Saturday, July 27, 2013

Arthur Peronneau Ford

Arthur Peronneau Ford.

Birth: Apr. 12, 1843.
Death: Feb. 15, 1910.

Parents: Frederick A. Ford (1805 - 1880), Rose Butler Drayton Ford (1806 - 1886).

Wife: Marion Johnston Porcher Ford (1848 - 1907).

Children: Louise Petigru Ford (1876 - 1943), Marianna Ford (1877 - 1965).

Burial: Saint Thaddeus Cemetery, Aiken, Aiken County, South Carolina.

Civil War. 
Arthur Peronneau Ford, Private, Manigault's Battalion, South Carolina Artillery, Company: A
A Short from his book called ( Life in the Confederate Army ). 
p. 50-51,  There I stood unprotected in the open, but not many minutes before I was struck full in the middle of my body and knocked down to a sitting posture. My blanket was rolled in a tight roll, not over three inches thick, and being of course on my left shoulder, and across my body downwards to the right, had saved my life. The ball had passed through the roll, and striking a button on my jacket had stopped, and as I dropped it fell down, flattened out of all shape. I lay on the ground for a few moments, paralyzed by the blow, and I recollect hearing a comrade, who received a bullet through the brain only a few moments after- wards, call out, "Ford's killed." I gathered myself back into a sitting posture and replied, "No, I'm not. I think I'm all right." But the pain was intense, as every boy knows who in a boxing bout gets a lick in "the short wind." In a few moments I was back again on my feet, and resumed my place in line, although suffering considerable pain and nausea. For some time after I carried on my body a black and blue spot the size of a dollar.

Charles L. Fuller, 6th., New Hampshire Infantry.

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Birth: 1832
Death: September, 1862.
Burial: Hope Cemetery, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

Lieutenant Charles L. Fuller was born in Manchester, N. H., September 23, 1832, and was the son of Charles L. and Mary (Scott) Fuller, and grandson of Isaac and Huldah Fuller. He married Eliza S. Whittemore, of West Boylston, Mass., and removed to Peterborough, N. H., where he was engaged in business as a painter until the 13th of November, 1861. He then enlisted into the military service of his country, becoming second lieutenant of Company K of the Sixth New Hampshire Regiment, and in this capacity he served until his death. He was mortally wounded in the second battle of Bull Run, August 29, 1862, and died on the 14th of the following September, at the age of 30 years, 11 months, 22 days. Besides a widow, he left two children, a son, Charles C, living now (1891) in Worcester, Mass., and a daughter, Sophia S., who died at Providence, R. I.,
in 1880.

Friday, July 26, 2013

PAUL COMSTOCK, 161St., Indiana infantry.

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Paul Comstock, Captain, 161St., Indiana, Infantry, Company F.

Captain Paul Comstock is the son of Judge D. W. Comstock, of the Appellate Bench of Indiana. He was born at Richmond, Indiana, in the year 1873. After his early training he spent one year in the Oxford Military Naval Academy, at the close of which he entered the Richmond high school, graduating in 1891; his education was then finished in the Earlham College and the Ohio Wesleyan University. Mr. Comstock was then tendered a position in the general superintendent's office of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company at Columbus, and later in the engineering department at Indianapolis, in which position he continued until April, 1898, when he was appointed claim agent for the same road, in which service he was engaged when he enlisted for the war. Mr. Comstock was elected first lieutenant of his company and was for several months adjutant of the Second Battalion and upon the resignation â– of Captain Smith was promoted to the position of captain, April 1, 1899.

William T. "Tom" Clark, Indiana.

The following was taken from the 70th., Regimental History.

William T. Clark, Private, 70th., Indiana Infantry, Company G., Enlisted July 16, 1862, at Marion County, Indiana, Age 20, Mustered out May 15, 1864.  Killed by gun shot May 15, 1864, at Resaca, Georgia.

Tom Clark of my company, not more than four feet away on the right. He was lying on his stomach, with head up and gun presented, evidently watching for a chance to make an effective shot. As I looked at him a ball struck him in the throat, and as it entered his vitals, he uttered such a hideous scream as I never heard before or since.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

William Sanford, Rhode Island 7th., Infantry.

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

William Sanford, Seventh Rhode Island, Infantry, Company B., Residence Providence, Enlisted July 25, 1862.  Mustered in September 4, 1862.  Wounded at Fredericksburg, Virginia, and sent to hospital, December 13, 1862.  Deserted from hospital at Camp Denison, Ohio, July24, 1863.

William Sanford, Seventh Infantry, Co. B., sent to West Building, Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland.  Wounded in head at Fredericksburg, Virginia, shell in back, Rheumatism.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

George S. Walker.

Lieutenant George S. Walker. Co. F.

Lieutenant George S. Walker Co. F.
Lieutenant George S. Walker, Co. F.
Lieutenant George S. Walker, was Born September 30, 1832, on Little Mountain, Hardy county, Virginia. His father brought him to Tippecanoe county, Indiana, when he was 3 years of age, and dying soon after, the boy was reared by an uncle, Smith Marques, of whom he says: "He was the best man I ever knew." George became a farmer and married in 1853. Located near the Battle Ground, Indiana, where he was when he enlisted in August, 1862, and was elected and commissioned 2d lieutenant of Company F. Was in all the campaigns of the regiment until the battle of Atlanta, July 22d, where he was severely wounded in the hand, and being taken with the fever soon after, he was unable to rejoin his regiment until after the "march to the sea," and was honorably discharged by the war department, February 4, 1865. After the war, lived fourteen years in Illinois, and says: "I made money and lost it by going security for friends. " In 1880 went to Cherokee Nation and engaged in the cattle business for sixteen years. Now resides on a farm near Moran, Kansas. The changes of Comrade Walker are marked by three pictures.
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George Stingley Walker.

Birth: Sep. 30, 1832, Hardy County, West Virginia.
Death: Jun. 27, 1906, Missouri.

He was a 2nd Lt. in the 99th Indiana Infantry Volunteers.

Parents: Jacob Walker (1807 - 1833), Millia G. Walker (1812 - 1876).

Wife: Caroline McKillip Walker (1829 - 1874).

Children: Marvin Elwood Walker (1854 - 1902).
Malissa Ann Walker Preston (1856 - 1934).
Nancy Louisa Jane Walker Ketterman (1859 - 1892).
Willis Cline Walker (1860 - 1958).
LuElla M. Walker Trott (1867 - 1944).
Frederick Sherman Walker (1869 - 1924).
Birdy Walker (1871 - 1875).

Burial: Moran Cemetery, Moran, Allen County, Kansas.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Jeremiah Penno Bezely


Sergeant Jebehiah Penno Bezely, son of Edward and Almira E. King Bezely, was born in Providence, R. L, Aug. 16, 1836. When eight years of age he commenced to work in a mill, and, because of the death of his father, continued in that employment until he was thirteen when he shipped in the merchant marine. He doubled Cape Horn and visited most of the countries and large islands of the South Pacific. Returning safely to his native city he tarried but for a brief space, preferring to
apprentice himself for three years to a painter in Chicago, Ill. Free once more he again sought Providence, and, on Oct 15, 1866, married Abby F. Eddy, of Scituate, R. L, a daughter of Peter and Erispa Eddy, of Sterling, Conn. By her he had three sons and seven daughters; one of the former and two of the latter have passed from earth. Those remaining are Emma L. Olive M., Ida M., Lily N., Jeremiah T., William H., and Maud E. Mr. Bezely himself is now pursuing the house-painting business in Providence. He was wounded in the head at Cold Harbor, and in the right foot at Petersburg. This latter injury, though apparently slight seriously affected him for years after he muster out March 1, 1863, he was detailed sergeant of the division headquarters guard, Gen. Samuel D. Sturges commanding, and did not return until May 10, 1864, when the regiment was at Annapolis, Md.

The above and below information was taken from the 7th., Rhode Island Infantry, Regimental History.

Company B., Jeremiah Penno Bezely, Residence Coventry enlisted July 14, 1862, Mustered in September 4, 1862.  First Sergeant, wounded in head slightly, June 8, 1864.

p.65, Thursday, 12, March, 1863, Sergeant J. P. Bezely was detail as Sergeant of division Headquarters guard; he was returned to his company April 10, 1864, which was at Annapolis, Maryland.

p. 103, Sergeant Bezely was sent back thence with a captured deserter to division headquarters at Milldale where he arrived at two a. m. He had a horse and saddle to the pommel of which the prisoner was secured by a lanyard. He, of course, was obliged to walk the entire distance. The sergeant returned when his task was accomplished.

p. 108, Sergeant Bezely was sent from division Headquarters back to Vicksburg with a squad of prisoners and thence to Milldale Camp were he had charge of a hospital for the sick and wounded.

p.161, Saturday, April 9, 1864, Sergeant Bezely returned to his company having been on duty at General Sturgis's Headquarters since March 1, 1863.

p. 188, Wednesday 8, June, 1864, J. P. Bezely was wounded in the head.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Daniel Ross Ballou, 12th, Rhode Island Infantry.

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Lieutenant  Daniel Ross Ballou.

Birth: Aug. 6, 1837.
Death: Mar. 7, 1923.

Parents: Arnold Ballou (1809 - 1873), Roxa Ross (1813 - 1849).

Marriage: Ellen Rebecca Owen, 31 Oct 1860.

Children: Leonora Luvan Ballou Rutherford (1863 - 1927). Frances Roxa Ballou Tower (1866 - 1935).

Burial: Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island.

Civil War.

Ballou, Daniel R., 2d Lt. Co. C; Res., Burrillville, R. I.; Aug. 23, 1862, enrolled; Oct. 13, 1862, mustered in. Originally served as Priv. Co. K; Nov. 9, 1862, promoted Sgt. Maj. Mustered out as Sgt. Maj. and mustered in as 2d Lt. to date Nov. 20, 1862; Nov. 29, 1862, assigned to Co. G; Dec. 13, 1862, wounded at the battle of Fredericksburg, Va., sent to hospital and borne as absent sick until Feb., 1863, when he returned to Co.; Dec. 30, 1862, transferred to Co. C as 2d Lt.; April 25, 1863,

!2th., Regimental History, p. 276, 317..

A shell passed in front of Lieut. Daniel R. Ballou, of Company C, so near his face as to cause concussion. Blinded and dazed, he staggered back down into the city and across the river. He was sent to the hospital, where he was confined many weeks.  He was sent to Ascension Hospital in Washington. His wound; Partially blind also stunned by a shell, sent on to New York.

John W. Wilson, First Maryland Infantry.


Entered the service as Captain of Company G, May 27, 1861; promoted Major, February 1, 1862; Lieutenant-Colonel, August 22, 1862 ; Colonel, October 30, 1864.

Actions in which Engaged. Shepherdstown, September 9, 1861 ; Front Royal, May 23, 1862, (taken prisoner and escaped ;) Mary land Heights, July 7, 1863; Funkstown, July 12, 1863; Hay market, October 19, 1863 ; Harris Farm, May 19, 1864 ; Spottsylvania, May 20, 1864 ; North Anna, May 23 to 27, 1864 ; Shady Grove, May 30, 1864; Bethesda Church, May 31 and June 1, 1864; Cold Harbor, June 2 to 5, 1864 ; Assault on Petersburg, June 17 and 18, 1864; Siege of Petersburg, 1864- G5; Weldon Railroad, August 18 to 21, 1864; Poplar Grove Church, September 30, 1864; Chapel House, October 1 to 3, 1864; Peeble sFarm, October 7 and 8, 1864; Hatcher s Run, October 27, 1864; Hicksford Raid, December 7 to 12, 1864; Dabney s Mill, February 6, 1865. Killed in action at Dabney s Mill, Va., February 6, 1865.


Killed in action at Dabney s Mill, Va., February 6, 1865.

He was born in Lancaster county, Pa., February 2, 1828 ; received a common-school education, and subsequently removed with his father to Baltimore county, Maryland, where he was engaged in
agricultural pursuits.

On the breaking out of the war with Mexico, he enlisted as a private in Captain Lloyd Tilghman s battery of light artillery, and took an active part in the principal battles fought under Lieutenant-General Scott. Returning home, after the close of the war, he resumed his former vocation.

 In 1860, a company called the Union Rifles was formed in Baltimore county for home defense, because of threats to drive Union men out of the State, in which were five boys, sons of Mrs. Wilson, of Biltirnore county. On April 19, 1861, at the call of the Captain, John W. Wilson, they met at Cockeysville to resist at tempts of the Maryland Guard and Towaontown Cavalry to burn the bridges on the Northern Central Railroad. About 12 o clock at night two omnibuses, with about forty-seven men, drove up, in quiring for Hay field Merry man. Noticing the uniform on the men, they asked, What company, and who commanded ? I do, said Captain John W. Wilson.

The man in command of these men asked of him a private interview. They went into the parlor. After a few words, the Captain was heard by those outside to say The city of Baltimore could not raise money enough to hire him to do such a thing? when he immediately came out, slamming the door, and said, Will you stick to me, boys ? These men say Governor Hicks has ordered them to come up here and offer me five hundred dollars to burn Big Gunpowder Bridge. If they do it, they will walk over my dead body first. Being foiled in their plans, the men got into the omnibuses and drove down the turnpike, Wilson and others following to the Ten-mile Gate to see that they did not take any side road to accomplish their work. Out of this, with others, a company was formed, which entered the service on May 27, 1861, in which were the five brothers. Afterward, Robert A. raised a company of cavalry, and Malcolm, a company in the Second Maryland Regiment."

Captain John W. Wilson tendered the services of his company to the Government on the 11th of May, 1861, and being accepted, it was mustered in as Company G of the First Regiment of .Maryland infantry on the twenty-seventh of that month. The Captain, was promoted Major of the regiment February 1, 1862, Lieutenant-Colonel August 22, 1862, and Colonel October 30, 1864. He was present with the regiment in all its encounters with the enemy up to the time of his death, and his example on the field of battle was a strong inspiration to those under his command.

As a disciplinarian he was surpassed by none ; and it is no empty eulogy to say that Colonel Wilson was one of the bravest soldiers that the war for the preservation of the Union produced.

In his death the service lost a gallant officer, the country a true patriot, and his regiment a friend and commander whose greatest pride was to lead them against the foe.

His remains were taken to Cockeysville, and interred side by side with his brothers, Malcolm, (killed at Antietam,) and Robert, (who died of wounds received at the same time the Colonel was killed,) in the graveyard of the Presbyterian church at Chestnut Grove, Baltimore county.

An appropriate monument was erected over his grave by the surviving members of his regiment.

William W. Etter, Old 19th., Tennessee Infantry.

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Etter, William W., Lt.-Died:Dec.31,1897 Palarm, Ark.-

Service Unit:19thTenn.Inf.-Confederate Veteran Magazine:v.6, p.277-Text:Col.C.W.Heiskell, of Memphis, Tenn., who commanded the 19th Tenn. Regt., pays loyal tribute to his comrade and subordinate officer, Lieut. W.W.Etter, who was assassinated at Palarm, Ark. on the last day of Dec.1897, fifty nine years old. He states that Etter's father was a good farmer, a man of high character and good sense; his mother of woman of sterling virtues. At the beginning of the great war William Etter enlisted in the 19th Tenn.Inf., and, by his deportment, was promoted from the ranks to second in command of his company. He was a commander much of the time until the surrender at High Point, N.C. He engaged in battles when almost too feeble to stand on his feet, and after the war he was greatly afflicted with rheumatism. Col. Heiskell pays noble tribute to his knightly deeds in service and to his unselfish devotion to his sisters until his death. His care even in his advancing years was not for himself, but for them, in conformity with his dying request of his father: "William, you must take care of your sisters." After the war he lived in Memphis and in Arkansas.

From the 19th., Regimental History.

P. 145., Lieut. W. W. Etter, of Co. K, succeeded in getting upon the works and jumped down among the Federals. They took off their hats to him, but did not take him prisoner, when he, too, reached the brick smoke house, and remained unhurt until the Federals retreated, and he rejoined the regiment.

P. 187., Lieut. W. W. Etter, (Co. K,) whose courage was always conspicuous, jumped to his feet and said, "Colonel will go." The Colonel replied, "Lieut. I want privates not officers for this duty." Well," said the Lieut, "consider me a private for this occasion." So he with others” for the volunteers were more than were wanted.