Friday, March 23, 2012

William Woods Averell.

William Woods Averell.

Birth: Nov. 5, 1832.
Death: Feb. 3, 1900.

Civil War Union Brigadier General. Born in Cameron, Steuben County, New York, he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1855, placing 26th in his class. He became a 2nd Lieutenant, was assigned to the United States Army Mounted Rifles, and served in the Indian Wars on the Western frontier. He was severely wounded in a fight with Navajo in 1859. When the Civil War began, he became a 1st Lieutenant with the Mounted Riflemen and was placed on staff duty in Washington, D.C. In August, 1861, he was appointed as Colonel of the 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry and soon became a Brigadier General. During 1863, he initiated several cavalry raids in Western Virginia. His cavalry raided Confederate General James Longstreet's supply base on the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad on December 16, 1863. He was then placed in command of the 2nd Cavalry Division and was wounded near Wytheville, Virginia.
He resigned after the war and was appointed as Consul General of the United States in the British provinces of North America from 1866 to 1869. In 1869, he became president of a manufacturing company and an industrial inventor. He discovered a process for the manufacture of steel directly from ore in one operation in 1870. He invented the American Asphalt Pavement in 1879 and had patents for several insulating conduits for wires and conductors. He also invented a machine for laying electric conductors underground. He died in Bath, New York in 1900 when he was 67 years old.
Burial: Grove Cemetery, Bath, Steuben County, New York.

Felix Shumate.

Felix Shumate was born in Spencer County, Kentucky, and removed with his parents to Boone County, Indiana, in the year of 1847, where he spent the remainder of his life.  On the first call for troops by President Lincoln, Shumate enlisted as a Private in Company I., Tenth Indiana Infantry for three months service, participated in the battle of Rich Mountain, West Virginia, and returned home August 1, 1861, at the expiration of his term of service.  He immediately assisted Captain Perkins in recruiting his company for the three years service and was made First Lieutenant succeeding to the captaincy of the company after the death of Captain Perkins.  He was present at every battle and skirmish in which the regiment was engaged, being wounded in the battle of Mill Springs during the siege of Corinth and Chickamauga.

After the expiration of his three years term of service, he return to Lebanon and engaged in business.  He was the originator of many public enterprises and always at the head of every movement for the benefit of the people.  He served as Postmaster at Lebanon, under Harrison Administration.  He died at Lebanon, Deember 18, 1895.

Side Notes.  Corporal, enlisted April 23, 1861, Mustered out August 6, 1861, re-enlisted.  First Liuetenant, enlisted September 2, 1861, discharged September 18, 1864, wounded at Corinth Miss., promoted Captain November 1863.  Wounded at the battle Corinth Mississippi, by being run over by a cavalryman, was seriously hurt.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Cyrus J. Burnett

Cyrus J. Burnett, Private, 124th., Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F., Mustered in August 11, 1862, Mustered out with company May 16, 1863.  This was a nine month service.  I would be most interested if any one has more information on him.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Slave Owners & Slaves of South Carolina.

This is a list of slave owners who had claims against the State of South Carolina, for the impressment of their slaves into public service.  There are no last names for the slaves just the first.  There are 261, slaves owners named but some are repeated as they had more then one of their salves who were impressed.  I will not list all 261, as you have to go back and forth in the records and would just taken to long.  If you don't see a slave owner here I will be glad to do a look up. 
Note for the author. Report of the Auditor of South Carolina, ( Civil War Slaves. )

Slave Owner--District--Slave--Impressment--Death--Value--Allowed.

1. William Ashley--Barnwell--Isaac--Nov. 16, 1863--Dec. 12, 1863--$2,000--$,2000.

2. Thomas Adams--Chester--Lee--Sept. 14, 1863--Dec. 12, 1863--$1,900--$1,900.

3.  R. F. Atwood--Newberry--Travis--Sept. 14, 1863--Nov. 3, 1863--$1,400--$1,400.

4. William Aiken--Chesterfield--Pino--Oct. 16, 1863--Dec. 10, 1863--$1,800--$1,800.

5. William Aiken--Chesterfield--William--Oct. 16, 1863--Jan. 11, 1863--$1,700.--$1,700.

6. William Aiken--Chesterfield--Simon--Oct. 16, 1863--------$1,800--$1,800.

7. Robert Adger--Anderson--Douglas--Sept. 14, 1863--Dec. 26, 1863--$1,400--$1,499.

8. T. R. Asbill--Edgefield--Philip--Nov. 16, 1863--Jan. 31, 1864--$2,200--$2,200.

9. William Ashley--Barnwell--Alick--Nov. 16, 1863--Jan. 19, 1864--$2,000--$2,000.

10. David Butler--Edgefield--Henry--Nov. 16, 1863----No proof of Impersment.

11. D. W. Brown--Landcaster--Adam--Sept. 21, 1863--Oct. 22, 1863--$3,500--$3,500.

12. D. W. Brown--Landcaster--Ned--Sept. 21, 1863--Oct. 22, 1863--$4,000--$4,000.

13. Robert P. Buchanaan--Abbeville--Ephraim--Sept. 14, 1863--Oct. 12, 1863--No proof.

14. Rev. S. Bouknight--Edgefield--Allen--Dec. 16, 1862--Feb. 14, 1863--$2,000--$2,000.

15. S. B. Brooks--Abbeville--Charles--Sept. 16, 1863--Dec. 10, 1863--$1,000--$1,000.

16. Henry Burton--Newberry--Johnson--Sept. 16, 1862--Oct. 19, 1862--$1,400.

17. James C. Burch--Chesterfield--Ellis--Oct. 16, 1853--Jan. 9, 1864--$1,200--$1,200.

18. Mrs. T. H. Beekhan--Chester--Adam--Sept. 22, 1853--Dec. 10, 1863--$1,800--$1,800.

19. G. W. Bush--Barnwell--Henry--Nov. 16, 1853--Dec. 15, 1863--$2,000--$2,000.

20. Mrs. D. A. Cromer--Abbeville--Jack--Sept. 14, 1853--Nov. 4, 1863--$1,700--$1,700.

21. William Caldwell--Chester--John--Sept 21, 1853--Nov. 28, 1863--$1,800--$1,800.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

William H. Hill.

"Major" Hill, as the boys called him, was born in Williamson County, Tennessee, in 1837.  He enlisted in Company A., "Hickory Guards," as it was termed before it became a part of the Twentieth Tennessee Regiment.  He served faithfully as a soldier, performing satisfactorily every duty assigned to him during the four years struggle, and in accordance with the last "General Orders" issued by that illusrious hero, General Jos. E. Johnston, he then returnd to his home and made as good a citizen as he had as a soldier.

In 1865 he married Miss Katherine J. Ewing, of Kemper County, Mississippi, to whom were born five children Viz:, W. T. Hill of Denison Texas; Medora C., Albert E., and Murry Hill of Omaha Neb., and Louis B. Hill of Nashville, all of whom, with their mother survive.  William H. Hill died in the city of Nashville, May 10, 1881.

Jenkin Llyod Jones.

Here is a very interesting and unusual picture as it shows three phases of a mitilary career.  His name is Jenkin Llyd Jones, and was a private in the Wisconsin 6th., Battery, Light Artillery. 

The first picture was taken just after he enlistment in August 14, 1862.  The second was taken in Memphis in 1863, and the third was taken just after he was mustered out, July 18, 1865.

Jenkin L. Jones.
Taken around 1914.

Jenkin, was the third Jenkin to be a preacher.  His father was a Hatter-farmer, he made hats for the local markets during the winter, tilling his little ten acer farm in the summer.  The family came from Wales, they reached Wisconsin about May of 1845, they took up roots about forty miles from Milwaukee.  His father paid $1.20, per acer, he had little money and by the time he bought a yoke of oxen and two cows, he only had $5, dollars left to start his new life.  Mr. Jenkin's built a small log house and within it lived Mr. Jenkin's his wife and six children.  They lived there for the next twelve years, in that time four more children were born.
This was just a little short, if you would like to learn more of his family life and his military career he wrote a book called; ( An Artilleryman's Diary ), By Jenkin Lloyd Jones, Pub. 1914.  This book can be found and read on line. 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

William Harrison Bullard of Oakham, Massachusetts.

William Harrison Bullard, was born April 22, 1840, in Oakham, Massachusetts, his father was Joel Bullard, born October 7, 1796, son of Silas, a soldier in the recvolutionary war.  Silas was the son of Jonathan Bullard and was born in Weston, May 24, 1746.

William H. Bullard, was a farmer and living on the Silas Bullard place at Oakham.  When he was twenty-one he enlisted in the Massachusetts 25th., Infantry, Company B, September 2, 1861, would later re-enlist into the same regiment but was now in Company H.  He was recorded as being missing or thought died June 3, 1864, at cold Harbor.

In fact at cold Harbor he was severely wounded falling among the living and the dead as the line went down before that fatal fire on three sides of the Angle into which the charge was made.  Bullard could not cover himself, and was shot to death lying on the ground between the lines, his companions unable to help him.