Saturday, December 20, 2014

Drummer George A. Robinson.

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Fiftieth Illinois Regimental History.

The original Drummer of company E was George A. Robinson. He now resides at Pleasanton, Kansas, a black- smith. At his enlistment he was 18 years of age and resided at Columbus, Adams co., Illinois. Enlisting as drummer, he served with the company until at Shiloh, where he was overcome by disease through exposure, bad water and food. He was sent to the hospital, then to Keokuk, la., whore he was discharged Nov. 14,1862, for disability. Afterwards served two years in the 8th., Iowa cavalry.

George A. Robinson, Drummer, Company E., Residence Columbus; Enlisted August 22, 1861.  Discharged November 8, 1862, for disability.

Iowa Eight Cavalry, Co.C.

Robinson, George A. (Veteran.) Age 19. Residence Monroe, nativity Illinois. Enlisted June 15, 1863. Mustered June 15, 1863. Promoted Fourth Corporal Dec. 23, 1863; Sixth Sergeant March 24, 1864; Second Sergeant Sept. 26, 1864. Mustered out Aug. 13, 1865, Macon, Ga.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Kentucky Confederate Soldiers Who Drowned.

These names and regiments are not in any order, they were put down as found.

Ninth Cavalry, Co. B.

A. J. Taylor,3rd.,Sergeant; Enlisted September 15,1862,at Carlisle,Kentucky.  Drowned at Mt. Sterling Kentucky,on Cluke's raid.

Ninth, Cavalry, Co. B.

A. J. Taylor, Private, Enlisted September 15,1862, at Carlisle,Kentucky.Drowned in Licking River,April 1,1862,on Cluke's raid to Mt. Sterling,Kentucky.

Ninth Cavalry Co. E.

W. S. McKinney, 3rd.,Corporal; Enlisted September, 1861,at Bowling Green Kentuchy.  Drowned in Drake's Creek, Kentucky, 1862.

Ninth Cavalry, Co. F.

George T. Hardin, Private; Enlisted July 15, 1862, at Georgetown, Kentucky.  Drowned in Ohio River,1863.

Ninth Cavalry, Co. E.

William Withers, Private; Enlisted January, 1863, at Smithsville,Tennessee, Drowned in Ohio River, July 19, 1863.

12th.,Cavalry, Co. ?

Maston Risner, Private; Enlisted October, 1863, at Mckinzic, Tennessee.  Drowned on his way home after the surrender.

15th., Cavalry, Co. A.

G. L. Bacon,Private; Enlisted January 10, 1863, at Mt. Pleasant.  Drowned in Duck River, March 3, 1863.

15th.,Cavalry, Co.A.

W. H. Pendieton, Private; Enlisted December 9, 1862,at Williamsport,Tennessee. Drowned in Duck River, May 3, 1863.

15th., Cavalry,Co. A.

Roobert McDonald, Private; Enlisted January 26, 1863,at Charlette.  Drowned near Cleveland, Tennessee, November 22, 1863.

John H. Morgan Staff.

St. Ledger Grentel, England, Colonel, A.  A. A. G.  Wounded at Cynthiana, Kentucky, July 17, 1862.  Captured on Ohio raid and drowned in escaping from prison at Day Tortugas, 1864.

Second Infantry, Co. B.
John S. Bridges, Private; Enlisted July 5,1862, at Camp Boone,Tennessee.  Accidentally.  drowned, February, 1865, in Congaree River near Columbia,Tennessee.

Second Infantry, Co. B. 

Asa Merrell,Private; Enlisted July 5, 1862, at Camp Boone, Tennessee.  Escaped capture at Fort Doneison; Joined Morgan's cavalry; Accidentally drowned.

Second Infantry, Co. H.

Conrad Bills,Private; Enlisted October 23, 1861, at Camp Taylor;  Wounded January 2,1863; Teamster; Accidentally drowned February, 1865.

Fourth Infantry, Co. D.

John L. Robinson, Private; Enlisted August 20, 1861, at Camp Burnett, while en rout for exchange, was drowned in Mississippi River opposite Helena Arkansas, September, 1862.

Fourth Infantry, Co.E.

Alfred Barnett,,, Private; Enlisted September 10, 1862, at Lexington, Kentucky.  Drowned in Alabama River, August, 1863.

Fourth Infantry, Co. H
Bartholemew Sullivan, Private; 5th., Sergeant; Enlisted August 10, 1861, at Camp Burnett; Promoted 2nd., Corporal; was accidentally drowned in Alabama River, September 22, 1862.

Sixth Infantry, Co. B.

O. M. Donald, 3rd., Corporal; Enlisted September 26, 1861, at Camp Green River, Kentucky; Appointed 3rd., Corporal, October 23, 1861; Was drowned in the Comite River,August 4, 1862.

Schoolfield Battery Artillery.

M. D. Peters, Private; Enlisted, 1852, Kentucky; Drowned while Battery was crossing Nola Chuck Creek in Tennessee.

Fifth Infantry, Co. I.

Henry Prewitt, Private; Enlisted September 10, 1862,at Georgetown,Kentucky.  Drowned  in Caney River in 1863.

Eight Infantry, Co. A.

Newton Veal, Private; Enlisted September 2,1862, at Fayette Kentucky.  Drowned at Lynchburg, Virginia.

Eight Infantry, Co. C.

Notly Maddox,Private;Enlisted September 10,1862,at Shelby Kentucky.  Drowned crossing Obeys River.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dr Francis M Bledsoe, MD

Dr Francis M Bledsoe, MD. 

Birth: Jul. 8, 1836, Alabama.
Death: Mar. 17, 1901.

Wife: Anna Augusta ( Sutton ) Bledsoe,( 1853-1951 ).
Married May 24,1894.

Children: Emmie Bledsoe.

Burial: Georgetown Cemetery,Georgetown, Quitman County,Georgia.

Civil War Veteran.

Francis M. Bledsoe; Lieutenant Company I., 11th.,Georgia Infantry; Age 27; Wounded in right shoulder, July 3,1863; Amputation of arm at shoulder.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Frank A. Braley.

Frank A. Braley.

Birth: 1844, Northfield, Merrimack County,New Hampshire.
Death: July 11,1892,Gilford, Belknap County, New Hampshire.

Parent: George W. Braley.

Wife and children are unknown.

Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Plymouth,Grafton County,New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Twelfth, Infantry.

Frank A. Braley,Twelfth New Hampshire Infantry, Company F.; Born Northfield; Age 18; Residence Northfield; Credited to Northfield; Enlisted August 21,1862;Mustered in September 5, 1862, as Private;  Wounded; Deserted December 12,1862, at Falmouth,Virginia; Apprehended; Mustered out June 21, 1865.  Died July 11,1892, Gilford.

Author.  On his pension file the beneficiary was a minor child Carrie G. Colby,June 13, 1893, how their related I couldn't find out.

Edmund F. Prentiss.

Edmund F. Prentiss.

Birth: September 6,1837.
Death: February 5, 1897.

Mother:Eunice A. Prentiss.

Wife: Anna Maria Prentiss.

Children: Mary Elizabeth Prentiss, ( 1879-1885 ), Henry Wilson Prentiss, ( 1875-1891 ).

Burial: North Burial Ground, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Second Infantry.

EDMUND F. PRENTISS, Providence: Corporal, Com pany C, June 5th, 1861; sergeant, November 4th, 1861; first sergeant, October 2nd, 1862; second lieutenant, K, May 10th, 1863; first lieutenant, A, October 30th, 1863; wounded near Spottsylvania, May 18th, 1864.
Wounded at the battle of Spottsylvania,also known as the battle of the Wilderness; Wounded in the head and thigh, May 18, 1864.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

William A. Boyd.

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William A. Boyd.

Birth: 1824.
Death:July 11, 1864.

Wife: Sarah A. Thompson Boyd, (1833-1884.)
Married February 25, 1851.

Children: two, but no names given or found.

Burial: Crown Hill Cemetery, Centerville, Wyane County Indiana.

Directory and Soldiers Register of Wyane County Indiana.
Publish Date, 1865.

Boyd, William A. enlisted in Co. C, 84th Beg Ind Vol Inf, for three years. September, 1862. Was commissioned as captain at the organization of his company, and was with the regiment in Western Virginia and Eastern Kentucky, participating in all its battles. until May 9th, 1864, when he was in command of six companies of skirmishers at Rocky Face, Georgia, and was wounded by a shot through both thighs ; the left one was amputated, but his life could not be saved He died in hospital at Chattanooga July 11. 1864, leaving a wife and two children residing at present in Centerville. A short time previous to his death. Mr. Boyd was promoted to major of his regiment, and was holding that office at the time.

Sarah A. boyd,widow,William A. Boyd, soldier.  Residence a quarter mile north of Centerville, Center Township.

Oliver P. Posey

Oliver P. Posey.

Birth: 1843,Ohio.
Death: Unknown.

Parents: John B. and Dulcina Posey.

Brothers and Sisters: Mary, Oliver P., Eugenia, Charlotte Posey.

Burial: Unknown..

Directory and Soldiers Register of Wyane County Indiana.

Oliver P. Posey, enlisted April 1, 1861,in Company C., Eight Regiment Indiana Volnnteers Infantry, for three months, was in battle of Rich Mountain, and was discharged at expiration of term of enlistment.  

Reenlisted in same company August 1,1861,for three years; was in the battles of Pea Ridge, and all the battles incident to the capture of Vicksburg, including Port Gibson ( where he was wounded , the ball remaining in his arm ), Black River Bridge, the assault or Rebel works at Vicksburg,Jackson, Mississippi,and also the battles of Winchester, Cedar Creek and Fisher's Hill.

He fought by Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley, and is yet in the service, May, 1865.  He is the son of John B. Posey, of Richmond, Wyane County,Indiana.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Michael Wert

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January 6th, 1864. Went to see Michael Wert of the One Hundred and Eighty-fourth Pennsylvania shot for desertion."This was a most solemn sight. I did not go of my own volition, nor did any of the regiment, I presume. The whole division was ordered out to see the execution, that they might see the penalty for desertion.

We were marched to a large, open field, where preparations had been made, the grave dug, etc. A hollow square was formed, two ranks inward face. After we were formed the provost guard approached with the prisoner. First came the drum corps playing the dead much, with muffled drums, then a small squad of the guard followed by an open wagon, containing a coffin, on which the prisoner sat, then followed more of the guard, all in charge of a captain. They marched through and around the whole square, that every soldier could see, then to the open grave, where he and the coffin were taken out of the wagon, the coffin placed near the grave on which he was made to sit.

The guard then marched a few paces in front. When the captain gave the order : Ready ! Aim ! Attention ! Then again : Ready ! Aim ! Fire ! and that ended the life of one who had placed many, if not the whole army, in jeopardy. He fell over, pierced by as many balls as there were muskets, less one, for one musket was loaded with a blank cartridge. Neither one of the guards knew but that his was the loaded blank, therefore, it is always the other ones who did the execution.

I did not speak of the chaplain who accompanied the prisoner. Sergeant Tyler D. Phillips of my company ( G. ), now a prominent merchant at Menasha, Wis., who was sergeant of the picket. I wrote him to give me a detail of the circumstances of the capture. His answer follows herewith:

Mexasha Wis., February 25th, 1884.

Dear Sir and Friend : I received yours of the 6th inst. and beg your pardon for not answering before, but I could not get the time to look over my papers, referring to the matter you ask about, until this date. I find my records show that on the 7th of December, 1864, I took a deserter, while on picket, by the name of Michael Wert, a member of Company G, One Hundred and Eighty-fourth Pennsylvania. I had placed my vidette and returned to my regular post, when I heard the vidette halt someone. I went to him. I found this man  Michael Wert, We took him on the line.

He said (thinking he was in the enemy's line instead of his own) he was tired of fighting and thought he would get away from the 'Yanks' and come to us. I asked him if he was an en- listed man. He said he was not, that he was drafted and did not like the business, and was bound to quit it. He also said that they had placed him on vidette and that he had set his musket against a tree, and if we would steal out with a few men we could capture the whole picket line, as there were but a few of us, and that the whole army had evacuated the lines and gone to some other place, he did not know where. I find further that on Monday, December 17th, 1861, I was subpoenaed to appear at head quarters as a witness in the case of Michael Wert, and that on January 6th, 1861, at 10 o'clock a. m. he was shot by order of the court, etc., etc.

Yours truly, Tyler D. Phillips. Late Sergeant Company G, Thirty-sixth Wis.

He evidently did not know that the ''whole army" was massed in the second line of works and the rear, waiting for a weak point. The fellow miscalculated, when he started out for what he thought to be the enemy's line. This was the first and only execution I know of in our corps. Deserters from the enemy were coming in to us daily all through the winter of '61-'65, and a sorry lot of fellows they were.