Saturday, December 22, 2012

Enoch F. Tompkins, Massachusetts

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Enoch Foote Tompkins was born in Haverhill, Mass., November 4, 1830. His father was Christopher Tompkins, who was a classmate of John G. Whittier at the Haverhill Academy, and the captain's grandfather was Rev. Isaac Tompkins, who held the degree of A. M. from Brown University, and who became pastor of a Congregational church in the East Side of Haverhill, Mass., more than one hundred years ago. This grandfather married Mary Alden, daughter of John Alden, of Fair Haven, Mass., who was a lineal descendent of John Alden, who came over in the Mayflower "Speak for yourself , John,"  Captain Tompldiis mother was Abbie Foote, daughter of Enoch and Ssrah (George )Foote. The Footes were well-established and prominent people in Newburyport, while the Georges were highly respectable people and belonged in Haverhill and vicinity.

In June, 1856, Captain Tompkins married Catherine Hayden Shurtleff, during whose infancy her mother died, the. baby then becoming the protege of the Thurston family, hence she was often known as Catherine H. Thurston. Both the Thurston and Shurtleff families were highly respectable people. From the marriage of Captain Tompkins. and Miss Shurtleff there are two surviving children. Miss Abbie Hayden Tompkins and Charles Chase Tompkins, who now reside in Haverhill. Captain Tompkins, when' a boy, received a part of his education in the public schools of Haverhill, and after finishing an academic course, settled down to business in that town. He had not enjoyed many years at his quiet and pleasant business before it became apparent that war between the North and the South was inevitable. The excitement caused by the secession, from the Union of state after state in the South, spread to every, city, town and hamlet of the country. The people of the North became profoundly agitated, and fully determined to meet force with force for the preservation of the Union. The crisis came, the people of the South appealing to arms to enforce their demand for separation. The cry at the North was "To Arms" and save the country from disintegration.

With the blood of Revolutionary sires coursing in his veins, what less could young Tompkins do than rush to arms, and sustain the record of his heroic and honorable ancestors? It was in the blood, and he and other young men organized Company F, of Haverhill Luther Day becoming captain, Enoch F. Tompkins, first lieutenant, and William H. Turner, second lieutenant.

Company F was composed of a hundred smart, intelligent Haverhill boys, and some of them were sons of the best famihes of the town. Drill was the order of the day. It was a splendid company. It was patronized by the townspeople, who supplied the every want of the boys. When the company reported to Colonel Dike at Lynnfield, as part of the Seventeenth Massachusetts Infantry, on July 10, 1861, it was given position as right flank company, thereby making it and its officers the seniors of the regiment. This was proof of its perfect organization and complete readiness for active service. The regiment proceeded to the front on the 23d of August, 1861, making its headquarters at Baltimore, Md., for a few months.

Captain Tompkins was commissioned first lieutenant in the Seventeenth Massachusetts, May 10, 1861. His promotion to captain was recognized by all as a fitting reward for his faithful and intelligent service while first lieutenant. He served with his regiment during the three years' service of the command, and was mustered out at Lynnfield, August 3, 1864. He remained at home a few months when, fearing that he had not rendered an the service he was capable of to his country, he was re-commissioned in the same regiment as captain, and served with the command until the final muster out at the close of the war, July 14, 1865.

Captain Tompkins was on every march and in every fight that his company and regiment participated in. He was brave and cool under all circimistances a strict disciplinarian, but never cruel. He was educated, attractive and witty. In his bouts at witicism he unhorsed many a friendly opponent with his laconic shafts of wit; but having conquered, with a peal of good-natiued laughter, he would restore his antagonist to good-fellowship again. Referring to his well-known bravery, the writer of this sketch remembers distinctly one circumstance which showed the mettle of the man. On July 26, 1863, the regiment having landed near Winton, (otherwise Mt. Tabor), and was marching in coliunn along the road, when the enemy, secreted behind breast works, opened fire on the regiment. Colonel Fellows changed formation from column to line and advanced upon the enemy. This formation brought Captain Tompkins in command of Company B, on the road, facing the line of works. He led his men over the works as cooly and smilingly as though they were marching to a good dinner.

The children of Captain Tomp kins may well feel proud of the record of their gallant sire, and the city of Haverhill of her heroic son, and no disparagement to others is intended when it is said that the city of Haverhill would not suffer if she proclaimed Captain Tompkins the peer of Major Jack Howe. Captain Tompkins died February 6, 1901.

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Mathewson's Brothers, 7th, Rhode Island

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Calvin Rhodes Mathewson, a brother of Nicholas, was born in North Kingston October 30, 1846.  Evidently the inital of his middle name cannot be K., official records to the contrary notwithstanding.  He was but fifteen at the time of his enlistment, and hailed from Coventry Centre.  He was not stromg, and consequently, speedily found himself in the hospital.  He was absent from the regiment sick after December20, 1862, and was discharged April2, 1863, at the Postmounth Grove Hospital.

After attending school nearly a year he enlisted February 17, 1864, in compamy G., Third Rhode Island Cavalry, joined the regiment in Louisana, and participated in the Red River campaign, after which he was sent to a hospital in New Orleans.  On December 10th he was discharged and, with many others, smilarly conditioned was sent to New York on the steamer "North America".  She went down, however, with all on board, on December 22nd off Cape Hatteras.  Calvin had another brother James Mathewson, who enlisted at the age of seventeen, in Battery G., First Rhode Island Light Artillery.

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Nicholas Whitford Mathewson, son of Verbadus and Mary Whitford Mathewson, was born in West Greenwich, November 30, 1834.  Most of his life was spent in North Kingstown, at the village of Hamilton then called "Bissell's Narrows".  His occupation was Mill operative.  In 1854, he married Hannah E., dauther of Miner Rose, of North Kingstown.  He was very tall and therefore was almost always on the extreme right of his company.  While the regiment was waiting in the streets of Fredericksburg, Virginia, December 13, 1862, the head of his company was opposite a cross street down which the Confederates were firing with their artillery.  One of the shots struck Nicholas takening off both feet.  He did not survie many hours.

He left two children Mary W. and Charles A., of Wickford, with whom the widow now resides, though in the intervening time she again married, so that her present surname is Crowell.  A few years ago the family changed its name from Mathewson to Matteson.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Alonzo L. Jenks, Rhode Island, 7th., Infantry.

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Obderly Sergeant Alonzo L. Jenks, son of Nathan C. Jenks, was born in Central Falls, R. I., Sept. 15, 1844. When twelve months old his parents removed to Providence, R. I., where his education was secured in the public schools. When of sufficient age his father required his assistance in the management of a livery stable, of which he was proprietor. In the spring of 1861 Mr. Jenks purchased a farm in Cranston and there the family resioed when Alonzo enlisted. When discharged from the service he secured a situation with a grain dealer with whom he lived. His evenings, however, were spent at Bryant and Stratton's Commercial College for an entire year. Then upon the invitation of his uncle, he became bookkeeper of the Fales and Jenks Machine Company, of Pawtucket. After some years he contracted the Western fever, disposing of what real estate he was possessed of in Rhode Island, took his wife and infant child to Los Angeles, Cal. There his wife became an invalid, finally necessitating his bringing her remains to his native state for interment. When last heard from he was the wholesale agent of a Massachusetts whip manufacturing company at Denver, Col., though subsequently it was reliably reported that he had removed to Butte, Montana.

S. W. Prestman, 17th., Virginia Infantry C. S. A.

Capt. S. W. Prestman, of Company I, Seventeenth Virginia Regiment, who was wounded at the battle of Bull Run, July 18, 1861, is remembered by the surviving members of that band of soldiers with feelings of fond regard. As an officer and social companion, he was without exception, beloved and honored. His untimely end, after such a bright and goodly record, will not be out of place in the annals of his first command.

In May, 1862, he was ordered to report to General Beauregard at Corinth, Mississippi, and served with distinction as Engineer in the Western army. Upon the arrival of the army at Chattanooga, he was appointed Chief Engineer of General Hardee's Cdrps, and as such, served faithfully during the Kentucky campaign. Upon the return of the army, he received the appointment of Chief Engineer of the army of Tennessee, with a position on General Bragg's staff. He afterwards served under General Johnston, and ever carried with him a knowledge of having done his duty as a soldier.

In January, 1864, his health gave way, and upon application, he received a furlough to visit his native State to recruit it. Whilst enroute to his home, and upon arrival near Danville, Va., the accident which deprived him of life, occurred. He had stepped out of the cars to warm, during the stoppage, and in crossing the track, (the engine having been detached for water,) he slipped and fell ; he was too weak to regain his feet in time, and the engine returning, struck him, killing him instantly.

Colonel Prestman was a most gallant officer, and from his conduct in the many battles and arnay movements in which he was a conspicuous actor, he was frequently mentioned, with well deserved praise, in official reports.

He was universally beloved by all who came in contact with him, and his sudden deathj when so near a reunion with his family and friends, cast a deep gloom over the hearts of many who served with him, both in the "Virginia and Western armies.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Rufus H. Slayton, 10th., Vermomt Infantry.

There is very little information on Rufus, but I picked his picture because I found it interesting, and I thought if a ancestor was looking for a picture of him they would be glad to find it here.
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Rufus H. Slayton, 10th., Vermont infantry, Company H., volunteered September 12, 1862, at the age of 18, and counted on the quota of East Montpelier, Vermont, was mustered out with regiment July 21, 1863.  Re-enlisted August 27, 1864, 2nd Battery Light Artillary, for one year.  Died July 31, 1865, in service.  Born 1844, Died 1865, Buried Popler Hill cemetery, Calais, Vermont.

They Fell Dead,

Here is a list of soldiers from borth sides who fell in battle this page gives notice on how the fell in battle.

8th., Illinois Infantry.

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.

Tennessee Fourteenth.

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.

Texas, second

William T. Spence, of Company B, and Privates E. Bagg 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. 

34th, Pennsylvania infantry.

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

13th., Michigan V. V. I.

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 Williard G. Eaton, Thirteenth Michigan Volunteer InfantryVeteran . His country and friends will long mourn his death, for he was brave, good man, loved by all who knew him.

5th., New Hampshire.

Where all have done bravely, distinctions are impossible as well as unjust, yet I cannot close without paying tribute to the lofty courage and cool daring of Lieutenant Warren Ryder, who fell dead while gallantly leading his men within fifteen feet of the enemy's works.

New York.

Sergt. 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.

7th. Texas infantry.

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

74th., 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.

3rd., U. S. Artillary.

I would here call the attention of the commanding general to the behavior of Corpl. A. Barnard, who, after gallantly fighting his piece, fell dead while endeavoring to get it away.

U. S. Navy.

With sorrow he records 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.

48th., Virginia infantry.

Captains [J. M.] Vermillion and [C. W. S.] Harris both fell, dead, while bravely urging their men onward in the struggle.

A Virginia Battery.

. I lost at the first position one of 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.

Louisiana Battery.

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

18th., Tennessee.

Color-Sergt. George K. Lowe, fell dead upon the field, nobly discharging kis whole duty

19th., Ohio.

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

38th., Illinois infantry.

Capt. James P. Mead, Thirty-eighth Illinois Volunteers, fell, shot there times, while fighting the enemy with his revolver after his regiment had retired. 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.

102nd., New York infantry.

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.

FIRST Regiment, FIRST Brigadier, SIXTH P. A. C.

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

7th. Arkansas infantry.

John M. Dean, our brave commander, fell dead, shot by a Minie 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."

C. S. Army.

I regret to say that young John Campbell, which 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.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Captain S. E. Howard, 8th., Vermont.

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Capt., S. E. Howard was a mere boy when he enlisted as a private in Company H. He was afterwards promoted to second lieutenant, then to first lieutenant. During the campaign up the Teche to Alexandria, and the siege of Port Hudson, he was acting quartermaster of the regiment. He was then promoted to the captaincy of Company C, which he commanded in the battles of Opequon and Fisher's Hill. In the battle of Cedar Creek he was disabled by severe wounds, and on that account received an honorable discharge in the following December. As a soldier and officer, Capt. Howard was made of the best stuff, and earned each honor he received by duties well performed.

S. E. Howard. Private Company H, Nov. 19, 1861; 1st sergeant, Feb. 18, 1862 ; 2d lieutenant Company H, Jan. 12, 1863;  captain Company C, July 26, 1864; honorably discharged, Dec. 9, 1864, for wounds received in action at Cedar Creek, Va., Oct. 19, 1864; served as acting quartermaster of the regiment, Jan. to Dec, 1863; in charge of recruiting party sent to Vermont, Dec, 1863, to March, 1864; acting adjutant during veteran furlough of regiment; A. A. D. C. on brigade staff, and acting quartermaster of brigade; judge advocate of court martial held on steamer Cahawba, between New York and New Orleans.  In civil life Capt. S. E. Howard is secretary of a cattle company in
Wyoming Territory.

Short notes about S. E. Howard from the Regimental History.

When the regiment went up the Opelousas Railroad in October, 1862, Orderly Sergt. S. E. Howard, being ill, was left behind ih charge of a picket-post near the residence of Col. Sparks, at Company Canal, He was suffering severely with chills and fever, contracted in that malarious climate, and on learning his condition, Mrs. Sparks warned him against exposure, and kindly urged him to sleep at her house and receive medical attendance. But Howard respectfully declined to accept the proffered courtesy, until he was seized with a violent congestive chill which left him almost dead, and in this condition his comrades carried him to her house.

Eequally brave was Sergeant Howard, when he leaped ashore from the boat of the Diana, and, running through a storm of bullets, carried the message to his colonel.  Orderly Sergt. S. E. Howard, of Company H, who carried the message from the gun-boats to Col. Thomas, was promoted to second lieutenant, his commission dating January 13th, 1863, the same day the expedition started up the bayou.

The first man wounded that afternoon was Corporal Wm. W. Perry, of Brookline. Acting Quartermaster Howard, who was an eye-witness, says : " A shell burst over our heads, and I saw a piece of it descend with a queer fluttering sound, and strike Perry on the top of the head. He dropped all in a heap, and I supposed was killedj but on going to him I found him alive.

Capt. Howard was twice wounded while within a few feet of the flags and almost in the centre of the savage melee, but he managed to hobble away when the regiment was swept back.

Sixth North Carolina Infantry.

Here are a few names from the sith, if you don't see your ancestor or name of interests let me know and I will be glad to look him up.  I have the full roster of the sixth.  This regiment was also known as the ( Bloody Sixth.)

Company A.


KIRKLAND, SAMUEL S. Enlisted May 16. 1861 and appointed 1st Lieutenant. Promoted to Captain June 24, 1861 to rank from May 20. 1861. Resigned because of ill health July 29. 1862 and appointed ist Lieutenant of Artillery July 29, 1862 to take effect on that date to serve as Ordnance Officer on the staff of Brigadier General William Dorsey Pender. .Appointed 1st Lieutenant and aide-de-camp to General Pender April 23, 1863 to take effect December 13, 1862. On June 13. 1863 he became Captain, Assistant Adjutant General on staff of Brigadier General Alfred M. Scales, who assumed command of Pender's Brigade. Resigned July 18, 1863 on the death of General Pender. Declined appointment as Captain tendered September 28, 1863. Appointed Captain, Assistant Quartermaster, October 16. 1863 to take rank from that date. Sened as Post Quartenriaster at Hillsboro. Paroled April 26, 1865.

TURNER, JAMES CALDER. Resided in Rowan County and enlisted May 16, 1861. Appointed 1st Lieutenant July 11. 1861 to take rank from May 20. 1861.  Wounded at Mahern Hill. \a.. July 1, 1862. Promoted to Captain July 29. 1862. Captured at Rappahannock Station, Va., November 7, 1863 and confined at Johnson's Island, Ohio, until released on taking Oath of Allegiance June 13, 1865.


PRICE, THOMAS A., 1st Lieutenant. Resided in Rowan County and enlisted at Charlotte April 25. 1861. Appointed 2nd Lieutenant July 11. 1861 to rank from May 20, 1861. Wounded at Battle of First Manassas July 21, 1861. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant July 29, 1862. Captured at Rappahannock Station, Va., November 7, 1863 and confined at Johnson's Island, Ohio, until released on taking Oath of  alegiance June 13. 1865.

SMITH, ERNEST H., 2nd Lieutenant. Resided in .Alamance County and enlisted at Charlotte at age 20, May 28. 1861 for the war. Mustered in as Private and appointed Sergeant June 1. 1861 and 1st Sergeant September 13. 1861. Appointed 2nd Lieutenant November 29, 1861. Wounded at Seven Pines, Va., May 31, 1862. Promoted to Sr 2nd Lieutenant July 29. 1862 and dropped from rolls June 12, 1863 by reason of prolonged absence without leave, having been absent sick since August 27, 1862.


BANKHART, GEORGE, Private. Born in Baltimore, Md., and resided as a fanner and mechanic prior to his enlistment at Charlotte at age 23. May 28. 1861 for the war. Admitted to hospital at Richmond. Va. June 7, 1864 wounded. Captured at Strasburg. Va., September 23. 1864 and confined at Point Lookout, Md. Joined the U. S. service October 12, 1864 and mustered into Company A, 4th Regiment U. S. Volunteers at Fort Monroe. Va.. October 31, 1864 for three years. Deserted at St. Louis, Mo., May 12. 1865.

BOWMAN, JAMES M., Private. Enlisted at Charlotte at age 23, May 28, 1861 for the war. Wounded at Malvern Hill. Va.. July 1, 1862. Captured at Rappahannock Station, Va., November 7. 1863 and confined at Point Lookout, Md., Paroled and exchanged November 15. 1864 at Venus Point, Savannah River.

BURGESS, JAMES R., Private. Resided in Randolph County and enlisted at Company Shops at age 18, July 1, 1861 for the war. Captured at Rappahannock Station, Va.. November 7, 1863 and confined at Point Lookout, Md., until paroled and exchanged at Aiken's Landing, Va.. May 8. 1864. Captured at Strasbiu-g, Va,, November 13, 1864 and confined at Point Lookout until released after taking Oath of .Allegiance June 23, 1865.

BURROW, CHARLES W., Private. Enlisted at Charlotte at age 21, May 28, 1861 for the war. Captured at Battle of First Manassas July 21, 1861. Confined at Fort McHenry. Md., until transferred to Fort Monroe, Va. where he was paroled and exchanged in November 1862, Wounded, missing and presumed killed at Gettysburg, Pa.. July 2, 1863.

CALDWELL, JULIUS A. Resided in Rowan County and enlisted at age 32. Appointed Assistant Surgeon, this regiment, to rank from Mav 16, 1861. Resigned August 18. 1861 by reason of ill health. Appointed Surgeon .April 4, 1863 to rank from October 30, 1862 and assigned to the 57th Rcginrent N.. C. Troops with which he had been serving as Acting Surgeon since October 1862. Took Oath of Allegiance at Salisbury May 29, 1865.

CHAPMAN, RICHARD, Private. Resided in Btuke County and enlisted at Camp Stokes October 28, 1864 for the war. Captured at Burkeville, Va., April 6, 1865. Admitted to Caner U. S. General Hospital with gunshot wound, April 16, 1865.  Died April 21, 1865.

COLETRANE, LEONARD M., Private. Born in Randolph County and resided as a fanner prior to his enlistment at Charlotte at age 19, May 28, 1861 for the war. Captured at Rappahannock Station. Va.. November 7. 1863 and confined at Point Lookout. Md. Released after taking Oath of .Allegiance and joining the U. S. service February 5, 1864. Mustered in as a Sergeant at Norfolk, Va.. May 1, 1864 into Company F, 1st Regiment U. S. Volunteers for three years. Reduced to ranks September 10, 1864 and deserted at Camp Reno, Milwaukee, Wis., September 14, 1864. Enlisted as a substitute for David A. Gage under an assumed name. Milton Cox, in Company A, 42nd Regiment Illinois Infantry at Chicago. Ill., November 12, 1864. Mustered out at Port Lavaca, Texas. December 16, 1865

DEMPSEY, HUMPHREY, Private. Resided in Pottsville, Pa. Enlisted at Charlotte at age 24. May 28, 1861 for the war. Captured at Gettysburg, Pa., July 2. 1863 and confined at Fort Delaware, Del., until released on taking Oath of Allegiance May 3, 1865.

DICKSON, JAMES ROBERT, Sergeant. Enlisted at Charlotte at age 21, May 28, 1861 for the war, Appointed Sergeant June 1. 1861. and promoted to 1st Sergeant April 1, 1863. Wounded at Gaines' Mill, Va., June 27, 1862, and at Chancellorsville, Va., May 4, 1863. Captured at Rappahannock Station. Va., November 7, 1863 and confined at Point Lookout, Md.. until paroled and exchanged at Aiken's Landing. Va., February 24, 1865. Paroled at General Hospital, Thomasville. May 1, 1865, a., June 27, 1862, and at Chancellorsville, Va., May 4, 1863. Captured at Rappahannock Station. Va., November 7, 1863 and confined at Point Lookout, Md.. until paroled and exchanged at Aiken's Landing. Va., February 24, 1865. Paroled at General Hospital, Thomasville. May 1, 1865,

DUVAL, EUGENE ALEXANDER, Private. Born in New Orleans. La. Enlisted at Charlotte at age 27, May 28. 1861 for the war. Captnred at Frederick, Md., September 12. 1862 and confined at Fort Delaware. Del., until paroled and exchanged November 10. 1862 at Aken's Landing, Va. Captured at Fredericksburg, Va., May 3, 1863 and confined at Fort Delavvare, Del., until paroled at Fort Delaware and sent to City Point. Va., May 23, 1863 for exchange. Deserted near Calidian Iron 'Works, Pa., June 25, 1863.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Horace H. Burbank, Maine.

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Horace Harmon Burbank was born in Limerick, York County, Maine, October 27, 1837, and was the eldest son of  Abner and Eliza Adams (Harmon) Burbank. His early education was ol)tained in the villap^e schools of his native town, and the academies at Limerick and Yarmouth. After the usual preparatory studies, he entered Bowdoin College, and graduated in the class of 1860. Among his classmates at Bowdoin were Hon. Thomas B. Reed, Hon. Joseph W. Symonds, General John M. Brown, Hon. W. W. Thomas, Hon. Amos L. Allen, and other well-known Maine men. After his graduation, he began the study of law with L. S. Moore of Limerick, And while reading law, he taught school, until August, 1862.

He then enlisted as a private in Company  A, Twenty-Seventh Maine Infantry Volunteers, for nine months service. Three months after enlistment, he was promoted to quartermaster-sergeant. When his term of service was about to expire, in June, 1863, Lee's invasion alarmed the North, and he was one of the three hundred members of the Twenty-Seventh who voted to remain in the service after their period of enlistment terminated. He served until after the battle of Gettysburg, being discharged on July 17, 1863. Upon his return home, he entered Harvard Law School, intending to complete his legal studies. But his desire to return to the army was too strong to be overcome. And in March, 1864, he re-entered the service, being commissioned as First Lieutenant of Company A, of the Thirty-Second regiment of Maine Infantry Volunteers.

In the following May, he was promoted to the captaincy of Company K, of the same regiment. He went to the front with the first battalion, and participated in all of the battles from Spottsylvania to the Mine Explosion. In the last named, on July 30, 1864, he was taken prisoner, together with many other oflicers of his regiment. On the 5th of August he reached Columbia, S. C, and was confined in Richland County Jail, and was there held as a prisoner of war for four months. On December 5th, he with other prisoners, was transferred from the jail to Camp Asylum, an inclosure taken from the grounds of the State Insane Asylum at Columbia, for a prison-camp.

In February, 1865, he, with others, made their escape from prison, and succeeded in reaching Sherman's army. After having joined Sherman, Captain Burbank went through to Fayette ville with the army, and from thence, by consent of General Sherman, went to Wilmington on a gunboat, and thence to Fortress Monroe and Washington. During his imprisonment, the Thirty-Second regiment had been consolidated with the Thirty-First Maine, and he had been transferred to the captaincy of Company B, of the latter regiment. But he never assumed the command of that company, and, on May 15, 1865, was discharged by special order from the War Department, on account of disability.

Since his return to peaceful life, he has always manifested a lively interest in everything pertaining to the Civil War.  At the first opportunity after being mustered out of the service, he became a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. And he has srnce been a constant and efiicient worker for the welfare of the order. He is a Past Commander of his Post, and is now serving his nineteenth term as Post Quartermaster. He has also been Judge Advocate of the Department for two years. Junior Vice Department Commander one year, and in 1888, was elected Department Commander. He is also a member of the Maine Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion.

In the years 1876-78, he was Judge Advocate on the staff of Gov. Selden Connor, with the rank of Colonel. He is. also prominent in the Masonic fraternity, being a Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge, and Past Grand Commander of Knights Templar of Maine. In his chosen profession of the law, he has also won honors, having been County Attorney for York County five years, Register of Probate eight years, City Solicitor of Saco five years, and Judge of the Municipal Court of the city of Saco, since December 5, 1890, having been recently appointed for his fourth term. He is married, and has four children, two boys and two girls.

Henry H. Walker, 101st., Pennsylvania Infantry.

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Private Henry H. Walker.
The youngest soldier to do continuous service with the 101st Regiment from the time ii lefl the State until ii returned and received its final discharge at Harrisburg July 13, 1865 was Private Henry II. Walker o>f Company E. He enlisted september 23, 1861, and was mustered into the service Jan. 21, 1862, Although a mere stripling, born Januar y 6, 1848, making his age at time of enlistment 13 years, 6 months, and 15 days, he carried a musket from the starl and participated with his company in all the marches, reconnoissances, and battles in which the Regiment was engaged.

Private Walkei re enlisted as a Veteran January 1, 1864, bul did not succeed in getting, die promised furlough which was one of the provisions of re-enlistmenl until six months after his first term of three years had expired, He was caplined wiili the Regiment at Plymouth April 20, 1864, and was confined in Southern prisons fot nearly a year, When the Regiment was mustered out at New Bern, N. C, June 25. 1865, he was then absent on furlough, hut returned to Harrisburg in time to receive his final discharge with the remnant of the command on July 13, 865.

Walker, after a year's service, was an ideal soldier, faithfully and cheerfully performing every dun thai fell to him, alway: ready to volunteer to go on any expedition that gave promise of coming in contact with the enemy.

After the war lie was for many years a building contractor in Allegheny, Pa., in co-partnership with his father and brother, Although coming throug' the Civil War unscathed, after many narrow escapes, he was accidentally killed on the Allegheny Valley R, R.. near Allegheny Junction, September 29, 1900,