Saturday, May 17, 2014

Cornelius V Moore.

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Cornelius V Moore.

Birth: 1829, Ewing, Mercer County, New Jersey.
Death: Sep. 2, 1863, Ewing, Mercer County, New Jersey.

Parents: Absalom Moore (1800 - 1856), Eliza Ann Pierson Moore (1807 - 1861).

Wife: Mary P Moore (1830 - 1893).

Children: Charles P Moore (1859 - 1914), Virginia Moore (1860 - 1861), Albert S Moore (1862 - 1864).

Sibling: Sarah Moore Akers (1826 - 1861).

Burial: First Presbyterian Church of Ewing Cemetery, Ewing, Mercer County, New Jersey.

Civil War record.
Although he is recoded as being in all these regiments only the record of the 100th., N. Y., was found.  I have access to the Adjutant General Reports, State Records and Regimental Histories, and his name wasn't stated in any of them.

New York 100th., Infantry.

MOORE, CORNELIUS V.—Age, 20 years. Enlisted at Utica, to serve three years, and mustered in as private, Co. B, September 10, 1863; captured in action, May 16, 1864, at Drewrys Bluff, Va.; paroled, no date; promoted corporal, January 25, 1865; sergeant, March 10, 1865; first sergeant, July 1, 1865; mustered out with company, August 28, 1865, at Richmond, Va.

New York 106th., Infantry.
Same Information as above.
Illinois 39th., Infantry.
Not found on any company or regimental rosters.
Vermont 11th., Infantry.
Not found on any company or regimental rosters.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Lieutenant David E. Ainsworth, Michigan.

David E. Ainsworth.

Birth: 1938.
Death: May 12, 1864.
Burial: Unknown at this time.

Battle of Spottsylvania Court House. Virginia.
Colonel C. B. Grant, who was acting major that day, writes: "Just before the charge we lay near our battery, which was supported by the Second Michigan, just near the brow of the elevation. Before this we had been further to the left, and had moved, a shell killing four men.  There was an open piece of woods to our right, and another one to our left, containing to the right. While lying there before the order was given to charge, we were severely shelled, and more underbrush, as I remember, mainly of hardwood.
It was in these woods that that soldiers of both sides were captured and recaptured several times. When we reached the most advanced position of the charge, I was at the right of the regiment and discovered that we were being shot from the woods at the left. I immediately ran along the line to inform Major Barnes, who was in command of the regiment, I being the acting major.
The bullets and shells made such a noise was impossible to hear any command ten feet away. Major Barnes, by motion of his hands, rather than by voice, gave the order to move by the left flank and charge into the woods, which we did.  Our regiment was in an open space between the two woods." So ended the bloody charge of the Twentieth Michigan at Spottsylvania.  Lieutenant David E. Ainsworth fell on the field of battle.
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

A Memorial Day Salute to Lloyd P. Zimmer

As Memorial Day is only a few days away, I thought it only fitting I should give a Salute to all the service men and women who served are country with honor. "As a free American citizen, I give my thanks to all service men & women all over the world". 

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Parents of Veteran: Mr. and Mrs. Earl V, Zimmer; Neoga, Illinois. Sisters; Marjorie E. and Lucille McFall.

Date of Birth: January 6, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois. Spent 9 years in the Mattoon Public Schools, 3 years in Neoga T.H.S. Graduated June. 1940,

Date of Enlistment: November 18, 1940; Mattoon, Illinois. Graduated from Air Corps Radio school August 15, 1941; transferred to the Philippine Islands October 4, 1941; was at Clark Field when the first bombs fell in the war with the Japs.

Parents received two letters, one December 12, 1941 from McKinley Field, near Manila; the other one dated January 25, 1942 while on Bataan; was taken prisoner with the fall of Bataan, was in the Bataan Death March, survived that, only to die in a Prisoner of War camp in Cabanatuan, where 21000 died of starvation, brutality and disease, June 16, 1942. Picture shown was last picture ever taken, about two weeks before war started, near Clark Field, North of Manila. Nothing is known of his military record, his last words were "Wish me luck, what a war, but we will lick them yet." He and thousands of others never knew that it was done, but at what a cost, revenge was taken. They did not die in vain.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Edward P. Capron, Michigan.

Edward P. Capron.

Birth: unknown.
Death: Aug. 14, 1863, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio.

Burial: Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio.

Widows Pension.

Amanda E. Camis Capron.

Michigan State Records.

Edward P. Capron, Private, Residence Grass Lake.  Enlisted in Company F., Twentieth Infantry, August 5, 1862, at Grass Lake, for 3 years, age 33.  Mustered in August 18, 1862.  Died at Cincinnati, Ohio, August 14, 1863.  Buried in Spring Grove Cemetery, near Cincinnati, Ohio.

Surgeon General Report.

CASE 593. Private Edward P. Capron, company F, 20th Michigan volunteers; admitted August 11, 1883. Chronic darrhoea. The patient stated that he had suffered from diarrhoea since the 13th of May. He is now pale, ansemic, his tongue dry and coated with brown fur, pulse very feeble, extremities cold. Had a chill this morning. To have a sponge bath ; citrate of iron and quinia ; whiskey-toddy; beef-essence. August 12th: Had involuntary discharges from the bowels this morning. Agust 13th: Became comatose about six o clock this morning; is covered with cold clammy perspiration ; extremities cold; eyes staring ; breathing abdominal. Died, August 14th, at 5 P. M. Autopsy twenty-two hours after death.

George M. Farnham, Michigan.

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George Marion Farnham.

Birth: Dec. 23, 1839.
Death: Jul. 28, 1908.

Wife: Stella Clarinda Keeler Farnham (1859 - 1949).
Married in 1889.

Burial: Hillside Cemetery, Columbus, Columbia County, Wisconsin.

Michigan Civil War State Records.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Alfred A. Van Cleve, Michigan.

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Alfred A. Van Cleve.
Also spelled Vancleve

Birth: January 1840, Michigan.
Death: September 1, 1910, Ypsianti City, Washtenaw county, Michigan..

Father: John W. Van Cleve.
Mother: Julia A. Van Cleve.

Wife: Kate S. Van Cleve.

Children: Kat, Antonette and Julia A. Van Cleve.

Burial: Unknown.
The following is from the Michigan State records, although they missed spelled his name its the right person.

The following is part of his Biography, to read his full Biography use the link provided below.

Our subject was born January 7, 1840, at Ypsilanti. He had the best educational advantages of the day, attending the seminary and the Normal School, until he was seventeen years of age, when lie went into the mill with his father, where he remained until 1862, when he enlisted in Company B, Twentieth Michigan Infantry. He was mustered in at Jackson as Second Lieutenant and served his company in the battles of Fredericksburg, Vicksburg, Jackson, (Miss.), the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, North Ann, Cold Harbor, and was also present and fought at the siege of Petersburg. In December, 1862, our subject was promoted to a First Lieutenancy, receiving a further promotion as Captain in November, 1863, which rank he held till February, 1865, when he resigned.

After the return of Capt. Van Cleve to the life a civilian, he entered the wholesale paper warehouse of W. H. Van Cleve ( Co., of Detroit, as one of the firm, selling out his interests there in 1867, when he returned to Ypsilanti, working once more in connection with his father in the mill. There he remained for eight years and in 1875 entered the office of the Genera! Passenger Department of the Michigan Central Railroad at Chicago. This position he held for twelve years and again returned here in 1887. Capt. Van Cleve was married in Buffalo to Miss Kate Stevenson, who was born and reared in Buffalo. They have been blessed with five children, two of whom are living, Kate and Julia A. Capt. Van Cleve is a Knight Templar, and is a member of the Episcopal Church in which he is a Vestryman. In politics he is a Democrat,

Alfred A Van Cleve full Biography.
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Monday, May 12, 2014

George E. Norris, Vermont.

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George E. Norris.

Birth: 1846, Vermont.
Death: September 9, 1865.

Mother: Sarah R. Norris.
Father : Eleazer W. Norris.

Sister: Emily Norris.
Brothers: Warren and Frank Norris.

Burial: Meeting House Cemetery, Burke, Vermont.

Civil War.

George E. Norris, Enlisted February 20, 1865, Mustered in same, Age 18, Private, Co. F., 9th., Vermont Infantry.  Died of disease September 9, 1865.

Authors Note.  The caption under the picture read; George F. Norris, Co. K., 5th., Vermont Infantry.  This is in error there was no George F. Norris in any Vermont regiments nor in any Union Volunteer army.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Francis E. Brownell

Private F. E. Brownell.
Library of Congress.
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Francis Edwin Brownell.

Birth: 1840.
Death: Mar. 15, 1894

Burial: Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri. Civil War

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He enlisted in Company A, 11th New York Volunteer Infantry in 1861, having been drawn to the colors by the unit's commander, Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, and Ellsworth's passion for Zouave uniforms and drill. His regiment were among the first Union volunteers to arrive in Washington, DC to guard it from anticipated Confederate incursions. When Ellsworth was killed by the proprietor of the Marshall House Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, Brownell tried to deflect the shot, but Ellsworth was hit in the chest. Brownell shot the proprietor in the head, and finished him off with a bayonet. He was soon after commissioned directly into the Regular Army as a 2nd Lieutenant of the 11th United States Infantry. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant, and served in that rank until leaving the army two years later. For his bravery in Colonel Ellsworth's defense, he was awarded the Medal of Honor on January 26, 1877, sixteen years after the event.

New York State Records.

BROWNELL, FRANCIS E.—Age, 25 years. Enlisted, April 20, 1861, at New York city; mustered in as corporal, Co. A, May 7, 1861, to serve during the war; promoted sergeant, May 26,1861; mustered out to date, July 4, 1861, to accept commission in regular United States Army; medal of honor.