Friday, May 03, 2013

John W. Gray, 22nd Pennsylvania Cavalry.

The 22nd Pennsylvania Cavalry company A., was known as the Ringgold Cavalry.

John W. Gray.

Birth: Unknown.
Death; March 11, 1903.
Burial: South Side Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

John W. Gray Sergeant June 29, 1861 Promoted to Sergeant, October 25, 1865; mustered out with Company A, 3d Regiment Provisional Cavalry, October 31, 1865; Vet.

From the Regimental History.

The horse of John W. Gray was killed, which in falling caught his leg, holding him fast for a moment. He soon was free and on his feet, and, emptying his revolver, he- jumped on behind a comrade and came out ready for duty, though minus a valuable horse.

John W. Gray was from West Brownsville. He was promoted to corporal for bravery. He had his horse shot dead in the first advance on Romney, September 23rd, 1861.  He died near  Pittsburgh, March 11th, 1903. Few men were braver and none more loyal. He was bugler ot that company for over a year. He was also the youngest man in the company.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Byron D. Hoitt, 8th., New Hampshire Infantry.

Byron D. Hoitt.
Also went by Byron D. Hoyt.

Birth: Sep. 23, 1836, Northwood Narrows, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

Death: May 31, 1926, Chelsea, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

Father; N. B. Hoitt.
Mother: Emily Bennett.

Wife: Emma H. ( Fogg ) Hoitt.
Married: June 29, 1865.

Child: John Byron Hoitt, born October 22, 1876.

Wife's, Father; David C. Fogg, Mother: M. P. Page.

Civil War Veteran,Co.G,8th.New Hampshire Inf.was wounded 3 times,member of General Lander G.A.R. Post#5,Lynn,Ma.engaged in manucaturer of silver polish.

Burial: Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts

From the 8th., N. H.  Regimental History.

June 14, 1863, Chaplain's diary.

Byron D. Hoitt of Northwood was wounded in head and side, and would have been killed but for a piece of castile soap and a large bone ring in his pocket. The ring had three hearts on it, and was broken. An old copper cent also helped receive the ball.

Civil War Service Record.

Byron D. Hoitt, Co. G., born Northwood; Age 25; Residence Northwood.  Enlisted October 28, 1861; Mustered in December 23, 1861, as a private; appointed Corporal July 1852.  Wounded June 14, 1863, at Port Hudson, La.; appointed Sergeant.  Re-enlisted and mustered in January 4, 1864.  Discharged as a Corporal January 1, 1865, Natcher Mississippi, by reason of having been rendered supernumerary non-commissioned officer.  Post Office address, Lynn, Massachusetts.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Colonel Richard A. Oakford

Col. Richard A. Oakford.
Colonel Richard A. Oakford.

Birth: Dec. 8, 1820, Pennypack Woods, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

Death: Sep. 17, 1862, Antietam, Washington County, Maryland.

Civil War Union Army Officer. He served during the Civil War first as Colonel and commander of the 15th Pennsylvania (Three Month) Volunteer Infantry, then as Colonel and commander of the 132nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He was killed in action leading his men at the September 17, 1862 Battle of Antietam, Maryland.

Burial: Hollenback Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

The following was taken from 132nd. Regimental History.

After getting into our new position, I at once began to look up our losses. I learned that Colonel Oakford was killed by one of the rebel sharp-shooters just as the regiment scaled the fence in its advance up the knoll, and before we had fired a shot. It must have occurred almost instantly after I left him with orders for the left of the line. I was probably the last to whom he spoke. He was hit by a minie-ball in the left shoulder, just below the collar-bone. The doctor said the ball had severed one of the large arteries, and he died in a very few minutes. He had been in command of the regiment a little more than a month, but during that brief time his work as a disciplinarian and drill-master had made it possible for us to acquit ourselves as creditably as they all said we had done. General Kimball was loud in our praise and greatly lamented Colonel Oakford's death, whom he admired very much. He was a brave, able, and accomplished officer and gentleman, and his loss to the regiment was irreparable.

Had Colonel Oakford lived his record must have been brilliant and his promotion rapid, for very few volunteer officers had so quickly mastered the details of military tactics and routine. He was a thorough disciplinarian, an able tactician, and the interests and welfare of his men were constantly upon his heart.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Matthew D. Dycher, First New York Cavalry.

DYCHER, MATTHEW D.—Age, 29 years. Enlisted June 17, 1861, at New York; mustered in as sergeant, Company M, June 17, 1861, to serve three years; appears on rolls of April, 1863, as first sergeant; reduced to ranks, October —, 1863; reappointed sergeant, November 15, 1863; killed by being shot through the head by the provost guard, April 1, 1864, at Frederick, Maryland.

Anne his wife asked congress for a pension which was approved February 16, 1869, pension stared from April 1, 1864.

James Rooney, 7th., Missouri Cacalry.

James Rooney, Private, 7th., Missouri Cavalry, Company B., Age 33, Enlisted September 3, 1861, at Warsaw Illinois, Mustered in December 31, 1861, at Hudson, Missouri.  Mustered out August 27, 1862, at St. Louis, Missouri.

From the Library of Congress.
Chap. CCXCL.  An act granting a pension to James Rooney
Be it enacted bt the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the interior be, and he is hereby authorized and directed to place on the pension roll, subject to the provision and limitations of the pension laws, the name of James Rooney late member of company B., seventh Missouri Cavalry, commencing April fourteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-three.
Approved July 27, 1868.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Alfred Shively, 115thth., Illinois, Infantry.

Illinois Civil War Detail Report

Name: SHIVELY, ALFRED. Rank; PVT. Company: F. Unit: 115 IL US INF. Personal characteristics. Residence: MACON CO, IL. Age: 25. Height: 5' 9 3/4. Hair: LIGHT. Eyes; GRAY. Complexion; DARK. Marital Status: SINGLE. Occupation: FARMER. Nativity: BOWLING GREEN, WOOD CO, OH. Service Record. Joined When; AUG 11, 1862. Joined Where: MACON CO, IL. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: SEP 13, 1862. Muster In Where: CAMP BUTLER, IL. Remarks: PROMOTED SERGEANT KILLED IN BATTLE AT CHICKAMAUGA SEP 20, 1863.

From the Illinois 115th., Infantry Regimental History.

Sergeant Alfred Shively of Company F was conspicuous for his bravery. Colonel Moore, in a letter, says : "When last I saw this young man, he had rushed some distance in advance of his company of brave comrades, for he had as brave men by his side as ever stood in battle, waving his hat and shouting, 'Come on, boys, the day is ours/ I trembled for his safety in his exposed position. The carnage about this time was terrible. And there he went down. His comrades are of the opinion that he was instantly killed."