Saturday, November 17, 2012

Fighting With Bayonets.


Captain W. C. Y. Parker had two successive encounters with Federal officers, both of whom he felled with his sword, and beset by others of the enemy he was severely wounded, having received two bayonet wounds in the breast and one in his side and a musket wound breaking his left thigh.

Lieutenant Michie had a hand-to-hand collision with an officer, and having just dealt a severe blow upon his adversary he fell, cut over the head with a saber-bayonet from behind, and had afterward three bayonet wounds in the face and two in the breast, all severe wounds, which he survived,

Report of Captain Sylvester H. Gray, Seventh Connecticut Infantry.

Private Lyon, Company K, jumped upon the parapet, thrust his bayonet into the head of the chief of a gun (whom I have since ascertained was a captain, and was killed) that was about to be fired, and fired his gun at the same time.

Corporal [Giles] James, of Company I, thrust his bayonet into the head of one of the gunners, and broke it off in endeavoring to pull it out.


"We publish below a very interesting letter of Captain, M. M. Miller, of this city, of the Ninth Louisiana (colored) Regiment. Captain M. is a son of W. H. Miller, esq., for many years a citizens of Galena. At the time of the breaking out of the rebellion he was a student in Yale College, and had nearly completed his course. He left studies, however, and returned home; enlisted as a private in the celebrated Washborne Lead Mine Regiment, from whence he was taken and made captain of a colored company. His statement can be relied on a liter ally true, and we venture to say the history of the world shown no more desperate fighting than that by his company at Milliken's Bend. Every maned but one in his company was either killed or wounded, and many of them in a hand-to-hand bayonet struggle:

MILLKEN'S BEND, June 10, 1863.

DEAR AUNT: We were attacked here on June 7, about 3 o"clock in the morning by a brigade of Texas troops, about 2,500 in number. We had about 600 men to withstand them, 500 of them negroes. I commanded Company I, Ninth Louisiana. We went into the fight with 33 men. IU had 16 killed and 11 badly wounded. 4 slightly. I was wounded slightly on the head, near the right eye, with a bayonet, and had a bayonet run thought my right hand near the forefinger; that will account for this miserable style of penmanship.
Authors note.  This is just part of the letter, you can requst the full letter.

6th., Maine.

Private George Brown, Company K., bayoneted two of the enemy in succession, and then, as the resistance was obstinate, he brained a third with the butt of his musket.

Captain Theodore Gregg, Forty-ninth Pennsylvania Infantry.

 A large rebel officer, who appeared to be in command of the force, rushed upon me, and catching me by the throat, ordered me to surrender, at the same time bringing his revolver to my head. I succeeded in taking his revolver from him, and after a sharp struggle left him dead on the spot. A rebel soldier who had come to the rescue of his officer attempted to run me through with his bayonet, but was killed by Sergeant Bacon, of Company G.

Hand to Hand.

Lieutenant, James Johnston, of the One hundred and Twenty-first New York, received a bayonet wound through the thigh. Private O'Donnell, Ninety-sixth Pennsylvania Volunteers, was pinned to the parapet, but was rescued by his comrades. A private of the Fifth Maine, having bayoneted a rebel, was fired at by the captain, who, missing his aim, in turn shared the same fate. The brave man fell by a shot from the rebel lieutenant. The struggle lasted but a few seconds.

Testimony of Ransom Anderson (colored), private in Company B, Sixth, U. S. Heavy Artillery:

I do hereby certify that I am a member of Company B, Sixth U. S. Heavy Artillery, and that I was in the battle of Fort Pillow on the 12th day of April, A. d. 1864, and that I was severely wounded during the progress of the engagement. When the surrender occurred I was taken prisoner. I also certify that while a prisoner and wounded I was further wounded by being cut in the head and hands by one Lieutenant Williams, C. S. Army. I also certify that I saw John Pritchard, of Company B, Sixth U. S. Heavy Artillery, shot while a prisoner and while lying by my side upon the ground. I also certify that I saw Coolie Pride, of the same regiment and the same company, stabbed by a rebel soldier with a bayonet and the and the bayonet broken off in his body, after the said Coolie Pride had been taken prisoner by the Confederates. On the morning of the 13th day of April, A. D. 1864, after he had been taken prisoner, I saw Daniel Lester shot dead by a rebel soldier.

10th., Mississippi, Chickamauga, 1863.

Private Barney McCabe, died within reach of his bayonet.

31st., Georgia.

I desire to state that one of the enemy, after surrendering, leveled his gun to fire at our passing line, but a bayonet thrust from the hands of Captain W. D. Wood, of the Thirty-first Georgia, prevented the intend barbarism.

11th., Massachusetts.

 Private John Lawler, of Company D, stove in the skull of one rebel with the butt of his musket and killed another with his bayonet.

Sixtieth Virginia Infantry.

Private Christian, in the bayonet charge of the 30th, was assailed by no less than four of the enemy at the same instant. He succeeded in killing three of them with his own hands, though wounded in several places by bayonet-thrusts, and his brother, Eli W. Christian, going to his aid, dispatched the fourth.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Those Killed Or Wounded In Action

27th., New York, Battery, Light Artillery.

June 17, Corpl. George Shoop, wounded in action before Petersburg, died at First Division hospital June 20, 1864.

SHOOP, GEORGE.—Age, 26 years. Enlisted, September 15, 1862, at Buifalo; mustered in as private, September 15, 1862, to serve three years; deserted, November 13, 1862; served with Second Rhode Island Infantry from November 14, 1862, to April, 1863; returned from desertion, April 6, 1863; promoted corporal, March 6, 1864; died, June 20, 1864, at Petersburg, Va., of wounds received in action before Petersburg, June 17, 1864.

June 17, Private James Hull, wounded in action before Petersburg, died and Columbia Hospital, Washington, July 2, 1864.

HULL, JAMES.—Age, 21 years. Enlisted, September 30, 1862, at Buffalo; mustered in as private, December 17, 1862, to serve three years; promoted corporal, date not stated; died, July 2, 1864, at Washington, D. C, of wounds received in action before Petersburg, Va., June 17, 1864.

June 17, 1864. Private Patrick Dorsey, wounded in action before Petersburg.

DORSEY, PATRICK.—Age, 23 years. Enlisted; November 3, 1862, at Buffalo; mustered in as private, December 17, 1862, to serve three years; wounded, June 17, 1864; mustered out with battery, June 22, 1865, at Fort Porter, Buffalo, N. Y.

1863, Major Horatio N. Whitbeck, though wounded in action, remained in command of the Sixty-fifth Ohio Volunteers.
Enlisted October 2, 1861, for 3 years,  Promoted to Major from Captain, Company E., October 7, 1862; wounded December 31, 1862, in battle of Stone River, Tenn., Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel, March 22, 1863: wounded September 19, 1863 in battle of Chickamauga, Ga., and June 27, 1864, in battle of Kenesaw Mountain, Ga.  Discharged August 16, 1865, for wounds.

 Captain George W. Hill, Twelfth Kentucky Infantry, killed in action in front of Atlanta, Ga., August 6, 1864.

Names of Forts named after those killed in action.

Fort Horton, after Captain M. C. Horton, One hundred and fourth Ohio Infantry, killed in action in front of Dallas, Ga., May 28, 1864.

Fort McPherson, after Major General James B. McPherson, brigadier-general, U. S. Army, killed in action before Atlanta, Ga., July 22, 1864.

Fort Philpot, after Captain J. T. Philpot, One hundred and third Ohio Infantry, killed in the battle of Resaca, Ga., May 14, 1864.

Fort Saint Clair Morton, after Major James St. Clair Morton, Corps of Engineers, U. S. Army, killed in an assault on Petesburg, Va., June 17, 1864.

Fort Karnasch, after Second Lieutenant Julius E. Karnasch, Thirty-fifth Missouri Infantry, topographical engineer on the staff of Major-General Schofield, killed in action in front of Atlanta, Ga., August 8 [4], 1864.

Fort clark, after Lieutenant Colonel Mervin Clark, One hundred and eighty-third Ohio Infantry, killed in battle of Franklin, Tenn., November 30, 1864.

Fort Southworth, after Captain A. J. Southworth, One hundred and fourth Ohio Infantry, killed in action in front of Atlanta, Ga., August 16, 1864.

Fort Elstner, after Lieutenant Colonel George R. Elstner, Fiftieth Ohio Infantry, killed in action near Utoy Creek, Ga., August 8, 1865.

Fort Engle, after Captain Archibald H. Engle, aide-de-camp on the staff of Major-General Schofield, and captain Thirteenth U. S. Infantry, killed in battle of Resaca, Ga., May 14, 1864.

Fort Saunders, after Captain E. D. Saunders, assistant adjutant-general of volunteers, killed in action in front of Dallas, Ga., June 2, 1864.

Fort Hill, after Captain George W. Hill, Twelfth Kentucky Infantry, killed in action in front of Atlanta, Ga., Augusta 6, 1864.

Major James G. C. Dodge, Sixty-first Massachusetts Volunteers, to be lieutenant-colonel by brevet for gallant and meritorious services in leading his regiment on the 2nd instant against the enemy's works (the regiment being left in front.) This officer has been twice wounded in action and, although a cripple, has insisted upon remaining in the service, notwithstanding advice to the from his physicians. His character upon the occasion referred to was of the most conspicuous character. The conduct of the three officers above-mentioned came under my immediate observation and I can safely say had great influence upon our success.

Captain Archibald H. Engle, aide-de-camp on the staff of Major-General Schofield and captain Thirteenth U. S. Infantry, killed in the battle of Resaca, Ga., May 14, 1864.

Captain E. D. Saunders, assistant adjutant-general of volunteers, killed in action in front of Dallas, Ga., June 2, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel George R. Elstner, Fiftieth Ohio Infantry, killed in action near Utoy Creek, Ga., August 8, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel Mervin Clark, One hundred and eighty-third Ohio Infantry, killed in the battle of Franklin, Tenn., November 30, 1864.

Captain M. C. Horton, One hundred and fourth Ohio Infantry, killed in action in front of Dallas, Ga., May 28, 1864.

Captain A. J. Southworth, One hundred and fourth Ohio Infantry, killed in action in front of Atlanta, Ga., August 16, 1864.

Captain George W. Hill, Twelfth Kentucky Infantry, killed in action in front of Atlanta, Ga., August 6, 1864.

Captain William Bishop, One hundredth Ohio Infantry, mortally wounded in action in front of Dallas, Ga., May 28, 1864.

Captain J. T. Philpot, One hundred and third Ohio Infantry, killed in the battle of Resaca, Ga., May 14, 1864.

Captain W. W. Hutchinson, One hundred and third Ohio Infantry, killed in the battle of Resaca, Ga., May 14, 1864.

Captain R. J. Showers, Eightieth Indiana Infantry, killed in the battle of Resaca, Ga., May 14, 1864.

Captain Edgar Camp, One hundred and seventh Illinois Infantry, killed in action at Lost Mountain, Ga., June 16, 1864.

Captain G. A. Gallup, Thirteenth Kentucky Infantry, killed in action near Lovejoy's Station, Ga., September 1, 1864.

Second Lieutenant Julius E. Karnasch, Thirty-fifth Missouri Infantry, topographical engineer on the staff of Major-General Schofield, killed in action near Atlanta, Ga., August 4, 1864.

First Lieutenant James Coughlan, Twenty-fourth Kentucky Infantry, aide-de-camp on the staff of Major-General Schofield, killed in the battle of Franklin, Tenn., November 30, 1864.

Private Henry W. Rowe, Company I, Eleventh New Hampshire Volunteers, was wounded in action July 30, 1864, and is now in Douglas U. S. Hospital, Washington D. C.

Colonel James McFerran, First Cavalry Missouri State Militia.
The casualties in the campaign, while under my command, are as follows:

In action October 6, 1864, on the Osage, below Jefferson City.

Private Wright J. Hill, Company D, killed.

Private Samuel Howard, Company D, mortally wounded.

Sergt. James C. Triplett, Company D, slightly wounded.

Private Warren Mitchell, Company D, severely wounded.

Private George Tyler, Company H, killed.

Private John Harvey, Company H, mortally wounded.

Private Jacob Evans, Company H, mortally wounded.

Private William Collier, Company H, mortally wounded.

In action on the move west of Jefferson City, October 8, 1864.

Sergt. William L. Powell, Company A, slightly wounded.

At Sedalia, Mo., October 15, 1864.

George Sparks, private, Company D, killed.

At Georgetown, Mo., October 14, 1864. 

Lieutenant Triplett, Company D, was severely wounded by pistol-shot, accidentally.

In action at Independence, October 22, 1864.

First Lieutenant John D. Mullins, Company F, mortally wounded.

Private William H. Royston, Company A, severely wounded.

Private Richard Owings, Company G, severely wounded.

Corpl. James C. Wood, Company K, slightly wounded.

Report of Lieutenant Jacob H. Lamb, Battery C, First Rhode Island Light Artillery, of operations July 12-30.

Private Thomas Lamphier killed in action June 3.

Private John Pfaffle wounded in action May 31.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Three Color Bearers Of, 126th., Ohio Infantry.

There seems to be some confusion in the records.  The official record states one thing, while the regimental roster states another.  It will be up to you to decide for yourselves all I can do is give the fates.

Numbers 14. Report of Lieutenant Colonel Aaron W. Ebright, One hundred and twenty-sixth Ohio Infantry, of battle of the Monocacy.

August 27, 1864.

On the 6th of July the division was ordered to Baltimore, Md., at which city we arrived on the morning of the 8th, per steam transports, and at once took the train for Monocacy Junction, on which point the enemy was reported moving. My regiment arrived at Monocacy bridge in the evening and camped near it during the night. On the morning of the 9th the forces here under Major-General Wallace were formed into line of battle, my regiment stationed near the turnpike bridge. At noon this bridge was burnt, and at 3 p. m. my regiment was double-quicked to the left to support the line there that was being severely pressed by the enemy. The regiment advanced beyond our line of battle, driving the enemy behind the crest of a hill, and having been engaged abut one hour, was ordered to fall back. The enemy followed us some miles, annoying us with shot and shell. My loss in this engagement was 3 enlisted men killed, 3 officers and 40 enlisted men wounded, 28 enlisted men missing, and 29th enlisted men known to be prisoners.

In all the engagements of the campaign the officers and men, with a few exceptions, behaved most gallantly; to mention all who have merited remark would extend this report beyond reasonable limits.

Among the many who deserve special mention are First Lieutenant Thomas J Hyatt, acting adjutant, and Sgt. Major James W. Moffat, for their bravery and gallant conduct on the field of battle, both of whom have since been promoted; also First Sergt. John M. Russell, Company D, killed; Private Alvin V. Brashier, Company C, killed; and here I cannot refrain from special mention of the gallant color bearers of this regiment, Corpl. D. W. Welch, Company C, killed; Sergt. J. J. Bricker, Company H, Captured, and Sergt. Abram Colgrove, Company K, wounded, while gallantly standing by their colors in line of battle.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, A. W. EBRIGHT, Lieutenant-Colonel 126th Ohio Vols., Commanding Regiment.

Daniel W. Welch, Corporal, Age 23, Enlisted August 20, 1862, for 3 years.  Killed May 30, 1863, in the Battle of the Wilderness.

John J. Bricker, Sergeant, Age 30, Enlisted August 15, 1862, for 3 years.  Appointer from Corporal, January 1, 1863.  Captured May 6, 1864, at the battle of the Wilderness, Virginia.  Died October 28, 1864, in a rebel prison at Andersville Georgia.

Abram Colgrove, Sergeant, Age 25, Enlisted  August 23, 1862, for 3 years.  Appointed Corporal March 1, 1863; Sergeant July 1, 1864.  Wounded July 9, 1864, in the battle of Monocacy Maryland.  Transferred to company H., 21st., regiment, Veteran Rescrve Corps., March 1, 1865.  Mustered out July 20, 1865, at Trenton N. J., by order of the War Department.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Frist Name Jacob, Civil War..

All the men named here has the first name of Jacob.  This page is to help you learn someting about your ancestor that you may not have known.  Many of the names here will have add information, to find out just drop me a line, and I will see what I can find.

Members of the Fifteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry (or more familiarly known as the "( Anderson Cavalry"), who went to the front and were engaged in the battle of Murfreesborough.

Company I.

Jacob H. Isett, private, mustered in October 3, 1853.  Transfrred to Company K., date unknown. Company K., Sergeant, pomoted to Corporal, October 30, 1862, to Sergeant February 5, 1865.  Mustered out with company June 21, 1865.

Jacob B. Garber Jr., private, mustered in October 3, 1862.  Transfrred to Company C., date unknown.  Company C.., Corporal, mustered in August 22, 1862.  Promoted to Corporal, March 11, 1865.  Mustered out with company June 21, 1865.

Jacob W. Miller, private, mustered in October 10, 1862.  Transfrred to company K., date unknown.  Company K., Corporal, mustered in October 10, 1862.  Promoted to Corporal, March 15, 1865.  Mustered out with company June 21, 1865.

Company K.

Jacob R. Hewitt, Captain, mustered in November 30, 1863.  Promted from private, Anderson Troop, October 10, 1862.  Resigned February 27,1863.

Jacob Hewitt, private, mustered in August 30, 1862.  Transfrred to Company F., date unknown.  Company F., Bugler, mustered in August 30, 1862.  Mustered out with company June 3, 1865.

Company L.

Jacob E. Esbenshade, private, mustered in October 10, 1862.  Transfrred to Company C., date unknown.  Company C.  Mustered out with company June 21, 1865.

Jacob R. Moore, private, mustered in October 3, 1862.  Transfrred to Company K., date unknown.  Company K. Transfrred to Signal Corps., October 27, 1863.

The following men took the oath of allegiance and were allowed to volunteer and were trun over to Colonel Baldwin of the Fifty-Second Virginia, volunteers.

Jacob Quick
Jacob F. Semmes
Jacob Sinter
Jacob Wanger.

Fort Monroe, Va., September 25, 1862.

I. Before a general court-martial, of which Major General John J. Peck is president, convened at Yorktown, Va., pursuant to Paragraph III, Special Orders, Numbers 97, current series, from these headquarters, of September 11, 1862, was arraigned and tried-

Major JACOB P. WILSON, Fifth Regiment Pennsylvania Cavalry, upon the following charges and specifications:

Charge I.- Misbehavior before the enemy.

Specification.-In this: That he, Jacob P. Wilson, a major in the Fifth Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry, in the service of the United States, while on duty with his regiment at or near Williamsburg, Va., did misbehaved himself before the enemy, and did shamefully abandon his post and command and run away. This at or near said Williamsburg, and between said Williamsburg and Yorktown, VA., on or about the 9th day of September, 1862.

CHARGE II.- Speaking words inducing others to misbehave themselves before the enemy and to run away and to shamefully abandon the post which he or they were commanded to defend.

Specification.- In this: That he, said Jacob P. Wilson, major as aforesaid, being stationed with his regiment at or near said Williamsburg, which post he and they were commanded to defend, did speak words induced members of his regiment, or some of them, to misbehave themselves before the enemy, to shamefully abandon said post, and to run away. This at or near Williamsburg, on or about September 9, 1862.

CHARGE III.- Cowardice.

Specification.- In this: That said Jacob P. Wilson, major as aforesaid, while stationed with his regiment at or near said Williamsburg, and before the enemy, did, in a cowardly manner, misbehave, abandon his post and command, and run away. This at or near Williamsburg, Va., on or about the 9th day of September, 1862.

PLEA.- Not guilty.


I. Upon careful consideration the court finds the accused, Major Jacob P. Wilson, Fifth Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry, "Not guilty," of each and all of the charges and specifications, and thereupon acquits him.

II. The proceedings and finding of the court are approved. Major Wilson will resume his sword and return to duty.

The encounter at Williamsburg, on which the charges against Major Wilson are founded, was, under all its aspects, most disgraceful to the regiment to which he belonged. The force of the enemy was certainly not superior to ours. The commanding officer had full notice of the intended attack and chose his own ground. The men behaved with becoming gallantry, the regiment broke, most of them ran away, some of the, as far as Yorktown, 13 miles from their camp. The colonel, 6 other officers, and nearly 60 enlisted men were taken prisoners; the camp was partially destroyed; they were not rallied until the enemy had retired; and the whole affair exhibited a want of organization and discipline utterly discreditable to the principal officers, who are responsible for the condition of the regiment. It can never regain its standing until this stain on its character is effaced by worthier conduct in the face of the enemy.

While the commanding general approves the finding of the court in acquitting Major Wilson of the charge of cowardice, the testimony shows that he might with propriety be brought before another court, on less serious charges of misconduct, and, if it is not though advisable to do so, it is only for the reason that so many others are as deeply involved as himself in the general delinquency.

III. The general court-martial, of which Major General John J. Peck is president, is dissolved.

Jacob Thompson was a rebel and was doing raids from Canada into the United States.
Note.  There is a lot more on him.

Numbers 2. Report of Lieutenant Jacob Van Antwerp, Eleventh Kansas Cavalry.

HEADQUARTERS, Salina, August 17, 1864.

SIR: Six men left this place yesterday morning belonging to Company H, Seventh Iowa, for Fort Ellsworth. They got to Elm Creek about 4 p. m., when they were attacked by from 100 to 300 Indians, 4 of whom were killed, the other two got away. The messenger sent from here arrived at Woodward's ranch and returned with two men, coming in from the battle-field. I have just sent a detachment of ten men, under Lieutenant Booth, up the Republican, which took all the horses fit for duty, but I will send the dispatches through as soon as possible. Lieutenant Helliwell has not arrived here yet. As soon as he gets here I shall go out with all the available forces, as there is undoubtedly a large body of Indians between the Smoky Hill and Saline Rivers.
Yours, truly,

Fourth New Jersey Infantry, Company C.
For bravery and galltntry in rallying their men.

Corporal, Jacob Van Marter.
Private, Jacob L. Bozier.
Private, Jacob Mundin.

Jacob S. Dyer, in close confinement at Alton or Saint Louis, it was not known which.

The following-named officers and enlisted men of the U. S. Army have been duly exchanged as prisoners of war. 
At Port Royal Ferry, S. C., August 16, 1864.

Jacob Harbauer, Company A., Fourteenth Ohio, Infantry.

CAMP SUMTER, Andersonville, Ga.

Received from R. B. Winder, assistant quartermaster, this 1st day of July, 1864, the following lot of property belonging to Federal prisoners, to wit: Numbers 161, Jacob Metsger; silver watch, Numbers 14554.
H. WIRZ, Captain, Commanding Prison.
Robbing a Post Office.

Jacob Varner, who was tried by a U. S. court in Western Virginia and sentenced to imprisonment for robbing a post-office, and to request that you will submit the cases of this last-named man to the President with a view to his being pardoned by him as a necessary preliminary to his being exchanged for Captain Gramm and Lieutenant Wade.

Bridge burners captured in Georgia.

Jacob Parrott, 33rd., Regiment, Ohio, Volunteers, infantry, now in Hardin, Ohio.

Fifth Ohio, Infantry, wounded at the skirmish at Mud Creek.

Private, Jacob Fos, wounded in right shoulder, Co. I.
Private, Jacob Wittman, wounded with buckshot, in side, Co. K.

First Missouri, State Militia Cavalry.

Jacob Evans, Company H., wounded in face mortally.

27th., New York Battery.

July 4, 1864, private Jacob Shick, died at Columbia Hospital, Washington, of disease.

Twentieth Ohio, infantry.

Private [Jacob] Cauter, of Company A, seeing a good opportunity for a shot after the regiment with which that company was serving was ordered to cease firing, asked permission; Lieutenant Weatherby, walking the length of the regiment, obtained permission, and Cauter fired his shot, the only one fired by the company until order was given to resume.

Fourth Michigan, cavalry in the capture of Jefferson Davis.

Private Jacob E. Nunn.
Sergeant Jacob N. Trask.
Private Jacob D. Newth.

147th., Pennsylvania, Veteran Volunteers.

Captain Jacob P. Kreider for their coolness and cheering influence with the men at a time when, to judge from the mass of disorganized men rushing to the rear

Numbers 132. Report of Captain Jacob Miller, Sixteenth Kentucky Infantry, of operations December 15-16, 1864.

Spring Hill, Tenn., December 22, 1864.

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to make the following report of the part my regiment took in the movement of the army on the 15th and 16th instant:

On the 16th [15th] instant, at 6.30 a.m., we moved from our camp in rear of our works, on the right of the Franklin pike, and formed column, by division, en masse with the brigade. Soon after orders were received, and we moved to the right of our line, where our regiment again formed line of battle, the One hundred and fourth Ohio and Twelfth Kentucky resting in our front. At 12 m. it was evident that a move was being made to the right. At 1 p.m. orders were again received, and we continued our movement slowly to the right. At 4 p.m. we again formed line of battle for the purpose of supporting the Third Brigade of the Second Division, which at the time was advancing a short distance to the right and about 100 yards to the front. Soon the rattle of musketry was heard, and we were ordered forward on double-quick to form on their right and rear, their right having become hotly pressed. Night coming on the Third Brigade, Second Division, was withdrawn and we moved forward and took position on the line they had occupied, with our right resting on the Twelfth Kentucky and left on the One hundredth Ohio.

By direction of Colonel Doolittle, commanding brigade, we constructed a line of earth-works during the night to protect our front. During the whole time we were constructing our works the enemy's sharpshooters, a few hundred yards in our front, and immediately in front of works they were at the same time constructing, kept up a constant firing. On the morning of the 16th no change on the part of the enemy in our front was visible, only that they had finished their works, some 400 yards distant, which looked very formidable. The sharpshooters continued their firing, at 8.30 o'clock one man of Company D, while coming from the rear of the works, was struck in the left hip, causing a severe flesh wound. We remained in this position until 3 p.m., when we were ordered to charge and occupy the enemy's works in our immediate front, which we did, driving the enemy's skirmishers before us and their artillerists from their guns, who were just in the act of charging them with canister. Night coming on, we encamped some 200 yards to the left and rear of the enemy's works, constructing a line of earth-works.
I am, captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JACOB MILLER,Captain, Commanding Sixteenth Kentucky Veteran Volunteer Infantry.

Tenth Virginia Infantry.

Captain Jacob H. Kibler, Company F., killed May 2, 1863.

Two Hundred Pennsylvania Volunteers.

Major Jacob Rehrer, Two hundred Pennsylvania Volunteers, as brevet lieutenant-colonel for gallant and meritorious services in the assault upon the enemy's lines in front of Fort Sedgwick April 2, 1865.

Numbers 34. Report of Major Jacob Glass, Thirty-second Indiana Infantry.

CAMP NEAR MANCHESTER, June 30, 1863. GENERAL: I have the honor to report to you about the engagements my regiment had with the enemy.I left Camp Drake with my regiment at about 7 a.m., June 24, 1863, with the rest of the brigade, taking the road leading toward Liberty Gap. On the arrival of the brigade in the gap, about 2 p.m., I was ordered to send Companies A and B, of my regiment, out as skirmishers, to lengthen the lines of the Forty-ninth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and to connect with the left wing of the Fifteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, which I did, and sent Captain W. G. Mank, of Company A, to take command of those two companies. Those two companies were advancing on the enemy in double-quick time, driving the rebels before them, and took possession of the first steep hill, before occupied by the enemy. Both parties kept up a lively fire until Companies A and B were out of ammunition, at about 4 p.m., when I sent Companies G, H, I, and K to the front, to relieve the former. Those four companies, G, H, I, and K, deployed in strong skirmish line, and rapidly advanced toward the enemy, who were falling back, leaving their camp equipage behind. The rest of the regiment was lying in reserve, in the center of the brigade.

The loss of the regiment, in killed and wounded, was as follows on the 24th day of June: Company A, 1 enlisted man killed and 5 wounded; Company B, 1 enlisted man killed and 3 wounded.

At nightfall I was ordered to rally my regiment and march into camp. Next morning, on the 25th day of June, at 6.30 a.m., I relieved the Sixth Regiment Indiana Volunteers on picket. From about 9 a.m. my whole line of pickets was annoyed by rebel sharpshooters, to which I paid but little attention until about 2 p.m., when the fire of the enemy became stronger on the right wing, occupied by Companies I and K, and the center, occupied by Companies F, G, and H, of the regiment. I doubled my line. At about 3 p.m. the enemy made a charge on the right wing of my command, but was checked by Companies I and K, and I ordered them to advance toward the enemy in a left wheel, which they executed gallantly, by which movement the enemy was compelled to fall back, as those two companies brought their fire right on the left flank of the enemy, which was covered by a house, from which position my center had to suffer a great deal. During that time the whole of my regiment was engaged until about 6 p.m., when some companies of my regiment were out of ammunition, and at which time the Fifteenth Regiment came up to relieve my regiment. I came out with my regiment with a loss as follows, on the 25th of June, 1863; Company A, 1 enlisted man wounded; Company G, 1 enlisted man wounded; Company I, 3 enlisted men killed and 7 wounded, and Company K, 2 enlisted men killed and 2 wounded.

It would be wrong for me to mention any man for his bravery, as all the officers and men behaved themselves very gallantly, and every one has done his duty as a soldier.
JACOB GLASS, Major, Commanding Thirty-second Regiment Indiana Volunteers.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Surname Of Wilson Through History.

I have not done a surname post in a while so here is one on the Wilson's.
The following names came out of Congress, the date following the name is the year their "Bill", was in Congress.

Catharine Wilson, widow of Harrison Wilson, 1873.

Nancy Wilson widow of Captain William Wilson, 1844

Elizabeth J. Wilson, Anne C. Wilson and Malinda A. Campbell, heirs to James Wilson. 1835.

Andrew Wilson, 1829.

Elias Wilson child of Lieutenant John Wilson of Georia, 1860.

The following was taken from the official civil war records.

Jacob P. Wilson.

No. 2. Report of Major Joseph L. Moss, Fifth Pennsylvania Cavalry.


Camp Griffin, Va., February 8, 1862:

SIR: I have the honor to submit for the consideration of the commanding general of the division the following report of the operations of the Cameron Dragoons on the 7th instant: At 4 o'clock on the morning of the 7th the Cameron Dragoons left their camp in pursuance of Special Orders, No. 147, of that date, and proceeded as far as Freedom Hill, when our regiment was divided off in the following manner:Captain Wilson, commanding Company F, and Captain J. O'Farrell, commanding Company I, forming one squadron, under the command of Captain Currie, assistant adjutant-general, proceeded on the road through Vienna towards Flint Hill for the purpose of driving in the enemy's pickets. When arriving there the squadron was divided, Captain Wilson's company being ordered to charge to the left and Captain O'Farrell to the right, for the purpose of getting in the rear of the enemy's pickets; but before they succeeded in doing this they were discovered by the pickets, who immediately fled in the direction of Germantown, hotly pursued by Captain Wilson's company to within 1 1/2 miles of the town.

Not overtaking them they returned to Flint Hill, and, pursuant to orders, set fire to an old barn which has for a long time afforded the pickets protection, and then taking the road to the left, leading to Hunter's Mill, they soon discovered a portion of the enemy's reserve secreted in Mrs. Peck's house. The order was then immediately given by Captain Currie to charge upon the house and surround it, but when within 50 yards of it the enemy opened a brisk fire from within with Colt's repeating rifles as well as from the neighborhood hills and woods. Notwithstanding this the men boldly charged to the doors and windows of the house, Captain Wilson at their head (two in doing this received a serious and very painful wound from a rifle-ball, which entered the ear, glanced around the skull bone, and came out at the back of the head), dismounted, entered the house, killing 1 man and succeeded in capturing 4 prisoners (of the First North Carolina Cavalry), 3 horses, and 5 revolving rifles. A number of the company, with their prisoners, were then ordered to fall back to Freedom Hill
Note. There are other reports on Jacob P. Wilson.

Major James Wilson, Third Cavalry, Missouri State Militia.

Saint Louis, Mo., October 28, 1864.

VIII. It appearing from the most conclusive evidence that Major James Wilson, Third Cavalry Missouri State Militia, and six men of his command, taken prisoners of war by the enemy in their late raid through the State at Pilot Knob, Mo., were turned over by some rebel officer, now unknown, to the guerrilla Tim. Revess, at a place near the town of Union, in Franklin County, Mo., and that subsequently Major wilson and his men were brutally, murdered by this blood-stained outlaw; theretofore, in compliance with so much of Special Orders, Numbers 277, paragraph 12, headquarters Department of the Missouri, date October 6, 1864 (hereto appended), as can at this time be carried into effect, the following six the enlisted men of the rebel army-James W. Gates, Company H, Third Missouri Cavalry, C. S. Army; John N. Ferguson, Company A, Crabtree's cavalry, C. S. Army; Harvey H. Balckburn, Company A, Coleman's cavalry, C. S. Army; John Nichols, Company G, Second Missouri Cavalry, C. S. Army; Charles W. Minneken, company A, Crabtree's (Arkansas) cavalry, C. S. Army; Asas V. Lad, company A, Burbridge's (Missouri) cavalry, C. S. Army-will be shot to death with musketry within the limits of the city of Saint Louis, Mo., on Saturday, the 29th day of October, 1864, between the hours of 2 and 4 p. m.

Lieutenant Colonel Gustav Heinrichs, Forty-first Missouri Infantry, superintendent and inspector of military prisons, is hereby charged with the execution of this order.

William T. Wilson ( Billy Wilson.)


DEAR SIR: On the morning of the 19th instant I arrested on board the steamer Mary Washington in Baltimore one William T. Wilson. On searching his person I found concealed in an overcoat pocket one large druggist's jar containing thirty ounces of quinine, one package of letters addressed to parties in Europe and a number of photographs. I also found in Wilson's hat very ingeniously concealed twenty ounces of quinine. From reliable information received since the arrest I am satisfied that Wilson is no other person that the notorious Billy Wilson, of Saint Mary's County, Md., and the individual for whom the Government recently offered a large reward. Wilson had on him when arrested British papers and a British passport showing that he had traveled throughout Europe as an Englishman. Wilson is now confined at Fort McHenry awaiting the orders of the State Department. I consider him a very unsafe man to be at large.
Yours, very respectfully,L. C. BAKER.U. S. MARSHALS OFFICE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, New York, December 31, 1861.
Note. There more reports on William T. Wilson.

The following was taken from the regimental histries.

Twenty-third, Pennsylvania Infantry.

John Wilson, Company G., killed at Cold Harbor, June 1, 1864.

Edward B. Wilson wounded at Gettsburg, July 3, 1863.

John T. Wilson, Company C., killed at Marye's Heights, May 3, 1863.

Harrison Wilson, private, Co. C., mustered in March 3, 1864, for 3 years.  Not on muster out roll.

Thomas M. Wilson, Company C., mustered in September 1, 1861, for 3 years.  Deserted December 1861.

Charles H. Wilson, private, Company D., Mustered in July 18, 1863, for 3 years.  Transferred to Co. H., 82nd.

John Wilson, private, Compamy D., Mustered in August 10, 1863, for 3 years.  Deserted August 20, 1863.

William J. Wilson, private, Company E., mustered in August 14, 1861, for 3 years.  Discharged on Surgeon Cert. September, 1861.

George W. Wilson, Second Lieutenant, Company O., to Adjutant, killed at Spottsylvania, Court House, May 9, 1864.

Fifty-fifth Illinois infantry.

William Wilson, Compamy G., wounded in hand, at Little Kenesaw, June 27, 1864.

Thomas Wilson Company B., Killed shot in the head in the battle before Atlanta.

Benjamin A. Wilson, Company B., Enlisted at Lewistown, August 31, 1861.  Discharged for disability September 4, 1862.  Reported to have been kill by Indians in 1877.

J. O. Wilson, Company G., enlisted at Busnell, Oct 8, 1861.  Died at Quiney Illinois, May 16, 1862.

187th., Pennsylvania infantry.

Henry Wilson, Compamy B., Mustered in June 23, 1863.  Mustered out with compant October 3, 1863.

Jacob Wilson, Company E., Mustered in June 24, 1863.  Mustered out with company October 3, 1863.

Daniel W. Wilson, Company A., Wellsboro, Pennsylvania.

James P. Wilson, Field and Staff, Surgeon, rank April 14, 1864.  Died at Harrisburg Pennsylvania, July 5, 1864.

Henry B. Wilson, Fielf and Staff, Commissary Sergeant, rank January 26, 1864, promoted from private, date is unknown.  Mustered out with company August 3, 1865.

Henry C. Wilson, Corporal, Company A., rank February 25, 1864.  Mustered out with company August 3, 1865.

Edward Wilson, Company F., rank February 3, 1864.  Deserted February 6, 1864.

Authors note.  these were just a few Wilson's, if you didn't see yor ancestor or a name of interest here and would like me to look into your name just drop me a line.  I will be glad to look into it.

Monday, November 12, 2012

John B. Brewer, New York.

BREWER, JOHN B.—Age, 22 years. Enlisted, September 4, 1862, at New York city, to serve three years; mustered in as
corporal, Co. G, October 18, 1862; captured, no date, at Franklin, La.; returned to ranks, no date; escaped and returned to
duty, March 27, 1864; promoted corporal, July 23, 1864; captured in action, July 25, 1864, at Deep Bottom, Va.; escaped
and returned to duty, December 24, 1864; promoted sergeant, March 1,1865; first sergeant, July 1,1865; returned to sergeant, October 11, 1865; mustered out with company, October 12, 1865, at Savannah, Ga.; also borne as Bremer and Brener.

Brewer, Johx B., corporal. Co. G, aged 22; enrolled Sept. 4, '62, at New York ; mustered in Oct. 18, "62, at New York, for 3 yeai-s. 1862: Oct., present: Dfc, last paid to Oct. 31, '62, absent, detailed for recruiting service at New York City, Nov. 29, '62. 1863 : Feb., absent, detailed on recruiting service in N, Y. City, Nov. 21, '62, by S. O. No. 15, Hd. Qrs., Banks' expedition; Apr., last paid to Jan. 1, '63, deserted at Franklin, La., Apr. 14, '63; June to Dec, inclusive, name not borne. 1864: Feb., name not borne; Apr., last paid to Nov. 1, '62, private, present, gained by error, having been reported as deserted, when left sick at Franklin, La., and taken prisoner, escaped and reported to regt. Mch. 27, '64 ; entitled to pay from last payment ; June, last paid to Apr. 30, '64, present ; Aug., last paid to Apr. 30, '64, corporal, absent, prisoner of war in the hands of the enemy since July 25, 64; Oct., last paid to Apr. 30, '64, absent, prisoner of war since July 25, '64; Dec, same. 1865: Feb., last paid to May l.'64, absent,, prisonor of war, captured at Deep Bottom, Va., July 25, '64 ; Apr., last paid to Dcc. '31, '64, sergeant, present, promoted from '2d corporal Apr. 1, '65; back i)ay due as private from Apr. :30 to July 1, '64; corporal's pay due froiu June 30, '64, to Nov. 1, '64, less ,$4 overdrawn by error; June, last paid to May 1, '65, present, deduct $4.10 for trausportatiou ; Aug., last paid to Apr. 30, '65 1st sergeant, absent, promoted from 5th sergeant July 1, 65, vice O'Keefe, discharged sick in U. S. post hospital, Savannah, Ga., since July 23, 65. Mustered out, a sergeant, wiih company Oct. 12. '65, Savannah, Ga.; last paid to Apr. 30, '65; clothing never settled; clotliiug due soldier, $113.16 bounty due, $100; dropped by error as a deserter Apr. 13, '63 ; was captured by the enemy, escaped and retunud to duty Mar.. 24, '64, taken up as private, reinstated as corporal July 23, '64, promoted to sergeant Mar. 1, '65, to Ist sergeant July 1, '65, reduced to sergeant Oct. 11 , '65.

Franklin Glass, New York.

What I found interesting about this information is what the cost of every thing was.

GLASS, FRANKLIN.—Private, Co. A, One Hundred and Seventy-fourth Infantry; transferred to Co. A, this regiment, February 17, 1864; mustered out with company, October 12, 1865, at Savannah, Ga., as Gloss.

Glass,Fkanklin, Co. A. 1864: Feb., last paid to Oct. 31; present; transferred front 174 N. Y. V., S. O. 47, Feb. 17, '64. 19 A. C. ; enrolled Nov. 12, '62, at NewYork; mustered in Nov. 13, '62, at New York, for 3 yrs.; April, last paid to Feb. 29, present; June, last paid to April 30, present; stoppage, haversack, 33cts. ; canteen, 41 cts. ; half shelter- tent, $1.75 = $2.49; Aug., last paid to April 30, '64, absent, sick in hospital, Bolivar, since Aug. 5, '64; Oct., last paid to April 30, '61, absent, sick in hospital at Annapolis, Aug. 5, '64; Dec, last paid to Aug. 31, '64, present; extra clothing, $10.00. 1865: Feb., last paid to Dec. 31, '64, present; stoppage, haversack, 67 cts.; half shelter-tent, $2.30; extra clothing, $20. 00 = $22. 97 ; April. last paid to Dec. 31, '64, present; stoppage, half shelter-tent, $2.30; haversack, 67 cts. ; extra clothing from Feb. rolls, $20.01) =$22.97; June, last paid to April 30, '65, present; pay due for mouths of May and June, '64; Aug., same. Mustered out with Co. Oct. 12, 1865, at Savannah, Ga. ; clothing last settled March 1, '63; due U. S., $21.26; bounty due, $100.00.