Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Samuel T. Dodd, Pennsylvania.

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Samuel T. Dodd.

Birth: Unknown.
Death: September 30, 1921.

Wife: Emma L. Dodd.

Children: Unknown.

Burial: Unknown.

Pennsylvania Twenty-Second Cavalry.

Company F.

Samuel T. Dodd, Sergeant; Mustered in October 14, 1862.  Promoted to Hospital Steward May 29, 1864.

Field and Staff.

Samuel T. Dodd, Hospital Steward; Mustered in October 14, 1862.  Promoted from Sergeant, Co. F., May 29, 1864.  Discharged by General Order, July 19, 1865.

Author.  If any one has information on him I would like to hear about it, all information will be posted here.

Winfield S. Collins, Daniel W. Haines, James J. Gray.

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Maine First Cavalry.
Company E.

Left.  Winfield S. Collins.
Center, Daniel W. Haines.
Right, James J. Gray.

Second Lieutenant.

COLLINS, WINFIELD S. — Age 18; res. Houlton; mus. Oct. 19, '61, as  private; pro. corp. and sergt. '62, and 1st sergt. '63; re-en. Dec. 29, '63; com. 2d lieut. July 18, '64; killed at Boydton plank road, Oct. 27, '64.

Winfield S. Collins was one of the first to respond to the call for  men to form a regiment of cavalry in Maine. He enlisted and was assigned to Co. E. Soon afterwards he was made corporal. At Camp Bayard, in 1862, he was made sergeant. His soldierly bearing was a model for his comrades, and his bravery on the battle-field won the highest admiration. ,0n  the thirtieth of December, 1863, he reenlisted as a veteran volunteer; on  the eighteenth of July, 1864, he was mustered as first lieutenant of Co, E,  First Maine Cavalry, and as such served until the first of August, when he was assigned to the command of Co, M, Here was an opportunity to display his military talent, which, with his kindness, won the hearts of all under  his immediate command, and elicited the highest praise of his superior  officers. There was every prospect of his soon receiving higher rank, with  military honors.

Again our columns move on the enemy. The First Maine Cavalry has the advance. It was the afternoon of the twenty-seventh of October, 1864, in  the hottest of the fight, that the First Maine was ordered to charge. At the  head of his company, with stern but cheering words of command, he led them on, until a bullet came crashing through his temples. He fell, never more to give command to his brave followers, and amid the fearful carnage  was carried from the field. He was taken to the Yellow House, where he died the following morning, and near which he was buried. "Young and brave, he sacrificed his life for his country, and in years to come his memory shall lie blessed. — Adjutant General's Report, 1864-5.

Winfield S. Collins. 

Birth: Feb. 1, 1843 Houlton Aroostook County Maine.
Death: Oct. 27, 1864 Petersburg Petersburg City Virginia.
Burial: City Point National Cemetery, Hopewell, Hopewell City, Virginia.


Haines, Daniel W. —Age 23; res. Fort Fairfield; mus. Oct. 19, '61, as pri vate; pro. corp. '62, and sergt. '63; re-en. .Dec. 29, '63; pro. regt. com'sy sergt. and tr. to non-com. staff, Dec. '64.

Daniel W. Haines. 
No other record found.

Gray, James J. — Age 18; res. Houlton; mus. Oct. 19, '61, as private; pro.corp. '62, and sergt. '63; m. o. Nov. 25, '64, ex. of ser.

James J. Gray.
No other records found.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Arthur L. Swartz, Minnesota.

Arthur L. Swartz, a well-known and well-to-do farmer of Amo township, Cottonwood county, is a native of Iowa, born in Clinton county, that state, October 25, 1863, son of Henry and Eliza (Koch) Swartz, natives of the state of Pennsylvania, who came West about 1852 and settled in Clinton county, Iowa. Henry Swartz was a carpenter by trade, but the most of his life he spent farming. During the Civil War he served as a private in Company F, Tenth Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry, attached to the Fifteenth Army Corps, and during all the period of his service was neither wounded nor taken prisoner.

In 1868 he and his family moved from Clinton county to Cedar county, Iowa, and established their home there.In that latter county Mrs. Swartz died in 1883. Henry Swartz spent his last days in Ida county, same state, where his death occurred in 1906. He and his wife were members of the German Reform church and their children were reared in that faith. There were seven of these children, of whom the subject of this sketch was the sixth in order of birth and the first two of whom died in infancy, the others being Ella F., who died in 1915, George Peter, William J. and Burdette.

Reared on the paternal farm, Arthur L. Swartz early began farming for himself and after awhile located on a farm in Cherokee county. He married in 1890 and in 1895 disposed of his farming interests in Iowa and came to Minnesota, locating in Cottonwood county. He bought the farm of one hundred and fifty acres on which he now resides, in Amo township, and there he and his family have made their home ever since, being very pleasantly and comfortably situated.

Mr. Schwartz is an excellent farmer and his place is well improved and profitably cultivated, he long having been recognized as one of the substantial farmers in that section of the county.It was in 1890 that Arthur L. Swartz was united in marriage to Lizzie Springer, who was born in Pennsylvania, daughter of Harry Springer and wife, natives of that same state, who came West and settled in Ida county, Iowa, where they spent the rest of their lives. Harry Springer was a veteran of the Civil War and a substantial farmer in the community in which he lived in Iowa. To Mr. and Mrs. Swartz eight children have been born, Earl H., Mabel A., Ethel M., Bessie A., Lewis M., Willis C, Coral and Angie Iris Zaida.

Author: Died April 27, 1922, Burial Jeffers Cemetery, Jeffers, Cottonwood County, Minnesota.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Joseph Helon Christy, Missouri.

JOSEPH H. CHRISTY, Post Office Greenton, Mo., is the son of Bainbridge and Dulcina Christy, and was born in this county, Oct. 18, 1839. He was raised and educated in this county and has lived here all his life. His parents were from Kentucky and came to this county in 1837. He has been occupied in farming and stock-raising, and has a fine farm of 440 acres in the Greenton Valley. He was married to Miss Martha Stapp, Oct. 24, 1866 granddaughter of Allen Jennings, who came to this county at an early day. They have four children living Elnora, Alma S., Lucy H. and Joseph Gilbert.

In August 1861 he enlisted in Capt. Keith's company, M. S. G. and was wounded at the siege of Lexington, Mo., which disabled him for a year. He then went south and enlisted in Bullard's company, Gordon's regiment, Shelby's command, C. S, A., and was in the battles of Lexington, Cape Girardeau, Helena, Bayou Metre, Little Rock, Mark's Mills, Poison Springs, Newtonia three times, Westport, etc. surrendered June 12, 1865 at Shreveport. He is a deacon in the C. P. church, and also a member of the Grange.

Death: July 10, 1916.
Burial: Greenton Cemetery, Odessa, Lafayette County Missouri.

Lieutenant Hopkins Hardin.

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Hopkins Hardin. 

Birth: Sep. 19, 1838, Albemarle County, Virginia.
Death: Feb. 13, 1926, Higginsville, Lafayette County, Missouri.

Wife's; Elizabeth S Thomas Hardin (1841 - 1873), Susan Lavina Westmoreland Hardin (1849 - 1918).

Children: Sarah Elizabeth Hardin (1872 - 1944). Infant Son Hardin (1873 - 1873). Amanda Ardelia Hardin Palmer (1875 - 1968). John Hopkins Hardin (1877 - 1972). William Henry Hardin (1878 - 1967). Mary L Hardin Hilliard (1884 - 1969). Martha T Hardin (1887 - 1955).

Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Independence, Jackson County, Missouri.

Lieutenant Hopkins Hardin.

Hopkins Hardin was a Confederate soldier and served in the 19th Virginia, Pickett's Division. He was lieutenant of Company C. Lieutenant Hardin entered the Army in April, 1861, at the age of 23, enlisting at Scottville, Albemarle County, Virginia. He fought in all the principal battles and skirmishes of his division, taking part in such actions as those at Bull Run, first and second battles, Williamsburg, Fredericksburg, Boonsborough, and, last of all, he was in that great decisive battle which determined the fate of the Southern Confederacy, the battle of Gettysburg.

In this battle he was wounded three times. He had been wounded previously at both Fredericksburg and Boonsborough. There was no question as to his bravery, his ardor, his enthusiasm in battle. Young Hardin was a typical Virginia soldier.

At Gettysburg he was unfortunately captured, after an active service of over three years. From that time until his release at Ft Delaware in June, 1865, nearly two years, he suffered the hard ships of a prisoner of war. Some of his privations and sufferings were unusual. He saw the inside of the Federal prisons at Ft. Mc Henry, Point Lookout, Ft. Delaware, Morris Island, and Ft, Pulaski. At the latter place the prisoners were fed on bread and pickles for forty-nine days in retaliation for the treatment of Federal prisonerg at Andersonville. Many died and few were able to walk at the end of the time. Lieutenant Hardin was one of the 600 Rebel prisoners who were placed outside the Federal breastworks at^ Morris Island, where for weeks they were exposed to the shot and shell of their friends who were bombarding the place.

Lieutenant Hardin's life was saved once by a note-book. It arrested the flight of a Minie ball speeding straight for his heart. A jagged hole was torn through a number of the leaves. The bullet stopped when it reached an old yellow paper, which it cracked in four parts without penetrating. The yellow paper was a document authorizing Hopkins Hardin to exhort in the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Lieutenant Hardin has long been a resident of Missouri, and he has been a successful farmer and business man. He resides with his family in Independence, Mo.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

James Bosworth Peakes.

First Maine Bugle Magazine
Publish date 1893, p. 69.

Santa Cruz, Cal., Jan. 8th, 1893.

Gen. J. P. Cilley,

When captured 156,lbs. when released 85,lbs.
Dear Sir and Comrade, I have just been reading the last Bugle and think it is about time for me to fall in and pay my dues. Thinking it may be of inteest to some of my old comrades, I send you with this a picture of myself, taken at Alexandria, Va., in Sept. 1863, after being four months a prisoner, two months at Lynchburg and two months on Belle Isle. Enclosed please fmd order for fifteen dollars, four for picture, two fifty for badge of First Maine Cavalry, three dollars for dues, three fifty for Bugle Campaign II., and for Campaign III., and the balance to be applied to subscription for Bugle for Comrade Edmund T. Bangs, who, I see by the Bugle, has been unfortunate. Please inform me as to date of the next reunion, as I intend to visit the East sometime this year and wish to time my visit so as to attend the reunion and fall in line once more with the " boys " and answer to the roll-call," Here."

Yours fraternally,
James B. Peakes,

Maine First Cavalry
Co. A, 1st Me. Cav.

Maine First Cavalry

Peakes, James B.; Age 20; res. Oldtown; mus. Oct. 19, '61; pris. at Middletown, May 24, '62; ex. and rejoined co. in Oct.; on detached duty as scout for Gen. Kilpatrick, Sept. '63; pris. Sept. 20, '63, near Culpepper; ex. Dec. 26, and rejoined co. ; m. o. Nov. 25, '65, ex. of ser.

Author.  To read of his Civil War service and family, go to the site of ( Find a Grave ).

George E. Closson.


George E. Closson, (Hist. p. 597): b.July 5, 1843, at Bluehill; res. E. Surry; oc., followed the sea until the last six years; m. twice; first wife Abbie M.Cole, second wife Ellen F. Turner.


Fred H., b. August 23, 1865.
Henry N., b. May 29, 1869.
Charles H., b. Dec. 21, 1871.
Nellie A., b. Nov. 19, 1874.
John H., b. Dec. 2, 1878.

Father, George W. Closson, b. 1822; seaman; res. Bluehill; m. in 1841, Louisa C. Chatto, dau. of Chas. and Martha Chatto. En. Jan. iS, 1864, as private in Co. G, 1st D. C. Cav.; was transferred
to 1st Me. Cav., Co. I, promoted to coporal; was in Cav. Corps Hospital, City Point, Va., and receives a pension by reason of dis. from bronchial and lung trouble; has lived in Bluehill, Sedgwick,
Rockland and Surry; Democrat.

First Maine Cavalry, Company I.p.497.

Closson, George E. — Sailor; age 21; b. and r. Bluehill; en. 1st D. C. Jan.18, '64, Belfast; mus. Jan. 19; wd. Reams' Station, Aug. 25, '64; absence at tr.; joined co. ; pro. corp. '65; m. o. with regt.

Friday, November 21, 2014

George L. Beatty.

George L. Beatty..

Birth: August 26, 1845, Tennessee..
Death: May 5, 1934.

Burial: Live Oak Cemetery, Brady, Mc Culloch County, Texas.

Texas pioneer and Judge and Lawyer, was listed in the Texas State Gazetteer  as being a lawyer in Brady Texas (1890-1891 ).  Was a Civil War Vet.

George L. Beatty, Private, Ninth Kentucky C.S. A. Infantry, Co. A.  Enlisted November 1, 1862 at Fayetteville, Tennessee.  Captured with Captain Hones in the Indiana and Ohio raid.  Prisoner to close of the war.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Colonel John G. Chambers.

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John G. Chambers.

Birth: 1827.
Death: July 15, 1864.

Fathrt: John Chambers.

Wife: Hannah J. Wilson Chambers.
Married October 3, 1852.

Children: William S. Chambers, Charles H. Chambers.

Burial: Unknown..

Massachusetts Twenty-Third Infantry, Regimental History.

Lt. Col. Chambers was in command of the regiment.  One of the diarists records that, during this early time,  he was walking up and down behind the line, clapping his hands, and evidently enjoying the fun.

Lt. Isaac H. Edgett, his acting-adjutant, reports, "when Col. Chambers was hit, we were standing very close together, and he fell against me, forcing me down on the right knee—his body falling across my left. I laid him on the ground, and was proceeding to ascertain the nature of his wound, when he rose to his knees and said 'I guess they have fetched me this time.  Go and find Brewster (Major), and tell him to take command, but don't let anybody else know that I am hit.' He then got upon his feet and, clutching his left breast with both hands, started for the rear. I learned afterwards, that he went only a short.distance when he fell again, was picked up and carried away on a stretcher."  Even then he refused to lie down, but went away, sitting cross-legged on the stretcher, and, with compressed
lips, repressing any sign of the pain he suffered.

John G. Chambers Biography.

John G. Chambers, sou of John and Belinda (Woods) Chambers, was born at Chelsea, Mass., 15 Sept., 1828. At the age of fifteen, he went to work, at first in a printing office at Cambridge, and, after a little, in the office of the Boston Journal. In the spring of 1846 he enlisted, in Co. 'E,' Capt. Crowninshiold, of the Massachusetts Regiment, for service in Mexico, and served through the war. One of his comrades recollects him as "genial comrade and gallant, soldier."

After that war, he was at work, as compositor for the Journal, as reporter for the Atlas, or, as collecting clerk for the Courier. In the spring of 1861, he went out, with the 5th M. V. M. as 1st Lt. in Co. 'E,' and, after a time, was appointed Adjutant.

Author. The following information was put together from, The medical and surgical history of the war of the rebellion, Volume 1.,pt.2 .  I found although Colonel Chambers died of his wounds, it was the oversight of the surgeons which was the biggest cause of his death.

Lieutenant Colonel John G. Chambers, 23rd., Massachusetts Volunteers, Age 37 years was wounded near Fort Darling, on May 16, 1864, by a musket ball.  The missile shattered his watch before entering the walls of the thorax, some parts of the machinery of the watch were driven in with the projectile.  After being wounded the stretcher bearers with great difficulty, hastily carried him from the field.,

He was taken to the landing at Bermuda Hundred, where his friend Surgeon G. Derby, U. S. A., placed him on the evening of the day battle, on one of hospital transports for Fort Monroe.When he reached Fort Monroe  no wound of the stomach was suspected not for a considerable time.  His case was regarded as a cheat wound the ball first striking and disintegrating his watch and entering the chest below the left nipple.

Colonel Chambers was a man of small stature, thin and slender, active and resolve, but with greater strength of will then vigor of body

On a previous occasion at Quaker Bridge, north Carolina, July 6, 1863, he received a shell wound over the left clavicle, and although he was not severely hurt the immediate nervous depression was very marked.

On arriving at Fort Monroe Colonel Chambers entered the Chesapeake Hospital on May 18, 1864, and was put under the care of Assistant Surgeon R. Clellan U. S. A., who on June 9, 1864, extracted the ball.

June 30, 1864, a fistulous opening exists connecting the inferior oritice with the cavity of the stomach, with discharges of partially digested food.  "Orifice of entrance completely cicatrized."  Death came July 15, , 1864, from exhaustion.

From a later report.

When Colonel Chambers, who was then in command of his regiment, went into action, he had in his left breast pocket of his coat a large watch and an comb. His coat was buttoned tightly for the attack of the enemy which was resisting was made at an early hour.  When he was removed from the field, it was found that the ball by which he was wounded had struck and destroyed the watch and had broken to many pieces the iron comb.

It was supposed that the fragments of the watch and comb had been lost when his coat was first opened  An examination made by the ward surgeon failed to determine the presence of any foreign body in the chest; all detached pieces of bone were removed.  The hospital being at the time over crowed with wounded, my attention was not called to the case until June 9th..

When he was opened up it was found that many pieces of the watch was in the cavity of the stomach, after a careful  examination and washing of the cavity the wound was closed.

He was gaining his strength, the wound had closed to nearly its whole.  In early July his health began to fail.  A few days before his death being present as he swallowed some brandy, he exclaimed; "Doctor; it smarts my wound;" and upon examination, the odor of brandy was found upon the dressing.  All fluids taken into the stomach, a small portion was immediately present at the wound.  His exhaustion became more profound, and on July 15th, he died calmly of exhaustion.

The autopsy determined the fact that a prong of iron comb had escaped detection at the time of the operation; that its sharp point had become embedded in the bottom of the cavity and by its means a gastric fistula was established.

Author. You may be wondering about this talk about the stomach when he was struck in the chest.  When the ball had struck the watch the ball had flattened out and upon entering  the chest the flattened ball push everything with it, the ball traveled backwards and downwards and entered the cavity of the stomach.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Oliver W. Williams, Ohio.

Oliver W. Williams.

Birth: Unknown.
Death: Unknown.

Wife: Gertrude F. Baker Williams, ( 1842-1930 ).

Children: Hattie E. Williams.

Burial: Unknown.

Note. She is buried in Huron county, Ohio, he is not buried with her.
His wife name was found on his pension file.

Roster Twenty-Fifth Ohio Infantry.

Company G.

Oliver W. Williams, Privaet, age 20, Enlisted June 18, 1861, for 3 years.  Promoted to Hospital Steward, November 1, 1861.

Company C.

PRIVATE Oliver W. Williams, promoted to Hospital Steward : wounded at Chancellorsville ; promoted to Second and First Lieutenant ;  wounded at Honey Hill and Dec
eaux's Neck ; discharged April '26, 1865, on account of wounds.

Ohio State Records.

Oliver W. Williams, Twenty-Fifth, Ohio Infantry, Co. C.; First Lieutenant, Age 19; Enlisted June 18, 1861, for 3 years.  Promoted to Second Lieutenant from Hospital Steward May 25, 1864; First Lieutenant August 11, 1864; Wounded November 20, 1864, in battle of Honey Hill, S. C., discharged April 25, 1865.

The medical and surgical history of the war of the rebellion, Volume 2., pt.2

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