time when he heard the clarion-notes of duty's call, and so
Walter G. Duckett. — There were those who liked Washington
so well that they concluded to remain there. Among them was
the young man who had served the 2d Battalion in the capacity
of hospital steward. His merits in this line of duty were rec-
ognized, and he was transferred to the U. S. A., remaining till
Locating in the Capital of the nation, he has continued to do
a business in the pharmaceutical line ever since. Few veterans
of the Ninth fail to call on him when in Washington, and they
almost made his store their headquarters in 1892.
John F. Failing. — The long time efficient hospital steward
of the Ninth is now an M. D. in Grand Rapids, Mich. It is a
source of regret that more extended data are not at hand, but
he lends a hand to the making of this book.
Chauncey Fish. — He is entitled to the rank of major, but
somehow to a great many, it comes more natural to call him
"captain," just a little nearer, for a captain is in close contact
with those who follow, and when we look at the origin of the
word, what is there higher than the head? and that is what the
word comes from.
Of Massachusetts stock, Chauncey Fish has in his own life
and in that of his sons fully exemplified the merits of his ances-
tors, who repeatedly stood for what they deemed their rights.
His parents. Thomas and Sarah (Gallop) Fish, settled in Wil-
liamson in 1810, and there in 1828, January 22d. our captain
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was born, the second of nine children. His wife was Phoebe J.
Cottrell, also of Williamson, and of New Jersey descent. They,
too, have had nine children, of whom Myron and John were
members of the same company with their father. Myron was
killed at Winchester in 1864, and John died in 1809.
Captain Fi.sh was one of the most active agents in the rais-
ing of Company B, and he went away from Auburn as 1st
sergeant. Every promotion was fairly earned, and to this day
no officer of the Ninth enjoys a higher degree of respect than the
captain, who gave time, his own blood and that of his son in
the defense of country. Afflicted with infirmities, largely re-
sulting from exposure in the field, he has tilled his farm since
the war, save as he held the government position of collector
of customs in Pultneyville, which place he filled for seven years.
No door in Wayne county swings open to an old soldier any
more easily than that of the captain's house, and a G. A. K.
button is an open sesame to the best that he possesses. Unless
illness prevents, he is always present at the county and regi-
mental reunions, and when he rises to speak he is sure of at-
tentive listeners, for every one knows that he has something to
say, and that he will say it. He belongs to the Post of the G.
A. B. which bears the name of his boy slain in battle.
He is a brevet major, having received that title from Andrew
Johnson on account of his bravery at Sailor's Creek. He retains
with a deal of pride, every bit of which is pardonable, a letter
from Governor Fenton transmitting the commission, and the
same is reproduced here.
State of New York, Executive Department.
Albany, Nov. 8, 186G.
Brevet Major Chauncey Fish.
Dear Sir: I have the pleasure to transmit herewith a brevet
commission, conferred by the president in recognition of your
faithful and distinguished services in the late war.
In behalf of the state, allow me to thank you for the gallantry
and devotion which induced the conspicuous mention by the
General Government. I feel a lively solicitude in all (hat re-
lates to the honor and j)rosperity of the soldiers of the Union
army, and especially those who advanced its renown while de-
fending the cause of our common country.
R. E. FENTON.
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Perhaps the signature of Edwin M. Stanton affixed to the