Thursday, June 23, 2016

Asa W. S. Rix.

Asa W. S. Rix.

Birth:1841, Marblehead, Massachusetts..
Death: Nov. 26, 1919.

Parents: James A, Sally Rix.
Married 1872.

Age 79 years.

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

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

Civil War Veteran

Fifth Massachusetts Infantry Co. A.

Rix, Asa W. S. —Priv.— Res. Salem; 20; enl. April 16, 1861; must. May 1, 1861; must. out, July 31, 1861.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Eldred Huff.

Captain Eldred Huff, Fremont Co. Enl. Oct. 2, 1861; app. 3d Serg. on muster-in; prom. 1st Serg. Sep. 1, 1862; Capt. Feb. 3, 1863. Remained with the Co. on Vet. reenlistment. Captured in action Dec. 14, 1864, White's Station, Tenn. Dismissed by S. O. 27, War Dep., A. G. O., Jan. 18, 1865, upon charges of neglect of duty and mismanagement in the affair in which he was captured; dismissal revoked by order of the President, S. O. 453, war Dep., A. G. O., Aug. 23, 1865, upon a report of the Judge Advocate General, and honorably discharged as of the date of the order of dismissal. Prisoner from time of capture to end of the war. Served with the regt. in the field until captured.

How Captain Eldred Huff Was Captured

Huff's advance-guard (a corporal and four men) had just reached the top of a small hill when they ware observed to fire a few shots and disappear down the road on the other side. Huff hastily assumed that there were rebels in front, and he hurried his men forward at a run. The stranger troops did the same, but when they reached the open space they rode across it at great speed, toward the Iowa men.

Huff says ,he thought they meant to get his road and reach the scene of the firing before him. Instead of turning up the road, however, upon this idea, they wheeled to the left, poured a volley into the Fourth Iowa, and charged.
Huff tried bravely to get his little command into position for defense, and did return the fire and kept the rebels off for a few moments ; but they were too near and much too strong for him. And a portion of them  quickly outflanked him.

His command was broken to pieces, with a loss of three killed, eight wounded, and twenty captured, himself being among the prisoners. The remainder escaped and rode back to Memphis. A larger detachment was then sent out, which brought in the killed and a few wounded who had not been taken away, but found no enemy. Captain Huff and his fellow prisoners were confined at Andersonville, the survivors remaining captive till the end of the war.

Eldred Huff.

Birth: Unknown
Death: April: 21,1911.

Parents: Eldred Huff (1804 - 1883), Susan Huff (1811 - 1866).

Wife: Susan J Huff (____ - 1921).

Siblings: Eldred Huff (____ - 1911), Anna Huff Shannon (1832 - 1861), Samuel Huff (1837 - 1863), Abraham H Huff (1841 - 1863).

Note: aged 71.

Burial: Bayview Cemetery, Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016



Charles G. Olmstead, was born in Vanderburg county, Indiana, November 1, 1823, and entered the U. S. service as 1st lieutenant of Company A, 42d Regiment, with its organization, at the age of 38 years and 9 months. Before
entering the army he was engaged in the saw-mill and lumber business in Evansville, Indiana.

Captain Olmstead was promoted to this rank soon after  the organization of the command, his captain (Atchison) being made chaplain.

Captain Olmstead was one of the most painstaking officers. realizing from the beginning the importance of efficiency and proficiency in drill, and he at once became one of the closest students in tactics.

He was killed at the battle of Perryville, Ky., while urging on his men in the fight. No braver nor better soldier ever belonged to the regiment.

His body was removed from the bloody field of Perryville, Ky., to his former home, where it found a last resting-place, on what would have been his 39th birthday.

Captain Olmstead was known as a christian soldier, and although he was denied the celebration of his 39th birth-day here on earth, let us hope and believe he celebrated it in heaven, hard by the throne of God, for he was a Soldier of the Cross, as well as for the Union.

He left a wife, three sons and one daughter, all living except the second son. By all who knew him, Captain Olmstead was loved.

Death of Chas. G. Olmstead.

On October 8th, 1862, Captain Chas. G. Olmstead, Company A, fell, shot dead, the ball entering near the center of the forehead. He was urging, encouraging and cheering his men and had just said to them : " This is as good a place to die as any other," and the words had scarcely died on his
lips when he fell, killed outright. He was one of the best drill-masters of the line, and  was loved by all. He fell at his post of duty.

Burial: Salem Cemetery, Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana,

Monday, June 20, 2016

John Harris Baker.

John Harris Baker.

Birth: Aug. 7, 1824.
Death: Apr. 7, 1905.

Wife: Louisa A Trice Baker (1829 - 1885).

Children: Edgar Harvey Baker (1855 - 1951).

Burial: Eastview Cemetery, Zebulon, Pike County Georgia.

From Muster Roll of Company A, 13th Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry Evans' Brigade, Gordon's Division Army of Northern Virginia C. S. A. Pike County, Georgia "Confederate Guards:" Baker, John H. - Captain July 8, 1861. Wounded at Sewell's Mountain, Va. September 25, 1861. Elected Major February 1, 1862. Wounded at Cold Harbor, Va. June 27, 1862; Malvern Hill, Va. July 1, 1862. Elected Lieutenant Colonel September 17, 1862. Cap tured at Gettysburg, Pa. July 4, 1863. Elected Colonel December 14, 1863. Exchanged May 4, 1864. Wounded at Monocacy, Md. July 9, 1864; Winchester, Va. September 19, 1864; Fort Steadman, Va. March 25, 1865. Paroled April 21 ,1865. Served in Mexican War. Died in Pike County, Ga.

Col. Baker was a veteran of two wars, having served with distinction in the Mexican as well as the civil war. When the civil war broke out he raised Co. A of the Confederate Guards in Zebulon and was made its captain. He soon became a major of the 18th Georgia Regiment, then lieutenant colonel and later colonel of that famous regiment. For the last nine months of the war, he was in command of Gen. Evans old brigade, when Evans was promoted to be a major general, and he had been chosen as a brigadier general, but as no commissions were sent out for several months previous to the close of the war, he never received his as a general though he had been selected as a brigadier and had been serving in that capacity for several months.

He served several terms in the general assembly of Georgia both as representative and senator, being nominated each time without his solicitation and elected without opposition. He made an able and conscientious legislator.