Saturday, June 28, 2014

Rufus G. Hayward, Vermont.

Rufus G. Hayward.

Birth: 1843.
Death: Aug. 10, 1869.

son of Dennison & Roanney ( Rodney ).

Wife: Laura M. ( Hunter ) Hayward
Married May 13, 1865, at Lynden, Caledonia County, Vermont.
Laura received his pension October 22, 1869.

Burial: Lyndon Center Cemetery, Lyndon, Caledonia County,

Vermont. Vermont State Records.

Age: 18, credited to Burke, VT Unit(s): 4th VT INF Service: enlisted /8/7/61, mustered in / 9/21/61, CORP, Co. B, 4th VT INF, wounded, Fredericksburg, 12/13/62,discharge for wounds, 10/30/63.

Surgeon General Files.

CASE 885. Sergeant Rufus G. Hay ward, Co. B, 4th Vermont, aged 19 years, was wounded at Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862, and was treated in field hospital until the 18th, when he was admitted to Mount Pleasant Hospital, and thence furloughed on May 12, 1863. On August 5th, he entered the Brattleboro Hospital. Surgeon E. E. Phelps, IT. S. V., reported a "gunshot wound; ball perforating abdomen, but not lodging, with lesion of intestines." This patient was discharged the
service October 30, 1863. Pension Examiner S. Newell, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, reported, November 4, 1864;

" Gunshot wound, ball entering the left side, wounding the intestines and bladder; urinary fistula and artificial anus resulted. He is in failing health; will probably terminate fatally in a few months;" and on November 23, 1869, Examiner C. C. Calhoun reported:

" I attended Rufus G. Hayward occasionally after his discharge up to the time of his death, which occurred on August 10, 1869, so that I was familiar with his disease up to his death. He had two abscesses on his left side, which broke out and became running sores; and, by a breaking of the colon or large intestine, there was a constant discharge of faecal matter up to the time of his death, rendering him helpless; he had also three abscesses in his back constantly discharging; an entire loss of use of left arm and leg, so that he was wholly unable to dress and undress himself, all occasioned by gunshot wounds received in action."

Thomas M. Fuller, Michigan.

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Thomas M. Fuller.

Birth: 1822.
Death: 1865.

Parents: Charles Fuller (1781 - 1859), Sally Baker (____ - 1825).

Wife: Mary Lothar Snow Fuller (1823 - 1893).

Children: Charles Henry Fuller (1843 - 1888), Lizzie B. Fuller (1858 - 1865).

Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan.

Michigan State records.

Thomas M. Fuller, private, enlisted in First Cavalry, Co. C., February 15, 1865, at Battle Creek, for 1 year, age 44.  Mustered in February 18, 1865; No further record.

Surgeon General Files.

CASE 259. Private Thomas M. Fuller, company C, 1st Michigan cavalry; age 44; admitted from Harper s Ferry,Virginia, April 6, 1865. Diarrhoea. [The register of the Island hospital, Harper s Ferry, Virginia, shows that this man was admitted to that hospital February 27th inflammation of the lungs and sent to Cumberland April 6th.] This was a very delicate man, of scrofulous diathesis. He stated that he had been sick for four weeks. April 13th : The diarrhoea still continues;the dejections are frequent; the tongue dry and red ; appetite poor; thirst; pulse feeble, frequent, and compressible. He complains to-day of dyspnoea, and of pain and soreness in the left side of the chest, which is dull on percussion. Died, May 11th..

Autopsy seven hours after death : Body extremely emaciated. The left pleural cavity was filled with pus. The left lung was collapsed and only a fourth of its normal size ; it formed a firm flesh-like mass adherent to the spine. An abscess had formed between the fourth and fifth ribs, commencing about two inches from the sternum and extending to its left border ; it appeared to be making an effort to point externally. The pericardium throughout its whole extent was adherent to the heart. The liver was very small, soft, and flabby. The spleen was pale, large, and very soft. The jejunum, ileum, and ascending colon were inflamed and presented patches of ulceration. Acting Assistant Surgeon S. B. West.

Friday, June 27, 2014

William C. Freshwater, Ohio.

Ohio State Records.

William C. Freshwater, private, Co. F, 66th Ohio Infantry, Enlisted Janurary17, 1862, for 3 years, age 22.  Rest unreadable.

Surgeon General files.

CASE 504. Private William Freshwater, Co. F, 66th Ohio, received wounds of the abdomen, left forearm, and neck, at Port Republic, June 9, 1862. He was conveyed in an army wagon to Front Royal, arriving on the 13th, and on the 14th was sent by rail to Washington, and admitted, on the 15th, to Judiciary Square Hospital. He was placed in a ward under the charge of Acting Assistant Surgeon David W. Cheever, who states that a. ball had entered one and a half inches outside the left nipple, on a level with the seventh rib, and could be felt under the skin near the spinous process of the last dorsal vertebra. Some viscus, thought to be the lower tip of the lung, protruded at the wound. He died in two days (June 17th), with symptoms of peritonitis. Post mortem: The ball pierced the diaphragm without touching the lower lobe of the lung; there was no perforation of the intestines, but they were glued together by peritoneal inliammation. The pancreas protruded at the wound.

Burial: Buxton Cemetery, Union County, Ohio.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wilbur F. Stevenson, Indiana.

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Wilbur F. Stevenson.

Mr. Stevenson was born in Scott County, Kentucky, November 12, 1842. Parents, Evan Stevenson and Lydia Boggs Stevenson. The family moved to Benton County, Indiana, in 1856. He attended school at the "Battle Ground" in 1860  and 1861. He enlisted in Company D. Tenth Indiana Infantry, September 6, 1861 ; was made Corporal and later promoted to Sergeant. His service was marked by nothing of unusual interest until the battle of Chickamauga, where he "stopped a bullet with his knee." After partial recovery he did hospital duty at Madison, Ind., until the expiration of his term  of enlistment. He went to school in LaFayette in 1865.

Moved to Piatt County, Illinois, in 1868. Married Alice Tallman in 1871. Has five children  Evan Stevenson, born in 1872; Mrs. W. H. Dilatush, born in 1876; Mrs. C. B. Caldwell, born in 1883; Mrs. J. W. Ayre, born in 1884; Mrs. E. J. Hawbaker, born in 1889. He has served terms as Supervisor of Piatt County and as Mayor of Monticello, but has managed, so far, to "side step the penitentiary." In politics he was originally a Republican, but becoming disgusted at the mean treatment of the Southern people during the reconstruction period he "reformed" (Oh, Lord) and embraced Democracy. His principal business interests have been farming and the feeding of cattle and hogs.

The above was written by himself. It is a mystery how the "political reformation'' of this fellow kept him out of the pen. That of itself was a sufficient crime to cause a life sentence.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Colonel John A. Savage, Wisconsin.

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Colonel John A. Savage was born at Ogdensburg, N. Y., in 1 832. Was the son of Rev. John A. Savage, D. D., president of Carroll College, Waukesha, Wisconsin, and who for more than twenty-three years was pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Ogdensburg, N. Y. He died December 13th, 1864.

Colonel Savage's studies were pursued at the Ogdensburg Academy and the Academy at Argyle,  Washington County, N. Y. (the home of his uncle. Dr. James Savage), and he was prepared to enter the sophomore class in Union College, which was his father's Alma ]Mater, when he moved with his father and family to Waukesha, his father taking the presidencv of Carroll College in 1850.

Colonel Savage began the study of law in the office of R. W. Wright, at Waukesha, but within the year he went to Milwaukee and entered the office of Judge H. N. Wells. Soon after he was
admitted to the bar. Colonel Savage was a natural orator and had a remarkably clear voice. His love for and appreciation of genuine eloquence was very prominent. His brother, Rev. Edward Savage, of Windom, Minn., says of him: "I remember his enthusiasm. Taking me in hand when I was a boy at school, he wrote out for me to learn a declamation, the eloquent closing passage of the speech of Hon. Byron Payne on the defense of S. M. Booth on trial for violation of the fugitive slave law. John's instructions were not such as would lead me to the patent bombastic oratory that is so common a product of schools of oratory, but he charged me to read it carefully and get possessed of the impassional earnestness that prompted the various words. * * John had hard work to come down to the common-place court commissioners' office work when those masters in legal argument, such as V. G. Ryan, Jonathan E. Arnold and Byron Payne, were in court. He loved to listen to such speakers, and yielding to his passion for such treats, had much to do with his development as a public speaker."

On August 30th, 1802, John A. Savage was commissioned adjutant of the Twenty-eighth Wisconsin Infantry, mustered as such September 5th, 1802. Mr.Edward Savage, a younger brother, now a prominent minister of Windom, Minn., also was a member of the Twenty-eighth Wisconsin, Company B. Adjutant John A. Savage resigned for disability August 5th, 1863. Recovering his health, he was commissioned lieutenant-colonel of the Thirty-sixth Wisconsin Volunteers, February 9th, 1864, and mustered as such March 18th, 1864. He went with the regiment to the Army of the Potomac, participating with it in all of its battles - North Anna, Totopotomy, Bethesda Church and Cold Harbor.

When at the latter battle. Colonel Frank A. Haskell was killed, Lieutenant Colonel Savage became the regiment's commander. Was commissioned colonel June 11th, 1864. Seven days later at the charge over the "Melon Patch," while leading the regiment in front of the colors he shouted : '"Three cheers for the honor of Wisconsin ! Forward, my brave men !" Within two minutes he fell mortally
wounded. Was taken to Washington, where he died on July 4th; 1864.

The Bar Association of Milwaukee met and passed resolutions of tribute to Colonel Savage. He too, like Colonel Haskell, was out down in the prime of life when there was such a good future for so bright an intellect.

American Prisoners Coming Home, 1812.

Many of you know that your ancestor was impressed, but may not know the name of the ship they were impressed from. 

You may know all this already, but do you know where they were held, or when they were released or how and when they got home.  This list well tell you this.

All the information on the following names will be the same as the first name, but the name of the ship.  If there are any changes it will be noted next to the name.

1. John Campbell, Carpenter; impressed from the Julius Caesar, October 26, 1812; confined at Chatham prison; released June 30, 1813; came back to the United States on the Cartel, Moses Brown.  Arrived New York, September, 1813.

2. Philip Hog, Seaman, from the Dominick.
3. Callup Richmond, Seaman, from the Phoenix.
4. Benjamin Pickens, Seaman, from the Urbano.
5. Thomas Lacock, Seaman, from the Urbano.
6. James Mead, Carpenter, from the Elho.
7. John Young, Seaman, from the Bee.
8. Enos Dicksain, Seaman, from the Liberty.
9. Wilson Hand, Seaman, from the Hebe.
10. George Lee, Cook, from the Frederick.
11. Richard Wood, Seam, from the Edward.
12. Henry Potter, Seaman, at London, from the Leanderdus; impressed October 24, 1812.
13. John Calwell, Seaman, from the Eliza Ann..
14. Charles Baley's, Seaman, at London from the Brutus.
15. Joseph Tippett, Seaman, from the Wasp; impressed October 27, 1812.
16. William Read, Seaman, from the Elizabeth; impressed November 3, 1812.
17. Charles Willis, Seaman, from the Eliza; impressed October 24, 1812.
18. David Parson, Seaman, from the Urbano.
19. Sullivan Norwell, Seaman, from the Liberty.
20. Oliver Brooks, Seaman, from the Phoenix.

Dartmoor Prison.
1. Andrew Johnson, Seaman; sent into custody from H. B. M. Ajax, January 22, 1813; confined at Dartmoor prison; released April 27, 1815; came back to the united States on the Cartel Brunswisk; arrived New York, June 10, 1815.

2. John Eyers, Seaman; sent into custoday from H. B. H. ship Alcmene, January 25, 1813; confined Dartmoor prison; released April 27, 1815; came back to the United States on the Cartel Brunswick; arrived New York, June 10, 1815.

3. William Simons, Seaman; impressed from Falmouth out of Shorbrook, March 20, 1814; confined Dartmoor prison; released April 25, 1815; came back to the United States on the Mary Ann; arrived in New London, Conn., June 9, 1815.

4. Michael Capam, Seaman; impressed at Liver pool, February 1, 1814; confined Dartmoor prison; released June 4, 1815; came back to the United States on the Zephyr; arrived Boston July 20, 1815.

5. Samuel Curry, Seaman; impressed in the Downs from the Betsey, of New Bedford; confined Dartmoor prison; released May 1, 1815; came back to the United States on the Ariel; arrived New York, June 10, 1815.

6. William Turner alias T. Trunk, Seaman; gave himself up from the H. B. M. ship Arbor, June 20, 1814; confined Dartmoor prison; released April 27, 1815; came back to the UNited States on the Brunswick; arrived in New York, June 10, 1815.

7. Peter Williams, Seaman; impressed at Liverpool, June, 1814; confined at Dartmoor prison; relrased June 4, 1814; came back to the United States on the Zephyr; arrived Boston, July 20, 1815.

8. James Robinson, Mate; impressed at Liverpool, October 1, 1814; confined at Dartmoor prison; released May 4, 1815; came back to the UNited States on the Dorset; arrived New York, June 12, 1815.

9. Garrard Smith, Seaman; gave himself up from the H. B. M. ship Astren. May, 1813; confined at Dartmoor prison; released April 29, 1815; came back to the UNited States on the Neptunus; arrived New Haven, Conn., June 17, 1815.

10. Charles Billows, Seaman; impressed at Cork, December 24, 1814; confined at Dartmoor prison; released July 5, 1815; came back to the United States on the Henrietts; arrived at Boston, August 15, 1815.

Monday, June 23, 2014

American Seamen Impressed.

When one hears of impressed seaman one thinks of Great Britain ( British ), this was true in many cases.  However many other countries were taking ships like France and Spain and others.  Many had treaties with the United States, but it was unable to in force them.

Many of these impressed seaman were from merchant ship.   The owners of this ship soon got tired of losing their ships and crews and of course money. They started to arm them under the protest of many nations even the United States because of the treaties. 

But the merchant won their right to arm themselves.  If they hadn't armed themselves they would have been like sitting ducks on an open pond.. Many had certificates of protection, but these protections were about as worthless as the paper they were written on.

I have thousands of ships names and impressed seaman and citizens this is just a few. 

Schooner Betesy, of Salem; Master Samuel Townsend; impressed Edward Burnham of Massachusetts; impressed by the British ship of war Rattler, January 12, 1797; had protection.

Ship Thomas, of Newburyport; master Joseph Crown; impressed Francis Newcomb of Massachusetts; impressed by British press gang at Gravesend, October 12, 1797

Ship Industry, of Boston; master Rufus Low; Thomas Law and William Hunter and Abraham Harris all of Massachusetts; impressed by British frigate Ceres; April 7, 1797.

Brig Betsey, of Salem; master Nathaniel Silsbee; impressed Edward Hulen of Massachusetts; impressed by British frigate, Sybille; February 9, 1779.

Ship Hope of Norwich; master Sylvester Bill; impressed Avery Tinker of Connecticut; impressed by British frigate Tourterelle; September 28, 1797.

Sloop Industry of Philadelphia; master John Wheelan; impressed Thomas Lewis and Thomas Hicks of Maryland; impressed by British frigate Ceres, February 26, 1787; no protections.

Schooner Isabella of Philadelphia; master Francis Driscol; impressed John Easton of Massachusetts; impressed by British ship of war Jamaica, November 5, 1797; no protection.

Schooner Expedition, Captain Shubael Swaine, from St. Thomas's; impressed John Davis of United States; had protection; taken in West Indies; by British ship Sampson, May 12, 1797.

Ship Snow Good Hope, Captain John Gemeny from St. Croix; impressed John Black of Massachusetts; taken in West Indies; by British Labbett; May 15, 1779.

Ship Betsey Hollow, Captain William Shallcross; from Antigua; impressed Elias Hinson taken in West Indies; by British ship Tartar; May 8, 1797.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

George Silver Luttrell Ward.

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George Silver Luttrell Ward : Born in and appointed from Pennsylvania. Second Lieutenant Third Pennsylvania Cavalry May 16, 1863 ; First Lieutenant October 5, 1864; Captain October 31, 1864; Honorably mustered out August 7, 1865; Second Lieutenant Thirteenth Infantry May 11, 1866; Transferred to Thirty-first Infantry September 21, 1866; Transferred to Twenty-second Infantry May 15, 1869; First Lieutenant July 1, 1872; Captain April 24, 1883; Retired April 18, 1891 ; Died April 21, 1901