Monday, October 20, 2014

Captain Jasper Newton Searles.

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Jasper Newton Searles.

Birth: Nov. 9, 1840, North Royalton, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
Death: Apr. 25, 1927, Stillwater, Washington County, Minnesota.

Wife: Sarah Lewis Searles (1845 - 1930).

Children: Lewis Tozer Searles (1870 - 1926), Erskine Searles (1880 - 1880), Julius Bronson Searles (1881 - 1882). 

*Burial: Lakeside Cemetery Hastings Dakota County Minnesota,

*Jasper Searles was originally interred at Fairview Cemetery in Stillwater...his body was reinterred in May of 1930 at Lakeside.

Military Records.

Jasper Newton Searles Age at Enlistment: 20;

 Enlisted in Company H, Minnesota 1st Infantry Regiment on 29 Apr 1861. Promoted to Full 1st Lieutenant on 17 Sep 1862.Promoted to Full 2nd Lieutenant on 10 Jan 1862. Promoted to Full Captain on 07 Oct 1863.Mustered out on 04 May 1864.

Minnesota First Infantry, Regimental History.
Company H..

It was at Harrison's Landing that the ambulances  of the army were witth drawn from the direct but irregular oversight of the medical corps of the army, and organized into an Ambulance Corps, under officers assigned to that service. On the separate  organization of this service Second Lieutenant Searles  of Co. H was assigned to command the Ambulance  Corps of the First Brigade, Second Divison, Second   Army Corps.*

*This officer was employed in so many different positions, both with and detached from the regiment that  it will be well to note them here.

On being appointed Second Lieutenant at Camp Stone, Jan. 10, 1862, he was appointed Acting Quartermaster of  the regiment when it broke camp to accompany General  Banks up the Shenandoah in the spring of 1882, and  continued in that position until just before the battle of  Fair Oaks, when he rejoined his company and there remained through the battles of Fair Oaks, Peach rchard, Savage's Station, White Oak Swamp, Glendale and Mal vern Hill.

At Harrison's Landing he was assigned, as already  stated, to command the Ambulance Corps of the brigade  and continued in that position until July 8, 1863, when  he was commissioned First Lieutenant of Company K  and assigned to command the Ambulance Corps of the  Second Division, Second Army Corps. He remained in that position until the regiment was  sent to New York City during the riots, when he acted  as adjutant of the regiment until the regiment rejoined

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Captain Evangelist James Gillmore.

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Evangelist James Gillmore.

Birth: May 8, 1835, Darien, Genesee County, New York.
Death: June, 1864.

Father Benjamin P. Gillmore, ( 1809 - 1862 ).

Wife: Elizabeth Rowling Gillmore, ( 1836 - 1882 ).

Burial: Avon Center Cemetery, Grayslae, Lake County, Illinois.

Ninety-Sixth Illinois Infantry, Regimental History.

Captain Evangelist J. Gillmore. Age 26 ; born in New York ; farmer  and teacher ; enlisted from Avon ; appointed First Sergeant at the organization of the Company ; promoted to Second Lieutenant Jan. 6, 1863,  and to First Lieutenant Feb. 17, 1863, and to Captain Jan. 8, 18(14 ; at the  battle of Kenesaw Mountain, Georgia, June 20, 1864, he was mortally  wounded while attempting to retake the breastworks from which the 35th  Indiana had been driven, being shot three times, and dying three days later, beloved and regretted by his associates of whatever rank. His body was, by special order of the Department Commander, taken to his  former home at Avon Center, Lake County, Ill., for interment.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Colonel Caleb James Dilworth.

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Caleb James Dilworth.

Birth: Apr. 8, 1827, Mount Pleasant (Jefferson County, Ohio.
Death: Feb. 3, 1900, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska.

Wife: Emily O. Phelps Dilworth (1835 - 1910).

Children: William A. Dilworth.

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

Illinois Eighty-Fifth, Infantry Regimental History.

COLONEL CALEB J. DILWORTH was born near Mount Pleasant, Jefferson county, Ohio, April 8, 1827. His parents, Abram  Rankin Dilworth and Martha Stanton Judkins, were of old Quaker stock. They removed to Indiana, and soon after to Illinois. They were living near Canton, in Fulton county, at the time of the  Black Hawk war, and took refuge with friends in Canton when  there was an Indian alarm. An elder brother, Rankin, graduated from the military academy at West Point in the class of 1844, and died from wounds received at the battle of Monterey in the  war with Mexico. A half brother, William H. Evans, was quartermaster of the Eighty-fifth during the last year of its service.

Colonel Dilworth read law with General Leonard F. Ross, of  Lewistown, and was admitted to the bar in 1848. In the fall of 1853 he married Miss Emily Phelps, daughter of William and Caroline Phelps, of Lewistown, Ill., the only issue of such marriage being a son, William A., now practicing law in Omaha, Neb.

In 1862 the subject of this sketch was practicing law in Havana, Ill., and assisted in recruiting the Eighty-fifth, and at the  organization of the regiment was commissioned lieutenant colonel. He served in that capacity until Colonel Moore resigned,  when he was promoted to be colonel. He commanded the regiment from June 14, 1863, until June 27, 1864, when, in the midst of  the indescribable turmoil of battle at Kennesaw mountain, Georgia, the command of the brigade devolved upon him through the  death of his seniors.

It was his plucky decision that held the ground wrested from the enemy, although his corps and army commanders doubted its possibility. At Peach Tree creek his brigade forced a crossing of that stream, although defended by largely superior numbers, fighting the battle out alone with the  Third brigade, and winning for himself and his command the  highest commendations of his superiors. He continued in command of the brigade until wounded by a gun shot at the battle of Jonesboro, Ga., the ball passing entirely through his neck.

Recovering from his wound, he was hastening to the front to rejoin  his command when, upon his arrival at Chattanooga, he found  that communication with Sherman's army had been severed. He  reported to General Thomas for duty and was appointed to the  command of the post at Cleveland, Tenn., a position which he held with credit to himself until the post was discontinued. He was  then assigned to command at Covington, Ky., where he remained until the close of the war. He was commissioned brevet brigadier  general March 13, and was mustered out of the service June 5,  1865.

After returning to Illinois he practiced law at Lewistown until  the autumn of 1870, when he removed to Lincoln, Neb., where he resumed the practice of his profession. He was elected state's  attorney in 1874 and served two terms. In 1878 he was elected  attorney general, holding the office for two terms, and in 1892 he  was elected department commander of the Grand Army of the Republic of Nebraska and served one term.

As a soldier he was enterprising and fearless; he won merited distinction at the bar. He had retired from active professional life and was residing in Omaha, where he died on Saturday, Feb ruary 3, 1900. His remains were taken to Lincoln and buried in  Wyuka cemetery on the Monday following, past department com manders acting as pall-bearers, while department officers conducted the services.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Prince A. Gatchell.

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Prince A. Gatchell.

Birth: Aug. 4, 1841, Springfield, Penobscot County, Maine.
Death: Mar. 24, 1925, Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado.

Son of Albert S. and Lydia Staples Gatchell

Wife: Hattie Ostrander Gatchell..

Burial: Roselawn Cemetery, Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado.

First Maine Heavy Artillery Regimental History.

Captain PRINCE A. GATCHELL, Adjutant .

Originally from Company A, was promoted to Second and First Lieu tenant and transferred to Company M. Wounded at Spottsylvania May 19, 1864. Succeeded James W. Clark as Adjutant. Received medal of honor  for meritorious service at battle of Boydton Road, October 27, 1864. Commissioned Captain Company E just previous to muster out, but remained  as Adjutant till muster out, September 11, 1865. Residence, Buffalo, Wyoming

Thursday, October 16, 2014

George H. Damon, Thomas B. Leaver, Harriet P. Dame..

George H. Damon.
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George H Damon.

Birth: unknown.
Death: Jun. 25, 1862.

Burial: Contoocook Village Cemetery, Contoocook, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.

Second New Hampshire Infantry, Regimental History.

Thomas "Tom " B. Leaver.
There was an affecting scene at the regimental hospital, within the intrenchments, when the bodies of Leaver and Damon, who fell almost at the same instant, were carried back. Harriet Dame was  there, ministering to the wounded. In a moment of leisure she  went to the two stark bodies, and lifting the edge of the blankets  with which they were covered, saw the faces of the two boys who, from old acquaintance, were perhaps closer to her heart than any others in the regiment. " My God ! " she gasped, " It is Tom.Leaver ! " She had been a neighbor of the Leavers, in Concord, and had known Tom. from boyhood. With her own hands she tenderly prepared the bodies for burial, and saw them laid in the  ground at the foot of an oak tree near the hospital.

Volunteer nurse Harriet P. Dame. 

DAMON, GEORGE H. Co. B; b. Hopkinton; age 23; res. Boscawen (Fisherville, now Penacook) ; enl. May 13, '61; must, in June 1, '61; app. Corp. Oct., '61; killed June 25, '62,  Oak Grove, Va.

LEAVER, THOMAS B. Co. B; b. Nassau, N. B.; age 21; res. Concord; enl. May 11, '61;
must, in June 1, '61, as Corp.; app. Sergt. Nov. '61; killed June 25, '62, Oak Grove, Va.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Rev. David Bittle Floyd.

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Rev. David Bittle Floyd.

Birth: March 1846, Maryland.
Death: January 23, 1922.

Wife: Mary E. Floyd, ( 1851 - 1941 ).

Children: Non recorded.

Burial: Green Hill cemetery, Martinsburg, Berkeley county, West Virginia.

Author.  If you whish to research  him and his family more, you will have to look in the records of; Maryland, Pennsylvania, Indiana and West Virginia.

He was also a Civil War Veteran.

Seventy-Fifth Indiana Infantry.
Company I.

David B. Floyd, Corporal, Residence Noblesville; Mustered in July 14, 1862.  Promoted to Second Lieutenant; Commission May 1,1865.  Mustered out  as Sergeant with regiment.

Author. He wrote The History of The Seventy Fifth, Indiana
 Infantry.  This book can be found and read on line.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Jared Irving Williams.

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Jared Irving Williams.

Birth: 1838, Lancaster, New Hampshire.
Death: December 23, 1914, Lancaster, New Hampshire.

Wife: Mary Hamilton Morse Williams, ( ? - May 30, 1916 ).:
Married 1857.

Children: Non recorded.

Burial: Unknown.

Coos county, New Hampshire, History.

Jared Irving Williams, youngest son of Hon. Jared W. Williams, was born at Lancaster August 19, 1832. He fitted for college al Lancaster and .Killingly (Conn.) academies, graduated from Brown university in the class of 1854, studied law with his father, and Carpenter & Thurston, of Providence, R. I., was admitted to practice at Lancaster in 1856, and at once became associated with his father and brother.

He was editor of the Cods County Democrat from the death of J. M. Rix in 1854 until the election of Lincoln in 1860; was town representative in 1879 and 1.880; has been superintending school committee and president of the board of education  of Lancaster since 1876; is a trustee of Lancaster academy.

He married, in 1857, Mary Hamilton Morse. Mr. Williams did service in the Rebellion, and attained the rank of captain; is a prominent and valued member of the G.. A. R. and various Masonic bodies; possesses decided mathematical and mechanical tastes, and is a civil engineer of no mean ability. He is a Roman Catholic in religion, and a delightful social companion

New Hampshire Seventeenth Infantry.
State records.

Jared Irving Williams, Co. A, born Lancaster; Age 29; Residence Lancaster; Enlisted October 18, 1862; as private; Appointed Captain December 30, 1862, as captain; Mustered out April 16, 1863.  P. O. address Lancaster.