Saturday, February 14, 2015

Hiram Ross Marcyes and his Brass Band.

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Hiram Ross Marcyes.

Birth: September 11, 1844.
Death: March 11, 1913.

Wife; Louise Loffmaker or Lofflemacher Marcyes, 1855-1902 ).

Children;Leon G. Marcyes, ( 1898-1907 ), Claude O., Ida May, Era L., Grace E., Allie F. Marcyes..

Burial: Forsyth Cemetery, Forsyth, Rosebud County, Montana.

 History of the Minnesota Fourth Regimental Brass Band. 

The band had three different sets of instruments. It was composed of enlisted men detailed from the different companies of the regiment. It was brigade band, First Brigade, Third Division, for nine months, was in all engagements with the regiment and in many instances with guns in ranks, etc. Our band was the one that led in the grand review in Washington, before President Johnson, Generals Grant, Sherman and other dignitaries. And it was one of only a few which kept its organization from the time of going out until returning to the state. It received special mention from Generals Logan and Sherman for gallant service performed at Allatoona.



James K. Hubbard of Company F.
Charles P. Hubbard of Company F.
James Davis of Company K.
H. R. Marcyes of Company I.
W. S. Kimball of Company K.

W. W. Milhollln of Company K.
F. Brackelsberg of Company H.
Charles Scofield of Company F.
George Scofield of Company F.
L. Siebert of Company I.
W. P. Woolson of Company I.
O. H. Wiley of Company K.
John H. Thurston of Company C.
John C. Maag of Company H.
John Bursley of Company G.
G. W. Reinoehl of Company I.
F. L. Cutlar of Company F.
R. B. Laugdon of Company F.
T. Frank Sturtevant of Company F.
J. Niebles of Company E.
C. E. Rogers of Company I.
James S. Thomas of Company K.
W. Muziy of Company H.
John Frank of Companies K and B.
Charles F. Hellberg of Company A.
John W. Morse of Company C.
E. A. Whitcomb of Company K.
A. W. Clark of Company G.
J. H. Cronkhite of Company I.
Truman Booth of Company H.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Hezekiah Fisk.

Hezekiah Fisk.

Birth: August 17, 1825.
Death: August 19, 1864.

Wife: Effie Cooper Fisk.

Children: Florence A., Effie F., Charles W., Maria L., John B. Fisk.

Note.  There should be one more child, but couldn't find.

Burial: 100F Cemetery, Indianola, Warren County, Iowa.

Iowa State Records.

Fisk, Hezekiah. Age 36. Residence Indianola, nativity Indiana. Appointed Second Lieutenant Oct. 19, 1861. Mustered Nov. 25, 1861. Taken prisoner April 6, 1862, Shiloh, Tenn. Promoted First Lieutenant Aug.1, 1862; Assistant Surgeon March 7, 1863. Wounded in left shoulder and side Aug. 17, 1864. Died of wounds Aug. 19, 1864, Atlanta, Ga.Ford, Oscar E. Age 19. Residence Indianola, nativity Pennsylvania Enlisted Nov. 19, 1861. Mustered Nov. 25, 1861. Wounded in side April 6, 1862, Shiloh, Tenn. Died of wounds April 9, 1862, Savannah,Tenn.

Iowa Fifteenth Infantry Regimental History.

Assistant Surgeon H. Fisk, of the 15th Iowa, was the only medical officer in the division, who was known to come out to the front every morning and attend ;personally to the men of his command, who needed his professional assistance during the exhausting, extreme heat and constant severe exposures at this period of the siege. While he daily attended the Surgeons' call in front of the commanding officer's shebang, (tent-fly raised on poles,) musket-balls from the rebel skirmishing were whizzing close bv him several times, and in two instances the balls passed between him and the patient whose hand he held in his own, studying the pulse.

On the 17th day_ of August, while in the rear of two lines of fortifications, (which had been occupied on the 1st of August.) at what was thought to be a fitting place p;for his primary hospital, he was shot in the afternoon at 3 o'clock, the ball entering through his left shoulder, passing through the sixth rib, and lodging in the sacrum. Medical assistance was of no avail, and he died on the 10th. No better man, nor one who attended his duties more conscientiously, can be found in the list of the officers of the army.

How Dr, Hezekiah Fisk Dies.

During the siege of Atlanta Dr. Fisk was in ill health nearly all the time.On the 17th of August, 1864, he sent a note to me while I was detailed as one of the operators at the Division Hospital, with a request that I would come and see him, as he wanted to consultwith me concerning his health, and about getting a leave of absence.

I went to him at once, and found him in an arbor of green boughs,put up just in the rear of our breast-works. He was lying on a little bunk made of poles and covered with cotton he had gathered in the neighborhood. He told me of his poor health, and wanted me to assist about the leave of absence. I persuaded him to wait for a few days, as such an application was regarded with great disfavor except in extreme cases.

While sitting in his chair by his bedside, I noticed bullets from the rebel lines were dropping very close to me, one passing just over my head, another about two feet to my right and striking the ground about ten feet in advance of me, then another to the left. At the time I thought but little of it, supposing them to be random bullets.

After we had talked possibly fifteen minutes, Dr. Fisk being in a much more cheerful mood, I got on my horse and rode back to the hospital, a distance of half a mile. I had just arrived and dismounted when an orderly came in great haste, saying Dr. Fisk had been shot directly after I left him.

I returned to him immediately, and found he had been shot in the back near the left shoulder blade, the ball ranging down ward. He was much shocked and already considerably weakened by internal hemorrhage. I took him to the hospital and gave him every care and attention, and the next day took him to the general hospital at Marietta. He seemed to bear the ride well, and I began to hope his wound might not be fatal. But still he had that peculiar numbness of the feet which indicated a serious spinal lesion.

About 9 o'clock I left him for a few minutes, hoping he might go to sleep. When I went back he was still awake. I gave him a small dose of morphine, adjusted his pillow, and asked him if he thought he could take a nap. He replied in his humorous way that he thought he could "make an average crop of it." The next instant he was dead, and the world had lost one of its best and truest men.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

William C. Atwood.

William C. Atwood. 

Birth: Jun. 5, 1843, Cornwall, Orange County, New York.
Death: Jun. 3, 1863, Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi.

Parents: Tobias Wyant Atwood (1815 - 1892), Mary Jane Robinson Atwood (1823 - 1885). 

Siblings: William C. Atwood (1843 - 1863), Samuel R. Atwood (1844 - 1863). John Robinson Atwood (1846 - 1919). Francis W. Atwood (1849 - 1891). Mary Emeline Atwood (1851 - 1929), Charles T. Atwood (1855 - 1891), Sarah Adelaide Atwood Mann (1858 - 1939), Martha Caroline Atwood Cunningham (1860 - 1949), Edward Leander Atwood (1862 - 1939), George Bennington Atwood (1862 - 1935).

Burial: Vicksburg National Cemetery, Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi.

Iowa Fourth Cavalry Co. K.

Atwood, William C. Age 18. Residence Henry County, nativity New York. Enlisted Oct. 21, 1861. Mustered Nov. 25, 1861. Accidentally shot and killed June 3, 1863, near Snyder's Bluff, Miss. Buried in National Cemetery, Vicksburg, Miss. Section O, grave 79.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Thomas Flynn, Michigan.

Thomas Flynn.

Birth: 1841.
Death: 1862-63.

Burial: Burr Oak Township Cemetery, St. Joseph County, Michigan.

Michigan 11th., Infantry, Co. G..

Flynn, Thomas, Three Rivers. Enlisted in company G, First Infantry, April 24, 1861,, at Burr Oak, for 3 months, age 20. Mustered May ;1, 1861. Mustered out at Detroit, Mich., Aug. 7, 1861. Re-entered service in company E, Eleventh Infantry, at organization, as First Lieutenant. Commissioned Aug. 24, 1861. Mustered Aug. 24, 1861 Commissioned Captain Nov. 15, 1862. Killed in action at Stone River, Tenn., Dec. 31, 1862.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Six John Pickering of One Family.

Captain John Pickering was of Portsmouth. He was a descendant of John Pickering, one of the earliest settlers of that town. The Pickerings had a military reputation. There were six of the family bearing the name of John. John Pickering, 2d, was captain of the militia in Portsmouth for a number of years, and Belknap describes him as a man of "a rough and adventurous spirit, and a lawyer." His son, John, 3d, had three sons, John (4th), Thomas, and Daniel. John 4th was the subject of this note. We hear nothing of him after this date. He probably died unmarried. His brother, Thomas, was killed in 1746 by the Indians, in the neighborhood of Caeco Bay. He left a wife, three sons and six daugh- ters. His wife was Dorothy Stover, born at " Cape Neddock," in 1707 and died in 1791, aged 84 years. Capt. Thomas Pickering, her second son commanded the Hamden, and was killed in an engagement with an India man of superior metal and force. Lydia, the fifth daughter, married Dea. Samuel Drown, of Portsmouth, a noted patriot of the Revolution.

Charles E. Meader

In the late summer of 1862, a group of Californians, all originally from the East Coast, had contacted Governor Andrews of Massachusetts and proposed to raise one hundred volunteers to form a separate company in a cavalry regiment that was being raised in Massachusetts. The Governor agreed with the condition that the Californians would provide their own uniforms and equipment. Officially they became company A of the Second Massachusetts Cavalry, but were more popularly know as the "California Hundred".

Adjutant General of California.

First Lieutenant Charles E. Meader, after charging with his company on the enemy's lines, was killed, fighting hand to hand, " too brave to retreat, too proud to surrender." Lieutenant Meader enlisted as a private in the battalion, and by superior abilities and faithful services was promoted to First Lieutenant, and at the time of his death was in command of the "California Hundred."

Rosters of Massachusetts Second Cavalry, Co. M.

Meader, Charles E. — Sergt. — Res. Vassalboro, Ms.; traveler; 24; enl. Jany. 31, 1863; must. Feb. 5, 1863; comm. 2d Lieut. from 1st Sergt., Jany. 1, 1864; must. Jany. 25, 1864; comm. 1st Lieut., March 8, 1864; must. April 22, 1864; killed Aug. 26, 1864, Halltown, Va., as 1st Lieut. of Co. "C".

Four more companies were raised in California by Major Thompson, "E", "F", "L", and "M", and became known as the "California Battalion".

Monday, February 09, 2015

News From The Texas Frontier.

The following information comes from the Adjutant General of Texas, and covers the years of 1874 through 1920.  This page was made to learn what your ancestors were doing at this time in history..

Note. Sorry but there will be no other information on these names.

On 17th, 1876, Sergt. Jones arrested Alex. Gregory, charged with assault to murder. Turned him over to Sheriff of Kerr county.

June, 1876.—On 4th, arrested King Fisher and nine of his gang.On 6th, King Fisher and gang released, whilst Capt. McNelly was on his way with witnesses. Seven of the nine could have been indicted for murder in several cases. Had between six hundred and eight hundred head of stolen cattle and horses, which were turned loose.

December, 1875.—On 28th, a scouting party came across a slaughter house for stolen beeves, about forty miles north of Las Kuscias. Ranchero in charge arrested. After an ineffectual attempt to bribe the Sergeant, he tried to escape, and was killed in the attempt.

Capt. Cox, Company B: Reports that on May 4, 1871,  Sergeant R. V. Parker and eleven men of his company attacked and defeated a band of forty Indians on Rocky Creek, Palo Pinto county, killing ten warriors and recapturing forty horses. Four men of company wounded.

May 28 to June 12, 1874.—Capt. Waller's company (A) arrested over twenty-two cattle thieves and desperadoes,killed two murderers who resisted arrest, and captured 800 head of cattle; returned to owners.

In May last several very bold robberies of stores in Fort Davis were committed in broad daylight by a band of robbers led by the notorious Jesse Evans, the most daring outlaw of New Mexico. On receiving information of their outrages and petitions from civil officers and citizens of both Fort Davis and Quitman for assistance, I dispatched a detachment of company D from Menard county to Fort Davis by forced marches. .A few days after arriving there, they ascertained the whereabouts of the robbers, followed them forty or fifty miles towards the Mexican border, when a sharp fight ensued, resulting in killing one of the robbers, wounding one, and capturing the rest of the party. One of the rangers, Geo. R. Bingham, of company D, a gallant young fellow and good soldier, was killed by the outlaws in this affair.

The rangers had several engagements with these bands, in one of which private W. B, Anglin, of company B, was killed.

The Frontier Battalion during the last two years, is the breaking up of a most notorious band of high-way robbers, the largest, most thoroughly organized and successful which has ever existed in Texas, known as the " Peg Leg Stage Robbers," who have been engaged in robbing mail coaches and travelers in the highways,robbing stores and residences, and stealing horses and cattle in the counties on the frontier, for the last two years. Of this clan, there have been three killed in attempting to arrest them, and nine have been sent to the penitentiary.

Criminal.—Marcus Labate, killed by special force March 28,1880.
L. Varejal, killed by special force November 38,1879.
J. Smith, killed by special force November, 1879.
M. Martinez, killed by special force February, 1880.
August Erps, killed by company C, May, 1879.
Jesse Graham, killed by'Company D, July, 1880.
Jim Potter, killed by company D, October, 1880.
Dick Dublin, killed by company D, August, 1879.
D. Tutt, killed by company E, November, 1879.
O. Hare, wounded by special force November, 1879.
Jno. Potter, alias Red, wounded by company D, October, 1880.
W. A. Brown, wounded by company C, August, 1879. 


December 3, 1883. Private Pike and one man, Company F, attempting to arrest Ezeke de los Bantos, were resisted, and Santos was killed.

January 1, 1884. Chris Salinas resisted arrest by Lieut. W. L. Rudd, Company F, and was wounded.

February, 1884. Sergeant F. W. DeJarnette, Company A, en route to San Augelo, in stage, was attacked by stage robbers, and a fight ensued, resulting in severely wounding one robber.

March 27, 1884. Captain Schmitt and detachment killed a robber attempting to rob James' Bank, at Wichita Falls, and wounded another.

April, 1884. Sergeant A. C. Grimes, Company C, in a running fight of twelve miles, attempting to arrest criminals who resisted, captured Bob Johnson and wounded Bill Brooking.

May 9, 1884. Privates Edwards and Shely, Company F, attempting to arrest P. Reyes and P. Salinas, who resisted, killed Reyes and wounded Salinas.

May 28, 1884. Sergeant T. W. Morris and two men. Company F, attempting to arrest Burt Wages, who resisted arrest, wounded Burt Wages.

February 15, 1887—Mrs. E. E. Johnson, of Kerrville, asks for protection for herself and children from murderers, who killed her son. Capt. Jones, Company D, ordered to go and investigate.

March 31, 1887. Captain Wm. Scott with his company (F) while searching about daybreak in Sabine County for the Conner gang of desperadoes• were suddenly fired upon by the Conners from behind trees at a distance of twenty or thirty feet. The Conuers had not been seen owing to the brush and it was scarcely daylight. Private J. H. Moore fell dead at the first volley. Captain Scott Sergeant J. A. Brooks and Private J. H. Rogers fired two or three shots before being disabled. Scott was shot through the lungs. Brooks had three fingers of the left hand shot on and wounded between the first and second fingers of the right hand. Rogers was wounded in the right side and arm the ball passing through his arm. Bill Conner was killed and another Conner wounded. A pack horse of the Couriers was shot and four dogs killed.

There has been only one death in the service since my last report, that of Private Tom Goff, of Captain Rogers' company, who was killed by a prisoner in his charge in Brewster county,
on September 13, .1905.

On February 4, 1908, Ranger Homer White, of Captain Johnson's company, was killed at Weatherford while attempting to arrest a man named Clark, who was abusing a woman at the railway station. Ranger White had been in the service only about two months. He enlisted December 1, 1907, from Colorado City. He was 27 years of age, and was born in Bell county.

Capt. Geo. J. Head, with Company L, 2nd Infantry, was ordered out to assist civil officers at San Benito, in searching for the parties who ambushed and killed Ranger Q. B. Games, and Deputy Sheriff M. Lawrence, and wounded Ranger Pat Craighead and a citizen, Earl West, who was serving with the officers. The assassins escaped into Mexico. Period of service July 31 to August 3, 1910.

1910-1911, Privates Puckett and Williams of the Hospital Corps were shot and killed by Private Phil M. Firmin of Battery A, Field Artillery, while on train en route to Dallas, a short distance south of Hillsboro. The circumstances connected with or the cause of this unfortunate affair are not known to me. 

I deeply regret to record the death in action of Eugene B. Hulen, on May 24, 1915, near Candelaria, Texas, and of Lee Burdett on June 8, 1915. near Fabens. Texas. Both of these rangers belonged to Company B and were killed in line of duty by Mexican bandits.

Captain Henry Ransom having been killed August 30th, 1917.


I deeply regret to record the death of the following Rangers during the last few months:

Captain H. L. Ransom, accidentally killed, March 1, 1918.

Sergeant Delbert Timberlake, killed in line of duty, October 11, 1918.

Private Joe R. Shaw, killed in line of duty, August 21, 1918.

Private .L. T. Sadler, accidentally killed in line of duty, September
15, 1918.

Private Ben L. Pinnington, died of influenza, October 12, 1918.

Private E. P. Perkins, killed in line of duty, November 7, 1918.

Private John A. Moran, died of influenza,. December 12,'1918.

Private Charlie Hyde, died, disease, April 10, 1918.

Private Dudley White, killed in line of duty, July 12, 1918.

Private W. I. Rowe, wounded in line of duty, July 12, 1918.

Those who gave up their lives were killed by Mexican bandits in the discharge of their duty on the Mexican border. They died as brave men should in upholding the law they had sworn to defend.

On the night of July 29-30, 1920, Private J. C. Tyer, 4th Provisional Cavalry Troop, 7th Cavalry, went on duty as a sentry on Post No. 2, Camp Hutchings, fired upon a moving automobile and shot and killed the driver, the only occupant of the car. Private Tyer was immediately put under arrest by order of the Commanding General.On the succeeding day civil authorities demanded that he be handed over to them for trial, which the Commanding General refused to do. Tyer was tried before a general court martial which convened on August 2, 1920, at Galveston, Texas. The testimony established thefollowing uncontradicted facts:

Captain Herbert A. Robertson, who was driving the car, was challenged four times by Private Tyer. Captain Robertson paid no attention to the challenge and continued to drive on. Private Tyer fired, according to his statement, at the rear wheel of the car. There was but one shot fired and the shot struck and killed Captain Robertson.  The General Court Martial acquitted Private Tyer

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Riley V Parker

Riley V Parker. 

Birth: Sept. 18, 1849, Alabama.
Death: Apr. 20, 1920, Pflugerville, Travis County, Texas.

 Parents: George Fox Parker (1814 - 1899), Mary Polly Jackson Parker (1822 - 1901).

Wife: Mary lack French Parker (1843 - 1938).

Children: Oscar Erastus Parker (1874 - 1958), Gillie L Parker (1878 - 1880), Theo Parker (1884 - 1918).

Siblings: Nancy Louiana Parker Hendricks (1842 - 1913), Socrates Cole Parker (1846 - 1924), Riley V Parker (1849 - 1920), Jonathon L. Parker (1857 - 1919).

Burial: Smithwick Cemetery, Smithwick, Burnet County, Texas.

Texas Frontier Forces.

Capt. Cox, Company B: Reports that on May 4, 1871,Sergeant R. V. Parker and eleven men of his company had tacked and defeated a band of forty Indians on Rocky Creek, Palo Pinto county, killing ten warriors and recapturing forty horses. Four men of company wounded.