Saturday, November 01, 2014

Joseph R. Doolittle.

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Joseph R Doolittle.

Birth: May 23, 1842.
Death: May 25, 1927.

Wife: Cornelia H. Paddock Doolittle.
Married January 20, 1865.

Children: Gerald B., Lewis J. Doolittle.

Burial: Hillside Cemetery, Cheshire, New Haven County, Connecticut.

Connecticut Frist Light Artillery, Regimental History.

Joseph R. Doolittle, Residence Cheshire; Age 19; Single; Mechanic.

JOSEPH R. DOOLITTLE, of Southington, Served three months in Rifle Co. C, 3d C. V. Enlisted Light Battery Oct. 18, 1861 ; discharged Feb. 17, 1863. physical disability Re-enlisted Jan. 2, 1864; promoted Corporal Nov. 20, 1864. Mustered out June II, 1865. 

Corporal Joseph Doolittle was born May 23, 1842, the youngest of nine children, five boys and four girls. Four of the sons were in  the war, serving with credit to themselves and honor to the State. His ancestors were farmers in Cheshire, Corporal Doolittle's grandfather fighting in the War of the Revolution and rising to the rank  of Major. Corporal Doolittle was at the first battle of Bull Run with the 3d Connecticut. His brothers Amasa and Horace served  in the First Light Battery; his brother Henry was in the 20th  Connecticut Infantry.

page 141-2., Comrade Joseph Doolittle loves to tell a story of a kicking horse he had in that second skirmish  on James Island. He says: "I drove the leader  team in the centre section; Comrade A. E. Leon ard, middle, and Comrade Jack Monarch the  wheel team. I had the old sorrel kicker for the off-horse, a horse that would kick higher and  oftener than any living thing I ever saw.

She  would kick when she started on the run, kick  when she stopped, and when it did no good to  kick. I remember when we were coming off the  field and were back nearly to the caissons I looked over my shoulder and saw two grape shots coming. I dodged them. Next day I told the comrades of  this, and Comrade James Holly spoke up and  'Those were not grape shots, they were the sorrel mare's heels.' "I believe he was right, for I found out that we were out of range of  grape shot."

page 158., Comrade Doolittle says that at one period when ammunition was running short he had got "about half way to the caissons when we saw Capt.Rockwell with some other officers standing by the roadside. The Captain  saw us coming. He ran towards us, waving his sword as high as he could and shouting: 'Halt! Halt!' Then he asked, 'Where are you going?' We had halted, and I answered that we were going back after more ammunition. He smiled and said, 'All right, I thought you were running away.'"  

Friday, October 31, 2014

Death Story of Liut. Col. William Henry Ingerton.

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William Henry Ingerton.

Birth: 1835, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio.
Death: Dec. 8, 1864, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee.

Thirteenth Tennessee Cavalry Regimental History.

On the 25th of November Col. Ingerton with a number of others were sitting in the lobby of the hotel, the Colonel holding Gen. Gillem's little daughter on his knee.  J H. Walker, who had been a Lieutenant in the 2d Tennessee Cavalry, came into the hotel and took a seat near Col. Ingerton, and acting as if intoxicated leaned rudely over against him. Col. Ingerton pushed him away from him to protect the little girl, and then recognizing the man as an ex-Federal officer who had a grudge against him told him if he had any grievance against him that he (Walker) could find him at any time, and if he would come to him in the proper condition he would settle this matter to his satisfaction.

Col. Ingerton then set the little girl down and started to walk across the corridor  of the hotel suspecting no danger from this man. Hearing some one behind him he turned and confronted Walker, who had drawn his pistol and was in the act of firing. Ingerton hastily sprang towards his assailant, caught hold of him and partially turned him around but Walker succeeded in firing the pistol, the ball taking effect in Colonel Ingerton's abdomen, inflicting a fatal wound.

With some assistance he walked to his room on the second floor of the hotel. On the receipt of this news in camp the officers  and men of the Regiment were greatly enraged, as were the entire Brigade. Immediately after the shooting Capt. D. M. Nelson of Gen. Gillem's staff, who was a warm friend of Col. Ingerton, and a brave and resolute young officer, procured a shot gun, repaired to the hotel and attempted to shoot Walker, but just as he was in the act of firing some one knocked the muzzle of the gun up and its contents were discharged into the ceiling of the hotel office.

Walker was arrested and placed in jail. There was great excitement and indignation in the Regiment and  threats of lynching were heard on all sides. The officers of the Regiment went in a body to Gen. Gillem's rooms  in the Franklin House and asked that the assassin be  turned over to them, stating if it was not done they  would bring the Regiment into the city, break down the doors of the jail and drag the murderer out and hang  him.

Gen. Gillem told them he would pledge his honor as an officer that Walker should be tried at once and it not properly punished they could take the matter into their own hands.

 Col. Ingerton lingered in great agony until December 8, when his spirit took its flight. During this time he was often delirious from the inflammation that had set up from the wounds, and would fight over the recent battles in which he had been engaged at Greeneville, Morristown and Bull's Gap; calling on his favorite officers to charge the enemy. His remains were embalmed and taken charge of by his wife and faithful friend Lieut. James Reese, who had been his associate in the Fourth U. S. Cavalry, and taken  to Zenia, Ohio, the home of his wife for burial.

 Lieut.-Colonel Ingerton was a born soldier, brave, discreet and with capacity to grasp a situation in an instant, and the intelligence to act at the proper time. He was no boaster, and was always watchful of his men and  made no needless sacrifice of life. A Brigadier's star would have been a most graceful acknowledgment of his service in East Tennessee, and he would have worn it with credit to himself and honor to the service.

 Previous to joining the Thirteenth Tennessee Cavalry Col. Ingerton was Acting Provost Marshal on the Staff  of Gen. W. Sooy Smith in the Mississippi campaign in  the Spring of 1864. It was alleged by Col. Ingerton's friends he had preferred charges against Lieut. Walker for cowardice in the presence of the enemy at the battle  of Okalona, Miss., and that Walker was convicted and dismissed from the service.

The friends of Walker claimed that the charges were preferred against him for drunkenness and disorderly conduct while at Memphis, Tenn. In either case it was a cowardly assassination, Col. Ingerton having only done his duty as Provost Marshal in preferring charges against an unworthy officer. Walker escaped from jail and was never prosecuted. We have been informed that about ten years ago (1892), while in an intoxicated condition, he met a tragic death near his home in Sevier county, Tenn. Returning from his saw-mill to his home in a vehicle drawn by a mule,he fell out of the vehicle and frightened the animal. His clothing was caught and he was dragged to his death.  Walker's name does not appear upon the rolls of the 2d Tennessee Cavalry.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pliny Fisk Gammell

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Pliny Fisk Gammell, son of Samuel and Achsah (Curtice) Gammell, was born in Hillsborough, N. H., February 21, 1842, and that portion of his life up to the time of his enlistment was spent on his father's farm. He received his education from the district schools of his native town.

In the fall of i861,he determined to enter the service, and on October 25 of that year enlisted as a private in Company A, Seventh New Hampshire, and re-enlisted February 27, 1864. He was wounded July 18, 1863, in the second assault on Fort Wagner, on Morris Island, S. C, and participated in all the engagements of his regiment and company. He was promoted to corporal December 17, 1864, and was discharged July 20, 1865, with the regiment. Since his return home he has followed the occupation of machinist, and resides in Lowell, Mass.

Author. Mr. Gammell, wife was Lydia Amella Davis; married June 21, 1871, at Lowell, Mass.  They had at lest two children; Leid A., Glace S. Gammell. Mr. Gammell died on May 10, 1927, burial unknown.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Charles G. Olmstead, Indiana.

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The subject of this brief sketch was born in Vanderburg county, Indiana, November 1, 1823, and entered the U. S. service as 1st lieutenant of Company A, 42d Regiment, with its organization, at the age of 38 years and 9 months. Before entering the army he was engaged in the saw-mill and lumber business in Evansville, Indiana.

Captain Olmstead was promoted to this rank soon after the organization of the command, his captain (Atchison) being made chaplain.

Captain Olmstead was one of the most painstaking officers. realizing from the beginning the importance of efficiency and proficiency in drill, and he at once became one of the closest
students in tactics.

He was killed at the battle of Perry ville, Ky., while urging on his men in the fight. No braver nor better soldier ever belonged to the regiment.

His body was removed from the bloody field of Perryville, Ky., to his former home, where it found a last resting-place, on what would have been his 39th birthday.

Captain Olmstead was known as a christian soldier, and although he was denied the celebration of his 39th birth-day here on earth, let us hope and believe he celebrated it in heaven, hard by the throne of God, for he was a Soldier of the Cross, as well as for the Union.

He left a wife, three sons and one daughter, all living except the second son. By all who knew him, Captain Olmstead was loved.
Author. Wife Elizabeth E. Olmstead.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Abraham Arthur, Illinois.

ARTHUR, Abraham, a former citizen of Schuyler County, Ill., but later a resident of McDonough County, spending the last years of his life in the city of Bushnell. was born in Huntingdon County. Pa., November 22. 1824, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Zimmerman) Arthur, both natives of the Keystone State. After receiving his primary education in the public schools of his native State, in 1844, at the age of twenty years, he left the parental roof, and joining the tide of emigration towards the West, located at Rushville. Ill., where he remained until 1845, when he removed to Beardstown.

After several changes, in 1856 he located on a farm in Walnut Grove Township, McDonough County, which continued to be his home for many years. Mr. Arthur was united in marriage to Margaret Ann Hageman, who was born in Wayne County, Ohio, January 26, 1829, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs, Adam Hageman. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur, namely Joseph, who died May 18. 1865; Jesse, who married Harriet Atkinson and resides in Whiting.Kan. : Franklin, married in November, 1877. Lucinda Vertrees, and died August 4, 1879, his wife having died May 4, previous: Mary J., married Jacob Angle, and resides at Whiting, Kan.; Catherine Frances, married Fillmore Muruinert, and resides in Bushnell, McDonough County, and Margaret Jeanette, who married William J. Thompson and now resides near Rushville, Ill.

In the early part of 1865, Mr. Arthur enlisted in Company C, One Hundred and Fifty-first Illinois Volunteer Infantry, which was mustered into service at Quincy, Ill., on February 23d of that year, and which was employed chiefly in guard duty, hut taking part in several guerrilla skirmishes in Georgia and other Southern States, received its discharge at Springfield, Ill., February 8, 1866. Mr. Arthur served as First Corporal of his company, holding this position at the time of his muster-out.

While a resident of Walnut Grove Township, Mr. Arthur was the owner of 191 acres of land, of which 140 acres were under cultivation. He also held the office of School Director and was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and of the Anti-Horse Thief Association. Several years before his passing away he removed from the farm to Bushnell, Ill., where he continued to reside until his death, which occurred October 15, 1898, at the age of seventy-four years, being then survived by his wife and four children. The funeral services, conducted two days later, under charge of the Grand Army Post, with Rev. J. A. McGaughey, of the Presbyterian Church, officiating, were attended by a large number of sorrowing friends, who still hold his private life and patriotic service to his country in honored and grateful remembrance. Mrs. Arthur died in Bushnell May 2, 1905.

Monday, October 27, 2014

William Pitt Follansbee.

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William Pitt Follansbee.

Birth: Oct. 29, 1841, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.
Death: Feb. 25, 1876, Larkspur, Douglas County, Colorado.

 Parents: Charles Follansbee (1810 - 1887), Sally Miriam Coburn Follansbee (1818 - 1900).

Siblings: Merrill C Follansbee (1838 - 1902), William Pitt Follansbee (1841 - 1876), Eliza Follansbee (1845 - 1919), Charles Alanson Follansbee (1845 - 1851), Franklin Henry Follansbee (1850 - 1900), Marcia Clarissa Follansbee (1859 - 1860).

Burial: Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County,

History of Battery "A," First Illinois Light Artillery Volunteers (1899)

WILLIAM PITT FOLLANSBEE. The subject of this sketch was a native of Chicago, having been born in that city Oct. 29, 1841. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Follansbee, who were among Chicago's most prominent, old and wealthy families. He always lived in the city of his birth, attending her schools during his boyhood days.

After leaving school he was engaged as salesman for C. H. Beckwith, wholesale grocer, and was so occupied when the war began. He left his situation and enlisted as private in Battery "A," July 28, 1861. He was with the battery continuously, taking a conspicuous part in all its engagements until mustered out at the expiration of his term of enlistment, July 25, 1864.

He then returned to Chicago and engaged in the grocery business with Lewis F. Jacobs, also a member of the battery, both having been messmates in the same squad throughout the war. He quit this business and went to Larkspur, Colo., where he purchased a large ranch and embarked in the cattle business, in which he was engaged at the time of his death, which occurred Feb. 25, 1876. His remains were brought home and buried in Graceland. He had never married. His mother and brothers still live in Chicago.

Frederick Slimp, Tennessee.

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Frederick Slimp.

Birth: Nov. 26, 1823, Johnson County, Tennessee.
Death: Sep. 26, 1904, Johnson County, Tennessee.

First wife: Nancy Naomi Ward Slimp.

Children: Andrew Brownlow Slimp (1862 - 1944).

Second wife: Martha Stout Slimp.
Married December 29, 1889-1891.

Children: Ida B., Ada D., Claud A., Fred T., Edgar B. Slimp.

Burial: Mountain View Cemetery, Mountain City, Johnson County, Tennessee.

Tennessee Thirteenth Cavalry, Regimental History.

Captain Slimp belongs to a well known Johnson  county family and was born in that county November 26, 1824. He had arrived at manhood before the breaking out of the Civil War and was well-known throughout the counties of Johnson and Carter.

When the civil war came up he was among the first to take sides with the Union men and gave the cause his undivided support throughout the war. His extensive acquaintance gave him a large influence in his native county and in the neighboring county of Carter. He was looked upon as a wise counsellor and took an active part in all the plans of the Union people and was one of the delegates from Johnson county to both the Knoxville and Greeneville Union conventions.

Captain Slimp shared with the Union people all the dangers and  hardships of the war period up to the date of the organization of the Thirteenth Tennessee Cavalry. His prominence made him a special mark for the hatred of the Confederate authorities. His many adventures, like  those of many other officers of the Regiment, would make an interesting story in itself. 

Captain Slimp joined the Regiment at its organization and was placed in command of Company F at Strawberry Plains, Tenn., September 22, 1863, though not yet mustered into the service. He was in command of the company on the march to Camp Nelson, Ky., at which place he was mustered as Captain, January 1, 1864. Owing to continued ill health he resigned his commission in August, 1864.

He was held in high esteem by the men and officers of the Regiment. His many acts of kindness in writing letters for the men who were sick or could not write, and his advice and counsel to the younger men  will be remembered by many of the surviving comrades. 

Captain Slimp has resided in Johnson county since the war. He represented that county in the General Assembly of the State in 1869-70, and was joint representative from Johnson and Carter counties in 1870-1.

He was appointed circuit court clerk of Johnson county and served two years; he was again elected to that office  by the people and served four years. He and his estimable wife are now residents of the flourishing little town  of Butler. Their home is a pleasant cottage inn, where the travelers may find a pleasant host and hostess and good entertainment. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Colonel Rufus Robinson Dawes.

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Rufus R. Dawes.

Birth: Jul. 4, 1838, Malta, Morgan County, Ohio.
Death: Aug. 1, 1899, Marietta, Washington County, Ohio.

Parents: Henry Dawes (1804 - 1867), Sarah Cutler Dawes (1809 - 1896).

Wife: Mary Berman Gates Dawes (1842 - 1921).

Mrs. Dawes.
Children: Charles Gates Dawes (1865 - 1951), Rufus Cutler Dawes (1867 - 1940), Beman Gates Dawes (1870 - 1953), Henry May Dawes (1877 - 1952).

Siblings: Henry Manasseh Dawes (1832 - 1860), Lucy Dawes (1833 - 1898), Rufus R. Dawes (1838 - 1899), Ephraim Cutler Dawes (1840 - 1895).

Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Marietta, Washington County, Ohio.

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. Colonel of the 6th Wisconsin Infantry of the famed Iron Brigade. Great-Grandson of William Dawes, rider with Paul Revere, and father of Charles Dawes, Vice President under Calvin Coolidge. Elected to Congress after the war.

Author. Mr. Dawes wrote a book on the Sixth Wisconsin Infantry.  There are many copies out there but there is one special copy.  This copy has many pictures that no other has.  The above pictures came from this book. The book was published in 1890, nine years before his death.  There are many picture of R. R. Dawes , a few of his wife. One of his sister Kate and many of his brother Ephraim C. Dawes.

If you would like to look this book over take this link.  Just keep in mind many are poor but interesting to look at non the less.