Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Leander Grandstaff.

Leander Grandstaff.

Birth: unknown.
Death: Aug. 20, 1864,

Pvt Co G 32nd Ohio Infantry GRANDSTAFF, LEANDER DATE OF DEATH: 08/20/1864 BURIED AT: SECTION J SITE 9840 -VA gravesite locator,

Burial: Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia.

Ohio Thirty - Second Infantry Regimental History.

On the 20th of August, 1864, Leander Grandstaflf, one of the company's bravest men, was struck by a shot from the enemy and instantly killed as he stood by the fire cooking his breakfast. Three men carried him back to a place somewhat sheltered from the bullets for burial. When the grave was about completed a vein of water was struck which flooded it. One said, "He's dead, anyway; the water won't hurt him. Let's put him in."' "No," said Stephen Kinkaid, "he shall be buried decently, if I have to dig the grave myself;" and then added: "Boys, if I should be killed, bury me decently."

Grandstaff, Leander. Enlisted Aug. i, 1861; re-enli&ted Dec. 17, 63, and was killed in action near Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 20, 64. He is buried in the National Cemetery at Marietta, Ga.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Andrew A Hurd .

Andrew A Hurd.

Birth: Feb. 9, 1844.
Death: Jan. 15, 1898.

Burial: Grove Cemetery, Belfast, Waldo County,Maine.

Maine Twenty- Sixth Infantry Co. A., Regimental History.


Page 162-163, Was born in Unity, February 9, 1844; he was eighteen years of age when he enlisted in Company A, Twenty-Sixth Maine Regiment, the 10th of September, 1862, as a private ; was mustered out in Bangor at Camp John Pope, the 17th of August, 1863. Was with the regiment in all the battles except the last seige at Fort Hudson, being unable to attend duty at that time. He contracted a severe cold lying on the ground without shelter during a hard rain storm at Opelousas ; was sick at Barers Lauding, La., was sent to Brashear City, and from there to the Cotton Press barracks Hospital, New Orleans ; was there sick until about the middle of July, lS(i3, with malarial fever, followed by chronic diarrhea, and at Port Hudson was sick with heart trouble. Captain Metcher tells an incident that happened at the battle ol Irish Pond : The company were ordered to lie on their backs and load, turn over and fire. Hurd could not load quick enough to suit him on his back so stood up to load. Captain Fletcher ordered him to "lie down," he paid no attention. Captain Fletcher told him he should shoot him if he did not obey orders, but he continued to load and fire standing, until they were ordered to retreat.

Dr. Williams of Rockland tells a story of Hurd : As they were retreating on the run in this same battle, he saw one of  the men shot down and he begged them not to leave him to  be taken prisoner ; after running on a short distance Hurd concluded he could not leave his comrade, so turned in the face of the enemy, went back and brought the wounded man from the field in his arms.

A. A. Hurd was married in Belfast, November 17, 1870, to Louise S. Cunningham ; has been engaged in the wholesale confectionery business in Belfast, since 1873 until January, 1897, when he retired from business, being unable to attend it any longer. He is now fifty-three years old. His post office address is Belfast, Maine.

Comrade A. A. Hurd died at East Belfast, January If), 98, and was buried in the cemetery at Belfast. His death resulted from disease contracted in the service of the United Sates in the Twenty-Sixth Maine Regiment.)

Friday, December 25, 2015

John Wellman Lyman.

John Wellman Lyman,

Birth: Mar. 6, 1830.
Death: Jan. 13, 1865.

Burial: Jersey Shore Cemetery, Jersey Shore, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania 57th., Infantry Regimental History.

Dr. John W. Lyman, a resident of Lock Haven. Pa., who was appointed surgeon of the 57th when the regiment was orgonized in 1861, and had been with it constantly, resigned September 16, 1864, in order to accept the lieutenant-colonelcy of the 203d Pennsylvania volunteers. While serving with that regiment he was killed in the attack on Fort Fisher, North Carolina, January 15, 1865. Dr. Lyman was a excellent surgeon, kind and genial, and had endeared himself in the hearts of the men of the 57th. who were deeply grieved when they learned of his death.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Henry Washington Wise .

Henry Washington Wise.

Birth: Nov. 19, 1839, Bucyrus, Crawford County, Ohio.
Death: May 22, 1917, Crown Point, Lake County, Indiana.

Enlisted in Company C, Indiana 99th Infantry Regiment on 11 August 1862. Promoted to Full Sergeant. Mustered out on 23 May 1865.

Wife: Eliza Catherine Alyea Wise (1845 - 1927).

Married 1868.

Children: Henry C., John J., Lula M., Adah M. Wise.

Burial: Maplewood Historic Cemetery, Crown Point, Lake County, Indiana.



Born November 19, 1839, in Crawford county, Ohio; came to Lake county, Indiana, in 1849, and it has been his home ever since. Enlisted in Company C in August, 1862, and served through the war. From 1884 to 1887 belonged to Third Regt. Indiana Legion. Married Eliza C. Alyea December 25, 1867, and they have two sons and two daughters, the youngest being 22 years of age. His ancestry were Pennsylvania Dutch; his great grandfather, born in 1751, served in the Maryland cavalry during the Revolutionary war. His grandfather, born near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 1786, served in the war of 1812. Comrade Wise taught eight terms of school in his younger days, but his principal occupation has been that of brick and tile making. His regard for his old comrades and interest in their welfare is manifest at all times, and he attends all the reunions he can. The picture above shows him as he was in the army, while the one on page 161 shows him as he is now.


Tuesday, December 22, 2015



Rhode Island Seventh, Co. E., Infantry.

Sergeant Decatur Morey Boyden, son of William C. and Emily Morey Boyden, was born near Chestnut Hill, Smithfield, Aug. 31, 1840. He was the fourth of a family of eight children. Aug. 2, 1862, he married Frances Louisa Poland. They had three children, a son, since deceased, and two daughters. Mr. Boyden was a woolen finisher by trade and labored chiefly for the Harris Woolen Company at Woonsocket, and for the Blackstone, Mass., Mills.
He first enlisted in Company E, of the Fourth Rhode Island, but lost a finger and therefore was discharged March 10, 1862. He enlisted in the Seventh July 26, 1862. He was slightly wounded at Fredericksburg and again severely in the side at the Wilderness, because of which he was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps Sept. 30, 1864. He was admitted to the Chelsea Soldiers' Home June 11, 1896. Mrs. Boyden resides in Somerville, Mass.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Richard McCann

Richard McCann.

Birth: 1821, Canada.
Death: Jul. 22, 1887.

In the Company all Called him" Dick".

Aged: 65 Years, 4 Months, 21 Days.

Wife: Susan Kidd McCann (1824 - 1874).

Children: Lucy McCann (1854 - 1907), Edward F. McCann (1856 - 1856), Emma McCann (1860 - 1920).

Burial: Buffalo Grove Cemetery, Buffalo Grove, Ogle County, Illinois.

Illinois Ninety Second Infantry, Co. D, Regimental History.

Page 33, Dick McCann, of Company D, of Polo, was ferociously attacked by a tame deer, and while making a wild retreat, the deer, with his sharp antlers, helped Dick along. Dick was the first man wounded in the Ninety-Second, and the only one who ever retreated without orders

Illinois Civil War Detail Report.

Name: MCCANN, RICHARD. Rank; PVT. Company: .D. Unit: 92 IL US INF.

Personal Characteristics. Residence:: POLO, OGLE CO, IL. Age: 41. Height: 5' 5. Hair: BLACK. Eyes: BLUE. Complexion: DARK. Marital Status; MARRIED. Occupation: STONE MASON. Nativity: LENARK, CANADA.

Service Record. Joined When: AUG 19, 1862. Joined Where: POLO, IL. Period: 3 YRS, Muster In: SEP 4, 1862. Muster In Where: ROCKFORD, IL. Muster Out: JUN 9, 1865. Muster Out Where: LOUISVILLE, KY. Remarks: SICK AT LOUISVILLE KY LOST HIS LEG AT ADAIRSVILLE GA JUN 4, 1864.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Henry St. John Young

Henry St. John Young.

Birth: unknown.
Death: Jan. 3, 1863.

Aged: 19 years; Co. C.65th. Ohio Infantry.,

Killed at the Battle of Stone River.

He was part of Sherman Brigade,.

Regimental History, states he was killed on December 31, 1862.

Burial: New Haven Cemetery, New Haven, Huron County, Ohio,

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Henry L. C. Ramage.

Henry L. C. Ramage.

Birth: 1840.
Death: 1864.

Parents: John and Mary C. Ramage.

Brother: John S. or A. Ramage.

Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.

Henry L. C. Ramage was a Confederate soldier being a Private in the Tennessee First Infantry Co. C.
He was  killed at Kennesaw Mountain, June 29, 1864.


Levi M. Smith.

Levi M. Smith,

Birth: Aug. 2, 1838, New York.
Death: Nov. 15, 1918, Fredericksburg, Chickasaw County, Iowa.

Wife: Antoinette D. Mearl Smith (1847 - 1921)

Married May 29, 1866, Chickasaw.

Children: Myrtiel B. Clark Smith, Fay M., Ray L., Marie A., Nina H., Florence B. Smith.

Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Fredericksburg, Chickasaw County, Iowa,

Levi M Smith was a veteran of the Civil War, being in the Iowa Fourth Cavalry, Co. B.H.

He enlisted in Chickasaw County on 10 Nov 1861 at the age of 21 years. Mustered in Co B 4th Iowa Cavalry on 23 Nov 1861. Transferred to Co H 4th Iowa Cavalry on 1 Jan 1862. Re-enlisted and re-mustered 21 Mar 1864. For the greater part of his service, Levi was detached from his company as an ambulance driver. He mustered out with his company on 8 Aug 1865 at Atlanta, Georgia.
Iowa State Records. 
Smith Lev' M. (Veteran.) Age 23. Residence Chickasaw, nativity New York. Enlisted Nov. 10. 18G1. Mustered Nov. 23, 1861. Transferred  to Company H, Jan. 1. 1862. 
Smith, Levi M. (Veteran.) Age 23. Residence Chickasaw, nativity New York. Enlisted Nov. 10, 1861. Mustered Nov. 23, 1861. Re-enlisted and re-mustered March 21, 1864. Mustered out Aug. 8, 1865, Atlanta, Ga. See Company B.
Iowa Fourth Cavalry Regimental History.
Smith, Levi M., Chickasaw Co. Enl. Nov. 10, 1861, in B; transferred to H, Jan. 1, 1862.
Second Sergeant Levi Smith, Oskaloosa. Enl. Oct. 17, 1861; prom. 5th Serg. Dec. 1, 1861; 4th Serg. Sep. 1, 1862; 3d Serg. Oct. 11, 1862. Reenl. Vet. Dec. 12, 1863, and reapp. 3d Serg.; prom. 2d Serg. Jan. 1, 1865. Mustered out with Co. 
Smith, Levi M., Chickasaw Co. Enl. Nov. 10, 1861, in B; transferred to H, Jan. 1, 1862. Reenl. Vet. March 21, 1864. Mustered out with Co. Was detached from Co. as ambulance driver the greater part of his service.


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

John E. Healy.

John E. Healy.

Birth: unknown.
Death: Oct. 15, 1921.

Wife; Abbie Belle Tracy Healy.
Married 1875.

Children; Arthur E., Emmett J., Tracy K., Charles B., Hettie Healy.

Burial: Saint Bernards Cemetery, New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut. ,

Connecticut Ninth Infantry Co. G.
The Irish Regiment.

HEALY, PRIN. MUS. JOHN E., a native of New Haven, Ct., born Aug. 16, 1847; son of Patrick and Julia Healy who were from Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland. John E., enlisted in the Ninth, Sept. 20, 1861, a drummer boy of Company B, became drum major in 1862, and was promoted to be principal musician of the regiment, Jan. 1, 1863. His entire period of service, with regiment and battalion, covered three years and eleven months. He was mustered out Aug. 3, 1865. After the war, he entered a commercial college from which, in due time, he graduated and engaged in business pursuits. He interested himself in medicines, traveling and lecturing in that connection for a number of years. He also organized "Healy's Mirror of Ireland" and toured the country, with the same, four years. He subsequently organized the Hibernian Minstrels and for six years visited the principal cities with his troupe. He married Belle Tracy of Rockland, Me. Mr. and Mrs. Healy have had five children, four sons and one daughter. He is now engaged in the real estate business in New Haven.

Monday, December 14, 2015

John Reynolds Whitford

John Reynolds Whitford.

Birth: 1852,
Death: May 9, 1915, Exeter, Washington County, Rhode Island.

Parents: Amos Whitford (1819 - 1893), Mary Desire Lillibridge Whitford (1830 - 1870).

Wife: Hannah T. Church Whitford.( 1840-1893.)

Children: Mabel Ella Whitford, Isaac James R. Whitford.

Siblings: John Reynolds Whitford (1852 - 1915).
Sarah Ellis Whitford Tefft (1854 - 1936)..
Eunice Emma Whitford Kenyon (1857 - 1884).
Amos Edward Whitford (1858 - 1917)..
Addie Melissa Whitford Greene (1860 - 1932)..
Infant Daughter Whitford (1864 - 1864)..
Clark Amos Whitford (1868 - 1929),

Burial:John Whitford Lot, Exeter, Washington County, Rhode Island.

He was a Civil War Veteran.

John R. Whitford. Residence, South Kingstown; enrolled Aug. 4, 1862; mustered in Sept. 4; 1862; transferred to 2d Battalion, Veteran Reserve Corps, Sept. 10, 1864; mustered out as of same June 30, 1865.

Rhode Island Seventh Infantry, Co. G.
Sergeant John R. Whitfokd was born in South Kingstown Feb. 19, 1837. He spent all the early part of his life in Southern Rhode Island. He enlisted originally in Company I, Second Regiment Rhode Island Volunteers, but was discharged therefrom on account of illness March 26, 1862. He regained his health soon after returning home and married Hannah T., daughter of Capt. Isaac M. Church, of the Fourth Rhode Island Volunteers. Upon the organization of the Seventh he again enlisted and was appointed a sergeant in Company G. He was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps Sept. 10, 1864, and mustered out of service June 30, 1865. He is now a carriage blacksmith and resides at Davisville.


Sunday, December 13, 2015

John Francis Trask.


Sergeant John Francis Trask, son of David and Caroline M. Buffington TrasK, was born Oct. 3, 1833, in that one of the manufacturing villages of Warwick some-times designated "Old Lippitt." He attended school at Cranston, Allen's Village, and Scituate. Later he was employed in cotton mills at various localities, but in the all of 1860 was spinning at Arctic. In response to the first call for 75,000 volunteers to suppress the Rebellion, he enlisted in the Westerly Rifles, Company I, First Regiment Rhode Island Detached Militia, April 17, 1861.

At the first Bull Run, July 21, 1861, he was seriously wounded in the left lung and left upon the field as dead. However, he revived, was taken prisoner and confined in Libby Prison, Richmond, Va., eleven months. As soon as he was exchanged he returned to Rhode Island, took a brief rest and enlisted in Company H. He was mustered as sergeant.

His confinement in Libby and the wound in his lung had so impaired his constitution, that, ere long, it was evident he could not endure the hardships of active campaigning. Accordingly, Oct. 31, 1863, he was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps, and stationed at Indianapolis, Ind. On June 30, 1865, he was mustered out as first sergeant, Company F, of the Seventeenth Regiment of that organization. For a while he was proprietor of a cigar store in that city, then for thirteen years a member of the Merchants Police force, and, finally, a hay and grain merchant.

The wound received in battle proved the ultimate cause of his death, for from time to time he experienced severe hemorrhages from the lungs. For several years he sought a pension, and, at length, one was granted (139,878) the very week he died. He passed from earth Oct 15, 1880. His remains were interred in Brown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis. Nov. 23, 1865, Mr. Trask was married by Rev. Henry Day, D. D., pastor of the First Baptist Church in that city, and earlier professor of civil engineering in Brown University, to Abbie Beaty, who was ten years his junior.

No children blessed their home. The widow subsequently married a Mr. Thomas. The bullet that perforated Mr. Trask had been recovered and was highly prized. In 1892 the widow's home was burglarized, and, as it was kept with a lot of jewelry, it disappeared also. A portion of the goods, however, were recovered, among them the treasured bullet. When the National Encampment of the Grand Army was held in that city, Mrs. Trask gave it to a cousin of her late husband, who was a comrade of that order. All that knew "Johnnie" were attached to him, so genial and so generous were his ways.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Lorenzo D. Cutler.

Lorenzo D. Cutler.

Birth: 1842.
Death: Jul. 24, 1863.

Parents: Timothy B Cutler (____ - 1875), Freelove Cutler (____ - 1904).

Siblings: Mary J Cutler (1835 - 1909). Henry Cutler (1837 - 1840). Marcus M. Cutler (1840 - 1896), Lorenzo D. Cutler (1842 - 1863).

Burial: Cutler Cemetery, East Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont.

Vermont Thirteenth Infantry Co. C., Regimental History

SERGEANT LORENZO D. CUTLER, volunteered for and counted on the quota of the town of East Montpelier and when Company C was organized was appointed 5th sergeant, which position he filled with credit and honor during his term of service. On his return to Brattleboro, Vt., to be mustered out was obliged to go into the hospital and there died July 24, 1863.The Gettysburg campaign was too strenuous for his rather delicate constitution . It is said that he was buried in the Cutler Cemetery, East Montpelier, Vt. He gave up home, ambition, friends, everything, even life, that his country might not pass away without accomplishing the ends secured by the heroes of 1776.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Joseph Sawyer Sweatt

Rhode Island Seventh Infantry Regimental History.


Sergeant Joseph Sawyer Sweatt, eldest son of Ira and Mary S. Sweatt, was born in the town of Boscawen, N. H., Oct. 28, 1843. He was fitted in the schools of that town and of Fisherville (now Penncook) for the Tilton (N. H.) Seminary, which he left for the purpose of enlisting in the Second New Hampshire, a three months' regiment. He was thus present at the First Bull Run.

During the retreat he was one of the many who were lost from their regiment and was reported killed, but, at length, he found his way back to his command. Upon his muster out he immediately joined the Second New Hampshire (three years) Volunteers, but soon after was taken sick, discharged, and sent home.

A little later he went to Woonsocket, R. 1., where an uncle resided, the late Enoch Sweatt, railroad contractor, and was by him employed as an assistant civil engineer. When the call came for "three hundred thousand more," he enlisted as an orderly sergeant in the Seventh Rhode Island. He was wounded at Fredericksburg Dec. 13, 1862, and was taken to Windmill Point Hospital, Md.

There his father visited him, and, after fourteen days, was able to remove him to Washington. After a brief rest he took him home to New Hampshire, but he lived only ten days after his arrival. Yet he was very thankful to gaze once more upon familiar scenes, and to die among his friends. His final and fatal illness was typhoid fever, to which he succumbed March 6, 1863. Three older sisters survive.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

George Chester Beckford.

George Chester Beckford.

Birth: 1834, Rhode Island.
Death: unknown, Providence County, Rhode Island.

Wife: Minerva (Cook) Beckford.

Married January 9, 1853.

Children: Georgianna, Sarah J. Rankin Beckford, Carrabell, Hattie Beckford.

Enlisted in Company D, Rhode Island 7th Infantry Regiment on 04 Sep 1862.Transferred from Co D to Co I on Feb 1 1865. Mustered out on 09 Jun 1865 at Alexandria, VA.

Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Pawtucket, Providence County, Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Seventh Infantry Regimental History.

Page 36, The washout was Company D's cookhouse, whence George C. Beckford regularly shouted, Company D, fall in for your salt horse, pea soup, beans, rice and tea or coffee !'' as the occasion required.

Page 279, It was a custom of the cooks late at night to visit the well just outside the stockade entrance and fill their camp kettles for the next morning's coffee. It chanced on a certain bright moonlight night the well-known and popular comrade George C. Beckford, who at that time was cook for an officers' mess, went out with his kettle at the weird hour of eleven p. m. Near the top of the slope up from the well were some scattered graves.

Now just as this man had raised his filled kettle to the well flooring he chanced to glance toward the graves, and there he saw or thought he saw a ghost looking over one of the wooden headboards. As he had been a sailor, this was too much for him. He dropped his kettle, rushed back to the fort and to his quarters, threw himself upon his bunk, drew his blanket over his head and never again went outside the fort after dark.

Page 364, During one of the terrific bombardments to which Fort Hell was constantly liable the lieutenant had the good fortune to arise from his bombproof couch just in season to escape a sixty-four-pounder mortar shell that penetrated his apartment, and, plunging directly through the bunk and its covering of blankets, buried itself several feet in the earth, and then exploded making a complete wreck of the habitation.

Cook Beckford of his officers' mess dug over the ruins and recovered what of his belongings he could discover. Among other things he brought forth an army blanket, perforated >through the center by that shell, which to-day is exhibited as evidence of a fortunate avoidance of death.


Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Elisha M. Palmer.

Elisha M. Palme-18r.

Birth: 1843.
Death: Jul. 17, 1909.

Wife: Sarah M. Palmer ( 1846-1893 )

Children: Cranston-S Palmer, Leonia Thurston Palmer,1869-1940.)  

Burial:First Hopkinton Cemetery, Hopkinton, Washington County, Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Seventh Infantry, Co A, Regimental History.
Elisha Maxson Palmer

Elisha Maxson Palmer, son of Hezekiah Palmer and his second wife, Lydia Rathbun, was born in Hopkinton. Oct. 2, 1843. He had one sister, Mary Elizabeth, who married John Ackley of Potter Hill. They were grandchildren of Elder Phineas Palmer. Elisha received a common school education and then became a stone cutter.

He enlisted in Co. A, of this regiment Aug. 8, 1862; a half-brother, Henry C. Palmer ( Whose mother's maiden name was Abby Maxson) was a member of the same company. Tlie latter who resides at Potter Hill, has a brother Daniel also abiding there, a sister Abby J., living in the west, and two deceased brothers, Tracey A., and Edwin M. Just before the battle of Cold Harbor, Elisha was detailed as orderly at brigade headquarters where he remained until mustered out.

He was beside Major Peckham when he was shot, April 2, 1865, and was sent with him to City Point, where he continued to minister unto him until his death next day. Once more at home, he wooed and won Sarah A. Gardner of Niantic, whom he married Nov. 18, 1866. She died at Providence, Dec. 22, 1895, leaving a son Cranston Tucker who still resides in that city, and a daughter, Sarah Leona, who died in 1896. Elisha's homes have been at Niantic, until 1885, at Providence for four years, at Oakland. Pascoag, where he superintended a quarry one year (1889), at Niantic again, until 1897, and since then at Westerly.

Friday, December 04, 2015

Lewis W Boren.

Lewis W Boren.

Birth: 1834.
Death: 1892.

Occupation: Laborer.

Wife: Ruth H. Boren. (1843-1923).

Children: Logan M., Lawrence M., Albert Burr, Louis M., Anna L., Lulu Minnie Boren.

Burial: Anna Cemetery, Anna, Union County, Illinois.

Illinois Fourteenth Cavalry Co. G. Regimental History.

First Lieutenant Lewis W. Boren, born in Pulaski county, Illinois, December 11th, 1835; brought up a farmer. At manhood entered a dry goods store as clerk. Enlisted October, 1861, in Company "A," 60th Illinois Infantry; was appointed duty sergeant; was discharged for disability June, 1862. Enlisted in 109th Illinois Infantry, Company "K." In August, 1862, was transferred by  promotion as 1st Lieutenant Company "G," 14th Illinois Cavalry. While in Kentucky service was captured and escaped at Lafayette, Tennessee in June, 1863 ; was wounded at Bean Station December 14th, 1863. Lieutenant Boren was one of the most skillful and bold line officers of  the regiment. He was often employed on hazardous duty. He resigned December 12th, 1864.

Henry M Buel

Henry M Buel

Birth: Jan. 27, 1817.
Death: Apr. 4, 1892.

Wife: Mary Herr Buel (1820 - 1884).

Burial: Old City Cemetery, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana.

Illinois Ninth Cavalry Regimental History.


Henry M. Buel, Captain of Company G, Ninth Illinois Cavalry, was early in  the field recruiting a part of his Company at Valparaiso, Ind., and came to Chicago with his men about the middle of September, 1861, expecting to join Colonel Brackett's regiment of " First Western Cavalry," but when it was found that it was to be an Illinois regiment, he gracefully accepted the situation, and was mustered in with his Company October 9, 1861.

Captain Buel was a faithful soldier and long in command of Company G, and at times commanding a battalion; was a man ever ready and anxious to do his duty. In some of the expeditions in Arksasas he was assigned a prominent place, and after the regiment moved into Tennessee in 1863, he was in command of  a battalion that encountered the rebel General Forrest's troops, defeating them on  the Coldwater.

The Captain was constantly on duty with the regiment during his term of service, and at Scnatobia, Salem and Moscow, with many otherplaces, did effective and good service for the cause against the Confederate troops, and on the famous West Point expedition in February, 1864, Captain Buel with his battalion was the first to march into West Point, and drove the rebels from the town.

Captain Buel was a man kindly in speech and manner, and, by his honest fjdelity to duty and promptness in all matters under his care, gained the esteem of  many in the regiment, was mustered out at the expiration of his term of service, returning to his old home at Valparaiso, Ind., his present address, 1888.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Isaiah Albert Curry

Isaiah Albert Curry.

Birth: Jul. 16, 1835.
Death: Jul. 12, 1902, Greenfield, Hancock County, Indiana.

Wife: Mary Catherine Thomas Curry (1840 - 1921).

Children: Alfred R Curry (1862 - 1885), Fayme A Curry Moxley (1871 - 1907).

Burial: Park Cemetery, Greenfield, Hancock County, Indiana .

Indiana 99th., Infantry Regimental History.

Captain Isaiah A. Curry.

 Captain Curry was born near Greenfield, Hancock County, Indiana, July 16th, 1835, where he has always resided, living on a farm and being a farmer by profession. He was  married to Miss Mary C. Thomas, in December, 1857. He  enlisted as a private in Company B, but was soon after appointed 1st Sergeant, which rank he held until January 1st, 1863, when he was appointed 2d Lieutenant.

On March 20th, 1864, he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant, and April 19th,  1865, he was mustered as Captain, which position he held at the muster out of the regiment. He served faithfully through  all the campaigns of the regiment, and was promoted successively through each grade in his company. His residence is three miles north-east of Greenfield.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Joseph R. Doolittle.

Joseph R Doolittle.

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

Occupation: Machinist.

Wife; Cornelia H. Paddock Doolittle, (1841-1903)

Married January 20, 1865.

Children: Lewis J. and Gerald B. Doolittle.

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

Connecticut First Battery History.


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

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.'"

Sunday, November 29, 2015

John V.M. Sutphin.

Corp John V.M. Sutphin.

Birth: 1843.
Death: 1914,

Wife: Frances C Moore Sutphin (1845 - 1909).

Children: Anna A Sutphin (1869 - 1954).

Burial: Neshanic Cemetery, Neshanic, Somerset County, New Jersey.

New Jersey Ninth Infantry Co. F., Regimental History. 

Corporal John V. M. Sutphin was eighteen years of age when he enlisted in Company F, having been born in May, 1843, at Reaville, Hunterdon county, New Jersey. He was with his company at Roanoke Island, and in the battle of Newbern he received a shot in his breast his life being preserved by his blankets, cartridge-box belt and apparel, through which the bullet passed before entering his ftesh. He participated in all the battles in wich the Ninth engaged in North Carolina, and was detailed to act as a sharpshooter. When the regiment went to North Carolina, Corporal Stphin won the prize offered by Captain Appleget to the one making the best shot lying down. He was in every engagement with his company from Walthall in May to Petersburg in the latter part of August, 1864, when a piece of shell, which struck him on the right leg below the kee, disabled him for life. Despite this he was kept at light service in the hospital, and was not discharged until the end of the war. Corpral Sutphm still lives (1889), with happy remembrances of the services performed by him in the battles for the perpetuity of the government.


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Arthur Longman.

Arthur Longman.

Birth: 1845.
Death: 1916. Burial:

Wife: Sarah Longman.

Children: Robert, Frank, Raymond, Gratia Longman.

Burr Oak Cemetery, Athens, Calhoun County, Michigan.

Arthur Longman.

Michigan Seventh Cavalry, Co. H.

617 Oak St., Kalamazoo, Mich.

Arthur Longman born in Yorkshire, England, October 6th, 1845; enlisted at Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Mich., August 18th, 1864, as Private in Co. "H," 7th Michigan Cavalry,; wounded in right leg below the knee by kick of horse while marching at night near Petersburg about March 25th, 1865; mustered out at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, July l7th, 1865, and honorably discharged.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Alfred Sickman

Fifth West Virginia Cavalry Formerly Second infantry, Co. G..
Alfred Sickman was born June 27, 1840, in a farm house in Mifflin township, Allegheny county. Pa. His mother died when he was about 8 years old, and his father, Samuel Sickman, married his second wife. Miss Ann Ailes, about two years later, and removed to California in Washington county, Pa., in the spring of 1858. Alfred attended the seminary there until the breaking out of the rebellion, when he recruited what was later called the "Pike Run squad," and proceeding with his men to Pittsburgh, became a part of the Plummer (Aiards, and was elected first lieutenant at the organization.

He was unassuming, pleasant and considerate, greatly liked by his men. He met every duty as it presented Itself, and bravely and conscientiously served his country to the best of his ability. At the battle of Allegheny Mountain, December 13. 1861, while gallantly leading his men, he was sliot and fell dead in front of the enemy, dying as a brave soldier should. His remains were left on the mountain side, and were buried by his comrades April 7, 1S62, on their way to Monterey.  The remains were subsequently removed and lie in the National cemetery at Grafton. 

Burial:Grafton National Cemetery, Grafton, Taylor County, West Virginia.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


James M Simeral.

Birth: Mar. 12, 1822.
Death: Oct. 25, 1902.

Wife: Martha W. Simeral, ( 1823-1900.)

Children: William,  Edward W. Simeral (1854 - 1928).

Burial: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska.

Iowa First Cavalry.

LIEUTENANT JAMES. M. SIMERAL Company L. Was born March 12th. 1822, in Smithfield, (a Quaker community, )  Jefferson county, Ohio. Was educated at Franklin College. New Athens, Ohio. Was deputy auditor and auditor of his native county over five years. Was married to Miss M. Wood, June 22d, 1852 all of Steubenville. Jefferson county, Ohio. Emigrated to Dubuque, Iowa November 1854. Is engaged in the real estate business at Omaha.

Iowa State Records.

Simeral, James M. (Veteran.) Age 38. Residence Dubuque, nativity Ohio.  Enlisted June 13, 1861, as First Sergeant. Mustered Aug. 1, 1861.

Simeral, James M. (Veteran.) Age 38. Residence Dubuque, nativity Ohio.  Promoted Second Lieutenant from First Sergeant of Company G, Sept. 23, 1861. Promoted First Lieutenant March 1, 1863. Mustered out
Feb. 15, 1866, Austin, Texas.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Francis Downs, Wusconsin.

This is a picture of Corporal Francis Downs, I found him interesting looking and was going to do a post on him. But after starting researching him I was unable find any personal information on him  I was able to find his service record, but was unable to find any family information other then his mother was Mary Wells.

I was hoping you readers could help fill in the blanks.

Wisconsin First Artillery.
Francis Downs, Residence Gale, Enlister or Mustered August 27, 1861; Corporal; Mustered out October 11, 1864, Term expired.
Wisconsin 49th., Infantry, Co. C.
Francis Downs, First Lieutenant, Residence La Coese, Enlisted or Mustered  March 6, 1865; Second Lieutenant, January 27, 1865 Mustered out November 11, 1865.

Monday, November 23, 2015

John Jacob Hess.

John Jacob Hess.

Birth: Sep. 17, 1840, York County, Pennsylvania.
Death: May 23, 1913, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania,

John Jacob Hess was the son of Jacob Hess and, in 1860, was a wheelwright presumably living in York Borough, York County.

He stood 5' 9" tall with light hair and gray eyes. A Civil War veteran, he was drafted in York November 9, 1862 (although that date leads to the possibility that he enlisted as a substitute), and mustered into federal service there November 11 as a sergeant with Co. D, 166th Pennsylvania Infantry (aka "Drafted Militia"). He was honorably discharged with his company July 28, 1863. He then enlisted in York January 26, 1864, and mustered at Harrisburg January 28 as a private with Co. B, 187th Pennsylvania Infantry. Promoted to corporal December 1, 1864, and honorably discharged with his company on August 3, 1865.

He married widow Julia Ossman, née Harvey, May 30, 1871, in York. They had no children, but Julia brought son William Ossman (c. 1862) into the relationship. By 1890, John and Julia were living in Harrisburg. Wife: Julia Hess (1836 - 1905).

Burial: East Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Capt George Washington Bowers.

Capt George Washington Bowers.

Birth: 1833.
Death: Apr. 4, 1896.

Parents: George C Bowers (1804 - 1870), Hannah Tomer Bowers (1812 - 1896).,

Siblings: George Washington Bowers (1833 - 1896), John Rhinehart Bowers (1834 - 1911), Henry E Clapp Bowers (1839 - 1911), Amelia V Bowers Kendig (1844 - 1897), William Tomer Bowers (1845 - 1931).

Burial: Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania 101st, Infantry, Co. I., Regimental History. 
Page 107, George W. Bowers, Capt.; must, in to serv. Jan. 3, '62; capt. at Plymouth, N. C, Apr. 20, 64; escaped Nov. 3, '64 ; must out with Co. Jan. 2, '65, exp. of term.  
Page 81, Captains Bowers and Dawson, and Lieuts Conley, Helm and Davidson, made their escape, but the regiment remained in prison until the spring of 1865, at which lime over half the number bad died 
Page 39, Capt. George W. Bowers escaped from Columbia, S. C, and after traveling and hiding for 42 days, succeeded in reaching the Federal lines near Bell Plain, Tenn.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

James S. Cooper.

Pennsylvania 103rd., Infantry, Co. A.

James S. Cooper, Corp. ; must, into serv. Sept. 7, '61 ; age 20 ; pro. to Corp. Jan. 25, '63 ; capt'd at Plymouth, N. C, April 20, '64; paroled Dec. 20, '64; must, out with Co.,June 25, '65; Veteran.

No information was found on him.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Andrew T. Boggs

Sgt Andrew T. Boggs.

Birth: 1843,
Death: 1931.

Union soldier, Civil War. GAR star and flag. Co.D., 45th PV,

Wife: Mary Boggs.

Married 1892.

Children: Mary Spohn Lingle Boggs (1863 - 1918), Marcella B Boggs Woodring (1893 - 1965). Chester L. Boggs, Reba Boggs, Andrew T. Boggs Jr.

Burial: Trcziyulny Cemetery, Milesburg, Centre County, Pennsylvania .

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

William Wilcox "Will" Hulbert

William Wilcox "Will" Hulbert.

Birth: May 8, 1838, Connecticut.
Death: Jul. 5, 1911, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia.

Parents: Abijah Hulbert (1814 - 1882), Maria Wilcox Hulbert (1817 - 1902).

Wife: Catherine A Hollister Hulbert (1843 - 1929).

Children: Infant Hulbert (1880 - 1880).

Burial:Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia.

Georgia Fourth Infantry Regimental History.
Lieutenant William W. Hulbert went into the army as first corporal in the West Point Guards, and his promotions were rapid and well deserved. Captured at Spottsylvania while in command of the
sharpshooters of the Fourth Georgia Regiment. He was one of the six hundred Confederate officers who were placed under fire of our batteries on Morris Island, S. C, afterwards transferred to Fort Pulaski, Ga., and paroled December, 1864. He was a gallant Confederate soldier, always ready to face any danger or undergo hardships of any character. Colonel Doles, who was in command of
Ripley's Brigade, speaks in very complimentary terms of Lieutenant

Hulbert's gallantry in action during the seven days' battles around Richmond. There is not a more enthusiastic ex-Confederate in the South, and none that love the Lost Cause more dearly. A reunion
without his presence would loose much of its interest to his many admiring friends, for he is the prince of good fellows. He is now an influential citizen of the city of Atlanta, Ga., and holds the responsible position of division superintendent with the Southern Express Company.

Henry B. Bullard

Connecticut First Light Artillery Regimental History.
Page 83, Just after reaching the anchorage opposite Beaufort the first death in the Battery occurred.Comrade Henry B. Bullard, of Guilford, who had been sick with typhoid fever for a week, succumbed, and his comrades found him a resting place under some giant yellow pines just outside the city.

It was with heavy hearts that the comrades set about the task of burying their dead brother. Not one but wondered how soon new graves might have to be made, and those who were then engaged in the solemn duty might be the next to be laid under the sod. It was not Comrade Bullard's fortune to fight under the flag of his country, he died of disease, not from an enemy's bullet, but his heroism was the same. He had died for his country. 
Death: February 6, 1862

Burial: Beaufort National Cemetery. Beaufort, Beaufort County, South Carolina.,

Monday, November 09, 2015

Robert K Reese or Reece,

Robert K Reese.

Birth: January 3, 1832.
Death: July 12, 1916.

Wife: Ann Reese, ( 1850-1893 )

Inscription: Co. "K", 1st Ohio Cav.

Note: 29 at the time of enlistment . He was mustered out on 9/13/65 at Hilton Head, SC. PROMOTIONS: Qtr Master SGT.; 1st Lieut. 12/14/64.

Burial: Big Darby Cemetery, Plain City, Madison County, Ohio.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

George W. Anderson.

George W. Anderson.

Birth: 1840, Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts.
Death: Unknown.

Occupation: Gold Chain Maker.

Wife: Julia Elizabeth Anderson, ( 1845- 1920.)

Children: James P. Anderson ( 1868-?.)

Burials: Somewhere in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Author: If you have any information on this family I would like to know about.

Massachusetts Tenth Infantry, Co. E., Regimental History.

Anderson, George W.; b. Springfield; 21, S.; jeweller, Springfield; June 21, '61; Corp., May 12, '64; M. 0. July 1, '64; was with the Regiment all the time, never having been sick or disabled or receiving a furlough ; since the War, as a Grand Army man, has been Secretary of Relief Com. ten years, also has served the Tenth Mass. Regt. Association in the same capacity; residence, 1908,Springfield..

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Anne Sophia Clapp Merrick


Anne Sophia Clapp Merrick.

Birth: Nov. 18, 1818, Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
Death: May 2, 1879.

Anne Sophia Clapp Merrick NURSE CIVIL WAR.

Parents: Cephas Clapp (1766 - 1851), Sophia B. Clapp (1785 - 1852).

Husband; Solyman Merrick.
Married June 13, 1848.
Died October 1, 1852.

Children: William Merrick (1849 - 1887).

Sibling: Anne Sophia Clapp Merrick (1818 - 1879), Caroline Clapp Briggs (1822 - 1895).

Burial: Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts.

She was a Nurse With the Massachusetts Tenth Infantry.  Here she is standing in front of the Surgeon's Tent.

Friday, November 06, 2015

Alexander W. Chilton


Alexander W. Chilton.

Birth: Feb. 19, 1837.
Death: Jan. 8, 1882.

Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia.

Vermont Tenth Infantry, Regimental History.

Captain Alexander W. Chilton entered the service from Swanton, Vt,, where he was a school teacher, as Second Lieutenant of Co. F. He was promoted First Lieutenant of Co. I, and on Aug. 9th, 1864, he was commissioned Captain of Co. K, in which position he served until the end of the war. Captain  Chilton was highly esteemed by his comrades as a brave and  trusty officer and a most earnest patriot.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Squire Edward Howard.

Eighth Vermont Infantry, Regimental History.

Page 234., Capt. S. E. Howard was a mere boy when he enlisted as a private in Company H. He was afterwards promoted to second lieutenant, then to first lieutenant. During the campaign up the Teche to Alexandria, and the siege of Port Hudson, he was acting quartermaster of the regiment. He was then promoted to the captaincy of Company C, which he commanded in the battles of Opequon and Fisher s Hill. In the battle of Cedar Creek he was disabled by severe wounds, and on that account received an honorable discharge in the following December. As a soldier and officer, Capt. Howard was made of the best stuff, and earned each honor he received by duties well per formed
Page 261, Capt. S. E. Howard is secretary of a cattle company in Wyoming Territory.

Page 268-9, S. E. Howard. Private Company H, Nov. 19, 1861 ; 1st  sergeant, Feb. 18, 1862 ; 2cl lieutenant Company H, Jan. 12, 1863 captain Company C, July 26, 1864; honorably discharged, Dec. 9,1864, for wounds received in action at Cedar Creek, Va., Oct. 19, 1864; served as acting quartermaster of the regiment, Jan. to Dec., 1863; in charge of recruiting party sent to Vermont, Dec., 1863, to March, 1864; acting adjutant during veteran furlough of regiment; A. A. D. C. on brigade staff, and acting quartermaster of brigade judge advocate of court martial held on steamer Cahawba, between New York and New Orleans..

Squire Edward Howard.

Birth: May 15, 1840.
Death: Nov. 26, 1912.

Wife: Helen Marsh Howard.                                                                                                   

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Captain in the Union Army. He was awarded the Medal of Honor as a First Sergeant in Company H, 8th Vermont Infantry for action on January 14, 1863 at Bayou Teche, Louisiana. His citation reads "Voluntarily carried an important message through the heavy fire of the enemy to bring aid and save the gunboat Calhoun.

Burial: Newton Cemetery, Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts ,

Monday, November 02, 2015

Charles D. Grannis

New York 44th., Infantry Regimental History.

Charles D. Grannis, Born March 17, 1840, at Fredonia, N. Y., enlisted at Brocton, N. Y., and joined Company A. 44th N. Y. at Buffalo, Aug. 7. 1861 ; joined the regiment at Albany and was transferred to Company H, Sept, 19, 1861 ; assisted in enlisting Company H ; promoted to First Sergeant Sept. 20, 1861 ; Second Lieutenant, Nov. 30. 1862; First Lieutenant, Dec.31, 1862; Captain of Company B, Sept.1, 1863; mustered out with Regiment at Albany, Oct. 11, 1864. Died at Alamo, Mich.. Jan. 12, 1901.

He was captured at the Battle of Gaines Mills, Va., June 2J, 1862, and confined in Libby Prison, Richmond, Va., until paroled. A fellow soldier, whom he nursed back to life and cared for through terrible experiences while both were confined in Libby Rebel Prison mentions him as a brave and faithful soldier and friend.

New York State Records.

GRANNIS, CHARLES D.—Age, 22 years. Enrolled, August 8, 1861, at Albany, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. A, August 30, 1861; transferred to Co. H and promoted first sergeant, September 20, 1861; captured in action, June 27, 1862, at Gaines Mills, Va.; paroled, no date; mustered in as second lieutenant, November 30, 1862; as first lieutenant, December 31,1862; as captain, Co. B, September 1, 1863; mustered out with company, October 11, 1864, at Albany, N. Y.;
commissioned second lieutenant, November 11, 1862, with rank from July 14,1862, vice E. A. Nash, promoted; first lieutenant, February 17, 1863, with rank from December 31, 1862, vice J. H. Lindsey, resigned; captain, August 18, 1863, with rank from July 2,1863, vice S. Larrabee, killed in action.

Charles DeWitt Grannis.

Birth: Mar. 17, 1840, Fredonia, Chautauqua County, New York.
Death: Jan. 12, 1901.

Wife's: Susan Bacon Grannis (1841 - 1870), Caroline Tallman Grannis (1855 - 1946).

Children: Lulu H. Grannis (1868 - 1871).

Burial: Alamo Center Cemetery, Alamo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

James M. Simeral.

Iowa First Cavalry Regimental History.
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Lieutenant James M. Simeral, Company L, with twenty dismounted men of Companies L and M, recaptured the howitzer and brought it off the field. It was a most daring act of bravery, k 4 pluck and c nerve, for twenty men in the very face of an overwhelming force of the enemy to recapture the gun. Perhaps none except Lieutenant Simeral and a few i dare devils of these companies would have entertained the thought of such an exploit for a moment.

The location being most unfavorable for a cavalry engagement, all the cavalry were ordered to take position upon the prairie, and the First Iowa Cavalry ordered to support Allen s Battery. That battery proved to be well able to take care of itself, for guns were never worked better. The battery appeared to be in one constant sheet of flame, so rapid were the discharges. Three different times the rebels charged it in immense numbers from their cover upon the wooded hillside, and as many times they would waver, halt and retreat in the utmost disorder, leaving the field strewed with dead and wounded.

James M Simeral.

Birth: Mar. 12, 1822.
Death: Oct. 25, 1902.

Wife: Martha W. Simeral ( 1823-1900.)

Children: Edward W. Simeral (1854 - 1928).

Burial:Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska .

Friday, October 30, 2015

William. Alexander Lord.

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Captain William. Alexander Lord, born in Rochester, New York, August 31st, 1838. Childhood was spent in Rochester, Albany and Buffalo. In 1851 moved to Chicago, Illinois. In 1856 graduated from Judge Bell's Commercial College. In i860 graduated from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, with degree of A. B. Employed as accountant by G. and C. Union R. R. Co. ; devised new system of book accounts for their shops. Went to Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Studied law with Judge Spooner When the war broke out, enlisted 70 men; was made 1st lieutenant in Tompkins' battalion of mounted riflemen, afterward Company "H," 13th Missouri; and later 5th Missouri Cavalry.

After more than a year's service the command was transferred to Illinois credit, and Governor Yates commissioned Tompkins major 3d battalion and Lieutenant Lord as captain Company "H," 14th Illinois Cavalry; were mustered February 6th, 1863. Commanded Company "H" until September 30th, 1863 ; was then detached as A. A. G. of 4th brigade, 4th division, 23d Army Corps. Captain Lord served on General Stoneman's staff during the raid to Macon, Georgia, and did valuable service in the battle of Sunshine Church, and led one of the columns that charged through the rebel lines after Stoneman surrendered. During the last campaign Captain Lord served on General Schofield's staff. He was mustered out with the regiment.

Colonel Capron, in his report of Stoneman raid, says : "I would here mention the valuable assistance which Captain Lord of the 14th Illinois, and assistant commissary I of musters on General Stoneman's staff, rendered me, not only in the engagement of the 31st, where he exhibited great gallantry and bravery in leading a portion of my command several times in the charges made on the enemy, but also on my retreat in obtaining information in regard to the best route to be taken, and in constantly leading the advance of my command."

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Isaac R, Bronson.

Captain ISAAC R. BRONSON was born at Middlebury, Conn., Mav 22, 1826. His father was Hon. Leonard Bronson, a prominent citizen of that town. Isaac early left his home and was engaged as a clerk, 6rs1 in Watertown, then Guilford, and later in Rochester, N. Y. In 1849, he removed to Waterbury, where he was engaged in the book Belling and book binding business. In 1856, he removed to New Haven, where he was extensively engaged in the manufacture of daguerreotype case At the outbreak of the war, he was anxious to enlist at once, but his duty to his wife and young family of children caused him to defer the duty until the disasters of the Peninsular campaign satisfied him that to go was his highest duty.

He threw his whole soul into the organization of Co. I of the 14th, and succeeded after much difficulty. He was commissioned captain August 19, 1862. At Antietam and Fredericksburg his company suffered severely, but their captain won a reputation for devotion to his duty that earned him the respect of the regiment. In the retreat after the fruitless bloody charges up Marye's Heights at Fredericksburg, Capt. Bronson stopped to give water to the wounded and to help remove them to less exposed positions under the terrific fire that was raging.

Tims engaged, he came upon Capt. Gibbons, who, lying on the  field with a broken thigh, asked his assistance. In company with Lieut. Canfield, the captain undertook to carry him off, when Canfield was hot through the head and fell dead. Capt. Bronson called two men to help him, and they had just resumed their burden when one was shot and the other ran. Seeking for others, Capt. Bronson himself received a slight wound across the lower part of the bowels. In this fight he had fifteen bullet holes in his clothes.

In April, 1863, Capt. Bronson had a ten days' leave and visited his family returning in time for the battle at Chancellorville, May 1st, 2d, and 3d. In this battle a bullet struck his right shoulder, shatter-
ing the bone into fragments. Our devoted Surgeons (and as a regiment we were very fortunate in the Surgeons of our staff) did all in their power for him. He was conveyed on a litter to the hospital at Potomac Creek, where he lingered till June 2d, 1863, when he breathed his last with wife and brother by his side, and in a triumphant hope  for thi' hereafter. His last connected words were: "Death is nothing to the glory beyond His body was embalmed, and in accordance with Ins last request conveyed to Middlebury, his native place, where it was interred.

His funeral was held with military honors, a very large concourse being in attendance. Rev. S. W. Magill of Waterbury preached the memorial sermon, a remarkably able and appropriate one. The notices in the Waterbury American and the resolutions passed by the officers of the 14th were deeply sympathetic, but perhaps the best tribute to his memory was that of his old Lieutenant, Capt. Samuel Fiskc, who in one of his letters to the Springfield Republican, now published on page 16 of the book entitled "Dunn Browne in the Army," sums up the career of Capt. Bronson in words that honor both the dead soldier and the writer so soon to follow his friend. Capt. Bronson was very nervous and impulsive, and not a man that would be always popular. Yet I doubt if any man in the 14th was more truly a Christian than he. The very day of the Chancellorville battle, when he had been repeating numerous tales of disaster with flushed cheeks, I said : " Captain, I wonder you, with such a keen sense of peril, are not a coward ; but the past has shown me that you are not. What is it that sustains you ?" His reply was slowly and solemnly uttered : " It is nothing on earth but my faith in Jesus Christ."

Next morning I saw him leading his men gallantly in the struggle in that vast wilderness. The same afternoon I spoke to him as he lay wounded in the hospital when he exclaimed: "I would give this shattered arm to be leading my men once more."

Looking back at his life at this distance of time, when nine sum-mers have gone by, I am impressed by the memory of his dying words to think that our whole army experience should solemnly reecho in our hearts those words : " Death is nothing to the glory beyond."

Monday, October 26, 2015

Martin V. Wert.

Martin V. Wert.

Birth: Jul. 17, 1841.
Death: Jan. 29, 1928.

Wife: Adaline Aston Wert, ( 1847- 1930. )

children: Arthur B. Wert

Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana.

Martin V. Wert, Company B.

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Martin V. Wert was born in Fountain County, Indiana, July 17, 1841, his parents being Henry and Isabelle Wert. The principal part of his life prior to his entry into the army was spent on the farm. He attended the county schools, and graduated in the Fountain County High School in 1860.October I, 1861, he enlisted as a private in Company B, Tenth Indiana Infantry, and served with that organization until September 5, 1864, at which time he was transferred to Company B, Fifty-Eighth Indiana Infantry, serving in that organization until November 1, 1864, at which time he was honorably mustered out of the service, having served three years and one month.

His company received the brunt of battle at Perryville, being on the left of the regiment and suffered the heaviest loss of any company in the regiment, of four killed and seven wounded. After- the regiment left Tuscumbia, Ala., in July, 1862, and stopped for a few days near Huntsville, Ala., Lieutenant Snyder, M. V. Wert and Fleet Martin, Company B, with two men from each of the other companies of the regiment, and ten men from the Fourth Kentucky, ten from the Tenth Kentucky and ten from the Fourteenth Ohio, were detailed to take a special train of ten cars and get 500 bales of cotton at Decatur, Ala., some forty miles down the Tennessee River.

The men were told to take sixty rounds of ammunition and one day's rations. They were given to understand that they must not be captured. They were to be ready to start at 3 o'clock a. m., which was before daylight at that time. They were also told that 500 of our cavalry had gone to the same place, starting at noon  the day before, and that a heavy wagon train had gone with the cavalry. The men started, got the cotton on the train, running very slow and making no noise on the way there, but on the way back the engine and soldiers made plenty of noise. The detail arrived safely with the cotton.

They saw large numbers of the "Johnnies" at a distance and used plenty of ammunition on them. A large force of our cavalry was scattered at points along the line which saved the detail from being killed or captured. They pressed in a large number of "darkies" to handle an load the cotton, throwing out pickets in all directions on all roads to prevent a surprise, but the pickets were not attacked until on the way back, when squads of Confederate cavalry would be seen at some distance away.  tey ired on the train, but a few shots from the Enfield rifles would soon drive them out of sight.

This raid was widely reported in the papers at the time and strongly condemned by the rebel press. The brigade wagon master, W. K. Harris, Company B, Tenth Indiana, had been sent with the cavalry to gather in the cotton and he stated he was glad we came for it because he did not believe he could have returned to the army without being captured.

The above engraving is of M. V. Wert, who had charge of the squad from the Tenth Indiana and was posted on one of the roads on the outskirts of the town while the cotton was being loaded. He also had charge of one car of cotton on the return and made a barricade of cotton bales at the car doors for protection. It required a great deal of tact and courage to carry out the orders given. On another occasion he was selected for a very perilous and hazardous job, which was to take a large drove of cattle from Marietta to Atlanta in the early part of September, 1864.

The distance was some 25 or 30 miles. The detail consisted of some 300 men. They were two days getting through, being compelled to skirmish with the rebels the whole distance. At times it looked as though the enemy would capture the bunch, but our cavalry came out and cleared the road the remainder of the way to  Atlanta. When the regiment returned home Wert was transferred to the Fifty-Eighth Indiana, with which command he served the remainder of his three years, being discharged November 1, 1864.

After the close of the war he learned the carpenter trade and moved to Crawfordsville in 1870. and has been in the contracting business ever since; was elected to the Common Council of the city of Crawfordsville for the term of two years in 1901 ; was elected Mayor of Crawfordsville for four years, taking his office January 1, 1910, and is at the present time occupying that position. He was elected First Lieutenant, Company D, First Regiment, Indiana National Guard, in August, 1887, serving in this organization three years.

This company was transferred to the Second Regiment. I. N. G.. and assigned as Company I. ; was elected Captain of this company for three years ; was again appointed Captain, Company M, Second Regiment, I. N. G., May 24, 1897, by Governor Mount. At the outbreak of the war with Spain his regiment was sent to the front April 26, 1898, serving until the war ended. He was a number one soldier and a first-class citizen, honored and respected by all, a hero of two wars.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Henry Joseph Schwethelm

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Capt Henry Joseph Schwethelm.

Birth: Sep. 4, 1840.
Death: Aug. 16, 1924.

Texas Ranger.

Parents: Sibbila Katharine Heinen Schwethelm (1820 - 1889).

Wife; Emilie Stieler Schwethelm (1846 - 1933).

Children: Earnest Schwethelm (1863 - 1935), Walter Schwethelm (1875 - 1932).

Burial: Glen Rest Cemetery, Kerrville, Kerr County, Texas.

Adjutant General Reports

Company E., Lieutenant Henry Schwethelm, stationed in Kerr county, reports that on June 29, 1S73, his  Company had a running fight with 15 Indians, and captured 7 horses and mules.

February 24, 1875 . Lieutenant Henry Schwethelm, Kerr county minute men, had a fight with  ndians, wounded several, and recaptured some horses.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Joseph M. Shew.

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Joseph M. Shew was one of the citizens of Noble County whose memory deserve to be cherished long among his former associates and in the permanent records of the county. He was a man of great enterprise and usefulness, though physically a cripple, and did a great service as a teacher, an occupation he followed many years, and also at one time held the office of county treasurer.

He was born in Ohio May 21, 1841, and came with his parents to Noble County, Indiana, when a boy. The family located in York Township, three miles north of Albion, and in that locality he grew up attending the common schools and also the college at Wolcottville. He had a well trained mind, and used it as a teacher in the public schools of this county for twenty-eight terms.

All the time he was teaching he lived on the farm. In 1889 he was s elected county treasurer, and filled that office with signal ability for four years. He was always active as a republican and was a member of the Knights of Pythias and Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Albion.

He married for his first wife Melissa A. Niles, who died at the age of twenty-six. She was the mother of two children : Clarence W., cashier in Campbell & Felters Bank at Kendallville, and Bertha, wife of Clyde Bowman, a resident of Chicago. Mr. Shew married for his second wife Mrs. Almeda (Deater) Spencer, widow of Clifford Spencer. Mrs. Shew, who is still living in Washington Township, on the farm of 110 acres, which is cultivated by renters, was born at Albion, Indiana, in 1860. By her first husband, Clifford Spencer, she had one son, who died at the age of fourteen months. Mrs. Shew is the mother of three children: Paul N., a mechanic at Warsaw, Indiana; Leila, wife of Floyd Fetters, of Noble County; and William B., who lives with his mother. Mrs. Shew is a member of  the Baptist Church and is affiliated with the Rebekah Lodge.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

THomas Harlow.

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Corporal Harlow of Company C, was born December 2ist, 1842, on Atkinson(now Congress) street, Boston, and was left, without father and mother when but ten years old. When the war broke out, he was learning the photo graph business.

In 1861, Mr. Hill, who was with the Chickering Piano Company offered him $300 to go into the army for him as a substitute. Harlow declined. No man could hire him to fight for his country. In 1862, he enlisted in Roxbury, in the Forty-first regiment, Company C. He was a total stranger to every member in the company. As a member of the Third Massachusetts Cavalry from the date of the enlistment until he was discharged at Falls Church, Va., he never was reported on the sick list. He was taken prisoner May 1st, 1864, at Pineyville La., and confined at Tyler, Texas.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Daniel Embree.

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Daniel Embree

Birth: 1839.
Death: 1926.

1880 was a Hotel Keeper..

Wife: Agnes Johnson Embree, (  1843-  1917.)

Children: Bertha Embree Dodds.

Burial: Ames Cemetrey, Ames, Story County, Iowa.

Was a Civil Veteran.

Fifteenth Iowa Infantry, Regimental History.
page 610, Lieut., G. Co., Daniel Embree, of Indianola, commissioned March 7, '63, from 3d Sergt. in command of B. Co., ept.  '64, mustered out end of term of service Dec. 18, '64.

page 618, Lieut., G. Co., Daniel Embree, of Indianola, commissioned Aug. 27, '64; not mustered, from 2d Lieut., declined commission.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Robert T. Barton.

Robert Thomas Barton.

Birth: Nov. 24, 1842, Winchester, Winchester City, Virginia.
Death: Jan. 17, 1917, Winchester, Winchester City, Virginia.

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Attorney and legal scholar.

Parents: David Walker Barton (1800 - 1863), Frances Lucy Jones Barton (1808 - 1890).

Wife: Gertrude W Baker Barton (1871 - 1963).

Children: Robert T Barton (1891 - 1980), Gertrude Barton Field (1894 - 1988).

Siblings: Martha Walker Barton Sheild (1834 - 1890), Charles Marshall Barton (1835 - 1862), William Strother Barton (1838 - 1868), Robert Thomas Barton (1842 - 1917).

Burial: Mount Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, Winchester City, Virginia.

He was a Civil War Veteran.

First Virginia, cavalry , ( Rockbridge Cavalry ) Robert T. Barton, Enlisted Battery March 7, 1862.

Robert Barton of the Rockbridge Cavalry, was shot through the lungs in Early's Valley campaign, and left within the enemy's lines, where, nursed by his sister, his life hung in the balance for many days.

He was a Cannoneer under Stonewall Jackson, in north Virginia.