Saturday, May 03, 2014

Charles M. Stone, 55th., Ohio Infantry

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Charles M. Stone.

Birth: 1837, Ohio.
Death: March 16, 1865.

Wife: Ellen Sowards Stone.
Married May 26, 1855, Seneca, county, Ohio.

Mother: Harriet Stone.

Burial: Green lawn Cemetery, Tiffin, Seneca county, Ohio.

Civil War Veteran.

Mother received his pension.

From 55th., Ohio infantry Regimental History.
Stone, Charles M. Age 24. E. S. 25 Sept. '61. 3 years; appointed 2d Lieutenant Co. G, 14 Dec, '61; promoted to 1st Lieutenant 4 Mar. '63; to Captain 2 Apr. '64; killed 16 Mar. '65, in battle of Averasborough, N. C.

Brave Captain Charles M. Stone, of Company G, fell at Averasborough, North Carolina.
One wound did not daunt him. He stood by his boys until the fatal shot struck him.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

A Story By Eather, Eathen, Eathan E. Wlikerson 4th.. Ohio Cavalry.

The following story was taken from the history of the fourth Ohio Cavalry, written by Lucien Wulsin, late private Co. A., Published 1912.

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The man who accompanied Captain George Leonard, of Company A, on his trip from Selma to Mobile, Ala., was Corporal Eathan Wilkerson, Company A, of Morrowtown, Warren County, Ohio. He entered the service of the Fourth Ohio Cavalry February 27, 1864, and had been with the regiment a little over a year when he had the unique experience of accompanying the messenger of peace down the river. His account of the episode is as follows :

"We left Selma on April 10, 1865 ; went to Montgomery, Ala., thence to Columbus, Ga., and on to Macon, where we arrived on the evening of April 21. They held us out of the town that night. The next morning, early, we started into the city, and Captain Leonard rode out of the ranks, called the sergeant of the company, then called me, and then eight other men, and ordered us to report at the general s headquarters.

The men who made the trip from Macon to Mobile and return were :

Captain George \V. Leonard, Sergeant Albert Hopping, Corporal John C. Williams, orporal William A. Straider, Corporal Eather Wilkerson, Private Milton Brown, Private Frank Cnnningham, Private Stephen Pierson, Private David Thailor, and a rebel officer.

We had no uniforms, having been without any communication with the army since the 16th of December. They could not furnish us that day with uniforms, but the next morning we procured blue clothing. We then took a train that afternoon and went from Macon, Ga., to Eufaula, Ala., arriving there on Sunday morning. From there we went to Montgomery eighty-four miles by way of Union Springs ; from there to Selma by land, fifty miles on horseback, arriving at Selma about ten or eleven o clock in the forenoon. We were right with the rebels from the time we left Macon until we reached Selma.

The morning after our arrival the captain ordered us out and we got into a boat, having with us a rebel general from Lee s army. We went down the river about eight o clock in the morning. I saw an awful smoke down the river, and soon a gunboat turned the curve, and the name Cincinnati w r as on it. There was a man on top of the boat who told us to go back to the city; we went back. We had horses in the stable. The captain came and called to us. I asked him what he wanted. He said: "Leave everything that you have and come with me." We went down to the gunboat and got on this vessel, which was a Union gunboat.

I had been wounded on April 2 at Selma. When we got to Mobile the captain said : "You don t feel like walking, I will leave you here with the sanitary commission." To the guard at the door he said: "Here is a boy I want to leave. The captain w r as gone one night, and when he came back we took the same vessel to Selma. There were one hundred and thirty men and six guns on the boat. We left there about one o clock in the night and got to Selma about ten A. M. of the third day, a distance of three hundred miles. By that time our forces had command of Selma the Thirteenth Army Corps and two divisions of the Sixteenth, Breirson's Cavalry.

Leaving Selma we returned by the same route and arrived at Macon about May 10, having been on the road since the 22d of April. At this time I was entirely ignorant of the nature of our expedition, or as to what the captain did during the time that he left me with the sanitary commission at Mobile. Most of the army at that time was uninformed as to the true state of affairs. For instance, before we got to Montgomery, Ala., we met a rebel captain and he told us Lincoln was dead and Lee had captured Grant's army. 

This was on the return from Selma, and we knew no better until we got to Macon. Our captain, I learned later, had sealed dispatches from General Sherman, but he never spoke of the surrender of Lee to us. This news was all sealed and sewed up in his coat. All along the way we met Confederates. They showed us no disrespect because of the flag of truce. We did not try to make any special camping place; when night came we stopped. Of course, our horses were not very good, being worn out, and so we did not travel fast.

There is a little incident that happened at Eufaula on Sunday morning that illustrates the condition of the times. The rebel captain and the mayor wanted our captain to visit the Sunday school. They said they had never seen a Yankee and wanted to see one. He was gone three or four hours. The town was filled with Confederate soldiers. We got rations and horse feed from them, we took our own coffee, as they did not have any in that country.

Eather, Eathen, Eathan Enos Wilkerson

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Corp Eather Enos Wilkerson.

Birth: Jan. 24, 1845.
Death: Oct. 9, 1930.

Eather Enos Wilkerson Corporal, Company A 4th Ohio Cavalry Regiment [aka Eathan or Eathen Wilkerson]

Hardesty's 1886 Military History of Ohio, Warren County Edition, page 310;

"Eather Wilkerson corp. co. A, 4th O. V. C.; wounded at Selma, Ala."

Service Record from American Civil War Research Database by Historical Data Systems;

Eathen Wilkerson enlisted as a 20 year old Private on 27 Feb 1864 mustered into Co A 4th OVC on 27 Feb 1864 appointed Corporal on 2 Apr 1865 Mustered out with company at Nashville, Tennessee on 15 Jul 1865

Pension Index Cards;

Eather Wilkerson filed for a pension on 18 Jul 1889 & on 20 Feb 1907 (Application #717677, Certificate #791440) for service in Co A 4th OVC died 3 Oct 1930 at Morrow, Ohio.

Ohio Death Certificate #63168 (1930) Eather Wilkerson retired white male, widower of Nancy Jane Wilkerson born 24 Jan 1845 at Clarksville, Ohio to Wm. Wilkerson & Elizabeth Thompson died 3 Oct 1930 at Morrow, Warren County, Ohio buried 6 Oct 1930 at Morrow

"Eather Enos Wilkerson," obituary, The Western Star (Lebanon, Ohio), October 9, 1930;

"Eather Enos Wilkerson, son of William and Elizabeth Wilkerson, was born near Spring Hill, Ohio, January 24th 1845 and departed this life October 3rd aged 85 years, 8 months and 9 days. On January 24th, 1867 he was united in marriage to Nancy Jane Runyan at Morrow, Ohio.

He was a Veteran of the Civil War of 1861-65 and a Charter Member of Sul Stevens Post.

Almost his entire life was spent in Morrow where he held many positions of trust, as an employee of the Pennsylvania R. R. Co.; Rural Mail Carrier for 17 years, also, Marshal and street Commissioner for many years.

He was very patriotic, always faithful to his duties, loyal to his friends, a kind and loving father, ever thoughtful for their comfort and welfare. He was the last member of a family of 12 children.

His wife, daughter Rose and son Harry preceded him to the great Beyond. He leaves to mourn their loss, four daughters, Adah Loomis of Los Angeles, Cal., Cora Thornton of Grove City, Nora Dumford of Cincinnati, and Grace Couden of Morrow, nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren and other relatives and friends. ..."

Burial: Morrow Cemetery, Morrow, Warren County, Ohio.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Alva G. Blood.

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Rev Alva G Blood.

Birth: 1842.
Death: 1922.

Father: Russell Blood.
Mother: Louisa Nelson Blood.

Wife: Carrie J. Hill Blood (1861 - 1924).

Children: Gertrude Blood.

Burial: Pine Tree Cemetery, Corunna, Shiawassee County, Michigan.

Civil War Veteran

Alva (Alvah) G. Blood Sergeant 16 Michigan Infantry Company C. Enlisted: September 6, 1861 in Detroit, Michigan. Discharged: September 12, 1864. Residence: Wayne County, Michigan. Transferred: August 12, 1863 to the United States Army SIC Corps.