Saturday, November 02, 2013

Colonel Geza Mihalotzy.

Geza Mihalotzy.

Birth: April 21, 1825.
Death: March 11, 1864.

Burial: Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, Hamilton county, Tennessee.

Biographical Sketch of Colonel Geza Mihalotzy
In 1861, Geza Mihalotzy (Mihaloci), a former military officer of the Austro-Hungarian Empire who emigrated to Chicago, wrote to President Abraham Lincoln requesting his authorization to organize a military company named the "Lincoln Riflemen of Sclavonic Origin." Lincoln granted his approval, allowing this first volunteer unit from Chicago, which included many Slovaks, to fight in the Civil War. The unit was eventually incorporated into the 24th regiment of the Illinois infantry.

Lieutenant Geza Mihalotzy.

Illinois Civil War Detail Report.

Name: MIHALOTZY, GEZA. Rank: LTC. Company: HQ. Unit: 24 IL US INF. Personal Characteristics. Residence: CHICAGO, COOK CO, IL. Age: 36. Nativity: BUDA, HUNGARY. Service Record. Joined When: JUN 16, 1861. Joined Where: CHICAGO, IL. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: JUL 8, 1861. Muster In Where: ALTON, IL. Remarks: PROMOTED COLONEL.

Colonel Geza Mihalotzy.

Illinois Civil War Detail Report.

Name: MIHALOTZY, GEZA. Rank: COL. Company: HQ. Unit: 24 IL US INF. Personal Characteristics. Residence: CHICAGO, COOK CO, IL. Age: 37. Marital Status: MARRIED. Occupation: SOLDIER. Nativity: BUDA, HUNGARY. Service Record. Joined When: DEC 24, 1861. Joined where: BACON CREEK, KY. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: DEC 24, 1861. Muster In Where: MURFREESBORO, TN. Remarks: DIED AT CHATTANOOGA TENN MAR 11, 1864 OF WOUNDS RECD AT BUZZARD ROOST GA FEB 25, 1864.

Files of the Surgeon General.
CASE 1320. Colonel Geza Mihalotzy, 24th Illinois, was wounded at Tunnel Hill, February 25, 1864. Surgeon L. D. Harlow, U. S. V., reported from the Officers Hospital, Lookout Mountain : "A deep gunshot flesh wound of the right arm above the elbow. Haemorrhage, amounting to sixteen ounces, from the anastomotica magna, took place on March 2d. Solution of perchloride of iron was applied. The patient died March 11, 1864, probably from pyaemia which succeeded the haemorrhage."

Thursday, October 31, 2013

William P. Holden, 2nd., Maine Infantry.

William P Holden.

Birth: unknown.
Death: May 5, 1863.

Note: son of Prescott and Rosanna Holden, died in Annapolis Md, of wounds suffered in Second Battle of Bull Run

Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine.

Files of the Surgeon General.

CASK. Sergeant William P. Holden, Co. G, 2nd., Maine Volunteers, aged 26 years, was admitted to the hospital at Annapolis, Maryland, on November 15th, 1862, with a gunshot wound of the integuments of the forehead. The wound granulated kindly, and cicatrization was almost complete, and the patient improved steadily until May 5th, 1863, when he was attacked by a severe pain In the head, which rapidly increased and became intense, in spite of counter irritation and anodyne the plications. Death took place on May 5th, only six hours from the time that the pain first set in. At the autopsy, the anterior lobe of the cerebrum was found softened and disorganized. There were four ounces of pus in the lateral ventricle. Surgeon T. A.
McParlin, U. S. A., reported the case.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

MIles P. Hatch, 161st., N. Y., Infantry.

Miles P Hatch.

Birth: unknown.
Death: Jan. 13, 1865.

Burial: Chalmette National Cemetery, Chalmette, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana.

New York State Records.

HATCH, MILES P.—Age, 22 years. Enlisted, September 5, 1864, at Jasper, to serve one year; mustered in as private, Co.H, October 3,1864; died, January 13,1865, at Marine Hospital, New Orleans, La,

Files of the Surgeon General.

CASE. Private Miles P. Hatch, Co. H, 161st New York Volunteers, aged 22 years, was admitted, on January 12th, 1865, to St. Louis Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana, with twenty other wounded men, injured on the occasion of the collision between the United States transport J. H. Dickey, and John Ruin, on the Mississippi River, fifteen miles below Vicksburg, on January 9th, 1865. Private Hatch was found to be still laboring under the effects of concussion of the brain. He had received a violent blow, causing a wound of the scalp and fracture of the skull. Symptoms of injury to the brain persisting, the wound in the scalp was enlarged, and the fracture was exposed, and a fragment of depiessed bone was removed. The case terminated fatally on January 14th, 1865. This imperfect account is derived from the monthly report of the 161st New York Volunteers, for January, 1865, and from the hospital register, signed by Surgeon A. McMahon, U. S. V.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

John A. Howard, 21st., Penn., Cavalry.

John A. Howard.

Birth: Sep. 12, 1840, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Death: Oct. 21, 1919, Scotland, Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

Burial: Spring Hill Cemetery, Shippensburg, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Civil War Record.

A Civil War veteran, he first served with Mercereau's Independent Cavalry Militia August 20, 1863 - February, 1864, but is on the roster as "John Hower." He then enlisted and mustered into federal service at Chambersburg February 4, 1864, as a private with Co. G, 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry (182nd Pa). Wounded in the head at Petersburg, Virginia, August 8, 1864, he returned to active duty (minus some hair, as the photo to the right shows) and honorably discharged with his company July 8, 1865.

Files of the Surgeon General.

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HOWARD, JOHN A., Private, Co. G, 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry, aged 21 years, was wounded in the engagement of the 2d Cavalry Division with the enemy near Jettersville, Virginia, April 5th, 1865, by two sabre-cuts, one of the right side of the head, and the other on the back. He was admitted to the Field Hospital of the Cavalry Corps on the day of his injury, when it was ascertained that the wound in the back was not serious, but that the cut on the head, six inches in length, and nearly parallel to the coronal suture, had involved the external table of the parietal bone. The hair was shaven, the wound approximated by adhesive strips, and cold water dressing applied. There were no grave cerebral symptoms, and on April 28th the wounded man was sent to the Base Hospital, at City Point, and thence, on April 30th, to Harewood Hospital, at Washington. A day or two after his admission, a photograph of his wound was made, by direction of Surgeon R. B. Bontecou, U. S. Vols., which is preserved as No. 16 of Volume I, Photographs of Surgical Cases, A. M. M. The middle figure in the preceding lithograph of "Sabre wounds of the head" is a faithful copy of this picture. His case progressing very favorably, Howard was transferred, on May 18th, to Mower Hospital, at Philadelphia. He was mustered out of service on .Inly 18th, 1865, with a pension of six dollars a month. In December, 1867, Howard was living at Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. He writes that he suffers greatly from dizziness, and that there have been several exfoliations from the parietal bones since he went to his home.

Elbert Wilkins Ernest, 9th, Iowa Cavalry.

Elbert Wilkins Ernest.

Birth: 1833, North Carolina.
Death: Apr., 1898, Leon, Decatur County, Iowa.

Veteran of the Civil War, 9th Iowa Cavalry. Blinded by small pox.

Wife's: Sarah A Earnest (1839 - 1864), Emily J Earnest (1845 - 1909).

Burial: Leon Cemetery, Leon, Decatur County, Iowa.

Files of the Surgeon General.

CASE. Elbert Ernest, saddler, Co. C, 9th Iowa Cavalry, aged 31 years, being admitted for small-pox into the Small-pox Hospital at St. Louis, was treated there until July 2d, 1864, when he was admitted into the Marine Hospital in very feeble health, and with a perforation of the right cheek, the orifice being about three-fourths of an inch in circumference. On July 9th, 1864, Surgeon A, Hammer, U. S. V., performed a plastic operation. Wire sutures were used, and simple dressings applied. The patient was discharged on August 12th, 1864, for "central opacity of both cornea, arising from varioloid, not much improved." The case is reported by the operator. On January 16th, 1868, Pension Examiner W. F. Peck reports that the patient s vision is totally extinct.

Monday, October 28, 2013

William Day, 57th., Illinois Infantry.

William Day.

Birth: unknown
Death: Apr. 3, 1864.

Burial: Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum Chicago Cook County, Illinois.

Illinois Civil War Detail Report.
Name: DAY, WILLIAM. Rank: PVT. Company: C. Unit: 57 IL US INF. Personal Characteristics. Residence: CHICAGO, COOK CO, IL. Age: 41. Height: 5' 10. Hair: DARK. Eyes: GRAY. Complexion: LIGHT. Marital Status: SINGLE. Occupation: STEWARD. Nativity: IRELAND. Service Record. Joined When: NOV 29, 1861. Joined Where: CHICAGO, IL. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: DEC 30, 1861. Muster In Where: CAMP DOUGLASS, IL. Remarks: REENLISTED AS A VETERAN.  Re-enlisted as a veteran December 30, 1863, mustered in March, 1864, at Camp Douglas Illinois.  Died April 3, 1864.
Files of the Surgeon General.

CASE. Private William Day, Co. C. 57th Illinois Volunteers, aged 44 years, an epileptic subject, a deserter from his regiment, had a severe fall, April 1st, 1864, and was admitted, in a delirious state, to the Marine Hospital at Chicago, Illinois.  Acting Assistant Surgeon R. M. Isham, who reports the case, does not describe the symptoms, or the appearances at the autopsy ; but states that there was a fracture of the base of the cranium, and that compression of the brain, consequent upon a large extravasation of blood within the skull, was the cause of death. The patient died April 3d, 1864.