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+ 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."
 

  Easton, Pulaski
28th Mich. Infantry
Company G
Easton was also a 49er
US Army
   b 1826               d 4-22-1901
Oswego NY           Hartford MI 
Age 74
Buried in
Pioneer Cemetery
Section 1, Lot 460
Interment #639
Hartford MI

In service
1864 - 1865

Resided in Hartford
1849 - 1901
   
Married to
Sarah Carleton Easton

Pulaski also went to CA for
the Gold Rush in 1849


11-1-2011 Information submitted by great-great-grandson, Grant Shafer

 
Ellis, Daniel
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
2-25-1864 to 7-11-1865
Honorable Discharge
Age 40

From Keeler MI

 

Erwin, John T.
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
2-24-1864 to 7-11-1865
Honorable Discharge
Age 24

From Hartford MI

 

Foster, Morris B.
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
9-24-1861 to 9-17-1864
Honorable Discharge
Age 20

From Keeler

 

Fulgham, Jesse W.
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
4-8-1862 to 4-14-1863
+Died during active duty.
Taken sick and died 
at Pulaski TN.
Age 30

From Bainbridge MI
Gleason, Billy

 

 

Click here to view Civil War Veterans photo in Keeler Cemetery

Goodenough, Calvin C.
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
10-11-1861 to 2-5-1862
+Discharged for disability
Age 37

From Van Buren Co.
Goodenough, Daniel E.
5th Corporal
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

Killed in Battle 
of Corinth MS
In service 1861 to 10-4-1862

In service 1861 to 18__
Age 21

From Hartford MI
Gould, Edwin G.
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
2-22-1864 to 8-4-1865
  POW
Taken prisoner at Laurel Hill SC
on 3-22-1865
Honorable Discharge.
Age 25

From Decatur MI
Grimes, Milford D.
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
2-25-1864 to 7-11-1865
Honorable Discharge
Age 23

From Decatur MI

Hammond, Luther H.
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
10-3-1864 to 5-24-1862
+Discharged for disability 
at Monteray MS.  
Died 5-30-1862

From Van Buren Co.

Hardy, Eben
Eben Hardy - Civil War
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D
From Eagle NE

Age 18

In service 
2-27-1864 at Kalamazoo MI
to 7-11-1865
Mustered out 7-7-1865
Honorable Discharge
Wounded in action on
5-27-1864 near Dallas, GA.

From Hartford MI


Photo submitted by
Fendon Dankert 1-2003.  It is from
the Michigan History Magazine,
Jul-Aug 1998, Vol 82, #4
Harris, Charles A.
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

Age 40

In service 
2-24-1864 to 7-11-1865
Honorable Discharge

From Lawrence MI
Harris, David
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

Age 20

In service 
6-4-1863 to (no record)

From Lawrence MI
Harris, Isaac J. 
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

Age 22

In service 
8-27-1862 to 3-4-1864
Honorable Discharge

From Lawrence MI
 
Hartman, Henry  

Hartman, Henry and Catherine Beal Hartman - cir 1890
Union Army
21st Ohio Infantry
Company B
b 8-24-1848      d 2-4-1939
Stark Co. OH      Fenton MI
Age 90y, 5m, 12d
Buried in Maple Hill Cemetery
Hartford MI

The photo above is of Henry Hartman with is wife,
Catherine Beal Hartman, circa 1890.

In service
8-19-1864 to  6-5-1865
Age 15
+ Contracted disease-illness-disability during service

Took part in
Sherman's March to the Sea and witnessed
the capture of Jefferson Davis.  At the end of the war, he marched
in the Grand Review at Alexandria VA.

Henry came to Covert to visit his sister in 1870.  In 1875, he married Catherine Beal of Covert. They lived on a farm east of Hartford where all their children were born. He lived on Shepard St. in Hartford for 33 years at the time of his death.

Henry Hartman was Hartford's last Civil War Veteran.

Information and photo submitted 7-29-2003 by his Great-Great Granddaughter,
Diane Taylor Pawling.  Henry is the Great-Grandfather of 
Verl A. Taylor, who served during the Korean War,
and Frances Hartman Cade of Hartford.
 
Hazard, Asa D.
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
3-10-1862 to 7-13-1862
+Taken sick and discharged
at Corinth MS.

From Van Buren Co.
Henry, William
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
9-26-1861 to 5-13-1863
Wounded in action at
Corinth MS. Discharged because of wounds 5-13-1863

From Van Buren Co.
Hill, Frederick
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

In service
8-23-1862 to 10-4-1862 
Killed in Action

 

Hill, John D.
Wagon Master
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
18__ to 7-11-1865
Honorable Discharge
Age 22

From Bainbridge MI

 

Hill, Oscar P.
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
9-24-1861 to 4-29-1862
Died during active duty.  In Battle of Shiloh TN 4-6&7-1862, after which was taken sick and died at
Camp Owl Creek TN.

From Keeler MI
Hoover, Marion F.
US Army
Guard
7th Ohio Infantry - Company L
"Fighting Seventh Infantry"
b 6-22-1839   d 1929
Buried in
Maple Hill Cemetery
Section 8, Lot 5
Hartford MI

In service
Wounded in action
10-18-1861 to 10-26-1864


In 1862, Marion was shot through the knees at the battle of Port Republic, Virginia and spent a year in the hospital.  He was then transferred to the invalid corps and later to brigade headquarters where he completed his service as a guard.

From New Lisbon OH
Resided in Hartford from
1872 until death.

Marion opened a wagon shop on East Main St. and ran it for 45 years.  He retired from business in 1917. 

Married to Flora A. McNitt (Hartford) for over 51 years, they had 4 children, of which 2 survived infancy.

Son-in-law, Daniel Dudly Lightner, served during WW1, Keith Hoover Lightner served in the Army during WW11, Great Grandson, Daniel Keith Lightner served in the Army during Vietnam and Great-Great Grandson, Matthew Lightner, served in the Marines during Iraq.

7-28-2007 - Information submitted by Great Grandson, Lyle H. Lightner.

Horton, Jr.,  William
  Lieutenant - Co. I, 12th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, 2d, Brig,
6th Div, 7th A.C.
Built forts, military roads and on several boards of survey.
  
b 7-4-1840     d -

Enlisted on 
12-11-1861 in Niles MI 
at age 21
Honorable Discharge 6-13-1865
at Little Rock AR.

  POW/MIA 
April 6, 1862 - captured at Shiloh and held at Montgomery, Macon, and Libby for about 7 months.
+August, 1863, received sunstroke while on forced march from Yazoo City to Haines Bluff, MS. Treated at field hospital and returned to his regiment in Little Rock AR.  Sept 1864, was sent home as a recruiting officer and ordered to rejoin his regiment at Little Rock. 

 Fought at Shiloh, Clarendon, Siege of Vicksburg, Little Rock, AR and several skirmishes. 

Was a farmer before the war.  After war, he was a barber by trade and lectured on Seven Months in the Rebel Prisons. 

Resided in Hartford

Hurlbut, Albert D.
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

Age 21

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

From Hartford MI
Irish, Robert D.
Eben Hardy - CivW
Corporal
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D
d 2-20-1900 at Free Soil MI

Age 33

In service 
10-21-1861 to 7-11-1865
Honorable Discharge

From Hartford MI

Photo from Archives of Michigan
Jaquay, Willard F.
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

Age 19

In service 1861 to 18__

From Bainbridge MI
Jones, Francis M.
Corporal
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
9-18-1861 to 10-8-1862
+Honorable Discharge 
for disability at Corinth MS.

From Van Buren Co.
Jones, Orrin
Orrin Jones - CivW
Corporal
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D
66th Regt of Illinois Volunteers
b 11-19-1843    d 4-16-1914
Montezuma NY   
Age 70y, 4m, 28d

Enlisted at age 23

In service 
2-10-1864 to 7-11-1865
Honorable Discharge

From Montezuma NY*
Lived in Decatur MI

Photo from Archives of Michigan. *States former residence as Fosterville. NY
Kennedy, James H.
James H. Kennedy (Kenedy)
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D
d 5-31-1888

Age 26

In service 
2-23-1864 to 7-11-1865
Mustered out at Louisville KY.
Honorable Discharge

From Hartford MI
Photo from Archives of Michigan.
Kittring, Samuel
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

Age 18

In service 
2-20-1864 to 7-11-1865
Honorable Discharge

From Bainbridge MI
 
Klett, John
John Klett - civwar
Co. F, 5th NY
Heavy Artillery
Pvt-Cpl

born in Germany
+ Contracted disease-illness-disability during service.

Mustered in
2-4-1862
Discharged
7-18-1865

(Surgeon's Cert. Disability)


G.A.R.
10-5-1881 (age 58)
Suspended
12-31-1885
Dropped
3-21-1886

Resided in Keeler MI

Occupation was as a farmer

Click here to view Civil War Veterans photo in Keeler Cemetery

Photo provided by
Bernice Matrau Rudell 1-2003

Transcribed from original G.A.R. book by George H. Thomas Post, #014, Benton Harbor MI  1880-1937
Submitted by
Carolyn Kasischke in 2008

Klett, Martin
Martin Klett - Civil War

In Service
18__ to 18__

From Keeler

Click here to view Civil War Veterans photo in Keeler Cemetery


Photo provided by
Bernice Matrau Rudell 1-2003
 

Koch, William
Co. I, 47th Ind. Inf.,
Pvt-Pvt

          b              d 9-17-1924
Stark Co. OH       Hartford MI


Mustered in
2-20-1864
Discharged
10-23-1865 (expiration of term)

G.A.R.
12-7-18__ (age 42_
Reinstated
1-12-1913 (age 66)
Suspended
12-21-1922
Reinstated
3-15-1923

Resided in
Benton Harbor-Benton Twp

Transcribed from original G.A.R. book by George H. Thomas Post, #014, Benton Harbor MI  1880-1937
Submitted by
Carolyn Kasischke in 2008

Lee, George
US Army - Pvt.
b 11-11-1822       d 5-11-1906
Pen Yan NY           Keeler MI
Age  99y, 5m, 23d 
Buried at
Keeler Cemetery
Keeler MI
 + Contracted disease-illness-disability during service

Resided in Keeler
1857-1909

Click here to view Civil War Veterans photo in Keeler Cemetery

Information submitted by
Leandra B. Peak

 

   

Lewis, Cyrus H.



Col. Bissel's 
1st Missouri Engineers Co. E

In service
7-31-1861 
to 8-22-1865

Enlisted at Adrian MI
Honorable Discharge 
at Lionville, PA

Wounded in action
 


From Troy, OH and
Woodbridge, MI.
Moved to Covert MI in 1875
and later to Coloma MI

Information submitted by William (Bill) Dyer,
who is a great nephew by marriage of his 
Aunt Louisa Holmes to C.H. Lewis.
 

(note:  The volume listing the Army Engineers in the Mich. State Library, quotes:  "Cyrus H. Lewis (veteran) Woodbridge, MI, enlisted in Co. E. - 1st Missouri Engineers at Adrian, MI for 3 years. Reenlisted Jan. 4th, 1864 at Nashville TN. Mustered out Feb 16, 1864")

 

 

Letter C.H. Lewis wrote
on Christmas Day 12-25-1864 describing the Civil War scene at that time:


Participated in the engagements at New Madrid at Siege of the Island No. 19, Battle of Corinth, on gunboat train that traveled in front of an engine that cleared the way for completion of the Nashville and New York Railway in the Battle of Jonesboro, and in the march to the sea in Georgia.

 

 

Note of interest:   August 2004, the webmaster was contacted by publishers of ProvidenceWorks regarding possible inclusion of C.H. Lewis' letter into an upcoming publication.  In November 2004, Coming Home, a devotional journal offering inspiration and hope to the men and women serving in the military, was published and included C.H. Lewis' Christmas Day letter of 1864.  ProvidenceWorks did sent a copy of the publication to Bill Dyer and to the webmaster.

Lightner, Daniel D.
12th Regiment 
Union troops

In service 1862 to 1863
+Discharged with  disabilities, 
a disease of the spine contracted in the Army. Born in Coshocton County (?) Ohio Relocated to Hartford MI in 1863. Daniel, age 42, died in Hartford on April 29, 1878 and was buried in Pioneer Cemetery, Hartford MI


Daniel is the grandfather of Daniel Keith Lightner, who served during  Vietnam.

 

   
Lobdell, Willis
Co. H, 1st Michigan Engineers
and Mechanics
d 1929 in Hartford MI
at age 83 years.

Age 18

In service
8-22-1864 at Grand Rapids MI
to 6-6-1865 at Washington DC

From Buck Creek MI,
was a farmer by occupation.

Resided in Hartford after the war.
Long, William W.
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

Age 27

In service 
2-22-1864 to 7-22-1864
Killed in Action at 
Battle of Knicker Jack Creek.

From Keeler MI
 

WEBMASTER NOTE:  
     
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.
 


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."


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