Saturday, March 03, 2012

Anthony Schaffer.

Anthony Schaffer, Corporal, 23rd., Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H., mustered in August 10, 1861, for 3 years. Promoted to Corporal, May 1, 1863.  Wounded at Cold Harbor, June 1, 1864.  In hospital at muster out, died of his woundes.

Birth: Nov. 12, 1841.
Death: Mar. 8, 1876.

Anthony Schaffer was born on November 12th 1841 in Ireland. As a young boy he and his family moved to New Jersey. At the outbreak of the Civil War Anthony enlisted in the 23rd Pennsylvania, "Birney's Zouaves". He was mustered in at the Skuykill Arsenal on August 10th 1861 and placed into Company H, the Color Company. He served throughout the Peninsula Campaign of 62' and Fredericksburg in late December. On May 1st 1863, two days before being engaged at 2nd Fredericksburg, he was promoted to Corporal of Company H. At the Battle of Gettysburg (July 3rd 1863) , Culp's Hill, two men from each Company, (Anthony being one of them from Co. H) were chosen as Skirmishers. He was struck in the left arm and wounded. He was taken to The Michael Trostle Farmhouse which was the Sixth Corps Hospital which was under the direction of Dr. Chamberlain (U.S. Vols.) and Dr. Oakley (2nd NJ). After a brief furlough he returned to the unit and fought with them during the Mine Run Campaign in Virginia. In December (63) the unit was transferred West to Johnson's Island, Sandusky OH to guard Confederate Prisoners .

In the spring of 64 The Regiment returned to The Peninsula again and joined up with The Army of the Potomac during U.S. Grant's Overland Campaign. At the Battle of Cold Harbor on June 1st 1864 Anthony Schaffer was shot in the neck and back and carried from the field. He spent the next three months in a Hospital before being mustered out with the Regiment on September 8th 1864, his three year enlistment running out. He returned home to New Jersey after the War. Anthony died on March 8th 1876 as a result of his wounds from Cold Harbor.

Burial: Burlington Methodist and Baptist Cemetery, Burlington, Burlington County, New Jersey.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Lieutenant Colonel John Corson Smith.

Nineth-sixth Illinois Infantry.
 John Corson Smith.

Birth: Feb. 13, 1832, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

Death:Dec. 31, 1910, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. Served in the Civil War first as Major and Provost Marshal on the staff of Brigadier General Absalom Baird, then as Provost Marshal on the staff of Brigadier General James B. Steedman, then finally as Lieutenant Colonel of the 96th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on June 20, 1865 for "meritorious services". After the end of the conflict he served as Illinois State Treasurer from 1870 to 1881 and from 1883 to 1885, and as Illinois' Lieutenant Governor from 1885 to 1889.
Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, Galena, Jo Daviess County.

Charlotte A. Smith.
Known as the mother of the Ninety-Sixth.

John Corson Smith, married Charlotte Augusta Gallaher, on March 24, 1856, at Galena, Carroll, Illinois.

The would have the following children:

Robert A. Smith, born 1857, at age 23, was a commission merchant.

Sauel H. Smith, born 1859, at age 21, was a Inspector.

John C. Smith, born 1870, at age 10, was in school.

Ruth A. Smith, born 1866, at age 14, was in school.

Civil War.

At the battle for Atlanta, he was severly wounded, on June 20, 1864.

Colonel Wirt Adams.

Wirt Adams.

Birth: March 22, 1819, Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky.
Death: March 1, 1888, Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi.
Burial: Okolona Confederate Cemetery, Okolona, Chickasaw County, Mississippi.

Number 6. Reports of Colonel Wirt Adams, Mississippi Cavalry. FAYETTE, April 29, 1863.

Three of my companies from Natchez, marching to join me, met and engaged the Federal cavalry force last evening 20 miles above this, making a forced march of 20 miles from Port Gibson, with two companies and two mountain pieces. I passed the enemy's flank last night, and formed junction with the three companies directly in enemy's front, intending to engage him. This morning, 8 o'clock, found he had marched rapidly in direction of Brookhaven. Thinking it was his intention to reach Rodney or Natchez, I marched my command to this point, where I have been joined by five companies. Shall now march to intercept his movement toward Baton Rouge.

WIRT ADAMS, Colonel, commanding.

NEAR FAYETTE, May 5, 1863.

GENERAL: I pursued the cavalry to a point near Greensburg, in Louisiana, near which place they forded the Amite River, and made good their escape to Baton Rouge. Notwithstanding I marched over 50 miles per day, and moved during day and night, yet the distance I had to traverse from WEST to east to reach the line of their march, and owing to their use of the most skillful guides and unfrequented roads, I found it impossible, to my great mortification and regret, to overhaul them. During the last twenty-four hours of their march in this State, they traveled at a sweeping gallop, the numerous stolen horses previously collected furnishing them fresh relays. I have marched as rapidly as possible on my return to this point, and, in the absence of other orders, shall move to-day against the enemy's line of communication from the Mississippi River to Port Gibson. I shall annoy and harass him on his rear and flank, and then move toward his front, and communicate with the general commanding between Port Gibson and the railroad. I venture, general to address you direct, pending this difficulty of communication with Major-General Stevenson.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant, WIRT ADAMS, Colonel, Commanding.

MAY 20-23. -Expedition to Yazoo City, MISS., and skirmish (23rd) at Liverpool Landing.
Reports of Colonel Wirt Adams, Mississippi Cavalry.
NEAR LIVERPOOL, May 23, 1863.

GENERAL: I marched my command on yesterday as rapidly as the exhausted condition of the artillery horses would permit, crossed the river, and by dark reached a point 4 miles distant from Liverpool. Resuming the march this morning at 5 a. m., I hastened on to Liverpool, and posted my battery near the river bank and my cavalry dismounted within a few minutes after taking position three transports and two large gunboats appeared. The battery at once engaged them as they came within range, and as they passed my dismounted men poured a rapid and effective fire through the port-holes of the gunboats and all openings of the transports, driving the enemy from his guns. Taking position below the town, he opened a brisk fire of shell, grape, and cannister, with but little injury to my command, I am pleased to say. The fleet, after an hour's delay, resumed its course down the river, and has passed Satartia. The transports are boarded up on the sides and covered with thin iron plates, loopholed for small-arms, and armed with six field pieces each. My impression is the fleet has gone down for re-enforcements. The force left in Yazoo City is estimated by my scouts, who have just returned from the town, at from 800 to 1,200 men. A cavalry force is expected by the enemy at Yazoo City, coming by the Valley road. For this I am now watching.

I find that Liverpool is the only point where the battery can be advantageously posted on the Yazoo from Snyder's to Yazoo City, and I think it doubtful whether the enemy will give me another opportunity at that point.

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

WIRT ADAMS, Colonel, Commanding,&c.

Service Record.

Wirt Adams.  Appointed from Mississippi, September 28, 1863, to rank from September 25, 1863, confirmed January 25, 1864:  Paroled at Gainesville, Ala., May25, 1865.  Killed at Jackson, Mississippi, by John H. Martin, May1, 1888, in a street fight with John H. Martion a Newspaper editor.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Stephen Barlow Espy.

The following is from the history of the 115th., Illinois Infantry.
By Isaac Henry Clay Royes.
Late Second Lieutenant Co. E.
Pub. 1900, only 500 copies printed.

Battle of Chickamauga.

Captain Stephen BarlowEspy, of company G.  Then The Brigade Commissary on the staff of General Whitaker, and seving as volunteer Aid-de-camp during the battle, received a fatal shot while courageously riding along the lines, carring orders and urging the troops forward.

Captain, Espy had been acting Bridade Commissary, but had been ordered to return to his company; he know a great battle was expected, and asked that the change be deferred tillafter the battle, saying to the Lieutenant, "What the company is you have made it, and I do not want to come now and take all the chances of honor from you."  His conduct in the battle was worthy the highest honor.  Remaining on the staff, he fell while carring an order from General Whitaker to Colonel Moore.

Stephen Barlow Espy.

By pushing on any of the pictures you can enlarge them.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Albert Doty.

Albert Doty.

Birth: unknown
Death: Sep. 28, 1873

Albert Doty Killed himself, Marked as a Sucide.

"Albert served in the civil war 1st with the 34th New York Infantry then with the 57th Massachusetts Infantry as Adjutant of the regiment. He married Emily Jane Mason in 1867. He studied architecture and was engaged in public works in Springfield, Illinois when he took his own life having never recovered from the early loss of his sweetheart. (Contributed by Kathie Martin)"

Civil War Service.

Albert Doty, 1st., Lieutenant, Age 23.  Enlisted from Hancock, Mass. and mustered as a private in company I., 57th., Mass., March 10, 1864, 1st., Lieutenant July 14, 1864, Captain United States Volunteers by Brevet, August 18, 1864, Per General Orders No. 15., Department, February 6, 1865, for gallant service in the operation on the Weldor Railroad, Virginia; mustered out, by expiration of service, July 30, 1865.  Previous service as Adjutant of a Volunteer regiment of infantry from New York, his death date is unknown.

New York, 34th., Infantry.

DOTY, ALBERT.—Age, 20 years. Enlisted, May 1,1861, at Herkimer, to serve two year; mustered in as private, Oo. G, June 15, 1861; promoted first sergeant, December 2, 1861; mustered i n as first lieutenant, March 20, 1862; adjutant, January 28, 1863; discharged for disability, May 7, 1863; commissioned first
lieutenant, May 30, 1862, with rank from March 20, 1862, vice J . E. Johnson, promoted; adjutant, February 10, 1863, with rank from January 28, 1863, vice G. W. Thompson, promoted.

The "Bomb-Proof"

On July 24, 1864, Doty and some of the men where at a Bomb-Proof just behind the trenches.  This bomb-proof was small about twelve feet square, and was hot in side so the men had built a arbor out side the bomb-proof, it was covered with branches and old canvas for protection from the sun.  Ealrier they were shelling the enemy and now they were returning the favor.  The men paid no mind as they were use to it.  Some were laying on the ground and some were sitting on a old cracker box writing letters home, when without waring or sound the bomb-proof exploded.  It was found that the enemy artillery guners aim was off and a ten-inch mortar shell fell in the middle of the "Bomb-proof".  Some of the men were either wounded or killed, some would die later from their wounds.  Doty who was a Sergeant Major at the time came out of it slightly bruised.

"Bomb-Proff" is a cave like hole dug in the side of a large mound of dirt. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

George Edward Barton.

George Edward Barton.

Birth: 30 July 1841, Worcester,Worcester Co.MA.
Death: 28 May 1878, Worcester,Worcester Co. MA.

Father: Ira Moore Barton.
Mother: Maria Waters Bullard.

Died at 36, years.

Civil War Veteran, Wounded in Battle.

George Edward Barton, Captain, Age 24, Residence Worcester; Corporal, Company 51th., Mass., Infantry, mustered in September 25, 1862; Sergeant-Major, November 4, 1862; mustered out by expirantion of service, July 27, 1863; 2nd., Lieutenant, 57th., Mass., Infantry, January 6, 1864; 1St., Lieutenant April 9, 1864; Captain, September 20, 1864. Mustered out July 26, 1865. Died in Worcester Mass., May 29, 1878.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Piepho's

Piepho, now that's a funny sounding name, but I shouldn't laugh too hard as this is my sister husband's last name.  I had asked about the "Piepho", name before but she had no idea were the name came from.  She was surprise when I told her there was a Colonel from the Civil War, in the her husbands family.  I told her I would look into her husband's family.

She told me that the spelling was "Piepho", although she said there were different spellings of the name.  But she had no idea if these alternate names were linked to her husband's family.  So this page will be in two parts.  The first part of this page will be what I'll call the original name "Piepho", the second part will be the alternate names.

The different spellings are: Piepho, Peipho, Phipho, Peippo, Puppe.

Carlo Piepho, 2nd., Lieutenant, 28th.,Ohio Infantry, Company C. & K., Age 38, Enlisted June 13, 1861, for 3 years; Promoted from 1st., Sergeant June 13, 1861 to 1st. Lieutenant Company K., October 26, 1861.  Resigned April 7, 1862.

Christian Piepho ( Phipho ), Private, 12th., Ohio, Infantry, Company A., Enlisted August 1, 1861, Residence CHICAGO, COOK CO, IL., Age 31, Height 5' 7, Hair BROWN, Eyes BLUE, Complexion FAIR, Marital Status SINGLE Occupation TAILOR, Nativity GERMANY. REENLISTED AS VETERAN VOLUNTEER.

Carlo Piepho ( Peipho ), Lieutenant Colonel, Company F. & S., 108th., Ohio Infantry, Age 41, Enlisted July 30, 1862, for 3 years.  Promoted from Captain, Company A., February 3, 1863.  Resigned March 13, 1864.

William Piepho, Musician, 108th., Ohio Infantry, Company A., Age 16.  Enlisted August 1, 1862, for 3 years.  Discharged May 17, 1863, at Cincinnati, by Civil Authority.

Thedore Piepho, Private, 2nd., Missouri, Cavalry, Company C., Enlisted September 8, 1864, at Cincinnati, Ohio, mustered in September 9, 1864, Mustered out June 18, 1865, at Chattarnooga Tenn.

Louis Piepho, 7th., Missouri 7th., Cavalry Company E.
No record found.

Henry Piepho ( peippo ), 8th., Minn., Infantry, Company B.
No record found.

No. 11. Report of Captain Carlo Piepho, One hundred and eighth Ohio Infantry.

GENERAL: Allow me to state to you the part which the One hundred and eighth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry took in the battle at Hartsville, Tenn., on December 7, 1862.

The One hundred and eighth, which formed a part of the Thirty-ninth Brigade, was encamped on the west side of the brigade, forming the right flank of the battle-line. The camp of the brigade, which was situated on a rocky hill, about 1 miles from Hartsville, rested, to its left, on a very steep and rocky bank of the Cumberland, close to a ford, which ford was protected by two pieces of artillery; in front of the camp, a dense grove of beech wood; on the right, the turnpike leading from Hartsville to Lebanon. Another ford in the Cumberland, between the camp and town, was left without protection. The outposts were thrown out about a half mile from camp, and formed a line from the bank of the Cumberland about one-half mile above camp to another point of the river bank, about one-half mile below. There were no outposts or vedettes posted on the opposite side of the river, where several roads connected at the above-mentioned ford, between camp and town. The road leading from Hartsville to Gallatin was also left without protection.

Soon after reveille, on Sunday morning, December 7, a negro servant of one of the officers of the One hundred and eighth ran into camp, shouting at the top of his voice, "The rebels are coming." I ordered the long-roll to beat, formed my battalion in line, and went out in front with Companies A and B, which two companies I threw out as skirmishers. I found the enemy thrown up in line of battle on the summit of a low hill, ready to rush on us, in shooting range of our camp. The rest of the battalion (five companies) I left command of Adjutant Huhn, of the One hundred and eighth, and sent word to him to follow me as reserve, and take position on a place to the left of our regimental camp, but by mistake the order was not communicated verbally, so he took position on the extreme right, and soon was in close contact with the rebels.

The position he took was good, but I could not thereby accomplish my intention of charging the enemy at the point of the bayonet. By this time the two other regiments of infantry (One hundred and sixth Ohio and One hundred and fourth Illinois) formed in line, and the action began to become very lively. The enemy opened his batteries, throwing a great mass of shells and canister. Our artillery took position on the left of our line, and opened on the enemy. Soon the line of skirmishers, which protected our left, fell back behind the artillery, by which movement the artillery was exposed and soon disabled. My battalion held its position firmly for about one hour, when the commander of the brigade waved a white handkerchief and surrendered. Our left wing broke, and I came pretty near being outflanked. I now changed front toward our right, from which direction the enemy came rushing in on the Hartsville road. Under a heavy fire, the enemy demanded my surrender, which I denied; but soon I was compelled to fall back to a small creek, on the right of the Hartsville road, where I made another stand. By this time the enemy had full possession of our camps, Colonel Moore having surrendered before I knew anything about it.

The position I held on the creek above mentioned I soon found totally surrounded by the enemy. Here I was demanded the second time to surrender, and, seeing that I could not accomplish anything with the small force which was left to me, I finally consented to the demand.

My command numbered, besides myself and my adjutant, 4 captains, 7 lieutenants, and 400 enlisted men. (The rest of the officers were disabled by sickness to take part in the action.) They all showed a bravery and gallantry unexpected for new troops. The arms which were used by my command were the Austrian rifle, an army totally worthless,and condemned on different occasions, the locks of said guns having springs of so weak construction that many of the men had to snap the cock three or more times before the piece would discharge. The men also were provided with ammunition a good deal too large for the pieces; the caliber of the guns .58, and that of the ammunition .54. Notwithstanding these calamities, the men stood like veterans, and most of them fired 20 to 25 rounds. Our loss was 66 killed, wounded and missing.*

Your most obedient servant, CARLO PIEPHO, Captain, Comdg. One hundred and eighth Regiment Ohio Vol. Infty.

Note. Captain Carlo Piepho, would later be promoted to Lietenant Colonel, of the 108th., Illinois.
Following the name of Piepho can be confusing so I will give you a break down of the names.

Colonel Carlo Piepho=Peipho.
Christian Piepho=Phipho.
Henry Piepho=Peippo.

I put these alternate names through a search and this is what I found.

There is only one Peipho and that's Colonel Carlo Piepho=Peipho, his info can be found in the first part of this page.

Although Christian Piepho, has alternate spelling of Phipho, I couldn't any other Phipho's in the Civil War.

Henry Piepho alternate spelling is Peippo, I found there was only one Peippo in the Civil War and this is what I found.

Now this name of Peippo can get confusing real fast but I will try to break it down so you can follow this line.  In the roster he is under the name of Peippy but his info is recorded under the name of Puppo.  Now he also has a alternate spelling which is Puppe and I will put that informantion after his information.

P U P P O , A N D R E W . — Age, 38 years. Enlisted at Thirteenth congressional district, to serve tbree years, and mustered in as private, Co. C, June 21, 1864; transferred to Co. D, J u l y 4, 1864; to Co. D, Sixty-fifth Infantry, September 1, 1864, as Pieppo; also borne as Anders Peippy.

Ernst Puppe, Sergeant, 82nd., Illinois Ifantry, Ifantry company E.
Although he is recorded as being in company E., he was not found on any company rosters.

Ernest Puppe, 75th., Pennsylvania Infantry, Sergeant, Mustered August 9, 1861. Promoted to Sergeant, December, 1862; transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps, March 3, 1864.

Joseph Puppe, Private, 30th., Massachusetts, Infantry, Company K., age 30, was a weaver; Enlisted and mustered September 17, 1864.  Reported to have been killed October 19, 1864, at Cedar Creek, Virrginia.
He wasn't on the rosters as Puppe but Puppee.

I followed all the alternate names will they lead back to my sisters family she may never know, but it was fun and insteresting following the line of names.