Civil War Kent Co.

John S. Corlis, Grand Rapids, appointed Sergeant of Co. D., Sept. 3, 2862; 1st Lieut. Feb. 27, 2865; was mustered out with the command.

Duncan Ross, Bowne, Sergeant Co. D., Sept. 20, 1861; was commissioned 2d Lieut., Oct. 7, 1864; 1st Lieut., July 31, 1865, and mustered out without rank Aug. 17, of that year.

Hugo B. Rathbun, entered the field as Sergeant Co. D., Sept. 11, 1861. He was commissioned 1st Lieut., March 1, 1864, and served until mustered out, Feb. 2, 1865.

Simeon W. Dickenson, Grand Rapids, appointed Sergeant Co. E., Sept. 13, 1861; 2d Lieut. May 2, 1863; 1st Lieut., March 1, 1864; Captain, Jan. 28, 1865; was mustered out as 1st Lieut., May 15, 1865.

John C. Snyder, Grand Rapids, Sergeant Co. C., Sept. 2, 1861; commissioned 2d Lieut., July 31, 1865, and mustered out with the ranks Aug. 17, 1865.

Shirk Miller, Grand Rapids, Sergeant C. F., Sept. 16, 1861; was commissioned 2d Lieut., July 31, 1865, and discharged Aug. 17, 1865.

Darwin B. Lyon, Grand Rapids, commissioned 2d Lieut., 2d Mich. Cav., Sept. 2, 1861; resigned Jan. 21, 1862.

Thomas F. Brown, Grandville, served as Sergeant of Co. C., from Sept. 9, 1861 to July 31, 1865, when he was commissioned a 2d Lieut. He was discharged Aug. 17, 1865.

Charles S. Henderson, Grand Rapids, was commissioned Surgeon Sep[t. 2, 1861, and resigned Oct. 19, 1862.

Orestus Watkins, Grand Rapids, Hospital Steward, Aug. 26, 1861; commissioned Asst. Surgeon July 31, 1865; was mustered out in the ranks Aug. 17, 1865.

Francis Drew, Grand Rapids, commissioned Chaplain Sept. 2, 1861; resigned Sept. 3, 1862.

Discharged Men.

Arnold, George Butler,Edward Fox, Erastus J.

Arnold, Joseph B. Carlisle, Martin V. Fox, Thomas

Austin, Nelson F. Chamberlain, Frank French, Andrew J.

Averill, George Chapin, Thales, L. Gardner, Julius

Averill, Henry Chase, Edgar B. Grant, Alfred

Barber, Levi Cheesbro, William J. Gill, Buel

Barnard, Martin Cook, John C. Godley, Elder

Bailey, William Davies, Marion Goodman, Samuel

Barnes, Augustus M. DeGraw, Osborn Gould, Henry

Barrows, Corydon DePuey, Theodore J. Gue, Frank W.

Beach, Valentine Dingman, James W. Haas, Bebnjamin F.

Beman, Joel S. Dingman,Kenzie Hadden, James H.

Blanding, C.H. Duffee, Samuel L. Haight, Peter

Bolton, Francis Dunham, Charles Haines, Charles E.

Briggs, Barney W. Dixon , Thomas Hall, Seymour N.

Briggs, Samuel B. Edmonds, John D. Halpen, James

Brooks, Samuel E. Fayant, Alfred Harrington, Nathaniel

Brown, Thomas A. Fenney, Jacob A Harrison, William

Brown, William Fenton, Lewis K. Hawkins, William

Burr, Frank Finch, Anson Heaton, James

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Henry, Andrew S. Nichols, R.M. Snyder, John G.

Henshaw, Charles J. Ohlar, Jacob J. Snyder, John M.

Henshaw, Henry H. Palmenter, Sylvanus Sours, William P.

Herren, David Pardee, Ira Spaulding, Isaiah

Hildreth, William C. Pardee, Wayne F.W. Stinson, Washington

Hogan, Michael Parker, Ezekiel W. Stone, Andrew

Horning, William G. Peck Horace Thompson, James M.

Howard, George Peck, Mander W. Thurston, John

Huntley, Jonathan Peck, Philo T. Tibbett, H.

Irons, Henry Peck, Munson F. Totten, Samuel C.

Irwin, David Philo, Fitch Tubbs, Kenneth W.

Jackson, Edwin H. Perkins, Francis M. Trill, David P.

Johnson, Samuel Picket, Lucius W. Tuttle, Abram S.

Jones, Abraham Picket, Miner Utter, William

Justin, George Post, Jacob Van Amburg, Eugene

Knickerbocker, Decatur Post, Lansing Vanlieu, William

Knight, Kenry Post, Phillip Vanvalkenburg, Dan’l Lamoreaux, Joseph W. Post, William Wason, John

Lewis, George R. Potter, William M. Welch, Samuel T.

Light, William Powers, Michael H. Wells, Daniel

Loomis, John H. Preston, Samuel C. Wells, Daniel C.

Lovell, Nathan Rassic, William H. Welsh, John

Martin, William B. Reinshagen, John Wendover, Henry

McCarn, Richard, L. Westerhouse, Henry

McCullough, James M. Rosegrant, Edward Wheeler, William W.

Mason, William R. Ross, Duncan White, Robert

McDonald, William P. Rowe, William C. Whitney, Geo. B.

McIntyre, Uriel B. Ruthart, George Williams, Daniel

McLain, David C. Sabin, James B. Williams, Reuben

McMullin, Alexander Sailers, Alexander Willson, Merritt

McNamara, Patrick Sawyer, Joseph Willson, William

McNaughton, Alexander Shaw, Eugene T. Wilson, Charles G.

McNaughton, John J. Shipman, Frank Winegar, Burdick M.

Meiger, John F. Skinner, Frank Winters, David M.

Miller, Shirk Skinner, Lafayette Winters, David M.

Moody, Watson D. Sleight, George D. Winters, John W.

Morey, Alonzo Smith, Charles T. Wood, Clayton C.

Morse, Peter Smith, Ozro J. Wood, George D.

Morton, Benjamin F Smith, Jacob Wood, Leonard

Myers, Andrew P. ` Snider, Paul Wyman, John K.

Nash, Daniel L. Snyder, John Young, Truman


was organized under Colonel F. W. Kellogg, at Grand Rapids, and left the rendezvous Nov. 28, 1861, 1,163 strong, for St. Louis, Mo. During the first year of its service the command lost 104 men by disease, seven on the field, 45 wounded and 59 prisoners. During the same period it captured three rebel lieut.0colonels, three majors, 13 captains, 19 lieutenants, and 1,249 "ordinary rebels." The year 1863 was one of continued duty for this command. During 1864 and 1865 it garrisoned Brownville, scouted along the line of the Memphis & Little Rock railroad, and foraged in the vicinity. At Brownsville Station the regiment erected complete winter quarters and stables, so neatly and tastefully arranged as to present the appearance of an important town, which attracted so much attention as to result in a change of its name from "Brownsville Station" to "Michigan City." Only three per cent were on the sick list. In the spring of 1865 it went

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by way of New Orleans to Mobile, Ala., and after the surrender of the latter place it was employed on outpost duty until the end of the war. After scouting around in the Southwest for about a year it was ordered home, and March 10, 1866, was disbanded at Jackson, Mich. Its principal engagements were New Madrid and Island No. 10, Mo.; and the following in Mississippi; Farmington, Siege of Corinth, Spangler’s Mills, Bay Spring, Inka, Hatchie, Holly Springs, Hudsonville, Lumkins’ Mills, Oxford, Coffeeville, Brownsville, Clifton, Panola, Grenada, Byhalia, Wyatt’s Ford, Ripley, Orizaba, Ellistown, Purdy and Jack’s Creek.


William W. Cantine, Grand Rapids, commissioned 1st Lieut. And Q.M. Sept. 7, 1861; Captain and Asst. Commissary Subsistence Volunteers, July 17, 1862; Brevet Major, U.S. Vols., Aug 29, 1865; was mustered out Oct. 9, 1865.

Obed H. Foote, Grand Rapids, commissioned Major Sept. 7, 1861; resigned Feb. 26, 1862.

William H. Dickensen was commissioned 1st Lieut. Sept. 7, 1861; Captain, Feb. 27, 1862; resigned, May 24, 1862. He was subsequently brevetted Lieut.-Colonel, 4th Mich. Cavalry.

Lansing K. Jennie, Grand Rapids, commissioned Battalion Adjutant Sept. 7, 1861; resigned Feb. 26, 1862.

Adrian Yates, Grand Rapids, Commissary Sergeant, Aug. 28, 1861; commissioned 2d Lieut. Feb. 16, 1863; 1st Lieut. And Q.M. Sept. 7, 1864, and was mustered out Feb. 12, 1866.

Henry Jewett, Grand Rapids, Battalion Q.M., commissioned under date Sept. 7, 1861; resigned March 21, 1862.

Mortimer L. Hopkins, Grand Rapids, commissioned Battalion Q.M. Sept. 7, 1861; was mustered out June 1, 1862.

Chauncey C. Douglas, Grand Rapids, Battalion Q.M., Sept. 7, 1861; was mustered out June 1, 1862.

C.D. Johnson, Grand Rapids, commissioned Asst. Surgeon April 4, 1865; resigned Jan. 15, 1866.

Discharged Men.

Beebe, David R. Houdley, Orville Rapalye, Erastus

Bowler, Morris House, Ansel C. Roberts, Richard

Bragg, Elmour James, Henry Sage, George A.

Case, Elijah Kenney, James Shackleton, John N.

Chase, William A. Mann, John J. Shuart, Chauncey

Collins, Martin J. Mills, Edgar W. Strong, Return

Cummlirs, James H. Moll, Cornelius Sullivan, Daniel

Dobson, Thomas Porter, John E. Soundsberry, Jared D.

Dole, Samuel E. Potter, Wallace Weeden, William W.

Haynes, George


was ordered to be raised July 1, 1862; went into rendezvous at Detroit July 29, and was mustered into service one month later. Fully armed and equipped, it left for Louisville, Ky., with a force of 1,233 men and officers, under Colonel R.H.G. Minty What

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eminent services this command rendered to the Union cannot be over estimated. From the attack on Morgan’s position, at Stanford, and the pursuit of his notorious guerrillas, to thee capture of Mr. Jefferson Davis, near Irwinsville, Ga., May 10, 1865, the record of the Fourth is brilliant, above all precedent. The regiment was mustered out at Nashville, July 1, 1865, and reported at Detroit for discharge on the 10th of that month.


William H. Dickenson, commissioned Lieut.-Col. Sept. 1,1862; resigned Feb. 18, 1863.

Silas K. Pierce, Grand Rapids, entered as Sergeant Co. H., Aug. 15, 1862. He was commissioned 2d Lieut. Feb. 25, 1864, and won the honor of being gazetted Brevet Captain U.S. Vol., July 22, 1865. His term of service closed July 21, 1865

Herbert A. Backus, entered service as Sergeant, Co. H. He was promoted 2d Lieut. Aug. 23, 1863, and 1st Lieut., Nov. 26, 1864, and served until mustered out, July 1, 1865.

Frank Burr, Grand Rapids, commissioned 1st Lieut. Aug. 13, 1862; resigned Dec. 19, 1862.

Arthur Wood, Grand Rapids, commissioned 2d Lieut. Aug. 13, 1862; resigned Dec. 24, 1863.

George E. Corbin, Grandville, was mustered in the ranks of Co. F. Second Cavalry, Sept. 12, 1861; promoted 2d Lieut., Fourth Cavalry, Aug. 13, 1862, and resigned Feb. 18, 1863.

Frank Sylvester, Grand Rapids, commissioned 2d Lieut. Sept. 1862; resigned Jan. 29, 1863.

Discharged Men.

Atherton, S. Devendorf, John C. Sauer, John

Atherton, Sylvanus Dillenback, Jackson D. Sauer, Johnson

Backus, Herbert A. Earle, James J. Simmons, W.H.

Ballou, Asa W. Graw, Augustus Stone, Frank C.

Beebe, S.M. Hartland, John L. Thomas, Oscar

Bement, Joseph W. Heath, Horace Thurston, Byron

Bement, Theodore H. Hill, Homer Tobey, Seth

Blackall, Charles Horan, Martin Van Etten, George W.

Bolt, Albert Hovey, Asa M. Van Etten, Samuel

Bragg, Nathan L. Mann, Jacob F. Warner, Francis

Case, Augustus R. Maybee, Edwin Warner, Van Rensselser

Chase, William Moorman, Wm. T. Wegal, Augustus

Crothy, Daniel O. Myers, Benjamin Warner, Horace

Cummmings, C. Nelson, Peter Welton, Daniel

Dalenbeck, Frank C. Pierce, Silas K.

Davenport, W.O.


was organized by Col. J.T. Copeland, of the 1st Cavalry, and mustered into service Aug. 30, 1862. The command, with the 9th Battery, proceeded to the seat of war, and was attached to the

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Army of the Potomac, with which it continued service until transferred to the Army of the Shenandoah. Its record of battles contains 67 names, beginning with Hanover, Va., June 30, 1863, and ending with Appomattox Court-House, Va., April 9, 1865. Consolidated with the 1st and 7th Mich. Cav., the entire command was ordered to Fort Leavenworth, and mustered out there June 22, 1865, and reported at Detroit for discharge eight days later.


Hanson H. Rogers, Alpine, was Sergeant Major, Aug. 16, 1862; 2d Lieut., Feb.5, 1864; 1st Lieut. March 7, 1865; Brevet Major U.S. Vol., March 13, 1865, and gazetted Captain April 13, 1865. He received a severe wound in the action of July 3, 1863.

William G. `Beckwith, Grand Rapids, entered services Sergeant Co. B., Aug. 21, 1862; was promoted 1sr Lieut. April 14, 1865. Owing to illness he was absent at the date of muster out, and was not reported in the general discharge as an officer.

Discharged Men.

Martin Blackford, Jr., Elias Hall, Roderick McQueen, Philetus Parish, Charles Van Berg and Henry S. Winks.


Was organized under authority granted to Col. Francis W. Kellogg, and mustered into service at Grand Rapids, Oct. 13, 1862, under Col. George Gray, and Lt.-Col. Russell A. Alger. The command left for Washington Dec. 10, with a force of 1,229 men and officers, fully equipped and mounted. Attached to the Army of the Potomac, and subsequently with Sheridan’s command, the two first years of its service formed a period of severe and continuous duty, well performed.

Nov. 1, 1864, this regiment was with the Cavalry Corps of the Army of the Shenandoah, and lay at Camp Russell, near Winchester, Va., making preparations to go into winter quarters, and was engaged in the usual picket service, and in scouting, until Feb.27, 1865, when it formed part of the force with which Gen. Sheridan made his movement against Gen. Early’s army, and on the rebel communications in the direction of Gordonsville and Richmond, and at that date moved with the Cavalry Corps towards Stanunton. March 8, the regiment participated in an engagement with a part of the rebel cavalry, under Gen. Rosser, near Louisa Court House, and assisted in routing it, and in capturing the town, in which a large amount of property was destroyed, including the railroad depot, with rolling stock and telegraph office. It also participated in taking up the track and destroyed the railroad, and in the destruction of the locks, aqueducts and mills on the line of the James River canal. The command having

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reached White-House Landing March 19, in time to take part in the final battle of the Army of the Potomac, soon after, with the Cavalry Corps, took position on the left of the line of that army, and on the 30th the regiment became engaged with the rebel cavalry and assisted in driving them within their works at Five Forks. After the surrender of ee, the rebel Gen. Pickett, who was taken prisoner in one of these engagements, spoke of a charge made by this regiment, which he witnessed, as being the "bravest he ever had seen." After Lee’s surrender the regiment moved with the Cavalry Corps to Petersburg, Va., and then made an expedition into North Carolina; from thence it marched, via Petersburg and Richmond, to Washington, D.C., and May 23 participated in the review of the Army of the Potomac. Immediately thereafter, with the Michigan Cavalry Brigade, it was ordered west, to Fort Leavenworth. At that point it received orders to cross the Plains, which produced much justifiable dissatisfaction in the command; but the regiment, recollecting its noble record, and adhering to its former High degree of discipline, and faithful observance of orders, and keeping in view the honor of its State, commenced its march across the Plains, and marched to Fort Laramie. At that point the regiment was divided into detachments, by order of Gen. Connor, one to constitute a part of the "Left Column Powder River Expedition," one to remain at Fort Laramie, and the other to escort a train to the Black Hills. The Powder River detachment, on reaching that point, found that the Indians, for whom it had been sent in search, had managed to escape, and while there it built a fort, known as Fort Reno. On that expedition Captain O.F. Cole, of Co. "G." lost his life; having heedlessly strayed a long way from the column, he was surprised by Indians, and shot to death with arrows. From this point a small detachment of the command was sent to guard a train to Virginia City, Montana, and falling in with a large war party of Arrapahoe Indians, became surrounded by them, and were "corralled" for 12 days, but finally succeeded in getting intelligence of their condition to Gen. Connor, when reinforcements were sent ti their relief. Serf. Hall, of Co."L." and Private Evans, of Co. "F" having volunteered, succeeded in carrying the intelligence referred to, a distance of 50 miles, through a wild and to them an unknown country, swarming with hostile Indians, and thereby saved the detachment. Sept. 17, the men whose term of service would not expire before Feb. 1, 1866, were formed with the 1st Mich. Cav., while the regiment was ordered ton Fort Leavenworth for muster out, which took place Nov. 24, 1865.


George Gray, commissioned Col. Oct. 13, 1862; resigned command of that regiment May 19, 1864

Harvey H. Vinton, Vergennes, commissioned 1st Lieut. Oct. 13, 1962; Captain, March 16, 1863; Major, May 19, 1864, and

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Lieut., Col., June 6, 1864; mustered out with the command, Nov.24, 1865

Henry E. Thompson, commissioned Captain Oct. 13, 1862; Lieut.-Col., June 10, 1863; Brevet Col. U.S. Vol., March 13, 1865; was wounded at Huntertown, Pa., July 2, 1863, and discharged on account of disability, June 6, 1864.

Elijah D. Waters, Grand Rapids, commissioned Major, Oct. 13, 1862; resigned May 7, 1863.

Manning D. Birge, Grand Rapids, was commissioned 1st Lieut. Oct. 13, 1862; Captain, June 10, 1863; Major June 6, 1864. The last position he held at muster out June 21, 1865.

Charles W. Watkins, Grand Rapids, entered the ranks Aug. 29, 1862; was commissioned 2d Lieut. 10th Cav. May 25, 1864; 1st Lieut. And Adjutant June 16, 1865; Brevet Captain U.S. Vol., March 13, 1865; was mustered out Nov. 11, 1865. The service of this soldier was decidedly efficient it not actually brilliant.

James W. Kellogg, Grand Rapids, Supernumerary 2d Lieut. Oct. 13, 1862; 2d Lieut., March 16, 1863; 1st Lieut., May 1, 1863, and Captain, May 23, 1865; was mustered out May 24, 1865.

William Hyser, Plainfield, commissioned Captain Oct. 13, 1862; commission dated March 16, 1864, and continued in the service until discharged March 21, 1865.

Albert T. Henshawe, Bowne, Sergeant Co. H., Sept. 2, 1862; was promoted 2d Lieut. Lieut. May 1, 1863; Captain, July 1, 1864, and received his discharge July 10, 1865.

Hobart H. Chipman, Grand Rapids, Sergeant Co. F., Sept. 18, 1862; 1st Lieut., Oct. 22, 1863; Captain, Dec. 10, 1864; was mustered out Nov. 24, 1865.

Henry L. Wise, Caledonia, commissioned Captain Oct. 13, 1862; subsequently of the Eleventh.

Peter A. Webber, commissioned Captain, Oct. 13, 1862, was killed in the action of Falling Waters, Md., July 14, 1863.

Joel S. Sheldon, sup. 2d Lieut., Oct. 13, 1862, was commissioned 1st Lieut. And Commissary, March 16, 1863. He was discharged on account of disability, Dec. 10, 1863.

Horace H. Richards, Paris, commissioned Captain, Oct. 13, 1862; 1st Lieut., March 16, 1863, which position he held at date of resignation, April 24, 1864.

Charles H. Patten, Grand Rapids, commissioned 2d Lieut. And Q.M., Oct. 15, 1862; resigned on account of disability Dec. 11, 1864.

John Molloy, Grand Rapids, Sergeant Co. G., entered service Oct. 14, 1862, was commissioned 2d Lieut., July 17, 1863; 1st Lieut., Dec. 10, 1864; transferred to 1st Vet. Cav., Sept. 17, 1865, and died during the service in Utah Territory, Feb. 12, 1866.

Allen M. Hulett, Bowne, Sergeant Co. M., Sept. 9, 1862; 1st Lieut., July 1, 1864; died at Annapolis, Md., Nov. 4, 1864.

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Sessions P. Curtiss, Vergennes, Sergeant-Major, Sept. 14, 1862, and commissioned 1st Lieut., Dec. 10, 1864; was mustered out with the command Nov. 24, 1865.

Warren C. Comstock, Grand Rapids, commissioned 1st Lieut., Oct. 13, 1862; resigned March 23, 1863.

Jacob Chapman, Lowell, commissioned 1st Lieut. and commissary Oct. 15, 1862; was discharged March 9, 1863.

Caleb W. Robinson, Grand Rapids, was commissioned 2d Lieut., Oct. 13, 1862, and discharged March 6, 1863.

Cyrus North, Grand Rapids, Sergeant Co. F., Sept. 10, 1862; was commissioned 2d Lieut., May 23, 1865. Transferred to the 1st Vet. Cav., Nov. 17, 1865; he was mustered out with the command May 11 following.

Malcolm M. Moore, Grand Rapids, Supernumerary 2d Lieut., Oct. 13, 1863; 2d Lieut., March 16, 1863; 1st Lieut., May 23, 1865; Brevet Major U.S. Vol. March 13, 1865; was mustered out as 2d Lieut., Nov. 24, 1865. This soldier was made prisoner at Charleston, Va., Oct. 18, 1863; escaped April 1, 1864, and served with distinction to the end of the war.

James E< Johnson, Alpine, entered as Sergeant Co. B., Sept. 6, 1862; was promoted 2d Lieut., Dec. 10,1864, and mustered out with the command.

John T. Gould, Plainfield, entered Sept. 8, 1862, as Sergeant Co. F.; was promoted 2d Lieut., Jan. 5, 1865, was mustered out Nov. 24, the same year.

Thomas A. Eddie, Lowell, Sergeant Co. A., July 8, 1862; was commissioned 2d Lieut. June 10, 1863. He was killed in the battle of Meadow Ridge, May 12, 1864.

George W. Crawford, Plainfield, Supernumerary 2d Lieut., 6th Cav., Oct. 13, 1862; 2d Lieut., May 9, 1863; was wounded at Falling Waters, Md., July 14, 1863, and discharged on account of disability Feb. 17, 1864.

Stephen, H. Ballard, Grand Rapids, was commissioned 2d Lieut., Oct. 13, 1862; promoted 1st Lieut., June 10,1863; made a prisoner at Huntertown, Pa., July 2, 1863; ex-changed September of the same year, and served until muster out as 2d Lieut., June 21, 1865.

James Sleeth, Byron, was commissioned Assistant Surgeon, March 1, 1863, and served until muster out Nov. 7, 1865.

Stephen S. N. Greeley, Grand Rapids, commissioned Chaplain Oct. 15, 1862, and resigned June 26, 1865.

Discharged Men.

Adams, William H. Averill, Latham H. Bradley, Croninger

Almy, William Baker, Thomas N. Brockilite, Albert

Amy, Samuel Barris, Ransom J. Brooks, James A.

Angel, Heber Barris, William B. Bryant, Samuel

Annis, William Barclay, Abraham C. Buck, Eli S.

Arsenoe, James Baxter, Solon W. Buck, Serapha

Arbor, Merrill T. Beebe, Martin Bunker, Edwin A.

Auble, Isaac E. Bentley, Solon M. Button, Charles O.

Auble, James Blanchard, Eber Buttner, R. B.

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Case, Justus Jewell, Reuben W. Sennett, John

Carpenter, Benjamin Johnson, Abram H. Spaulding, Ezra

Carter, Francis Johnson, James Sharp, George

Cornwell, Walter Johnson, Nelson Spaulding, Orleanes

Caywood, David Johnson, Parley W. Sweetman, Stephen F.

Chaffer, Ezra N. Joles, Charles Smith, Barnhart

Clay, Henry Jonathan, Thomas Jr. Smith, Harvey

Cobb, Haniford E. Keater, James Smith, James K.

Cole, Henry King, Alvin B. Smith, John H.

Connelly, James Knowles, Henry Smith, Jonathan

Cornell, James Lake, John P. Smith, Maverick

Conklin, Egbert S. Lobdell, Abram D. Smith, Pliny

Cowell G. R. Konkle, Amos Stage, John J.

Crawford, Francis M. Lamberton, Richard W. Stanton, Lorenzo D.

Cowell, William K. Lawrence, Richard W. Stevens, Josiah R.

Cranston, Gordon Lawrence, Richard W. Stevens, Benjamin F.

Cross, Henry D. Le Clear, Thomas Stewart, David

Crocker, Ulric L. Lewis, Josiah Stewart, Henry W.

Daniel, Dunham Long, Joseph Stewart, William H.

Davis, James M. Long, Samuel F. Stone, William H.

Davis, Martin Magoon, Aaron C. Stout, Ira

Dean, George S. Martenbrock, Cornelius Stout, Oscar

DeGraw, Isaac Martin, Josiah Teeple, Marcus

Dudley, J.M.N. Marsush, Lewis Teeple, Perry

Duffey, Jacob Maxfield, John A. Thurston, Amos B.

Eastes, Mathias McClure, Jay Tobey, Albert

Eastman, Charles McFall, Jonathan Turk, Zohn

Ecollister, Henry McKee, Franklin Tunks, John

Ecker, William J. McLean, David E. Vandersluise, Francis O.

Emmons, Charles Meabie, John F. Vanorder, Willaim V.

Fairchild, Leill L, Merrill, James H. Van Wagoner, John

Field, Chauncey, B. Mills, Samuel Van Wagoner, Sydney

Fluent, Andrew Morris, Edwin A. Wade, Elijah H.

Fountain, Benjamin Morse, Peter Walters, Neal

Fox, Nelson, G. Mose, William Workman, Jeremiah

Gardner, Earles W. Neal, James R. Warner, Edgar

Gordon, George O. Norris, Jonah Warner, George W.

Godfrey, Jefferson Odell, O.B. Washburn, Wilson N

Gooseman, Peter Olds, Edwin Washburn,George J.

Gould, John T. Palmer, Amos Watkins, Charles W.

Grant, John Palmer, Sylvester H. Welch, Cyrus S.

Greenman, Martin R. Parkinson Robert W. Wells, George H.

Gross, Reuben Pease. Allen D. Wells, Orville G.

Gross, William Pease, Lester H. Wheeler, Emory

Hakes, George W. Perry, James White, William

Hall, John Peters, D.R. Whitford, Silder

Hallock, Edmund R. Phelps, Count P. Whitford, Frank

Hart, Luther Pollock, John Wild, Peter

Hartford, Nicholas F. Post, Amos Williams, Charles

Hartley, John Powell. Chauncey O. Wilkinson, Oliver B.

Haywood, James C. Proper, Francis M. Wilson, Alvin R.

Haywood, Minor C. Purple, Thomas Wise, C.M.

Haywood, William C. Rosenkrans, Argales Wing Gideon

Helse, John Rosenkrans, Jeptha Winks, Charles

Hendrick, Lewis Rector, Henry E. Wisner, John S.

Herrington, Erwin R. Rennols, Curtis Wood, Abraham

Hicks, Frederick W. Robins, John Wood, Wilson

Holcomb, Edwin R. Robinson, Edwin Woolvern, Harvey H.

Hoyt, Barney Rowe, Walter Wollvern, Lewis D.

Holley, Orlando Russell, George Yale, William L.

Huff, John Rolf, Edgar F. Young, Newton F.

Jacobs, William S. Sanders, George

Helse, Phillip Scott, Graham G.

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was recruited at Grand Rapids in September, 1862, under Col. F.W. Kellogg. Eight companies of the command left for Washington, Feb. 23, 1862. In May following, its strength was increased by the addition of recruits, and the regimental roll raised to 1,028 men and officers. Its first service were rendered in connection with the army of the Potomac, and in November, 1863, advanced with that army corps toward the Rappa-

hannock. With the aid of the 6th Cavalry it repelled the large rebel force at Winchester, Aug. 11, 1864, and again at Cedar creek, Oct. 19, performed gallant service. Toward the close of 1864, it was still with Gen. Sheridan’s Army of the Shenandoah, and with it moved on Staunton, Feb. 27, 1865. This formed the first move in Sheridan’s ride to James river. The discomfiture of rebel Rosser’s cavalry corps at Louisa Court-House March 8; the capture of that position and the destruction of everything useful to the enemy along the James river canal, closed its course under Sheridan as a raider. On March 22, the command re-joined the Army of the Potomac. It participated in almost all the brilliant affairs characterizing the close of the war, and completed a grand record of service in defense of the Union at Appomattox Court-House, April 9, 1865.

Its subsequent service through Virginia and North Carolina, and its participation in the great review of the Army of the Potomac, May 23, 1865, may be said to close its war record proper. The command was ordered west for service with the Michigan Cavalry Brigade at Fort Leavenworth. There the troops learned that the command was to move to the Rocky Mountains. They were justly indignant; yet when the order was given they obeyed with a military precision deserving of a more just command, and moved across the plains to Camp Collins. In the far West those gallant soldiers who had served the Republic faithfully and well were subjected to all the miseries of official inability. The officers denied them every just privilege demanded. Major-Gen. Upton, commanding at Denver, declined to make any provision for transportation. The men hired their trans-portation in mule trains, of which there were several returning to Fort Leavenworth, and which the Government might have hired.

The men paid for this transportation $25 each, from their own private funds. At Fort Leavenworth the regiment was mustered out, the final papers made, and then was ordered to Michigan, It arrived at Jackson, Mich., the 20th, and was paid off and disbanded Dec. 25.


Farnham Lyon, Grand Rapids, commissioned 1st Lieut. And Q.M., Oct. 27, 1862; Asst Q.M. U.S. Vols., May 18, 1864; Brevet-Major U.S. Vol., March 13, 1865,--the latter in honor of distinguished service; was mustered out March 20, 1866.

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Henry W. Granger, Grand Rapids, commissioned 1st Lieut. N.Y. Lincoln Cav. Aug. 14,1861; and subsequently Major of 7th Mich. Cav., being appointed Dec. 20, 1862; was killed at Yellow Tavern, Va., May 11, 1864.

Daniel W. Dunnett, Grand Rapids, commissioned Captain July 31, 1861; was transferred to the 1st Mich. Cav. Nov. 17, 1865, and mustered out March 10, 1866. He entered the service Feb. 21, 1963, as Sergeant Co. D., and was promoted 2d Lieut. March 28, 1864.

Daniel McNaughton, Plainfield, Q.M. Sergeant, Aug. 28, 1862, was commissioned 1st Lieut. And Q.M., May 18, 1864, which post he filled until muster out Dec. 15, 1865.

Charles Lyon, Grand Rapids, commissioned Supernumerary 2d Lieut., Oct. 15, 1862; was subsequently mustered out, and reentering as a private soldier, Jan. 14, 1864, was promoted 2d Lieut. March 22, 1864, and 1st Lieut., May 24, 1865. This position he held at muster out Dec. 15, 1865.

Andrew N. Buck, Grand Rapids, was mustered into service as Sergeant, Co. F.; was promoted 2d Lieut. May 24, 1865; 1st Lieut. With rank from May 19, 1864; was transferred to 1st Mich. Cav. Nov. 17, 1865, and mustered out with command March 10, 1866.

Henry M. Nevins, Grand Rapids, Sup. 2d Lieut., Jan. 1, 1863; was mustered out at reorganization.

George H. Martin, Grand Rapids, Sergeant Co. I., Jan. 12, 1863, was commissioned 2d Lieut. Oct. 1, 1863, and being transferred to the 14th battery Light Artillery, was re-commissioned Feb. 11, 1864. He resigned Feb. 20, 1865.

Isaac W. Lucas, Sergeant Co. K., Feb. 19, 1863; was promoted 2 Lieut. March 22, 1864, and discharged without rank, June 16, 1865.

Marion A. Shafer, Grand Rapids, was commissioned Asst. Surgeon July 7, 1863, but was not mustered in.

Discharged Men.

Aisnoe, Peter Finch, James Smith, Elijah

Bates, Francis P. Forrest, David Thies, Nicholas

Bennett, Harley Mead, Stephen D. Toms, Alyn L.

Bodell, Moses A. Patterson, James A. Toms, Oscar M.

Brown, Peter Price, Luther G. Wolcott, Warren J.

De Groff, Ephraim Schmul, Albert


was raised under authority of the Provost Marshal General, given to Col. F.W. Kellogg, June 23, 1863, and left the camp at Grand Rapids for Lexington, Ky., Dec. 1, the same year, whence it moved to Camp Nelson, Dec. 13, 1863. Its services during the Tennessee Campaign were exceptionally efficient. From Kinsbro’s Cross Roads Jan. 16, 1864, to Stone Mountain, Ga., Sept. 13, 1864, it won distinction on every field. Nov. 16, the rebel General.

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Bainbridge attacked the Union position of Strawberry Plains, heavy fire was kept up for four days from his position on the Holston river, while his large cavalry force harassed the troops; but he was driven back on the 24th, and retired.

The remainder of the year was occupied by this command in the construction of fort-

ifications, in the destruction of the Saltville Salt Works, the battle of Kingsport, Dec. 12, of Bristol, Dec. 14, and of Saltville, Dec. 20. The close of the campaign was inaugurated Jan. 10, 1865, by a skirmish with the enemy at Chucky Bend. Subsequently the command served in East Tennessee, North Carolina and Alabama.

The command participated in 56 battles and minor actions during its term of service in the field. Entering the action of House Mountain, Tenn., and leaving after the affair of Newton, N.C., it arrived at Jackson, Nov. 15, 1865, for final discharge. The following is a list of the battles and rencounters in which the regiment participated:

House Mountain, Tenn., January, 1864; Bean’s Gap, Tenn., Mar. 26, 1864; Rheatown, Tenn., March 24, 1864; Jonesboro, Tenn., March 25, 1864; Johnsonville, Tenn., March 25, 1864; Watanga, Tenn., March 25, 1864; Powder Spring Gap, Tenn., April 28, 1864; Dandridge, Tenn., May 19, 1864; Greenville, Tenn., May 30, 1864; White Horn, Tenn., May 31, 1864; Morristown, Tenn., June 2, 1864; Bean’s Station, Tenn., June 16, 1864; Rogersville, Tenn., June 17, 1864; Kingsport, Tenn., June 18,1864; Cany Branch, Tenn., June 20, 1861; New Market, Tenn., June 21, 1864; Moseburg, Tenn., June 23, 1864; Williams’ Ford, Tenn., June 25, 1864; Dutch Bottom, Tenn., June 28, 1964;; Sevierville, Tenn., July 5, 1864; Newport, Tenn., July 8, 1864; Morristown, Tenn., Aug. 3, 1864; Greenville, Tenn., Aug. 4, 1864; Mossy Creek, Tenn., Aug. 18,1864; Bull Gap, Tenn., Aug. 21, 1864; Blue Spring, Tenn., Aug. 23, 1864; Greenville, Tenn., Aug. 23, 1864; Strawberry Plains, Tenn., Aug. 24, 1864; Flat Creek Bridge, Tenn., Aug. 24, 1864; Rogersville, Tenn., Aug. 27, 1864; Bull Gap, Tenn., Aug. 29, 1864; Greenville, Tenn., Sept. 4, 1864; Sweet water, Tenn., Sept. 10, 1864; Thorn Hill, Tenn., Sept. 10, 1864; Sevierville, Tenn., Sept. 18, 1864; Jonesboro, Tenn., Sept. 30, 1864; Johnson Station, Tenn., Oct. 1, 1864; Watanga Bridge, Tenn., Oct. 1,2, 1864; Chucky Bend, Tenn., Oct. 10, 1864; Newport, Tenn., Oct. 18, 1864; Irish Bottoms, Tenn., Oct. 25, 1864; Madisonville, Tenn., Oct. 30, 1864; Morristown, Tenn., Nov. 20, 1864; Strawberry Plains, Tenn., Nov. 23, 24, 1864; Kingsport, Tenn., Dec. 12, 1864; Bristol, Tenn., Dec. 14, 1864; Saltville, Tenn., Nov. 20, 1864; Chucky Bend, Tenn., Jan. 10, 1865; Brabson’s Mills, Tenn., March 25, 1865; Boonville, N.C., March 27, 1865; Henry Court House, Va., April 8, 1865; Abbott Creek, N. C., April 10, 1865, High Point, N.C., April 10, 1865; Statesville, N.C., April 14, 1865; Newton, N.C., April 17, 1865.

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Isreal C. Smith, Grand Rapids, transferred from 3d Michigan Infantry, with the rank of Major, to the 10th Mich. Cav., Aug. 23, 1863; was commissioned Lieut.-Col., Feb. 18, 1865; Colonel, Sept. 2, 1865; and Brev.-Gen. U.S. Vol., march 13, 1865; his service continued until mustered out Nov. 11, 1865.

Thaddeus Foote, Grand Rapids, entered the service as Major 6th Mich. Cav., Oct. 13, 1862, and was commissioned Col. Of the 10th Cav.,. Sept. 5, 1863. His resignation on account of disability took place July 25, 1864.

Elliott F. Covell, Grand Rapids, mustered in as Q.M. Serg., First Engineers and Mechanics, Oct. 3, 1861; Supernumerary 2d Lieut. 6th Cav., Oct. 13, 1862; commissioned 2d Lieut.m, arch 16, 1863, and Captain, 10tjh Mich. Cav., July 25, 1863, continuing in service until he resigned March 17, 1864.

James L. Smith, Plainfield, mustered in the ranks 8th N.Y. Inf., April 12, 1861; Sergeant 47th N.Y. Inf. Aug. 6, 1861; transferred with the rank of Captain, to the 10th Mich. Cav. July 25, 1863, and resigned April7, 1864.

Franklin B. Sherman, Grand Rapids, commissioned 1st Lieut. July 25, 1863; Adjutant, Dec. 21, 1864; Captain, Sept. 2, 1865; mustered out Nov. 11, 1865.

F. Covell Elliott, Grand Rapids, commissioned Captain, July 25, 1863; resigned on account of disability March 17, 1864

Don A. Dodge, Grand Rapids, commissioned 1st Lieut. And Commissary, Aug. 24, 1863; resigned March 28, 1865

John L. Wild, Caledonia, chief trumpeter, Sept. 10, 1863; 2d Lieut., April 1, 1864; 1st Lieut., Jan. 7, 1865; was mustered out Nov. 11, 1865.

Oliver M. Taylor, Grand Rapids, was commissioned 1st Lieut. And Q.M., Sept. 3, 1863; and was mustered out Sept. 2, 1865.

Robert G. Barr, Grand Rapids, entered service as 2d Lieut. July 25, 1863; was promoted to a 1st Lieut’cy, Jan. 6, 1865, and mustered out Nov. 11, 1865.

Fredrick N. Fields, Grand Rapids, was commissioned 1st Lieut. July 25, 1863. During the affair at Henry Court-House, Va., April 8, 1865, he received severe wounds and fell into the hands of the rebels, by whom he was held until the surrender of Gen. Lee, when he was regained and mustered out with the command, Nov. 11, 1865.

Samuel N. Edie, Lowell, Sergeant, Co. C., was commissioned 2d Lieut. Nov. 2, 1863, and discharged Nov. 11, 1865, with the rank and file.

Henry L. Covell, Grand Rapids, entered service as Sergeant, Co. C., Oct.23, 1863; was promoted 2d Lieut. Aug. 3, 1865, and mustered out with command.

Jeremiah W. Boynton, Grand Rapids, was commissioned 2d Lieut. July 25, 1863, which post he resigned Dec. 12, the same year.

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Samuel White, Jr. , Grand Rapids, Sergeant Co. D., commissioned 2d Lieut. Nov. 5, 1864; resigned Aug. 26, 1865.

Walter A. Palmer, Grand Rapids, Q.M. Serg., Sept. 25, 1863; was commissioned 2d Lieut. Oct. 19, 1865, and mustered out Nov. 11, same year.

Discharged Men.

Anderson, Charles Ellison, John W. Orlop, John

Anderson, William Edie, Samuel N. Packard, John

Beech, Franklin J. Evens, William Page, Enos

Brown, Perry Fish, Samuel Paterson, Franklin

Brown, Lorenzo Fisk, Whitney E. Parker, Ernest L.

Berry, George Fox, William Pierce, Warren S.

Blakely, Egbert Free, William Phillips, Martin

Beckwith, George H. Gibbs, Alfred O. Rapp, George

Beckwith, Edgar L. Gould, Jonathan Ranel, William G.

Bigelow, Charles L. Green, Jonathan Reed, Lemuel

Burdi, Joseph Hall, George S. Rist, Josiah

Bishop, George S. Hartman, Charles S. Rowland, William A.

Bennett, William W. Hamilton, Amos H. Rogers, Frederick

Butler, James Holden, William W. Sisco, Charles S.

Bush, William H. Hildreth, Cyrus C. Stanley, John

Brooke, Barney A. Holt, Samuel A. Smith, Harmon B.

Callahan, James O. Howell, Joshua Schrader, William

Cole, Edward O. Irwin, Jared Sparks, Albertus

Carlton, Nelson June, James H. Smell, Jefferson

Carlton, William June, William M. Spaulding, Minor

Casper, Nelson F. Kennedy, Alonzo Stevenson,

Camp, John Kenney, Patrick Stenson, Washington S.

Cronkite, Henry M. Lamberton, John Smith, James M.

Crampton, Charles Light, DeWitt C. Shepherd, Kasey P.

Crissman, Amos Long, Henry Tappin, Robert

Cavill, William Love, Charles Trill, Samuel

Collar, Abram Lovell, Joseph B. Van Stat, Martin

Coffee, William Luce, Hiram C. Van Orden, J. H.

Clark, Daniel Luman, Cornelius Wheeler, Edmund A.

Davis, Daniel Margrider, John W. Williams, John J.

Davis, Minor Middlemist, Joseph Williams, Lewis

Delaney, Patrick McCormick, Daniel A. Wilson, William P.

Darune, Joseph Miller, Nelson Woodman, Neil

Douglas, James McLanifan, Robert C. Williams, Sidney

Drew, Frank E. Minor, Caleb Williams, Jesse B.

Durham, Andrew T. Moore, John R. White, George

Dunning, E.W. Nestell, Lyman D. Whitney, Charles J.

Edwards, Hiram P. Nelson, Peter Williams, George B.

Elkins, Augustus W. Newton, Gifford Worden, Aldelbert E.

Ellis, John Norton, John Wylie, George P.

Emens, David R. Norton, James T. Young, Wesley


Owing to the number of batteries furnished to the Union armies by this State, and the lengthy history which each claims, it is impracticable to deal with them in detail. The names of the soldiers and officers who won honors during their service with this branch of the army, are here given. The fact that each one did his duty has been fully substantiated. The batteries raised in this county comprised the 2d, 3d, and 13th, references to which are here made:

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The Second Battery was formed at Grand Rapids as a part of the 2d Cavalry. It left for Pittsburg Landing, Dec. 17, 1861, and at the battle of April 6, 1862, lost four guns and 60 men and officers. That portion escaping formed with a Missouri battery for a short period until reorganized in November, 1862.

The officers and men made prisoners, were exchanged and reorganizing at Detroit left for Kentucky, Dec. 25, 1862.

During the first two months of 1863 it served in Tennessee and Mississippi, where that portion which was attached to the 1st Missouri Artillery in 1862 joined it. During the remainder of the year it was stationed at Bethel and Corinth.

In 1864 it participated in the action at Rome. On Oct. 26, it rendered good service in the affair at Cave Spring, Ga. During the year it lost 11 men by disease and five wounded. Subsequently, the battery participated in the battles of Turkey Ridge, Ala, Griswold, Ogechee river, and Savannah, Ga.; Salkehatchie River and Columbia, S.C.; Cox’s Bridge and Bentonville, N.C. The last action took place March 21-22, 1865. June 14, 1865, the battery reported for discharge at Detroit, and was disbanded.

The Third Battery was raised at Grand Rapids, and left for the front Dec. 17, 1861. It participated in the siege of Corinth, and the battle of Inka, losing during its year of service one man killed, 13 who died of disease, and three prisoners. Marching from Corinth, Miss., Nov. 2, 1862, encamped at Grand Junction on the 4th, and on the 11th marched to Davis’ Mills. On the 29th, one action engaged the enemy at Lumpkins’ Mills, disabling two of the rebel guns, and, with the cavalry brigade, forced the enemy into their earthworks at Oxford, Miss.; thence it proceeded to La Grange, and returned to Corinth, Jan. 7, 1863, where it was stationed until May 13. April 20, one section accompanied Gen. Dodge on an expedition into Alabama, and engaged the enemy’s cavalry at Town creek, returning to Corinth May 2. May 13, the battery proceeded to Memphis, Tenn., where it formed part of the garrison until Oct. 18, when it marched to Iuka, and was there stationed. During 1864, this battery was present in Georgia, and participated in the movement on Atlanta. Of its members one fell in action, 11 died of disease, and four were wounded. From December, 1864, to March 21, 1865, the battery was engaged in the field for seven days--at Savanah, Cheraw, Fayetteville and Bentonville. From May 31, 1862, to March 21, 1865, it participated in 19 battles. After over three years of useful service it was mustered out at Detroit, June 22, 1865.

The Thirteenth Battery was organized at Grand Rapids, and was mustered into the United States service, Jan. 20, 1864, with 160 names on its rolls. It left Grand Rapids Feb. 3, and arrived at Washington, D.C., on the 7th. It went into camp near Washington, where it was employed perfecting itself in drill until May 14. It was then ordered to Fort Slemmer, D.C. During the re-

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mainder of the year the battery was stationed at Fort Slemmer, and in other fortifications in the neighborhood of Washington. July 11, 12, 1864, it assisted in the defense of Fort Stevens against the attack of the rebel Gen. Early’s forces. During the year its loses from disease were nine men. In February, 1865, it was mounted and detached for duty with the 13th New York Vol. Cav. In Maryland. After the assassination of President Lincoln it scoured the country in quest of the conspirators, and succeeded in capturing Judd and Arnold. Subsequently the battery was dismounted and placed on garrison duty at Fort Reno, which post it evacuated by order, June 19, and left for Jackson, where it arrived for discharge on the 22d f that month, 1865.


John J. Ely, Grand Rapids, commissioned 1st Lieut. Battery E., 1st Light Artillery, Nov. 1, 1861. Captain, June 9, 1863; Major, March 15, 1864; and ultimately Brevet Lt.-Col.,. U.S. Vol., June 20, 1865; mustered out July 29, 1865.

George D. Jewett, Grand Rapids, 1st Lieut. 13th Battery, Light Artillery, appointed March 3, 1864; was mustered out July 1, 1865.

William J. Cheeney, Grand Rapids, Sergeant Battery E., Dec. 3, 1861; was commissioned 2d Lieut. March 27, 1865, and served with that rank until mustered out July 20, 1865.

Frederick J. Dean, Grand Rapids, mustered into service Aug. 1, 1862, as Sergeant in the Chicago Board of Trade Battery; commissioned 2d Lieut. Of 13th Battery Sept. 13, 1864; 1st Lieut., Jan. 2, 1865; resigned June 5, 1865.

Discharged Men.

Annis, De Forest S. Johnson, Joseph Stone, Alfred W.

Barber, William G. Kelsey, Theron A. Stowers, Ashley P.

Beasley, Thomas D. Kerr, James Stowers, Wesley

Beckley, Everett A. Lewis, Jacob Tallman, Levi P.

Bigelow, Levi H. Lewis, James Tann, Andrew J.

Biggs, Alfred Lewis, John Tenney, James A.

Biggs, William Lowry, Samuel B. Trueby, Edwin E.

Boyer, John Marham, Bradley Uppinear, James

Carpenter, Leander, C. Martin, Orrin C. Verstay, Ira

Caswell, John S. McConnell, Daniel W. Verstay, Charles

Champion, James D. Miller, John Verstay, Cornelius

Clilson, Newman Page, James Webster, Horstio

Carney, William Pierce, Warren H. Wallace, William

Crigue, Josiah Porter, Curtis Williams, Levi L.

Collison, Almon E. Quigley, Joseph M. Wheeler, John R.

Crowley, Jeremiah Rice, Newhall Webber, John P.

Dunbour, Adrian Rounds, Joseph Whitford, Rufus

Fenton, Samuel Rouse, William H. Wood, George A.

Hilton, Henry Smith, William Whitney, Solomon

Holmes, Andrew Steadman, Ben. F. Wilkinson, Almon c.

Houslee, Henry P. Sours, Edward S. Wilson, Madison T.

House, William H. Sours, Lawrence Wise, David

Hoyt, Charles F. Stilwell, Cyrus Wyle, Henry H.

Hughes, Joseph E. Stoddard, George S.

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Discharged Men.

Second Battery.--Sylvester Curtis, Charles Robertson, James Rounds, and Henry Simmons.

Third Battery.--Wm. Thompson, and Levi L. Williams

Fifth Battery.--Joseph Amiot, Benj. R. Cole, Jacob DeVries, and Charles W. Frink.

Thirteenth Battery,--Lewis H. Barnes, Felix and Jabez Chamberlain, Silas Mills, Lorenzo D. Pickard, Abraham and Henry Replogle, Albert A. Richmond, Wm. H. Roberts, James O. Shepard, Samuel C. Totten, Erastus W. Tower, and Orsinus Wyman.



In June, 1862, a company of Michigan troops organized as Company D., of the regiment of Western Sharpshooters. During the last six months of 1862 this company took part in the capture of Fort Donelson, the affair at Shiloh, and the siege of Corinth.

Co. I., of the Reg. U.S. Sharpshooters was organized in March, 1862; Co. C., in August under Capt. J.H. Baker, and Co. K., under Capt. W.H. Nash, July 7. The three companies served with the 1st U.S. Sharpshooters at Hanover Court-House, before Richmond, and in the neighborhood of Washington.

Company B., of the 2d U.S. Sharpshooters, served with the command, under McDowell, on the Potomac.

The company under Capt. Kin S. Dygert, organized in September 1861, served with the 16th Infantry in 1861-’2-’3.

Officers,--James F. Covell was commissioned 1st Lieut., First U.S. Sharpshooters, Co. I., March 5, 1862, and Captain, Feb. 4, 1863.

Joseph Dick, Grand Rapids, was Sergeant 1st Co. Sharpshooters with 16th Inf., Oct. 16, 1861; promoted 2d Lieut. July 7, 1865, and received discharge the day following.

Discharged Men.--Luther Barter, Amos P. Bogue, Ezra Bogue, Wm. L. Cowen, Hiram Gallup, John F. Hennessy, Samuel A. Morey, John Reynolds, and Warren Samberton.


The following were appointed general officers, or on the staff of the U.S. Volunteers and the regular army, during the war.

Charles P. Babcosk, Grand Rapids, was appointed Major and Paymaster of Volunteers Feb. 19, 1863. This commission was revoked Aug. 25, 1863

Henry C. Grout, Grand Rapids, was appointed Major and Paymaster July 22, 1863; Brevet Lieut. Col. Of Vol., Oct. 6, 1865, and mustered out Civil_war_history.wpsov. 1, 1865.

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Christopher W. Leffgingwell, Grand Rapids, was commissioned Captain and Asst. Q.M. of Vol., Sept. 10, 1861, and served until Dec. 6, 1865.

Col. F.W. Kellogg, one of the first and most energetic supporters of the war policy, and member of Congress from Michigan, was commissioned to organize the volunteers of Kent and neighboring counties.

Charles A. Babcock, was born in New York, June 12, 1833; appointed from Michigan April 8, 1850; attached to sloop "John Adams," coast of Africa, 1850--’53; brig. "Bainbrodge," Brazil Squadron, 1853--’55; Navel Academy, 1856; Passed Midshipman, June 20, 1856; Coast Survey, 1857; Master, Jan. 22, 1858; "Vandalia" Pacific Squadron, 1858--’59; Lieut., Oct. 2, 1859; Lieut., Oct.2, 1859; "Macedonian, Va., 1862; Lieut. Commander, July 16, 1862; Commander U..S.S. "Morse," N.A. Blockade Sq., 1862-’64; defeated rebels at City Point, Va., May, 1863; repulse of Wade Hampton and Fitzhugh Lee Cavalry, June 20, 1864; Fleet Capt. Miss. Squadron, 1864-’5; Supt. Ordnance Building Dept., June, 1865; Navy Yard, Portmouth, 1867-’8; commander "Nyack," South Pac. Squadron, 1868-’9; Commander Oct. 28, 1869; Light-House Inspector, 1870-’72; Com. U.S.S.S. "Guard" 1872-’3, and Com. U.S. monitor "Canonicus," N.A. Squadron, 1875-’76. After a brilliant term of general service, this soldier died at New Orleans, La., June 29, 1876.

P.R.L. Pierce, Commissioner, and Almon M. Ellsworth, Surgeon, were commissioned by the Governor to execute the provisions of the proclamation ordering a draft, so far as Kent county was concerned. The number of men in the county September, 1862, subject to service was 3,934. Before the draft of February, 1863, Kent had offered her full quota.

Under the United States Act of March, 1862, this Congressional district was erected into an "enrollment district," with Norman Bailey, of Hastings, as Provost Marshal. During the summer no less than 2,795 men enlisted, aged between 20 and 35 years, and 1,811 men of the second class.
Previous to Nov. 1, 1864, the whole number of men reported liable to military service in this county was in the field, aggregating without the three months’ men, 3,908, together with 306 volunteers and drafted men furnished from November, 1864, to April 14, 1865m aggregating 4,214 men.

E.R. Ellis, and L. DePuy were among the surgeons who volunteered their services from this State.

The military election commissioners of 1864 were Wm. A. Robinson, who took the vote of the 10th and 14th Inf. Regts. Then stationed near Atlanta, Ga.

Hon. T.D. Gilbert and Maj. Gen. Pierce, of this county, were among the directors of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Association organized Aug. 11, 1865.

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Hon. E.G.D. Holden, Grand Rapids, was among the projectors of the Military Museum.


In the other commands the representation of Kent county was limited in number. In referring to them it will be necessary only to give the names of officers and men from this county who served with them.


Or 102d Colored Regiment, took an active part in 10 general engagements during the war. The colored population of Kent county was represented in its ranks under the following named officers: Thomas M. Barker, Grand Rapids, commissioned Captain April 9, 1864; mustered out with the command Sept. 30, 1865. Gilman T. Holmes, Gaines, commissioned 1st Lieut. Nov. 7, 1863, and Q.M., May 6, 1865; resigned June 30, 1865.

Henry S. Burton, Leonard Harrod, and Charles Jones were privates in this regiment.


The following were honorably discharged from their respective regiments as noted: Hewitt Tyler, 2d Inf,; Morris E. Spencers, 7 Inf.; Charles Darby, 10th Inf.,; James Cheeseman, and Lyman W. Liscomb, 24th Inf.; David P. Kimball, and Avery J. Pool, 27th Inf.; Joseph Rounds, 1st Mich, Sharpshooters; John Doyle, Stanton Guards; Wm. I. Tompkins, James Way, Henry Hackett and Wellington Fitch, 1st U. S. Sharpshooters; Edwin Meade, Jacob Maner, John J. Burch and Orlando Thomas, 8th Cav.; Wm. A. Sanford, 9th Cav.

Among the officers from Kent county attached to regiments wherein the rank and file furnished by the county was sparsely represented, if represented at all, were the following:

Lafayette L. Johnson, Grand Rapids, 1st Lieut. 9th Mich. Cav. Nov. 3, 1862, was promoted to a captaincy Nov. 30, 1863, and mustered out July 21, 1865.

Henry L. Wise, commissioned Major 11th Cav. Aug. 31, 1863, was mustered out Aug. 10, 1865.

Hiram L. Mason, Grand Rapids. Sergeant Co. C., 7th Inf., Aug. 22, 1861; was commissioned 1st Lieut. Oct. 5, 1864, and Captain, Nov. 4, 1864, which position he held until July 5, 1865.