Sunday, July 20, 2014

Alonzo B. Searing, New Jersey.

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Alonzo Bryant Searing.

Birth: Jun. 26, 1844, Mill Brook, Morris County, New Jersey.
Death: Jun. 14, 1932, Dover, Morris County, New Jersey.

Parents: Samuel Johnson Searing (1809 - 1890), Elizabeth C. Bryant Searing (1810 - 1895).

Burial: Millbrook Methodist Cemetery, Randolph, Morris County, New Jersey.

New Jersey Eleventh Infantry, Regimental History.

Page 360, Alonzo B. Searing enlisted in Company E, Eleventh New Jersey Volunteers, August 18th, 1862, and was, at the time of his entrance into the service, eighteen years of age. He was with the regiment during its entire term of service, being present at its muster-out, June 6th, 1865. Searing, like many others in the regiment, became a soldier when quite young, and the effective fighting element of the army was composed of just such men, the great bulk of them serving in the three-years volunteers of 1861 and 1862. At Gettysburg the two men on his immediate right were mortally wounded, while he escaped with a slight ankle wound. Searing was a faithful, brave and efficient soldier. Since the close of the war he has served five years in the National Guard of New Jersey. He now resides at Dover, New Jersey.

Page 69, A soldier sometimes has a premonition of coming death. Such was the case with Sergeant Daniel Bender, of Company H. Just previous to the battle, in a conversation with A. B. Searing, of
Company E, he said that he had a presentiment that he would not live to see the end of the coming battle. His presentiment proved too true, for a bullet, passing through the visor of his cap, pierced his brain.

One year afterward, when bivouacking upon the battle-field of Chancellorsville, just before the battle of the Wilderness, among many ghastly relics picked up was a skull, the cap still upon it, and upon the visor was stamped " D. Bender, Co. H, 11th N. J. Vols." A. B. Searing, of Company E, cut the visor off and brought it home with him.

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