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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."

Sanborn, Leander
Birge's Western
Sharpshooters
Company D

Age 19

In service 
2-12-1864 to 7-11-1865
Honorable Discharge

From Hartford MI
Shaw, Alex P.
b 8-5-1844 
Isle of Skye, Scotland 
  

140th New York Volunteers 
aka Ryan's Zouaves
Company A

In service 
8-7-1862 Rockport NY to 1865

Age 25

Fought in Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. In 22 engagements but never wounded.

From Clarkson, NY
Came to Hartford MI in 1869 (?)

Built the first buggies ever made
in Hartford in 1869.
Simmons, Hiram P.
Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D

Age 42

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

From Hartford MI

 

Slenker, Andrew

 

 

Click here to view Civil War Veterans photo in Keeler Cemetery

   
Smith, James Spaulding, Abner
26th Michigan Infantry - Co. G
Private
b 1842     d
Buried at
New Troy Cemetery
Chickaming MI

In service
Enlisted at age 20 on 8-13-1862
at New Buffalo MI
to
6-4-1865 Mustered out
at Alexandria VA

Son of Alva C. Spaulding

7-5-2007
Submitted by Leonard G. Overmyer III, author of a regimental history of the 26th Michigan

 

Spaulding, Alva C.
26th Michigan Infantry - Co. G
Musician
b 1825    d 1-10-1904
Age 79 yrs.
Buried in
Maple Hill Cemetery*
Sec 9, lot 16
Hartford MI

In service
8-22-1862 (age 37) to 6-13-1865
Discharged at Philadelphia PA

Served at:
Suffolk, New York, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Appomattox

From Dayton MI
Resided in Hartford after 1865.

Father of Abner Spaulding.
 

7-5-2007
Submitted by Leonard G. Overmyer III, author of a regimental history of the 26th Michigan.

 
*Alva Spaulding d 1-10-1904 of heart problems, buried 1-12-1904 at age 79 in Maple Hill Cemetery, Sec 9, lot 16. (Per sexton research of the Maple Hill Interment Book on 7-19-2007.  The lot in Pioneer Cemetery is probably not used by the family and Alva Spaulding was buried in the newer Maple Hill Cemetery instead of Pioneer Cemetery as entered in Interment Book.)  


Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D

Age 16

In service 
11-4-1861 to 7-11-1865
Honorable Discharge

From Keeler MI

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


Photo submitted by
Laurie Warner Jacobs 5-2007

 

Srackangast, George Washington
GW Srackengast - CivW
1st Michigan Calvary - Co. M
b  2-19-1842       d 1-30-1873
Age 30y, 11m, 12d

In service 
8-22-1861 to 1-30-1863
Enlisted at Dowagiac MI, 
age 19
Wounded in action
Died from effects of gun shot wound received during war. 

From the Hartford-Keeler area

Photo and information submitted in 2003 by William (Bill) Dyer, who served in the Korean War.

Srackangast, John Henry
12th Michigan Infantry - Co. K
b 10-3-1839      d 8-12-1894
Buried in Pioneer Cemetery
Sec 2, Lot 354, Interment 521
Hartford MI

Enlisted on 10-15-1861 
at Pipestone

Note: John Henry Srackangast 
is the Great Grandfather of 
Bill Dyer, Robert Dyer 
(both served during 
the Korean War), 
and Nancy Dyer Huffman.  
John Henry's brothers 
are also listed as 
serving in the Civil War.

From the Hartford-Keeler area

Srackangast, Lewis Wesley
35th Ohio Infantry - Co. B
Persimmon Regiment

b 2-20-1837     d 2-21-1863 
died at Gallatin TN

 
Died during active duty

Enlisted 8-9-1861 

From the Hartford-Keeler area

Interesting note
 
On Dec. 8, 1861 near Sumerset KY, 50 men from Co. D under 1st Lt. William Dine were on picket duty two miles from their camp.  Fifteen men had been permitted to stray from the main body to search for persimmons.  Southern Calvary, estimated at 150 men, suddenly confronted Dine's pickets.  The 35th killed 1 officer, wounded 3 men, killed 5 horses, and wounded another in the unexpected skirmish.  The 35th had 1 killed and 1 wounded. The 15 men who were looking for persimmons were all taken prisoner, thus the embarrassing nickname
  "
The Persimmon Regiment" 

Srackangast, Simon Hoop
1st Michigan Calvary - Co. M
b 8-5-1846      d 1-28-1926
Age 79y, 5m, 24d


Enlisted 2-6-1865 
at Pipestone
Age 18

(see notes at bottom 
of page regarding the 
1st Michigan Calvary)

Stiles, Ansel A.

Stowe, Freeman S.

Ansel Stiles - CW

Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D
b?           d 4-18-1862


In service 
10-19-1861 to 4-18-1862
+Died during active duty,
taken sick in camp at Owl Creek TN.

From Bainbridge MI


1-7-2007
Obtained in a photo album recently obtained with all Company D, 66th Illinois guys. Photo submitted by
John Walsh, Fort Donnelson Relics
Dover, TN

On the back of the Stiles image is:
"A. A. Stiles" "Co. D 66th ILL"
The photograph backmark reads:
"F. C. Wolcott, St. Josephs, Mich."
Freeman Stowe - CivW
US Army - Infantry
b 6-23-1844    d 4-30-1929   
Age 84y, 10m, 7d
Died in Hartford MI
Buried in Maple Hill Cemetery
Hartford MI

Birge's Western 
Sharpshooters
Company D
aka 66th Illinois 
Sharpshooters

Click here to view a description of the uniform of the Sharpshooters.

Age 17
Wounded in action

Information from
With the Western Sharpshooters  Michigan Boys of Company D 66th, by Lorenzo A. Barker 1905.  

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

From West Chazy, Clinton Co., NY
At the age of nine years, he came with his parents to Hartford Township where they settled on a farm later known as the Ryan farm northwest of the village.
He was prominently identified with the development of the village.  He served as village president and justice of the peace of Hartford Township.

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

Freeman was the great grandson
of Francis Delong, the only known Revolutionary War soldier to have lived in Hartford.  Freeman's son, Bernard Stowe, served in WW1.

Updated and confirmed by 
great-granddaughter, 
Laurie Warner Jacobs 11-9-2002.  Photos submitted 5-2007.
 

Straub, Sheldon Parmer
Private
Co. L, 1st Regt
Ohio Heavy Artillery
b 2-18-1844    d

In service
6-6-1863 at Findlay, OH
to 7-25-1865 at Knoxville TN
+Wounded 10-29-1863 while enroute from Covington KY to Camp Nelson KY, about 30 miles from Covington, aboard the KY Central Railroad.  Train wrecked with several soldiers on board.  Crushed and injured right hip and foot.  Many men were killed and injured. Sent back to the hospital at Covington KY.  Rejoined the regiment at Nelson KY. According to Pension documentation, Ephraine A. Kelly (resident of Jonesville, MI) March 8, 1892, stated:

Sheldon was lame and could not walk without using crutches. When the Regiment started across the mountains to join Burnside at the siege of Knoxville, he was left with some others of the Regiment at Camp Nelson that were unfit for heavy duty. He rejoined the Regiment after the siege of Knoxville in the spring of 1864.  Sheldon was a good soldier. 

 Pension records show that he applied for pension 9-8-1890 and was living in Hartford at that time. Records indicated that on 4-12-1926, the Bureau of Pensions approved an increase to $72.00 per month. Sheldon was 82 years old and still lived in Hartford at that time.

From RootsWeb Message Boards by Nancy Holben 10-21-2001
Sutton, Luther
b 9-16-1825 in Pompey, NY.
Corporal
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D, 
In 1862 changed to 14th, MO, and again changed to 66th Illinois Volunteers of Co. D.

9-30-1861- Enlisted in
Hartford, MI at age 36. 
5-10-1862 - Honorable Discharge at Monterey TN by order of Major General  U.S. Grant for disability received in wreck. 

+Wounded in action
January 1, 1862 - In bad train
wreck on the Northern Mo. R.R.
in Sturgeon MO. Scull fractured.
He was constantly with his regiment from Pittsburg Landing to Corinth,
but due to ill-health, he did not take part in any battles.  

Luther was editor of the
 
Hartford Day Spring 
from 1877 to 1882.  
He resided in Hartford MI 
after the war.

See Famous Folk and Heroes about Warner P. Sutton
Luther's only son.

Information is from 
Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen, Vol 11, 1895
 
H.H. Hardesty, Publisher
 
Taylor, John
 

Click here to view Civil War Veterans photo in Keeler Cemetery

Taylor, Nels



Click here to view Civil War Veterans photo in Keeler Cemetery

 

 
Thompson, Albert C. Timons, Beed

 

Click here to view Civil War Veterans photo in Keeler Cemetery

Tyler, Enos W.
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

Age 21

In service 
10-17-1861 to 9-17-1864
Honorable Discharge

From Hartford MI

 

Albert C. Thompson (Thompson) - CW
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

Age 21

In service 1861 to 18__

From Keeler MI


1-7-2007
Obtained in a photo album recently obtained with all Company D, 66th Illinois guys. Photo submitted by
John Walsh, Fort Donnelson Relics
Dover, TN

John noted that he has also seen Albert Thompson's name spelled as Thomson, which is the way it is spelled on the back of his picture

On the back of the Thompson image is (in period ink): A C Thomson
Tyler, Humphrey P.
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

Age 23

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

From Hartford MI

 

 

Van Auken, John L.
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

Age 22

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

From Hartford MI

 

Van Brunt, Robert Wilkshire
Robert W. Van Brunt - CivW
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D
b 12-8-1826     d 8-10-1904
Goshen NY     St. Joseph MI  
  
 Age 77y, 8m, 3d

Age 35 at date of enlistment

In service 
9-26-1861 to 9-17-1864
Honorable Discharge
+ Contracted disease-illness-disability during service

From Lawrence MI
(as recorded in the
 
History of the Regiment
by Sergeant Ren Barker)

From St Joseph MI
(as indicated by Jane Levy)

Son of
Nicholas & Mary (Whiting Van Brunt

Married to
Keziah (Root) Van Brunt

4-10-2009
Photo and information submitted by Jane Levy, Great Granddaughter.

 

Van Ostram, Clare E.
US Army
- Corporal
New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, 70th, Company C or the 1st Regiment Excelsior Brigade, 2nd Div, 3rd Corps, Army of the Potomac. 

In service 1864 - 

Age 25

From "Hartford Center",
  Van Buren MI

Above information is from the Clare E. Van Ostran diary, 1864, at Clark Historical Library Central Michigan Univ. Civil War Biography

Van Ostrand, John G.
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

In service 
6-10-1861 to 10-25-1962
+Discharged for disability

From Van Buren Co. MI

 

Vermette, Mason M.
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

Age 18

In service 
9-24-1861 to 10-4-1862
Wounded in action and
POW-taken prisoner at Corinth MS
Honorable Discharge

From Hartford MI

 

Vincent, Alonzo
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

Age 18

In service 
10-20-1861 to 7-11-1865
POW - taken prisoner while engaged in guerrilla warfare at Camp Davis MS.
Honorable Discharge

From Millburgh MI

 

Webster, Charles J.
Charles J. Webster - Civ War
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

Age 18

In service 
11-2-1862 to 7-22-1864
Killed in Action at Battle of Atlanta GA

From Bangor MI
Weldon, Reverend

 

 

Click here to view Civil War Veterans photo in Keeler Cemetery

 

Whipple, Elias
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

Age 32

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

From Hartford MI
Whipple, Simeon White, Manley
8th Michigan Cavalry
Company B
   b 1844                d 1930
New York State      Hartford MI
Buried in
Maple Hill Cemetery
Hartford MI
Section 9, Lot 52

In service
1862 Quincy MI
to
6-1865 Detroit MI
Honorable Discharge

Wounded in action
POW/MIA  

Age 16
(war record says 18)

   Manley and his brother were orphaned at an early age. He was sent to live with relatives at Quincy, MI. From there, he ran away from school to enlist.

     His first taste of battle was marching across the Cumberland Mountains into Tennessee, where he was wounded.  He deserted from the hospital before his wounds were really healed and rejoined his regiment.   Thereafter he contracted small pox and they left him to recover in a log cabin.  He did, and walked 150 miles to rejoin his regiment.
     In 1864, he was part of Shermans army marching on Atlanta.  At Macon, GA, most of his regiment was either killed, wounded, or captured.  He escaped by taking to the woods, made his way through enemy lines and reached the safety of his regiment in 5 days.  He survived by eating wild blackberries.
     From there he was sent back to Tennessee and into battle again.  This time he was taken prisoner at Mt. Pleasant and sent to a Rebel prison in Alabama.  Conditions for prisoners in the Civil War were horrible, and Manley White almost died of starvation.  In March of 1865, he was paroled with a lot of other Union soldiers and sent to Vicksburg, Mississippi where they were staged to be sent back north on the steamer Sultana.  All of the men were overjoyed at the thought of returning home, but their happiness was short lived.
     Eight miles above Memphis, the steamer boiler exploded in the middle of the night, and the Sultana burned to the waterline.  One thousand paroled prisoners lost their lives that night!  But Manley White escaped by diving into the water.   He swam downriver about six miles before lodging in a tree top.  Some men in a boat rescued him and took him to Memphis.  From there he started walking north and finally reached home two months later.
      In all, he had participated in 23 battles, marched over 10,000 miles and in the process lost his only brother, Wesley.

Married to
Eliza Ann Golden in 1870
(from Watervliet MI)

3/18/2011
Information provided by
Roy (Bud) Davis

Does anyone have a photo of Manley White?  Please email the webmaster with photo or whereabouts of family.


Simeon Whipple - Civil War
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

Age 36

In service 
2-12-1864 to 7-11-1865
Mustered out 7-7-1865
Honorable Discharge

From Hartford MI

Photo submitted by Fendon Dankert
1-2003.  It is from the Michigan History Magazine, Jul-Aug 1998, Vol 82, #4
Widner, James    


US Army - Pvt.
3rd Calvary of Michigan
b 8-25-1824    d 3-19-1908
Oxford, OH     Lawrence MI
Age 83y, 6m, 24d
Buried in
Lawrence Hill Cemetery
Lawrence MI

Mustered out of Army in 1866.

Resided in Hartford 1870 - 1890

Came from Ohio, was in Hartford area in 1850 census, and lived in Hartford, Lawrence area after that. He owned land around were Reits Flea Market is located, east of Lawrence.  When in the Army, his wife sold the land and bought land in the rural community of McDonald, Michigan. He then bought a house by where Hardings is in Hartford.

Photo and information submitted by GrGrGranddaughter,
 Mary Ruple Smith (HHS 1974)
11-14-2004
 
Wigent, William H.
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D
b 7-25-1943 near Syracuse NY
d 12-23-1935 in Ord NE
Age 92y, 4m, 30d

Age 19 at enlistment

In service 
Enlisted at Hartford MI on 11-22-1862
Mustered out on 7-7-1865
at Louisville KY
Honorable Discharge

Lived in Hartford MI from
early childhood until entering
service at age 19.

Following are excerpts from
the
Hartford Day Spring Newspaper
Feb 12, 1935
~
Hartford friends have received
news of the death at Ord, Nebr. of William H. Wigent, 92, who spent his boyhood in Hartford, enlisted here to serve in the Civil war and marched with Sherman to the sea, and in 1875 left this community with his family in a covered wagon for Nebraska where be became one of the first settlers of Valley county.  He was next to the last surviving Civil war veterans in his home town of Ord.
Woodward, Clarence Guy
Corporal
3rd Illinois Volunteers
Company C
      b 5-4-1886              d 9-18-1918
Walton Junction MI       Hartford MI
Age 32y, 4m, 16d

Enlisted 6-1916 in San Antonio TX
Mustered out 2-1917 due to ill health.

His illness continued but he lived through it with a cherished hope that some day he would be strong enough to rejoin his comrades in arms and be with them in the mighty struggle for world peace and contentment. 

 This hope was doomed to be blasted for the Great Angel of Death came and spoke peace to his soul.  He died after a lingering illness.
    
The greater part of his early life
was spent in Benton Harbor, MI

Married to
Carrie (Smith) Woodward
on  September 16, 1905. 



   

 Yarrington, George W.
Birge's Western Sharpshooters
Company D

Age 22

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

From Bainbridge MI

1-31-2008 note: 
Viewer-ancestor, Craig Begeman, emailed that a picture is shown as George W. Yerrington on page 145 in the book

With The Western Sharpshooters, Michigan Boys of Company D,
66th Illinois Infantry.


Other variations of the last name included:

Yerrington
Yerington

 

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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