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.


Roger A. Post said...

Sandie, Alanson Tracy was born near Sherwood, 15 September 1837, son of Calvin Tracy and his second wife, Lucilla Stanley Hunt. Alanson was the grandson of his namesake, Capt. Alanson Tracy, who rode a bear and has previously been discussed in your blog. Either before, or during the initial part of, the Civil War, Alanson Tracy was employed as an attache for the Detroit Tribune, which perhaps explains why he enlisted as Regimental Adjutant, Third Michigan Cavalry. Here is what one source gives us on his service.

"Alanson enlisted in the third Michigan Cavalry in the early part of the Rebellion, and was an active participant in the battle of Shiloh, and was in Grant's campaign of that year. He served as Adjutant, and, while placing pickets, was shot and wounded by the enemy, afterward lying out all night" -- Gordon Cummings (compiler), Early Settlers in Southern Cayuga, (1985 - Extracted from Biographical Review: The Leading Citizens of Cayuga County, New York, Biographical Review Publishing Co., Boston 1894), p. 106

Alanson died in the Military Hospital of Cincinnati on 18 June 1862 and is buried in the Oak Glen Cemetery, Aurora, Ledyard, Cayuga Co., NY.

Roger A. Post said...

Sandie, Warren Barker Tompkins was born 15 February 1840, son of Benjamin Franklin Tompkins and Eliza Forbes. Warren enlisted from Scipioville as a sergeant in Company E, New York 75th Infantry Regiment on 17 September 1861. He was promoted to full 1st sergeant on 17 December 1862 and mustered out at New Orleans, LA on 23 July 1863. Records list him as having been wounded.

Warren survived to marry (1st) Mary A. Watkins 14 November 1865. Their daughter, Mary Esther Tompkins married Arthur A. Rorapaugh. Warren married (2nd) Helen Maria Post, and they had two daughters: Sarah Church Tompkins and Bessie Frank Tompkins. Bessie married Hobart Duane Loyster, a prominent Scipio farmer who lived on the north side of Manchester Road, west of Cork Street.

Warren Barker Tompkins died 1 February 1920 at his home on Chapel Street in Union Springs, Springport, Cayuga Co., NY. At the time of his death, he was the oldest member of the Scipio Lodge, F. & A. M. at Scipio Center. He is buried in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Union Springs.

Roger A. Post said...

Sandie, with reference to the 75th New York Volunteers, I found that there is a book by Henry and James Hall on the history of the unit (as well as the 19th NYV and the 3rd NY Artillery) available for free download from Google or viewable on line. The URL is too long to post here. The book will come up in a search on "Cayuga in the Field," the initial words of the title.

One caution: the book also comes up on an internet archive site but the download from that site didn't seem to include the part of the volume that addresses the 75th NYV.

Sandie Stoker Gilliland said...

Thanks for the details about Alanson, Roger. Another blog visitor sent a photo of him, and I shall hope to add a link to that on the blog.
The 75th must have seen some heavy fighting as several of them were injured including my great-uncle Richard Hitchcock. Richard was supposedly blinded, perhaps a temporary condition as he reenlisted in the 22nd Cavalry about 6 months later.
"Cayuga In The Field" is a great book, written in detail about the Cayuga County boys in blue. I'm glad to hear it is available on Google.I own a copy of the reprinted version.There is a chapter that describes the tedium and boredom of waiting in Elmira, and the lack of food other than horsemeat!

Roger A. Post said...

Sandie, I'll add something on Daniel Perrine Van Liew, Jr., as well. Daniel, born 18 October 1839 in Scipio, was the son of Daniel Perrine Van Liew, Sr. and Rebecca Babcock. He grew up practically in sight of the present-day Scipio Town Office near the intersection of present-day Hunter and Rice roads, now occupied by the Allen family farms.

Daniel Perrine Van Liew, Jr. apparently enlisted as a private in Company D, 75th Regiment, New York Volunteers from Scipio on 30 September 1861, which was mustered into federal service on 26 November 1861. On 2 January 1863, Daniel apparently was mustered out of the 75th at New Orleans, LA and may have transferred to another unit, perhaps accounting for Daniel not appearing on the muster roll for Company D given in "Cayuga in the Field." One source lists Daniel as a captain, but it would take some research to see if it is true. Daniel did attend the reunions of the 75th Regiment NYV after the war and was elected vice-president representing Company D in the 75th Veterans group.

Daniel married Phebe Jane Post 19 December 1866. They removed from Scipio after several years, first residing in Auburn while Daniel worked as a carpenter, and later living in the Town of Fleming when Daniel returned to farming. Daniel and Phebe had two children, Elmer and Minnie Van Liew. Daniel died 8 December 1894 and is buried in Sand Beach Cemetery, Fleming, Cayuga Co., NY.