Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Three Brothers Cicero, Alden and John L. Barber, Illinois.

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Cicero Barber.

Birth: 1843, Hadley, Saratoga County, New York.
Death: May 16, 1864, Chesterfield County, Virginia.

Parents: Zina Barber (1809 - 1855), Huldah Dean Barber (1813 - 1904).

Burial: Richmond National Cemetery, Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia.

The Thirty-Ninth Regimental History.

Barber, Cicero. Enlisted from Marseilles, 111., August 16th, 1861. Killed May 20th, at battle of Wier Bottom church, Va.

Barber was born in Saratoga county, New York, August 26th, 1843; came west with his parents in 1851, and settled on a farm in the township of Manlius, La Salle county, Ill.  He had two brothers who also entered the service. John L. enlisted in Company A, Fifteenth Cavalry; Alden in Company K, Thirty-Ninth Illinois, with Cicero, and he also lost his life.

ILLNOIS STATE ARCHIVES.
Illinois Civil War Detail Report.

Name: BARBER, CICERO. Rank: PVT. Company: K. Unit: 39 IL US INF.

Personal Characteristics. Residence: MARSEILLES, LASALLE CO, IL. Age: 19. Height: 5' 9 1/2. Hair: LIGHT. Eyes: BLUE. Complexion: LIGHT. Marital Status: SINGLE. Occupation: FARMER. Nativity: SARATOGA, NY.

Service Record. Joined When: AUG 14, 1861. Joined Where: MARSEILLES, IL. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: OCT 11, 1861. Muster In Where: CHICAGO, IL. Remarks: DIED IN ACTION AT WIER BOTTOM CHURCH VA MAY 20, 1864.
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Alden Barber. 

Birth: 1846, Hadley, Saratoga County, New York.
Death: Jun. 18, 1864, Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia.

Burial: Richmond National Cemetery, Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia.

The Thirty-Ninth Regimental History.

Barber, Alden. Enlisted from Marseilles, 111., February 6th, 1864. Wunded May 16th, 1864, at Drury's Bluff, Va., and taken prisoner. Died in Libby prison, Disease; Richmond, Va., in June, 1864.

ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES.
Illinois Civil War Detail Report.

Name: BARBER, ALDEN. Rank: PVT. Company: K. Unit: 39 IL US INF.

Personal Characteristics. Residence: CHICAGO, COOK CO, IL. Age: 18. Height: 5' 9 1/2. Hair: LIGHT. Eyes: BLUE. Complexion: LIGHT. Occupation: FARMER. Nativity: HADLEY CO, NY.

Service Record. Joined When: FEB 6, 1864. Joined Where: CHICAGO, IL Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: FEB 29, 1864. Muster In Where: CHICAGO, IL. Remarks: WOUNDED & TAKEN PRISONER MAY 16, 1864 DIED OF WOUNDS JUN 18, 1864 AT RICHMOND VA.
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John Lawrence Barber.

Birth: Dec. 30, 1840, Saratoga County, New York.
Death: Aug. 7, 1926, Marseilles, LaSalle County, Illinois.

Wife: Amanda Brodbeck Barber (1847 - 1945).

Children: Alden Cicero Barber (1872 - 1919). Lora Estelle Barber Bentley (1874 - 1947). Lucia May Barber Parr (1875 - 1972). Gertie Maude Barber Latimer (1878 - 1974). Edith Annie Barber Youmans (1879 - 1980). Carrie Elizabeth Barber Drackley (1881 - 1966). George Zina Barber (1884 - 1944). Leslie Dean Barber (1890 - 1941).

Burial: Riverview Cemetery, Marseilles, LaSalle County, Illinois.

ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES.
Illinois Civil War Detail Report.

Name: BARBER, JOHN L. Rank: PVT. Company: L. Unit: 15 IL US CAV.

Personal Characteristics. Residence: MANLIUS, LASALLE CO, IL. Age: 21. Height: 5' 8. Hair: LIGHT. Eyes: BLUE. Complexion: LIGHT. Marital Status: SINGLE. Occupation: FARMER. Nativity: HADLEY, NY.

Service Record. Joined When: FEB 20, 1862. Joined Where: OTTAWA, IL. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: JAN 1, 1862. Muster In Where: OTTAWA, IL. Remarks: TRANS TO 10 ILL CAV AS CONSOLIDATED.

Author; You may have noticed that there were diffidence in the information between the Regimental History and the Illinois State Records and the Families records. To see the families records take this link, and follow the links at the page.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Neriah B. Kendall.

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Neriah B. Kendall.

Birth: November 1, 1843.
Death: December 18, 1912.

Wife: Florence T. Kendall.
Married October 26, 1873, Lancaster County.

Children: Dewitt C., Kate, and Howard Converse Kendall ( 1881 - 1971 ).

Burial: Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska.

Mr. Kendall, Height was 5' 9 and a half, Hair light, Eyes dark, Complexion light.

The 39th., Infantry Regimental History.

Captain Neriah B. Kendall. Commissioned April 29th, 1865. Mustered out December 6th, 1865, with the regiment. Captain Kendall enlisted from Joliet, Ill., and served continuously up to the muster-out of the regiment, with the exception of three months spent in Libby prison. He enlisted as a private soldier and was mustered out as Captain commanding company, which of itself is a sufficient commentary on his ability and devotion to duty without further altiloquence from the writer. He was wounded in the head and taken prisoner May 16th, 1864, at the battle of Drury's Bluff, Va.; was reported " killed and left on the field" at the time, and in consequence of such report his funeral sermon was preached at Joliet by Elder Crews, of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was perhaps the only person in the regiment who had such a distinction forced upon him, or was placed in such a paradoxical position, "dead yet alive ". It may be mentioned in this connection that he has been a very live man ever since " there are no flies on him." He acted as Adjutant of the regiment from January 28th, to September 10th, 1865, when Adjutant Doud was assigned to the First Brigade.

After the war, in July, 1866, Kendall went to Omaha, Neb., and was appointed civil engineer on the Union Pacific railroad, remaining in that capacity until the completion of the road in 1870, when he received the appointment of chief engineer of the Nebraska railroad, serving until 1874, with the exception of one year spent in Arizona and California exploring a route for the Atlantic and Pacific railroad. He then resigned his position and gave up railroading, and soon engaged in the milling. stock, and land business, which he has since followed.

It is presumed that in his travels and explorations in the far west he discovered the long-lost "Aladdin's Lamp," and has been rubbing it, much to his advantage, ever since. He has considerable landed interests in Omaha, Lincoln, and throughout the State of Nebraska, and has some "little", personal property besides-enough, in fact, to warrant him in saying that he feels quite prosperous. He makes his home and headquarters at Lincoln. Neb.

Kendall, Neriah B. Enlisted from Joliet August 9th, 1861. Veteran. Promoted Corporal January 1st, 1862, age 20.  Wounded and taken prisoner May 16th, 1864. Promoted Sergeant August 15th, 1864; First Sergeant November 1st, 1864; First Lieutenant July 11th, 1865.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ohio soldiers on the Steamer Sultana, April 27, 1865.

The Steamer Sultana disaster near Memphis, Tennessee, April 27,1865 cost many Union life's. They were all released prisoners of war, and were on the long journey home.  Its sad to think of all the hardships they went through and now being free, only to now die for noting.

The soldiers named here are from the Sixty-Fourth and Sixty-fifth Ohio Infantry.  Also on the Sultana were men from McLaughlin's Squadron.. All these men were survivor's or perished, on that night of April 27, 1865.
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THE STORY OF SHERMAN BRIGADE.
By Wilbur F. Hinman.
Published 1897.
Author; This book can be found and read on line.
 
Sixty-Fourth Infantry.
 
 
**Samuel H. Raudebaugh.
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J. W. Vanscovoc, Corporal, Co. A., age 25; enlisted November 28, 1861; for 3 years; appointed May 12, 1863; Captured November 30, 1864, in battled of Franklin, Tennessee; Survivor; mustered out May 20, 1865, at Columbus Ohio.
 
Thomas Brink, Private, CO. A., age 19; enlisted November 6, 1862; for 3 years; Captured November 30, 1864, at battle of Franklin, Tennessee; Perished.
 
Samuel Brink, Private, Co  A., age 21; enlisted October 2, 1861; for 3 years; captured November 30, 1864, battle of Franklin, Tennessee Perished. 
 
William Fies or Fles, Sergeant, Co. B., age 20; enlisted October 1861; for 3 years; appointed Corporal November 6, 1862; Sergeant April 1, 1864; captured November 3, 1864, in battle of Franklin, Tennessee; Survivor; mustered out June 19, 1865, at Columbus Ohio.
 
Casper Zimmer, Private, Co. B., age 25; enlisted October 13, 1864; for 1 year; prisoner of war; perished.
 
Hugh W. Bratton, Sergeant, Co. D., age 21; enlisted October 22, 1861, for 3 years; appointed Corporal July 1, 1861, Sergeant May 1, 1864; captured November 29, 1864, in battle of Spring Hill, Tennessee; perished.
 
Joseph Wagner, Corporal, Co. G., age 18; enlisted October 26, 1861; for 3 years; appointed November 1, 1864; captured November 30, 1864, in battle of Franklin, Tennessee; perished.
 
Robert White, Sergeant, Co. I. age 37; enlisted October 18, 1861; for 3 years; appointed Corporal November 1, 1862; Sergeant June 1, 1863; captured November 30, 1864, in battle of Franklin, Tennessee; perished.
 
Daniel McKinley, Private, Co. I., age 28; enlisted September 28, 1864; for 1 year; Drafted; captured November 30, 1864, in battle of Franklin, Tennessee; supposed to have perished.
 
John Stucky, Private, Co. I., age 21; enlisted October 18, 1861; for 3 years; captured November 30, 1864, in battled of Franklin, Tennessee; perished.
 
Johnn Ryan, Private, Co. K., age 31; enlisted October 5, 1864; for 1 year; Substitute; missing November 29, 1864 in battle of Spring Hill, Tennessee; perished.
 
Sixty-Fifth, Infantry.
 
Edward Gregory, Sergeant, Co. C., age 21; enlisted October 4, 1861; for 3 years; appointed Corporal July 29, 1862; Sergeant June 21, 1863; wounded December 31, 1862, in battle at Stone River, Tennessee,; captured November 30, 1864, in battle of Franklin, Tennessee; Perished.
 
David Grubaugh, Private, Co. B., age 23; enlisted October 21, 1861; for 3 years; captured September 20, 1863, in battle of Chickamauga, Georgia, perished.
 
Amos W. Fairchild, Private, Co. K., age 22; enlisted November 30, 1861; for 3 years; captured in battle of Franklin, Tennessee, perishes.
 
**Samuel H. Raudebaugh, Private, Co. K., age 20; enlisted September 5,1863; for 3 years; captured December 31, 1862, in battle of Stone River; escaped; captured November 30, 1864, in battle of Franklin, Tennessee, survivor.
 
McLaughlin's Squadron.
 
Robert Jesson, Private, Co. A., age 21; enlisted October 21, 1861; for 3 years; prisoner of war, perished.
 
Isaac Peterson, Private, Co. A., age 18; enlisted March 28, 1864; for 3 years; prison of war; perished.
 
Eli F. Primer, Private, Co. A., age 18; enlisted April 4, 1864; for 3 years; captured October 5, 1864, at Decatur, Georgia; paroled; perished.
 
John W. Steinour, Private, Co. A., age 22; enlisted October 16, 1861; for 3 years; prisoner of war; perished.
 
Henry Tidwell, Private, Co. A., age 21; enlisted November 12, 1861; for 3 years; prisoner of war; perished.
 
Charl B. Tidwell, Private, Co. A., age 18; enlisted February 10, 1864; for 3 years; prisoner of war; perished.
 
John Wagner, Private, Co. A., age 18; enlisted February 10, 1864; for 3 years; prisoner of war; perished.
 
Hosea Donald, Private, Co. A., age 18; enlisted February 20, 1864; for 3years; prisoner of war; perished.
 
Joseph Harter, Private, Co. A., age 23; enlisted November 1, 1861; for 3 years; prisoner of war; perished.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Six men of Co. E., 104th., Illinois Infantry.

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CAPTAIN JOHN SAMUEL  HAY DOTY. Age 23; born In Carlylo, Pa.; carpenter: was first in the three months service  enlisting April 15, 1861; enlisted again August 7, 1862 and began raising men for a company; was elected Captain unanimously and led his men in the Kentucky campaign and the battle of Hartsville; was captured there, but escaped.  In the Tullahoma and Chickamauga campaigns. Captain Doty was present, and was in the actions of Elk River and Davis Cross Roads. and the Battle of Chickamauga. Was one of the besieged at Chattanooga, and commanded his company at Lookout Mountain and Mission Ridge.

In (he Atlanta campaign he participated in the action at Buzzard Roost, of Rocky Face, the battles around Resaca. New Hope Church and Kenesaw Mountain. At Peach Tree Creek. Ga., July 20, 1864. Captain Doty fell mortally wounded pierced by five bullets, and lived but a short time. No more patriotic. brave or nobler soldier ever drew sword in his country's cause. Every man in the Regiment considered it a personal bereavement. To some of his own boys who crowded around, he said with dying breath: "Take care of those rebels first and see to me afterwards." His last words were:'Tell my father that I die for the flag. good bye. boys." His remains were borne to his home and now rest in the cemetery at Ottawa on the banks of the Illinois.

WILLIAM A. KAIN. Age 21; born in Pennsylvania; farmer; enlisted from Dayton, August 13, 1862; was in the battle of Hartsville; in the Tullahoma and Chickamauga campaigns; at Elk River, Davis Cross Roads, and the battle of Chickamauga. Was in the battles of Lookout Mountain and Mission Ridge. In the latter battle a rebel Sharpshooter, who had brought down several of our men, was himself quieted by Kain, who shot left handed. The brave Kain was killed soon after and the Regiment lost a noble soldier, whose memory will always be pleasant to his comrades and those who knew him. William M. Wilson says: "Billy Kain, who shot left handed, soon silenced that rebel so that he did not trouble us any more." William frequently butchered cattle for the command, but his heart was larger than those of the oxen he killed.

FIRST LIEUTENANT WILLIAM W. CALKINS. Age 19; born In the Township of Farm Ridge, but lived during the greater part of his early life in Deer Park and was raised a farmer. The family removed from old Connecticut at an early day. Lieutenant Calkins grandfather on his father's side fought under General Stark at the  battle of Bennington, and he had several brothers who were also in the army of the Revolution. The subject of this sketch enlisted from Deer Park, August 7, 1862. He was appointed First Sergeant and was with his company in the Kentucky campaign and the battle of Hartsville. Was promoted Second Lieutenant for meritorious services, his commission being dated December 22, 1862, and he was until 1864 the youngest commissioned officer in the Regiment.

When the One Hundred and Fourth was attached to Beatty's Brigade at Murfreesboro in 1863, Lieutenant Calkins was detached as Aide de Camp on the stafT of General John Beatty, and served in that capacity in the Tullahoma and Chickamauga campaigns, being present every hour, and in the actions of Elk River and Davis Cross Roads; also both days of the battle of Chickamauga, September 19 and 20, 1863. Towards the close of the second day's battle he was wounded in the right leg on the famous ''Horseshoe Ridge" while the rebels were charging, and was taken prisoner there.

He was sent from the battle field to Libby Prison, where he remained seven months and seven days; was afterwards transferred to Macon, Ga., and there selected by the rebels as one of the five hundred officers to be put under the fire of our own batteries (Gilmore's) at Charleston, S. C. That was regarded as an amusement and the object the rebels had in view, failed. Lieutenant Calkins was next sent to Columbia, S. C, and escaped from there (Camp Sorghum) November 28, 1864. by running the guard. After ten nights of travel, he reached the sea coast at the mouth of the Santee River and was rescued by the United States Steamer Nipsic; was a prisoner of war fourteen months and sick unto dying eight months of that time.

For meritorious services promoted First Lieutenant, July 20, 1864. After his escape he partially recovered his health and rejoined the army in March, 1865, first going to Charleston, where he was put in command of the First  Battalion, Third Brigade, Coast Division, under General John P. Hatch. Subsequently, was ordered to rejoin his Regiment and did so in North Carolina, and was present at Johnston's surrender.

He marched with the army to Washington, participated in the Grand Review, and was mustered out June 6, 1865; then returning home was sick for several years in consequence of his prison life. In 1870, he removed to Chicago and still lives there. If there is one thing more than another especially valued by him, it is that he was a participant in the war for the Union, and a member of the One Hundred and Fourth, whose history he has written.

CHARLES H. BROWN. Age 29; born in Newport, R. I.; farmer; enlisted from Deer Park, August 14, 1862; was in the Kentucky campaign and the battle of Hartsville, where he was wounded in the neck. Was in the Tullahoma and Chickamauga campaigns; at Elk River, Davis Cross Roads, and the battle of Chickamauga. Was in the battles of Lookout Mountain and Mission Ridge. Taken sick and transferred to V. R. C, February 29, 1864. Discharged September 26, 1864, on account of heart disease or neuralgia. Charley was a crack shot and faithful to his duty. Lives at Ogalalla, Neb. Is In the real estate business, but has had poor health since the war.

CAPTAIN RANSOM P. DEWEY. Age 22; born in Tioga County, Pa.; farmer; enlisted from Ottawa, April 17, 1861, in Company I, Eleventh Illinois; three months' service; enlisted again August 7, 1862; was elected Second Lieutenant; was in the Kentucky campaign and battle of Hartsville, Tenn.; promoted First Lieutenant for meritorious services; date of commission, December 22, 1862. He participated in the Tullahoma and Chickamauga campaigns and was present at the actions of Elk River and Davis Cross Roads; the battles of Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain and Mission Ridge.

Was in the skirmishes at Graysville and Taylor's Ridge. In the Atlanta campaign was present at Buzzard Roost, the battles around Resaca, New Hope Church, Kenesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, the siege of Atlanta, Utoy Creek, Jonesboro. Promoted Captain for meritorious services; date of commission, July 20, 1864. He took part in the pursuit of Hood, the march to the sea and through the Carolinas, to Bentonville, closing his continuous service at the end of the war without being absent a day from the Regiment. He was a brave . and capable officer and so regarded. Mustered out June 6, 1865. Lives at Marseilles Ill..

SERGEANT WILLIAM H. CONARD. Age 18; born in Ohio: fanner; enlisted from Serena, August 14, 1862; was in the Kentucky campaign and the battle of Hartsville; in the Tullahoma and Chickamauga campaigns; was present at Elk River and Davis Cross Roads, and the battle of Chickamauga; in the battles of Lookout fountain and Mission Ridge and the skirmishes following. Promoted Corporal for meritorious services May 1, 1864; was in the Atlanta campaign at Buzzard Roost, the battles around Resaca, New Hope Church, Kenesaw Mountain and Peach Tree Creek.

In the latter battle was severely wounded in the right shoulder and was sent to hospital, thence home. On recovering he rejoined the Regiment at Goldsboro, N. C^ and participated in the last campaign.
Promoted Sergeant April 7, 1865, for meritorious services. Mustered out June 6, 1865. A soldier who could be counted upon in a tight place. On his return home he was tendered a commission as Lieutenant in the Regular Army by Hon. B. C. Cook, then a member of Congress from the Ottawa district, but declined. Lives near Ransom, Ill.. Has been, since the war, engaged successfully in farming and stock raising, and has held the office of Supervisor of the Township of Allen. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Robert Mackay Stiles, Georgia.

HISTORY OF GEORGIA HUSSARS.

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ROBERT MACKAY STILES.

Appointed April 9, 1860; Promoted July 8, 1861.
Second Lieutenant Junior from July 8, 1861 to August, 1861.

STILES, ROBT. M.

Ceased connection with troop anterior to Nov. 23, 1861. Promoted to Lieutenant and Captain of Engineers, C. S. A. See Roll of Confederate Officers succeeding.

ROBERT.MACKAY STILES.

Served thirty days' tour of duty with the Hussars on Skidaway Island, acting Adjutant of the Post.

Elected July 8. Second Lieutenant, Junior. Resigned July, 1861.  Appointed First Lieutenant Coniiumy " -” ," Second Regiment Confederate States Engineers. Promoted Captain Company "-” .

A Planter at "Malbone," Bartow County, Georgia.

ROBERT M.  STILES.

Lieutenant, Engineers Corps. May 15, 1864.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Abraham 'abe" Buford.

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Abraham Buford.

Birth: January 18, 1820.
Death: June 9, 1884.

Wife: Amanda Harris Buford ( ? - 1879 ).

Children: William Abraham Buford, ( 1848 - 1872 ).

Burial: Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky.

Brigadier-General Abram Buford was born in Kentucky in 1820  He entered the United States Military Academy in 1837, an< 3 at graduation in 1 841 was promoted in the army to brevet second lieutenant of the First Dragoons. He served on the frontier and in the Mexican war, having reached by that time the grade of first lieutenant. He was brevetted at Buena Vista for gallant and meritorious conduct, was ordered again on frontier duty and was in the Santa Fe expedition of 1848. On October 22, 1854, he resigned, having then the rank of captain in the First Dragoons. He became a farmer near Versailles, Woodford County, Ky., being also at one time president of the Richmond & Danville Railroad.

When it became evident that war between the North and South could not be averted, Captain Buford without hesitation cast his lot with the South. During the occupation of Kentucky by Bragg and Kirby Smith in 1862, a cavalry brigade was organized in the State, of which Buford was put in command with a commission as brigadier-general, dated 3d of September, 1862. He retired from Kentucky with the cavalry command of General Wheeler and formed part of the latter's force at Murfreesboro. In the latter's campaign Buford's brigade was composed of the regiments of Colonel Smith, Grisby and Butler, in all about six hundred and fifty men, and was actively engaged in the cavalry fighting, including the La Vergne raid. Soon afterwards he was ordered to report to General Pemberton at Jackson, Miss., and by the latter was assigned to Port Hudson, La.

In April he was ordered to Jackson with two regiments, and this was the nucleus of the brigade under his command, Loring's division, which took part in the battle of Baker's Creek, Johnston's operations against Grant, and the defense of Jackson. Included in the brigade were the Seventh Kentucky, Colonel Crossland, and part of the Third, Major J. H. Bowman. The Eighth Kentucky, mounted, was detached. Buford's command took a prominent part at Baker's Creek, and he was commended for his leadership. Remaining with the army under Johnston and later Polk, in his brigade in the early part of 1864, including five Alabama regiments, the Third, Seventh and Eighth Kentucky and Twelfth Louisiana.

But he soon returned to the cavalry service with his three Kentucky infantry regiments, mounted, and given command of a division of Forrest's command, including -the three Kentucky infantry regiments already named, Colonel Faulkner's Twelfth and Forrest's Alabama regiment, formed one brigade under Colonel A. P. Thompson, and the Tennessee brigade of Colonel T. H. Bell. With this command Buford took part in Forrest's spring campaign in West Tennessee, and was so prominent in the famous victory of Tishamingo creek that Forrest declared his obligations principally due to Buford.

During the Atlanta campaign he took part in the operations in Northern Alabama and Tennessee in a number of engagements, among which Johnsonville is the most famous ; and later he was with Forrest in the operation about Franklin and Murfreesboro and the rear guard fighting of Hood's retreat, until he was severely wounded at Richland creek, December 24th. In February, 1865, he was assigned to command all Alabama cavalry within the limits of General Taylor's department. After the close of the war he resumed the occupation of farming in Kentucky, and served again in the Legislature of 1879. His death occurred June 9, 1884, at Danville, Ill..

Lieutenant Frank G. Fox.




LIEUT. FRANK G. FOX, CO A. &  C.
Also went by Frank J. Fox.

Mortally wounded September 3, 1864, in a fight with the Sixth New York Cavalry. From a Photograph taken in the early part of the War.

History of Mosby's Rangers.
Also known as the 43rd. Cavalry.

Lieut. Frank Fox, of Fairfax, was wounded in the arm and his horse carried him into the ranks of the enemy, where he was taken prisoner and carried to Harper s Ferry. His arm was amputated, and he died some days after at Sandy Hook. He was not only a brave officer, but his genial nature had won him many friends His loss was deeply felt by all.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

George Liverton

History of Berlin, Ionia County, Michigan.

George Liverton met with a remarkable tree-adventure, from which, however, he escaped alive and, to his own wonderment, almost unhurt. It was about 1870 that he was out one day coon-hunting, and, treeing a specimen, mounted nimbly upwards to secure his prize. Up he went and up went the coon until the top of the tree was not far away, and then the animal, scrambling out upon a limb, tremblingly awaited the issue. Liverton, dead to every thought or consideration save the one consuming desire to capture the coon, kept right on after him, and, unmindful of the uncertain tenure upon which the slight limb hung, pushed out upon it. All progressed happily and favorably, and, he was within reaching-distance of the frightened game, when, just as he was about to make sure of it, snap went the limb and down tumbled Liverton, coon, and all, a distance of full seventy-seven feet, to mother earth. The coon was killed, but tougher Liverton not only escaped death, but was so little hurt that he managed to walk home and was actually out and at work the next day. He was, however, cured of his desire for coon-hunting, and to this day has let the sport severely alone.

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