Monday, February 04, 2008

Men & Women Of Age. Civil War.

The names of the men and women here are citizens and of the military and from many states Union and Confederate. This information here is to help you get through that brick wall we all run into from time to time and maybe lead you in other direction in your family research. Most of this information will come from the ( Official records of the Civil War) I will add more information from other sources when I can.

Note. Many of these men & women were either prisoners or war or were arrested. This page however is not about prisoners of war, or being arrested. These names are here because of all the good information they have to offer, like where they were born, age, family life and State, County and were they came from. But take note if they were arrested or taken prisoner as this too is important information as well.

Note. The information for this page comes from the official records of the Civil War who’s records are housed at the Ohio State University.

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Note. The following is a index of the information available, however it is not in alphabetical order but in the order the information was recorded.


1. James Hall & Jesse Turner.

No. 927. Minor.

No. 929. Enlistment.

No. 931. Age.

No. 933. Enlistment form-Minors.

2. John S. Poulson.

3. Henry Grant.

4. William Hurst.

5. Henry Kernoll.

6. Dwight J. Partello.

7. Simon Schermerhorn.

8. Benjamin Kimball.

9. Ludwig Hesse.

10. Rebecca Parish.

11. Harriet Redd.

12. Araminta Palmer.

13. Amelia Davis.

14. B. A. Crawford, William Bowling, John C. Huddleston and William Hurst.

15. Thomas Williams.

16. Henry B. Bagby.

17. George W. Mangold.

18. Rev. Bennett Smeders

19. Ann Maria Hopkins

20. Albert Fuller.


1. I am informed in your military service as guides and spies two free negroes, James Hall and Jesse Turner. Their families were residing on the north side of White River and their houses, as I was officially informed a few days since by my scouts, were a rendezvous for your troops engaged in military operations in this direction. Necessity required that I should break up immediately this place of aid, comfort and information to your scouts. Consequently I ordered all the members of both families to be removed to the rear of my lines. Their names are as follows Rachel Turner, sister of James Hall, age 55, and her sons, Joel, age 14, and James, age 11; Cynthia Turner, wife of Jesse Turner, age 28, and her children, Love, age 6, Salina, age 4, and Sarah, age 2. I do not retain these people as prisoners of war. No guards are placed over them and they are supplied with subsistence from my commissary department. I am anxious that they should be transferred within your lines.

927. If minors present themselves they are to be treated with great candor. The names and residences of their parents, or guardians, if they have any, must be ascertained, and these will be informed of the minor's wish to enlist, that they may make their objections or give their consent.

929. Any free white male person above the age of eighteen and under thirty-five years a, being at least five feet three inches high, effective, able-bodied, sober, free from disease, of good character and habits, and with a competent knowledge of the English language, may be enlisted. This regulation, so far as respects the height and age of the recruit, shall not extend to musicians or to soldiers who may "re-enlist," or have served honestly and faithfully a previous enlistment in the Army.

931. No person under the age of eighteen years is to be enlisted or re-enlisted without the written consent of his parent, guardian, or master. Recruiting officers must be very particular in ascertaining the true age of the recruit.

933. If the recruit be a minor under eighteen b years of age, his parent, guardian, or master must sign a consent to his enlisting, which will be added to the preceding declaration, in the following form:
I, ---- ----, do certify that I am the (father, only surviving parent, legal master, or guardian, as the case may be) of ---- -- --; that the said ---- ---- is -- years of age; and I do hereby freely give my consent to his enlisting as a soldier in the Army of the United States for the period of five c years.

2. John S. Poulson, allowed in March, 1864. He was a son of a citizen of Accomaac County, resident within the lines of the enemy, represented at that time to be sixteen years of age, and satisfactorily shown by medical testimony to be a victim of epilepsy, of weak intellect and physical disability. It was sought to restore him to his father's care, and a passport was given him to pass by the boat bearing flag of truce.

3. Henry Grant, a youth of sixteen years of age, on the 24th of September, 1864, the son of a most estimable and loyal citizen in this city. He was stated to be backward in his studies and so diverted by the incidents and distractions of the times as to make his application almost hopeless. His uncle, formerly an officer of our Army, now residing in England in the prosecution of business important to the Department, had offered to receive him and see to his proper training and education. This passport was allowed December 6, 1864, on the understanding, however, that should the war continue he should be liable to recall on attaining military age. I am not positively informed whether his passport has been used, but presume it has been.

4. William Hurst. Twenty years of age; a native of Fairfax where his father resides. No proof of anything to justify his detention. I believe John Hurst was his father and mother was Elizabeth, brothers and sister were Andrew, John J., and J. E. Hurst.

5. Henry Kernoll-Sixty-nine years of age; native of New York; has resided twelve years in Fairfax County; owns 223 acres of land; has a pass from S. S. Tompkins, Army of the Potomac, which I in clouse. He says that Tompkins is one of our officers. If so, I think he ought to be discharged.

6. Dwight J. Partello. -Native of New Jersey; twenty years of age; was engaged selling newspapers from Richmond at Manassas when he was arrested. His father lives in Maryland, but is, he says, from New Orleans. He has two sisters married and residing in Richmond, one of whom was before me. No charge against him. He was at once time employed in the laboratory here, under-Smith, and honorably discharged. Took the oath of allegiance. I see no reason to detain him.

7. Simon Schermerhorn.-Native of New York; forty-five years of age; a cripple, for aught that appears before me his arrest and confinement were cruel. He was arrested near Yorktown by a guard and never examined. He has some children here and some in New York, and some property there. Prefers to remain in Virginia if he can do so without losing his property at the North.

8. Benjamin Kimball.-Fifty-five years of age; native of Maine; resident of New Market, Elizabeth City County; married and has four children. His wife was a widow with children, and one of her sons, a Virginian, in our army. Belvin married his daughter; an oysterman; took the oath of allegiance; no charge against him. I think he ought to be discharged.

9. Ludwig Hesse.-A German; forty-one years of age; came to America in 1849; naturalized citizen. Took the oath of allegiance to the Confederate States. Has been confined six weeks. A resident of Martinsburg, where he has property. I think he is a fair man, and was arrested in part because of a personal quarrel and in part because of the prejudice against foreigners. I think he should be discharged.

Prison: Camp Douglas.

10. Rebecca Parish born in Lee County, Ga. ; about twenty-eight years of age; has always lived in Sumter County, Ga., till this last year; has been three years and a half married; her parents live in Barbour County, Ala. ; removed with her husband, a soldier in the Confederate service, and two children to Island Numbers 10 about the 1st of March last. Her husband and two children had died by the middle of April, since which time she has lived under the protection of her brother, and on the 15th of April she was taken prisoner with her brother, a soldier in the Confederate service, at Island Numbers 10. Having no friends there and no money to take her home, she preferred remaining with her brother, although the medical men in charge at Madison, Wis., would have given her her liberty and sent her back as far as Cairo.

11. Harriet Redd, born in Wayne County, Miss. ; about twenty-four years of age; has lived the greater part of her life in Pike County, Ala. ; her parents live in Wayne County, Miss. ; two years and a half since she removed with her husband to Pike County, Ala., where she remained till her husband joined the Confederate Army, last January, and was taken prisoner with him at Island Numbers 10, while an invalid and has so continued and lives with her husband in this camp.

12. Araminta Palmer, born in Pike County, Ky., is about twenty-two years of age; has mostly lived in Great Bend, [Meigs] County, Ohio; was married about two years since; went to Columbus, Ky., with her husband about a year and a half since, where her husband, an invalid, was sworn to support the Confederacy. Her husband has been dead ten months; was a cook in the Confederate hospital at Island Numbers 10 when taken prisoner on the 8th of last April. Has no relations within 800 miles of her and has been sickly in camp. Her parents are good Union people.

13. Amelia Davis, born in East Brandon, Vt. ; is about thirty-three years of age; left Vermont at the age of 18; has lived in many parts of the Union; has been married twice. Her present husband is a seafaring man, whom she married in Baltimore two years since. Both husband and wife were respectively employed as cook and stewardess on board the steamer Red Rover when taken by General Buell at Island Numbers 10 and both sent prisoners to Camp Douglas together with a little boy eight years of age. Does not know that she has any relatives alive.

The following men were killed by a band of Rebels calling them selves Forrest’s man.

14. Mr. B. A. Crawford, age 50, Weakley County, Tennessee. Born 1814, Married S. F. Pegram Oct 27, 1857, in Weakley County.
Mr. William Bowling, age 50, Weakley County, Tennessee.
Mr. John C. Huddleston, age 52, McNairy County, Tennessee.
Mr. William Hurst, age 18, McNairy County Tennessee.


15. Thomas Williams. -Native of Ohio; fifty-seven years old; Union man; professes loyalty; arrested in Boone County, Va. ; has resided in Virginia since he was fifteen months old. Boat builder and lumber getter; took the oath of allegiance. No charge; no proof; owns 269 acres of land.

16. Henry B. Bagby. -A lad seventeen years old; a Virginian, having relations and property here. His relations are highly respectable. His father is a claim agent residing in Alexandria County, about four miles from Washington. He was on a visit to his father when the Federal picket retreated, and he was captured by our picket. I see no reason for detaining him.

17. George W. Mangold. - Born in Hardy County, Va.; is twenty-eight years of age. Says he is a secessionist and goes with Wirginia and the Confederate States. Says his brother Henry joined the home guard. Prisoner says he never did. He was urged by his father-in law and others to do so and to satisfy his father-in-law he went one day to the camp of the guard at Shell's. He found they were a rascally set, committing thefts and robberies on the citizens opposed to them, and intendent to support the Northern army. He made his escape. Says he is willing to take the oath of allegience to the Confederate States. Says he wishes to go into service in Harness' regiment. Wilthite says in his deposition; Mangold was with them eight or ten days, when he returned home dissatisfied with his captain for threatening to punish him for leaving without permission. I recommend this man be discharged on taking the oath of allegiance, and as he has expressed the wish to serve in Harness' regiment, now with General Jackson, near Winchester, I recommend he be sent there.

Note. George Washington Mangold, Married Caroline ( Sites ) Mangold, in 1850.

18. January 13, 1862, Rev. Bennett Smedes, of Raleigh, N. C., states That he is twenty-four years of age; that he was born in Schenectady, N. Y., and that when three years of age he accompanied his parents to Raleigh, N. C., where they now reside; that his father is a clergy man in that place; that he (Smedes) as the age of sixteen went to Saint James College, near Hagerstown, Md., where, excepting vacations spent withi his parents, he remained four years; that he the for three years attended a theological seminary in the city of New York, on leaving which in June, 1860, he commenced to officiate with the Rev. Dr. Cleveland Coxe, an Episcopal clergyman at Baltimore, with whom he remained until December 13, 1861; that for some time he has been desirous of joining his parents in Raleigh, N. C., and had with this view made application to the honorable Secretary of State for a passport which he did not succeed in procuring; that he then determined to make the attempt without such passport and take his chances of eluding the blockading flotill and military authorities of the United States; that he accordingly proceeded through Maryland to the river Potomac, and with three other persons attempted to cross it in a boat from Cedar Point, when he, with two of those persons, was arrested by a boat's crew from the cutter Howell Cobb; at 12. 30 a. m. January 11 was taken to the cutter, searched by Captain Frank, transferred to the Island Belle, thence to Colonel Graham's headquarters at Indian Head, thence successively t othe Wyandank, Harriet Lane and Yankee, on board of which latter he was taken to the navy-yard, whence he was sent by Captain Dahlgren to this office.

STATE OF VIRGINIA, York County, 1861.

19. This day Ann Maria Hopkins, of said county, but late of Elizabeth City County, Va., personally appeared before me, B. F. Smith, a justice of the peace in and for said county, and made oath that in the latter part of May, 1861, and after the said county of Elizabeth City had been invade by the Federal troops, she was on Fox Hill, in said county of Elizabeth City, at the house of one William P. Phillips; that one Robert Wood, of said county, who married the daughter of said William P. Phillips, came to the said house from the residence of one John P. Topping on Fox Hill and stated that he had seen about 100 Yankees at saint Topping's; that he heard they were there and that he had gone on that day to see what they had to say; that he exhibited a pass which he said an officer of the Federal troops had given him to got where the pleased; that he had on that day promised to prepare for them (the Federal troops) a map or chart of the country in that neighborhood, and that on the same day he did prepare a map or chart of Fox Hill with all the roads and houses of prominent citizens marked on it; that he folded it up and put it in his pocket and said he intended to give it to the Federal troops.

20. Albert Fuller. -Native of Cabell County, Va. ; aged eighteen; an unruly boy. His farther and brothers Unionists. Albert Fuller was passing the house of Henry Shelton, a secessionist, armed with a musket and bayonet going in the direction of the federal forces at Barboursville in company with another youth. W. Ward is the other youth. W. Ward is the other youth. Shelton took the gun from him. Fuller went on to Barboursville, and a company of Ziegler's U. S. cavalry were sent to arrest Shelton. The boy who was with him went back to Fuller's farther. Fuller's father and brother came on to Shelton's and killed him before Ziegler's cavalry arrived. Fuller's brother went to Ziegler's camp and thence to Ohio. His father was killed by a son of Shelton. I think Fuller ought not to be discharged but from the imperfection of the testimony I cannot advise where he should be sent for trial. I think he was the cause of Shelton's death and ought in some way to be brought to justice either by the State or Confederate authorities; but the seat of justice of the Confederate States for this district (Charleston, Kanswha County) and the committing of the offense are both in the possession of the enemy. I would suggest the propriety of an act of the Legislature of Virginia authorizing the trail in some other county. Witnesses examined, Peters, Poteet, Beekman, Wilson.

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