Saturday, May 26, 2012

Miles Moore, 54th., Mass., Infantry ( Colored )

I have very little on Miles Moore, if you would like to add to his information write me and I will be glad to add his information.

Milles Moore, Musician, Age 16, Single, Occupation Laborer, Enlisted from Elmira, New York, April 29, 1863, Mustered out August 20, 1865, as a Musician, State bounty $50.  His pay was $20., per month.

Update November 28, 2012.

The following information was given by Bob McKay.

Miles Moore was my grand mother, Edna Mabel Moore's Grandfather. Miles was married to Ardele Moore, lived in New Orleans after the war and had three kids The middle son Richard fathered my grandmother. According to Miles muster records he was paid $7 a month as were all the "colored" troops in the 54th. Records also indicate that he was "owed $100 bounty" when he mustered out but no indication that he received it. Miles was listed as an "invalid " in 1897 and Ardele was granted a pension, then granted death benefits in 1904. He died back in NY. For more detailed info on Miles and other young Civil War recruits see G. Clifton Wisler's "When Johnny Went Marching".

Friday, May 25, 2012

John Ailshire, War Of 1812 & Civil War, Ohio.

If you have any information on him and would like to post it here let my know.

John Ailshire, was a Private in Captain Calvin Sheppard's Ohio,Militia.  Enlisted August 9, 1812, Discharged February 26, 1813.  Also a Private in Captain John Roadamous Company, Ohio, Militia, Enlisted August 1, 1813, Discharged August 9, 1813.  He served as a substitute for David Knapp, of Captain Roadamour's Company.  John Ailshire, was also in the Civil War as a Private, in the 7th., Indpt. Battery, Ohio, Light Artillery.  ( It should be noted here that he was not found on any Artillery Regiment rosters, however it is recorded that he received a pension. )

John Ailshire, married June Dotson, on June 6, 1813, Gallia County Ohio.  His residence for the year of 1850, was Wilkesville Township, Vinton County, Ohio.  His Redisence for the year of 1855, was Jackson County, Ohio., and his redisence for the year of 1871, was Chillicothe, Po., Schooley's station, Ross County, Ohio.  John Ailshire died about 1881.

William Britt & Andrew ( D.? ) Crow, War of 1812.

William Britt, was a private in Captain John Field's Company Virginia Militia.  Enlisted August 31, 1814, disharged February 23, 1815.  Sold his first wife Anna Barnett, Sold his second Wife Mary Polly Bruffy, who he had married on May 23, 1839, Albemarls, County Va., Married his third wife Moaning Bishop, June 1, 1864.  His residence for the years of 1851, 1855 and 1871, Albemarle, County, PO. Charlottesville Virginia.  William Britt, died on November 29, 1873, Albemarle, County, Virginia.  His wife Moaning Bishop Britt, died January 30, 1908.

Andrew ( D. ? ) Crow, was a Private, in Joseph Frank's , Company Kentucky Militia.  Enlisted November 10, 1814, discharged May 10, 1815.  Sold his first wife Betsy King, married his second wife Milley Brown, on December 2, 1823, Jefferson County, Kentucky.  His residence for the years of 1850, 1855 and 1871, was Floydsburg, PO. Beard's station Oldham, County, Kentucky.  Andrew ( D. ? ) Crow, died on June 29, 1879, Floydsburg, Oldham County, Kentucky.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sergeant William Shakespeare 2nd. Michigan Infantry.


He enlisted April 12, 1S61, at the age of seventeen, was assigned to the Color Guard as Color Corporal March 18, 1862, was promoted Sergeant in his company May 27, 1862, and First Sergeant March 1, 1863. Was severely wounded at Jackson, Miss., July 11, 1863. Honorably discharged on surgeon's certificate of disability, after having participated with his regiment in seventeen hard fought battles from Blackburn's Ford and Bull Run to Vicksburg.

The above portrait, although a reproduction from an old and faded photo of 1862, still shows the great intelligence and determined will power of this brave young soldier, that on occasions amounted to such an obstinate and determined spirit, that no amount of suffering could subdue, as the following incident will show. In the gallant charge of his regiment at Jackson, Miss., July 11, 1883, he was wounded through both legs near the hips, having both thighs fractured; while lying there on the battlefield, with these painful wounds, he had several more bullets fired into his body. When carried off the battlefield to the field hospital, and a consultation over his case was held by our surgeons, it was concluded by them that his wounds were mortal and his case hopeless. Our surgeon, Dr. Henry Clelland of  Detroit then said to him: "I don't want to alarm you unnecessarily, but you have only a few hours to live, still you may live a few days, but I can't give you any encouragement." He feebly responded that he thought it was not so bad. A short time afterwards the surgeon came to him with a letter, saying to him that he had "written to his mother of his unfortunate condition; was there any final message to add." He insisted on seeing that letter.  Finally the surgeon read it to him. Said he, "Doctor, I want to add a few words to it."  "Why," said the surgeon, "do you think you can write?" "Why, yes, I think I can scrawl out a few words if you will prop me up," and they complied with his request. After propping him up he added to that letter these words: "Do not be alarmed, dear mother, the doctor is mistaken. I am going to get well and come back to you." Some time after he was brought up to the general hospital at Cincinnati, Ohio, where he lay for nine long months on his back in an agony of suffering, unable to stir from one side to the other, and during all that time the doctors were in doubt about his final recovery. Rut the obstinate determination not to die but to come back to that dear mother pulled him through to final recovery.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

54th., Massachusett ( Colored ) Infantry.

There is a lot of interest in the African American in the Civil War.  To find informaion on these men is not to hard, but to find pictures is a little harder.  Here you will find six African Americans.  These pictures are from the Regimental History, there are more pictures but many are not very good to dark but not for skin color but for other reason.  If one of these men is part of your family and you would like a copy there is no need to ask just copy away.

Note.  The information will be in the order of the pictures read from left to right.

Company I.

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Jeremiah Rolls, First Sergeant, Age 22, Single, Occupation Boatman, Enlisted at Cincinnati, Ohio, April 28, 1863, Mustered out August 20, 1865. State bounty $50.  Reported dead. 

Abram C. Simms, Corporal, Age 20, Single, Occupation farmer, Enlisted at Oxford, Ohio, April 28, 1863, Mustered out August 20, 1865.  State bounty $50.  Last known address Oxfrod Ohio.

George Lipscomb, Corporal, Sergeant, Age 23, Single, Occupation Boatman, Enlisted at Cincinnati, Ohio, April 28, 1863, Mustered out August 20, 1865.  State bounty $50.  Reported dead.

Thomas Bowman, Sergeant, Age 27, Single, Occupation Trader, Enlisted at Cincinnati, Ohio, April 28, 1863, Mustered out August 20, 1865.  Wounded February 20, 1864, at Olustee, Fla.  State bounty $50.  Reported dead.

Company K.

Isom Ampey, Private, Age 21, Single, Occpation Farmer, Enlisted at Newport Ind., May 12, 1863, Mustered out August 20, 1865.  State bounty $50.  Last known address Goblesville, Mich.

Non Commissioned officers.

John H. Wilson, Sergeant Major, Age 23, Married, Occupation Painter, Enlisted at Cincinnati, Ohio, April 14, 1863, Company G., Sergeant May 10, 1863, Sergeant Major April 9, 1864, Mustered out August 20, 1865.  Wounded July 18, 1863, at Fort Wagner.  State bounty $50.  Last known address Toledo, Ohio.

Note.  All colored enlisted men were given a State bounty of $50 dollars, plus their pay of $20 dollars per month.

Sergeant William Jasper, Rev. War.

The gallantry displaded by the heroic William Jasper, during the battle of Sullivan's Island, cannot be passed over in silence. It has been frequently recorded ; but while I notice the achievements of men of superior grade, his intrepidity, inhanced by his extreme modesty, demands my warmest encomium. The Flag Staff of  the Fort having been shot away very early in the action, Jasper leaped down upon the beach, took up the Flag, fixed it to a spunge staff, and, regardless of the incessant firing of the shipping, mounted and planted it on the rampart.

Governor Rutledge, in testimony of his admiration of so distinguished an act of heroism, presented him a Sword, and offered him a Commission. The first he gratefully accepted, but declined the last. " Were 1 made an Officer," he modestly said, " my comrades would be constantly blushing for my ignorance, and I should be unhappy, feeling my own inferiority. I have no ambition for higher rank than that of a Sergeant."

Through every subsequent period of the war, his conduct was exemplary ; but, in the details which I have seen, carries too much the air of romance, to be dwelt upon. He was a perfect Proteus, in ability to alter his appearance ; perpetually entering the camp of the enemy, without detection, and invariably returning to his own, with soldiers he had seduced, or  prisoners he had captured.

During the attack at Savannah, he appeared at the head of the assailants, he seized the colours of his regiment, which had fallen from the hands of the Lieutenant who bore them ; but receiving, himself, a mortal wound, returned them, and retiring, but reached the American encampment to expire.

NoteThere will be some missspelling on this report, but its still  readable.

General, then Captain Horry, relates the following Incident: "I commanded an eighteen pounder in the left wing of the fort. Above my gun on the rampart, was a large American flag hung on a very Ligli mast, formerly of a ship ; the men of war directing their fire thereat, it was, from their shot, so wounded, as to fall, with the colors, over the fort. Sergeant Jasper of the grenadiers leaped over the ramparts, and deliberately walked the whole length of the fort, until he came to the colors on theextremity of the left, when he cut off the same from the mast, and called to me for a sponge staff, and with a thick cord tied on the colors and stuck the staff on the rampart in the sand. The sergeant fortunately received no hurt, though exposed for a considerable time, to the enemy's fire. Governor Hutledge, after the battle, as a reward, took his small sword from his side, and in presence of many officers, presented it to Sergeant Jasper, telling him to wear it in remembrance of the 28th June, and in remembrance of him. He also offered Jasper a lieutenant's commission, but as he could neither read nor write, he modestly refused to accept it, saying, " he was not fit to keep officers' company, being only bred a Sergeant."

Note.  Sergeant William Jasper, of Captain Dunbar s Company, so renowned for his feats of daring bravery, while planting the American colors on the parapets of Spring Hill redoubt, was pierced with a ball, and fell into the ditch. Before he died he said to Major Horry, " Tell Mrs. Elliott I lost my life in supporting the colors eibe presented to our regiment."

Monday, May 21, 2012

Captain Solomon Preuitt.

Solomon PREUITT was born on 7 Jan 1790 in Abington, Washington, VA. He died on 9 Jan 1875. He was buried in Madison Co., IL. Solomon Preuitt was active in the settling of this part of the country. He was elected Captain of a Military Co. at the age of 21. In 1813 he volunteered and joined the rangers in the war against Great Britain serving until peace was declared. In 1831 he was sent as a Captain of a spy company against the Indian Chief Black Hawk, returning after peace was signed. In 1832 Black Hawk reopened hostilities. Solomon Preuitt volunteered and was made Captain and later Lieut. Col. of the regiment. At the close of the war the people elected him Major of Militia, an office which he held for many years with credit to himself and the battalion.

Solomon Preuitt wrote the following to James T. Hair, Publisher of Alton, Illinios: In 1767 when my father was 15 years of age he went to the wild woods of Kentucky in company with his father, Martin Preuitt, Daniel Boone, John Finley, Isaac Belcher, and other hunters. They staid nine months when they returned with their furs to North Carolina. My father married my mother, Mary Woods, some five years after his return from this hunting expedition. When the Revolutionary War commensed my grand-father and my father joined Gen. Washington's army and served as soldiers till the colonies gained their independence. During the war Gen. Cornwallis of the British Army sent Ferguson with fourteen hundred Tories to break up some new countries along the frontier. When the backwoods mountaineers heard the news, they rallied together near King's Mountain. My father with his brother, Isaac Preuitt and my father-in-law, Philip Higgins, all took a part in that battle. Before the attack was made a council was held in which it was decided that all should return but one thousand picked men, who led on by the brave Campbell Servier, Shelby and Williams, ascended the hill, and commenced that attack. Like Sinai of old, the top of the mountain was wrapped in smoke and flame as the leaden hail came whizzing from every quarter. In forty minutes, Ferguson was slain and he entire command destoyed, either by death, wounds or prisoners. Martin Preuitt died at the age of 98 years. Martin Preuitt, Jr. died at the age of 92 years. Solomon Preuitt died at the age of 86 years. Jacob Preuitt died at
the age of 92 years.

(This report taken from the account given in the Gazetter of Madison Co.,
Illinios of 1866) Parents: Martin, Jr PREUITT and Mary WOODS.

He was married to Rebecca HIGGINS in 1809 in Kaskaskig, Madison, IL. Children were: Abraham PREUITT, Isaac PREUITT, Jacob PREUITT, Martin PREUITT, James PREUITT, Elizabeth PREUITT, William PREUITT, Nancy PREUITT, Wiley PREUITT, Mary PREUITT.
He was married to Elizabeth HIGGINS in 1855.

Four Revolutionary Soldiers From Pennsylvania..

I had hoped to find more on these men but was unable to, may be one of you readers can help fill in the blanks.

State of Pennsylvania, County of Alleghany.

William Blakeney, Captain, Allowance $240, Sums received $667.73, Service Virginia Cont'l Line, Placed on roll June (?), 1819, Commencement of pension October 3, 1818, Age 87, Died July 14, 1821.

Michael Huffnagle, Captain, Allowance $240, Sums received $306, Service Penn., Cont'l Line, Placed on roll May 12, 1819, Commencement of pension September (?), 1818, Age 66, December 31, 1819.

Jacob Springer, Ensign, Allowance $96, Sums received $497.59, Service Virginia Cont'l Line,  Placed roll May 16, 1820, Commencement of pension April 11, 1818, Age 70, Died June 16, 1823.

David Steel, Captain, Allowance $240, Service Virginia Cont'l Line, Placed on roll September 24, 1818, Commencement of pension April 27, 1818, Died February 4, 1819.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Jonathan Holton, Revolutionary War. .

Jonathan Holton.

Birth: September 15, 1743, Northfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts.
Death: November 19, 1821, Charlestown, Sullivan County, New Hampshire.
Son of Joshua Holton and Mary Stebbins.

Spouses: Hannah Olcott Holton (1747 - 1792.)
Nancy Walker Holton.
Nancy Pope Holton (1767 - 1803.)

Children: Bela Holton (1772 - 1857.)
David Holton (1781 - 1873.)

Burial: Forest Hill Cemetery, Charlestown, Sullivan County, New Hampshire.

Revolutionary War.

[R. 4-169] [ Jonathan Holton Bennington Soldier, 1778.]

To the Honourable Counsel and House of the General Assambly of the state of New Hampshire.

The Petition of Lieutenant Jonathan Holton of Westmorland In the County of Cheshire and State of New Hampshire Humbly sheweth that your Petitioner being a Lieutenant In Captain Carlton Company in Col. Nicholes Rigiment was in the Month of August last past in the Fight at Bennington Badly wouned.  A Ball striking his upper Lip and tearing it allmost off which Ball came out in his right Cheek and also was at the same time hit by a buck shot which Entered his Left Cheek and Lodged near his Right Eye by which wounds.  Your Petitioner is some disfigured and his speech some what Impaired and also your Petitioner by means of said wounds has all most lost seven months Labour.  Besides his cost to surgeons and some other necessary expences to obtain A Cure which he has not yet wholly obtained.  Your Petitioner therefore prays that the Honourable Court would Grant him his account, and also for his disfigurement and Great Pain make him such further Consideration as they in their wisdom shall think proper and Your Petitioner as in Duty Bound shall ever pray.
Westmorland May 8 : 1778.
Jonathan Holton Lieut.

Revolutionary War Pension.

State: New Hampshire.
County: Cheshire.
Name: Jonathan Holton.
Rank: Lieutenant.
Allowance: $80.
Sums received: $921.10.
Service: Colonel Joseph Cilley's Regiment.
Placed on roll: Not stated.
Commencement of pension: March 4, 1795.