Monday, November 30, 2009

Lewis Truman and Daniel Manchester in the Civil War

The Record of Military Deaths mentioned in my previous entry shows Lewis Truman, single and age 23 at the time of his death. He enlisted in September of 1861 in either the 1st or the 138th (as the entry has been crossed out) as a private; and was a private in the 9th Heavy Artillery when he died. Since the 138th became the 9th, that is likely correct.
The heaviest casualties for the 9th were at Monocacy, MD with 264 killed or wounded, and at Cedar Creek, VA with 208.

Dan’l H. Manchester according to the Scipio Clerk’s Book, was born in Scipio in 1833. He was a Sergeant in Co. E of the 138th NY Infantry. This regiment, organized in August and September, 1862, was converted into a regiment of artillery, December 19, 1862, designated the 9th Artillery. He would have served alongside Lewis Truman.
Daniel mustered in Sept. 8, 1862 as a Sergeant for 3 years. H entered service from Scipio and received a bounty of $50. His father was Caleb, and he himself was a married farmer.
The Clerk Book says he was discharged, and died in Scipio March 20, 1863, and is buried there. It is likely he is buried in the Manchester family cemetery on Manchester Road in Scipio. His parents, Caleb and Lydia, are there, and there is a single stone with “Daniel – a soldier” written on it. The Record of Military Deaths says he was 32 at the time of his death and he mustered in October of 1861, a discrepancy from the Clerk’s Book.

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