Saturday, September 17, 2011

Don G. Lovell.

Birth: 1841
Michigan, USA
Death: Oct. 25, 1907
Pierce County
Washington, USA

New York Times, October 27, 1907.

Past Commander of Department of Washington G. A. R.

TACOMA, Washington, Oct. 26.--Major Don G. Lovell dropped dead from heart disease last night while attending a board meeting at the First Church of Christ, Scientist. He was Past Commander of the Department of Washington and Alaska, G. A. R., and a prominent member of the Loyal Legion. Major Lovell was 66 years old.

Don G. Lovell was born at Iona, Mich., in 1841. He received a common school education and went to work as a clerk in a dry goods house. At the outbreak of the civil war he enlisted as a private in the Third Michigan Regiment. He served until 1862, when he received the commission of Second Lieutenant and was transferred to the Sixth Michigan Cavalry. He was badly wounded several times, and at the battle of Fair Oaks he received a bullet which he carried at the time of his death.

Lovell was mustered out of active service in 1865 with the rank of Major. He went to Colorado and later to what was then Washington Territory, settling at Tacoma. He aided in organizing Custer Post, G. A. R. He also filled the position of Deputy United States Marshall.

Name: Don George Lovell, Residence: Grand Rapids, Michigan, Age at Enlistment: 24, Enlistment Date: 6 Oct 1861. Rank at enlistment: Corporal State Served: Michigan, Was Wounded?: Yes, Survived the War?: Yes, Service Record: Enlisted in Company A, Michigan 3rd Infantry Regiment on 10 Jun 1861. Promoted to Full Corporal. Promoted to Full 2nd Lieutenant on 13 Oct 1862. Commissioned an officer in Company F, Michigan 6th Cavalry Regiment on 13 Oct 1862. Promoted to Full Captain on 22 Oct 1863.  Promoted to Full 1st Lieutenant on 09 May 1863. Promoted to Full Major on 21 Jun 1865. Mustered out on 24 Nov 1865. Birth Date: abt 1837 Sources: Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers 1861-65, Union Blue: History of MOLLUS U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles

Name: Don G. Lovell, Death Date: 25 Oct 1907, Death Place: Tacoma, Pierce, Washington. Age at Death: 66 years 1 month 13 days. Estimated Birth Year: 1841. Father's Name: George Lovell,; volume/Page/Certificate Number: CN 272. Collection: Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960.

Burial: Tacoma Cemetery, Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington.

The following was taken from a book by J. H. Kidd, called; Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman.

In troop "F", commanded by Captain William Hyser, was Second Lieutenant Don G. Lovell, one of the three
veteran officers. He went out as corporal in the Third Michigan infantry, was wounded at Fair Oaks, and again at Trevillian Station while serving in the cavalry. He was one of the bravest of the brave.

Captain Don G. Lovell, of the Sixth Michigan, the senior officer present with the regiment, greatly distinguished himself in the difficult duty of  guarding the rear, meeting emergencies as they arose with the characteristic courage and coolness which distinguished him on all occasions on the field of battle.


Captain Don G. Lovell, who was riding by the side of the commanding officer of the regiment,* suddenly cried out : "Major, there is a mounted man in the edge of the woods yonder," at the same time pointing to a place directly in front and about 200 yards beyond the fence.

Captain Lovell was one of the most dashing and intrepid officers in the brigade. He was always cool and never carried away with excitement under any circumstances. It is perhaps doubtful whether he could have
maintained his customary imperturbability, if he had realized, at the moment, just what that lone picket portended.

A glance in the direction indicated, revealed the truth of Captain Lovell' s declaration but, recalling what General Custer had said, I replied :

"The general said we might expect some mounted men of the Seventh from that direction." "But that vidette is a rebel," retorted Lovell, "he is dressed in gray. " "It can't be possible," was the insistent reply, and the column kept on moving.

Just then, the man in the woods began to ride his horse in a circle. "Look at that," said Lovell; "that is a rebel signal; our men don't do that."

The truth of the inference was too evident to be disputed. Things were beginning to look suspicious, and in another instant all doubt, if any remained, was set at rest. The horseman, after circling about a time or two, brought his horse to a standstill facing in the direction from which we were approaching. There was a puff of smoke from the muzzle of his revolver or carbine, and a bullet whizzed by and buried itself in the breast of one of the horses in the first set of fours.

"There, — it," exclaimed Lovell. "Now you know it is a rebel, don't you? "

The information was too reliable not to be convincing, and the regiment was promptly brought front into line, which had hardly been accomplished, when shots began to come from other points in the woods, and no further demonstration was needed that they were full of confederates.

Levant W. Barnhart & William Hull, Sixth Michigan Cavalry.

The Michigan Sixth Cavalry, was known as Custer's Cavaalry Bigade.

The following was taken from a book written by Coloner J. H. Kidd, of the Sixth Cavalry.

Levant W. Barnhart, Residence Ypsilanti, entered the service November 25, 1862, Sergeant company E., 6th., cavalry; Second Lieutenant May 9, 1863. Firat Lieutenant November 12, 1863. Captain May 19, 1864. Ass't Adjt. Gen. Vol's, May26, 1865. Bvt. Major U. S. Vol's March 13, 1865. “for mertorious and distinguished service.” Mustered out March 20, 1865, and honorably discharged.

Levant W. Barnhart was but nineteen years of age and a boy of remarkable gifts. He was one of the prize taken in scholarship when he entered the University ( West Point? ) in 1860, in the class of 1864. His rise in the volunteers was rapid, passing successively through the grades of First Sergeant, Second and First Lieutenant. He in 1863, was detailed as acting adjutant. While serving in this position he attracted the notice of General Custer who secured his appointment by the War Department as asistant adjutant general with the rank of Captain. He served on the staff of General Custer till the war closed.
Levant W. Barnhart was born in 1844 and died in 1898, his burial was at Riverside cemetery, Denver Colorado.

Levant W.  Barnhart is on the left.

William Hull, Detroit entered the srvice May 1, 1861, as Sergeant company A. First ( 3 months ) infantry, mustered out August 7, 1861, reenlisted as a Second Lieutenant of the sixth cavalry, October 13, 1962. First Lieutenant March 16, 1863. Resigned March 16, 1865. Honorably discharged.
William Hull, was born 1840 and died in 1892, burial Elmwood cemetery Detroit Michigan.

Friday, September 16, 2011

John Brent Fishback.

John Brent Fishback, was born on December 14, 1841, to William Norval Fishback and Harriet McClary, in Garrard county Kentucky. Later in life he would marry Mary Bulkey, on November 11, 1868. Later he would marry his second wife Margaret Mitchell Ballard on March 29, 1898 or 99. There was no record found on any children to these unions. John Brent Fishback, would die some time after 1909, at Winfield Kansas iin the county of Cowley.

Note. The above Information was found at (

When the war of the rebellion started he enlisted into the First Kentucky Cavalry, company L. His service would run from 1861 through 1864. While in the cavalry he would have many adventures and come close to death many times. The First Kentucky was in many encounters and these encounters can be read in the regimental history, a book written by Sergeant E. Tarrant, called; The Wild Riders of the First Kentucky Cavalry.

Note. The following Information was taken fron the book.

Page 175.

After the mortal wound of Carter, Captain J. B. Fishback assumed command of the First Kentucky detacnment, and fought Morgan's forces for some time, when finding his little force about to be surrounded, he, with marked skill and bravery, withdrew his command and retreated his regiment at Jamestown, without sacrifieing a man on his retreat.

Company L.

This company was enlisted and organized at Somerset, Polaski, county Kentucky, September 11, 1861, arrived at camp Dick Robinson, September 13, 1861, and was muster into service October 28, 1861. The regiment would be muster out on December 31, 1864.

The service record of John Brent Fishback.

He enlisted September 11, 1861, he entered the service as a First Sergeant, was promoted to First Lieutenant on March 3, 1862. He was promoted to Captain July 31, 1862. He command the regiment after the death of General Sanders, November 18, 1863. He commanded until the cavalry was reorganized in Kenyucky in the spring of 1864. He resigned on June 14, 1864.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Gilbert J. Marbury.

This all I could find on him, if anyone has more info on him I would like to add it to this page.

Note. This photo can be enlarged by pushing on it.

Gilbert J. Marbury.
22nd. N. Y. State Militia Co. H.

Gilbert J. Marbury enrolled on May 28, 1862, in the 22nd. New York, State Militia, company H., he was 17 years old.  His service was for 3. Months.  The 22nd., was called into service on May 28, 1862.  This regiment was under the command of Colonel James Monroe. Company H., was under the command of Captain Richard S. Grant.

Thomas Waterman Killed in Civil War.

I ran across this report will looking for something else and found it interesting. If any one knows the story behind this event I would like to hear about.

Saint Louis, Mo., September 1, 1864.

The general commanding, satisfied that the citizens of the town of Rocheport, in Boone County, Mo., have countenanced, tolerated, and fed, if not encouraged, gangs of bushwhackers and other outlaws, for the last six weeks, and being apprised that a gang of these villains in open daylight shot and murdered Thomas Waterman, the only support of a widowed mother and two sisters, on the steam-boat Buffington, at the landing of said town, orders that the sum of $10,000 be collected from the disloyal citizens of Rocheport and paid to the chief quartermaster of the department for the use of the widow and sisters of said Waterman. The district commander is charged with the execution of this order.

By command of Major-General Rosecrans:


Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Waterman's In War-1776-1865.

I will be covering the three major wars but it will be impossible to find all the names, but with luck you may find your ancestor on this page.

Revolutionary War.

1. Waterman, Andrew (Conn). Captain in Lexington Alarm, April, 1775: Captain of Wadsworth's Connecticut State Regiment, June to December, 1776.

2. Waterman, Asa (N. Y.l. Lieutenant Colonel New York Militia, 1775-1779. (Died 1817.)

3. Waterman, Jedediah (Mass). Ensign 8th Massachusetts 1st January', 1781; transferred to 3d Massachusetts. 12th Tune, 1783. and served to November, 1783. (Died 25th September. 1828.)

4. Waterman, Jedediah (Conn). Lieutenant in the Lexington Alarm, April, 1775; 1st Lieutenant 3d Connecticut, 1st May to 10th December. 1775; Captain 20th Continental Infantry'. 1st January to 31st December, 1776.

5. Waterman, John (Conn). Quartermaster-Sergeant 3d Connecticut, 3d May to 10th December, 1775; 2d Lieutenant 20th Continental Infantry, 1st January to 31st December, 1776; 1st Lieutenant 4th Connecticut, 1st January, 1777; dismissed 24th July, 1777.

6. Waterman, John (Conn). Ensign of Elmore's Continental Regiment. 15th April, 1776, to April, 1777. (Died 16th December, 1825.)

7. Waterman, John (R. I.). Colonel Rhode Island "Militia, 1776-1777. (Died 1812.)

8. Waterman, John (R. I.). Regimental Quartermaster 2d Rhode Island 11th February, 1777; died 20th April, 1778.

9. Waterman, Luther L. (ConnT. Surgeon 25th Continental Infantry, 14th March to 31st December, 1776; Surgeon of Webb's Continental Regiment. 1st Tanuarv, 1777; resigned 30th Marca, 1778.

10. Waterman, Thomas (R. I.). Colonel Rhode Island Militia, 1776-1777.

11. Waterman, Thomas (R. I.). Ensign 2d Rhode Island, 1st January, 1777; 2d Lieutenant, 11th February-. 1777: Regimental Adjutant. 10th August, 1777: resigned 30th August. 1779. (Died 1807.)

Marine Corps.

William Waterman, Lieutenant.

State of Connecticut.

Note. The next names is mostly just that, but the main thing is to learn that your ancestor was indeed in the war.

1. Clift Waterman, Captain.

2. Nehemiah Waterman Jr., To be Captain of the sixth company or trainband in the 20th., regiment of this colony.

3. Ezekiel Waterman, First Lieutenant.

4. Andrew Waterman, Captain.

5. Asa Waterman Jr. ?.

6. Flavius Waterman, Lieutenant.

7. Zebulon Waterman, of Colchester.

8. Darivs Waterman, Lieutenant to Second Lieutenant.

9. Captain Sylvanus Waterman, to go to Jamaica to transact his business as a merchant.

10. Nehemiah Waterman Jr.,Captain.

11. Robert Waterman, to be Ensign of the fourth company or trainband in the 23rd., regiment of this state.

State of Massachusetts.

1. Waterman, Abijah, W^aldoborough. Recommendation dated St. Georges, June 4, 1776, signed by Col. Mason Wheaton and others, field officers of 4th regt. of militia, recommending said Waterman for Adjutant in said regiment, and requesting that he be commissioned ; also, official record of a ballot by the House of Representatives, dated July 12, 1776 ; said Waterman chosen Adjuant, 4th Lincoln Co. regt. of Mass. militia: appointment concurred in by Council July 12, 1776 ; reported commissioned July 12, 1776.

2. Waterman, Adonijah. Private, Capt. William Francis's co., Maj. Caleb Hyde's detachment of militia ; entered service July 8, 1777 ; discharged July 26, 1777 ; service, 19 days, in Northern department ; also, list of men who marched from Pittsfield to Fort Edward July 8, 1777, under command of Capt. William Francis, and were dismissed Aug. 26, 1777; service, 7 weeks; also, list of mounted men who marched from Pittsfield to Skeensborough Sept. 6, 1777, under command of Capt. John Strong, and were dismissed Oct. 1, 1777 ; service, 3 weeks 5 days ; also. Private, Capt. John Strong's co.. Col. John Brown's (Berk.shire Co.) regt.; entered service Sept. 6, 1777; discharged Oct. 2, 1777; service, 26 days, in Northern department.

3. Waterman, Anthony, Scituate. Ensign, Capt. Galen Clapp's (2d Scituate) co. of militia. Col. Anthony Thomas's regt., which marched in response to the alarm of April 19, 1775 ; entered service April 19, 1775 ; service, 4 days ; also, 1st Lieutenant, Capt. Joseph Stetson's 12th (Scituate) co., 2d Plymoutli Co. regt. Of Mass. militia ; list of officers cho.sen by the several companies in said regiment, as returned by John Gushing, Jr., and others, dated Hanover, May 8, 1776; ordered in Council May 10, 1776, that said officers be commissioned; reported commissioned May 10, 1776; also, Lieutenant, in command of a company. Col. John Cushing's regt.; service, 15 days; company marched to Bristol, R. I.,
Dec. 10, 1776, on an alarm.

4. Waterman, Anthony. Private, Capt. Amos Turner's co.. Col. John Jacobs's regt. ; enlisted July 22, 1780 ; discharged Oct. 30, 1780 ; service, 3 mos. 12 days, including 3 days (60 miles) travel home ; regiment raised in Plymouth Co. to reinforce Continental Army for 3 months.

5.Waterman, AsA. Private, Capt. John Turner's co.. Col. Eleazer Brooks's regt. of guards; joined Nov. 6, 1777; service to April 3, 1778, 4 mos. 27 days, at Cambridge.

6. Waterman, Banister, Sturbridge (also given Charlton). Private, Capt. Samuel Curtis's CO., Col. Ebenezer Learned's (4th) regt.; muster roll dated Aug. 1, 1775 ; enlisted May 8, 1775 ; service, 3 mos. 1 day ; also, company return dated Roxbury, Oct. 7, 1775 ; reported as having gone to Quebec.

Note. I had to stop here as I found that Waternam was spelled to many different ways to put them all here. However if you had a ancestor in the Mass., regiments and falls under the following Surnames I will be glad to look for you. The names are; Waterman,Wartarmon, Warteman, Warterman, Watermon, Watermun, Watterman, Worterman.

State of Pennsylvania.

1. Baldwin Waterman, private, January 7, 1777, Captain Durkee's compamny.

2. Flavius Waterman, killed at the massacre of Wyoming July 3, 1778.

3. Ebenezer Waterman, Invalid regiment commanded by Colonel Lewis Nichola, discharged April 1783.

4. Joseph Waterman, Private.

5. Colonel John Waterman.

State of Rhode Island.

Note. Once again this is a list mostly of names. The Rhode Island records are hard to work. Many of these names will have add information.

1. Elisha Waterman, Cumberland, deputie.

2. Thomas Waterman, Ensign.

3. Laban Waterman, Second Lieutenant of Captain Asa Kimball's company.

4. John Waterman, Business man.

5. Andrew Waterman, Captain.

6. William Waterman, Business.

7. James Waterman, Boardind nine prisoners.

8. Asa Waterman, Deputy Commissary, Captain.

9. Zuriel Waterman, private.

10. Nathan Waterman, Fifer.

State of Vermont.

Note. All these names will have more information.

1. Danial Waterman.
2. Elisha Waterman.
3. James Waterman.
4. Levi Waterman.
5. Hennen waterman.

State of Virginia.

Note.These names will have more information.

1. Jemima Waterman.
2. Bibee, William Waterman.

War Of 1812.

Massachusetts Volunteer Militia.

Note. The information on the following names will be; Rank, Company, Regiment, Date of services and where the regiment served.

1. Benson waterman
2. Daniel Waterman.
3. Jabez Waterman.
4. John Waterman.
5. Joseph Waterman.
6. Joseph Jr., Waterman.
7. Joseph S. Waterman.
8. Levi Waterman.
9. Martin Waterman.
10. Noah Waterman.
11. Noah Jr., Waterman.
12. Otis Waterman.
13. Thomas Waterman.
14. Townsend Waterman.
15. William Waterman.

State of Kentucky.

1. Jonathan Waterman, private, enlisted September 20, 1814, Kentucky Mounted Volunteers Infantry, Captain James Sympson's company.

2. Luke Waterman, private, appointment January 1, 1814, enlisted June 30, 1814, Seventh regiment United States Infantry, Captain Alexander White's company.

State of Pennsylvania.

1. Isaac Waterman, 5th., Class, 56th., regiment Infantry, Absent.

Civil War.

Note. There are just to many names to put their information here. I will have information on all these men, in the following state. You can write me for their info.

State of Illinois.

1.Waterman, Adrian, Union, 154th Regiment, Illinois Infantry.

2. Waterman, Ajba N., Union, 100th Regiment, Illinois Infantry.

3. Waterman, Alfred, Union, 105th Regiment, Illinois Infantry

4. Waterman, Almeron, Union, 47th Regiment, Illinois Infantry.

5. Waterman, Almeron, Union, Unassigned Illinois Volunteers.

6. Waterman, Clark, Union, 95th Regiment, Illinois Infantry.

7. Waterman, Collins P., Union, 77th Regiment, Illinois Infantry.

8. Waterman, Daniel B., Union, 76th Regiment, Illinois Infantry.

9. Waterman, David, Union, 9th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry.

10. Waterman, Ernest, Union, 144th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1864-65).

11. Waterman, Evan M., Union, 124th Regiment, Illinois Infantry.

12. Waterman, George A., Union, 115th Regiment, Illinois Infantry.

13. Waterman, George I., Union, 51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry.

14. Waterman, Henry, Union, 125th Regiment, Illinois Infantry.

15. Waterman, Henry B., Union, 134th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864).

16. Waterman, Henry J., Union, 144th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1864-65).

17. Waterman, Hiram A., Union, 141st Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864).

18. Waterman, James, Union, 112th Regiment, Illinois Infantry.

19. Waterman, John, Union, 8th Regiment, Illinois Infantry.

20. Waterman, John C., Union, 113th Regiment, Illinois Infantry.

21. Waterman, John G., Union, 19th Regiment, Illinois Infantry.

22. Waterman, John R., Union, 59th Regiment, Illinois Infantry.

23. Waterman, Lawrence B., Union, 16th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry.

24. Waterman, Levi, Union, 95th Regiment, Illinois Infantry.

25. Waterman, Matthew N., Union, 44th Regiment, Illinois Infantry.

26. Waterman, Matthew V., Union, 44th Regiment, Illinois Infantry.

27. Waterman, N.W., Union, 5th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry.

28. Waterman, Theodore, Union, 125th Regiment, Illinois Infantry.

29. Waterman, William J., Union, 13th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry.

30. Waterman, William S., Union, 36th Regiment, Illinois Infantry.

State of Indiana.

1. Waterman, Benjamin, Union, 30th Regiment, Indiana Infantry.

2. Waterman, Henry, Union, 101st Regiment, Indiana Infantry.

3. Waterman, Isaac, Union, 6th Battery, Indiana Light Artillery.

4. Waterman, James F., Union, 155th Regiment, Indiana Infantry.

5. Waterman, John, Union, 12th Regiment, Indiana Infantry.

6. Waterman, Josiah C., Union, 9th Regiment, Indiana Infantry.

7. Waterman, Luther D., Union, 8th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry.

8. Waterman, Milo, Union, 115th Regiment, Indiana Infantry (6 months, 1863-4).

9. Waterman, Milo H., Union, 149th Regiment, Indiana Infantry.

10. Waterman, Moses, Union, 11th Regiment, Indiana Infantry.

11. Waterman, Richard J., Union, 12th Regiment, Indiana Infantry.

12. Waterman, Richard M., Union, 31st Regiment, Indiana Infantry.

13. Waterman, Robert H., Union, 31st Regiment, Indiana Infantry.

14. Waterman, Solomon, Union,7th Regiment, Indiana Infantry.

15. Waterman, Solomon, Union, 7th Regiment, Indiana Infantry.

16. Waterman, William T., Union, 1st Regiment, Indiana Heavy Artillery.

17. Waterman, Wilson, Union, 132nd Regiment, Indiana Infantry (100 days, 1864).

State of Kansas.

1. Waterman, Bruce, Union, 19th Regiment, Kansas Cavalry (6 months).

Authors note.  If you find a name of interest on this page and you would like to know more. Please state full name State and War. You can write to me at the following;

Muster Roll Of The Galley Bull Dog.

Muster Roll of The Bull Dog Commanded by Samuel Pott's, From December 1, 1776 Through January 1, 1777.

Galley Bull Dog.


William Pott's, October 15, 1776, Absent.

First Lieutenant.

Samuel Alexander, October 10, 1776.

Second Lieutenant.

George Rebble, October 4, 1776.


John Priest, October, 4, 1776.


Richard Pike, December 4, 1776; Transferred from the Chatham; discharged December 6, 1776, to be
Gunner on the Bull Dog.


Charles Ninyard, February 7, 1776.


Henry Gafney, December 9, 1776.

Gunner's Mate.

Andrew Duval, December 7, 1776.


Thomas Scoot, December 29, 1776; Sick December 28.
Morris Lisk, November 27, 1776.
Peter Shellenbar, December 21, 1776; Absent on leave.
Christopher O'Neal, December 1, 1776; In work House.
Hopkins Driver, November 3, 1776; Absent on leave.
John Holmes, November 6, 1776; Ran away.
Jacob Hazlewood, November 7, 1776; Ran away.
John Cunningham, November 10, 1776; Ran away.
John Mc Cann, November 12, 1776.
John Carmer, November 12, 1776.
Irael James, November 12, 1776.
John Carty, November 17, 1776.
Lawrence Mahon, November20, 1776.
Patharic Burke, November 20, 1776; Ran away.
John Failing, November 20, 1776; Ran away.
John Richards, December 3, 1776.