Saturday, January 11, 2014

Colonel Thomas Ruffin.

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Thomas Ruffin.

Birth: Sep. 9, 1820, Louisburg, Franklin County, North Carolina.
Death: Oct. 13, 1863, Alexandria, Alexandria City, Virginia.

Civil War Confederate Army Officer, US Congressman. Elected to represent the 2nd District of North Carolina in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1853 to 1861. He later became a Colonel in the Confederate Army. Wounded and captured at the Battle of Bristoe Station, he died while a prisoner of war.

Burial: Ruffin Family Cemetery, Louisburg, Franklin County, North Carolina.

Files of the Surgeon General.

CASE. Colonel Thomas Ruffin, 1st North Carolina Cavalry, aged 37 years, was wounded at Bristow Station, Virginia, October 14th, 1863, by a conoidal ball, which struck the skull, near the junction of the coronal and sagittal sutures, and passed along the latter a distance of four inches, fracturing both tables. He was admitted to the 2d division hospital at Alexandria on the following day, being perfectly conscious. No paralysis existed and the pupils were normal. On the 17th there was slight delirium occurring at intervals. The bowels being constipated, half an ounce of castor oil was administered. He retained full possesion of his faculties until a minute before his death, which occurred suddenly on the 18th. On the removal of the skull-cap, it was found that the inner table was shattered for a space of one and a quarter inches in diameter; spicula? being lodged in the membranes and driven into the substance of the brain. As this organ was taken from the cavity for special examination, two ounces of blood collected in the back of the skull ; and two clots containing somewhat more than an ounce of fluid, with about three ounces of a sero-purulent character, were found lying upon the left anterior lobe, beneath the dura mater. A flattened piece of the missile was found in the right anterior lobe, on a level with the corpus callosum, directly beneath the wound of entrance. The pathological specimen is No. 1734, Sect. I, A. M. M. The fractured and depressed portion measures three-fourths by one inch. A fissure one inch in length runs downward in the centre of the frontal bone. The fragments removed consist entirely of diploe and inner table. The fragments of the outer table remain in situ. The specimen and history were contributed by Acting Assistant Surgeon T. H. Stillwell.  

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Black Hawk, Kentucky.


A station on the Maysville branch, K C. railroad, in Nicholas county, 5 miles south of the county seat, Carlisle, which is also the nearest bank location. It is only a small village of about 30 people, and serves as a shipping point for the neighborhood, for surplus products of stock, lumber and produce. Adams Express. Telegraph Western Union. Mail daily. W. J. Myers. postmaster.

Business men of Black Hawk, 1881-1882. 
Blake S T, general store.
Kenney Isaac, justice.
Meyers H B, blacksmith.
Meyers Walter, blacksmith.
Moore George, cooper.
Myers W. J., General Store and R. R., and Express Agent.
Robbins Jno  L. .Physician.
Robinson Rev N G; Methodist).
Shankland W E W, blacksmith.
W M & M Co, saw and planing-mills

George Biemer, Indiana.

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George Biemer.
Also spelled Beamer, Beemer.

Birth: 1840, Germany.
Death: January 27, 1916.

Wife: Margaret Biemer.

Children: Julian, Joseph and Francis Biemer.

Burial: Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana.

The earliest I could find him in Fort Wayne, was in 1864

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Alexander J. Dougherty, 13th., Indiana Infantry.

Indiana State Records.
Name: Alexander J. Dougherty.
Age: 18.
Date Enrolled: 1861/06/19.
Where Enrolled: Indianapolis, Indiana.
Regiment: 13. Company: I.
Discharge Date: 1864/06/19.
Notes: Musician. Private. Charge of Desertion Removed April 18, 1867, by Order of War Dept. Left Co. at Suffolk, VA. April, 1863. Mustered out at Indianapolis, IN.

Files of the Surgeon General.

CASE 39. Private A. J. Dougherty, Co. 1, 13th Indiana, aged 19 years, was wounded in the thighs at Turkey Bone Bridge, November 2, 1861. After being treated for a time at the regimental hospital he was returned to his company for duty, and subsequently he received a furlough to visit his home in Philadelphia. Acting Assistant Surgeon H. M. Bellows reported the following history: "He was admitted to Broad and Cherry Streets Hospital, April 13, 1863, at which time a foreign body was discovered beneath the skin on the front of the right thigh, five inches above the patella, which gave rise to considerable pain whenever the patient walked.

On the next day it was removed by Surgeon J. Neill, U. S. V., and proved to be the half of a round leaden ball. He stated that the missile entered the left thigh just below and in front of the trochanter, where the only visible scar was found. After the injury he had some pain and tenderness on pressure over the lower part of the abdomen, with difficult micturition for a few days. On examination the presumption was that the fragment must have crossed from left to right, either in front or just above the pubes, and thence gradually downward into the thigh.

The wound healed by granulations and by the 5th of May had completely cicatrized." The missile was contributed to the Museum by the operator, and constitutes specimen 1776 of the Surgical Section. The patient was subsequently transferred to Indiana, and mustered out at the expiration of his term of service, June 19, 1864. He afterward again enlisted, and was finally discharged June 21, 1865,  

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Edwin A. Gordon, 57th., Ohio Infantry.

Ohio State Records.

Edwin A. Gordon, Field & Staff, Sergeant Major, Age 19, enlisted September 2, 1861, for 3 years.  Promoted from Sergeant Co. A., March 30, 1862; to Second Lieutenant Co. I., December 29, 1863; promoted to First Lieutenant August 16, 1864, but not mustered; to Captain Co. G., June 16, 1865.  Mustered out with company August 14, 1865.

Files of the Surgeon General.

Edwin A. Gordon, Sergeant Major, 57th., Ohio Volunteers, was wounded near Vicksburg, Mississippi, December 29, 1863, by a gun shot missile which fractured the external table of the frontal bone over the right eye.

He was on the same day admitted to the Hospital Steamer City of Memphis.  He recovered rapidly, was on January 17, 1863, admitted to the Lawson Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, and returned to duty on April 2, 1863.  His pension claim is reported  as pending.