, Age 25, Private.
William D. Courtney, Enlisted from Poland, Age 17, Musician.

Authors note.  This information and picture came from "The History of the 86th., regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry", written by Private, Joseph N. Ashburn, see picture above.

William Atkins, Civil War.

William Atkins, Enlisted in the 124th., Ohio, Infantry, Company B., as a Corporal, on August 14, 1862, for 3 years age 19.  Killed in battle of Chickamauga Ga., on September 19, 1863.

The following comes from the regimental History of the 124th., Ohio Infantry..

I saw the first man of your regiment killed, Corporal Atkins.  He was a tall, finely formed man, a farmer and school teacher by occupation; an abolitionist, he hated slavery, and consequently the slaveholders rebellion; and many a time around mirthful campfire had he been the object of his fiery sentiments of his hatred of that giant wrong; and some times it was hinted in his hearing " The best fighters are not as a rule the best talkers."  I can see him now as he stands at my right behind the sheltering trunk of a large pine loading and firing , in the storm of bullets as calmly as though not at death's carnival.

I saw blood flowing from his left shoulder, I say, "William, you are badly wounded; go to the rear." Putting his hand up to his wounded shoulder, and extending his left arm says, "See Captain I am not much hurt, I want to give them another."  He draws another cartridge from his box, springs his hammer, runs the cartridge half way down a bullet from the enemy pierces that brave heart, and I see him fall on his face dead.

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Murder of William Dulin ( Dullin ), Civil War.

The following information comes from a book called:

Butler and his cavalry in the war of the secession 1861-1865.
By U. R. Brooks, Pub., 1909.

William Dulin, ( Dullin), was short down in cold blood on the coner of Main and Culpeper streets in Warrenton by a Captain Farnsworth, of a company in the eighth Illinois Cavalry.  Several of the members of the Black Horse Cavalry, were surprised in Warrenton and as the odds were against them they made a dash to escape capture, and rejoined their company.  William Dulin's ( Dullin's, ), horse fell with him and while in a semi-conscious condition from the fall he was immediately shot and mortally wounded while he lay prostrate upon the street by Captain Farnsworth. 

The members of the Black Horse company swore vengeance against this same captain, and he was told by Mrs. James Catlett, of Catlett station, that every member of the company had his ( Farnsworth's ) name engraved upon their cariridge boxes, and it would be only a matter of time untill he would meet his fate.

On the 3rd, day of July, 1863, Farnsworth led a charge at Gettysburg, where he received a mortal wound, and before he would surrender he deliberately took his own pistol and blew his brains out, and thus ended the brilliant career of his reckless man who rose from Captain in the eighth Illinois to Colonel of the regiment, and then to Brigadier-General.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Four Faces Of 115th., Illinois Infantry.

Here are four men of the 115th., Illinois Infantry, I picked them as they looked so young.  Some did not make it out of the war.  Each man has a short Biography, but because it has to be copied by hand then retuyped I will not put them here.  However you can request it by giving the name of the soldier and regiments number and the page number ( 115th. Illinois Infantry-page number.)

James T. King.
James T. King, Private, Company F., 115th, Illinois United States Infantry, Residence Madison County, Illinois, Age 18, Height 5 feet and 7 inches, Hair Light, Eyes Blue, Complexion Light, Single, Occupation Clerk, Nativity Madison County, Illinois, Enlisted August 6, 1862, at Macon County Illinois, For 3 years, Mustered in September 13, 1862, at Camp Butler, Illinois, Mustered out May 22, 1865, at Camp Chase, Ohio.  Biography-p.366. 

Newton B. Kinman
Newton B. Kinman, Private, Company I., 115th., Illinois United States Infantry, Residence Jacksonville, Morgan County Illinois, Age 19, Height 5feet and 7 inches, Hair Auburn, Eyes Gary, Complexton Light, Occupation Farmer, Enlisted August 6, 1864, at Jacksonville Illinois, for 1 year, Mustered in August 8, 1864, at Jacksonville.  Died of disease February 24, 1865, at Huntsville Ala.  Biography-p.396.

Philip Clements
 Philip Clements, Private, Company E., 115th., Illinois United States Infantry, Residence South Macon, Macon County Illinois, Age 17, Height 5 feet and 8 inches, Hair Dark, Eyes Gray, Complextion Light, Single, Occupation Farmer, Nativity Boone County, Indiana, Enlisted August 13, 1862, at Macon Illinois, for 3 years, Mustered in September 13, 1862, at Camp Butler, Illinois, Mustered out June 11, 1865, aat Camp Harker, Teen.  Promoted Corporal.  Biography-p.345.

Samuel Rugh.
 Samuel Rugh, Private, Company E., 115th., Illinois United States Infantry, Residence Blue Mound, Macon County, Illinois, Age 21, Height 5 feet and 10 inches, Hair Auburn, Eyes Hazel, Complexion Fair, Single, Occupation Farmer, for 3 years, Nativity Indiana County, Pennsylvania, Enlisted August 13, 1862, at Macon County, Illinois, for 3 years, Mustered in September 13, 1862, at Camp Butler, Illinois, Mustered out June 11, 1865, at Camp Harker, Tenn.  Biography-p.353.