Friday, September 26, 2014

Joshua Bell.


Birth: 1844 - 1845.
Death: Unknown.

Wife: Ellen Colvin Bell.

Children: Nellie, Olive, Hannah, Joshua H., Benjamin K., Rollin Singer Bell.

Burial: Unknown.

Author.  He was a Harness Maker and Police Magistrate, was also a Butter Sale man.

Illinois Ninth Cavalry Co. L., Regimental History.
JOSHUA BELL was born in Lemont, Cook county, Ill., August 15, 1844, and with his parents removed to Chicago the fall of that year. He received a grammar school education, and graduated from the high school into Company L, Ninth Illinois Cavalry, October 15, 1861. He was small for his age, and barely passed muster on the ground "that he would do for a Bugler." When his company was full he was appointed Saddler Sergeant of Company L. He says: " I did not capture any court houses or Generals, and think I was a hard case," as I was one of the first to be arrested for foraging after leaving Pilot Knob, but dodged the guard house as I had no official notice of the order, and beat the Sergeant-Majcr cut of the hog I shot".
Author. I tried to find out about the shooting of the hog and the court house, but it was not stated.

Soon after arriving at Helena he was taken sick in consequence of the hardships and lack of water on the march to that place, and was discharged for disability, September 20, 1862.

After  leaving the Ninth the subject of this sketch was sick for nearly a year,  and January 7, 1864, enlisted in the " Chicago Mercantile Battery," and served in the Department of the Gulf until July 10, 1865, when he was mustered out as a veteran, having taken part in the Red River expedition under General Banks, and other minor movements.

After he returned to Chicago he was married, 1866, to Miss Ellen Colvin, and has a promising  family of six children three sons and three  daughters.

He has had his full share of the ups and downs of life. After twelve years of service in political life in various capacities he obtained the position in 1887 of Superintendent of the Harness contract at the Illinois State Prison, Joliet, Illinois.

Comrade Bell, in all these years of toil, maintains the same cheerful and happy demeanor. He lias many friends and the respect and confidence of all who know his sterling qualities of head, and the goodness of his heart. His address 1888, Joliet, Illinois.

Illinois Civil War Detail Report.

Name: BELL, JOSHUA. Rank: PVT. Company: L. Unit: 9 IL US CAV.

Personal Characteristics. Residence: CHICAGO, COOK CO, IL. Age: 20. Height: 5' 2 1/4. Hair: BROWN. Eyes: GRAY. Complexion: DARK. Occupation: SADDLER. Nativity: IL.

Service  Record: Joined When: OCT 15, 1861. Joined Where: CHICAGO, IL. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: NOV 11, 1861. Muster In Where: CHICAGO, IL. Remarks: DISCHARGED SEP 20, 1862.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Henry D. Pope.

Third Massachusetts Cavalry Regimental History.

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Lieutenant Henry D. Pope was born in Clinton, Ga., February 10, 1836, and removed with his parents to Fairhaven, Mass., in 1840. He was educated in the public schools of Fairhaven and New Bedford, graduating in 1853 from the Fairhaven High School. He engaged in business in Boston from 1855 to 1861, and enlisted in Read s Mounted Rifle Rangers, September 23, 1861 ; was mustered in as Company Quartermaster-Sergeant, November 15, 1861 ; promoted to Orderly Sergeant, September 1, 1862; promoted, by order of Major-General B. F. Butler to Acting Senior Second Lieutenant, October
29, 1862; commissioned Second Lieutenant January 1st, 1863; First Lieutenant, June 3, 1863, and was mustered out, November 26, 1864.

He was married February 3rd, 1864, to Caroline H. Dexter, of Fairhaven, Mass., at New Orleans, La. Lieutenant Pope s father, mother, and wife were all descended from Plymouth stock. In 1866 he became book keeper for Rice, Kendall, & Co., and was afterwards financial man. When the Rice, Kendall Company was incorporated, he became treasurer, and when it was sold out in 1898, he retired out of health.

In the Shenandoah Valley he served on the staff of General Molineux, and wrote out the reports of the operations and engagements of the brigade. He was in three big battles, and always bore himself bravely. He was president of the Regimental Association in 1896.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Asa W. S. Rix.

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Asa W. S. Rix.

Birth: abt. 1841.
Death: Nov. 26, 1919.

Wife: Julia O'Brien Rix (____ - 1925).

Burial: Greenridge Cemetery, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County, New York.

Massachusetts Fifth Infantry Co. A., Three Months Service. 
Asa W. S. Rix, Private, Residence Salem; Age 20: Enlisted April 16, 1861; Mustered in May 1, 1861; Mustered out July 31, 1861. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Jennie E. "Gauslin " Maish, Civil War Nurse.

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Jennie Gauslin Maish.

Birth: 1840.
Death: March 5, 1926.

Husband: Lewis Maish, July 2, 1840  _-- December 29, 1917.

Children: Nettie L. Maish.

Burial: Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota.


Miss Jennie E. Gauslin now Mrs  Maish, was living in her father's house at Winchester, Virginia, during the civil war which from 1861 to 1865 was turned into a hospital and kept up by her father and her own means, and where she nursed the sick and wounded Union prisoners left at Winchester.

After General Milroy's defeat she was sent as a prisoner by Confederate authority and confined in Confederate prison at Richmond known as Castle Thunder with other loyal ladies.

She married Mr. Lewis Maish a Union soldier during the war.  She is 64 years ( 1910 ) of age and resides at Stillwater, Minnesota.  She received no pension.

Author: Many nurses received a pension of $12, she had no pension, but after her husband died she got a pension of #10, dollars a month.  If I read the pension records right her pension was sent to the soldier home on Minneapolis.

Eighty - Seventh Pennsylvania Infantry Co. B.

Captain Lewis Maish, of Company B, was born July 2, 1840, within a few miles of York, a lineal descendant of John George Maish, who in 1751, came from Germany, and settled first in Chester county, Pa., and then migrated west of the Susquehanna to Fairview township, York county, where he located in a Quaker settlement. After leaving school Lewis Maish became an apprentice in the Variety Iron Works, of York. He assisted in recruiting Company B, and was made Second Lieutenant when it was organized. He was promoted to First Lieutenant, May 26, 1863, and to Captain Oct. 25, 1863. He was in command of his company in the engagements around Winchester, in the Mine Run campaign, and in the campaign under Grant from the Rapidan to the approaches of Petersburg.

In the afternoon of June 23, 1864, while the Union lines were being: established for action along the Weldon railroad in front of Petersburg, Captain Maish and thirteen of his men were taken prisoners. He now had before him several long and weary months of experience in Southern prisons, after having gallantly led his men in a dozen battles.

He was first taken to Libby prison in Richmond, and soon thereafter, with 3,000 other captives sent to the State of Georgia.  About 250 of the number were officers. These were left for onemonth at Macon, then the leading prison for commissioned. officers in the South. As Sherman's army was moving in that direction. Captain Maish and his fellow prisoners were transferred to Savannah for two months, and then taken to Charleston S. C. They were in that doomed city while it was besieged by the Union forces under Gilmore, from the neighboring islands.

As Sherman's triumphant army was moving from Atlanta to the Sea," Captain Maish and his associates were sent to Columbia, S. C, where they were kept four months, and then moved to Charlotte, N. C. While stopping for a short time at that city together with Captain H. C. Smyser, of the 5th Maryland Regiment, and Lieutenant Anderson, of the 2nd Pennsylvania Artillery, he made his escape into the Union lines. Captain Maish was mustered out of the service March 24, 1865, having served his country three and one-half years.

He resided one year at York, and the following year in Tennessee and Arkansas. In 1867 he removed to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he continued to be engaged in the manufacture of machinery until 1900, when he removed to Stillwater, Minnesota. Mrs. Maish was the daughter of a loyal citizen of Winchester. She and the Captain were married in 1863 during the time the regiment was in winter camp at Winchester.