Friday, August 02, 2013

Colonel John Harrison Baker, 13th., Georgia Infantry.

John Harrison Baker.

Birth: August 7, 1824.
Death: April 7, 1905.
Burial: East view Cemetery, Zebulon, Pike County, Georgia.

The following is from the 61st., Georgia, Infantry Regimental History.

Lieut. -Col. J. H. Baker was then promoted to the office of colonel. He received eight wounds during the war, four of which were severe. He served through the war with credit to himself and his country. He commanded the brigade several months until near the time of the surrender, and would have been promoted to brigadier General if the war had continued.

John H. Baker, of the Thirteenth Georgia Regiment, was assigned the command of Evans' Brigade, and commanded it till near the close of the war. .

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Alfred A. Ream, 99th., Indiana Infantry.


Born in Carlyle City, Ohio; enlisted when a young- man at Peru, in Company I, and was mustered out after three years of service as sergeant of the company, and is best known by his old comrades as
"Sergeant Al. Ream. " After the war he went to railroading, firing on an engine for two years and then becoming an engineer. This he followed until 1873, when, as he says: "I went into the grocery business and am still doing business at the old stand, 28 East Main street, Peru, Indiana." He was a true soldier and a friend of his old comrades, attending the reunions, and is proud of the record of the old regiment.



This picture shows him as he was ready to start to war. In addition to his regulation outfit he was presented by the boys and girls, with revolvers, bowie knife, blacking brushes, needle box, writing paper, pens, pencils, pipe and tobacco, a bible, deck of cards, hose, shirts, handkerchiefs, etc. In the picture he looks like a walking arsenal, but in six months he got rid of most of them. Revolvers, bowie knives, etc., were the most useless things a soldier could carry when he had a musket. I do not remember how it was with Comrade Ream, but I remember one comrade of Company C that started with as much in his knapsack as Comrade Ream, but as it was rather shrunken one day on a march, I asked him what he had in it, and he responded: "A navy plug and history of the four kings." A great many soldiers on a march threw their knapsacks in a wagon and made a roll of their blankets and tied them so as to make a collar over one shoulder and under the arm on the other side The picture shows the full armed soldier, that all will recognize as "Sergeant
Al. Ream."

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

William L. Heermance, 6th., New York Cavalry..

William Laing Heermance.

Birth: Feb. 28, 1837, Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York.
Death: Feb. 25, 1903.

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Rank and Organization: Captain, Company C, 6th New York Cavalry Place and Date: At Chancellorsville, Va., 30 April 1863. Entered Service At: Kinderhook, N.Y. Born: 28 February 1837, Kinderhook, N Y. Date of Issue: 30 March 1898.

Wife: Susie E Leeds Heermance (1841 - 1917).

Burial:Oakland Cemetery, Yonkers, Westchester County, New York.

HERMANCE, WILLIAM E.— Age, 24 years. Enrolled, October 16, 1861, at Hudson; mustered in as first lieutenant, Co. M, October 17, 1861, to serve three years; as captain, Co. C, to date September 4, 1862; captured at Spottsylvania Court House, Va., April 30, 1863; paroled at City Point, May 5,1863; wounded, August, 1863; discharged, October 21, 1864; also borne as Hermance, Wm. L. commissioned first  Lieutenant, December 30, 1801, with rank from October 17, 1861, original; captain, October 16, 1862, with rank from September 4, 1862, vice Stanley, discharged.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Dorastus B. Logan, 11th., New Jersey Infantry.

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Dorastus B. Logan.

Birth: 1822.
Death: Jul. 2, 1863.

Civil War Union Army Officer. Served in the Civil War as Captain and commander of Company H, 11th New Jersey Infantry. On the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, command of the regiment fell to him when superior officers Colonel Robert McAllister and Major Philip Kearny were wounded, and senior Captain Luther Martin was killed. Captain Logan had just been informed that he was now in command of the 11th New Jersey when he was shot and killed. His remains were first buried on the battlefield, then were taken home by his family. A cenotaph exists for him in the First Presbyterian Churchyard, Morristown, New Jersey.

Burial: United Methodist Church Cemetery, Succasunna, Morris County, New Jersey.

From the 11th., Regimental History. 
p. 103, Captain Dorastus B. Logan was first wounded in the foot. Edward Kinney, from E, and a man from C, went to assist him to the rear, but they had not gone far when the Company C man was killed. Kinney then endeavored, unassisted, to get the captain to a place of safety, but was himself knocked down by a piece of shell and forced to abandon the Captain, who was killed before he could be taken off the field.

p. 361, Captain Dorastus B. Logan, the subject of this sketch, was a man of strong character and sterling worth. Of remarkable self-control and dignified presence, he was universally respected by his comrades in arms. He entered the service as Captain of Company H, August 14th, 1862; proved his value as an officer by his brave and efficient services at Fredericksburg   and Chancellorsville. He was killed while in command of his company at Gettysburg, Pa., July 2d, 1863.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Albert S. Nutt, 9th., New Jersey Infantry..

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

Nutt, Albert S Private, enlisted Sept. 23, 1861, mustered in Sept. 23, 1861, for 3 years.  Killed in action at Deep Creek, Va., March 1, 1864; buried at Gettysville Station, Va.; re-enlisted Nov. 25, '63.

Albert S. Nutt, of Co. D, Veteran Vols., was killed during the engagement. He had six bullets through his body, and when it was received the day following, by our men, it had nothing on, except a shirt, drawers, and socks : the enemy had appropriated the rest of his clothing. Nutts' funeral started from camp-ground on March 1st, to Heckmann's Division Cemetery, at Getty's Station.

Albert S. Nutt received six bullets in his body, and when found on the following day it was in a nude condition, and horribly mutilated.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

John P. Coen, 9th., Connecticut Infantry..

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Corporal John P. Coen, of Company F, was accidentally killed May 27, 1863, at Kennerville, La. His death cast a gloom over the company by every member of which he was highly esteemed. He belonged in Waterbury, Ct., and had enlisted Sept. 16, 1861. The circumstances attending his death were as follows : He and his company were ordered to proceed into New Orleans. .

On May 26, 1863, with a detachment of ten men he went to the city, the rest of the company expecting to go the day following. In the meantime, however, the order was countermanded and the detachment in the city was ordered to return. They accordingly left New Orleans May 27. The train stopped for a short time at Kennerville and Corporal Coen and a number of others got off for a little exercise and to rest themselves. Suddenly, the train started and while the Corporal was attempting to get aboard, he slipped and fell outside the track, striking on his head. Death resulted. When his
brother, Corporal Michael P. Coen, of the same company, received information of the fatality, he was twenty-seven miles away, but immediately started for the scene and took charge of the body. The latter was conveyed to New Orleans and given a soldier's burial at Chalmette. A braver, truer defender of the Union never lived than Corporal John P. Coen.