Saturday, January 02, 2016

Alfred Sickman.


Fifth West Virginia Cavalry, Formerly Second Virginia Infantry, Company G.
Alfred Sickman was born June 27, 1840, in a farm house in Mifflin township, Allegheny county, Pa. His mother died when he was about 8 years old. and his father, Samuel Sickman, married his second wife,  Miss Ann Ailes, about two years later, and removed to California in Washington county, Pa., in the spring of 1858. Alfred attended the seminary there until the breaking out of the rebellion, when he recruited what was later called the "Pike Run squad," and proceeding with his men to Pittsburgh, became a part of the Plummer Guards, and was elected first lieutenant at the organization. He was unassuming, pleasant and considerate, greatly liked by his men.

He met every duty as it presented itself, and bravely and conscientiously served his county to the best of his ability. At the battle of Allegheny Mountain. December 13. 1861, while gallantly leading his men, he was shot and fell dead in front of the enemy, dying as a brave soldier should. His remains were left on the mountain side, and were buried by his comrades, April 7, 1862, on their way to Monterey.

Alfred Sickman of Company G, who was instantly killed. Lieut. Sickman was a cool, brave and gallant officer. He ascended the mountain in a meditative mood, as if he apprehended the danger into which he was about to rush, and when the charge was made, he went into it with undaunted courage.

Burial: Grafton National Cemetery, Grafton, Taylor County, West Virginia.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Leander Grandstaff.

Leander Grandstaff.

Birth: unknown.
Death: Aug. 20, 1864,

Pvt Co G 32nd Ohio Infantry GRANDSTAFF, LEANDER DATE OF DEATH: 08/20/1864 BURIED AT: SECTION J SITE 9840 -VA gravesite locator,

Burial: Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia.

Ohio Thirty - Second Infantry Regimental History.

On the 20th of August, 1864, Leander Grandstaflf, one of the company's bravest men, was struck by a shot from the enemy and instantly killed as he stood by the fire cooking his breakfast. Three men carried him back to a place somewhat sheltered from the bullets for burial. When the grave was about completed a vein of water was struck which flooded it. One said, "He's dead, anyway; the water won't hurt him. Let's put him in."' "No," said Stephen Kinkaid, "he shall be buried decently, if I have to dig the grave myself;" and then added: "Boys, if I should be killed, bury me decently."

Grandstaff, Leander. Enlisted Aug. i, 1861; re-enli&ted Dec. 17, 63, and was killed in action near Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 20, 64. He is buried in the National Cemetery at Marietta, Ga.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Andrew A Hurd .

Andrew A Hurd.

Birth: Feb. 9, 1844.
Death: Jan. 15, 1898.

Burial: Grove Cemetery, Belfast, Waldo County,Maine.

Maine Twenty- Sixth Infantry Co. A., Regimental History.


Page 162-163, Was born in Unity, February 9, 1844; he was eighteen years of age when he enlisted in Company A, Twenty-Sixth Maine Regiment, the 10th of September, 1862, as a private ; was mustered out in Bangor at Camp John Pope, the 17th of August, 1863. Was with the regiment in all the battles except the last seige at Fort Hudson, being unable to attend duty at that time. He contracted a severe cold lying on the ground without shelter during a hard rain storm at Opelousas ; was sick at Barers Lauding, La., was sent to Brashear City, and from there to the Cotton Press barracks Hospital, New Orleans ; was there sick until about the middle of July, lS(i3, with malarial fever, followed by chronic diarrhea, and at Port Hudson was sick with heart trouble. Captain Metcher tells an incident that happened at the battle ol Irish Pond : The company were ordered to lie on their backs and load, turn over and fire. Hurd could not load quick enough to suit him on his back so stood up to load. Captain Fletcher ordered him to "lie down," he paid no attention. Captain Fletcher told him he should shoot him if he did not obey orders, but he continued to load and fire standing, until they were ordered to retreat.

Dr. Williams of Rockland tells a story of Hurd : As they were retreating on the run in this same battle, he saw one of  the men shot down and he begged them not to leave him to  be taken prisoner ; after running on a short distance Hurd concluded he could not leave his comrade, so turned in the face of the enemy, went back and brought the wounded man from the field in his arms.

A. A. Hurd was married in Belfast, November 17, 1870, to Louise S. Cunningham ; has been engaged in the wholesale confectionery business in Belfast, since 1873 until January, 1897, when he retired from business, being unable to attend it any longer. He is now fifty-three years old. His post office address is Belfast, Maine.

Comrade A. A. Hurd died at East Belfast, January If), 98, and was buried in the cemetery at Belfast. His death resulted from disease contracted in the service of the United Sates in the Twenty-Sixth Maine Regiment.)