Thursday, November 05, 2009

I Report The Death Of------Civil War

This page is about officers that give reports and made a short statement in them on the men that were killed in battle. The names with a questen mark, I was not sure of the name.

The Ninth Mississippi Infantry.

I regret to report the death of Captain George W. Braden, Company I. He was a most valuable officer, and the loss to his company and regiment is irreparable. He was struck by a ball near the cheekbone and died almost instantly. Private Cyrus H. Johnston, Company C, well known in the commissary department, voluntarily shouldered his rifle and went into the fight. While bravely discharging his duty a ball struck the point of his shoulder and entered the body, causing death in a few minutes. Captain John P. Holahan, or Holihan of Company B; Lieutenant (E. B. ?) Cox, of Company F, and Lieutenant William D. (?) Barnes, of Company G, were painfully wounded.

The 72nd Indiana infantry.

Lieutenant Lewis E. Priest, 72nd., Co. E., was acting as assistant adjutant-general of the brigade.

The Eleventh Regiment North Carolina infantry.
(Bethel Regiment)

I regret having to report the death of Lieutenant [W. N. M.] Means, Company E, Eleventh Regiment North Carolina Troops, and also First Sergeant E. B. Bristol, Company B, of the same regiment. They both fell like brave men in the faithful performance of their duty.

The Crescent Rifles.

I regret deeply to report the death of our gallant and able commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Dreux, and of Private Stephen Hackett.

Report of Brigadier General William T. H. Brooks, U. S. Army, commanding division, of operations at Cold Harbor, Va., June 1-3, 1864.

It is not improper to make here a report of the death of the colonel of this regiment, Colonel Aaron H. Dutton, then in command of the brigade, who was mortally wounded while making a reconnaissance in front of our lines near Port Walthall, just as this corps was about to join the Army of the Potomac. The service has lost no more accomplished officer than Colonel Dutton. The list of company officers is also large. It is my painful duty to have to report the death of my aide-de-camp, Lieutenant Abel K. Parsons, Fourth Vermont.

Side Note. Colonel Dutton died from the effect of his wound on the 5th of June. He graduated at West Point in 1861, Kilkpatrick, Custer, O'Rorke, Benjamin, and Farquhar being among his classmates. Bold and chivalrous, with a nice sense of honor, a judgment quick and decisive, an unwavering zeal in his chose profession, he was in every respect a thorough soldier. As an engineer, his talents were of the highest order, and at the time of his death he had attained the rank of captain of engineers in the regular army. By his companions in arms he will never be forgotten, and to them his last resting place will be as a shrine commemorating the friendships which the rude shock of war nor lapse of time can blight or destroy.
I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

First battalion Mountaineers, California Volunteers.

I regret that I have to report the death of Corpl. James D. Barnes, late a member of Company B, First battalion Mountaineers, California Volunteers, and but recently attached to my company, who was shot on the 6th instant while on the trail between here and Kneeland's Prairie, by a party of Indians concealed near the trail. He was returning to camp with two pack-mules, one of which he was riding, and when between one and two miles from the prairie he was shot at and hit by two balls, one penetrating his shoulder, which caused him to drop his gun, and the other shot, which struck him in the lower part of the back, passing through his body. He succeeded in returning to camp, but died about three hours after.

Report of Brigadier General Eli Long, U. S. Army, commanding Second Division, of operations March 22-April 2.

I regret to report the death of Lieutenant Colonel George W. Dobb, Fourth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, and the other brave officers and men who fell upon the field of battle.
Side Note. Lt. Col George W. Dobb, age 26, enlisted 10 Sep 61, Killed 2 Apr 65 at Selma, AL.

Report of Lieutenant Colonel John B. Raulston, Eighty-first New York Infantry.

I regret to report the death of First Lieutenant William H. Alexander, of the One hundred and thirty-ninth New York Volunteers, a brave and efficient officer, who was killed by a solid shot on the afternoon of the 27th., October 1864.

It is with deep regret I have to report the death of Lieutenant George W. Ellsler of the 99th., Pennsylvania infantry, was killed.
Side note. George W. Ellsler, private mustered in on July 26, 1861, was promoted to 1st Sergeant Company F, date unknown; Vet. Promoted to 1st Sergeant; to 2d Lt., August 8, 1864; commissioned 1st Lt., June 15, 1864, not mustered; killed at Petersburg, Va., September 10, 1864; Vet.

It is with deep regret I have to report the death of Lieutenant Colonel George W. Meikel, Twentieth Indiana Volunteers. He fell on Saturday morning, on the ground wrested by him from the enemy with marked ability and his usual gallantry, and died with the consoling feeling of a victory, the most arduous and important of which was due to his generous efforts.

I am, captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Report of Captain Moses Jackson, Thirty-third Mississippi Infantry, of operations July 20, 1864.

We regret to report the death of many valiant soldiers. Among the officers our lamented Colonel Jabez L. Drake, Captain John W. Sharkey, Captain John S. Lamkin, Captain David A. Herring, Lieutenant Simeon J. Kennedy, and Lieutenant Andrew G. West.
Side note. A photo & biography of Captain David A. Herring can be found at this link.

Sixtieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

I am sorry to report the death of Lieutenant Alfred H. (?) Evans, a brave officer, who fell while attempting to get his men but their perilous position.


I regret very much to report the death of Captain David Oliphant, wounded at Haw's Shop, May 28, 1864. Always ready to do his duty, fearless of self in danger, generous and kind to all, he had won the highest esteem from all who knew him.
have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Side note. Captain David Oliphant, home was Detroit he was 34, years old.

Report of Brigadier General Thomas E. G. Ransom, U. S. Army.
January 25, 1864.

I regret to be obliged to report the death of Captain Charles R. March, of the Thirteenth Maine Infantry company F., who died on the 23rd instant of a wounding in the head, received from a shot fired by a sailor of the steamer Sciota, who had landed with Colonel Hesseltine's regiment to get a beef. Private Samuel Heald, Company C, of the Thirteenth Maine Infantry, was wounded in the neck by the same shot. Captain March was buried a Forrester's place, 7 miles from the head of the peninsula.
Side note. March, Charles R. - Captain; Portland, 12/10/61; killed. on Matagorda Peninsula, Texas, 1/21/64.

One hundred and forty-third New York.

It grieves me to report the death of the brave Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph P. Taft, who fell just after he had driven the enemy from his position.

Report of Brigadier General George Crook. U. S. Army, commanding Second Cavalry Division.

I regret to report the death of the gallant Colonel Monroe, of the One hundred and twenty-third Illinois, who fell while bravely leading on his regiment at the battle of Farmington.

Report by LAWRENCE M. KEITT, Colonel, Commanding.

The men who had been in the rifle-pits in front during the day reported the death of Private Ellerbee Bradock, Company D, Twenty-first South Carolina Volunteers; killed by shot in the head from enemy's sharpshooters.

Report given by O. O. HOWARD, Major-General, Commanding.

I have to report the death of Captain J. J. Griffiths, aide-de-camp on my staff. He was wounded on the 5th of July, while on a reconnaissance with my body-guard, and died on the 10th of the same month.

Report of Major Frederick Cooper, Seventh New Jersey Infantry.

I regret to report the death of First Lieutenant Charles F. Walker, Company B, a gallant and efficient officer, who was killed on the afternoon of the 3rd instant.
Side note. Charles F. Walker enlisted December 5, 1862, mustered in January 13, 1863, for 3 years, Serj. Jan. 23, '62; 1st Serj. May 6, '62; 1st, killed in action at Gettysburg, Pa., July 2, '63.

Report of Captain Thomas W. Osborn, First New York Light Artillery, Chief of Artillery.

Lieutenant J. E. Dimick showed the skill and judgment of an accomplished artillery officer and the intrepid bravery of the truest soldier. After holding this position for upward of an hour, his men fighting bravely, but falling rapidly around him (his horse being shot under him), and our infantry crowding back until his flanks were exposed, I gave him the order to limber and fall back. In doing this his horses became entangled in the harness, and in freeing them he received a shot in the foot. This wound he his form his men, but in a movement received one in the spine, and from the effects of it died in two days after.

Report of Brigadier General E. M. Law, C. S. Army, commanding Law's brigade.

It is with deep sorrow that I report the death of Private Virginius S. Smith, of the Fourth Alabama Regiment Co. G., an acting officer on my staff. Alabama never bore a braver son, and our country-s cause has never received the sacrifice of a manlier spirit. He fell where the hour of danger always found him-at his post.

Report by Robert Lee.

I regret to report the death of the patriotic soldier and statesman, Brigadier General Thomas R. R. Cobb, who fell upon our left, and among the latter that brave soldier and accomplished gentleman, Brigadier General Maxcy Gregg, who was very seriously, and it is feared mortally, wounded during the attack.
Side note. Thomas R. R. Cobb, company, General and Staff Officers, Corps, Division and Brigade Staffs, Non-com. Staffs and Bands, Enlisted Men, Staff Departments, C. S. A.

Reports of Colonel George Crook, Thirty-sixth Ohio Infantry, commanding Second Brigade, of the battles of South Mountain and Antietam.

I regret to have to report the death of Lieutenant-Coleman, of the Eleventh Ohio Volunteers.

Report of Colonel Joseph J. Bartlett, Twenty-seventh New York Infantry, commanding Second Brigade, of the battle of Crampton's Pass.

It is with sorrow I have to report the death of Major Lewis J. Martin, Ninety-sixth Pennsylvania Volunteers, who fell gallantly leading his wing of the regiment to the charge.
Side note. Lewis J. Martin, mustered in September 23, 1861, for 3 years. Promoted from Captain, Company B, January 18, 1864; mustered out with Regiment, October 21, 1864.

Report by I. VOGDES, Brigadier-General Volunteers.

I regret to have to report the death of Captain Rodgers, of the Sixty-second Ohio Regiment, on the ninth of the 13th. The captain was unfortunately shot by one of our own pickets. I have not yet received full particulars of the unfortunate occurrence. I hope to do so in time for my next.

Report of Colonel Samuel L. Buck, Second New Jersey Infantry, of action at Bull Run Bridge.

I regret to report the death of First Lieutenant I. H. Plume from a section of shell which took effect on the head, causing instant death. He fell gallantly urging his men forward, and was buried near the spot.

Report of Major Joseph R. Cubell,
Thirty-eighth Virginia Infantry, of the battle of Malvern Hill

It is with deep sorrow and profound regret that I have to report the death of First Lieutenant Napoleon D. Price, commanding Company D, 38th., Virginia Infantry, who fell shot through the bowels while gallantly charging in advance of his company, calling on them to follow him. He was a generous, heightened, honorable, Christian gentleman, and I doubt not is now enjoying peace and heavenly rest.

Report of Major Joel J. Seaver,
Sixteenth New York Infantry, of the battle of Gaines' Mill.

I have to report the death of Lieutenant Allanson M. Barnard, Company H, who was struck by a musket-ball in his forehead and instantly killed. Captain Warren Gibson, Company H, was about the same time struck by a musket-ball near the outer corner of the right eye, the ball passing through, back of, and destroying the eye, and coming out near the left temple. Both these officers were nobly and fearlessly discharging their duty at their posts and cheering on their men.

Report of Lieutenant Colonel Ross R. Ihrie, Fifteenth North Carolina Infantry, of engagement at Dam Numbers 1 (Lee's Mill).

It is with peculiarly deep feelings of regret that I report the death of Colonel Robert M. McKinney, a conscientious, brave, just, and skillful officer, and a Christian gentleman. Colonel McKinney gallantly fell in the early part of the engagement, shot through the forehead. He fell near the center of the line, and his death was not known to either officers or men for some time after it occurred, and a deadly fire was kept up by both sides until about 5 p. m.

Report of Brigadier General Andrew A. Humphreys,
U. S. Army, Chief of Topographical Engineers.

It became my painful duty to report the death of Lieutenant Colonel W. R. Palmer, Topographical Engineers, on June 18, of disease caused by exposure in the zealous
discharge of duty, and of First Lieutenant Orlando G. Wagner, Topographical Engineers, on April 21, of a wound received while examining the enemy's works at Yorktown. In the death of Lieutenant-Colonel Palmer the corps lost a gallant and accomplished officer, devoted to its interests; in the death of Lieutenant Wagner a gallant and highly promising young officer, whose, brief term of duty with the Army of the Potomac gave earnest of a distinguished future.

Report of Colonel John Kurtz, Twenty-third Massachusetts Infantry.

It is with the most sincere regret that I have to report the death of Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Merritt, 23rd, Massachusetts Infantry, who was killed early in the engagement while urging his men into the line in the most brave and gallant manner. His loss will be severely felt by the regiment. He was the kindest-hearted man I ever met with, and I am sensibly affected at his loss.
Side note. Henry Merritt, 23d Infantry, Company Field and Staff, Major, Residence: Salem, Massachusetts, Age 41, Occupation: Watchmaker. Service: comm. Sept. 25, 1861; must. Sept. 28, 1861; comm. Lieut. Colonel, Oct. 24,1861; must. -; killed March 14,1862, at Newbern, N.C.

Report by R. A. Young Captain, Commanding Co. K, 1st Regiment C. and C. Mounted Rifles.

I have to report the death of Private F. T. Rhodes, of the 1st, Choctaw and Chickasaw Mounted Rifles Co. K.

Report by I. N. HAYNIE, Colonel, Commanding Forty-eighth Illinois Volunteers.

I deeply regret to report the death of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas H. Smith, who received a mortal wound early in the action and died within an hour. He fell gallantly urging the right wing forward to the position from which we repulsed the enemy. His loss was deeply felt by me during the day and will be profoundly lamented by all who knew him. He was a brave and gallant officer, a firm friend, a generous enemy, and an upright and honorable man.
Side note. Lieutenant Colonel Thomas H. Smith, Field & Staff of the Forty-eighth Illinois Volunteers, Residence METROPOLIS, MASSAC CO, IL., Nativity POPE CO, IL., enlisted AUGUST 16, 1861, at CAMP BUTLER, IL., Mustered in August 18, 1861, for 3 years he was 36 years. KILLED AT FORT DONELSON TENN. FEB. 15, 1862.

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