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Died during active duty     
+ Contracted disease-illness-disability during service

Submitted by Laurie Warner Jacobs on 5-31-07:

From the Record First Michigan Sharpshooters, First and Second U.S. Sharpshooters, Company D Western Sharpshooters Civil War 1861-1865 published by the State of Michigan, as pertains to the dress of the Western Sharpshooters:

"It was armed with the American Deer and Target Rifle. The accoutrements were not of the kind prescribed by army regulations, but consisted of a bullet pouch of bear skin covering and a powder horn or in some cases a flask. In the bullet pouch was a compartment where the soldier carried his screw drivers, bullet moulds and patch cutter, singular implements for a soldier; but Birge's boys moulded their own bullets, greased them and patched them with as much care as an old hunter would, and used them as effectively. It was the design of General Fremont to give them a complete hunter dress, but this was vetoed by Halleck, and the only thing peculiar about the dress was the hat, which was a gray sugar loaf shaped affair, with three squirrel tails running from both back and front and meeting at the apex of the crown in an undescribable knot."
 

Andrews, John H.
Captain
Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service
10-5-1861 to 6-24-1864

  Wounded in action on
 5-27-1864 in Dallas GA.  
Died from effects of wound
on 6-24-1864.

From Hartford MI

Arbour, James M.
Sergeant

Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D

Age 20

In service 
18__ to 1-13-1862
+Discharged for disability.

From Van Buren Co. MI
Arner, Benjamin W. OR 
Wilber Arner
Corporal
Birge's Western
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service
1861 to 6-20-1862
+Discharged for disability

From Van Buren Co. MI
Austin, John

Click here to view Civil War Veterans photo in Keeler Cemetery

 
  Baird, Asa
d 1-12-1926 in Hartford MI
Age 88

Baird, Omer A.

Baird, Walter A.
Private
Western Sharpshooters
Company G
Transferred to
Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D
   
b 5-28-1838        d 1-12-1926
Orangeville NY     Hartford MI
87y, 7m, 22d

Age 23 - enrolled in service
10-2-1861 at Hartford MI
Discharged 10-20-1862 at Detroit MI. Member of Wardsworth Post No. 49 G.A.R. Lawrence MI

Wounded in action at Shiloh. Left thigh bone shattered and knee cap destroyed. Discharged for wounds

Resided in Hartford MI
since 1858

Information from The Day Spring,
1-20-1926 obituary notice.
Balfour, James
1st Corporal
Birge's Western
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 1861 to 1862

Killed in the 
Battle of Cornth MS
10-4-1862

From Lawrence MI

Omer Baird - CivW
Sergeant
Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D

Transferred to
Co. H 66th Illinois Infantry

Age 20

Enrolled in service
10-2-1861 in Hartford MI
Discharged
9-17-1864 at East Point GA
  Wounded in action
 
Discharged for wounds
Born in New York
From Hartford MI


Photo taken 3-14-1922
at the home of Freeman Stowe.


Photo submitted by
Laurie Warner Jacobs 5-2007

Barnes, Harlow G.
2nd Corporal
Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service
1861 to 9-24-1862
Discharged at Corinth MS 
by order of Major Gen. 
U.S. Grant for disability

From Van Buren Co. MI

Beam, John Jordon
John Jordan Beam - CivWar
Sgt
Pennsylvania
Heavy Artillery Regiment
b 1832            d 1906
   New Jersey     Milwaukee WI
Age 74
Died in the
Veterans Home in Milwaukee WI
Buried in the
Veterans National Cemetery
Milwaukee WI

In service 1861 to 1865
Wounded in action several times
+ Contracted disease-illness-disability during service

In 1856, John moved to Pennsylvania,
then relocate to Hartford, Michigan in 1866 after the Civil War. He lived in Hartford until about 1875 and moved to Paw Paw until 1877...then on to Breedsville, where he continued to live until he left for the Soldiers Home (Milwaukee, WI) in 1902.


 Grandsons, Clare Herbert Beam, Jared Earl Beam, Garth Beam, and Francis Bernard Beam served during WW11.  John's great grandson, Robert (Bob) Beam, served in the Military during Vietnam and his great great grandson, Richard Alan Beam served during the Persian Gulf-Desert Storm.

6-2003 Information submitted by Robert (Bob) Beam - son of Clare Herbert Beam.  Photo and updated information in 2006 by Gary A. Beam, son of Jared Earl Beam.
 
Bidlack, Gerge
Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
11-16-1862 to 7-11-1865
Honorable Discharge
Age 20 

From Decatur MI
Bigelow, George M
Birge's Western
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service
9-24-1861 to 10-4-1862
Killed in Action 
at Corinth MS

From Keeler MI

 

Bovier, Ward
b 5-13-1837       d 11-26-1879
Age 42y, 6m, 15d  

 

Bowe, Gilbert S.
Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
8-18-1862 to 7-11-1865
Honorable Discharge

Age 19

From Millburg MI

Bowe, Prosper
Prosper Bowe - CivW
Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D
and 66th Illinois

In service
Fall, 1861 OR 12-23-1863 (?)
to 7-7-1865 (Mustered out)

Prosper Bowe 1922
Photo taken 3-14-1922
at the home of Freeman Stowe


Originally from Coloma MI and settled in Watervliet MI. After the war, he and Freeman Stowe did some developing of an area on Paw Paw Lake known as "Bowe's Landing" in Watervliet MI.

Top photo from the Archives of Michigan.  Lower photo submitted by Laurie Warner Jacobs 5-2007.

Branch, Vine
Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 1861 to 7-9-1862

Wounded in action 
at Corinth MS

Honorable Discharge 
for disability

From Van Buren Co. MI
Breese, Hiram T.
7th Corporal
Birge's Western
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service
1861 to  9-16-1864
Honorable Discharge
Age 23

From Keeler MI

Brewster, Dallas
1st Corporal
Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service
1861 to 7-11-1865
Honorable Discharge
Age 27

From Hartford MI

Brewster, Samuel F.
Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service
1861 to 7-24-1862
+Sent home on sick leave
Feb or Mar of 1862, died 7-24-1862.


From Keeler MI
Buchanan, Martin V.
Birge's Western
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
2-13-1864 to 7-11-1865
Honorable Discharge.

Age 25

From Bainbridge

Burdick, William S.
Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
2-13-1864 to 7-11-1865
Honorable Discharge
Age 23

From Millburg

Burnett, Albert
Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
2-13-1864 to 7-11-1865
Honorable Discharge
Age 30

From Hartford MI
Camp, Charles H.
Birge's Western
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service
9-23-1861 to 7-5-1862
Honorable Discharge 
for disability

From Lawrence MI

Carris, Henry A.
Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service
9-23-1861 to 9-17-1864
Honorable Discharge

Age 27

From Lawrence MI 

Chatfield, Isaac A.
Isaac A. Chatfield - CivW
Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service
10-5-1861 to 7-11-1865
Honorable Discharge
Age 22

From Hartford MI


Photo from Archives of Michigan.

Cheney, Aaron D.
Drummer Boy

Birge's Western
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service
1861 to  7-11-1865
Honorable Discharge
Age 18

From Keeler MI
Collett, George F.
Pvt - Co. G, 15th Michigan V. I, 3d Brig, 2d Div, 15th A.C.

In service 
9-22-1864 to 7-31-1865
Enlisted at 
New Buffalo MI at age 24.
Honorable Discharge at 
Harpers Hospital, Detroit MI.

+Severely wounded during  January in a collision near Cleveland, TN while en route to Nashville TN. Consequence of this injury and typhoid fever, was treated in field hospital near Greensboro NC, Fairfax Seminary VA, Newfort to Harpers Hospital in Detroit MI. In 1864, served as Corp. of Provision Div., also acted as Ord. Sergeant while in Tennessee, Asst. Adjt at Goldsboro NC. His active hostilities were the battles of Strawberry Plains, Dutch Gap, Gum Swamp, Wise's Forks, and Jacksons Mills.  

Born in 
Cambridgshire, England. 

After the war, he was an insurance agent and resided in Hartford MI.

Combs, John
Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
8-13-1862 to 6-2-1865
Honorable Discharge
Age 21

From Arlington


Conklin, Henry Gotham

Cook, Charles Cook, James R.
Corporal

85th Pennsylvania Volunteers
(may have transferred to Company D, 118th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers)

b 1822 in Brownsville PA

Served abt 4 1/2 years
Mustered in 10-31-1861
Mustered out 6-28-1865

Move to Hartford in 1880



 


b 2-20-1828     d 11-29-1903
Pvt - Co. H, 10th NY Artillery, 
3d Brig, 3d Div, 18th A.C.

In service 
6-26-1862 to 6-06-1865
Honorable Discharge at 
Saterlee Hospital,  
Brownsville NY

Enlisted at age 34
+March, 1863 was confined in Div hospital 6 months for inflammation of the lungs. Confined again in Campbell hospital, Washington DC, and Saterlee hospital, Philadelphia PA.  Granted honorable discharge with granulation of eyelids. 

Active in engagements at Petersburg, Weldon R.R. and Mine Explosion.

Was member of 
G.A.R. Post in Hartford MI.


Born in Jefferson County, NY.
Came to Van Buren Co. MI in 1868

Contributed by 
Mildred Conklin Lightner,
 daughter of Richard W. Conklin with information from 
Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen, Vol 11, 1895
 H.H. Hardesty, Publisher

Charles Cook - CivW
Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
8-18-1862 to 7-11-1865
Honorable Discharge
Age 23

From Lawrence MI


Photo taken 3-14-1922
at the home of Freeman Stowe


Photo submitted by
Laurie Warner Jacobs 5-2007

Cook, Sullivan
b 1835   d 1903
1st U.S. Sharpshooters
Company I

In service
1862 to 1863
Age 28

From New York
Came to Hartford in 1868
 

Cox, Thomas
Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service
9-21-1861 to 3-7-1862 (unknown)
Took furlough at 
Mettle Landing TN


From Van Buren Co. MI
 
Decker, Jim


Click here to view Civil War Veterans photo in Keeler Cemetery
Dedrick, Philip C.
Birge's Western
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service
1861, resigned 4-3-1863

From Van Buren Co. MI

 

DeLong, Henry
b 10-19-1843    d 1-2-1926

In service
9-2-1864 to 6-10-1866
Honorably Discharged

Son of Allen and Lydia Delong.
Came to Hartford September 1855. Returned to his parents home in Hartford Township after the war.

Married Eliza Carter
11-30-1871
The family moved to Bangor MI in 1879. Henry and brother, Silas, bought the furniture business of CL Brown in 1881. After about 18 years, Henry returned to Hartford for 5 years and returned to Bangor in 1905.

Henry and Eliza had one daughter, Lissie.  In about 1891, she married Maurice F. Russell, editor of
the Bangor Advance.

Information provided by Eric DeLong, GG grandson of Nathan DeLong.

 

Delong, Nathan


In service 18__ to 18__


Nathan was the grandson of 
 Francis Delong, the only known
Revolutionary War soldier
to have lived in Hartford.

Dennis, Joseph
Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
2-19-1864 to 7-11-1865
Honorable Discharge
Age 18

From Bainbridge MI

Disbrow, Edward J.
Edward Disbrow - CivW
Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
11-2-1862 to 7-11-1865
Honorable Discharge
Age 20

From Bangor MI, former residence
was McDonald MI. 
 

Dix, Franklin M.
Birge's Western
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
2-25-1864 to 7-11-1865
Honorable Discharge
Age 19

From Decatur MI

Dix, Percival R.
Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
10-20-1861 to 7-11-1865
Transferred to Co. H
Age 21

From Millburgh, MI

Dowd, Jefferson S.
Birge's Western
 Sharpshooters
Company D

Transferred to Co. H

In service 
9-23-1861 to 9-17-1864
Honorable Discharge
Age 26

From Millburgh MI

Doyle, Patrick
Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
2-22-1864 to 5-27-1864
Killed in Action at 
Battle of Dallas GA

Age 35

From Hartford MI

Draper, Willard E.
Willard E. Draper - CivW
Musician
Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D
d 2-14-1903 in Detroit MI

Age 26

In service 
Enlisted 3-11-1862,
Mustered 3-26-1862 at Dowagiac MI
to 7-11-1865 at Goldsboro NC
Honorable Discharge

From Lawrence MI


Photo from Archives of Michigan.
*States discharge shown as 4-4-1865.

Duncombe, Stephen W. 
 
1st Lieutenant
Birge's Western
 Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
1861 to 7-16-1862
Resigned

Buried in Keeler, MI cemetery

From Keeler, MI

Dyer, Newcomb Thomas

Newcomb Thomas Dyer WW11
28th Michigan Infantry
Company H
b 9-17-1831     d 2-27-1912
+Disabled toward end of war

Buried in Maple Hill Cemetery,
Hartford MI.

Thomas Newcomb  Dyer  is a great grandfather to Nancy Dyer Huffman, Robert Dyer, and William (Bill) Dyer. Robert and Bill served in the Korean War.

Other grandchildren are

Dorothy Dyer Martelle Helen Dyer Hauck Jack Dyer (deceased) Marge Dyer MacKenzie Lila Dyer Michael Jim Dyer Susan Dyer (married name ?) Mike Dyer

Photo and information provided
by Bill Dyer in 2002.
Additional information provided
by Helen Dyer Hauck 5-1-2003
 
   

            Lorenzo Barker
Lorenzo Barker - CivW   
The communities of Hartford, Keeler, Decatur, Lawrence, Bangor, Millburg, Bainbridge, and Arlington have been added to the Civil War Veterans listed above because of the close proximity to the Hartford-Keeler area. The Birge's Western Sharpshooters listed above were from a "History of the Regiment" by Sergeant Ren Barker, of Company D." and were found listed on the internet site http://www.michiganinthewar.org/sharpshooters/western.htm.  Many of the names show "Van Buren Co." as the hometown; some were definitely from the Hartford area, but the actual home town of others are unknown. This is the reason for inclusion of the Van Buren Co. names. Other local communities in Van Buren and Berrien Counties are also listed at this site. 
   
Updated information is from With The Western Sharpshooters Michigan Boys of Company D 66th Illinois by Lorenzo A. Barker 1905.  New edition information with additional material, 1994, was provided by William (Bill) Dyer in August, 2002.
     
As the Michigan men who volunteered exceeded Michigan's quotas, many men joined units in other states.
   
The Michigan Calvary Brigade was made up of the 1st, 5th, 6th, and 7th units under the command of Brigadier General George Custer of Monroe Michigan.  At the conclusion of the war, some of these regiments were kept in federal service against their will to suppress the Indian uprisings in the west. 

Lorenzo Barker photo is from the Archives of Michigan.

Read the entire Lorenzo Barker's Civil War diary online at http://seekingmichigan.org/ under the Civil War Manuscripts
 
 
Submitted by Laurie Warner Jacobs on 5-31-07:

From the Record First Michigan Sharpshooters, First and Second U.S. Sharpshooters, Company D Western Sharpshooters Civil War 1861-1865 published by the State of Michigan, as pertains to the dress of the Western Sharpshooters:
 

"It was armed with the American Deer and Target Rifle. The accoutrements were not of the kind prescribed by army regulations, but consisted of a bullet pouch of bear skin covering and a powder horn or in some cases a flask. In the bullet pouch was a compartment where the soldier carried his screw drivers, bullet moulds and patch cutter, singular implements for a soldier; but Birge's boys moulded their own bullets, greased them and patched them with as much care as an old hunter would, and used them as effectively. It was the design of General Fremont to give them a complete hunter dress, but this was vetoed by Halleck, and the only thing peculiar about the dress was the hat, which was a gray sugar loaf shaped affair, with three squirrel tails running from both back and front and meeting at the apex of the crown in an undescribable knot."
 

Not all names have been entered to this Civil War site and will be entered as soon as possible.
 

This site will change when names and photos become available.  Check back often for updates.  Please use the on-line submission form or send an email if you have any information on any one who served in the military and lived in Hartford or Keeler at any time during their life.  I would appreciate knowing of any incorrect information displayed on the site so it can be corrected.  


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