Friday, July 06, 2012

Charles G. Bratton.

First I want to give a big thank you to all the volunteers of the Topeka Room, of the Topeka/Shawnee County Public Library, for without their help this page would not have been possible.

When I first ran across Charles G. Bratton, I found his story very interesting, a lot of it had do with I grow up around Burlingame Kansas, ( Scranton .) I did a page on him in 2008, which you may want to read as there is some information on that page that will not be on this page.

Charles was born in September 16, 1848, Pennsylvania, to Rev. George and Rebecca J. ( Allison ) Bratton.  Charles came to Burlingame Kansas as a small boy and grew into manhood there.  Mrs. Bratton was the proprietor of the Bratton House ( Hotle ), Mr. Bratton was a Minister but a carpenter by trade.  There is no record on his live in Burlingame.  In 1870, we find him in Wichita Kansas, he was 21, years.  There is no historical record on how or way he was there, but in February of 1872, he was a special policeman on the Wichita plice force.  Nothing is found on him till 1874, when we find him back in Burlingame, there is no record on why he was in Burlingame, more then likely to visit his family. 

On December 27, 1874, this news story appeared in ( The Commonwealth p4., col. 3.)

Date December 23, 1874, Afatal stabbing affray took place in this city last night.  As James Louders, our city marshal was taking Don Wurtze or Wortz to the lock-up, on a warrant for attempting to shoot his wife, Wurtze pulled a butcher knife from his boot and stabbed Charles G. Bratton twice.  Bratton was aiding marshal.  The first time in his side, the knife penetrating to his lungs, the second time in the small of his back, the knife going through one of his kidneys.  The wounds are considered fatal.  Wurtze was under the influsnce of liquor.  He was proptly disarmed and conveyed to the lockup.

On December 30, 1874, another story appeared in The Commonwealth Col 1., p. 4.

A Letter from our Burlingame correspondent brings the news of the death of Mr. Charles Bratton at that place.  Mr. Bratton was a cordial friend, a good citizen, and we, in common with the citizens of Burlingame deplore his untimely end.

The circuit court of Osage county will hold an adjourned session next week.  Probably Wortz or Wurtze will be tried for the murder of Mr. Bratton.

A final news story appeared in The Commonweath, on December 30, 1874, p.4, Col. 2.

Date December 29, 1874, Charles G. Bratton, who was stabbed by Don Wortz or Wurtze , as reported in the Commonweath, died on Sabbath morning and was buried yesterday.

Last evening Don  Wortz or Wurtze was brought up for examintion on the charge of murder, and pleaded guiltyand is sent up to jail at Topeka to-day.

Charles G. Bratton, Burial was at the Burlingame City Cemetery, Osage County Kansas. 

Charles G. Bratton can also be found on the United States, Officer Down Memorial, which is on line.

Rev. George Bratton, father of Charles G. Bratton.

REV. GEORGE BRATTON came to Kansas in 1854 from Indiana County, Pa., having first organized a company, which was afterwards concentrated with the American Settlement Company of New York. Mr. Bratton located a quarter section of land, which is now a part of the town of Burlingame. He afterward took an additional claim of 160 acres near the present town site. In the spring of 1855 others came and joined the feeble settlement and located a saw-mill and went through all the privations of pioneer life. Rev. Mr. Bratton was born in Mifflin County, Pa., May 27, 1816. Resided there until 1838 and learned the carpenters' trade and moved to Western Pennsylvania. Was married November 1, 1838, at Centerville, Pa., to Miss Rebecca J. Allison, a native of Indiana County, Pa. Resided in that locality a few years, and returned to his native county.

Exhorted some and was a member of the Quarterly Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church before coming West. In 1845 he united with the denomination of United Brethren in Christ, since which time he has been a minister of that denomination. While on his way to Kansas, Mr. Bratton, with others, was robbed of all the money he had, on the steamboat, but received assistance from Mrs. Bratton's brother, S. A. Allison, who, by the way, was the first postmaster of the little settlement. They kept a tavern in the building where the Kansas Lumber Company's office now is. In 1858, the Bratton House was erected, the lots being deeded to Mrs. Bratton by the Town Company. The first place of worship was in Mr. Bratton's cabin, which stood near the spot where the depot now stands. For many years Mrs. Bratton was the active proprietor of the Bratton House, Mr. Bratton being occupied with other matters.

They have had nine children, of whom only two are now living; Joseph, now in business at Burlington, Coffey County, and Emma, now Mrs. S. E. Shibby, of Burlingame. Emma was the first child born in Burlingame. Two of the boys were in the army; Robert A., first in the Second Kansas and afterward in Company E, One Hundred and Fourth Illinois Volunteer Infantry; he was wounded at Peach Tree Creek in front of Atlanta, and brought home by his father, but never entirely recovered; was afterward elected Sheriff of Osage County but subsequently died from the effects of his wounds; Joseph M. enlisted in the Twelfth Kansas and served until the close of the war.

At the time of the organization of Osage County, Mr. Bratton was Chairman of the Board and helped locate the county boundaries, roads, bridges, etc. Mr. Bratton has been a member of the City Council for fourteen years. Although becoming somewhat feeble in health, still takes an active interest in the town which he helped make, and still ministers in the church of his choice.  George Bratton, birth was May 27, 1816, his death was January 16, 1888. Burial was  Burlingame City Cemetery, Osage County Kansas.

Rebecca J. ( Allison ) Bratton mother of Charles G. Bratton, Born October 22, 1818, death April 28, 1899, burial  Burlingame City Cemetery, Osage County Kansas.

Samuel A. Bratton, brother to Charles G. Bratton, born May 29, 1851, death December 2, 1879, burial  Burlingame City Cemetery, Osage County Kansas.

Most of his Brothers and Sisters burials are at  Burlingame City Cemetery, Osage County Kansas.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Men Of The Fourth Iowa Cavalry, Co. A.

Here is a list of men from company A., there was just to much information to put them all on this page.  I just pick a few that were interesting to me.  I have the full roster of the fourth regiment, so if you didn't see your ancestor or name of interest you may request a look up for compamy A., or any of the other compamies.

Company A.

Captain Eldred Huff, Fremont Co. Enl. Oct. 2, 1861; app. 3d Serg. on muster-in; prom, ist Serg. Sep. 1, 1862; Capt. Feb. 3, 1863. Remained with the Co. on Vet. reenlistment. Captured in action Dec. 14, 1864, White's Station, Tenn. Dismissed by S. O. 27, War Dep., A. G. O.Jan. 18, 1865, upon charges of neglect of duty and mismanage ment in the affair in which he was captured; dismissal revoked by order of the President, S. O. 453, War Dep., A. G. O., Aug. 23, 1865, upon a report of the Judge Advocate-General, and honorably discharged as of the date of the order of dismissal. Prisoner from time of  capture to end of the war. Served with the regt. in the field until captured.

First Lieutenant Asahel Mann, Fremont Co. Enl. in " Sears' Rangers " Aug. 10, 1861; app. 5th Serg. of this Co. on muster-in; prom. 3d Serg. Nov. 1, 1862. Ree'nl. Vet. Dec. 12, 1863; prom, fst Serg. Jan. 1, 1864; fst Lieut. Jan. 20, 1865. Mustered out with Co. Captured in action, Jones's Lane, Ark., Oct. 11, 1862; returned, paroled, Nov. 8, and exchanged and returned to service Dec. 1, 1862. Served in the field throughout the war, often in command of the Co.

Trumpeter Charles Martin, Fremont Co. Enl. in " Sears' Rangers " Sep. 5, 1861. Reenl. Vet. Dec. 12, 1863; prom. Trump. Jan. 1, 1865. Mustered out with Co.

First Farrier John Martin, Sidney. Enl. Dec. 3, 1861; app. Farrier on muster-in; reduced to ranks Nov. 1, 1862, cause not found. Reenl. Vet. Dec. 12, 1863; reapp. Farrier Aug. 4, 1864. Mustered out with Co.

Second Farrier Daniel B. Baker, Mills Co. Enl. in "Sears' Rangers " Sep. 3, 1861; app. Farrier on muster-in. Disch. Sep. 5, 1863, to accept commission in 56th U. S. Colored Inf. (3d Ark. A. D.); prom. Capt. in that regt. Dec. 6, 1864.

Second Farrier Patrick W. Sherman, Webster Co. Enl. Feb. 24, 1864; prom. Farrier July i, 1864. Mustered out with Co.

Saddler Eli G. Irwin, Sidney. Enl. in " Sears' Rangers " Aug. 10, 1861; prom. Saddler June 30, 1862. Died Sep. 4, 1863, Vicksburg, Miss., of disease. Buried in Nat. Cem., Vicksburg, Miss., Sec. F, Grave 480.

Saddler Stephen Hamilton, Sidney. Enl. Sep. 10, 1861; prom. Saddler Dec. i, 1863. Reenl. Vet. Dec. 12, 1863. Mustered out with Co.

Wagoner Joseph Henson, Sidney. Enl. in " Sears' Rangers " Aug. 10, 1861; app. Wagoner on muster-in. Killed by accidental gunshot April 11, 1863, Helena, Ark. Buried in Nat. Cem., Helena, Ark.

Wagoner Rufus R. Fisher, Sidney (or Mt. Pleasant). Enl. Dec. 24, 1861, in H; transferred to A, Feb. 6, 1862. Reenl. Vet. Dec. 12, 1863; prom. Wagoner July i, 1864. Mustered out on Co. rolls Aug. 8, 1865, as "absent sick in hospital at Nashville, Tenn." Discharge given Oct.1, 1865, at Davenport.

Chapman, William H., Fremont Co. Enl. Dec. 21, 1863. Mortally wounded in action, lung and arm, June 10, 1864, Brice's Cross-roads, Miss., and died in hospital June 21, 1864. Buried in Nat. Cem., Memphis, Tenn., Sec. 1, Grave 313.

Dean, William, Mills Co. Enl. in " Sears' Rangers " Sep. 4, 1861. Reenl. Vet. Dec. 12, 1863. Mustered out with Co. Captured in action June 22, 1863, Bear Creek, Miss.; exchanged Sep. 6 and returned to service Oct. 14, 1863.

Flinn, John H., Delaware Co. Enl. Nov. 22, 1863, in B; transferred to A, March 18, 1864. Wounded in action, left arm, severe, Dec. 14, 1864, White's Station, Tenn.   Disch. June 29, 1865, at Keokuk, for disability caused by the wound. Also reported captured at the time he was wounded, but this is not verified, is inconsistent with other  reports, and probably an error.

Hilbert, Matthew W., Fair-field. Enl. Dec. 28, 1861. Detached as orderly to Gen. S. R. Curtis from May 16, 1862, until mustered out for promotion to 2d Lieut, in ist Ark. (54th U. S.) Colored Inf. in 1863, date not found. Was a private in Co. E, 2d Iowa Inf., enl. May 6, 1861, and disch. July 16, 1861, cause not reported.

Hunt, Doran T., Page Co. Enl. Aug. 10, 1861. Reenl. Vet. Dec. 12, 1863. Captured in action June 22, 1863, Bear Creek, Miss.; exchanged Sep. 6 and returned to service Oct. 14, 1863. Captured in action Dec. 14, 1864, White's Station, Tenn. Mustered out June 5, 1865, at Clinton, as paroled prisoner of war on furlough.

Legrand, George, Delaware Co. Enl. Dec. 21, 1863, in B; transferred to A, March 18, 1864. Captured in action Dec. 14, 1864, White's Station, Tenn.; prisoner at Andersonville.  Died May 27, 1865, after release, at Hilton Head, S. C. Buried in Nat. Cem., Hilton Head.

Lovelady, Andrew J., Fremont Co. Enl. Dec. 18,1863. Wounded in action, left foot, severe, June 10, 1864, B rice's Cross roads, Miss. Disch. March 27, 1865, at Keokuk, for disability caused by the wound.

Murray, William B., Jefferson Co. Enl. Jan. i, 1862. Furloughed sick May 16, 1862, Batesville, Ark., and disch. June 26, 1862, St. Louis, Mo., for disability caused by camp fever. Reenl. Sep. 4, 1862, in Co. B, i4th Iowa Inf.; com. 2d Lieut. March 16, 1864, in Co. H, ist Iowa (60 th U. S.) Colored Inf., and served with Colored troops in Arkansas till mustered out, Oct. 15, 1865.

Patch, David A., Hawleyville. Enl. in " Sears' Rangers " Aug 9, 1861. Left sick at Rolla, Mo., March 20, 1862. Appears on rolls as " deserted," but this is error; he was discharged March 30, 1862, at Rolla, Mo., on surgeon's certificate of disability.

Riggles, Charles W., Fremont Co. Enl. Nov. 7, 1861. Reenl. Vet. Dec. 12, 1863; furloughed sick Dec. 9, 1864, for sixty days. Died " at home " while on this leave, date  and place not reported.

Safely, James F., Cedar Co. Enl. Sep. 28, 1864, for one year.  Mustered out June 17, 1865, Nashville, Tenn., term of enlistment to expire before Oct.1 .

Safely, John H., Cedar Co. Enl. Sep. 28, 1864, for one year.  Mustered out June 17, 1865, Nashville, Tenn., term of enlistment to expire before Oct.1

Shaffer, Ephraim, Black Hawk Co. Enl. Nov. 26, 1863, in B; transferred to A, date not reported. Captured in action June 10, 1864, Brjce's Cross-roads, Miss.; escaped from captivity, date not reported, and died of disease Oct. 6, 1864, near Atlanta, Ga. Buried in Nat. Cem., Marietta, Ga., Sec. A, Grave 285.

Shirley, John S., Council Bluffs. Enl. Sep. 8, 1862. Reenl.  Vet. Dec. 12, 1863. Mustered out with Co. Captured in action June 22, 1863, Bear Creek, Miss. ; exchanged Sep. 6 and returned to service Oct. 14, 1863. Wounded in action April 16, 1865, Columbus, Ga.

Warner, John Adam, Waterloo. Enl. Dec. 26, 1863, in B; transferred to A, March 18, 1864. Captured in action June 10, 1864, Brice's Cross-roads, Miss.; never heard of again, supposed to have died a prisoner of war.

White, David L., Adams Co. Enl. Dec. i, 1863. Captured in action Dec. 14, 1864, White's Station, Tenn. ; prisoner at Anderson ville. Mustered out June 8, 1865, at Clinton, under telegraphic order of War Dep., A. G. O., dated May 12, 1865, as paroled prisoner of war on furlough.

Williamson, Levi B., Fremont Co. Enl. in " Sears' Rangers " Aug. 10, 1861. Reenl. Vet. Dec. 12, 1863. Mustered out with Co. Wounded in action Oct. n, 1862, Jones's Lane, Ark.; wounded and missing in action June 22, 1863, Bear Creek, Miss.; was later found and brought to regimental

Wood, Robert C., Fremont Co. Enl. Dec. 7, 1863. Mustered out with Co. Captured in action April 16, 1865, Columbus, Ga. ; escaped his guard and, with several comrades, returned to the enemy's lines and captured the Colonel and Adjutant of the regiment which had held him.  Decorated for this with Medal of Honor.

Young, Jeremiah, Sidney (or Page Co}. Enl. Jan. 1, 1864.  Killed in action June n, 1864, Ripley, Miss.


Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Two Men Of Massachusetts First Heavy Artillery.

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Burlingame, George Gilbert, 18; shoemaker; Oct. 31, '63; Southboro; wd. Mar. 25, '65; m. o. Aug. 16, '65; b. Jan. 1, '48, Hopkinton.

In the repulse of June 18, '64, was left on the field till after dark, when he crawled back to safety; capt. June 22, '64, and escaped same day; has carried the same gun and accoutrements, also has worn the same old army cap in every National Encampment, save seven; since the war a dealer in real estate; past commander Brooklyn Post, Cleveland; has been member of city council, and chief  of fire dept.; at G. A. R. fair, '89, received gold-headed cane as the most popular man in town. Res., 1916, 3623 Archwood Ave.  (Brooklyn), Cleveland, Ohio.

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Croak, William A. (sergt.), 24; carpenter; Boston; Mar. 19, '62; re. Mar. 21, '64; prom. Sept., '64, first lieut. 1st battalion, H. A.; m. o. June 28, '65; b. June 11, '37, Randolph; house carpenter, janitor and rural mail carrier; 40 years Adjt. Post 110, G. A. R. ; 36 years in fire dept.; 28 years on board of engineers and clerk of the same; 31 years collector. Royal Arcanum. Res., 1916, Randolph.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Jack Shoolbred Of Butler's Scouts.

I found Jack Shoolbred a interresting man, for his deeds in the civil war if "Jack" was his real name.  I was unable to find him on any regimental rosters or on any death sites.  Jack may have been a nick name.  If any of you readers have any information on him I well be glad to post it here.

In the fall of 1864 the fearless scout Jack Shoolbred, while scouting for Butler in rear of Grant s Army, captured a negro soldier and brought him to General Butler, and when asked what he proposed to do with him, said : "Well, General, I think I can sell him to Dick Hogan." Captain Hogan gave him two nice Yankee horses for the Yankee negro. Hogan sent the negro home and put him in the cotton patch. Jack Shoolbred rode one of the horses (a splendid clay bank) until the end of the war, and
brought him home.

In 1863 Captain McDonald, of the First Michigan Cavalry, was sent out with a squad of men to do up the "Iron Scouts." Dick Hogan, Bill Mikler, Jack Shoolbred, Newt. Fowles, Barney Henegan, Calhoun Sparks, Cecil Johnson, Hugh Mikler, Prioleau Henderson, Joe Beck, George Crafton and Jim Dulin were the kind of men that Captain McDonald was sent after. Only three or four of the above scouts met him. They saw him coming and when it suited them they charged him, killing and capturing the last one of them. Jack Shoolbred, having emptied one pistol, threw it at the gallant Captain McDonald, striking him on the head, and, he being stunned by the blow, Jack drew his other pistol and shot him in the shoulder. McDonald said, "You have wounded me, and I will surrender." Thus ended McDonald s raids for a while at least.

Jack Shoolbred, in the latter part of 1863, while in a house, the Yankees surrounded it and captured him and his fine horse, Don, but Jack never could recapture him as he was ridden during the remainder of the war by the adjutant of the Eighth Illinois Cavalry, who was not required to do picket duty. Jack escaped that night.

In the autumn of 1863 Dick Hogan, Barney Henegan, Prioleau Henderson, Jack Shoolbred and another scout rode up to Mrs. Maxfield s house one day about 11 o clock A. M. and found that the enemy had just left after robbing her of everything they could lay hands on chickens, ducks, geese, bacon, flour, potatoes and even her sheets and wearing apparel. They told her that she had been harboring Hampton s scouts and they intended to break it up. There were seven in the Yankee squad and five of the Iron
Scouts,- who took a near cut on them, and at Mr. Trenniss house they caught sight of them. Now the race began. The Yanks threw away everything they had stolen. Our scouts killed two, wounded three, captured one and only one escaped.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Jack Sanders & Joseph Soper.

Here is a humorous story told about Jack Sanders and Joseph Soper, privates of the First Missouri Engneers.

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At Camp Ilasie, Flat Creek, every few days the men were put through the battalion drill and practiced firing at a target. The arms were the old-fashioned United States flint-lock smooth-bore musket and Belgian musket, both altered to cap lock and rifled to sixty-nine calibre, and the recoil in firing was fearful. The men had to clean, load and fire them off nearly every day. Jack Sanders, of Company E, declared he did not want his shoulder bruised into a jelly holding his musket, and said to his chum, Soper, of the same company : " Let me fasten it to your back with your belt, and you get on your hands and knees and fire it off that way." "All right," says Soper, and proceeded to put it into action. The muzzle happened to be close to Soper's ear, and when it went off nearly deafened him, and in the recoil the gun jumped back and sideways, just missing Sander's shins and sending Soper sprawling over sideways.

The 21st of January, at Moscow, a scouting party of Company E, who were out, had two of their men captured, Privates Joseph Soper, Jack Sanders, James Wilson, D. F. Smith and Finch escaping.

Jack Sanders aka Jackson Hastings, private, , First Missouri Engneers Co. E., enlisted July 13, 1861, Adrian, Mich., dead.

Joseph Soper, private, First Missouri Engneers Co. E., enlisted July 13, 1861, Adrian, Mich.