Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Death Of Captain Frederic Swoyer, 7th., Kansas Cavalry.

Frederic Swoyer.

Birth: Dec. 4, 1833, Newville, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.
Death: Jan. 4, 1863, Summersville, Sullivan County, Tennessee.

Wife: Sarah M Swoyer (____ - 1870).

Children: Jacob Swoyer (____ - 1861).

Burial: Newville Cemetery, Newville, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

The following was taken from the Official Records of the Union Army.

Summersville Tennessee, January 3, 1863.

Here occurred a melancholy incident. At the southern border of the town of Summersville, Company B, of the Seventh Kansas, Capt. Fred. Swoyer, had been stationed as a picket.

The captain had discovered a quantity of commissary stores in a building near, and stationed a guard at the entrance. The captain himself had visited a house near by to obtain a breakfast, and there drank to such an extent as to become somewhat exhilarated. During his absence, a couple of men of his company persisted in an endeavor to pass into the store-house mentioned, but were prevented by the guard. On his return to his company the case was reported.

He directed the company to fall in, and the men alluded to deliver their arms and go in arrest. His tone was harsh and peremptory in the extreme. One of the men demurred, and attempted to explain. He commanded him to desist and remove his arms, drawing his pistol, and telling him he would shoot him if he said another word. The man again spoke, when the captain fired, the ball passing into the body of the man. Instantly one of the company fired at the captain, but did not wound him. The captain rode toward him and the man ran. The captain soon overtook him, both riding rapidly, and shot him through the head, killing him instantly. At the same moment the man fired, and his ball passed through the body of the captain. The company was in confusion, and many shots were fired at the captain, who rode rapidly into town. He was taken into a house and died the following day.

Kansas State Records.

Fred Swoyer, First Lieutenant, seventh Kansas Cavalry, Company B., Residence Leavenworth, mustered in September 15, 1861.  Promoted to Captain October 5, 1861.  Killed in action, January 4, 1863, at Summersville, Tennessee.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Four men of the 83rd., New York Infantry.

At 4 o'clock on July 4, 1861, these men were in a fight at Harper's Ferry.

83rd. New York, Infantry, also known as the 9th., State Militia.

New York, State Records.

BANKS, JOHN EARLE.—Age, 24 years. Enlisted at New York city, to serve three years, and mustered in as private, Co. G, May 27, 1861; killed in action, July 1,1861, at Harpers Ferry, West
Va.. Official Records; John Earle Banks, Company G., shot through the breast, died while being removed from the field.

New York State Records.

GEDEICKE, ERNEST.—Age, 31 years. Enlisted at New York city, to serve three years, and mustered in as private, Co. A, May 27, 1861; killed in action, July 1, 1861, at Harpers Ferry, Va.
Official Record; Ernest Gedricke, Company A., shot through the abdomen supposed to be mortally wounded.

New York State Records.

WILLIAMSON, HENRY V.—Age, 22 years. Enrolled at NewYork city, to serve three years, and mustered in as private, Co. G, May 27, 1861; wounded in action, July 1, 1861, at Harpers Ferry, Va.; promoted sergeant, Co. L, September 1, 1861; first sergeant, January 21, 1862; mustered in as second lieutenant, July 21, 1862; as captain, September 21, 1862; as major, March 21, 1863; mustered out with regiment, June 23, 1861, at New York city. Commissioned second lieutenant, August 30, 1862, with rank from June 21, 1862, vice A. B. Stiles promoted; captain, December 18, 1862, with rank from September 20, 1862, vice E. R. Miller discharged; major, October 7, 1863, with rank from March 20, 1863, vice D. W. Diggs resigned.  Official Record; Henry V. Williamson, Company G., shot through the leg, severely wounded, but will probably recover.

New York State Records.

WARNER, FREDERICK R—Age, 34 years. Enlisted at New York city, to serve three years, and mustered in as private, Co. C, May 27, 1861; wounded in action, July 4, 1861, at Harpers Ferry, Va.; discharged for disability, June 14, 1862;.subsequent service as second lieutenant, Twenty-eighth Connecticut Infantry.  Official record; Fred. R. Warner, Company C., shot through the leg, slightly wounded. Connecticut State Records; Frederick R. Warner enlisted as second Lieutenant in Company A, Connecticut 28th., infantry, August 25, 1862, mustered in November 18, 1862, appointed Adjutant February 20, 1863, mustered out August 28, 1863.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Walter Harrup or Harrop, Second Rhode Island Infantry.

There is not a lot of information here but those looking into this line will find the information helpful.

Walter Harrup or Harrop, he is listed under both spellings.  Enlisted July 9, 1863, Co. K., Second Rhode Island infantry.  He was from England was transferred to Co. A., Veteran organization.  In the official records it states he was wounded near Fort Stevens D. C., July, 1864, in the left eye severely.  In the regimental history it states that he was wounded July 12, 1864, at Brightwood, and was in the hospital on the date of muster out.

Authors note.  Brightwood, D. C., is the home of Fort Stevens.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

John Kasht or John Kosht.

This young man was recorded under many spellings John D. Kasht, John P. Kasht also Kosht.

Twenty-third Ohio, Infantry, Co. G.

John Kasht, or Kosht enlisted February 19, 1864, Age 18, for 3 years.  Mustered out with company July 26, 1865.

The following was taken from the official records.

Battle of Cloyd's Mountain, May 9, 1864.

Private John Kosht or Kasht, of Co. G., a recruit eighteen years of age was the first to reach the guns.  He sprang, from the ranks, with a boyish shout, and hung his hat over the muzzle of one of the guns.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

James A. Baldwin, First Massachusetts Cavalry.

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James A. Baldwin.

First Massachusetts Cavalry.

Bugler Co. A. M. Oct. 22, 1861, age 18 [Maiden]. Corp., Sergt., Q. M.
Sergt. 2d Lieut. Feb. 16, 1864. 1st Lieut. Nov. 13, 1864. Capt. Sept. 3, 1864. Exp. June 26, 1865. On detached ser. with Co. C and D, Gen. Meade's hdqrs. June, 1864, to May, 1865.