Thursday, February 26, 2009

Ledyard and the Civil War List

Today, I continue listing the brave men of Ledyard, letters G - K:

Grey, James
Grey, Thomas
Gifford, Henry
Garner, Martin B.
Green, John
Gosline, William
Gleason, James
Gifford, David
Gifford, Henry
Gunn, Charles
Graves, William
Gaskin, Richard

Hart, Frederick
Hanford, Edwin
Halstead, Samuel
Hamblin, Abram
Hickey, Thomas
Hawley, William H.
Hays, Homer
Hart, John
Hickox, John
Henkle, Augus
Hartnett, James
Hartly, John
Hornite (?), Pat
Hoagland, Nathaniel
Hoagland, Samuel

No "I"

Judson, Thomas
Jones, John
Johnson, John
Johnson, Maurice
Johnson, Charles
Jenner, Stephen
Jacobs, William

Kelly, Joseph B.
Kelly, Patrick
Keibler, Richard
Keeler, Joseph
Kerr, Robert
Kimball, William

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Ledyard and the Civil War

The Ledyard Town Clerk on April 24th of 1866 was Allen Mosher. He was evidently a man who was precise. I find the first page of the Ledyard book of Civil War service has a hand-written notation after the typed words "the preceding pages contain a full and complete record of the names of all Officers and Soldiers" in Mr. Mosher's writing that says "so far as obtainable."
And the book is indeed neatly and fully written.
We will explore the Ledyard book because until 1823, Ledyard was included in the Town of Scipio. Many of these names will be recognizable, including another of my great-grandfathers. Here are the names in the Ledyard book, A - F:

Barns, Wm. M.
Blowers, John L.
Benedict, James
Bowen, George A.
Burns, Daniel
Bently, George S.
Baker, David A.
Beebe, Edwin
Brightman, Sylvester
Bennett, George W.
Barry, Patrick

Chidester, George
Coghlin, Jeremiah
Cowen, Wilson E.
Carey, Andrew J. Carter, William B.
Clayton, Elihu
Cook, Darius
Curtis, Edward
Carney, James
Coghlin, Bartholomew
Collins, Charles

Dimick, Homer
Dimick, Ogden

Evans, Samuel C.
Eager, Theodore
Ellis, Hiram
Evidin(?), Robert

Fowler, William H.
Fowler, Walter S.
Fowler, George W.
Fallin, John
Fuller, Samuel G.
Fry, John
Frederick, Edward
Flinn, Patrick
Fink, Robert
Fry, Hiram
Fox, David
Fitch, Henry W.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Alfred Burlew in the Civil War

I've mentioned the NYS Archives information that I received on some of Scipio's men in blue. Today, I have the paperwork for Alfred Burlew in front of me. The Burlew name is well-known in the northeastern part of our town. Some of that family lived for many years in the beautiful cobblestone house at the corner of Wyckoff Road and State Route 38. The 1850 census likely finds Alfred living with his mother, Harriett, and sister, Cornelia, in Springport, previously a part of Scipio. Other Burlew family members lived along or near Owasco Lake. I'm not sure how Alfred fits, but will let you know when I find out.
The NYS Archives show me that Alfred was born in 1844 in Springport, NY, and was a farmer at the time he enlisted at Scipio on September 1, 1864. Brown hair, black eyes, light complected and 5' 8" tall, Alfred was a recruit assigned from Regimental Headquarters to Company B of the 3rd Artillery. He mustered out on July 13 of 1865 with his Company at Syracuse, NY. Alfred's service was credited to the 24th Congressional District (each Congressional District was held responsible for the numbers they recruited).

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Photos of 111th Flag

Now, faithful readers, if I have figured this out correctly, clicking the link above should take you to photos of the 111th Voluneer Infantry Flag and a few other relevant photos. I will check it later, and if not will remove the post.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Civil War Scipio Men

Here are the remaining men listed in the Scipio Town Clerk record; letters T to Z:

Taylor, Sanford H.
Tracy, Alanson
Taylor, Wm.
Taylor, James
Tallman, Frank
Tallman, Lewis
Tripp, Wm. C.
Tallman, Thos. Cushman
Tompkins, Warren B.
Turner, John

No "U"

Van Dyne, Martin
Van Liew, John
Van Liew, Danl. Prine

Wilder, George
Wood, Henry L.
Wood, John S.
Webster, George F.
Webster, Frederick
Walker, John H.
White, John P.
Watson, Nelson S.
Watson, Loran (?) M.
Wibert, Walter
Wright, John
Wheeler, Freeland
Welch, James
Wing, James

No "X"

No "Y"

No "Z"

So ends the list of the 156 men listed for Scipio for Civil War service.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Scipio Civil War Soldiers

Today I will continue to list our soldiers, from L to P.

Lawrence, Norman
Landon, Egbert B. S.

Miner, Joseph
Meagher, John
Manchester, Danl. W.
Mullally, Peter
Myres (?), John
Morris, John
McLaughlin, James
Myres (?), John W.
McCarthy, Edward
Mack, Robt.
Mickley, Wredson (?)
Meacher, Danl.

Neville, James

Olney, Adoniman (?) I.
Overholt, Ewing
Osborn, Henry

Pickens, Warren R. Pease, Wm. Wallace
Pease, George
Plunkett, William
Pease, Marcus
Phelps, William
Phelan, Thomas
Pierce, Orvill
Perry, Dixon

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The 111th NY Volunteers

I hope to post some photos linked to this blog and having to do with the 111th next week. Already available for your viewing pleasure are the 4 Scipio pages of the 1890 special Veteran's Census, showing Benjamin Gould of the 111th among others.

The 111th is the Unit my great-grandfather Fred Peckham enlisted in, too. A lot has been written and said about these men, who you may have heard referred to as the Harper's Ferry Cowards. Mustered in at Albany for one short month, these green troops were pitted against seasoned soldiers from the Confederacy. Their leadership was also untested and hesitant and as a result, several brave men died or were injured at Harper's Ferry through no fault of their own.

From the stunning defeat at Harper's Ferry, the 111th was sent to guard rebel prisoners at Camp Douglas in Chicago. Camp Douglas was the Andersonville of the north. During the Civil War, it held over 18,000 troops and 1 in 5 of them died, in many cases due to the deplorable conditions. Food was withheld as were clothing and blankets. Executions were regular and the remains were left visible to serve as a warning to those still surviving. A heart of darkness for our nation indeed.

The 111th redeemed themselves in the eyes of their nation at Gettysburg, and there are some very well-written books about their battles. If you'd like a list of 4 or 5, make a comment to this post.

Fred Peckham was injured after only 6 months, and discharged due to that injury. He convalesced in Virginia until well enough to leave. On Valentine's Day, 1863, Fred left Virginia and went to Williamsport Pennsylvania. We will pick up his story another day.

Benjamin Gould, also in Company I of the 111th, was injured badly and discharged on April 1 of 1865. A quick check of the battles fought shows that the 111th engaged in the Appomattox Campaign in Virginia, March 28 to April 9 of 1865. Just before the fall of Petersburg on 4/2/1865, they engaged in battle at White Oak Ridge 3/29 - 3/31/1865. In that engagement, 64 enlisted men were injured but recovered. Benjamin Gould must have been among them.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Civil War and Scipio

Today, I will list more of the soldiers in the Town Clerk book of 1865. Listed here are surnames of R to S:

Ross, David

Richardson, Martin V.

Reynolds, Norman A.

Robertson, Alanson B.

Robertson, Jas. R.

Rounds, Alfred

Reynolds, Joseph

Ross, James

Rinker, Edward B.

Rourke, John

Reynolds, Chas.

Sturgess, Augustus

Smith, Theodore

Shorkley, Pardon Thornton

Sandwick (?), Thomas

Sandwich, Isaac W.

Sullivan, Michael

Scott, Wesley

Strong, Philip

Simpson, Henry

Smith, Chas. H.

Savage, David A.

Steves, Edward A.

Sheldon, Frank

Sincerbox [sic], Chester

New York State Archives

In my last post, I told you some details about information I got from the NYS Archives. I have added a clickable link below to the Archives.
Not only is there Civil War information, the Archives has recently begun building in an index to their Revolutionary War records. Today, I'd like to help you access these indexes.
Click on the link below to the Archives, and select "Research" from the left side list. Next, select "research tools" then "state archives name index."
From here, you can put in a name and search for it in all the displayed records, or browse by alpha. Fill out the simple form and send it off with a check. Tell them Sandie sent you!
This includes indexes to Civil War records, and soldiers databases; Revolutionary War records such as pension records and related correspondence, military patent information and some Loyalist information as well. Also available here are records of Attica Correctional facility inmates for 1930 - 1981, and Motion Picture scripts for 1927 - 1965.
I am constantly amazed by discovering what the NYS Archives has available for researchers , historians and genealogists.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Benjamin Gould and the 111th Infantry

A blogster left us a comment about Benjamin, giving some very interesting details of his injuries and his final demise. Those comments are associated with the blog entry that has Benjamin's name listed and are worth a quick click.
Benjamin met his final demise not on the battlefield, yet as a direct result of his military service.
When I saw the comment, I decided to check the details in the Town Clerk book, and to look at the special 1890 veteran's census.
According to the Scipio census, Benjamin Gould was a Private in Company I of the 111th NY Volunteer Infantry. He enlisted on 8/2/1862 and was discharged on 4/1/1865, a period it says of 2 years, 7 months and 29 days.
In June of 1890 when the census was taken, Benjamin had a post office address of Merrifield. He was disabled as a result of his military service, and those disabilities were listed as deaf, blind and (rather cryptically), "hand off." I wanted to know more.
I went to the Town Clerk book of military service. Benjamin, as our list shows, is on page 6. From this book, I learned that Benjamin was born in Scipio in 1844; he was a single farmer at the time of enlistment and his father was named Dewitt Gould.
Benjamin was mustered in to the 111th on 8/20/1862, the town paying a bounty of $50.00. Living in Sherwood at the time the Clerk book was completed in 1866, the book noted that Benjamin lost his hand in battle and was discharged, a few months short of his 3 year enlistment period.
It should be a simple matter now to check what battles the 111th fought in around April of 1865, and that will tell us where Benjamin was likely injured so badly.
More to follow!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

NYS Archives CIvil War Records

Because I was in the middle of listing the names of Scipio men who served in the Civil War, I sent away to the NYS Archives to see what they could add to my knowledge.
I have checked many websites, and have some information from the National Archives,, rootsweb, Sons of Union Veterans - the list is extensive so I really didn't expect to learn much but it was only $3.00 so I sent in the form.
I asked for records on my 2 great-grandfathers, James Benton Hitchcock and Frederick Augustus Peckham. I knew that James had 2 brothers who also served and I asked for information on them, as well as one of the Scipio names, Alfred Burlew.
I wanted to compare what I got to the Town Clerk and other records that I have.

The info is good, showing enlistment and muster in and out dates; rank and company, place of birth and age, occupation and identifying facts such as height, color of eyes and hair. But the best part is the remarks section.
For example, my great-grandfather's paperwork was thorough, covering his enlistment and enrollment, and eventual promotion following a stay in a convalescent camp in Virgina for recovery from taking a minie ball in his knee at Malvern Hill. It was inaccurate about his place of birth (England) instead they had listed Seneca Falls, which is where he lived at his enlistment. I did learn he was a stove maker at that time, so I was pleased since I don't know much about his Seneca Falls years.
Next I reviewed the paperwork from James' brother, Frederick Hitchcock. Fred ran a furniture and upholstery shop in Aurora for many years, so I was not surprised to see his occupation listed as upholsterer. I also knew he was a private in the 19th Infantry, later changed to the 3rd Artillery; a story for another day.
What I was surprised to learn was that Fred was sick in a hospital in Rochester, NY for 2 months before being mustered out. I also did not know that he had gray hair at the age of 26, and served as a substitute for John H. Osborne.
A person could pay someone else to serve in their name during the Civil War; also a subject for more discussion another day.

Civil War Soldiers from Scipio

Say that title 3 times fast!

Today, I'll continue with listing G through K.

Green, Sam'l Walter
Gould, Benj. F.
Glenn, John (no, not the astronaut!)
Gallup, Wm. W.
Gisty (?), Richard
Gerber, Henry

Hoxie, Allen E.
Hill, Lyman
Humphrey, Jno. J.
Herring, Danl.
Hart, Fredk. R.
Haight, John
Hitchcock, Jas. B. (my maternal great-grandfather)
Heidson, Jno. A.
Hardman, Michael B.
Hartnet, James
Hillard, David D.
Hartley, Chas. W.
Hankin, Thomas
Hale, Geo. (?)

No "I"

Jones, Justan
Jagnelt (?), Alphius
Johnson, John
Jones, Edward

King, Wm. W.
Kerr, James R.
King, Wm.
King, Henry
Kelley, Andrew
Kirby, Patrick

Monday, February 2, 2009

List of Civil War Names C to F

Here is another partial list of names from the Town Clerk Book of 1865, photographed in it's entirety at the NYS Archives last September:

Cory, Edwin Y.
Casler, Oliver J.
Casler, Jacob
Coffin, Franklin
Casler, Henry
Corning, Andrew Yates
Corlies (?), Chas. W.
Canner, Edwin J.
Cain, Benj. S.
Crawfoot, Chas. F.
Cain, Andrew J.
Cain, Danl.
Cain, Ira
Campbell, James
Cooper, Saml. W.
Caruthers, Robt.
Clark, John
Crosby, John
Cowell, J.

Debois, Jacob S.
Doyst (?), Michael
Duck, Thos.
Daley, John
Doyst (?), Terry
Dismond, Timothy
Donahue, Danl.

Edson, Daniel
Edwards, Jas. Y.
Emeson (?), Lewis H.

Fordyce, Jno. Horton (Note: JNO = Jonathan)
Freeman, Lewis
Flynn, Francis
Fell, Edward
Flambugh (sic), Peter
Furgerson, Wen. (?)
Finn, Michael