Friday, March 16, 2012

General Samuel Bell "Sam" Maxey

General Samuel Bell "Sam"

Civil War Confederate Major General. Maxey was born in Tompkinsville, Kentucky. Maxey served in the West and led Native Americans troops in Indian Territory. Maxey attended West Point and graduated in 1846, second to last in a class of 59. He was sent immediately to fight in the Mexican War. He fought at the Battle of Cerro Gordo, and he resigned his commission after the war to study law in Kentucky.

In 1857, he moved to Texas and became active in politics. When the war began, he raised a regiment, the 9th Texas Infantry, and took his unit to fight in Mississippi. Maxey was promoted to brigadier general in March 1862 and his force participated in the Vicksburg campaign before aiding in the defense of Port Hudson, Louisiana. He was fortunate to avoid capture when those locations fell into Union hands, and Maxey was shipped to assist in the Confederate siege of Chattanooga in September 1863. While there, Maxey received a promotion to commander of Indian Territory.

In 1864, he worked to recruit and train members of the Cherokee, Creek, and Choctaw tribes. On April 18, 1864, troops under Maxey's command attacked a Union wagon train at Poison Springs, Arkansas. They routed the federal force, which was led by the 1st Kansas Colored Regiment.
After the war, Maxey continued to support his Native American friends when he served in the U.S. Senate and was an outspoken advocate of Indian rights.

Birth: Mar. 30, 1825.
Death: Aug. 16, 1895.

Rice Maxey (1800 - 1878)
Lucy Pope Bell Maxey (1794 - 1866)

Wife: Marilda Cass Denton Maxey (1833 - 1908)

Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Paris Lamar County, Texas.

General William Steele.

General William Steele.

Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. He graduated from West Point in 1840, was commissioned an officer in the 2nd Dragoons and served in Florida during the Seminole War. At the outbreak of the Civil Warm, he resigned his commission in Army and was commissioned Colonel of the 7th Texas Cavalry. Promoted Brigadier General in September, 1862, he took part in the Confederate New Mexico-Arizona operations and was in charge of the Indian Territory until the close of the war. After the war, he served as Adjutant General of Texas, 1874 to 1879 and reorganized the Texas Militia.

Birth: May 1, 1819
Death: Jan. 12, 1885
Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas.

General Stand Watie.

General Stand Watie.

Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. Born near present day Rome, Georgia he was a controversial leader of the Cherokee Nation and a hero of the Confederate cause. He supported the removal of the Cherokee Nation to Oklahoma and became bitter enemies of his fellow Cherokees who opposed the move. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he joined the Confederate Army, he was commissioned as a colonel and raised a regiment of Cherokee fighters. In 1862, the Colonel was named the principal chief of the Confederate Cherokees. During the war he led his troops into eighteen battles and guided them into many more raids behind Union lines.

His raids were so effective that it forced hundreds of Union troops to be tied to the West at a time they were desperately needed to fight in the East. In 1864 his regiment captured a Union steam boat and seized over a million dollars worth of supplies from Union forces. Later that year he was made a brigadier general, the only Native American to achieve that rank during the Civil War. He surrendered to Union forces on June 23, 1865, reportedly the last Confederate general to lay down his arms.

Birth: Dec. 12, 1806.
Death: Sep. 9, 1871.
Burial: Polson Cemetery, Delaware County, Oklahoma.

General Benjamin "Ben" McCulloch.

General Benjamin "Ben" McCulloch.

Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. He was born in Rutherford County, Tennessee, and was the brother of Confederate Brigadier General Henry Eustace McCulloch. He followed his neighbor Davy Crockett to Texas and became one of the most colorful and popular figures of early Texas history. He fought at the Battle of San Jacinto, served in the Texas Republic Congress, became a surveyor in the new republic, and was a leader in the Texas Rangers. Commissioned a Brigadier General in the Confederate Army on April 11, 1861, he was placed in command of Indian Territory.

He obtained the Cherokees' promise to fight for the Confederacy and authorized Stand Watie to organize a Cherokee force. As commander of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas troops operating in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri, he led Confederate forces against Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon's Union troops at the Battle of Wilson's Creek, on August 10, 1861. He personally led 2 companies of Louisiana infantry in a charge that captured 5 guns of Colonel Franz Sigel's command and routed the Union force. Because of casualties and lack of ammunition, his forces did not follow up their advantage.
He was a frontier fighter with little regard for formal military protocol or theory and usually wore a black velvet suit in the field. He feuded with Major General Sterling Price, with whom he was teamed at Wilson's Creek and other engagements. Friction between the two was eased by the appointment of Major General Earl Van Dorn as commander of the Trans-Mississippi District early in 1862. Price, Brigadier General Albert Pike, and himself were Van Dorn's top commanders at the Battle of Pea Ridge in Arkansas on March 7 and 8, 1862.

On the morning of March 7 he rode forward to reconnoiter enemy positions and was killed by enemy sharpshooter fire. His death was a contributing factor in the Confederate defeat at Pea Ridge, which gave the Union control of northern Arkansas and southern Missouri. At the time of his death he was the second ranking Confederate Brigadier General. McCulloch County in Texas is named in his honor.

Birth: Nov. 11, 1811.
Death: Mar. 7, 1862.
Burial: Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas.

Illinois Men Killed & Wounded-Black Hawk War.

There is not a lot of information here, but those looking into these family lines may find the information helpful.

Samuel Bowman, Second Lieutenant, Greene County, Enlisted June 19, 1838, Killed in battle August 21, 1838.

Thomas J. Short, Private, Randolph County, Enlisted May 24, 1838, Killed July 21, 1838.

Joseph Draper, Private, Bloomington County, Enlisted April 23, 1838, Killed in battle, May 14, 1838.

John G. Adams, Captain, Pekin Illinois, Enlisted April 27, 1838, Killed in battle May 14, 1838.

David Kreeps, Private, Pekin Illinois, Enlisted April 27, 1838, Killed in battle May14, 1838.

Zadock Mendinall, Private, Pekin Illinois, Enlisted April 27, 1838, Killed in battle May 14, 1838.

Isaac Perkins, Private, Pekin Illinois, Enlisted April 27, 1838, Killed in battle May 14, 1838.

William Brown, Private, Danville, Enlisted May 12, 1838, Killed in battle June 16, 1838.
William Boxley, Private, JoDaviess County, Enlisted May 19, 1838, Killed in battle July 1, 1838.
John Waters, Second Sergeant, Enlisted April 28, 1838, Killed in battle May 14, 1838.
G. W. Hereleroad, Private, JoDaviess County, Enlisted May 26, 1838, Killed by Indians at Apple River, June 24, 1838.
Benjamin Scott, Private, St. Clair County, Enlisted May 27, 1838, Killed June 16, 1838.
William B. Makenson, Private, St. Clair County, Enlisted May 27, 1838, Killed June 16, 1838.

Benjamin McDaniel, Private, St. Clair County, Enlisted May 27, 1838, Killed June 16, 1838.

James Thompson, Private, Lawrence County, Enlisted June16, 1838, Wounded, left at Hosp., Dixon's August 2, 1838.
Andrew McCormick, Private, Randolph County, Enlisted June 4, 1838, wounded in battle.
Armstead Jones, Private, Randolph County, Enlisted May 25, 1838, Wounded in battle July 21, 1838.
Jesse Dickey, Private, Macon County, Enlisted April 24, 1838, Wounded.
Putman Reading, Sergeant, Fulton County, Enlisted April 21, 1838, Wounded in battle on Sycamore Creek, May 14, 1838.
Malcomb Smith, Private, Enlisted May 19, 1838, Wounded.
Edwin Welch, Private, Enlisted May 19, 1838, Wounded.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Interesting People Of The Revolutionary War.

The other day I was going through the records of the Revoltionary War, and found some interesting facts on people who frought in that war.  These names are here because I found their name interesting or their Information.  I will have no other information other what's provided here.

Daniel Bolton, Private, Illinois Volunteers, entitled to 200 acres of land.  He after serving as a volunteer, enlisted in the Illinois regiment and deserted.  Nevertheless, he is entitled to the bounty land promised to the Illinois Volunteers.
Note.  I find this statement interesting, one would think if you deserted you would get nothing.

William Beckwith, Organization not shown.  Enlisted in 1777 for one year, also served later, about two years in all.  Married Martha Elder at St. Mary's College, Emmettsburg Maryland.  His wife died at Emmettsburg, Maryland, with his son moved to Ohio, where the father died September 15, 1839, there were four children; Tobias who died prior to 1850; Ellen who also died prior to 1850; Richard, who was not heard from after 1819, which it was thought he went to sea; Rebecca, who claimed to be the only heir.

Thomas Bennett, Motross, Organization not shown.  Resided in Hector, New York, then Newfield, New York, for one year.  Died in Newfield, no widow.  Mary West was the only living child in 1854.

Henry Boas, Private, Organization not shown.  Married in 1788 in Baltimre County, Maryland to Dorothy----, She died March 12, 1839, he died on March 4, 1838, in Jackson County Indiana.  The following children were surving in 1857: Henry, Peter,Jacob, Elizabeth wife of James Mitchell, George and Polly, widow of Thomas Carr.  Thomas Carr died March 10, 1847.  In his will Henry Boas left to each of his children 37 and a half cents, except to Polly who had the residue of his property, and she was to care for her mother.

Francis Ditte, Rank and organiztion not shown.  Drew a pension of $80., per an. payable with Ohio agency.  Died June 16, 1841, leaving a widow who was still living in 1850.  He had resided in Northumberland County Pennsylvania, the place of his nativity, and for thirteen years previous to his death he lived in Setteea County Ohio.

Benjamin Edmondson, Lieutenant 2nd., Virginia, State Regiment.  Served three years and his service terminated February 6, 1782.  Fought a duel and killed an officer named Holmes.  Granted 2,666 acres of land.  Married Margaret Harwood, widow of Samuel Harwood, of Weyancah, Charles City County, Virginia, whose daughter Margaret W. Married Robet Munford.  The latter died prior to 1838.  The will of Margaret Edmondson, the soldier's widow names two daughters: Ann and Margaret Woddrop Harwood.  The soldier left a sister, Elizabeth Edmondson, who married Henry Edloe, and had a son William Edloe, her only heir.

Isaac Hamestreet, his widow Mary Hamestreet, who died March 25, 1856; was buried in Lorain New York March 26, 1856; was said to have resided for 8 years previous to her death in Jefferson County, New York, and previous to that Wis.  The year of her death is also given as 1858, but the daughter later makes affidavit yhat this was a mistake, and that the correct year was 1956.  Mary Hamestreet, left only one child at her death, who was Eleanor Miller, and that later claimed the unpaid pension due her mother.

Johathan Ingraham, died April 19, 1847, in New Ashford, Berkshire County, Mass.  His six Surving children were: Elihu, John, Abigail, David, and Hepsibeth Campbell and Sally Elliott.

Abrahan Keller, Captain Virginia State Regiment.  This regiment was disbanded in December 1781.  Keller was killed by indians in April 1786.  In 1833Colonel Benjamin Whaly stated that Abraham Keller was wounded at a place now called"Shipping Post," below the falls of the Ohio; this he knew because he dressed his wound with his own hands.  On December 13, 1844, William R. Todd of Arkansas, was appointed Admr.  Abraham Keller, heir of Captain Abraham Keeler died in Bourbon County Kentucky, in 1839, his children were: Jacob, Elizabeth who married John Edwards Sr., Solomon, Rebecca who married John Snell, Abraham, Minerva wife of John Keysar died leaving an only child, Margaret, Margaret ( Keller ) who married John Edwards Jr., Nancy who married William H. Thomas, Joseph, Isaac, Noah and John.

Benjamin Field, Ensign in Slaughter's Corps, General Clark's Regiment.  He commanded his company at the falls of the Ohio.  Part of the company was under Lieutenant Thomas Ravranscroft and started for Boone's station on the Kentucky River, but they were attacked twice by indians, and the whole command slain.  When Field retired, he was commissioned by Thomas Jefferson as Captain Light Dragoons, Illinois Regiment, Virginia State Troops, May 28, 1781, in the Western Army.  He died January 2, 1842, in Daviess County, Kentucky, Leaving a widow Mildred Field and a son William field.

Garland Burnley, Captain, Cont'l.  appearsto have been in service with exception of time when in minute service ( When under the circumstance, should not be taken in to the estimate ), from January 18, 1779 to June 18, 1781.  No proof of his having served three years, and therefore he does not appear to be entitle to any land.  It is probable other evidence may hereafter supply the dsficiency of evidence of public documents.

John Crittenden, Brigade Major, recevied land as Lieutenant for service of six years and four months, and is not entitle to an allowance as a Brigade Major.

James Gray, Lieutenant, Navy, reported as in a list of officers of the navy entitle to half pay made by a board of officers in 1784, commanded the Glpucester a prison ship, was called Captain Gray.  In service from February 27, 1776, till his death in the latter part of the year1783.  His heirs are entitle to land for a service of more then seven years, to the end of the war.

William Berry, Rank and organization not shown, resided Mercer County, Ohio, later of Allen County, Indiana.  Died January 17, 1842.  Widow not living in 1852, but there were surviving children as followa:  William, George and Jane Manning.

 John Blair, Rank and organization not shown, Died April 3, 1843, children were: Elenor, Joseph, Elizabeth, James, Mary, Nancy and Martha.  Only surviving child in 1856, was Elizabeth Markin, od Adams County, Ohio.

Francis Thompson, Private, 3 years service, Deed, ( Dolly Tuell late Dolly Thompson and Sally Tuell, daughter of Robert Tuell and Elizabeth his late wife who was Elizabeth Thompson.  Surviving heirs of. )

Reuben Thomas, Sergeant, 3 years service, The legal heir and Rep. of Edward Thomas, Jesse Thomas, Rebecca Thomas wife of Joseph Thomas, Evy Patterson wife of John Patterson, late Evy Thomas half sister to said Reuben and Polly Tindall, wife of Thomas Tindall.  Late Polly Thomas, half sister to said Reuben, in the following proportion, Viz; to said Evy Patterson and Polly Tindall, one eighth each, and to said Edward, Jesse and Rebecca, one quarter each.

William Armisted, Pay-master, in Major John Nelson's Corps, of Virginia State Cavalry.  Discharged February 1783; Died November 22, 1822, in Elizabeth City County, Virginia.  Date of his death is also shown as 1832.

William Cornett, Private, organization not shown, Kentucky.  Deid November 26, 1839, in Perry County, Kentucky.  Widow was Mary Ann Cornett, and in 1843, she removed to Letcher County, Kentucky.

Samuel Crawley, Captain, in Virginia State Artillery, commanded by Colonel Thomas Marshall.  Died at Williamsburg, Virginia, date not shown, leaving several children.  He was at Little York just before the surrender, but was not present at the surrender.  The will of his widow, Ann E. Lake, is on fiel, by which she gives money and furniture to her grand-daughter, Betsey C. Ware.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Albert L. Hall.

Finding a before and after picture is always a great prize for me.  I call them before and after pictures because that's just what they are, one side shows him in his uniform and the other side shows him in later life.  This is a picture of Albert L. Hall, there's not a lot of information him but I decided to put up his picture and the little information I have on him.  I know those looking into his family line and finding a picture of him will be a great prize for them.

Albert L. Hall, was born in BlueHill, Maine, Age 21, Residence Cornish.  Enlisted in the 2nd., New Hampshire Infantry Company I., April 28, 1861, for 3 months, but was not mustered in, re-enlisted May 21, 1861, for 3 years, mustered in June 7, 1861.  Captured July 21, 1861, at Bull Run, Virginia, paroled May 24, 1862.  Discharged July 2, 1862.  P. O. Address Newport.  In 1880, was working as a clerk.
Note.  The reason he was captured, he was trying to help a comrade John L. Rice back to the rear, they both were captured.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Harriet Patience Dame.

Harriet P. Dame.
Taken in the field.
 Harriet Patience Dame, was bron 1815, North Barnstead, New Hampsphire, she was a nurse in Concord (NH) when the Civil War began. The Second Regiment of Volunteer Infantry began forming in April 1861, in response to President Lincoln's call for ninety-day enlistments. By May the administration had changed its mind about the duration of the War, and the majority of the Second Regiment's men reenlisted for the requested three-year period, during the first week of June 1861.

Harriet Dame wanted to accompany the Second Regiment as nurse to the unit. The doctors in Concord said she could not leave her position there, and the Regiment completed training at Portsmouth (NH) and headed for the troop train on June 20, 1861. A month later on July 21, 1861, the Second Regiment was fighting in The First Battle of Bull Run, within sight of Washington, D.C. It was a rude introduction to the carnage of the Civil War, for both the spectators who had come down from Washington for the day, as well as the combatants. The Second Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteers' Colonel, Hon. Gilman Marston, who had resigned his seat in the United States Congress for the glory of war, was severely wounded. Overall, the losses to the Second New Hampshire that day were 7 killed, 56 wounded and 46 missing. Nurse Harriet Dame, who had by now caught up with "her boys", had a sudden immersion in the catastrophe of battlefield medicine.

Harriet Dame stayed with the Second Regiment throughout the Civil War, except when on duty at field hospitals. Between 1861 - 1865 the Second Regiment marched more than 6,000 miles, fought in more than 20 pitched battles, and lost more than 1,000 of the 3,000 men who signed up or were assigned to the Second. Harriet Dame's fame as nurse on the front lines spread far and wide. She repeatedly declined high government office to recruit more nurses; twice captured in battle, she was promptly released with apologies and high praise by her captors.

Harriet P. Dame.
Taken in later life.

After the War the New Hampshire Legislature voted $500 to Miss Dame for extraordinary public service. She used the funds to build a summer cottage for the Second New Hampshire's veterans at The Weirs, a resort town on Lake Winnipesaukee. In 1867 the federal government awarded Miss Dame a job as a pension clerk in The Treasury, Washington, D.C., and she held that position for twenty-eight years until she broke both legs during 1895 and became an invalid.

Returning to Concord for her last years, Harriet Dame died April 24, 1900. Governor Frank Rollins and long lines of state militia participated in her funeral ceremony. In 1901 the State Legislature appropriated money so that the State House portrait might be painted. Harriet Dame's portrait is the first portrait of a woman to be hung in the State House. The City of Concord also named a school in her honor.

Charles Henry Lothrop.

Charles H. Lothrop.

Charles Henry Lothrop, was born September 3, 1831, at Taunton, Massachusetts, would die on February 6, 1890. His wife Sarah Virginie Naille or Nail, was born December 26, 1840, at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. They were married on May 6, 1873, although his wife first name was Sarah, she always went by Virginie, there were no children recorded. He enlisted in the First Iowa Cavalry, and commissioned Additional Assistant Surgeon, May 14, 1862, later to become Surgeon.

Sarah Virginie Naille.

There is so much written about him I couldn't write any more to do him justice, he himself did not like to write about himself when he wrote the history of the regiment, he felt that maybe too much lamlight would be placed on him and not on others who he felt deserved it more.

If you would like to learn more about him and the regiment read his Book; ( History of the First Iowa Cavalry ) wretten by Charles H. Lothrop, Pub. 1890. This book was printed a few weeks before his death. You can find and read this book on line.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Andrew Campbell shoots General John H. Morgan.

Andrew Campbell.

The true story of the  killing of General John H. Margon, may never be know as there was so much confusion on that morning of September 4, 1864.  The Union soldiers learnd where Morgan was staying, he was spening the night at the residence of Catharine D. Williams who was a family member from Morgan wife's side.  Morgan and his staff were awaken from the noice and steped out into the court yard and found the house surrounded and hurried back in side.  Now the story from the reb's ponit of view was the Morgan's staff told him they should wait for reinforcements, Morgan said, "They will be to late, and I will not be taken prisoner again."  After a few minutes Morgan and some of the staff made a break for the back of the house.  Morgan and a staff member took cover under the porch.  The man with Morgan saw a horse unatended and made a break for it and made his escape.

At this time I would like to say there's always two sides to a story.  The reb's said when Morgan left the house he was unarmed.

Liuetenant John M. Wilcox and Corporal Burehfield were just rounding the Williams house when they saw a man running from the Williams summer house, Wilcox called for him to halt, the man fired a shot at them and started to run.  Wilcox gave the command again to halt and surrender, but the man went into the grapevines and soon was gone.  Wilcox and the Corporal did not shoot as their guns were not loaded.  Private Andrew Campbell was on Depot Street when he saw the man entered the street, Campbell was some 40 or 50 yards away when he took a shot at him from his horse and missed.  Campbell dismounted and placing his gun on the fence and fired again.  The man threw up his hands and was heard to say, "O God", and fell forward on his face, give one or two gasps and was dead.

Here again the reb's story was that when Morgan found no escape, threw up his hands and said, "I'm a prisoner of war, I'm a prisoner of war." then Campbell rode up to him and shot him dead.   

General John H. Morgan

General Morgan's body was put on a horse and taken out of town about a mile,there he was put on a blanket and put under guard.  No one know it was Morgan at the time all they know they were chasing a man with no coat and running in his shirt sleeves. The only ones that knew it was Morgan was the men of Company G., and some from Company I., Morgan's identity was discover when they went to recover his body.  After the body was identify as General Morgan by command it was plced in a ambulance and taken back to were Morgan's staff was being held, and there he was redressed by his staff and placed in a coffin.

The reb's told another story they say after General Morgan was killed he was placed on a hores and paraded up and down the street in an undignified manner.   

After General Morgan was dress he was placed back into the coffin and loaded on to a wagon, an under a flag of truce was taken to his family to be buried.

General John H. Morgan's Guns.

Through the years there have been people saying they had Morgan's gun or guns, in fact this may be true, but they were not thy true guns.  After Morgan's men were captured all the guns were taken from the reb's and these guns were after called Morgan's guns.  General Morgan's Guns were navy colts and they were found on his body or near it, they were either siver mount or had siver plate.  On them was an inscrpition: "Presented to Gen. Hardee By Colonel Colt."  It was said the pistols were presented to General Morgan by Gen. Hardee.  This statement may be true and then it may not.  The author who wrote the History of the 13th., was looking confirmation of this statement at the time of its printing.

Those of you who would like to read more about the events of the killing General John H. Morgan, can do so by reading; "History of the Thirteenth Regiment, Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry" by Samuel W. Scott, Pub. 1903.  This book can be found and read on line.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Lieutenant John M. Wilcox, 13th., Tenn., Cavalry.

John M. Wilcox.
  Lieutenant Wilcox was born in Carter County, Tennessee, in 1845, and spent most of his life there.  He is the eldest son of later Major Christopher C. Wilcox.  Though a very young man he took an active part in the Carter county, rebellion and was arrested and imprisoned for his activity in the Union cause.  He enlisted in Company G., Thirteenth Tennessee Cavalry, September 24, 1863; was appointed Sergeant October 28, 1863, and promoted to Second Lieutenant March 13, 1863.  He was in every march, battle and campain in which the company or regiment was engaged as far as we can recall.  He acted a conspiceuous part in the killing of General Morgan at Greeneville, Tenn., September 4, 1864.

Maj. C. C. Wilcox.

He was detailed as acting Aid-de-camp on Colonel Miller's staff on the last Stoneman raid.  He was a brave, active and intelligent young officer, alwaysable for duty and willing to do his duty in the face of any danger.  He returned to Elizabeth, Tennessee, and married Miss Margaret P. Baker of that place Junary 10, 1866.  Three sons and three daughters were born to them; Charles R., Frank N., and Roy B., ; The three daughters were; Mary Lydia, Sarah Folsom, and Mamie Lynn, all of whom are living, but Mary Lydia who died in May 1, 1889.  Lieutenant Wilcox aand his wife have successfully conducted the popular hotel known as the "Wilcox House," at Elizabeth, Tennessee, for many years.