Saturday, June 30, 2012

William Valmore Izlar, Edisto Rifles-S. C.

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William Valmore Izlar.

Birth: May 13, 1840.
Death: Oct. 10, 1912.

He was the son of Julia Elizabeth Allison Pou and William Henry Izlar.

He married in Orangeburg District, South Carolina, December 28, 1870, Annie Adella Felder.

William enlisted as a Private in the Edisto Rifles at Summerville, July 20, 1861; reported on muster roll of December 31, 1861, as on extra duty in the Commissary Department; reported on muster roll of February 28, 1862, as present; on muster roll of April 12, 1862.

Spouse: Annie Adella Felder Izlar (1850 - 1932)

Children: Pauline Felder Izlar Bishop (1872 - 1940)

Burial: Felder Family Cemetery, Orangeburg County, South Carolina.

William V. Izlar wrote a book called: A Sketch of the War Record of the Edisto Rifles, Publ. 1914.  This book can be found on the internet.  This book not only gives the history of the Edisto Rifles such as battles and &c. but gives a lot of information on the men as well.

There were other Izlar's in this company as well, Benjamin P., and James F., and one or two others.  You can read about them in the book.  If you would like to learn more Benjamin and James Izlar and their family go to the site of ( Find a Grave.)

I found it interesting on what William V. Izlar had to say about their servants.

Many of the young members of the Edisto Rifles took with them to the army their negro servants, who not only waited on their young masters faithfully, but cooked their meals also. When in Virginia these servants stayed in the rear, with the "wagon train, but w^ould bring meals to the front every day.

I can only remember the names of those I mention below :

Donald J. Rowe's servant Caesa
Medicus Rickenbaker, servant Anthony.
William V. Izlar and brother, servant Sam.
Jude Robinson and brother, servant Cudjo.
Samuel J. Felder, servant Pierce.
George Elliott, servant Peter.
J. H. Hook and brother, servant Cephas.
Frank S. Inabinet and brother, servant Derril.
J. R. Kennerly, servant Wash.
J. A. Holstein, servant Toney.
Samuel Hall, servant Isaac.
Jefferson Stokes, servant Jim.

These servants were regularly rationed by the government the same as enlisted men. My boy Sam came to the front with rations as usual one day when it was comparatively quiet, but about the time
he reached the lines the enemy commenced a vigorous shelling. This was more than Sam could stand, and he made a hasty flight to the rear. He ran so fast that you could see the bottoms of both his feet in the air at once.

Friday, June 29, 2012

William E. Colston, Mosby Ranger.

William E. Colston was born in Washington, March 24th, 1839, but his early years were spent in Virginia, the home of his ancestors. He came to Baltimore about 1857, and was among the first to go to Virginia when the war broke out.

On June ist, 1861, he enlisted as a private in Company B, Maryland Guard, attached to the 21ist Virginia Infantry, but when the First Maryland Regiment was formed was transferred to Company H,
Capt. Wm. H. Murray, June i8th, 1861. In this company he served in all the campaigns and battles of the year, and at the battle of Cross Keys, June 8th, 1862, in Jackson s Valley Campaign he was desperately wounded, being shot through the body. He was permanently injured by this wound and disabled for a long time, but as soon as able to ride he was appointed Volunteer Aid to Major-Gen-
eral Trimble. General Trimble being wound ed and left at Gettysburg, Colston then volunteered into Mosbys command, and was killed in the night at tack on Harper s Ferry, January loth, 1864. He is buried in the Confederate lot at Loudoun Park with his old comrades of Company H, First Maryland Infantry.  A Memorial Room to him has been furnished in the Confederate Home at Pikesville, Md., by his brother, Capt. Frederick M. Colston.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Just "David", Massachusetts.

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David is just like the hundreds of escape slaves and freemen and women of color who came to the Union regiments looking for work, many were turn away.  The luckly ones found work as servants for some of the Officers.  Some would cook for a company, others would drive wagons and some would do laundry work.  Some came as run aways and were looking for protection from their masters.  Many of the free colored were trying to earn as much money as the could to feed their family.  Most all felt it was their duty to help the union to free them from slavery.  These people of color were not soldies nor citizzens, but faced the many dangers along with the soldiers.  Some men of color would become friends with a white soldier which would last a life time.  It was not all dangerous, there was time for humor too, take this humorous story told by C. H. Masury, about David.

David, the "little contraband", came to us in 1862 at Ft. Cass as a servant. He scalded his arms in a camp kettle, having them badly blistered. When they healed, they came out white. He came to me and said : "If I scalded me all over, would I be a white man?"

David was of the First Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, formerly the Fourteenth Infantry.  No known last name nor what company he was servant in.

William E. Peck, Seaman, Soldier & Policeman

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Sergeant William E. Peck was born in Taunton, September 21, 1841, and attended school three months in a year. At the age of nine, he went to work in a cotton mill, and at fourteen, went to sea, mostly in the Southern coast trade. When Fort Sumter was fired upon, he was on the Waccaman River, South Carolina. He then sailed for Wilmington, North Carolina ; from there he came home. He enlisted on his arrival in Taunton, May 20, 1861, in the United States Navy, and was assigned to the receiving ship " Ohio," then lying at the Charlestown Navy Yard. He was drafted, in a few days, on the gunboat, Massachusetts, and sailed for Key West; thence for Ship Island.

He was engaged in the taking of Fort Twiggs ; sunk the Confederate ram " Florida," and was in several other engagements. In March, 1862, on the ship being ordered to Brooklyn Navy Yard, he was discharged as Master-at-Arms, having been promoted three times in one year.  Sergeant Peck enlisted in the Forty-first Massachusetts Infantry. In 1862 he was promoted to Sergeant, Company F, and was with the regiment in every engagement. When the Nineteenth Corps was ordered to Washington he was detailed to take charge of all horses that belonged to the officers on shipboard, and with the loss of only one, off Hatteras, landed them safety at Washington. He was also put in charge of an ammunition train at Tenallytown, D. C, and delivered it safely to the Army, passing over the Blue Ridge, Snicker's Gap, and crossing the Shenandoah River. Since the war, he has engaged in various pursuits as bread winner, but for the last thirty years has been a member of the Taunton police, and a Humane officer, in connection with the S. F T. P. C. A.
Note. After leaving the U. S. Navy, he enlisted in the 3rd., Massachusetts Cavalry, Co. F., September 16, 1862.  Discharged on May 20, 1865.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Four Faces Third Massachusetts Cavalry.


Captain J. W. Hervey was born in New Bedford, Mass., February 2, 1838. He was educated in the schools of his native city. Passing through the grammar and high school, he fitted for college at the Friends' Academy, and in 1856 entered Yale, where he remained until 1860.  Before he went to the war, he was employed in the Mechanics Bank, and was a member of the Home Guard during the first year of the war.  Enlisting as a private in Company A of the Forty-first Massachusetts Infantry Volunteers, August 23, 1862, he was mustered as First Lieutenant, August 31, 1862;
commissioned Captain, February 8, 1863, and was honorably discharged March 5, 1864, on surgeon's certificate of disability. Captain Hervey was seriously injured while on picket in Louisiana.  After the war, he held a position in the Mechanics National Bank, for many years. He is now agent for the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company of Milwaukee, Wis.


Captain Howland came from New Bedford to camp at Lynnfield as First Sergeant of Company A. When Captain Vinal was promoted, Howland became Second Lieutenant, and served well as a commissioned officer.  He was afterward made First Lieutenant. At Port Hudson he was injured badly by a falling building. September 2nd, 1864, he was made Captain. He was in the battle of the Opequon, and was shot through the thigh. He left the regiment, returned home, and died from the wound a few months later.


WILLIAM T. HODGES, Roxbury, 29, s ; banker. 1st Lieut. Sept. 10, '62.  Disch. as 1st Lieut, and commissioned Capt. 4th Cav. Aug. 13, 63.

Note Also spelled Rhodes.

Captain Rhoades was born at Boston, Mass., March 31, 1839. He was mustered into the United States service as a private in Company D, First Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, for three years. May 24, 1861; was on detached service in United States Signal Corps, Army of the Potomac, from 1861 to October, 1862 ; promoted Second Lieutenant, Forty-First Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, and commissioned Sept i6th, 1862; promoted First Lieutenant of the same regiment, commissioned October 7, 1862.

On account of continuous service he was promoted Captain, Third Mass. Volunteer Cavalry, commissioned March 6th, 1864; was on staff of General Cuvier Grover commanding Second Division Nineteenth Army Corps, as Acting Engineer and Provost Marshal, frorii August, 1863, to December, 1864, and was mustered out at Boston, December 6, 1864, on account of expiration of term of service of Third Company Unattached (Company M), Third Massachusetts Volunteer Cavalry, of which he was Captain. He was afterward commissioned as Second Lieutenant First Massachusetts Battalion Frontier Cavalry, December 27, 1864; was commissioned as Captain First Massachusetts Battalion Frontier Cavalry, December 30, 1864. Captain Rhoades was mustered out of  United States service at the close of the war at Read, ville, Mass., June 30, 1865.

He participated in the following engagements: He was in the Army of the Potomac ; at Blackburn's
Ford, Va., July 18, 1861 ; First Bull Run, Va., July 21, 1861.   In the Peninsular campaign, he was at the Siege of Yorktown, Va., April and May, 1862 ; at Williamsburg, Va., May 5th, 1862 ; Fair Oaks,Va., May 31, 1862 ; Malvern Hill,  Va., August 5, 1862 ; South Mountain, Md., September 14,
1862 ; Antietam, Md., September 17, 1862.  While with the 19th Army Corps, Department of the Gulf, he was at Irish Bend, La., April 14th, 1863 ; Siege of Port Hudson, La., May to December, 1863.   Captain Rhoades volunteered on the Forlorn Hope, Port Hudson, La.  During the Valley Campaign, he was at Opequon, Va., September 19, 1864; Fisher's Hill, Va., September 22, 1864; Winchester, Va., October 19, 1864.

Captain Rhoades left Boston for Ogdensburg, N. Y., February 8, 1865, in command of Company B, First Battalion, Frontier Cavalry, for guard duty on the frontier, and was in command of the Port at Ogdensburg, from March i8th to June 24, 1865, having under his command Companies B, C and D, First Battalion Frontier Cavalry 26th Regiment, New York Volunteer Cavalry.  Captain Rhoades returned to Boston at the close of the war, and has for many years been identified with the Boston Custom House. In 1884 he was elected president of the regimental Association.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Surgeon BenonI Carpenter & Assistant Surgeon Joseph R. Draper.

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Surgeon Benoni Carpenter was born in Rehoboth, Mass., March 12, 1805. lie attended the public schools of that town in his youth, and entered Brown University in the class of" 1839. In 1832 he graduated from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Penn, and, tattling In Pawtucket, began the practice of medicine.

Dr. Carpenter entered the service of his country in the War of the Rebellion, as surgeon of the Twelfth Rhode Island Infantry, Oct. 13, 1862, and served with it during its term of service until its final muster out, July 29, 1S63. Dr. Carpenter's son, Frank II. Carpenter, was hospital steward in this regiment. Dr. Carpenter again entered the service as surgeon of the Fourteenth Rhode Island Heavy Artillery. His commission is dated Oct. 16, 1S63, and he was remustered to date Sept. 5, 1863. He made his headquarters with the Third Battalion at Camp Parapet, La. Here, in addition to the duties of surgeon of the post, he was appointed acting medical director and inspector of the District of Carrollton, June 15, 1S64. Lieutenant-Colonel Viall pays this just tribute to Dr. Carpenter: "To Dr. Benoni Carpenter, surgeon of the regiment, great credit was due for his skillful and efficient efforts for the care of the sick. He was mustered out with his regiment Oct. 2, 1865.

After the war he resumed the practice of his profession in Paw tucket, R.I. He was for several years a member of the school committee of the old town of Pawtucket, and served his constituency in both branches of the General Assembly of the State. He was a member of the Rhode Island Medical Society.

Dr. Carpenter was married in 1S33 to Miss Adelaide Everett, of Wrentham, Mass. By a mysterious dispensation of Providence, he and his wife died within a few days of each other. His wife after a long illncs died Nov. 17, 1S77. Her funeral was to have taken place on the Tuesday following. On the morning of that day Dr. Carpenter appeared to be in his usual health, but shortly after breakfast he was seized with a fit of apoplexy, and despite the best of medical assistance remained in an unconscious state until the next morning (November 22d) when he died.

The funeral of his wife was postponed in consequence of his sudden demise, and his six children four sons and two daughters who were called together for the first time in twelve years by the death of their mother, followed a few days later both of their parents to the grave at the same time, the double funeral occurring at the Congregational Church in Pawtucket, Nov. 23, 1S77.


Assistant Surgeon Joseph R. Draper was born in Wayland, Mass., June 30, 1830. In early life he attended the common schools, and after wards the Mayland Academy. After the death of his father, which occurred when he was fourteen years of age, he entered Lawrence Academy, Groton, Mass., where he remained three years. At the end of that time he entered Williams College, and graduated in 1851. He spent several years teaching the High Schools of Saxonville and Milford, after which he spent a year and a half in the south. After his return he studied medicine in the Harvard and Berkshire Medical Schools, and graduated from the latter in 1862. He entered the Medical Department of the United States army in 1862, and was assigned to service in the Armory Square Hospital, Washington, D. C. Dec. 1, 1S63, he was commissioned assistant surgeon of the Fourteenth Rhode Island Heavy
Artillery, and served with that regiment in the Department of the Gulf.  He was mustered inDec.11, 1863, and assigned to the First Battalion. After his discharge from the army, which occurred on the second day of October, 1865, he practiced his profession in South Boston for more than twenty years, where he was much respected and trusted, both as a citizen and a physician. He died Aug. 5, 1885. His son, Dr. Joseph R. Draper, is a practicing physician in South Boston.

Seven Faces Of The 12th., Rhode Island Infantry.

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BUCKLIN, GEORGE, 1st Lt. Co. C; Res., Providence, R. I.; Oct. 13, 1862, mustered in; Oct 9, 1862, commissioned 2d Lt. of Co. F. Borne as absent sick from Jan., 1863, until March, 1863; March 7, 1863, transferred as 2cl Lt. to Co. A; June 2, 1863, transferred as 2d Lt. to Co. H; June 3, 1863, promoted 1st Lt. Mustered in as 1st Lt. to date June 15, 1863, and transferred as 1st Lt. to Co. C; July 29, 1863, mustered out.


SALISBURY, ARNOLD F., 1st Lt. Co. H; Oct. 13, 1862, commissioned; Oct. 17, 1862, mustered in; July 29, 1863, mustered out.


COLE, LUTHER, JR., 1st Lt. Co. E; Res., Bristol, R. I.; Sept. 25, 1862, en
rolled; Oct. 13, 1862, mustered in. Originally served as 1st Sgt.; Feb. 19, 1863, commissioned as 2d Lt., and mustered in as such March 1, 1863; April 17, 1863, commissioned 1st Lt. and mustered in as such April 29, 1863; July 29, 1863, mustered out.


LONGSTREET, JAMES M., Capt. Co. B; Res., Providence, R. L; Sept. 17,
1862, enrolled; Oct. 13, 1862, mustered in. Borne as absent on fur
lough from June 2, 1863, until July, 1863; July 29, 1863, mustered


CHENEY, EDWABD S., Capt. Co. A; Res., Providence, R. 1.; Sept. 19, 1862, enrolled; Oct. 13, 1862, mustered in; Oct. 11, 1862, commissioned;
Jan. 17, 1863, discharged.


ALLEN, JAMES H., Capt. Co. C; Res., Providence, R. I.; Oct. 4, 1862, en
rolled; Oct. 13, 1862, mustered in; Oct. 13, 1862, commissioned Capt.
Borne on special duty as Provost Marshal at Jamestown from June
23, 1863, until July, 1863; July 29, 1863, mustered out.


BALLOU, FRANCISCO M., 2d Lt. Co. F; Res., Cumberland, R. I.; Sept. 8, 18*62, enrolled; Oct. 13, 1862, mustered in. Originally served as Sgt.;
Jan. 1, 1863, promoted 1st Sgt. Mustered out as 1st Sgt., and mustered in as 2d Lt. April 30, 1863, to date March 7, 1863; July 29, 1863, mustered out.