Saturday, February 09, 2013

Levi Cassity, Tenth Illinois Cavalry.

Levi Cassity.

Name: CASSITY, LEVI. Rank: PVT. Company: B. Unit: 10 IL US CAV. Personal Characteristics. Residence: AUBURN, SANGAMON CO, IL. Age: 26. Height: 5' 11. Hair: SANDY. Eyes: GRAY. Complexion: LIGHT. Occupation: FARMER. Nativity: IL. Service Record. Joined When: SEP 20, 1861. Joined Where: BERLIN, IL. Joined By Whom: MAJ J S SMITH. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: NOV 25, 1861. Muster In Where: CAMP BUTLER, IL. Remarks: DISCHARGED DEC 31, 1862 FOR DISABILITY.

The following was taken from the history of the Union Indian Brigade.

Battle of Prairie Grove.

To further strengthen his advance while forming his brigade in line of battle, Colonel Wickersham sent to its support a section of two-pounder steel howitzers attached to the Tenth Illinois Cavalry, under Corporal Levi Cassity. On proceeding down the road the Corporal passed a short distance beyond the line of the advance Federal squadrons with his howitzers when a Confederate force less than one hundred yards off fired a volley at him, wounded him in the arm severely, killed one of his horses and wounded the other. After this mishap the men in charge of the other gun fell back rapidly with it to the main column, then form ing in line and unlimbering, sent several rounds of canister into the Confederate force, causing it to retire into the timber. At the favorable moment, Lieutenant J. M. Simeral, First Iowa Cavalry, took twenty men, rescued the abandoned howitzer and Corporal Cassity, who had remained with it, and brought them back into the Federal line.

The follwing was taken from the official records.
Part of a report of Colonel Dudley Wickersham, tenth, Illinois Cavlary.

At this juncture a section of the 2-pounder howitzers was ordered to their support; ere they arrived, their movements being characterized with no delay, the enemy had fallen back some 150 yards. The howitzers proceeded some 100 yards down the road in advance of my forces, and there received a terrible fire from the enemy, wounding Corpl. Levi Cassity, of Company B, Tenth Illinois Cavalry, destroying one of his arms, and Private E. McCarty, of Company G, of same regiment, both belonging to the front gun, the former in command thereof Corporal Cassity's horse attached to the gun wounded. The others, beholding this, feel back with the remaining gun to the head of the column, then at Marr's house, and opened into the enemy's ranks with several rounds of canister, killed 30 men.Finding at this time that our infantry was hotly engaging the enemy from a position a short distance in my front, from an open meadow adjacent to a corn-field on my left, I left with my command to support them; when, just before reaching them, I received your ordered to given way to the left, to permit your battery to come to their relief, and your fur their order to support said battery. Just prior to these changes, Lieutenant -- (name unable to learn), with 20 men from Companies L and M, First Iowa Cavalry, volunteered to rescue the missing upon-a perilous task, speedily and meritoriously accomplished. The enemy had not taken it from the field, having been driven back immediately, subsequent to delivering their fire upon it, by the galling fire of my howitzer. Here an individual act of heroism became known, and is worthy of mention, namely, Corporal Cassity was still with the gun, having refused to desert it.

Names of Flagman, Civil War.

Flagman Alonzo H. Hurd, Company H, First Minnesota Volunteers. 

Flagman Edward G. Redner, Thirty-fourth New York Volunteers.

Flagmen Oliver S. Temple, Forty-third New York Volunteers.

Flagman S. W. Shirley, Sixteenth Indiana Volunteers.

Flagman Peter Spargo, First Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteers.

First Lieutenant William S. Gogswell, Company I, fifth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers, and First Lieutenant Henry S. Taff, Company H, Fifteenth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, acting signal officers, having carried their flags in action at Port Royal Feerry, S. C., and in a manner to receive the official approbation and mention of the military and naval officers under whom they were serving, will hereafter bear upon their battle-flags a star having inscribed "Port Royal Ferry" in place of the block now borne. The name of the non-commissioned officer or private who acted as flagman during the action for which any flag is decorated will be reported to the Chief Signal Officer with a statement of the circumstances, in order that the name of the flagman may be laid before the commander in chief on the list of those who have rendered meritorious service.

I desire to call especial attention to the coolness and efficiency of Private George H. Walker,signal flagman. For some months I have known of Walker's capacity to read. Ho obtained the code over a year ago through the negligence and carelessness of an officer instructed at Annapolis. For a long time I promised the severest punishment to my men if caught attempting to read or to obtain any portion of the code, but finding that officers senior to myself not only tolerated but encouraged their men to do so, I spoke of it, and was informed that the matter was well know to Major Myer. Since being at Yorktown, therefore, I have allowed Walker to read, and have been astonished at his intelligence, superior to that of some officers I have worked with Lieutenant Benson and myself abbreviated all ordinary messages to at least one-fourth their length if sent in full; but Walker seldom has trouble to read them. In directing the fire of the Morris on the 1st instant I at first partially spelled out the messages, using only the more suggestive abbreviations, such as eny, enemy; apch, approach, &c. But desiring to work more quickly I used the abbreviations fll, ef, of of, ect, and was somewhat astonished at Walker's receiving them all instantly and correctly without once calling for a "report." He has never heretofore received the official abbreviations from me, but I have now given them to him, as I deem myself justified in doing, as I am liable to any time to have occasion to use them with him.
I desire to recommend Private Walker for promotion. I intended to have recommended him for appointment as sergeant under the new organization of the Signal Corps, and now I consider that he has doubly earned his chevrons. Walker has been with me since June 25, 1862, and I have has ample opportunity of knowing his capacity.

Flagman Charles A. Griffin
Flagman James H. Smith.

flagman, First-Class Private Joseph A. Sedam, Signal Corps, U. S. Army.

 flagman, Private Warren W. Palmer, stood at his post like a true and tried soldier, for which he deserves great credit.

Flagman Private Ezra M. Chaffee, Sixth Michigan Cavalry, Company F
Note. was to be promoted to falgman.

 flagman Private J. W. Brown.

flagman, Timothy S. Marsh, Company D, Twenty-first Massachusetts Volunteers.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Edward M. Heyl

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Edward M. Heyl.

Birth: Feb. 14, 1844, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.
Death: Jan. 2, 1895.
Wife: Mary Delphine Heyl (1861 - 1902.)
Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia.
Edward Miles Heyl: Born in and appointed from Pennsylvania. Quartermaster-Sergeant and First Sergeant Company E, Third Pennsylvania Cavalry, August 12, 1861 ; Second Lieutenant September 8, 1862 ; First Lieutenant May I, 1863; Captain May 2, 1864; Honorably mustered out August 24, 1864 ; First Lieutenant Ninth Cavalry July 28, 1866 ; Captain July 31, 1867; Transferred to Fourth Cavalry December 31, 1870; Major and Inspector-General February 19, 1885; Lieutenant-Colonel and Inspector General September 22, 1885 ; Colonel and Inspector General February 12, 1889; Brevetted Major February 27, 1890, for gallant services in actions against Indians at the Rio Pecos, Texas, June 7, 1869, the Salt Fork of the Brazos River, Texas, September 16, 1869, and at the South Fork of the Stano River, Texas, September 24, 1869, in which last-named action he was severely wounded ; Died January 2, 1895.

Battle of Brandy Station
June 9, 1863

A party of officers were grouped just in front of our skirmish line, engaged in a discussion as to the distance of the Confederate line, and one made a bet that they were out of carbine range. The bet was taken, and Lieutenant Edward M. Heyl, of Company I, one of the best shots in the regiment, was asked his opinion. Quietly going up to one of his men, whose carbine he had tried before and knew to be a good one, he set the sight for what he estimated the distance to be, aimed it carefully and with deliberation at the man on the right of the skirmish line, fired, and the man tumbled off his horse. That settled the question.

John E or ( F). Ridley.

John E. Ridley.
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John F. Ridley was born in Berlin, Worcester county, Mass, March 3oth, 1840. He lived there a few years ; then moving to Canton, Mass, where he stayed a short time, thence to Lynn, Mass, living there until 1843, from thence to Andover, Mass., where he entered the dry goods store of Ira, Truell & Co., of Lawrence in the fall of 1859. Staying there until the fall, 1860, and then entering the employ of W. A. Balcom.

Enlisted August 9th, 1862, in Company B, Forty-first Massachusetts Infantry, under Captain L. D. Sergeant afterwards Major and Colonel of the Third Massachu setts Cavalry, going from Lawrence to the camp at Lynnfield, and from there to Boxford. He went to Union Race Course, Long Island, N. Y., and at that place, sometime in November, 1862, was detailed, and put into the Signal Corps.

John E. Ridley Taken Prisoner.
Hardly had the " Sachem " come within range of the enemy's batteries, when a shot struck her steampipe and disabled her. On board of her were Dane, Borden, Cobb, and Ridley, all belonging to the regiment, detailed at Long Island by Col. Chickering at Banks' request. Borden came from Company A, Captain Vinal ; Ridley from Company B, Captain Noyes ; and Cobb from Company C, Captain Swift. They were all good men, and had, by meritorious conduct, commended themselves to their superior officers. When the " Sachem " was struck by the shot from the enemy's battery, she Hauled down her colors and surrendered. After continuing the fight for about twenty minutes, the " Clifton " followed suit. When the shot struck the "Sachem," Borden and Cobb were killed by the scalding steam.

When the gunboat surrendered, Lieutenant Dane and private Ridley were, of course, made prisoners. Abraham F. Borden was a good soldier, and a brave man. His home was in New Bedford. He was married, and left a wife and two childen to mourn his sad end. Andrew P. Cobb enlisted in Roxbury. His home was on the Cape, in the village of Hyannis. A widowed mother mourned his death for many years. His name is on the soldier's monument in the town of Barnstable.

Writing of this unfortunate affair, Ridley says : " I learned after the " Johnnies " got us into Texas, that Borden and Cobb were taken on shore, and buried on Texas soil. That is all I could ever learn of them."

Concerning his experiences as a prisoner of war. Flagman Ridley writes : " At the time I was taken prisoner with Lieutenant Dane, on September 8th, 1863, we were carried up the river to Sabine City. From this we were taken to Beaumont. At Beaumont we were put on board some platform cars, and carried to Houston, Texas. Spent Sunday at latter place (we were captured on Thursday); from Houston we went to the town of Hampstead, and were put into a camp where there were some sheds. Here we were kept awhile, and then "paroled" for the road. An exchange was soon to take place- at Shreveport, La.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Aaron Cone Jewett

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Aaron Cone Jewett.

Aaron C. Jewett, of Ann Arbor. Jewett was a leading spirit in University circles. His parents were wealthy, he an only son to whom nothing was denied that a doting father could supply. Reared in luxury, he was handsome as a girl and as lovable in disposition. It was current rumor that one of the most amiable young women in the college town— a daughter of one of the professors was his betrothed. He was graduated with the senior class of that year and immediately enlisted. Notwithstanding his antecedents and his station in life he performed his humble duties in the ranks without a murmur, thus furnishing one more illustration of the patriotism that animated the best type of young men of that day. Ah ! He was a comely soldier, with his round, ruddy face, his fresh complexion, his bright black eyes, and curling hair the color of the
raven, his uniform brushed and boots pohstied to the pink of neatness.

These things together with his modest mien and close attention to his duties made of him a marked man and, in a short time, regimental headquarters had need of him. He was detailed as clerk, then as acting sergeant major and, when early in the year 1863, it was announced that Hiram F. Hale was to be appointed army paymaster, Jewett was chosen to sueceed him as adjutant, but had not received his 1 commission when death overtook him at Williamsport, Maryland, July 6. there was grief in the Sixth of Michigan on that fateful night when it was known that Aaron Jewett lay within the enemy's lines smitten by a fragment of a shell while faithfully delivering the orders of his colonel to the troops of the regiment as they successively came into line under a heavy fire of  artillery. Weber and myself with our men tried to recover the body, but were unable to do so, a force of  confederates having gained possession of the ground. Later Jewett's father succeeded in finding the body of his son and performed the sad duty of giving it proper sepulture.

Authors note.  You can read more about him and his family by going to the site of ( Find a Grave.)

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Henry Martin Kellogg

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Henry Martin Kellogg.

Brith: Jan. 10, 1834.
Death: May 20, 1863. Parent: Elam Kellogg (1795 - 1872.)
Wife: Amanda Sarah Whiting Kellogg Bardwell (1834 - 1906.)
Child: Harry Whiting Kellogg (1861 - 1952.)
Burial:Shelburne Center Cemetery, Shelburne, Franklin County, Massachusetts.
Plot: Right Side of Gate Row 3

The following was taken from the 33rd, Illinois Infantry Regimental History.

Captain Henry Matin Kellogg's Death, May 20, 1863..

Capt. Kellogg, Company C, had a strong presentiment that he would be killed in making this passage, and he coolly arranged all his business matters with his Orderly Sergeant, appointing him his administrator, and desiring his body to be sent home. I saw him just as we began the passage and he was cool and courageous as ever. We moved by the right flank across the railroad on the double-quick, where, to my surprise, we were not fired upon. We then filed to the left and attempted to pass into the next hollow over the lowest and least exposed point, and though we were now nearly concealed by a thicket, we received a heavy volley of grapeshot right in our midst. I looked around to see who of our brave boys had fallen ; but all appeared to have escaped. A few yards further on, as we descended into the hollow, an officer close to me fell dead; it was Capt. Kellogg. .

Capt. Kellogg's body was taken by Sergt. Bush on the 21st to Young's Point on the Mississippi in an effort to send it home ; but this being found impossible, it was buried on the river bank there, and efforts made some months later to find the grave were not successful.  He is one of many victims of the war who "sleep in unknown graves". 

His service record. 

Henry Martin Kellogg, First Lieutenant, 33rd., Illinois Infantry, Co. C., Residence Bloomington, Enlisted August 30, 1861, Promoted Captain January 24, 1862.  Killed in action May 20, 1863, at Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Amandus L. Bush.

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Amandus L. Bush.

Birth: 1833
Death: October 25, 1914.
Burial: Oak Hill Memorial Park, Escondido, San Diego county California.

The following is taken from the 33rd., Illinois, Regimental History.

First Lieut. Amandus L. Bush was an officer full of good nature and enterprise. He was inclined to take things as they came without complaining, which is an excellent characteristic of a soldier. Bush was always ready to share his last dollar and only cracker with any soldier, and if the good wishes of his comrades are worth anything, his chickens will all lay golden eggs. He is in the poultry business in Escondido, California.

Amandus L. Bush, First Lieutenant, Company C., 33rd., Illinois Infantry, Residence Bloomington, Service, December 27, 1863 through December 7, 1865.  Discharged with Regiment. Veteran.


Name: BUSH, AMANDUS L Rank: SGT Company: C Unit: 33 IL US INF. Personal Characteristics Residence: BLOOMINGTON, MCLEAN CO, IL Age: 28 Height: 5' 10 1/2 Hair: BLACK Eyes: HAZEL Complexion: DARK Marital Status: MARRIED Occupation: TINNER Nativity: PA Service Record Joined When: AUG 15, 1861 Joined Where: BLOOMINGTON, IL Joined By Whom: EDWARD R ROE Period: 3 YRS Muster In: AUG 22, 1861 Muster In Where: CAMP BUTLER, IL Remarks: PROMOTED 2LT

Second Lieutenant.

Service Record Joined When: JUL 3, 1863 Joined Where: NEAR VICKSBURG, MS Joined By Whom: LT MEINHOLD Period: 3 YRS Muster In: JUL 3, 1863 Muster In Where: NEAR VICKSBURG, MS Remarks: PROMOTED 1LT

First Lieutenant.

Service Record Joined When: MAY 13, 1864 Joined Where: NEW ORLEANS, LA Joined By Whom: CPT DERUSSY Period: 3 YRS Muster In: MAY 13, 1864 Muster In Where: NEW ORLEANS, LA Muster Out: NOV 24, 1865 Muster Out Where: VICKSBURG, MS Muster Out By Whom: LT ROZIENE Remarks: None

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Joseph A. Ege.

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Joseph A. Ege.

Birth: Apr. 13, 1842 Newville Cumberland County Pennsylvania.
Death: Sep. 21, 1903 Montgomery County Pennsylvania.

The son of Joseph Arthur & Jane Elmira Woodburn Ege and husband of Henrietta Virginia (Richardson) Ege, whom he married on September 2, 1868.

A Civil War veteran, he enlisted in Newville, Cumberland County, August 6, 1862, and mustered in Harrisburg August 14 with Co. E, 130th Pa Inf, at the rank of 2nd sergeant. Promoted to 1st sergeant August 17, 1862, and to 2nd lieutenant December 13, 1862. Suffered a "slight" head wound at Fredericksburg and again in the arm and chest at the battle of Chancellorsville. Also enlisted in Harrisburg June 26, 1863, with Co. F, 1st Pa Battalion, at the rank of 1st lieutenant. Promoted to captain July 13, 1863, and discharged January 9, 1864.

Reenlisted January 13, 1864, and mustered February 26 as captain of Co. D, 187th Pa Inf. Promoted to lieutenant colonel June 19, 1865, and discharged August 3, 1865.

Burial: Hillside Cemetery Roslyn Montgomery County Pennsylvania.

Short notes from 187th., Pennsylvania Regimental History.

Company F. Captain Joseph A. Ege, Cumberland county, June 26, 1863. 
Company F., Captain Joseph A. Ege, June 26, 1863, promoted from First Lieutenant July 13, 1863.  Mustered out with company January 9, 1864.

May 19 or 20, 1864, the members of company D., presented Captain Joseph A. Ege with a very beautiful sword and belt.

June 23, 1864, Captain Joseph A. Ege was slightly wounded in the thumb by a piece of shell.

Joseph A. Ege, Lieutenant Colonel, February 26, 1864.  Promoted from Captain Co. D., June 18, 1865.  Mustered out with Regiment August 3, 1865.

Monday, February 04, 2013

The Amputees, Civil War.

The following Information comes from the Official Records.

Second New York Artillery Co. I.

BELL, JOHN.-Age, 21 years. Enlisted, January 18, 1864, at Avon, N. Y.; mustered in as private, Co. I, January 23,1864, to serve Three years; transferred to Co. E, date not stated; wounded in action, December 9,1864, at Hatcher's Run, Va.; discharged for disability, October 5, 1865, at Hick's General Hospital, Baltimore, Md.  Left leg amputated.

Second New York Artillery Co. D.

COFFIN, JAMES D.—Age, 19 year®. Enlisted, February 29,1861, at BTidgewaber; mustered in as private, Co. D, February 29, 1864, to serve three years; wounded in action, May 19, 1864, at Spottsylvania, Va.; discharged for disability, March 30, 1865, at Baltimore, Md.  Left Arm amputated.

10th., Illinois Infantry.

Captain Frank Munson, wounded in left arm, amputated.

Captain Charles Carpenter, wound in left hand, third finger amputated.

11th., United States Infantry.

Second Lieutenant, A. J. Barber, Legs amputated above the knees.

Captain J. M. Goodhue, finger amputated.

Twenty-first Louisiana Infantry

Corpl. F. Haggerty, Company D, Twenty-first Louisiana Infantry (heavy batteries), loss of leg by wound and amputation.

33rd. Ner Jesery Infantry.

Private Lewis Margold, Company G, Thirty-third New Jersey Volunteers. He was admitted November 25, complaining of his arm, and saying he had been struck by a shell. The limb seemed numb and useless, but the skin was not broken nor even discolored. It was not very closely examined, but no particular lesion was supposed to exist. In a few days it swelled, became discolored, signs of mortification appeared and much constitutional disturbance. It was treated by deep and long incisions, warm fomentations, and tincture of iodine applied above the incisions.  Finally, on the 22nd December, the arm was amputated above the elbow, and the humerus disclosed two fractures, running into the humero-ulnar articulation. This case was sent to field hospital December 29, and its termination is unknown.

9th., Pennsylvania Cavalry.

Captain E. A. Hancock, Company B, Ninth Pennsylvania Cavalry, wounded, causing amputation of the left leg.

31st. or 32nd, Missouri Infantry.

Private Burt Clouts, Company F, knee, amputated.

100th., Illinois Infantry.

 Joseph Butcher, private, Company F, leg amputated.

7th., Michigan Cavalry.

 Joseph Butcher, private, Company F, leg amputated.

23rd., Ohio Infantry.

Captain John U. Hiltz, of Company C, and excellent officer, had his right leg amputated.

63rn., Ohio Infantry.

Lieutenant Colonel Charles E. Brown, commanding Sixty-third Ohio, was wounded near the close of the action in the leg, which has since been amputated near the thigh.

83rd., Indiana Infantry.

Colonel Benjamin L. Spooner was severely wounded (had left arm amputated),

!4th., U. S. Colored Infantry.

 Private Daniel L. Brown, Company C, right leg amputated. 

95th., Illinois Infantry.

Samuel Snyder, Company A, left leg broken by a lump of hard red clay, so as to require amputation above the knee, and he is not expected to live.

United States Army.

Colonel Hugo Wangelin, wounded in arm at Ringgold (since amputated).

41st., Ohio Infantry.

Colonel Aquila Wiley, Forty-first Ohio Volunteers, commanding the First Battalion, was shot through the leg, making amputation necessary. The loss to the service of this officer cannot be properly estimated. He was always prompt and thorough, and possessed capacity and knowledge of his duties that never left him at fault. I know no officer of equal efficiency in the volunteer service, and none whose past service entitle them to better reward. The service and losses of his battalion, composed of the Forty-first and Ninety-third Ohio Infantry, also stand conspicuous.

125th., Illinois Infantry.

Richard Clearwater, Company G, wounded, foot amputated.

27th., Illinois Infantry.

 First Lieutenant Joseph Voellinger, Company A, received a musket shot just below the knee, breaking the bone, necessitating amputation of limb.

4th., Virginia, Infantry.

Lieutenant A. P. Bourn, Company F., permanently disabled by amputation (since dead).

3rd., United States Infantry.

George B. Butler (severely wounded, arm amputated);

3rd., Michigan Infantry.

Colonel B. R. Pierce, Third Michigan, was wounded in the leg, since amputated

20th., New York Militia.

George W. Peet, of Twentieth New York State Militia, of same brigade (was wounded in the early part of the engagement by a cannon-shot in the leg, rendering amputation necessary.

10th., Georgia.

Lieutenant J. McNeil, of Company C, whose leg has since been amputated..

18th., United States Infantry.

Corpl. Bernard [C.] Connelly of Captain Henry Belknap's company (D), Third Battalion, attached to Second Battalion; wounded severely in the leg by a shell, whose leg has since been amputated.

7th., Massachusetts Infantyr.

Nathaniel Geary, amputation of right leg above the knee.

3rd. New York Cavalry.

Private William Bellows, Company C, wounded seriously, left arm amputated.

7th., Minnesota, Infantry.

 Private Andrew Agren, Company C, wounded in right leg, suffered amputation above knee joint.

2nd., Kansas Cavalry.

Private Vincent B. Osborn, of the Second Kansas Cavalry, had his thigh bone shattered whilst making the cable of the Jacobs fast on shore. His leg was subsequently amputated and his life is lost.

15th., Army Corps.

Sergt. Marshall House, Company F, was severely wounded in the thigh; leg since amputated.

25th., Winsonsin Infantry.

Colonel Wager Swayne, commanding, was wounded by a shell, and his right leg amputated above the knee.

32nd., Iowa, Infantry.

Captain Theodore De Tar, commanding Company D, who, after pursuing the enemy to the mountain, was wounded in the right ankle, making an amputation necessary.

95th., Illinois Infantry.

Sergt. John Kennedy, Company A, Ninety-fifth Illinois Volunteers, knee carried away by a cannon ball or unexploded shell; primary amputation of the thigh.

8th., Michigan, Infantry.

 Henry McComas, Company E (leg amputated).

2nd Illinois Light Artillery.

 Private Thomas McCauley had his thigh broken by a shell; his leg was amputated.

49th., Tennessee, Infantry.

Colonel W. F. Young, of the Forty-ninth Tennessee, was severely wounded while discharging his duty with that uniform coolness and gallantry which has characterized him during his whole term of service. His wound was so severe as to require the amputation of his right arm, and will, I fear, permanently disable him from duty in the field.
C. S. Army.

During all these operations, and up to 27th of July, the brigade was under command of Brigadier General M. D. Ector. On that day, while in the redan occupied by Ward's battery and directing the fire of the same, General Ector received, by a piece of shell which exploded in the redan, a painful wound above the left knee, which caused the amputation of the left leg about midway the thigh.

1st., Missouri Light Artillery.

Corpl. William Miller wounded, and leg amputated.

31st., Iowa Infantry.

 private of Company H, was wounded in both thighs, severely in the flesh of the left thigh, and the bone of the right thigh broken. His right leg has been amputated above the knee, and it is feared that his wounds will or have already proved mortal.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

William G. Ewin, Tennessee.

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Written by Rev. J. H. McNeilly, of Glen Leven Church, NashviUe, Tenn.

William Goodwin Ewin was the second son of Mr. John H. Ewin, who was for many years the head of a wholesale drug business in Nashville; and who gave two sons to the cause of the South in her struggle for independence.

The older son, Colonel Henry Ewin, was mortally wounded in the battle of Murfreesboro, where his conspicuous courage won for him promotion to a position which he did not live to fill. The younger son was bom in Davidson county, Tennessee, Jan. 17, 1842, and received the usual education of a youth in his circumstances. After leaving school, he managed his father's farm for a short time, until the beginning: of the Civil War in 1861.

He was a young man of fine address and winning manners, very popular with all who knew him. He had been brought up to regard honor and duty above all else, and when Tennessee seceded and the governor called for troops to defend the South from invasion, he recognized the call as the voice of patriotism, and responded at once with all the ardor and enthusiasm of a brave and generous spirit.

He enlisted as a private in the Hickory Guards, and was made orderly sergeant of the company, which afterward became Company A of the Twentieth Tennessee Regiment of Infantry. He was with his company in the arduous service of the first year of the war, where the battles of Fishing Creek and Shiloh tested the qualities of his regiment, and gave it a reputation for courage second to none.

When the army was reorganized after the battle of Shiloh, Sergeant Ewin was elected captain of his company, a tribute to his character as a man and a soldier. He showed his fitness for command, not only by his coolness and courage on the field, and his kind care for his men, but also by the strictness of his discipline, so that his company was accounted one of the best drilled in the army. He shared all the privations and hardships of his men with bright cheerfulness, and was with his regiment in the many engagernents in which it won renown as the best regiment in the division. In the bloody battles of the Army of Tennessee from Fishing Creek to Murfreesboro and Chickamauga, and in the long-drawn conflict from Dalton to Kennesaw, Captain Ewin led his company with distinguished courage.

In the battle of Kennesaw Mountain on the 27th of June, 1864, he was severely wounded, making it necessary to amputate his leg. He was thus rendered unable for future service in the field, but for the remaining months of the war he continued his connection with the army, unwilling to be discharged, and ready to render any service he could to the cause he loved so dearly.

When the end came, in May, 1865, he came home as a paroled prisoner, and cheerfully set himself to do his duty as a citizen under the changed conditions. With the same courage which had marked his career as a soldier, he went to work with energy to make a living under adverse circumstances.

On Nov. 23, 1865, he was married to Miss Sallie House, the daughter of Mrs. John Thompson of Davidson county, Tennessee. She lived only a few years, leaving at her death a daughter, now Mrs. E. L. McNeilly. Captain Ewin was afterward married to Miss Martha Hillman, a daughter of Mr. George Hillman. She with several children survive him.

Captain Ewin's popularity with his fellow citizens was attested by his being twice elected clerk of the county court of Davidson county. The duties of the office were discharged with characteristic fidelity.

After his retirement from office, he engaged for a while in the hardware trade. He then removed to Humphreys county, Tennessee, and took charge of the Hurricane mills, a large establishment for manufacturing woolen cloth. He continued at the mills until his death, on the 30th of July, 1882.

Captain Ewin was a fine type of the class of men who defended the South in the great war. He was a man of unflinching courage, of devotion to principle, of strict integrity, of a high sense of honor. He was genial, warm hearted, kind, and courteous. He won and held friends.

He was a consistent member of the Christian Church, sincere, earnest, and faithful, and he died in the hope of a blessed immortality. His memory will ever be cherished by his old comrades as a soldier true and tried, and by his associates in civil life as a citizen honorable and upright. His friends in the intimacy of social life remember him as a gentleman without stain or reproach, a kind, loving, and gracious friend.