Monday, December 31, 2012

39th., Illinois Regimental Band.

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THE BAND OF 1864 AND 1865.

* Philip M. Lace, Leader Eb Cornet, 1st.
Enlisted September 22, 1861; discharged by order of the War Department June 4, 1862.
Enlisted from Pontiac, January 3, 1864.  Promoted to Principal Musician.

Enoch C. Hedge, Eb. Cornet 2nd.
Enlisted Co. A., August 15th, I86I. Veteran. Detached to regimental band. Mustered out December 6th, 1865.

James A. Wilson, Bb. Cornet 1st.
Enlisted March 14, 1864.  This may be in Error?

Edwabd D. Conley, Bb. Cornet 2nd.
Enlisted Co. A., January 5th, 1864. Detailed to the regimental band. Mustered out December 6th, 1865.

Conley entered the service from the town of Wesley, 111. His brother, John Conley, had entered the service previously as Second Lieutenant of  Company E. After the muster-out Conley returned to Wilmington,  Ill., and soon started in the newspaper business, editing and publishing the Wilmington Advocate, and made it very popular. Some years ago, together with Mr. Zarley, he established the Joliet Signal. He is a vigorous and entertaining writer and is always " on deck " and at the front. Although doing business at Joliet, he still makes his residence at Wilmington. His social qualities were always agreeable and made him popular with his comrades, and he still retains them. We remember his old-time jollity and jokes, and they sometimes crop out even now, although much sobered down since he joined the benedicts.

Heney T. Jones, Eb Alto, Solo 1st.
No record found., This may have been Henry T. James?

Charles A. McGregor, Eb Alto, Solo 2nd.
McGregor, Charles A. Enlisted from Chicago February 22d, 1864, and detailed to the regimental band. Mustered out December 6th, 1865, with the regiment.

Mack was always jolly, and made music wherever he went. He never got into much trouble except that he and the Colonel used to have a little misunderstanding occasionally on some point of order or discipline. After leaving the service he returned to Pontiac and went into the drug business and got rich. Latterly he has had an Indian agency out in the Indian Territory, and got richer. If not, why not? He resides at Pontiac, Ill..

Edward A.. Sackett, Eb Alto, Solo 3rd.
Enlisted Co. E., from Chicago, October 1861, Veteran.

Samuel F. Hull, Bb Baritone Solo.
Enlisted Co. E., from Chicago, February 27, 1864.  Deatiled to regimental band.  Living in Morris Ill.

Samuel G. Geenbaum Bb Tenor, 1st.
Enlisted Co. C., from Chicago, January 4, 1864, and detail to regimental band.  Mustered out December 6, 1865.

Frank L. Butterfield, Bb Tenor  2nd.
Butterfield, Francis L. Enlisted from Marseilles February 4th, 1864; mustered February 29th, 1864; entered for service in regimental band; was detailed as nurse to take care of General Osborn, Colonel Munn and Major Linton when they were wounded in 1864. Discharged as musician at Camp Lee hospital, Richmond, Va., May 30th, 1865, by reason of special order from W"ar Department dated May 6th, 1865. Resides with his family at Marseilles, 111., engaged as a clerk and salesman.

William H. Brown, Bb Tenor 2nd.
No record found.  This may have been William H. R.  Brown?

William C. Lace, Eb Tuba, 1st.
No recotd found.

* Theo. W. Pitches, Eb Tuba 2nd.
Pitcher, Theo. W. Born at Martinsburg, N. Y. Enlisted from Marseilles August 27th, 1861, as musician in the regimental band. Mustered out in 1862, by an order of the War Department which discontinued all regimental bands.

After his " muster-out" Pitcher returned to Marseilles, and on March 5th, 1864, enlisted in Company K, as private, and was detailed to the band that was being organized from material in the regiment. Was mustered out with the regiment December 6th, 1865, and became a citizen of Marseilles, where he resided with his family until a few years ago, when he removed West, homesteading land where he now resides. His postoffice address is Sterling, Colorado.

John Lewis,  Cymbals.
No record found.

* James M. Johnson, Cymblas.
Enlisted September 20, 1861; discharged by order of the War Department, June 4, 1862.

Timothy Cannon,  Small Drum.
Musician Timothy Cannon. Entered the service from Troy, Wis., September 27th, 1861. Veteran. Cannon was the favorite drummer-boy of the regiment, and was detailed to the band. At the close of the war he led a roving life, and it has
been reported that he lost his life through some of his follies at some place in Iowa.

William J. Hughes, Bass Drum.
Enlisted Co. A., February 24, 1864, was detail to regemental band.  Died Chicago, 1886, of consomption.

Myron H. ( C. ) Fuller, Bas Drum.
Enlisted Co. A.  June 5th. 1864, and was detailed to the regimental band: Mustered out December 6th, 1805. Is living at
Wilmington, Ill..

* Members of original band.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Theodore Sternberg, 121st., New York State Infantry.

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Theodore Sternberg.

Birth: Sep. 15, 1840.
Death: Jan. 5, 1927.
 Spouse: Bertha M. Smith Sternberg (1856 - 1914)
Children: John L. Sternberg (1878 - 1943), Charlotte Margaret Sternberg (1882 - 1956)
Burial: Buckeye Cemetery Ellsworth County Kansas,

STERNBERY, ( Sternberg ) THEODORE.—Age, 21 years. Enrolled, August 18, 1862, at Hartwick, to serve three years; mustered in as first lieutenant, Co. E, August 23, 1862; as quartermaster, January 5, 1863; mustered out with regiment, June 25, 1865, near Hall's Hill, Ya.

Commissioned first lieutenant, September 10, 1862, with rank from August 18, 1862, original; quartermaster, January 11, 1863, with rank from January 5, 1863, vice A. Story resigned.

Friday, December 28, 2012

John A. Brackett, 11th., Maine Infantry.

Sergeant John A. Brackett first enlisted in Sept., 1861, but parental authority interposed to prevent his being mustered into service at that time. Subsequently, in response to his entreaties, his parents so far yielded as to offer no further objections, though their consent was never gained, and he enlisted Feb. 4, 1862, joining the regiment at Carver Barracks previous to its having seen any actual service, and was, therefore, virtually an original member of the organization. Wounded at Fair Oaks, Va., May 31, 1862, haviug arisen from a sick bed to participate in that action. Reenlisted Feb. 29, 1864 ; again wounded at Darbytown Road, Opt. 13, 1864 ; promoted to Corporal, Aug. 18, 1864, and immediately detailed to the color Guard, where he remained until promoted to Sergeant, June 12, 1865. He was mustered out with the regiment, Feb. 2, 1866. Sergeant Brackett was born Dec. 12, 1846, and consequently has the distinction of being the youngest member of the regiment who reenlisted and served to the close of the war ; indeed, it may be doubted if another can be found in any regiment who enlisted at his age and carried a musket throughout four years of service.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

James R. Fyffe.

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James R. Fyffe.

Birth: August 18, 1841.
Death: March 3, 1872.
Burial: Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois.
Mother: Mrs. Clara Fyffe.
Wife: Clara Vernon Fyffe.
Both living 307 Oakland Ave, Milwaukee Wisconsin.

Illinois 33rd., Veteran Volunteer Infantry.

Lieutenant James R. Fyffe was frequently detailed to act as Adjutant, and my relations with him were of the most cordial and intimate character. The liking, I may say the love, I had for him has lasted to this day. He was so light hearted and cheery that he made even rainy days sunshiny. Modest, sincere and full to the eyes of the highest courage, he was the noblest type of the American soldier. If I could call any of the lost ones back, it would be "Jim" Fyffe. He married Miss Clara Fell, daughter of Hon. Jesse W. Fell, who was the most valued friend that Abraham Lincoln had in Illinois. After he left the army Lieut. Fyff'e studied medicine in the University of Michigan and became a most successful physician, He died of consumption at Fort Scott, Kansas, in March, 1872.

Sergeant to Second Lieutenant.

Name: FYFFE, JAMES R. Rank: SERGEANT. Company: A. Unit: 33 IL US INF. Personal Characteristics. Residence: BLOOMINGTON, MCLEAN CO, IL. Age: 21. Height: 5' 9 1/2. Hair: DARK. Eyes: HAZEL. Complexion: FLORID. Marital Status: SINGL Occupation: STUDENT. Nativity: CASCO, WASHINGTON CO, ME. Service Record. Joined When: AUG 21, 1861. Joined Where: BLOOMINGTON, IL. Joined By Whom: CPT POTTER. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: SEP 4, 1861. Muster In Where: CAMP BUTLER, IL. Remarks: PROMOTED 2LT.

Second Lieutenant to First Lieutenant.

Name: FYFFE, JAMES R. Rank: 2LT. Company: A. Unit: 33 IL US INF. Personal Characteristics. Residence: BLOOMINGTON, MCLEAN CO, IL. Age: 21. Height: 5' 9 1/2. Hair: DARK. Eyes: HAZEL. Complexion: FLORID. Marital Status: SINGLE. Occupation: STUDENT. Nativity: CASCO, WASHINGTON CO, ME. Service Record. Joined When: MAY 24, 1863. Joined Where: VICKSBURG, MS. Joined By Whom: LT MEINHOLD. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: JUN 17, 1863. Muster In Where: NEAR VICKSBURG, MS. Muster In By Whom: S LT. Remarks: PROMOTED 1LT.

First Lieutenant to Discharge.

Name: FYFFE, JAMES R. Rank: 1LT. Company: A. Unit: 33 IL US INF. Personal Characteristics. Residence: BLOOMINGTON, MCLEAN CO, IL. Age: 22. Height: 5' 9 1/2. Hair: DARK. Eyes: HAZEL. Complexion: FLORID. Marital Status: SINGLE. Occupation: STUDENT. Nativity: CASCO, WASHINGTON CO, ME. Service Record. Joined When: DEC 23, 1863. Joined Where: SALURIA, TX. Joined By Whom: LT MEINHOLD. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: DEC 23, 1863. Muster In Where: SALURIA, TX. Muster Out: NOV 24, 1865. Muster Out Where: VICKSBURG, MS. Muster Out By Whom: LT ROZIENE.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

John Lindsey MacDonald, 7th., Michigan Cavalry.

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John Lindsey MacDonald. 

Co. "A."
Scriven, Minn.

Born at Rochester, Monroe County, N. Y., March 20th, 1849; enlisted at Flint, Genesee County, Mich., Feb. 18th, 1865, as Private in Co. "A," 7th Michigan Cavalry; mustered out at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, December 15th, 1865, and honorably discharged.
By J. L. MacDonald

In March, 1865, I was one of a squad sent into Loudon Valley, Va., to capture some Rebel officers that were reported to be at Leesburg. We reached there at night and made a capture of a few prisoners. The next morning we started on our return to Harper's Ferry. Comrade Hammond of Co. "A" and myself decided to make a tour of inspection on our own account; we had not gone more than two miles when we saw a Rebel officer coming toward us finely mounted. We wanted him and horse; he anticipating our intention rode up to a large farm house, dismounted and entered in great haste. We dismounted, keeping our horses between us and the house and succeeded in reaching his horse and leading him off. We had not gone far when several shots were fired after us, but we kept on our course until we came to a cross-road, where we met a colored woman who informed us that Mosby's men, under command of Captain White, were in pursuit of our detachment.
We put spurs to our horses and were soon at the bridge near Waterford. There we met a young Quaker lady whom we knew and who informed us that Mosby's men were in possession of the town and entreated us not to go through, but there was no other way for us to go. We could see through  a thin fringe of trees that lay between us and the town of one street, several men moving about. We decided to take a desperate chance and dash through by forcing our horses to their greatest speed and firing our carbines as we went. Everybody got off the street for us, but as soon as they recovered from their surprise several volleys were fired after us. On looking back we saw mounted men after us and a desperate race was kept up for a few miles, when they gave up the chase and we soon reached Harper's Ferry. The Provost General on learning of the fine horse we had captured ordered his guards to take him from us, notwithstanding my protest and the risk we had incurred to possess him.

On July 5th, 1865, our Regiment broke camp on the Big Blue River in Kansas. We began our march about three o'clock in the morning, as we had to reach Fort Kearney on the Platte River, which was nearly forty miles ahead of us, before we could go into camp again, as there was no water for ourselves or horses until we reached the Platte. The day was extremely hot and our canteens were soon empty ; we rode all day in that terrible heat and our sufferings and thirst became unbearable. About three p. m. we came to a ranch where there was a well and my Company broke ranks for it. I was one of the first to reach it, and in lowering the bucket it got caught on some timbers. I got on the rope to go down and unfasten it while comrades held the windlass. I had gone down but a few feet when the rope broke, letting me fall to the bottom, a distance of over one hundred feet. There was only about two feet of water. I was unconscious for a time, but the cold water no doubt brought me too, when I discovered that my comrades had lowered a rope which I tied around me and was hauled up and assisted to mount my horse; I rode with great difficulty to camp, and suffered for many days after.

In about a week after the accident we reached Julesburg, Colo. Ter., where on a very dark night I was put on picket. Was relieved at midnight and went to my quarters and Was soon fast asleep, but was soon disturbed by firing from the picket and the hurried command to fall in. In my crippledcondition I was prevented from moving fast and could not find my carbine, my Company was in line and I becoming desperate drew my sabre and took my place. The darkness prevented the officers knowing my sad predicament, so I escaped censure.

In August, 1865, I was one of a detail of eight men sent to guard a supply train from Fort Halleck to Bridgers Pass, Wyoming. On our return trip we had just gotten through Rattle Snake Pass when we noticed a cloud of dust rising to our right, which we concluded was caused by a herd of buffalos moving in that direction. We had gone but a few miles when we discovered our mistake, as we now realized that a large band of warriors were aiming to intercept us before we could reach Fort Halleck. We urged our horses to their utmost speed, but the Indians were fast gaining on us. My horse began to give out and I was falling to the rear and the Indians coming nearer every moment. It began to look hopeless for me, but I pushed on and reached the top of a ridge in view of the Fort, about a mile away, which gave me courage and my horse seemed to be inspired by my feelings and plunged forward as if he had received new life; in a few minutes I was quite near the Fort and safe.

John J. Brigham, First Massachusetts, Infantry.

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Birth: 1832.
Death October 10, 1974.
Buril: Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County Massachusetts.

Private Co. M. M. Dec. 17, 1861 [Boston]. Regtl. Com. Sergt. 1st Lieut, and Regtl. Com. of Sub. Mar. 7, 1862. Exp. Nov. 6, 1864. Capt. and Com. of Sub. Oct. 25, 1864, staff of Maj.-Gen. P. H. Sheridan. " Honorably M. out as Capt. and Bvt. Maj., Oct. 9, 1865

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Captain Hudson Sawyer, Maine Heavy Artillery.

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Hudson Sawyer, Age 21, Residence Levant, Single; mustered in July 28, 1863; promoted Sergeant January 14, 1864; promoted Frist Lieutenant July 27, 1864; wounded June 18, 1864; promoted to Captain Company I., April 25, 1865, and transferred.

Captain Hudson Sawyer, Residence Levant, joined by transfer frpm Company G., April 25, 1865.  Aid on Brigade Staff from Fall of 1864 to June, 1865; Breveted Major; mustered out September 11, 1865.  He is now serving as Post Chapain at Togus, Maine.

Note from the regimental history.

Our brave Lieutenant Hudson Sawyer, Aid to General De Tetrobriand, was severely hurt by being thrown from his horse.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Enoch F. Tompkins, Massachusetts

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Enoch Foote Tompkins was born in Haverhill, Mass., November 4, 1830. His father was Christopher Tompkins, who was a classmate of John G. Whittier at the Haverhill Academy, and the captain's grandfather was Rev. Isaac Tompkins, who held the degree of A. M. from Brown University, and who became pastor of a Congregational church in the East Side of Haverhill, Mass., more than one hundred years ago. This grandfather married Mary Alden, daughter of John Alden, of Fair Haven, Mass., who was a lineal descendent of John Alden, who came over in the Mayflower "Speak for yourself , John,"  Captain Tompldiis mother was Abbie Foote, daughter of Enoch and Ssrah (George )Foote. The Footes were well-established and prominent people in Newburyport, while the Georges were highly respectable people and belonged in Haverhill and vicinity.

In June, 1856, Captain Tompkins married Catherine Hayden Shurtleff, during whose infancy her mother died, the. baby then becoming the protege of the Thurston family, hence she was often known as Catherine H. Thurston. Both the Thurston and Shurtleff families were highly respectable people. From the marriage of Captain Tompkins. and Miss Shurtleff there are two surviving children. Miss Abbie Hayden Tompkins and Charles Chase Tompkins, who now reside in Haverhill. Captain Tompkins, when' a boy, received a part of his education in the public schools of Haverhill, and after finishing an academic course, settled down to business in that town. He had not enjoyed many years at his quiet and pleasant business before it became apparent that war between the North and the South was inevitable. The excitement caused by the secession, from the Union of state after state in the South, spread to every, city, town and hamlet of the country. The people of the North became profoundly agitated, and fully determined to meet force with force for the preservation of the Union. The crisis came, the people of the South appealing to arms to enforce their demand for separation. The cry at the North was "To Arms" and save the country from disintegration.

With the blood of Revolutionary sires coursing in his veins, what less could young Tompkins do than rush to arms, and sustain the record of his heroic and honorable ancestors? It was in the blood, and he and other young men organized Company F, of Haverhill Luther Day becoming captain, Enoch F. Tompkins, first lieutenant, and William H. Turner, second lieutenant.

Company F was composed of a hundred smart, intelligent Haverhill boys, and some of them were sons of the best famihes of the town. Drill was the order of the day. It was a splendid company. It was patronized by the townspeople, who supplied the every want of the boys. When the company reported to Colonel Dike at Lynnfield, as part of the Seventeenth Massachusetts Infantry, on July 10, 1861, it was given position as right flank company, thereby making it and its officers the seniors of the regiment. This was proof of its perfect organization and complete readiness for active service. The regiment proceeded to the front on the 23d of August, 1861, making its headquarters at Baltimore, Md., for a few months.

Captain Tompkins was commissioned first lieutenant in the Seventeenth Massachusetts, May 10, 1861. His promotion to captain was recognized by all as a fitting reward for his faithful and intelligent service while first lieutenant. He served with his regiment during the three years' service of the command, and was mustered out at Lynnfield, August 3, 1864. He remained at home a few months when, fearing that he had not rendered an the service he was capable of to his country, he was re-commissioned in the same regiment as captain, and served with the command until the final muster out at the close of the war, July 14, 1865.

Captain Tompkins was on every march and in every fight that his company and regiment participated in. He was brave and cool under all circimistances a strict disciplinarian, but never cruel. He was educated, attractive and witty. In his bouts at witicism he unhorsed many a friendly opponent with his laconic shafts of wit; but having conquered, with a peal of good-natiued laughter, he would restore his antagonist to good-fellowship again. Referring to his well-known bravery, the writer of this sketch remembers distinctly one circumstance which showed the mettle of the man. On July 26, 1863, the regiment having landed near Winton, (otherwise Mt. Tabor), and was marching in coliunn along the road, when the enemy, secreted behind breast works, opened fire on the regiment. Colonel Fellows changed formation from column to line and advanced upon the enemy. This formation brought Captain Tompkins in command of Company B, on the road, facing the line of works. He led his men over the works as cooly and smilingly as though they were marching to a good dinner.

The children of Captain Tomp kins may well feel proud of the record of their gallant sire, and the city of Haverhill of her heroic son, and no disparagement to others is intended when it is said that the city of Haverhill would not suffer if she proclaimed Captain Tompkins the peer of Major Jack Howe. Captain Tompkins died February 6, 1901.

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Mathewson's Brothers, 7th, Rhode Island

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Calvin Rhodes Mathewson, a brother of Nicholas, was born in North Kingston October 30, 1846.  Evidently the inital of his middle name cannot be K., official records to the contrary notwithstanding.  He was but fifteen at the time of his enlistment, and hailed from Coventry Centre.  He was not stromg, and consequently, speedily found himself in the hospital.  He was absent from the regiment sick after December20, 1862, and was discharged April2, 1863, at the Postmounth Grove Hospital.

After attending school nearly a year he enlisted February 17, 1864, in compamy G., Third Rhode Island Cavalry, joined the regiment in Louisana, and participated in the Red River campaign, after which he was sent to a hospital in New Orleans.  On December 10th he was discharged and, with many others, smilarly conditioned was sent to New York on the steamer "North America".  She went down, however, with all on board, on December 22nd off Cape Hatteras.  Calvin had another brother James Mathewson, who enlisted at the age of seventeen, in Battery G., First Rhode Island Light Artillery.

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Nicholas Whitford Mathewson, son of Verbadus and Mary Whitford Mathewson, was born in West Greenwich, November 30, 1834.  Most of his life was spent in North Kingstown, at the village of Hamilton then called "Bissell's Narrows".  His occupation was Mill operative.  In 1854, he married Hannah E., dauther of Miner Rose, of North Kingstown.  He was very tall and therefore was almost always on the extreme right of his company.  While the regiment was waiting in the streets of Fredericksburg, Virginia, December 13, 1862, the head of his company was opposite a cross street down which the Confederates were firing with their artillery.  One of the shots struck Nicholas takening off both feet.  He did not survie many hours.

He left two children Mary W. and Charles A., of Wickford, with whom the widow now resides, though in the intervening time she again married, so that her present surname is Crowell.  A few years ago the family changed its name from Mathewson to Matteson.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Alonzo L. Jenks, Rhode Island, 7th., Infantry.

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Obderly Sergeant Alonzo L. Jenks, son of Nathan C. Jenks, was born in Central Falls, R. I., Sept. 15, 1844. When twelve months old his parents removed to Providence, R. I., where his education was secured in the public schools. When of sufficient age his father required his assistance in the management of a livery stable, of which he was proprietor. In the spring of 1861 Mr. Jenks purchased a farm in Cranston and there the family resioed when Alonzo enlisted. When discharged from the service he secured a situation with a grain dealer with whom he lived. His evenings, however, were spent at Bryant and Stratton's Commercial College for an entire year. Then upon the invitation of his uncle, he became bookkeeper of the Fales and Jenks Machine Company, of Pawtucket. After some years he contracted the Western fever, disposing of what real estate he was possessed of in Rhode Island, took his wife and infant child to Los Angeles, Cal. There his wife became an invalid, finally necessitating his bringing her remains to his native state for interment. When last heard from he was the wholesale agent of a Massachusetts whip manufacturing company at Denver, Col., though subsequently it was reliably reported that he had removed to Butte, Montana.

S. W. Prestman, 17th., Virginia Infantry C. S. A.

Capt. S. W. Prestman, of Company I, Seventeenth Virginia Regiment, who was wounded at the battle of Bull Run, July 18, 1861, is remembered by the surviving members of that band of soldiers with feelings of fond regard. As an officer and social companion, he was without exception, beloved and honored. His untimely end, after such a bright and goodly record, will not be out of place in the annals of his first command.

In May, 1862, he was ordered to report to General Beauregard at Corinth, Mississippi, and served with distinction as Engineer in the Western army. Upon the arrival of the army at Chattanooga, he was appointed Chief Engineer of General Hardee's Cdrps, and as such, served faithfully during the Kentucky campaign. Upon the return of the army, he received the appointment of Chief Engineer of the army of Tennessee, with a position on General Bragg's staff. He afterwards served under General Johnston, and ever carried with him a knowledge of having done his duty as a soldier.

In January, 1864, his health gave way, and upon application, he received a furlough to visit his native State to recruit it. Whilst enroute to his home, and upon arrival near Danville, Va., the accident which deprived him of life, occurred. He had stepped out of the cars to warm, during the stoppage, and in crossing the track, (the engine having been detached for water,) he slipped and fell ; he was too weak to regain his feet in time, and the engine returning, struck him, killing him instantly.

Colonel Prestman was a most gallant officer, and from his conduct in the many battles and arnay movements in which he was a conspicuous actor, he was frequently mentioned, with well deserved praise, in official reports.

He was universally beloved by all who came in contact with him, and his sudden deathj when so near a reunion with his family and friends, cast a deep gloom over the hearts of many who served with him, both in the "Virginia and Western armies.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Rufus H. Slayton, 10th., Vermomt Infantry.

There is very little information on Rufus, but I picked his picture because I found it interesting, and I thought if a ancestor was looking for a picture of him they would be glad to find it here.
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Rufus H. Slayton, 10th., Vermont infantry, Company H., volunteered September 12, 1862, at the age of 18, and counted on the quota of East Montpelier, Vermont, was mustered out with regiment July 21, 1863.  Re-enlisted August 27, 1864, 2nd Battery Light Artillary, for one year.  Died July 31, 1865, in service.  Born 1844, Died 1865, Buried Popler Hill cemetery, Calais, Vermont.

They Fell Dead,

Here is a list of soldiers from borth sides who fell in battle this page gives notice on how the fell in battle.

8th., Illinois Infantry.

Joseph G. Howell, acting adjutant, fell dead in the latter part of the battle, after rendering me efficient aid, bearing an order from Colonel Oglesby to myself. He was a noble and gallant officer.

Tennessee Fourteenth.

Major J. G. Thurmand, fell dead, shot through the head, leading his regiment, the gallant Fourteenth Tennessee Cavalry. He is dead. His deeds place him in the ranks of that honored few whom we delight to recognize as the bravest of the brave.

Texas, second

William T. Spence, of Company B, and Privates E. Bagg charging their guns within 5 paces of the muzzles of the assailants, hurled them back headlong in to the ditch outside. The repulse was decisive. Bagwell fell dead on the platform; Spence fell by his side, shot through the brain. He lingered a few days. 

34th, Pennsylvania infantry.

H. Barnes, first lieutenant of Company I, fell, dead, nobly discharging his duty.

13th., Michigan V. V. I.

During the engagement of this day I lost many valuable officers and men. In the attack on the enemy on of my best and most, gallant regimental commanders fell dead as he advanced to the enemy's works. It was Major Williard G. Eaton, Thirteenth Michigan Volunteer InfantryVeteran . His country and friends will long mourn his death, for he was brave, good man, loved by all who knew him.

5th., New Hampshire.

Where all have done bravely, distinctions are impossible as well as unjust, yet I cannot close without paying tribute to the lofty courage and cool daring of Lieutenant Warren Ryder, who fell dead while gallantly leading his men within fifteen feet of the enemy's works.

New York.

Sergt. Richard Gosson, Company K, Forty-seventh New York, fell dead while planting the colors of his regiment on the enemy's works. He is recommended to the Secretary of War for a medal, to be sent to his family.

7th. Texas infantry.

First Lieutenant J. M. Craig fell dead while gallantly leading his company in the second charge.

74th., Ohio infantry.

Lieutenant John Scott, Company B, who fell dead at the head of his company and close on the enemy's works. In his death the regiment has lost a most fitting example as a true Christian and brave soldier.

3rd., U. S. Artillary.

I would here call the attention of the commanding general to the behavior of Corpl. A. Barnard, who, after gallantly fighting his piece, fell dead while endeavoring to get it away.

U. S. Navy.

With sorrow he records the death of the noble sailor and gallant patriot, Lieutenant Commander C. W. Flusser, U. S. Navy, who in the heat of battle fell dead on the deck of his ship, with the lanyard of his gun in his hand.

48th., Virginia infantry.

Captains [J. M.] Vermillion and [C. W. S.] Harris both fell, dead, while bravely urging their men onward in the struggle.

A Virginia Battery.

. I lost at the first position one of my best gunners(Corpl. William P. Ray). He was killed while in the act of sighting his guns. He never spoke after receiving the shot, walked a few steps from his piece, and fell dead.

Louisiana Battery.

Cannoneer [Claudius] Linossier fell, dead, pierced to the heart by a piece of shell.

18th., Tennessee.

Color-Sergt. George K. Lowe, fell dead upon the field, nobly discharging kis whole duty

19th., Ohio.

Lieutenant Daniel Donovan, commanding Company B, fell, dead, in front of his company while gallantly leading a charge.

38th., Illinois infantry.

Capt. James P. Mead, Thirty-eighth Illinois Volunteers, fell, shot there times, while fighting the enemy with his revolver after his regiment had retired. Lieut. John L. Dillon, Thirty-eight Illinois Volunteers, commanding Company E, fought with a musket until he was shot once, when he drew his sword and cheered on his men till he fell dead.

102nd., New York infantry.

Captain M. Eugene Cornell, of Company D of this regiment, fell, dead, at the front of his command while bringing them into line, being shot through the head.

FIRST Regiment, FIRST Brigadier, SIXTH P. A. C.

Captain Ephraim G. Brewster, Company C, fell dead on the field of battle while fighting bravely.

7th. Arkansas infantry.

John M. Dean, our brave commander, fell dead, shot by a Minie ball through the neck while gallantly leading us to the charge. He died as a brave man and soldier would wish, "with his feet to the foe and his face toward heaven."

C. S. Army.

I regret to say that young John Campbell, which acting as my aide-de-camp, fell dead, his entire head having been carried away by a cannon shot. He was a noble, boy, and strongly showed the embryo qualities of a brilliant and useful soldier.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Captain S. E. Howard, 8th., Vermont.

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Capt., S. E. Howard was a mere boy when he enlisted as a private in Company H. He was afterwards promoted to second lieutenant, then to first lieutenant. During the campaign up the Teche to Alexandria, and the siege of Port Hudson, he was acting quartermaster of the regiment. He was then promoted to the captaincy of Company C, which he commanded in the battles of Opequon and Fisher's Hill. In the battle of Cedar Creek he was disabled by severe wounds, and on that account received an honorable discharge in the following December. As a soldier and officer, Capt. Howard was made of the best stuff, and earned each honor he received by duties well performed.

S. E. Howard. Private Company H, Nov. 19, 1861; 1st sergeant, Feb. 18, 1862 ; 2d lieutenant Company H, Jan. 12, 1863;  captain Company C, July 26, 1864; honorably discharged, Dec. 9, 1864, for wounds received in action at Cedar Creek, Va., Oct. 19, 1864; served as acting quartermaster of the regiment, Jan. to Dec, 1863; in charge of recruiting party sent to Vermont, Dec, 1863, to March, 1864; acting adjutant during veteran furlough of regiment; A. A. D. C. on brigade staff, and acting quartermaster of brigade; judge advocate of court martial held on steamer Cahawba, between New York and New Orleans.  In civil life Capt. S. E. Howard is secretary of a cattle company in
Wyoming Territory.

Short notes about S. E. Howard from the Regimental History.

When the regiment went up the Opelousas Railroad in October, 1862, Orderly Sergt. S. E. Howard, being ill, was left behind ih charge of a picket-post near the residence of Col. Sparks, at Company Canal, He was suffering severely with chills and fever, contracted in that malarious climate, and on learning his condition, Mrs. Sparks warned him against exposure, and kindly urged him to sleep at her house and receive medical attendance. But Howard respectfully declined to accept the proffered courtesy, until he was seized with a violent congestive chill which left him almost dead, and in this condition his comrades carried him to her house.

Eequally brave was Sergeant Howard, when he leaped ashore from the boat of the Diana, and, running through a storm of bullets, carried the message to his colonel.  Orderly Sergt. S. E. Howard, of Company H, who carried the message from the gun-boats to Col. Thomas, was promoted to second lieutenant, his commission dating January 13th, 1863, the same day the expedition started up the bayou.

The first man wounded that afternoon was Corporal Wm. W. Perry, of Brookline. Acting Quartermaster Howard, who was an eye-witness, says : " A shell burst over our heads, and I saw a piece of it descend with a queer fluttering sound, and strike Perry on the top of the head. He dropped all in a heap, and I supposed was killedj but on going to him I found him alive.

Capt. Howard was twice wounded while within a few feet of the flags and almost in the centre of the savage melee, but he managed to hobble away when the regiment was swept back.

Sixth North Carolina Infantry.

Here are a few names from the sith, if you don't see your ancestor or name of interests let me know and I will be glad to look him up.  I have the full roster of the sixth.  This regiment was also known as the ( Bloody Sixth.)

Company A.


KIRKLAND, SAMUEL S. Enlisted May 16. 1861 and appointed 1st Lieutenant. Promoted to Captain June 24, 1861 to rank from May 20. 1861. Resigned because of ill health July 29. 1862 and appointed ist Lieutenant of Artillery July 29, 1862 to take effect on that date to serve as Ordnance Officer on the staff of Brigadier General William Dorsey Pender. .Appointed 1st Lieutenant and aide-de-camp to General Pender April 23, 1863 to take effect December 13, 1862. On June 13. 1863 he became Captain, Assistant Adjutant General on staff of Brigadier General Alfred M. Scales, who assumed command of Pender's Brigade. Resigned July 18, 1863 on the death of General Pender. Declined appointment as Captain tendered September 28, 1863. Appointed Captain, Assistant Quartermaster, October 16. 1863 to take rank from that date. Sened as Post Quartenriaster at Hillsboro. Paroled April 26, 1865.

TURNER, JAMES CALDER. Resided in Rowan County and enlisted May 16, 1861. Appointed 1st Lieutenant July 11. 1861 to take rank from May 20. 1861.  Wounded at Mahern Hill. \a.. July 1, 1862. Promoted to Captain July 29. 1862. Captured at Rappahannock Station, Va., November 7, 1863 and confined at Johnson's Island, Ohio, until released on taking Oath of Allegiance June 13, 1865.


PRICE, THOMAS A., 1st Lieutenant. Resided in Rowan County and enlisted at Charlotte April 25. 1861. Appointed 2nd Lieutenant July 11. 1861 to rank from May 20, 1861. Wounded at Battle of First Manassas July 21, 1861. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant July 29, 1862. Captured at Rappahannock Station, Va., November 7, 1863 and confined at Johnson's Island, Ohio, until released on taking Oath of  alegiance June 13. 1865.

SMITH, ERNEST H., 2nd Lieutenant. Resided in .Alamance County and enlisted at Charlotte at age 20, May 28. 1861 for the war. Mustered in as Private and appointed Sergeant June 1. 1861 and 1st Sergeant September 13. 1861. Appointed 2nd Lieutenant November 29, 1861. Wounded at Seven Pines, Va., May 31, 1862. Promoted to Sr 2nd Lieutenant July 29. 1862 and dropped from rolls June 12, 1863 by reason of prolonged absence without leave, having been absent sick since August 27, 1862.


BANKHART, GEORGE, Private. Born in Baltimore, Md., and resided as a fanner and mechanic prior to his enlistment at Charlotte at age 23. May 28. 1861 for the war. Admitted to hospital at Richmond. Va. June 7, 1864 wounded. Captured at Strasburg. Va., September 23. 1864 and confined at Point Lookout, Md. Joined the U. S. service October 12, 1864 and mustered into Company A, 4th Regiment U. S. Volunteers at Fort Monroe. Va.. October 31, 1864 for three years. Deserted at St. Louis, Mo., May 12. 1865.

BOWMAN, JAMES M., Private. Enlisted at Charlotte at age 23, May 28, 1861 for the war. Wounded at Malvern Hill. Va.. July 1, 1862. Captured at Rappahannock Station, Va., November 7. 1863 and confined at Point Lookout, Md., Paroled and exchanged November 15. 1864 at Venus Point, Savannah River.

BURGESS, JAMES R., Private. Resided in Randolph County and enlisted at Company Shops at age 18, July 1, 1861 for the war. Captured at Rappahannock Station, Va.. November 7, 1863 and confined at Point Lookout, Md., until paroled and exchanged at Aiken's Landing, Va.. May 8. 1864. Captured at Strasbiu-g, Va,, November 13, 1864 and confined at Point Lookout until released after taking Oath of .Allegiance June 23, 1865.

BURROW, CHARLES W., Private. Enlisted at Charlotte at age 21, May 28, 1861 for the war. Captured at Battle of First Manassas July 21, 1861. Confined at Fort McHenry. Md., until transferred to Fort Monroe, Va. where he was paroled and exchanged in November 1862, Wounded, missing and presumed killed at Gettysburg, Pa.. July 2, 1863.

CALDWELL, JULIUS A. Resided in Rowan County and enlisted at age 32. Appointed Assistant Surgeon, this regiment, to rank from Mav 16, 1861. Resigned August 18. 1861 by reason of ill health. Appointed Surgeon .April 4, 1863 to rank from October 30, 1862 and assigned to the 57th Rcginrent N.. C. Troops with which he had been serving as Acting Surgeon since October 1862. Took Oath of Allegiance at Salisbury May 29, 1865.

CHAPMAN, RICHARD, Private. Resided in Btuke County and enlisted at Camp Stokes October 28, 1864 for the war. Captured at Burkeville, Va., April 6, 1865. Admitted to Caner U. S. General Hospital with gunshot wound, April 16, 1865.  Died April 21, 1865.

COLETRANE, LEONARD M., Private. Born in Randolph County and resided as a fanner prior to his enlistment at Charlotte at age 19, May 28, 1861 for the war. Captured at Rappahannock Station. Va.. November 7. 1863 and confined at Point Lookout. Md. Released after taking Oath of .Allegiance and joining the U. S. service February 5, 1864. Mustered in as a Sergeant at Norfolk, Va.. May 1, 1864 into Company F, 1st Regiment U. S. Volunteers for three years. Reduced to ranks September 10, 1864 and deserted at Camp Reno, Milwaukee, Wis., September 14, 1864. Enlisted as a substitute for David A. Gage under an assumed name. Milton Cox, in Company A, 42nd Regiment Illinois Infantry at Chicago. Ill., November 12, 1864. Mustered out at Port Lavaca, Texas. December 16, 1865

DEMPSEY, HUMPHREY, Private. Resided in Pottsville, Pa. Enlisted at Charlotte at age 24. May 28, 1861 for the war. Captured at Gettysburg, Pa., July 2. 1863 and confined at Fort Delaware, Del., until released on taking Oath of Allegiance May 3, 1865.

DICKSON, JAMES ROBERT, Sergeant. Enlisted at Charlotte at age 21, May 28, 1861 for the war, Appointed Sergeant June 1. 1861. and promoted to 1st Sergeant April 1, 1863. Wounded at Gaines' Mill, Va., June 27, 1862, and at Chancellorsville, Va., May 4, 1863. Captured at Rappahannock Station. Va., November 7, 1863 and confined at Point Lookout, Md.. until paroled and exchanged at Aiken's Landing. Va., February 24, 1865. Paroled at General Hospital, Thomasville. May 1, 1865, a., June 27, 1862, and at Chancellorsville, Va., May 4, 1863. Captured at Rappahannock Station. Va., November 7, 1863 and confined at Point Lookout, Md.. until paroled and exchanged at Aiken's Landing. Va., February 24, 1865. Paroled at General Hospital, Thomasville. May 1, 1865,

DUVAL, EUGENE ALEXANDER, Private. Born in New Orleans. La. Enlisted at Charlotte at age 27, May 28. 1861 for the war. Captnred at Frederick, Md., September 12. 1862 and confined at Fort Delaware. Del., until paroled and exchanged November 10. 1862 at Aken's Landing, Va. Captured at Fredericksburg, Va., May 3, 1863 and confined at Fort Delavvare, Del., until paroled at Fort Delaware and sent to City Point. Va., May 23, 1863 for exchange. Deserted near Calidian Iron 'Works, Pa., June 25, 1863.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Horace H. Burbank, Maine.

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Horace Harmon Burbank was born in Limerick, York County, Maine, October 27, 1837, and was the eldest son of  Abner and Eliza Adams (Harmon) Burbank. His early education was ol)tained in the villap^e schools of his native town, and the academies at Limerick and Yarmouth. After the usual preparatory studies, he entered Bowdoin College, and graduated in the class of 1860. Among his classmates at Bowdoin were Hon. Thomas B. Reed, Hon. Joseph W. Symonds, General John M. Brown, Hon. W. W. Thomas, Hon. Amos L. Allen, and other well-known Maine men. After his graduation, he began the study of law with L. S. Moore of Limerick, And while reading law, he taught school, until August, 1862.

He then enlisted as a private in Company  A, Twenty-Seventh Maine Infantry Volunteers, for nine months service. Three months after enlistment, he was promoted to quartermaster-sergeant. When his term of service was about to expire, in June, 1863, Lee's invasion alarmed the North, and he was one of the three hundred members of the Twenty-Seventh who voted to remain in the service after their period of enlistment terminated. He served until after the battle of Gettysburg, being discharged on July 17, 1863. Upon his return home, he entered Harvard Law School, intending to complete his legal studies. But his desire to return to the army was too strong to be overcome. And in March, 1864, he re-entered the service, being commissioned as First Lieutenant of Company A, of the Thirty-Second regiment of Maine Infantry Volunteers.

In the following May, he was promoted to the captaincy of Company K, of the same regiment. He went to the front with the first battalion, and participated in all of the battles from Spottsylvania to the Mine Explosion. In the last named, on July 30, 1864, he was taken prisoner, together with many other oflicers of his regiment. On the 5th of August he reached Columbia, S. C, and was confined in Richland County Jail, and was there held as a prisoner of war for four months. On December 5th, he with other prisoners, was transferred from the jail to Camp Asylum, an inclosure taken from the grounds of the State Insane Asylum at Columbia, for a prison-camp.

In February, 1865, he, with others, made their escape from prison, and succeeded in reaching Sherman's army. After having joined Sherman, Captain Burbank went through to Fayette ville with the army, and from thence, by consent of General Sherman, went to Wilmington on a gunboat, and thence to Fortress Monroe and Washington. During his imprisonment, the Thirty-Second regiment had been consolidated with the Thirty-First Maine, and he had been transferred to the captaincy of Company B, of the latter regiment. But he never assumed the command of that company, and, on May 15, 1865, was discharged by special order from the War Department, on account of disability.

Since his return to peaceful life, he has always manifested a lively interest in everything pertaining to the Civil War.  At the first opportunity after being mustered out of the service, he became a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. And he has srnce been a constant and efiicient worker for the welfare of the order. He is a Past Commander of his Post, and is now serving his nineteenth term as Post Quartermaster. He has also been Judge Advocate of the Department for two years. Junior Vice Department Commander one year, and in 1888, was elected Department Commander. He is also a member of the Maine Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion.

In the years 1876-78, he was Judge Advocate on the staff of Gov. Selden Connor, with the rank of Colonel. He is. also prominent in the Masonic fraternity, being a Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge, and Past Grand Commander of Knights Templar of Maine. In his chosen profession of the law, he has also won honors, having been County Attorney for York County five years, Register of Probate eight years, City Solicitor of Saco five years, and Judge of the Municipal Court of the city of Saco, since December 5, 1890, having been recently appointed for his fourth term. He is married, and has four children, two boys and two girls.

Henry H. Walker, 101st., Pennsylvania Infantry.

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Private Henry H. Walker.
The youngest soldier to do continuous service with the 101st Regiment from the time ii lefl the State until ii returned and received its final discharge at Harrisburg July 13, 1865 was Private Henry II. Walker o>f Company E. He enlisted september 23, 1861, and was mustered into the service Jan. 21, 1862, Although a mere stripling, born Januar y 6, 1848, making his age at time of enlistment 13 years, 6 months, and 15 days, he carried a musket from the starl and participated with his company in all the marches, reconnoissances, and battles in which the Regiment was engaged.

Private Walkei re enlisted as a Veteran January 1, 1864, bul did not succeed in getting, die promised furlough which was one of the provisions of re-enlistmenl until six months after his first term of three years had expired, He was caplined wiili the Regiment at Plymouth April 20, 1864, and was confined in Southern prisons fot nearly a year, When the Regiment was mustered out at New Bern, N. C, June 25. 1865, he was then absent on furlough, hut returned to Harrisburg in time to receive his final discharge with the remnant of the command on July 13, 865.

Walker, after a year's service, was an ideal soldier, faithfully and cheerfully performing every dun thai fell to him, alway: ready to volunteer to go on any expedition that gave promise of coming in contact with the enemy.

After the war lie was for many years a building contractor in Allegheny, Pa., in co-partnership with his father and brother, Although coming throug' the Civil War unscathed, after many narrow escapes, he was accidentally killed on the Allegheny Valley R, R.. near Allegheny Junction, September 29, 1900,

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Graham Coulter, 101st., Pennsylvania Infantry.

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Graham Coulter, Mustered in service November 21, 1861.  Transferred to company F., Cotober, 1861.

Graham Coulter, Mustered in service November 21, 1861; transferred from company C., Captured at Plymouth, North Carolina, April 20, 1864; paroled December 13, 1864.  Absent sick at muster out of company.  Veteran.

Birth:  Unknown.
Death: September 6, 1917.
Burial: Union Dale Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
Places he had lived.
59th, twelith st., Pennsylvania, and New Galilee Pennsylvania.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Cochran Brothers, 103rd., Pennsylvania Infantry.

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John M. Cochran, Captain, Co. C., Mustered in September 16, 1861, Age 22; promoted to First Lieutenant July 7, 1862; to Captain January 14, 1863.  Discharged June 16, 1863.

George W. Cochran, Private, Co. C., Mustered in September 16, 1861; Age 16.  Discharged on Surgeon Cert., December 4, 1863.

William W. Cochran, Private, Co. C., Mustered in June 10, 1863; Age 18.  Died of chronic diarrhea, at Plymouth N. C., Buried New Bern, N. C.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Steamer Sultana & Seventh Indiana Cavalry.

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The following men of the seventh Indiana Cavalry were on the Sultana on the night of the explosion according to the regimental history there were about 30 men from the seventh on board however only ten are known.  There is a very good and sad story on the explosion of the Sultana, by Thomas S. Cogley the book is called ( The History of the Seventh Indiana Cavalry), pages 184-187.  This book can be found at the site of (E Books Open Library.)

Daniel W. Doner, Age 19, Co. E., Residerce New Corydon, Mustered in September 3, 1863.

John Q. Paxton, Co. E., Residence Camdon, Mustered in September 3, 1863.

William S. Corbin, Age 21, Co.G., Residence Marion County, Mustered in September 5, 1863.

Augusta Barrett, Co. K., Residence Marion County, Mustered in September 11, 1863.

Francis M. Elkins, Co. K., residence Jackson County, Mustered in  September 11, 1863.

Costan Porter, Co. E., Residence Portland, Mustered in September 11, 1863.

William Thompson, Co. M., Residence Madison, Mustered in September 19, 1863.

William Barrick, Co. I., No info found on him.

Elisha Swords, Co. I., no info found on him.

Robert B. Armstrong, Co. I., no info found on him.

Authors note.  Only the names were recorded in the regimental history, the rest of the information came from the Indiana State Archives.

Philip J. Wintz, 112th. Illinois Infantry.

The following was taken from the 112th, Illiinois Infantry Regimental History.

At 1 o clock moved from Columbus and ran without change to Bellair on the Ohio river, arriving there at 6 o clock on the
morning of the 23d. Crossed the river, by ferry, to Benwood, West Virginia, and breakfasted, and at 10 :30 again took cars on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and at noon moved eats. The weather was extremely cold ; and the change from South ern Tennessee to a northern latitude told severely on the men. The cars were ordinary freight cars, and of course had no stoves. Necessity is frequently the cause of mischief, as well as the mother of invention. At Piedmont, in West Virginia, our train met a west bound freight train. The trains stopped but a few moments, but long enough for some of the boys of  Co. A, of the 112th Illinois, to confiscate a stove and its pipe in a box car on the freight train, and transfer it, unobserved, to their car. Philip J. Wintz got a wrench and loosened the nuts on the bolts that held the stove to the floor, and others stood ready to assist in removing it. In the meantime others were obtaining fuel. As soon as the train was under way a stove-pipe hole was cut through the car roof and a tire built. It is not known what was said by the conductor and brakes men of the freight train when they discovered their loss. If  they consigned the boys to a warm place, it was no more than they deserved, and had already obtained. Such enterprise etitled them to fire, and they had it.

Philip J. Winty ( Wintz ), Residence Annawan, Illinois, Enlisted August 12, 1862, Mustered in September 20, 1862.

Philip J. Wintz. Wounded in action at Knoxville, Tenn., Nov. 18,1863, and left on the field. Escaped through the enemy' s lines and rejoined the command in Knoxville.  Severely wounded in action at Kesaca, Ga., May 14, 1864. Severely injured in ankle near Kiiiston, N, C., while on his way to the regiment in Feb' y, 1865. Discharged at Beaufort, N. C., June 14, 1865. Address Annawan, Henry county, Illinois.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Joshua F. Littlefield, Ohio.

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Captain Joshua F. Littlefield, Co, B.

He entered the service from Somersworth as First Lieut, of Company F, and in August was promoted to Captain. Before leaving the Peninsula he had heen appointed Lieut. -Colonel of the F.leventh N. H., but determined to go through this campaign with the Secmd before joining his new command. In the charge over the railroad he was severely wounded and left in the hands of the enemy. He lay upon the field several days, until rescued by a Union relief party, and lingered until September 17, when he died. The above portrait, furnished by Littlefield Post, (J. A. R., of .Somersworth, is a copy of the picture hanging in their post room.

LITTLEFIELD, JOSHUA F. Co. F; b. Wells, Me.; age 32; res. Somersworth; app. 1 Lt. June 4, '61; must, in to date May 27, '61; app. Capt. Co. H, Aug. 1, '61; transf. to Co. B, May 23, '62; wd. Aug. 29, '62, Bull Run, Va. Died wds. Sept. 17, '62.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Morris Baxter & Oliver C. Trembly, 7th., Ohio Infantry.

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BAXTER, Morris; adjutant; E. S. April 22, '61, 3 mos., June 19, '61, 3 yrs. ; appointed corporal Co. B June 20, '61 ; promoted to sergeant ; discharged Nov. 12, '62, to accept promotion to 2d lieut. Co. H ; promoted to 1st lieut. and adjutant Sept. i, '63; mortally wounded at the battle of Ringgold. Ga., Nov. 27, '63, and died Nov. 30, '63; body removed to National Cemetery at Chattanooga, Tenn.

From the Official Records.
In the death of Adjt. Morris Baxter we lose a noble man, brave to rashness in battle, energetic and efficient in camp.


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Trembly, Oliver C. ; sergeant ; E. S. April 25, '61, 3 mos., June 20, "61. 3 yrs. ; appointed sergeant Nov. i, '63; drowned in Ohio River June 24. '64, while on the way home for muster out.

Monday, December 10, 2012

John Hunt Morgan.

I have done a couple posts on Morgan's cavalry before but I ran across this pece and found it interesting, and I thought you may too. 

This was taken from a book called ( History of Morgan's Cavalry ) written by Basil W. Duke, this book can be found on line.

John H. Morgan was reared in Kentucky. When nineteen years of age he enlisted for the Mexican War and was elected first lieutenant of Captain Perry Beard's company of Colonel Humphrey Marshall's regiment of Kentucky cavalry. His brother Calvin and his uncle Alexander G. Morgan were members of the same company. His uncle was killed at Buena Vista, in which battle Colonel Marshall's regiment was hotly engaged. Soon after his return home he married Miss Bruce, of Lexington, a sweet and lovely lady, who, almost from the day of her wedding, was a confirmed and patient invalid and sufferer. Immediately after his marriage, he entered energetically into business; was industrious, enterprising and prosperous, and at the breaking out of the war, in 1861, he was conducting in Lexington two successful manufactories. Every speculation and business enterprise in which he engaged succeeded, and he had acquired a very handsome property. This he left, when he went South, to the mercy of his enemies, making no provision whatever for its protection, and apparently caring not at all what became of it.

Samuel C. Ilgenfritz.

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Samuel C. Ilgenfritz.

Birth: Jan. 28, 1842
Death: Mar. 12, 1903, Pennsylvania.
Lieut. Co.B.137 Regt. P.V
Sgt. Co.1.130 Regt. P.V

Samuel Charles Ilgenfritz was the son of Samuel & Lydia Imfelt Ilgenfritz and the husband of Harriet C. Weiser Ilgenfritz, whom he married August 29, 1866.

A Civil War veteran, he first enlisted in York August 7, 1862, with Co. I, 130th Pa Inf, as a corporal. Promoted to sergeant December 13, 1862, and shot in the arm at that same day at the battle of Fredericksburg. Honorably discharged with his company May 21, 1863. Also served at the rank of sergeant with Co. B, 187th Pa Inf, January 23, 1864 - August 7, 1865.

Burial: Prospect Hill Cemetery, York York County Pennsylvania.
  Comrade Samuel C. Ilgenfritz, of Company B, was then introduced and spoke as follows :

"My Comrades, it is late and my speech will be short and sweet. Apart from my own Company I know but few ; nevertheless by virtue of our identification with the 187th Regiment, I know every one of you whether I can call you by name or not.  You have made me your Historian. Why, I cannot say. All that I have done along that line was the publication of an eightcolumn sketch of the Regiment in the York Daily, which was simply my own observations upon its inception, service and immolation, for the defense of the flag. Reminiscences of the camp, the march, the picket, and the battle are pleasant 34 years after the conflict in which we stood shoulder to shoulder battling for our country. I am sure that we have to-day something better and greater challenging our attention and thought. That Comrade to my right hit the nail square on the head when he said we made history. Yes, this gallant old 187th Regiment, as an integral part of the Army of the Potomac, made history.

Now, it does not take three or five or ten years to do this. The actual fighting service of the Regiment only spanned from Petersburg to the Weldon Railroad, but it came into service in an hour when the result was trembling in the balance ; at a time when hours and days and months made history with wonderful rapidity in their sweep down the last thirty-four years. As it stood, superbly stood, receiving its baptism of blood before Petersburg, June 18, 1864, losing 200 of its intrepid sons, more than all the other Regiments of the Brigade combined, and more than any Regiment in the Fifth Corps, I do not know but this single heroic act may have been the boys' push that moved the forces of Union along the line of the Weldon Railroad, to Five Forks and the salvation of the Union at Appomatox, the 187th Regiment contended for a great and far-reaching principle.

What is a principle? A truth received, believed and fixed in the mind from which there flows out a corresponding course of action. When this Regiment marched to the defense of the imperiled interest of its country, it received and wrote upon its colors,' a great truth, namely, the principle of national sovereignty, i. e., This is a nation, not a compact, a rope of sand, that may be snapped asunder by the mere whim of any one ; nor set of States, but a nation possessing the power to defend, preserve and perpetuate its life. And its organization, and camping, and marching, and picketing, and fighting, was the course of action which flowed out of its reception of the truth of national sovereignty, and that made it give the health, and limb, and life, of its gallant boys in defense of the best Magna Charta the world ever saw, and characterized by DeAubigne, as the standing miracle of history, and which Buckley says should be hung up in the nursery of every king, and blazoned on the porch of every royal palace. This sheet anchor of our liberties has gone beyond the environments of our civil strife;  yes, the actors in the conflict of the sixties must pass away, but this will go out and onward until civil, political, and religious liberty shall girdle the nations as the undisputed right of all peoples. And here this grand old Pennsylvania Regiment made history, that has, and will continue to have a tremendous sweep down the ages for the good of mankind, while the luster of an imperishable glory shall abide with the 187th, its posterity, and Pennsylvania forever.

"Led by the dauntless Chamberlain, the gallant Griffin, the superb Warren, and the cultured Meade, to the defense of the national sovereignty, we need not blush to say that we belonged to the 187th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Contending for this great basic principle of the Government, it makes a vast difference as to whether we fought for or against 'Old Glory.' We dare not speculate as to who was right in the conflict. The North defended a de facto Government and it was eternally right. The South fought for a de jure Government, which they could not make a fact, and this was a rebellion, and those who engaged therein were Rebels, and hence they were eternally wrong, and being wrong, the sun of the heresy of State sovereignty set in blood at Appomatox forever. I would like to say much more, but that clock bids me cease. My Comrades, farewell, and may God be with you till we meet again. Tell the story of your cares, toils, and hardships, sacrifices for the land and flag you loved and" served', but above all cherish this thought, namely, that the 187th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, made history on whose pages will be read the principles for which we fought by millions yet unborn; truths that shall live and bless the world when we are sleeping in patriots' graves."

Saturday, December 08, 2012

86th., Indiana Infantry Death List.

This is the death list of the 86th., Indiana infantry, this list only covers the companies and not of the officers of the Field & Staff.  There were fiels and staff officers killed in action however they are not listed here.

Company A.
Robert W. Myers, Sergeant, Age 32, Residence Kirks X Road, Enlisted at Lebanon, Indiana August 1, 1862.  Killed at Stone River, December 31, 1862. 
Richard A. Stowers, Private, Age 18., Residence Kirks X. Road, Enlisted at Lebanon, Indiana, August 1, 1862.  Killed at Stone River, December 31, 1862.
Company B.
Lewis Hintz, Sergeant, Residence Delphi, Enlisted July 15, 1862.  Killed at Stone River, December 31, 1862.
George E. Armer, Private, Age 26, Residence Delphi, Enlisted at Delphi, Indiana, July 24, 1862.  Killed at Stone River, December 31, 1862.  He was a Painter.
Richard C. Crowell, Private, Age 23., Residence Lockport, Enlisted at Delphi, Indiana July 25, 1862.  Killed at Stone River, December 31, 1862.
Benjamin F. Rose, Private, Age 21., Residence Transitville, Enlisted at Delphi, Indiana, July 27, 1862.  Killed atKenesaw Mt., June 28, 1864.
Anthony M. Saxon, Private, Age 21., Residence Rockfield, Enlisted at Indianapolis, Indiana, July 28, 1862.   Killed at Stone River, December 31, 1862.
Company C. 
Edward Blanchfill. Private, Age 38., Residence Attica, Enlisted at Attica, Indiana, August 13, 1862.  Killed at Stone River, December 31, 1862.
Derrick V. Labaw, Private, Age 22., Residence Rog Roy, Enlisted at Attica, Indiana, August 13, 1862. Killed at Stone River, December 31, 1862.
William H. H. Martin, Private, Age 29., Residence Chambersburg, Enlisted at Attica, Indiana, August 12, 1862.  Killed at Stone River, December 31, 1862.
Benjamiia Trullinger, Private, Residence Attica, Enlisted August 13, 1862.  Killed at Stone River, December 31, 1862.
Company D.
William Lamb, Private, Age 25., Residence Warren county, Enlisted at Rainsville, Indiana, August 9, 1862.  Killed at Stone River, December 31, 1862.
Thomas J. McCartney, Private, Age 37., Residence Warren county, Enlisted at West Lebanon, Indiana, August28, 1862.  Killed at Peach Tree Creek, July 22.
Nathan C. Pringle, Private, Age 32., Residence Warren county, Enlisted at Rainsville, Indiana, August 12, 1862.  Killed at Stone River, December 31, 1862.
Company E.
James H. Clinton, Private, Age 27., Residence West Lebanon, Enlisted at Marshfield, Indiana, September 4, 1862.  Killed at Stone River, December 31, 1862.
Henry C. Cronkhite, Private, Age 18., Residence Marshfield, Enlisted at Marshfield, Indiana, September 4, 1862.  Killed at Mission Ridge, November 25, 1863.
William B. Fleming, Private, Residence West Lebanon, Enlisted September 4, 1862.  Killed at Stone River, December 31, 1862.
Milton Galamore, Private, Residence West Lebanon, Enlisted September 4, 1862.  Killed   at Mission Ridge, November 25, 1863.
Company F.
John M. Wilson, First Sergeant, Residence Lebanon, Enlisted August 11, 1862.  Killed at Stone River, December 31, 1862. 
James A. Howard, Sergeant, Age 29, Residence Lebanon, Enlisted at Lebanon, Indiana, August 11, 1862.  Killed at Chickamauga, September 20, 1863.  First Sergeant, April 3, 1863.
William C. Stogdell, Corporal, 27., Residence Lebanon, Enlisted at Lebanon, Indiana, August 11, 1862.  Killed at Stone River, December 31, 1862.
Robert H. Creamer, Private, Residence Lebanon, Enlisted August 11, 1862.  Killed at Stone River, December 31, 1862.
Henry W. Davis, Private, Age 32., Residence Lebanon, Enlisted at Lebanon, Indiana, August 11, 1862.  Killed at Stone River, December 31, 1862.
Edwin Stephenson, Private, Age 20., Residence Lebanon, Enlisted at Lebanon, Indiana, August 11, 1862.  Killed at Stone River, December 31, 1862.
James O. Tolen, Private, 21., Residence Danville, Enlisted at Lebanon, Indiana, August 11, 1862.  Killed at Stone River, December 31, 1862.
James M. Wilkins, Private, Age 20., Residence Colfax, Enlisted at Lebanon, Indiana, August 11, 1862.  Supposed to have been kill at Stone River.
Company G.
James Cambridge, Private, Age 40., Residence Mishigantown, Enlisted at Frankfort, August 9, 1852.  Killed at Stone River, December 31, 1862.
William T. Whitsell, Private, Residence Jefferson, Enlisted August 9, 1862.  Killed atStone River, December 31, 1862.
Company H.
Timothy S. Roush, Sergeant, Residence Geetingville, Enlisted August 12, 1862.  Killed at Stone River, December 31, 1862.
Jefferson McClelland, Private, Residence Burget's Corner, Enlisted August 21,1862.  Killed at Stone River, December 31, 1862.
Company I.
Jeptha Custer, Private, Residence Shannondal, Enlisted September 4, 1862.   Killed at Mission Ridge, November 25, 1863.
Paris H. Peterson, Private, Residence Clark's Hill, Enlisted September 4, 1862.  Killed Mission Ridge, November 25, 1863.
Company K.
Joseph H. Pattison, Private, Residence LaFayette, Enlisted August 23, 1862.  Killed at Brownsboro, Ala, by Rail Road accident.
William W. Sanders, Private, Residence Crawfordsville, Enlisted August 29, 1862.  Killed at Nashville, December , 1894.
Martin L.Williams, Private, Age 21, Residence Crawfordsville, Enlisted at Crawfordsville, Indiana, August 26, 1862.  Killed at Stone River, December 31, 1862.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

First Name Dennis.

Sixth Michigan Cavalry.

Private Dennis Buckley, of Company H, Sixth Michigan Cavalry, having had his horse shot under him, also joined the One hundred and fiftieth Pennsylvania Volunteers, and fought throughout the day. Shortly after he came up, a shell from a rebel battery exploded in the midst of Company C, killing 2 men and dangerously wounding 3 others. Buckley joined this company, saying, "This is the company for me, " and remained throughout the entire engagement, doing excellent service with his carbine. He escaped unhurt.

Medal of Honor.

Dennis Buckley, 136th, New York Infantry, Company G., captured a flag of the First Mississippi, July 20, at Peach Tree Creek.

BUCKLEY, DENNIS.—Age, 18 years. Enlisted, August 12, 1862, at Avon, to serve three years; mustered in as private,
Co. G, September 25,1862; captured, January 11,1863, at Banks Ford, Va.; paroled, January 23, 1863, at City Point, Va.;
killed in action, July 20,1864, at Peach Tree Creek, Ga.

Numbers 2. Report of Captain Dennis W. Roberts, Second Arkansas Cavalry (Union).

Berryville, Ark., April 17, 1864.

SIR: On the 16th, about 20 miles from here, a force of from 200 to 300 rebels attacked my forage train, guarded by 36 men, and after a brave and desperate resistance on the part of the escort they were compelled to abandon the train. I must speak in the highest praise of Sergeant Watts, who commanded the escort, and (with the exception of 2 or 3) the men, who fought bravely until all hope was lost of being able to preserve the train. There are only 10 killed and missing of the escort. There were only five wagons in the train. The rebels are said to be commanded by Cooper, and commands near 300 men.  I received information of my field returns not being received at that office on the 13th, p. m., and I started a copy for each time that they had not been received on the 14th, p. m.I have the honor to be, general, your obedient servant,DENNIS W. ROBERTS,Captain, Commanding Detachment Second Arkansas.

Private Dennis Brannon, eighteenth U. S. Army, of Captain Henry Belknap's company (D), Third Battalion, attached to Second Battalion; the first severely in the leg by a shell, whose leg has since been amputated, and the second slightly in the leg.

Private Dennis Moore, Company K, Second Connecticut Heavy Artillery, assisted in capturing Brigadier General Custis Lee.
Battle of Appomattox.

Private Dennis Fitzpatrick, Company A, wounded twice, has kept up with the regiment.

FITZPATRICK, DENNIS.—Age, 33 years. Enlisted at Albany, to serve one year, and mustered in as private, Co. A, September 13, 1861; mustered out with detachment, June 10, 1865, near Washington, D. C.

Bristoe, Mine Run.
First Vermont Cavalry.

Private Dennis G. Leahy, Company C, wounded slightly.

Born, February 3, 1834, Ireland.
Death, April 29, 1913.
First Vermont Cavalry, Age 28, Enlisted August 25, 1862, Mustered in September 26, 1862, Company C.  Prisoner of war April 1, 1863. Prid. April 7, 1863.  Wounded 1863.  Mustered out June21, 1865.

No. 14. Report of Captain Dennis Kenny, Jr., Battery C, First Ohio Light Artillery.
JANUARY 25, 1862.

SIR: On the morning of January 19 my battery was encamped at Logan's Cross-Roads, and was turned out about 7 a.m. by the reports of sharp firing by the out-pickets of the Tenth Indiana Regiment. I placed my battery in position on a ridge running parallel with the belt of woods in which our forces were engaging the enemy, and about 20 yards distant, to cover the Tenth Indiana, which I was informed was falling back. I subsequently retired one section to the high knoll near the Somerset road to the open field where the battle appeared to be the heaviest. My pieces unlimbered in the lower corner of the open corn field and delivered seven effective shots [James shell] upon a regiment of Mississippians, who were then advancing in line to charge our forces in the edge of the timber on the right of the field. No supporting infantry except a few of the Fourth Kentucky were near, and as the enemy approached they retired under cover of the timber, when it was deemed advisable to withdraw the section, which was done in good order. When the firing ceased I sent forward for orders to move my battery, and upon the receipt of orders to move my battery to the front attempted to do so, but was prevented by the blocking up of the road by another battery. Upon our arrival in front of the rebel entrenchments I was assigned a position on an eminence to the left of our main position, from which point we fired 59 rounds of shot and shell; in all, 66 rounds fired by my battery. I have no casualties of any kind to report.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,D. KENNY, JR.,Commanding Battery C, First Ohio Artillery


Captain Dennis Delaney, of the First Virginia Cavalry, and the 9 brave men who with him have met death in their country`s service. Their names shall not be forgotten.

Dennis Quinlivan, 1838, Illinois.
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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Murder On Board The Sumter, 1862.

Numbers 18.] CONFEDERATE STATES COMMISSION, London, October 30, 1862.
Honorable J. P. BENJAMIN, Secretary of State. SIR: It becomes my painful duty to inform the Government of an occurrence which has recently happened on board the C. S. ship Sumter, lying in the Bay of Gibraltar. Captain Semmes and his officers having been transferred to the Alabama, the Sumter was left in charge of a midshipman and boat's crew only, a guard deemed sufficient by Captain Semmes. On the 14th of this month I received a telegram from Sergeant Stephenson, of the marines (one of those left in charge of the ship), that Acting Midshipman Andrews (in command(had been shot and killed by one of the men named Hester, who was master's mate; that Hester had been taken into custody by the civil authorities there and asking for instructions. I immediately replied by telegraph to Sergeant Stephenson directing him to take charge of the ship and the public property on board, and that an officer would be sent at once to relieve him. Lieutenant Chapman, a former officer of the Sumter, was then in Paris on duty assigned him by the Secretary of the Navy. In the emergency I wrote to and ordered him to proceed immediately to Gibraltar and take command of the ship, after the death of Midshipman Andrews and the arrest of the master's mate the only person on board having the semblance of authority being the sergeant of marines.

Some days after I received a letter dated on board the Sumter the 17th of October, signed by all the ship's crew (only nine in number), including the sergeant of marines, denouncing in strong terms the act of Hester as a cool, deliberate murder and promising that everything should be done by those on board to take care of the ship until further orders. I subsequently received two letters from a Mr. George F. Cornwell, dated respectively at Gibraltar the 17th and 22nd of October, informing me that he had been engaged as counsel by Hester, and stating that the latter fully owned the act and vindicated it on the ground that Midshipman Andrews had termination to take the vessel out of this port (Gibraltar) and give her up at Algeciras to the U. S. ship Supply, then in the latter port, and had threatened to shot any one who opposed his purpose. Mr. Hester not being (as he says) able to rely on the crew adopted this fatal course and believes that he has only done his duty. I should have stated above that in the letter from the crew of the Sumter no particulars of the affair were given nor anything stated as the cause of the act except as in the following paragraph quoted from that letter:

As regards the accusation made by Mr. Hester against Mr. Andrews being a traitor it is as far as we all know entirely without foundation, for he was one that was beloved and respected by all that knew him, more especially by his crew. Lieutenant Chapman came immediately to London on receipt of my letter (as the shortest route to Gibraltar) and sailed for that port in the mail packet on Monday last, the 27th instant. He should have arrived there yesterday. I instructed Lieutenant Chapman to make full inquiry into the affair and its circumstances and to report them accordingly. In the letters of Mr. Cornwell, the counsel, he reports the earnest request of Hester that I would provide means for his defense, and in his last letter a like earnest request that I would take measures to have the prisoner restored to the jurisdiction of the Confederate States, fearing the result of a trial by the British authorities. He further requests that measures be taken to have certain officers of the Sumter, including Lieutenant Chapman, brought as witnesses on his behalf at his trial. I can form no opinion of what it may be proper for me to do in the premises until I get the report of Lieutenant Chapman. Should there be reasonable foundation for the alleged belief of Hester that Andrews designed the surrender of the ship to the enemy I shall consider it my duty to do whatever may be found best to give him the full benefit of the proofs he may adduce. On the question of jurisdiction it would certainly be right that he should be tried under the authority of our Government, but even should the jurisdiction be yielded by the British Government, (which in our unrecognized condition is by no means certain) I should be at a great loss to know how to bring the prisoner to trial and what to do with him in the meantime.  This, however, can be only or best determined after getting Lieutenant Chapman's report. I have further to state that in the dilemma arising out of his unfortunate affair, and with the entire concurrence and advice of Captains Bulloch and Sinclair, of the Navy, as well as of Lieutenant Chapman, I have determined to have the Sumter sold, and have taken measures to have the sale made by Captain Bulloch, the senior officer in the service here. Her armament and such stores of clothing, &c., as can be used in fitting out other ships will be reserved. Lieutenant Chapman's report shall be transmitted as soon as received to the Secretary of the Navy.I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, J. M. MASON

William Andrews, born Georgia.  Appointed from Georgia.  Acting Midshipman, July 20, 1861.  Killed at Gibraltar on C. S. S. Sumter, October 15, 1862, by Acting Masters Mate Joseph T. Hester.

Joseph T. Hester, born--Appointed from--Acting Masters Mate, April 1, 1862.  Served on C. S. S. Sumter, 1862.  Imprisoned at Gibraltar, for the murder of Midshipman William Andrews, October 15, 1862.