Friday, March 22, 2013

Arthur Longman, Michigan.

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Arthur Longman.

Co. "H."
617 Oak St., Kalamazoo, Mich.

Born in Yorkshire, England, October 6th, 1845 ; enlisted at Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Mich., August 18th, 1804, as Private in Co. "H," 7th Michigan Cavalry, wounded in right leg below the knee by kick of horse while marching at night near Petersburg about March 25th, 1865 ; mustered out at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, July 17th, 1865, and honorably discharged.

By Arthur Longman.

I joined my Regiment on the battlefield of Winchester, September 19th, 1864, just one month from the day I was mustered in. Was with the Regiment on the raid in the Shenandoah Valley from one end to the other in the fall of 1864, taking part in the capture of several of Mosby's Command at Front Royal; witnessed the shooting of three and the hanging of four by order of General Custer in retaliation for the killing of prisoners taken from our Brigade ; was in the seven days raid in Loudon County, Va., being one of the scouting party that found the corrall of hogs that the enemy had gathered up for the use of their army. We appropriated them to our own use, driving them back to camp, together with the sheep and cattle we had captured; well do I remember this raid.
Took part in the engagements at Luray, Port Republic and Mount Crawford ; from Mount Crawford I was sent on detail for horses to Harper's Ferry, so missed the Battle of Cedar Creek, October 19th, 1864, joining the Regiment on the field the night after the battle. Soon after we went into winter quarters near Winchester and settled down to picket duty and raiding. Was with the Regiment on the ten days raid the winter of 1864 and 1865 around Gordonsville, Va. mid ice and snow ; the second morning out found myself frozen fast to the ground, owing to my clothes having been wet from fording rivers, especially the Rapidan, having to dodge cakes of ice in the passage. We suffered a good deal with cold on this raid and did not inflict much damage to the enemy for we lacked artillery. Returning to camp we continued to do scouting and picket duty until the latter part of February, when we were ordered to 1 get ready to move. We moved about the 21st day of February, rounded up and captured the last of General Barley's Command and came very near capturing him.

This was the hardest marching done by the Brigade while I was with it ; for ten days of the time the mud was knee deep to the horses and out of about forty horses that started on the raid belonging to Co. "H," but two were fit for service when we reached White House Landing. After resting a little there the command moved to near City Point, where we drew a fresh supply of horses and moved to near Petersburg, from there we moved on to Lee's Army, taking part in the Battle of Five Forks, capturing the South Side Railroad, then to the Battle of Sailor's Creek, our last hard fight before the surrender, I personally capturing two prisoners the charge in the scrub timber to the left of our Infantry. I think our Regiment took twice as many prisoners after leaving City Point as we had men. While I was never wounded by shot or shell, still I have drawn my hand over the side of my head and looked for blood after being burned with a ball.

I was on the line in front of Appomattox when the surrender took place, we then moved back to Petersburg, then a forced march to the support of Sherman, marching back to Washington by way of Richmond to take part in the Grand Review. After the Grand Review we were sent to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and I was there discharged from service in July, 1865, and returned home feeling that I had seen my share of war for the time that I had served, as with all the rest I had lost by death three bunk mates.

Authors note.  Burial; Burr Oak Cemetery, Athens, Calhoun County, Michigan.

Gilson O. Collins 13th., tennessee cavalry.

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Gilson O. Collins is a Carter county man, and remained steadfast to the Union cause through many dangers and difficulties. Being a man of decided opinions and with courage to assert and maintain them, he early lost favor with the Confederate authorities. After assisting to burn the bridge at Union, or Zollicoffer, as detailed elsewhere, and engaging in the Carter county rebellion he fled to Kentucky and joined the 2d Tennessee Mounted Infantry and served with that regiment until its capture, Nov. 6, 1863. Collins, at that time a private soldier absented himself from his command on account of striking a Federal officer for making disparaging remarks about Tennesseeans, and though his absence was known and approved by Col. Carter he was marked on his company rolls as a deserter. Since the war the facts were made known and he received an honorable discharge from the 2d Tennessee Infantry as well as from tlie Thirteenth Tennessee Cavalry.

Captain Collins was commissioned as Captain March 22d, 1865, and assigned to duty with Company M. He was in command of his company in the last Stoneman raid in pursuit of President Davis.

Captain Collins is still living near Valley Forge, Carter county, Tenn.

August 17, 1862, 6th, New York Cavalry.

August 17, is just one day in the life of a cavalryman.  This information comes from the regimental history of the New York sixth Cavalry.

August 17th. 1862, Quartermaster-sergeant Joseph P. Rood, with Sergt. Martin Quick and Privates James Young, George Seymour, James Cunningham and Ozias Anthony, were out foraging and Sergeant Rood was wounded in the shoulder by a shot from a small band of guerrillas. The party chased the guerrillas across the Eapidan river and they escaped.

The menss Service.

ROOD, JOSEPH P.— Age, 22 years. Enlisted, September 9, 1861, at New York; mustered in as quartermaster sergeant, Oo. B, September 27, 1861, to serve three years; wounded and admitted to hospital at Washington, D. C., August 23, 1862; discharged for disability at Falmouth, Va., December 4, 1862.

QUICK, MARTIN.—Age, 21 yeara Enlisted, September 7, 861, at New York; mustered in as corporal, Co. B, September 27, 1861, to serve three years; promoted sergeant, date not stated; reenlisted, December 16, 1863; wounded and in hospital, April 16, 1865; transferred to Co. B, Second Provisional Cavalry, June 17, 1865; also borne as Quick, Martin V. B.; veteran.

YOUNG, JAMES.—Age, 23 years. Enlisted, September 27, 1861, at New York; mustered in as private, Co. B, September 27, 1861, to serve three years; captured at Chancellorsville, Va., May 2, 1863; paroled at City Point, Va., May 15, 1863; re-enlisted, December 16, 1863; transferred, June 17, 1865, to Co. B, Second New York Provisional Cavalry.

SEYMOUR, GEORGE.—Age, 30 years. Enlisted, September 10, 1861, at New York; mustered in as private, Co. B, September 27, 1861, to serve three years; re-enlisted, December 16, 1863; transferred as corporal to Co. B, Second Provisional Cavalry, June 17, 1865; veteran.

James Cunningham, not found on roster.

Ozias E. Anthony, Mustered in September 27, 1861, Wagoner, private, Muster out September 19, 1864, remarks at Harper's Ferry, Virginia..

Thursday, March 21, 2013

James W. Carpenter, First Mass. Cavalry.

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Jame W. Carpenter, Private, Age 25, Residence Roxbury, Druggist, Enlisted October 7, 1861, Mustered in October 11, 1861.  Reenlisted December 29, 1863.  Thrown from horse; slightly injured, Poolesville.  In most Eng. of Regiment.  Mustered out June 26, 1865.

William H. Whitcomb 5TH., New York Cavalry.

WHITCOMB, WM. H.—Age, 21 years. Enlisted, October 1,1861, at Catskill j mustered in as corporal, Co. L, October 31, 1861, to serve tbree years; re-enlisted, as private, January 1,1861; transferred and appointed sergeant, Co. M, also first sergeant, no dates; mustered in as second lieutenant, Co. K, September 1, 1864; mustered in as first lieutenant, Co. L, November 14, 1864; mustered out with company, July 19, 1865, at Winchester, Va. Commissioned second lieutenant, July 30, 1864, to rank from May 20, 1864, vice Black, promoted; first lieutenant, November 15, 1864, to rank from November 14, 3864, vice Waugh, term of service expired.

The following was taken from the New York Cavalry Regimental History.

Sergeant Wm. H. Whitcomb, Co. M, was captured, but escaped through dint of Yankee ingenuity " The Rebels had stripped off his arms and were using the corus language with which the Yankee prisoner is usually saluted," when he informed them that they had been pursued by only a dozen Yankees whom they might all capture by dashing back upon them. They charged back, were scattered, and some of them captured by our boys, and Whitcomb escaped.

Sergeant William H. Whitcomb had two horses killed under him in action and six mortally wounded.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

William Wise Ewing. Pennsylvania.

This information was taken from the 3rd. Pennsylvanai Cavalry, Regimental History.

William Wise Ewing, Private, 3rd., Pennsylvania Cavalry, Co. H., Enlisted August 17, 1861, for 3 years.

Camp Marcy, Virginia, March 3, 1863.

About 10 o'clock in the morning Private William W. Ewing of company H., was instantly killed by the accidental discharge of a pistol in the hands of an intimate friend and a comrade of the deceased.  The ball entered his left temple of the unfortunate man and passed completely through the head.

William Wise Ewing was born between 1840 and 1841.  His burial was at Dickson Presbyterian Church Graveyard, Walnut Bottom, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Marvin E. Avery, 6th., Michigan Cavalry.

There is not a lot of information here but what little I do have may be a help to you.

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Marvin E. Avery, enlisted in the sixth Michigan Cavalry on September 9, 1862, from Bingham.  He was 21 years of age.  His company was E., and was fifth Sergeand later to be promoted to Quatermaster Sergeant.  The Michigan state records state that he was mustered out October 11, 1862.  The records also state that he was killed at the battle of Trevillian Station, June 12, 1864.  In the regimental history it states that he was struck in the head by a shell at the battle of Trevillian Station, and killed on June 12, 1864.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

William Adams Moore, 5th., New Hampshire Infantry.

Captain William Adams Moore was born in Iittleton, N, H., March 27, 1842. He was the son of Adards Moore, M. D., and his wife, Anna Mary Iittle. His paternal grandfather was Deacon William Moore of Bedford, N. H., who was a soldier in the Revolution. On his mother's side, his greatgrandfather was Colonel Moses Iittle of Newbury, Mass., who led a regiment at the battle of Bunker Hill.

William A. Moore fitted for college, with advanced standing, and graduated at Appleton Academy, New Ipswich, N. H., in i860, the valedictorian of his class. At the outbreak of the Rebellion, he enlisted as a private in Co. K, Fifth New York Regiment, known as Colonel Duryee's Zouaves. This regiment left New York City May 23, 1861, for Fortress Monroe, Va., and he was with his regiment at the battle of Big Bethel, June 10. In July, the Zouaves were ordered to Baltimore, Md., and built Fort Federal Hill, during the hot summer months of 1861.

September 22, 1861, William was commissioned second lieutenant in the Fifth New Hampshire Regiment and assigned to Company C.

He was promoted to first lieutenant of Company E, February I, 1862; transferred to Company F, May 11; promoted to captain of Company H, Nov. 10, 1862, and killed at the battle of Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862.

Colonel Cross, in writing to liis father, says :

''No act of my life ever pained me more than to inform you, as I did a few days since by telegraph, of the death of your brave son. Aside from the fact that he was one of the most prominent young oificers in the service, he was my intimate friend, in whose advancement and welfare I had always felt the greatest interest. I loved him for his brave and faithful spirit, his honorable ambition, his kindness and his gentlemanly deportment. Deeply have I regretted the disastrous day which stripped my gallant regiment of its honest hearts. William was first shot through the arm. He received permission to leave the field, and in doing so received his death wound."