Saturday, June 22, 2013

William Wheeler, 13th. N. Y., Artillery.

State Records of New York.

WHEELER, WILLIAM.—Age, 25 years. Enrolled, October 15, 1861, at New York; mustered in as first lieutenant, October 15, 1861, to serve three years; as captain, August 12, 1863; killed in action, June 22, 1864, near Marietta, Ga.; commissioned first lieutenant, May 30,1862, with rank from October 15,1861, original; captain, July —, 1863, with rank from May 26, 1863.

Official Records of the Union Army.

Chief of Artillery, Captain William Wheeler of the Thirteenth New York Battery, fell at ( Kolb's Farm ), shot through the heart by a enemy sharpshooter, whilst gallantly fighting his Battery.  During the short time of his connection with the division he had shown himself a gentleman of refined education and a gallant officer.

Samuel F. McKee.

Samuel F. McKee.

Birth: Jun. 18, 1829, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Death: Jun. 21, 1864, Georgia.

Burial: Fairview Cemetery, West Catasauqua, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.

State Records of Pennsylvania.

147th., Pennsylvania Infantry, Co. H.

Samuel F. McKee Captain, mustered in October 18, 1862. Promoted from Adjutant, March 12, 1864; died June 25, 1864, of wounds received June 20, 1864.

Official Records of the Union Army.

Captain Samuel F. McKee, Co. H., was in charge of the skirmishers of the regiment and was accidentally shot and mortally wounded by one of his men.  Death ended his suffering the following day.

Joseph W. Hitt.

Joseph W. Hitt.

State Records of Ohio.

Joseph W. Hitt, First Lieutenant, 66th., Ohio Infantry, Company C., Age 17, Enlisted or Mustered in November 6, 1861, for 3 years.  Promoted to Second Lieutenant from Sergeant-Major December 5, 1862; to First Lieutenant April 16, 1863.  Killed May 25, 1864, in the battle of Dallas.

Official Records of the Union Army.

Lieutenant Joseph W. Hitt, 66th., Ohio, acting as Aide-de-Camp, was killed while carrying orders to the right of the line.
Burial: Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Colonel John Halliday Patrick

John Halliday  Patrick.

Birth: 1818.
Death: May 25, 1864, New Hope Church.

Burial: Wesleyan Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio.

State Records of Ohio.

John H. Patrick, Colonel, Age 43, Enlisted June 11, 1861, for 3 years.  Killed in action at New Hope Church, Ga., May 25, 1864.

Official Records of the Union Army.

Colonel John H. Patrick, Fifth Ohio Infantry, a brave officer who had served with his regiment since April, 1861, and here fell ( New Hope Church ), mortally wounded by a canister-shot, died within an hour after receiving his wound.

Authors note.  To read more about his service take this link. .

Hiram Upson Jr., Connecticut 7th., Cavalry.

State of Connecticut Records.

Hiram Upson Jr., Sergeant, Seventh Connecticut Cavalry, Co. F., Residence Hartford, Mustered in September 9, 1861.  Killed June 18, 1862, from wounds received at James Island.

Official Records of the Union Army.

Sergeant, ( Acting Second Lieutenant ), Hiram Upson of Company F., was heroically at work when a grape-shot took off three fingers and dashed through his right shoulder.  There are but very slight hopes of his recovery.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Thomas Horton or Hooton, Connecticut Seventh Infantry.

The following Name is spelled two different ways in the records, but it's the same man.

State Records of Connecticut.

Thomas Horton, Second Lieutenant, Connecticut 7th., Infantry, Co. D., Residence Norwalk, Mustered in September 5, 1861.  Killed in action June 14, 1862.

Official Records of the Union Army.

Lieutenant Thomas Hooton, of Co. D., was doing his whole duty nobly, rallying and regulating his company, when a heavy grape-shot passed entirely through his right thigh nearly up to the body.  He was carried to the rear, passing his men and urging them on, and he lived but a short time.

Patrick Hayes, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts State Records.

Patrick Hayes, Private, First Massachusetts Cavalry, Company H., mustered in September 25, 1861, Age 30, Residence Lawrence.  Killed June 15, 1862, John's Island S. C.

Official Records of the Confederate Army.

On the night of June 7, 1862 on a reconnaissance. Captain Jenkins, of the rebel Troop, shot and captured Private Patrick Hayes, of the First Massachusetts Cavalry. He refused to halt. When captured Jenkins shot him through. Attempting still to escape, his horse was immediately shot and the prisoner secured and brought to camp. He lingered twenty-four hours and died in our camp. He informed Captain Jenkins that Brig. Gen. Robert Williams, formerly of the U. S. Dragoons, commanded on James Island.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

William M. Coulter.

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William M. Coulter.

Birth: Oct. 24, 1823.
Death: Jul. 26, 1879.

Wife: Minerva Lawrence Sutton Coulter (1824 - 1895).

Children: Nancy Eugenia Coulter Wallin (1864 - 1888).

Burial: Coulter Memorial Cemetery, Cassandra, Walker County, Georgia.

At the time of the civil war ( 1863 ), there were threats, that no southern man shall raise a crop in that section of the county.  Mr. William M. Coulter was shot at and his house entered and a gun taken.  This was done by persons in the neighborhood.

Colonel Thomas Pearson August.

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Thomas Pearson August.

Birth: Oct., 1821, Fredericksburg City.
Death: Jul. 31, 1869, Richmond City.
Burial: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia

From the official records of the Confederate Army.

Col. T. P. August, Fifteenth Virginia Regiment, was wounded at  the battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862. Before he had reported for duty after that wound he became the subject of a preexisting disease, which was exacerbated by active service, and which incapacitated him for service in the field. He was assigned in January, 1863, as commandant of conscripts for the State of North Carolina. He has been in the conscription service since that date, never having been at any time capable of field duty. His present condition is indicated by the accompanying surgeon's certificate. It has been his condition within my personal knowledge since November, 1863, the date of his assignment to duty in the Bureau at Richmond. I have regarded him as extremely liable to die at any moment from the effects of the disease which caused his assignment. He is not physically competent to one hour's service at the head of his regiment, and never will be. Colonel August is a lawyer of eminent ability and of high repute in the State of Virginia. He is an officer of distinguished gallantry,  shot down at the head of his regiment, leading them in an assault on the breastworks at Malvern Hill. 

A Few Good Soldiers.

The men on this page are from different regiments and all fought with honor.

From the official records of the Union Army.

Lieutenant Colonel Samuel A. Moore, of the fourteenth Connecticut Volunteers, though not on duty, superintended the movements of his command on the 6th., instant, and while engaged in the capture of some rebels accidentally shot himself with his pistol.

State of New York Records.

CLARK, HIRAM.—Age, 26 years. Enrolled, September 2, 1864, at Marathon, to serve one year; mustered in as first lieutenant, Co. G, December 12, 1864;. killed in action, April 9, 1865, at
Clover Hill, Va.  Commissioned first lieutenant, November 29, 1864, with rank from September 13, 1864, original.

From the official records of the Union Army.

Lieutenant Hiram Clark, of the one hundred eighty-fifth, New York, being instantly killed by a cannon shot, just as the flag of truce came in.

State of Massachusetts Records.

Richard Welch, Sergeant, Residence Williamstown, Age 37, Shoemaker.  Enlisted July 15, 1862, Mustered in September 2, 1862.  Wounded May 12, 1864, Spottsylvania, Va., and September 19, 1864, Winchester, Va.  Mustered out June 21, 1865, as Corpl.  Medal of Honor, date of action April 2, 1865, Petersburg, Va.  "Capture Flag."

From the official records of the Union Army.

Richard Welch, Corpl., 37th., Massachusetts, Knocked down the color bearer, took his flag, and shot one of the gunners while in the act of discharging his piece.

State of Vermont Records.

Johnson, John E., enl 9/13/62, m/i 9/22/62, Pvt, Co. D, 3rd VT INF, pr CORP, tr to Co. E, 7/25/64, wdd, Spotsylvania, 5/10/64, m/o 6/27/65.

From the official records of the Union Army.

John E. Johnson, Corpl., Co. E., Third Vermont, who sized the color of the regiment after the color bearer had been shot down and though wounded himself, bore them at the head of the regiment the entire day.

State of Ohio Records.

Henry H. Stevens, Captain, Co. C., 110th, Ohio Infantry, Age 22, enlisted August 5, 1862, for 3 years.  Promoted from First Lieutenant Co. I., July 22, 1864.  Killed April 2, 1865, in front of Petersburg, Va.

From the official records of the Union Army.

Henry H. Stevens, Captain, Co. C., 110th, Ohio Infantry, was shot dead after he had gotten inside the enemy's works and was in the act of charging a battery.

State of New York Records.

ROOT, AUGUSTUS I.—Age, 30 years. Enrolled, September 11, 1863, at Albany; mustered in as major, September 11, 1863; lieutenant-colonel, September 21, 1863; killed in action, April 8, 1865. Not commissioned major; commissioned lieutenant-colonel, November 20,1863, with rank' from September 16,1863, original.

From the official records of the Union Army.

Lieutenant Colonel Augustus I. Root, 15th., New York, Cavalry, was shot about fifteen rods from the Appomattox Court House, while gallantly performing his duty in the extreme advance.

State of New Jersey Records.

Thomas H. Ford 1st Lieut, En. Nov. 1, '64 Mustered  Dec. 12, '64 3 Yrs Private July 29, '61; Corp. Feb. 20, '62; Serj. June 1, '63; 1st Serj.; 2d Lieut. Feb. 28, '64; 1st Lieut. vice Parry mustered out: promoted Capt. Co. E, June 8, '65.

From the official records of the Union Army.

First Lieutenant, Thomas H. Ford, First New Jersey Cavalry, Co. D., received a wound in the left breast by a glancing shot, prohibiting the use of his bridle arm and the wearing of a saber-belt, but he remained with and took an active part in all battles of the regiment.

State of Pennsylvania Records,

Oliver Sproul 2d Lt., mustered in November 6, 1861 Promoted from 1st Sergeant, Company K, 85th regiment P. V. December 24, 1864; to 1st Lieut., Company H, January 30, 1865

From the official records of the Union Army.

First Lieutenant, Oliver Sproul, 199th., Pennsylvania, Co. B., distinguished himself at Fort Gregg by seizing the colors of the 39th., Illinois regiment, when the color bearer was shot down, and was the first in my opinion to plant the Stars and Stripes on the parapet.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Colonel Franklin Stillman Nickerson

Franklin Stillman Nickerson.

Birth: Aug. 27, 1826.
Death: Jan. 23, 1917.

Civil War Union Brigadier General. Born in Swanville, Maine, he was a US Customs Agent when enlisted into the 4th Maine Infantry and was appointed Major. Promoted Colonel of the 14th Maine Regiment in November 1861, he was sent to Louisiana. There he was placed in command of a brigade in the XIX Corps, Department of the Gulf and was promoted Brigadier General. He participated in the Red River Campaign and in July 1864, was sent to Washington D.C. remaining on clerical duty until the end of the war. After the war, he engaged in the practice of law in Boston until his death.

Burial: Forest Hills Cemetery and Crematory, Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

From the Official Records of the Union Army.

Colonel Nickerson, of the Fourteenth Maine, had his horse shot under him by a discharge of grape. He sprang from under his dying steed and waving his sword called upon his men for one more charge. The men sprang forward with three rousing cheers and drove back the advancing foe.

Joseph Gardner, First Kansas Colored Infantry.

Kansas State Records.

Joseph Gardner, Private, 10th., Kansas infantry, Co. C., Residence Wakarusa, Enlisted and mustered in July 30, 1861.  Promoted First Lieutenant, Co. F., First Kansas Colored Infantry, April--1863.

Joseph Gardner, First Lieutenant, First Kansas Colored Infantry, Co. F., Mustered in January 13, 1863.  Died of Chronic diarrhea, Camp Davis C. N. August 24, 1864.

The following was taken from the Official Records of the Union Army.

Skirmish at Island Mound Missouri, October 29, 1862.

Among the wounded was Lieutenant Joseph Gardner. He fell shot in the thigh and knee by a heavy load of buckshot. While in this situation, unable to move, one of the cowardly demons dismounted, and making the remark that he would finish the d--d son of a b--h, placed his revolver to his head and fired. The ball, almost by a miracle, did not kill him; striking his skull and glancing around his head, came out on the other side. He will recover.

Author note.  Although this information was taken from official records there seems to be some errors in the dates?