Saturday, May 31, 2014

Wyman H. A. Godfrey, New York Dragoons.

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Wyman H. A. Godfrey.

Birth: 1843.
Death: December 1, 1917.

Father: Melborn Godfrey.
Mother: Anan V. Holcomb Godfrey.

Wife : Julia A. waterman Godfrey, ( 1845- 1916 or 1918.
Married August 17, 1869, Colon, St. Joseph, Michigan.

Children: non recorded.

Burial: Likeside Cemetery, Colon, St. Joseph County, Michigan.

Regimental history.

Godfrey, Wyman H. A. Age, 19 years. Enlisted. Aug. 11, 1862, at Attica, N. Y.; mustered in as first sergeant, Co. C, Sept. 3, 1862, to serve three years; mustered in as captain, Jan. 30, 1863; mustered out, June 30, 1865, at Clouds Mills, Va. ; commissioned captain, March 12, 1863, with rank from Jan. 30, 1863, vice Taylor, killed. Quincy, Mich. Though perhaps the youngest company commander, his duties were performed with efficiency..

Lieutenant John T. Magruder

Lt. John T. Magruder.
Just out of West Point.
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This a picture of Brevet Second Lieutenant John T. Magruder, West Point Class of 1857, who was fatally shot about 10 PM, the evening of June 28, 1858 by a resident of Palmetto just west of Marysville, Kansas Territory.  The individual named as the assailant was reported to be a Poor, from Palmetto.

To learn more about his killing and burial and family ties, take this link to my Kansas web site.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Four Missouri Guerrillas.

I realize There  are not a lot of names here, but there are a lot of researchers looking for names of Confederate guerrillas.  This page is to help those researchers.
From the Surgeon General Files.

CASE 628. Alfred Piles, Missouri guerilla; admitted November 24, 1864. Acute dysentery. No previous history.  Died, December 1st. Autopsy twenty-four hours after death: The lungs and heart were normal. The intestines were distended with gas. The intestinal mucous membrane was much congested ; in the rectum it was softened and ulcerated. The mesenteric glands were enlarged. Acting Assistant Surgeon J. M. Witherwax.  Burial: Rock Island Confederate Cemetery, Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois.

CASE 631. Charles S. Jordan, Missouri guerrilla ; admitted November 20, 186.4. Typhoid pneumonia. Died, December 6th. Autopsy twelve hours after death : The lower lobe of the right lung was hepatized. The right auricle of the heart contained clots. The small intestine was inflamed ; the solitary glands enlarged. The mucous membrane of the colon and rectum was softened and ulcerated. The mesenteric glands were enlarged. Acting Assistant Surgeon J. M. Witherwax  Burial: Unknown.

CASE 633. Private William A. King, company H, Wood s Missouri guerrillas; age 37; admitted November 29, 1864. Acute diarrhoea. This man was conscripted October 14th and deserted ten days afterward. He had diarrhoea at the time, and it persisted. Was detained as a prisoner of war and sent to Rock Island. When admitted he had ten to twenty copious stools daily ; was much emaciated ; tongue brown and dry ; pulse weak and rather slow ; skin dry and husky. He had no appetite, and was inclined to sleep much of the time; when awake seemed moody and dispirited. To take a drachm of sulphate of magnesia with a grain of opium three times a day, and enemata containing acetate of lead. Milk-punch. Died, December 8th. Autopsy four hours after death : Some congestion of the abdominal viscera was found, otherwise all the organs appeared to be normal. Acting Assistant Surgeon J. B. Young.  Burial: Rock Island Confederate Cemetery, Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois.

CASE 650. Abraham T. McDaniel, Missouri guerilla ; age 23 ; admitted December 19, 1864. Chronic diarrhoea. This man was conscripted by General Price, deserted and surrendered himself to the United States forces. He was sick with diarrhoea from the time he joined Price s army. When admitted to hospital the disease was in an advanced stage; stools involuntary; tongue brown and dry; pulse feeble, frequent and wiry; dyspnoea; anorexia. The treatment consisted of stimulants, tonics and astringents. Died, December 25th. Autopsy eight hours after death : Both lungs were filled with tubercles. The pericardium contained a quantity of serum. The liver was normal ; the gall-bladder distended with bile. The mesentery was congested, the mesenteric glands enlarged. The mucous membrane of the descending colon and rectum was ulcerated and broken down. Acting Assistant Surgeon J. B. Young.  Burial: Unknown

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

James M. Latta, Iowa.

James M. Latta.

Birth: Sep. 22, 1834.
Death: Feb. 3, 1920.

Wife: Anna Jane Kendall Latta, ( 1838-1897 ).

Children: James Harry Latta (1869 - 1934), John Charles Latta (1871 - 1923), Walter L Latta (1873 - 1952), Frank F Latta (1875 - 1923).

Burial: Logan Cemetery, Logan, Harrison County, Iowa.

Iowa State Records.

James M. Latta, Private, Age 28, Residence Pottawattamie County, Nativity Pennsylvania, Enlisted in Iowa 29th., Infantry, Company B., November 30, 1862, Mustered in same.  Wounded April 30, 1864, at Jenkins Ferry, Arkansas.  Mustered out June 17, 1865, at Davenport, Iowa.

Surgeon General Report.

CASE 895. Private J. M. Latta, Co. B, 29th Iowa, was wounded at Jenkins Ferry, Arkansas, April 30, 1864, and was reported by Surgeon L. Nicholson, of his regiment, as mortally wounded by a shot perforation of the pelvis. On June 16th, he was admitted to hospital at Camden with "gunshot wound of the pelvis," but there is no record of treatment or disposition. He was mustered out of service on June 17, 1865. Pension Examiner D.  H. O. Linn, of Magnolia, Iowa, reported, August 27, 1870 : " The ball entered the left groin and passed directly backward, making its exit in the left hip. In its course it seems to have partially paralyzed the rectum, so that to effect a passage ho has to resort to a powerful cathartic or enema. It also seems to have injured some of the muscles and nerves in this region, so that walking a short distance produces stiffness of the leg and considerable pain at the knee." J. H. Rice, late assistant surgeon 29th Iowa, in an affidavit made July 18, 1870, testifies that he has frequently been consulted in this case, and describes the wound as follows : "The ball entering near the left groin, passing over the edge of the pubis, and coming out through the left natis. Said wound frequently breaks, and discharges for several weeks in succession." This pensioner was paid to June 4, 1873.


Monday, May 26, 2014

Colonel John Morrow Hedrick.

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John Morrow Hedrick.

Birth: Dec. 16, 1832, Scott County, Indiana.
Death: Oct. 3, 1886, Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa.

Wife: Matilda Caroline Haines Hedrick.
Married 1853.

Children: Clarence H., dying in infancy; Kate M., Howard L., Harry McPherson, Charles M., and Carita B. Hedrick.

Burial: Ottumwa Cemetery, Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa.

Iowa Adjutant General Office.

Company D.

John M. Hedrick, Age 28, residence Ottumwa, Nativity Indiana.  Appointed First Lieutenant November 1, 1861, from Quartermaster.  Mustered in November 1, 1861.  Promoted Captain Company K., February 11, 1862.

Company K.

Wounded and taken prisoner April 6, 1862, Shiloh, Tennessee. Paroled.  Promoted Major January 17, 1862; Lieutenant Colonel April 22, 1863.  Wounded left side July 22, 1864, near Atlanta, Georgia.  Promoted Colonel August 18, 1864.  Brevet Brigadier General United States Army, March 13, 1865.  Mustered out August 11, 1866.

General note.

Colonel John M. Hedrick. was so severely wounded at Atlanta, July 22, 1864, as to disable him for active service, was detailed for special duty as a member of a General Court Martial in Washington D. C., and was retained upon that duty until August 11, 1866.  When he was mustered out of service, he received the Brevet rank of Brigadier General March 13, 1865.  After the close of the war he made a most honorable record in public and private life.
He died at his home in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Surgeon General Report.

CASE 621. Lieutenant Colonel John M. Hedrick, 15th Iowa, was wounded near Atlanta on July 22, 1864, and after Surgeon William H. Gibbon, of his regiment, had applied a primary dressing, he was transferred to the hospital of the Seventeenth Army Corps, thence was admitted into hospital at Chattanooga, where Surgeon J. H. Phillips, U. S. V., records the injury as a flesh wound of the back. Thence this officer was sent to hospital at Louisville on August 10th, where Surgeon A. T. Watson, U. S. V., records "gunshot wound of left forearm and of left hip." He was mustered out of service on August 11, 1866, and was pensioned. On September 4, 1867, Pension Examiner W. S. Orr reports: "A musket ball carried away the left transverse process of the fifth lumbar vertebra, penetrated the os ilium of the same side near its connection with the sacrum, and emerged through the ilium near its anterior superior spinous process. The wound has been followed by extensive exfoliation of the ilium, which has not yet entirely ceased. Disability total." Promoted to a colonelcy, and brevetted a brigadier for gallantry, this officer subsequently regained his strength, and, in 1872, visited Washington, in tolerably robust health.

John Morrow Hedrick Biography.
Publish in 1878.

Picture publish date 1878.
HEDRICK, JOHX MORROW, GEN. is a native of Indiana; born in Rush Co., Dec. 16, 1832; son of Hon. J. W. Hedrick, afterward a resident of Wapello Co.; came to Iowa in 1845 ; his opportunities for education were limited, yet at the age of 17, he had qualified himself for a teacher, and from that time until he was 20, passed his winters in teaching, and his summers on his father's farm ; in 1852, entered a mercantile house as clerk ; soon became a partner, and, before long, proprietor of the house ; with the exception of two years devoted to the real estate business, gave his entire attention to mercantile pursuits until the beginning of the war. In August, 1861, he closed out his business in Ottumwa for the purpose of entering the service, and before the close of that month, had enlisted enough men to entitle him to a First Lieutenant's commission ; received his commission as First Lieutenant of Co. D, 15th I. V. I., Sept. 20, 1861 ; Dec. 23, was made Quartermaster of that regiment.

While in rendezvous at Keokuk, was promoted to the captaincy of Co. K, and with this rank entered the field ; Shiloh was the first battle in which this regiment was engaged, and there Gen. Hedrick distinguished himself; was wounded and taken prisoner ; he, with about two hundred and fifty other officers, was forwarded to Corinth, thence by rail to Memphis ; was more than fifty hours without food, and the first given them was raw bacon and rotten bread ; was six months and seven days in the various prisons of the South ; finally paroled Oct. 18, 1862, and came to his home in Ottumwa ; as soon as he learned of his exchange, rejoined his regiment at La Fayette, Tenn., Feb. 9, 1863, and was immediately promoted to the rank of Major.

On the 22d of the following April, was made Lieutenant Colonel, and with this rank won his chief laurels ; in 1864. while before Atlanta, the Republican State Convention, on account of the fact that Iowa soldiers were allowed to vote, sent him as a delegate to represent the Iowa soldiers at the Baltimore National Convention which renominated Abraham Lincoln, he voting for Lincoln and Johnson. When, after the fall of Atlanta, Col. Belknap was made Brigadier General, Lieut. Col. Hedrick was promoted to the full colonelcy of the 15th I. V. I., his commission dating Aug. 20, 1864; in this battle, he was wellnigh fatally wounded, but was so conspicuous for bravery that he was brevetted Brigadier General ; his injuries were too severe to permit him to again take command in the field ; after many weeks, when partially recovered, was detailed for duty in the War Department at Washington, where he remained from March, 1865, to Sept. 1866.

This military record was taken from Stewart's " Iowa Colonels and Regiments," and from Ingersoll's " Iowa and the Rebellion. When mustered out of service, he was appointed Postmaster of Ottumwa, which office he held until 1870, when he was appointed Supervisor of Internal Revenue for Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Colorado and Dakota, which position he held until 1876 ; during his incumbency of this office, he was especially detailed in charge of the great whisky cases at Milwaukee and Chicago, which required his entire attention for twelve months, and for the management of which he was complimented by Secretary Bristow and the Treasury Department. At his appointment as Postmaster, in 1866, was elected by the stockholders of the Ottumwa Courier Company as its editor, and had charge of the editorial columns until 1869, meantime becoming half-owner of it. In that year.

Maj. Hamilton bought the other half, and they together had charge of it until Jan. 1, 1878, during which time its general business and property value increased three or four fold. In 1868, he was one of the Delegates at Large to the Chicago Convention, which first nominated Gen. Grant, and was one of the Vice Presidents of that Convention, and also one of the committee that went to Washington to notify Grant of his nomination. When Gen. Hedrick retired from the Courier, he gave his time chiefly to looking after the interests of the Cedar Rapids, Sigourney & Ottumwa Railroad Co., of which he is President, and of attending to his real estate matters in Ottumwa.

He is extensively engaged in fruit-growing; is somewhat interested in agriculture, and is President of the Wapello County Agricultural Society. Gen. Hedrick was one of the first to agitate the subject of the improvement of the waterpower in Ottumwa, and when he became connected with the Courier, brought all the influence of his paper to bear toward its accomplishment. He has also always been actively interested in the projection and completion of railroad facilities for Ottumwa. In 1853, he married Matilda Caroline Haines, a native of Illinois ; resident of Wapello Co. since 1844 ; have had six children, the eldest, Clarence H., dying in infancy ; the living are Kate M., Howard L., Charles M., Harry McPherson and Carita B.

Arthurs note.  His Biography was written ten years before his death.  HIs Obit., has some information not in his biography if you would like to read it take this link.