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nessee where it did etteetive service until the spring of lS(i4, when
it was transferred back to Virginia, where it again became a part of
the Army of the Potomac and participated in the battles that resulted
in the fall of Eiehmond, the evacuation of Petersburg and the sur-
render at Aiipomatox. In all this the Seventeenth fully sustained its
reputation gained in the early days of its service. It lost heavily at
Campbell's Station in East Tennessee. It fought splendidly in defense
of Fort Saunders at Knoxville and on the 12th of May, 1864, in Grant's
campaign in the Wilderness it went into action with 225 officers and
men. and lost twenty-three killed, seventy-three wounded and ninety-
seven prisoners, leaving on the evening of that day but thirty-six to-
gether about the colors. Perhaps no regiment that went from Michigan
had a wider range of service or. did harder fighting than tiiis. wiiose
Company K was recruited so largely from Marshall, Albion, Battle
Creek, Bedford, Sheridan, ^larengo and Homer in the order named.
Captain Thayer was wounded at South ^lountain on September 14,
1862, and resigned ilay 15, 1863, on account of disabilities incurred.
Thomas W. Wells of Alarshall, became successively sergeant, sergeant
major and lieutenant in Company K, and then resigned and later en-
tered the Eighth Regiment of Cavalry.

The 17th. after the surrender of Lee's army, returned to Washington,
where on ^lay 23, 1865, it participated witii the Army of the PotDUiac
in the great review and where on the 3rd of June folldwing, it was
iiuistcred out of service and returned to Detroit on tiic 7th to be paid
off and disbanded.

The total enrollment, 1,224.

The total killed in action, 84.

The total died of wounds, 48.

The total died in Confederate pri.sons, 54.

The total died of disease, 84.

The total discharged for disability, wounds and disease. 2411.

C.\LHOux Soldiers i.n the Seve.nteentii

Baker, Thomas L. Company H. Enlisted from Battle (reek, .\ii^'. II. isiil'. Dieil
of disease in Maryland, Oet. 15, 1862.

Belcher, Uriah W. Company G. Enlisted at Albion, .Ang. >*, I^*. 1862.
Wounded at Antietam, Sept. 14, 1862.

Tiittle, Samuel H. Company G. Enlisted from Albit.n, Aug. is. isiiii.

Upright, Edmond. Company G. Enlisted at Mars^hall, .lune .l, 1S6L'.

Vanderhoof, William. Company G. Enlisted at Albion, Aug. 4, 1862.

Wells, Thomas W. Company H. Enlisted at Marshall, Aug. IH, 1H62. Second
Lieutenant, Feb. 22, 1863.

Wetherbee, Ozro. Company K. Enlisted from Albion, Aug. 5, 1S(!2. Wounded
in aitiou at Campbell Station, Tenn., Nov. 16, 1863.

Whitcomb, William H. Company H. Enlisted from Hnmer. .luly :;. isiii'.

Woodmansee, Matthew C. Company K. Enlisted from Marshall, Aug. 13, 1862.

Woodmansee, Thomas J. Company K. Enlisted from Marshall, Aug. 13, 1862.

Wright, Simeon K. Company G. Enlisted at Albion. Aug. 9, 1862. Taken pris-
oner at Campbell's Station, Tenn., Nov. 16, 1S63.

Eighteenth and Nineteenth

Eighteenth: Harmon, Daniel. Company K. Enlisted from Bedford, Aug. 11,
1862. Commissary Sergeant, May 4, 1865.

Hatih, James W. Company B. Enlisted March 2, 1865.

Hungerford, Elon G. Company H. Enlisted at Bedford, Feb. 24, 1864.

Nineteenth: Haney, Smith. Company E. Enlisted at Tekonsha, Dee. 28, 1863.

Wallace, Robert B. Company C. Enlisted from Tekonsha, Aug. 13, 1862.
Wounileil in action at Thompson's Station, Tenn.. ilarch ."), 1S63.

The Twentieth jMiciiig.\n Infantry

Few reginu'iits in our own or iiny other state can show a record
comparable to that of the Twentieth Michigan Infantry whether in tlie
number and severit.y of the battles fought, the casualties suffered, or the
high personnel of the officers and men in war and in peace. Washtenaw
county had two companies. One from Ann Arl)or commanded by Claud-
ius B. Grant, who rose to the rank of colonel commanding the regiment
and who in peace long .served the state as justice of the suiircme court ;
the second company was from Ypsilanti and commanded by Byron M.
Cutcheon who became a brigade commander and brevet brigadier gen-
eral, and served with distinction for eight years in the Congress of the
United States. The first lieutenant of Company B of Ypsilanti was
Charles T. Allen, who was for many .vears after the war one of the
foremost ministers of the gospel in the state.

In this regiment Calhoun count.y had two companies. (' and 1. It
entered the service with two field and five officers of the line. It fur-
nished two officers who rose to command the regiment. Simeon S. French
of Battle Creek was ma.jor surgeon. As an officer and a man he was
held in the highest esteem by all who knew liim.

Hiram S. Warner, of ]\Iarshall, saw service in the Fii-st Infantry,
three months regiment. He entered the Twentieth as ad.jutant. He was
twice wounded in battle.

In 1863, he was commissioned regimental i|uart(n-iiiastir and in lS(i4
was acting brigade (|uartermaster.



518 HISTORY OF CALHOUN COUNTY

George C. Barues, of Battle Creek, entered the service as captain of
Company C, and rose by demonstrated ability and courage to the rank
of lieutenant colonel. He fell mortally wounded in an assault on the
Confederate works at Petersburg, Virginia, July 18, 1864.

Albert G. Barney, of Bedford, sergeant major, at the .organization
was commissioner first lieutenant May 12, 1864. He received a wound
in the engagement at Bethesda Church, Virginia, June 2, 1864, from
which he died the 29th of tlie following month.

Charles J. Brown, of Battle Creek, entered the service as second lieu-
tenant of the Twentieth and was acting assistant adjutant general Sec-
ond Brigade, First Division United States Army Corps, from September
1, 1862, to January, 1863. He died at Frederick City, Maryland, Jan-
uary 29, 1863. Stephen O. Bryant, of Bedford, served over two years in
the ranks as corporal and sergeant before he became a lieutenant. He,
too, was wounded in battle.

Walter H. Chadwiek, of Battle Creek, went out as sergeant and came
back a lieutenant. He was wounded at Petersburg.

Charles C. Dodge, of .Marshall, entered the service as captain. Com-
pany I. Was a prisoner from June. 1864, to March, 1865.

Josiah T. Hammond, of Tekonsha, served as first and as second lieu-
tenant and for a number of years after the war was probate judge of
Jackson county.

Holland F. Robinson, of Convis, went by gradual promotion from the
ranks to a captaincy and fell at the head of his company in the battle
before Petersburg, Virginia, February 4, 1865.

Heniy H. Stowell, of Marshall, like Robinson, rose step by step from
the ranks to receive a captain's commission, January 12, 1865.

Adrian C. White, of Battle Creek, was a young man of twenty-one
when he entered the service. He served as sergeant, first sergeant, first
lieutenant and as assistant adjutant general returning home at the end of
the war with a captain's stripes upon his shoulders.

Our research through all the Michigan regiments in the war for the
Union leads us to believe that all things considered, Clement A. Louns-
bury, of Marengo, came out of the service with the finest i-ecord of any
soldier who went from Calhoun county. Lounsbury first enlisted in
Company I, First Michigan, three months service, April 22, 1861. He
was then but a youth of 18. He was a private in the ranks and as such
was wounded and taken prisoner in the first Bull Run battle, July 21,
1861.

August 9, 1862, he re-entered the service as first sergeant. Company
D, Twentieth Infantry. Commissioned second lieutenant January, 1863,
wounded and taken prisoner ]May 10, 1863; first lieutenant, November 19,
1863 ; wounded at Spottsylvania, Virginia ; captain to date from
May 12, 1863; aid-de-camp, November, 1864, to March, 1865, assistant
adjutant general, April, 1865; lieutenant colonel, December 20, 1864;
colonel, March 11, 1865.

A young country boy of eighteen who can go from the ranks to the
command of one of the finest regiments in the army; who three times
wounded and twice a prisoner still clings to the service and rises step
by step, receiving repeated commendations of superior officers for



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gallantry and resourcefulness, is an exception even among so nuiny offi-
cers and men as the Twentieth had of approved courage and ability.

In this regiment was George M. Buck, who went out from Battle
Creek in t'onii)any V. Buck was from the beginning to tlie end in the
ranks. After the war he served long on tlie bencli as judge of tlie Kahi-
mazoo circuit. A man of genuine merit and ability. As niDdcst and
unpretentious in peace as he was faithful and fearless in war. he ty]iifies
the nearly two hundred comrades who served with him fi-om Calhoun
county in the ranks of this historic regiment. A brief resume of its
career tells the story of service and sacrifice. It was recruited and or-
ganized during the summer of 1862. Left its camp at Jackson for Wash-
ington, September 1, 18t)2 ; assigneil to the Nintti Ai-my Corps. Ai-m>- of
the Potomac, September 6, 1862 ; served in the East till the spring of 1863
when it was transferred to Kentucky, June 6 ; sent to Grant and shared
in the siege of Vicksburg. After the fall of Vickslnu-g i-eturned to Ken-
tucky and in September, 1863, entered East Tennessee ; fought in the
battles in the vicinity of Knoxville ; returned to the Army of the Potomac
in the early spring of 1865 ; was with the Army of the Potomac from the
crossing of the Rapidan May 5, 1864, to the surrender at Appomattox.
April 9, 1865, sharing in all its battles; commanded in these battles
successively and successfully by Cutcheon, Barnes, Grant and Lounsbury
it stood in the early morning of April 2, 1865, knocking at the gates
of Petersburg and was one of the first to enter that long beleaguered
city. It was constantly on the fighting line. It lost more officers, killed
and died of wounds, than any other Michigan regiment. It lost over
eleven per cent of the men killed or mortally wounded. It marched in
the Grand Review; mustered out May 30, 1865, near Washington. I). C,
and on June 4, 1865, disbanded at Jackson, Michigan.

Total enrollment. 1,183.

Killed in action, 72.

Died of wounds, 42.

Died in Confederate prisons, 21.

Died of disease, 89.

Discharged for disability. Ki!).

Soldiers ' Llst op the Twentieth

Acker, Orange F. Company I. Enlisted at Tekonsha, Aug. 11, 1863.

Allen, Lewis W. Company I. Enlisted from Convis, Aug. 11, 1862.

Andrews, -Truman N. Company C. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Aug. 4, 1862.
Died in hospital, Washington, D. C, June 9, 1864.

Austin, Ira W. Company C. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Aug. 4, 1S6J. Died at
Falmouth, Va., Feb. 1, 1862.

Ayres, Harrison W. Company I. Enlisted from Convis, .\ug. i\ 1862. Wounded
in battle. May 12, 1864. Corporal.

Barber, Charles A. Company C. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Aug. 7, 1862.

Barber, William H. Company C. Enlisted at Battle (,'reek, Aug. 7, 1862.

Barnes, George C. Entered service at organization of Company C, as Captain,
July 17, 1862. Lieutenant Colonel, Nov. 21, 1863. Died June 20, "l864, of wounds
received in action before Petersburg, .Tune 18, 1864.

Barney, Albert G. Company C. Enlisted from Bedford, Aug. 9, 1862. First
Lieutenant, May 12, 1864. Died from wounds received in action, .Tune 2, 1864.

Barnum, .Tames A. Company C. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Aug. 6, 1862. Dieil
of disease in Cincinnati, Ohio. Aug. 16. 1863.



520 HISTOEY OF CALHOUN COUNTY

Benham, Charles W. Company I. Enlisted at Tekonsha, August 12, 1S()2. Killed
in action at Cumberland Fort, Ky., May 9, 1863.

Berry, Chester D. Company I. Enlisted from Peunfield, Aug. 14, ISGi'. Taken
prisoner at Cold Harbor, Va., June 2, 1864.

BesteJ, Frank. Company I. Enlisted at Marshall, Aug. 7, 1862.

Bestel, Peter. Company 1. Enlisted at Marshall, Aug. 11, 1862. Died .May 2U,
1864, of wounds received in action at Spottsylvania, Va.

Bevier, Charles. Company C. Enlisted from Bedford, Aug. 11, 1862. Wounded
in action at Spottsylvania, Va., May 12, 1864.

Bevier, Eobert R. Company C. Enlisted from Bedford, Feb. 27, 1864. Wounded
in action, July 30, 1864.

Bevier, Kussell B. Company C. Enlisted from Le Eoy, Aug. 8, 1862.
Bidvvell, David M. Company C. Enlisted from Battle Creek, Aug. 16, 1862. Wounded
in action at Bethesda Church, Va., June 3, 1864. Died July 13, 1864.

Blake, James G. Company I. Enlisted at ilarshall, Aug. 2, 1862. Killed in
action at Spottsylvania, Va., May 12, 1864.

Blanck, Atalbert A. Company C. Enlisted from Athens, Aug. 8, 1862.

Booth, John. Company C. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Aug. 8, 1862. Taken pris-
oner at Spottsylvania, May 12, 1864.

Bortles, Samuel. Company I. Enlisted from Marengo, Aug. 9, 1862.

Broughton, Charles. Company I. Enlisted from Marengo, Aug. 8, 1862.

Bradshaw, Charles. Company I. Enlisted from Eckford, Aug. 5, 1862. Wounded
in action, June 18, 1864.

Browkaw, George. Company I. Enlisted from Tekonsha, Aug. 8, 1862. Died of
disease at Falmouth, Va., Dec. 27, 1862.

Brookins, George. Company I. Enlisted from Tekonsha, Aug. 9, 1862. Sergeant.

Brown, Charles J. Company C. Entered service as Second Lieutenant, July 22,
1862. Died of disease at Frederick City, Md., January 29, 1863.

Brown, Isaac M. Company C. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Aug. 1.5, 1862. Wounded
in action at Petersburg, Va., June 18, 1864.

Bryan, Stephen O. Company C. Enlisted from Bedford, Aug. 5, 1862. Wounded
in action at Knoxville, Tenn., Nov. 29, 1863. Second Lieutenant, May 17, 1863.

Buchanan, Robert. Company C. Enlisted from Athens, Aug. 8, 1862.

Buck, George M. Company C. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Aug. 9, 1862. Corporal.

Buckingham, Orestes. Company I. Enlisted at Marshall, Aug. 11, 1862.
• Burlingham, Findley D. Company I. Enlisted from Convis, Aug. 11, 1862.

Buler, Henry, Clarence. Company I. Enlisted at Marshall, Aug. 9, 1862.

Casey, Chester. Company C. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Aug. 6, 1862. Taken
prisoner at Spottsylvania, Va., May 12, 1864.

Chadwick. Walton H. Company C. Enlisted at Battle Creek, July 2o, 1862.
Wounded at Petersburg, Va., July 30, 1864. Second Lieutenant, May 17, 186-5.

Chamberlain, John. Company I. Enlisted at JIarshall, Aug. 8, 1862.

Cleveland. Andrew H. Company I. Enlisted from Convis, Aug. 19, 1862. Killed
in action at Spottsylvania, Va., May 12, 1864.

Cluff, John. Company I. Enlisted at Marshall, July 2.5, 1862. Wagoner.

Cole, Dexter. Company I. Enlisted at Marshall, Aug. 7, 1862.

Collins, John T. Company I. Enlisted at Marshall, Aug. 11, 1862.

Cornell, Daniel S. Company I. Enlisted from Convis, Aug. 2, 1862. Wounded
in action, July 6, 1864.

Cregg, William H. Company 1. Enlisted from Tekonsha, Aug. 9, 1862. De-
serted, Dec. 20, 1862.

Crofoot, David W. Company I. Enlisted at Marshall, Aug. 8, 1862. Died Dec.
16, 1863, of wounds received in action at Campbell's Station.

Davis, Charles E. Company I. Enlisted from Convis, Aug. 12, 1862. Wounded
in action, May 12, 1864. Corporal.

Davis, Jabez P. Company C. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Aug. 8, 1862. Wagoner.

Davison, Robert W. Company I. Enlisted from Marengo, Aug. 11, 1862.
Wounded in action. May 12, 1864.

Deitzel, Wyman. Company C. Enlisted from Battle Creek, Aug. 9, 1862. Taken
prisoner at Poplar Grove Church, Va., Sept. 30, 1864.



HISTORY OF CALIIOUX COrXTY .".21

Deiiiarest. Harmon. Company H. Enlisted I'ldin He.lfnr.l. Any. ^. IMil.'.
Wouniled in action at Horseslioe Bend, Ky., May 10, ISli:!.

Demott. David. Company C. Knlisteil from Convis, Aug. L', IstiJ. 'I'Mkon
prisoner uear Petersburg, Va., July 30, 1864.

DeJIott, John W. Company C. Enlisted from Convis, Aug. o, ISCU.

Dillingham, William O. Company 1. Enlisted from Fredonia, Aug. f', ISG.'.
Taken prisoner at Concord Station, East Tenn., Nov 16. 1863. Died in prison at
Andersonville, Ga., Oct. 18, 1864.

Dixon, John B. Company 1. Enlisted from Marengo, Aug. u, 186^.

Dodge, Charles C. Entered the services from Marshall as Captain Company I.,
Aug. 1, 1862. Taken prisoner June 2, 1864. Discharged April 15, 1865.

Doty, Henry. Company I. Enlisted from Eckford, Aug. 6, 1862. Died on
fcteamer during passage from Vicksburg to Cairo, Aug. 5, 1863.

Doty, Zebulon. Company I. Enlisted from Convis, Aug. 12, 1S62. Wounded In
action, Nov. 16, 1863.

Dunton, Charles. Company C. Enlisted from Athens, Aug. 8, 1862.

Elliston, Richard. Company C. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Aug. 7, 1862. Corporal.

Ely, Ira Warren. Company I. Enlisted at Burlington, Aug. 8. 1862. Wounded in
action May 12, 1864.

Fish, Schuyler V. Company C. Enlisted from Bedford, .lulv L'S, isi;2. Died
at Fairfax Seminary, Va., Dec. 8, 1862.

Ford, Worthy A. Company I. Enlisted from Marengo, Aug. 11, ls(iL'.

Freeman, Eugene T. Company C. Enlisted at Battle Creek, .July 21. 1862.
Second Lieutenant in Thirteenth N. Y. Battery, Feb. 9, 1864.

French, William. Company C. Enlisted at Battle Creek, July 28, 1862. Died
at Vicksburg, Miss., June 26, 1863.

Gardner, E. Remington. Company I. Enlisted at Tekonsha, Aug. 13, 1862.
Died at New Albany, Ind., June 5, 1864.

Geer. Homer C. Company C. Enlisted from Pennfield, Aug. 5, 1862. Killed in
action near Petersburg, Va., June 18, 1864.

George, Edwin. Company I. Enlisted from Marengo, Aug. 5, lS(i2.

Gillis, Augustus. Company I. Enlisted from JIarengo, Aug. 1. ISHi:. Wminded
in action June 2, 1864.

Gleason, William. Company I. Enlisted at Marshall, Aug. it, 1862. Wounded
in action May 12, 1864. Sergeant.

Granger, Ithamer. Company I. Enlisted from Tekonsha, Aug. 9, 1863. Drum-
mer.

(Jreen, Thomas. Company C. Enlisted from Athens, Aug. 8, 1862.

Gribble, Levi. Company I. Enlisted from Clarence, Aug. 9, 1862.

Griffin, David. Company I. Enlisted from Marengo, Aug. 4, 1862. Died of
disease at Baltimore, Md., June 17, 1863.

Grozinger, John. Company I. Enlisted at .\iarsh:il], Aug. ^, 1S(;2. Wounded
in action June 17, 1864.

Hammond, Josiah T. Company I. Eulisted from Tekonsha. Second Lieutenant
at organization of Company. First Lieutenant Jan. 26, 1863.

Hanney, Mark N. Company C. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Aug. 7, 1862. Died
at Falmouth, Va., Feb. 5, 1863.

Hartson, Leroy. Company I. Enlisted from Convis, Aug. 11, 1862.

Hasbrook, Abram. Company I. Enlisted from Convis, Aug. 11, 1862.

Hazen, Lovoisiar. Company I. Enlisted from Marengo, Aug. 11, 1862.

Heath. William A. Company I. Enlisted at Tekonsha, Aug. 14. 1862.

Hicks, Charles H. Company C. Enlisted at Battle Creek, .Tuly 21, 1862.
Corporal.

Hicks, George B. Company C. Enlisted at Battle Creek, July 26, 1862. First
Lieutenant Nov. 29, 1863. Killed in action near Petersburg, A'a., June 18, 1864.

Hodge, George H. Company C. Enlisted from Pennfield, Aug. 5, 1862.

Hoffman, David J. Company I. Enlisted at Marshall. Aug. 1, 1862. Wounded
in action Jlay 12, 1864. Corporal.

Howe. Frank M. Company C. Enliste.l from Kniniett. Aug. 7. 1S(>-.. Leg



522 HISTORY OF CALHOUN COUNTY

amputateil because of wound received in action before Petersburg, Va., Aug. 19,
1864.

Hone, James A. Company C. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Aug. 7, 1862.

Hubbard, Daniel J. Company C. Enlisted at Battle Creek, July 28, 1862.

Hiilce. John W. Company C. Enlisted from Athens, August, 1862. Wounded
in action at Spottsylvania, May 12, 1864.

Hunt, Abram O. Company C. Enlisted from Le Eoy, Aug. 21, 1862. Died
near Falmouth, Va., Jan. 9, 1863.

Hunt, Dexter E. Company C. Enlisted from Le Roy, Aug. a, 1862.

Jackson, William E. Company C. Enlisted from Pennfield, Aug. 5, 1862.

Juckett, George. Company I. Enlisted from Marengo, Aug. 11, 1862. Missing
in action at Spottsylvania, Va., May 12, 1864. No further record.

Keyes, Charles A. Company I. Enlisted from Tekonsha, Aug. 11, 1862.

Kimble, Julius. Company C. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Aug. 6, 1862.

Knight, Andrew. Company C. Enlisted at Battle Creek, July 22, 1862.
Wounded in action near Petersburg, Va., June 18, 1864. Sergeant.

Knowles, George M. Company C. Enlisted from Pennfield, July 28, 1862. Ser-
geant.

Knox, Henry E. Company C. Enlisted from Marshall, July 29, 1862. Woonded
in action. May 12, 1864.

Larkin, John P. Company C. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Aug. S, 1862.

Lewis, Arba C. Company I. Enlisted from Tekonsha, Aug. 11, 1862. Died
at Leesburg, Md., Sept. 20, 1862.



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