Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Solomon F. Linsley, 15th., Connecticut Infantry.

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Solomon F. Linsley was born in Wallingford Conn., May 26. 1830. He was the eldest of three brothers, one of whom', Marcus M., was a Sergeant in Co. A, 15th Conn., and the other, Joseph F., was Captain of Co. F, 33d Wis., who was killed in action, April. 1863. Further, he had twenty--one cousins in the Union army, six of whom laid down their lives for their country.

Lieut. Linsley family, as well as other lines, all equally renowned, find in him a worthy descendant. His early years were spent on his father's farm, and such education was given him as could be afforded by the schools of that day. On attaining his majority, he learned the carpenter's trade, a pursuit he was following with success at the breaking out of the Rebellion.

His first enlistment was as a private in Co. C, 6th Conn.. August 26, 1S61, but was discharged for disability. March 14, 1862. At the forming of the 15th Conn., he was instrumental, with William R. Mackay, of Wallingford. in organizing Co. K, of that regiment, and was commissioned 2d Lieutenant. August 9, 1862, promoted to ist Lieutenant, November 16, 1863, and mustered out June 27, 1S65. During a part of his service he was in command of the Brigade Pioneer Corps and for some time in command of Co. C, of his own regiment.

Lieut. Linsley married Lucy A. Tracy, of Windsor, Conn..February 28, 1S55. She is also of Scottish blood, and a descendant of the ancient De Traceys of " Ivanhoe." After the war, Lieut. Linsley settled in North Haven, and has followed his trade of a master builder ever since. He still retains much of that athletic spirit for which he was so noted in the service, and it would take a pretty lively comrade to outdo him in any feat fiathletics at the present day.

 Linsley names among his ancestors some of the " bluest blood " of history. The great Scottish family of Douglass (1610). the Foote family (settlers in Wethersfield in' 1635), the Mansfield

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