Saturday, August 17, 2013

Henry B. Bullard

Connecticut Light Artillery Regimental History.
Comrade Henry B. Bullard, of Guilford, who had been sick with typhoid fever for a week, succumbed, and his comrades found him a resting place under some giant yellow pines just outside
the city.

It was with heavy hearts that the comrades set about the task of burying their dead brother. Not one but wondered how soon new graves might have to be made, and those who were then engaged in the solemn duty might be the next to be laid under the sod. It was not Comrade Bullard's fortune to fight under the flag of his country, he died of disease, not from an enemy's bullet, but his heroism was the same. He had died for his country ; he had given his life for his flag :
" His hands were folded on his breast ,
There is no other thing expressed.
But long disquiet merged in rest."
of New Haven, Conn.

Enlisted Oct. i6, 1861 ; mustered in Nov. 2, 1S61 ; died of disease contracted on Ellwood Walter, Feb. 6, 1862; buried Beaufort, S. C.
Authors note.  He was later buried at Nut Plains Cemetery, Guilford, New Haven County, Connecticut..
Had he lived he would have brought no discredit on old Connecticut's flag; in the thickest of the fight, in the miseries of camp life, in all the hard  ships to be endured, he would have been at his post a worthy comrade, a brave man, a good citizen. And in his far-off grave beneath the pines he was not forgotten by his comrades, who prayed oft:
" Let angels spread their wings above ;
Let flowers forever bloom ;
Let bays, green bays, spring forth to mark
Our Comrade's sacred tomb."

Friday, August 16, 2013

Samuel Alexander Colby.

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Capt Samuel Alexander Colby.

Birth: Sep. 26, 1818, Ellsworth, Hancock County, Maine.
Death: Sep. 18, 1898, Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado.

Wife: Mercy Hutchins Colby (1818 - 1895).

Children: Alexander Colby (1843 - 1851), Napoleon B. Colby (1845 - 1937).

Burial: Hillside Cemetery, Bucksport, Hancock County, Maine.

First Maine Heavy Artillery Regimental History.
Captain Samuel A. Colby, 44, Bucksport, m; discharged Feb. 18, 1863.
Captain SAMUEL A. COLBY. Capt. Samuel A. Colby, joined as original Captain and organizer. Was a worthy citizen of Bucksport, prominent in local affairs. The climate and exposures of military life, speedily undermined and impaired his health, and he resigned Feb. 18, 1863. He lived, how- ever, for many years, retaining the respect and confidence of the people of his native town. 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Isaac Newton Moreland Turner.

Eldest son of Captain J. A. S. Turner and Rebecca Hubert Turner, born in Putnam County, Ga., April 3, 1839;  when less than year old, parents moved to Sumpter County ;  attended the common schools of Americus, and the Georgia Military Institute at Marietta, lacking one term of graduating. At 19 years of age he moved to Texas, took charge of his father's farming interests in Liberty and Polk counties and successfully managed same, his father following a year later. In the early part of 1861 he and his uncle, R. W. Hubert, enlisted and organized a company for light artillery , service, the men to be mounted, procured two six pounder cannon and drilled a number of times for that service.

Failing to get service as artillerist, and an opportunity offering to go to Virginia as infantry, the proposition to accept was unanimous and the company assembled in Livingston September 3, 1861, when a handsome flag was presented in an appropriate address by Hon. Jno. L. Henry in behalf of the lady friends of the company, to which Captain Turner made brief response, assuring them that he would bring back heroes for husbands and sweethearts. The company left immediately en route to Liberty; arriving at Wood's Springs, three miles from Liberty, a halt of some days was made. On the morning of September 9th, the company was reorganized, making some changes in officers for second and third lieutenants, when the march was resumed to Liberty and on arriving there the company was formally mustered into service and designated as Company K, Fifth Texas Regiment of Volunteer Infantry.

Captain Turner was the youngest officer of his rank in Hood's Brigade, being only 22 years of age when mustered into service. Was in every march and battle of the brigade until fatally wounded at Fort Nansemond, near Norfolk. Va., April 15, 1863, having been shot by a "sharpshooter," while in command of four companies and planning the defense of said point against the enemy with a fleet of gunboats. Was standing exposed above the breastworks when shot, was carried out that night and died the next afternoon ; was carried to Americus, Ga., and buried in the family cemetery. Was but a little more than 24 years old when killed.

Alonzo B. Thorn, 99th., Indiana Infantry.

Picture date 1863.
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Alonzo B. Thorn.

Birth: Apr. 9, 1844, Ohio.
Death: Jun. 19, 1921.

Wife: Hannah Salts Thorn (1847 - 1890).

Children: Alice M.Thorne Kelley (1873 - 1960), Aden E Thorn (1880 - 1880), Charles E., John F., Lawrence E., and Thorn..

Burial: Santa Fe Cemetery, Santa Fe (Miami County), Miami County, Indiana.

Mr. Thorn in 1880 was 35 years and working in a Grist Mill.

Indiana State Archives.

Alonzo B. Thorn, Musician, 99th., Indiana Infantry, Co. D., Enlisted August 11, 1862, at Peru, Indiana, Age 18, Mustered out at Washington D. C.

Indians 99th., Regimental History.


Born February 9, 1844, in Coshocton county, Ohio; came with his parents to Miami county, Indiana, in 1856. Enlisted as a musician and went the entire round with the regiment, saying: "The regiment never marched five miles from the beginning to the end that I was not with it." This tells the story of his faithful service in a few words as well as a volume could tell it. He was married July 12, 1867, but was so unfortunate as to lose his wife by death July 13, 1890, and has remained unmarried since. He has three sons and two daughters living. The above picture was taken at Moscow, Tennessee, in 863. Comrade Thorn is a great friend to all his old comrades and says: "I hope to meet them all at the next
reunion." Address, Amboy, Indiana.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Edward W. Phillips, 5th, Massachusetts Infantry.

Edward W. Phillips.

Birth: 1842.
Death: October 13, 1867, Salem.
Age at death 25.

Father Stephen C. Phillips.
Mother Margaret M. Peele Phillips.

EDWARD W. PHILLIPS. 1st Lieut. Age 20. Single. Salem. Com. Sept. 3, 1862. Resigned on account of ill health July 13, 1863, and died at Salem, Oct. 13, 1867. Previous service in 4th Battalion, which garrisoned Fort Independence for several weeks in 1861. He was assigned to special service as Commissary of Subsistence on the voyage to New Orleans on the transport J. S. Green, which sailed from New York, Dec. 3, 1862. On arriving at New Orleans he became superintendent of the U.S. bakery there, but subsequently rejoined his regiment. He was the son of Stephen C. Phillips of Salem.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Julius A. Cushman, 10th., Massachusetts INfantry..

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Julius A. Cushman.

Birth: 1821, Stafford, Conn.
Death: September 12, 1898, Ware, Hampshire, Mass.

Father: David Cushman.
Mother: Sophia Bennett Cushman.

Wife: Ellen A. Cushman.

Children: Frank L., Marion W., and Charles A. Cushman.

Tenth Massachusetts Infantry, Company A.

Cushman, Julius A., b. Stafford, Conn. ; 36, M. ; laborer, Ware June 14, '61; on provost guard about one year from spring of '63; came back to regiment in time for Grant's campaign of '64; severely wd. June 3, '64, Cold Harbor, M. O. July 1, '64; never able to do hard work afterwards, serving for the most part as a watchman in the Otis Mills, Ware; d. Sept. 12, '98.

Monday, August 12, 2013

George W. Sumter, 1115th., Illinois Infantry.

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GEORGE W. SUMTER, First Sergeant ; born in Athens, 111., February 25, 1829. His uncle, Thomas Sumter, fought in the Revolutionary War and was at the siege of Yorktown, and saw the surrender of Cornwallis. His father, Jeptha Sumter, was in the Black Hawk war. He was partly educated in the same school that Abraham Lincoln attended. He learned the brick-making trade in Springfield, Ill., and afterwards worked in Terre Haute, Ind. He later learned the wagon maker's trade and worked for a while in New Orleans, then removed to St. Louis, and then to Leavenworth, Kan., where he enlisted in a regiment of mounted riflemen, and crossed the plains to California in 1849 > there he worked at mining and the carpenter trade until 1854, when he came to Athens, Ill. He enlisted with Company K at its organization, and was with the regiment in the battle of Chickamauga, and its other ngagements. Since the war Sergeant Sumter has had a varied career in business of different sorts, in which he has made considerable success. He has now retired from business, and resides at Hawley, Minn.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

EZEKIEL K. SCHWARTZ, 115th., Illinois Infantry.

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EZEKIEL K. SCHWARTZ, First Lieutenant, was born in Lewistown, Pa., December 9, 1838. He was educated in the public schools at that place, and in the Lewistown Academy. He removed to Illinois in April, 1859, and taught school in Macon and Shelby Counties. He enlisted in Shelby county as a private in Company B in August, 1862. He was soon made a corporal, and on March 26, 1863, was promoted to be second lieutenant, and on May u, 1865, was promoted to first lieutenant. Lieutenant Schwartz was in the regiment in all its campaigns and battles, excepting a short time in the spring of 1865, when he served as aide-de-camp on the staff of the brigade commander.

He is deserving of the highest commendation for his patriotism and courage displayed on the battle-field, and for his faithfulness in all his duties of the several positions occupied by him. He was mustered out with the regiment in June, 1865, and at once, like a good soldier, returned to the duties of civil life, and engaged in farming, a short distance north of Shelbyville, Ill. He was married December 27, 1866, to Joanna C. Scott, and resided on the same farm until October 20, 1892, when he removed to Findlay, Ill., where he engaged in general mercantile business, in which he is still employed
His death was in July 8, 1909.
Burial:Glenwood Cemetery , Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois.