Friday, June 28, 2013

Lieutenant Colonel August Wentz.

August Wentz.

Birth: 1824, Germany
Death: Nov. 7, 1861, Belmont Landing, Mississippi County, Missouri.
Burial: Oakdale Memorial Gardens, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa.

The death of Lieutenant Colonel August Wentz, as taken from the Seventh Iowa Regimental History.

The following is an extract from a letter from Lieut. J. F. Warner of Co. "K", who was one of the boat guards during the battle which was published in the Charles City Intelligencer Nov. 21st, 1861.

"Lieut. Col. August Wentz was killed by a bullet hitting him in the side he fell mortally wounded. At that time the enemy had received the reinforcements which compelled our forces to retire, and they had just fallen back from the camp. Col. "Wentz, but a short time previous, was urging his men to deeds of valor by referring to the battle of Wilson s Creek, saying: "The Iowa first did well at Springfield, but the Seventh are equaling them." When he fell mortally wounded, the men sprung to bear him away, when he forbade them, saying: "Let me alone, boys, I want to die on the battle held." These were his last words.

The next day the wife of Col. Wentz obtained a pass from one of the staff officers, and went to Columbus on the steamer Memphis for the body of her husband. Every courtesy the occasion demanded was paid her by the rebel officers. A Lieut. Col. of one of the regiments accompanied her to the battle field, where she found the body, robbed of its clothing, and ordered it taken to the boat, on which it returned to Cairo."

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Henry Saunder & Richard E. White., 6th., Iowa, Infantry.

State of Iowa Records.

Henry Saunder , Captain, 6th., Iowa Infantry, Co. E.,  Age 39, Residence Albia Monroe, Nativity Indiana, Date of going into quarters July 1, 1861, Mustered in May 29, 1861.  No other information.

Richard E. White, Captain, 6th., Iowa Infantry, Co. K., Age 31, Residence Henry County, Nativity Massachusetts, Mustered in October 19, 1861, from Second Lieutenant.  Killed at Shiloh, April 6, 1861.

From the sixth Regimental History.

Captain Henry Saunders, with his Company E as the color company of the regiment, kept the colors flying amid the storm of bullets, canister, and bursting shells, until nearly one-half of his company was killed or disabled. It was in this maelstrom of battle that Captain Richard E. White was instantly killed by a cannon shot, while directing his company with great skill and cool courage.

Charles Goodrich Olmstead

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The subject of this brief sketch was born in Vanderburg county, Indiana, November 1, 1823, and entered the U. S. service as 1st lieutenant of Company A, 42d Regiment, with its organization, at the age of 38 years and 9 months. Before entering the army he was engaged in the saw-mill and lumber business in Evansville, Indiana.   Captain Olmstead was promoted to this rank soon after the organization of the command, his captain (Atchison) being made chaplain.

Captain Olmstead was one of the most painstaking officers. realizing from the beginning the importance of efficiency and proficiency in drill, and he at once became one of the closest
students in tactics.

He was killed at the battle of Perryville, Ky., while urging on his men in the fight. No braver nor better soldier ever belonged to the regiment. His body was removed from the bloody field of Perryville, Ky., to his former home, where it found a last resting-place, on what would have been his 39th birthday.

Captain Olmstead was known as a Christian soldier, and although he was denied the celebration of his 39th birth-day here on earth, let us hope and believe he celebrated it in heaven, hard by the throne of God, for he was a Soldier of the Cross, as well as for the Union.

He left a wife, three sons and one daughter, all living except the second son. By all who knew him, Captain Olmstead was loved.

Captain Chas. G. Olmstead, Company A, fell, shot dead, the ball entering near the center of the forehead. He was urging, encouraging and cheering his men and had just said to them : " This is as good a place to die as any other," and the words had scarcely died on his lips when he fell, killed outright.  He was one of the best drill-masters of the line, and was loved by all. He fell at his post of duty.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

James Maytem or Maytum, 83rd. Ohio Infantry.

If your trying to find information on the man you may find it a little hard.  In the Ohio state records it's Maytum but in the official records it's Maytem.  In the National Park Service Index he is listed under both surnames and for the same regiment and company.

State of Ohio Records.

James Maytum, Private, Age 43, Enlisted 83rd., Ohio Infantry, Company K., August 11, 1862, for 3 years.  Mustered out with company July 24, 1865.

Official Records of the Union Army.

James Maytem, a Company K man afterwards. He was all of 45 years of age which was the limit.

About forty of us were lined up to be sworn in, in a long hall somewhere on Third Street, I think, in Cincinnati. Captain Breslin was the mustering officer. He suspected that Maytem was over age and questioned him rather sharply, but could get out of him only that he was forty years old. At last Captain Breslin, (who was a regular army officer) seemed to give it up and moved along down the line. When he got near the lower end, he suddenly wheeled around and with a firm and most decisive tread, heels clattering on the floor, he came rapidly back and halted as if shot immediately in front of Maytem and with an explosive voice said, "and how old are you now?." The old man did not scare worth a cent, and gave the same reply "forty years old," and he was mustered out with the regiment at the close of the war.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Lieutenant Colonel Henry Merritt.

Henry Merritt.

Birth: Jun. 4, 1819, Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts.
Death: Mar. 14, 1862, New Bern, Craven County, North Carolina.

Burial: Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts.

Henry Merritt son of David and Anne (Ashby) was born in Marblehead, Mass., 4 June, 1819.  14 March, 1836. He enlisted in the Salem Mechanic Light Infantry, and, from that date, his connection with the militia service of his state was unbroken, till he was commissioned to represent her as Major of the 23rd M. V. Infy.  From 1st Serg. of the Mechanics he was promoted to 1st Lieut., and Adjutant of the 6th M. V. M., acted many years in this capacity, and, following his Colonel, Joseph Andrews, when promoted to command of a brigade, he became Brigade Major and Inspector. He served in this
capacity while Gen. Andrews commanded Fort Warren.

He served an apprenticeship to the watchmaker's trade, with Jesse Smith, of Salem, and followed this trade for several years after becoming of age. He afterwards became a partner in the Express business with his father and brothers. Endearing himself to the regiment by his gentle thoughtfulness for its welfare at Lynnfield and Annapolis, he knit these bonds stronger by the self sacrifice, which denied himself till the wants of the men were supplied, and, by the hardiness which made light of night-trips in row boats across the stormy waters of Hatteras. Men noted his coolness under fire at Boanoke, and his cheery persistence in their struggle through its swamp, and, when word of the loss of the Lt. Col. passed along the line at New Berne, men mourned for they loved him as a father.

Henry Merritt death.

The line was hardly, if not quite formed when a round shot or shell hit Lt. Col. Merritt and horribly lacerating the anterior walls of his abdomen, killing him.

A Mother's Love.

When the hour came for removal to a church for the public service a friend stepped forward to cover the face.  The Colonel's aged mother, even then nearly fourscore, gently interposed and performed this last service with the remark  "My son, I have covered you many times before in your cradle, now I do it for the last time and with the flag of your country."

Charles White, A deserter

Illinois Civil War Detail Report.

Name: WHITE, CHARLES. Rank: PVT. Company: C. Unit: 67 IL US INF. Personal Characteristics. Residence: CHICAGO, COOK CO, IL. Age: 27. Height: 5' 6. Hair: LIGHT. Eyes: BLUE. Complexion: LIGHT. Marital Status: SINGLE. Occupation: MASON. Nativity: BARRY, ORLEANS CO, NY. Service Record. Joined When: JUN 2, 1862. Joined Where: ROCKFORD, IL. Period: 3 MO. Muster In: JUN 13, 1862. Muster In Where: CHICAGO, IL. Remarks: DESERTED JUL 23, 1862.

Official Records of the Union Army.

The name of the sentinel who deserted is Private Charles White, Company C, Sixty-seventh Regiment Illinois Volunteers. The man was enlisted in Chicago. I have given notice to the police authorities in the city who will cooperate with my force in endeavoring to capture the escaped prisoners and the deserter.

Authors noteCharles White was a sentinel guarding prisoners, and who made their escape by digging under a fence, they found White's musket and equipment on the ground by the whole and he was no where to be found.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Charles Ofenloch.

This information is short however I thought the family would like to know what happen to him.

Charles Ofenloch, Private, Enlisted in the 106th., Ohio Infantry, Company E., August 22, 1862, for three years.  On June 30, 1863, near Buck Lodge, Tennessee, he was in a fight with some guerrillas, and when he tried to out run them his horse give out and he was over taken and killed.