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Southerland, Charles. Company E. Enlisted at Newton, Feb. 24, 1864. Pris-
oner, Sept. 30, 1864. Died in prison at Salisbury, N. C, June 20, 1865.

Spencer, Seatou. Company — . Enlisted at Emmet, Jan. 5, 1864. Died. May
31, 1864. ' '

Squires, Horton M. Company D. Enlisted at Albion, March 6, 1863. Dis-
charged for disability. May 24, 1865.

Stephens, John H. Company A. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Feb. 20, 1864. Dis-
charged, June 28, 1865.

Stone, George W. Company D. Enlisted at Albion, March 6, 1S63. Musician.
-Mustered out, July 28, 186.').

Sutherland, Masiin M. Coinpanv E. Enlisted at Newton, Feb. 24 1864
Died at Annapolis, Md., March 17, 1865.

Sylvester, Otis. Company D. Enlisted at Newton, Dec. ], 1862. Prisoner .-it
Petersburg, Va., June 17, 1864. Died in Andersonville prison, (!a.

Taylor, Edward S. Company A. Enlisted from Battle Creek, April 13, 1863.
Musician. Mustered out, July 28, 1865.

Thayer, George. Company D. Enlisted at Newton, .Tan. 2, 1864. Discharged,
June 22, 1865.

Tiner, Jeremiah. Company A. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Dec. 8, 1862. Wounded,
June 24, 1864.

Vandusen, John W. ((iiiiiiaiiy A. Enlisted frcmi Bedfur.!, \nv 2S ]sfi2 De-
serted, Nov. 9, 1863.



546 HISTORY OF CALHOUN COUNTY

Vickery, William. Company A. Enlisted from Emmet, Nov. 20, 1862. Prisoner,
May 26, 1864. Died at Andersonville, Ga., Aug. 28, 1864.

Wager, Martin. Company A. Entered company at organization as First Sur-
geon, Nov. 15, 1862, at Battle Creek. Second Lieutenant, June 3, 1863. Killed in
action before Petersburg, Va., June 25, 1864.

Webster, Myron. Company D. Enlisted at Battle Creek, March 6, 1863. l^e-
serted, June 10, 1863.

Whitbeek, William W. Enlisted at Battle Creek, May 30, 1863. Died of dis-
ease, Feb. 10, 1864.

White, James A. Company F. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Jan. 8, 1864. Ser-
geant, April 2, 1865. Mustered out, July 28, 1865.

Wilber, Leroy M. Company A. Enlisted from Emmet, Feb. 20, 1864. Killed
in action before Petersburg, Va., June 17, 1864.

Williams, Frederick. Company F. Enlisted at Penfield, May 9, 1863. Prisoner
at Petersburg, July 30, 1864. Discharged, Aug. 11, 1865.

Williams, Wesley C. Company F. Enlisted at Penfield, May 9, 186."^. Cor-
poral. Mustered out, July 28, 1865.

Willitts, Isaac B. Company D. Enlisted at Newton, Feb. 16, 1864.

Wilson, Oren B. Company F. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Aug. 11, 1863. De-
serted, March 16, 1864.

Wood, O. Henry. Company H. Enlisted at Burlington, Jan. 29, 1864. Mustered
out, July 24, 1865.

Woods, William. Company D. Enlisted at Albion, Dec. 24, 1862. Corporal,
June 1, 1865. Discharged, Aug. 11, 1865.

Woodward, Hiram. Company A. Enlisted from Emmet, Oct. 24, 1863. Died
of disease, Jan. 24, 1864.

Woodward, Myron. Company A. Enlisted from Emmet, Nov. 24, 1862. Died
at City Point, Va., June 30, 186*4.

Wright, Franklin W. Company A. Enlisted from Burlington, Dec. 4, 1862.
Corporal, March 28, 1865. Mustered out, July 28, 1865.

Young, Charles H. Company D. Enlisted at Albion, Dec. 12, 1862. Corporal.
Discharged, July 11, 1865.

Berdan's First and Second United States Sharp Shooters

A condition precedent to admission to these regiments, which became
famous during the war was, that no man would be accepted who could
not, at 200 yards, put ten consecutive shots in a target, the average dis-
tance not to exceed five inches from the center of the bullseye.

Eight states had compan.y organizations in one or both of these regi-
ments. Micliigan had two companies, C and K, in the First, and one.
Company B, in the Second. Calhoun county had one man in Company B
of the Second, and about twenty out of a total enrollment of 156 in
Company C of the First. The company lost eighteen killed in action, and
five died of wounds; fourteen died of disease, and forty -seven were dis-
charged for disability.

Calhoun county had but one commissioned officer, viz. : Henry C.
Garrison, who entered Company C as a corporal and won his way by
gradations to a captaincy, being connnissioned October 15, 1863. He
was wounded at Gettysburg.

List of Berdan 's Sharp Shooters

Vanhorn. George W. Enlisted from Le Roy, Sept. 20. ]S61. Died of disease at
Alexandria, Va., April 2, 1862.



HISTORY OP CALIIOUX COUXTY



Bean, Sidney B. Enlisted at Marshall, Aug. 17, ISGI, WcmndiMl in ULtion,
Supt. 10, 1862. Deserted May 7, 1864.

Briggs, William X. Enlisted Aug. 26, 1S61. Dis.-luugcd for disability, Feb.

Brookins, Morton C. Enlisted, Aug. 21, lS(il. Coviioral. Disdiargod for dis-
ability, Feb., 1863.

Devinney, Elisha L. Enlisted, Aug. 21, 1861. Discharged for disability, Jan.,
1862.

Edgerton, Frank. Enlisted from Marshall, Aug. 21, 1861. Corporal, Feb. 1863.
Killed in action at Spottsylvania, May 14, 1867.

Edmonds, Andrew J. Enlisted from Marshall, Aug. 21, 1861.

Edmonds, Edwin E. Enlisted at Marshall, Aug. 21, 1861. Died at WashinirtOu,
D. C, Jan. 6, 1862. ^

Garrison, Henry C. Enlisted at Marshall, Aug. 21, 1861. Corporal, Aug. 26,

1861. Promoted to Sergeant. Second Lieutenant, 1862. First Lieutenant, Feb. 4,

1862. Wounded in action at Gettysburg, July, 1863. Captain, October 15, 1863.
Discharged, Oct. 7, 1864.

Haberstick, Charles. Enlisted Aug. 21, 1861.

Heath, Henry. Enlisted Aug. 21, 1861. Discharged for disability, April 1

1 863. ' '
Heath, James. Enlisted at Marshall, Aug. 17, 1861. Reenlisted, Jan. 2, 1864.

Killed in action before Petersburg, Va., June 16, 1864.

ilann, Frederick. Enlisted Aug. 21, 1861. Deserted, Nov. 18, 1861.

ililler, Henry A. Enlisted from Jlarshall. Aug. 21, 1861. Reenlisted Jan ■''

1864. ' '
Schofield, Benjamin D. Enlisted from Marshall, Aug. 21, 1861 Xo record

after Aug. 14, 1862.

Steele, Stephen. Enlisted from Marshall, Aug. 21. 1861. Discharge.! for dis-
ability. Later entered the Sth Cavalry. Clustered out Sept. 22, 1865.

Sturtevant, Orson E. Enlisted from :\larshall, Aug. 21, 1861. Died, Feb. 15.
1863 from wounds received at Bull Run, Va., Aug. 30, 1862.

Vandeburg, James I. Enlisted, Aug. 17, 1861. Discharged on account of
wounds received at Chancellorsville, Va., May 3, 1863.

Warner, Jerome. Enlisted, Aug. 21, 1861. Discharged for disability, Jan. 6,

York, Elias A. Enlisfe.l, Aug. 21, 1861. Discharged, .Sept. 20, 186.T

Company I

Company I was mustered into the service of the United States March
4, 1862, and transferred to the Fifth Michigan Infantry near Petersburg,
Virginia, December 23, 1864. In this company were the following from
Calhoun county:

Herrington, Jeremiah. Enlisted as from .Marshall, ifarch 6, 1862. Discharged at
expiration of term of service.

Hinman, Delos. Enlisted as from Battle Creek. Feb. 17. 1862. Discharged for
disability, Sept. 15, 1862.

We.stern Sharp Siiooter.s

Was an organization composed of nine companies recruited from as
many western states. The regiment was under the special patronage of
General John C. Fremont, and was mustered into the United States
.service the latter part of 1861. It first saw service in Missouri, under
Fremont's general direction, it fought at Donelson under Grant. It



548 HISTORY OP CALHOUN COUNTY

was at Shiloh and siege of Corinth. It was with Sherman in the Atlanta
campaign, and in tlie march to the sea. It was at the surrender of
Johnston, in North Carolina, and was mustered out July 7, 1865.

In this regiment was Company D, largely recruited from Calhoun
County, and Commanded by John Piper of Battle Creek who subse-
quently lost his life as major of the First Michigan Sharp Shooters, in
the battle of Spottsylvania, Va. First lieutenant was Alljert S. (/iore of
Battle Creek. George M. Baldwin, of Bedford, entered the company as
a private and was successively promoted to corporal, sergeant and second
lieutenant. He gave his life for his country in the battle of Jonesboro,
Georgia, August 31, 1864. Charles H. Smith, of Battle Creek was like-
wise advanced to the rank of second lieutenant, but lived to return home.
The following is an alphabetical list of the members of Company D
from this county and its perusal will show an unusual per cent of
fatalities in battle :

Atkinson, Thomas D. Enlisted from Bedford, Sept. 14, 1861. Discharged for
disability, May 10, 1862.

Baldwin, George JI. Enlisted from Bedford, Sept. 27, 1861. Second Lieuten-
ant, June 26, 1864. Killed in action, Aug. 31, 1864.

Barker, Lorenzo A. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Sept. 27, 1861. Promoted to
Sergeant. Wounded May 16, 1864. Mustered out, July 7, 1865.

Barringer, Andrew. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Sept. 21, 1861. Discharged for
disability, Feb., 1862.

Billington, Charles. Enlisted at Bedford, Sept. 16, 1861. Discharged for dis-
ability, April, 1861.

Bonnett, William J. Enlisted at Marshall, Feb. 19, 1864. Sergeant, Jan. 1,
1865. Mustered out, July 7, 1865.

Chambers, William E. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Feb. 12, 1864. Killed in
action near Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 9, 1864.

Gleason, Thomas E. Enlisted from Penfield, Oct. 19, 1861. Died Nov. 1, 1864,
of wounds received in action at Decatur, Ga.

Higgins, Cyrus L. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Sept. 18, 1861. ilustered out,
Aug. 27, 1864.

Kurts, Frederick. Enlisted from Le Koy, Sept. 16, 1861. Died at Benton Bar-
racks, Mo., Nov. 18, 1861.

Lusk, George W. Enlisted Sept. 16, 1861. Second Lieut., June 11, 1862. Re-
signed, Jan. 5, 1863.

Millard, Charles H. Enlisted at Bedford, Oct. 23, 1861. Died of disease at
Fort Donelson, Tenn., March 2, 1862.

Millard, Timothy H. Enlisted at Bedford, Sept. 17, 1861. Discharged for dis-
ability, July 26, 1862.

Ogden, William H. Enlisted from Bedford, Oct. 17, 1861. Mustered out, July
7, 1865.

Perry, James. Enlisted at Penfield, Oct. 18, 1861. Discharged, Sept. 17, 1864.

Smith, Charles H. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Sept. 12, 1861. Second Lieut., July
4, 1865.

Thornton, George W. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Oct. 24, 1861. Coi-poral.
Wounded in action. May 15, 1864.

Van Brocklin, John" W. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Oct. 23, 1861. Mustered out,
July 7, 1865.

Whalen, Michael. Enlisted from Battle Creek, Oct. 24, 1861. Wounded in
action at Peach Tree Creek, Ga., July 22, 1864.

Company C

Baker, John. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Sept. 16, 1S61. Killed in action at
Fort Donelson, Feb. 13, 1862.



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Higgins, Cyrus L.
Aug. L'7, 1864.

.Tolls, Heiirv L. Ki
7, 1865.

MeNeal, Wallace. Knlisti
out, July 7, 1865.

Mayo, Robert T. Enlist
out, July 7, 1865.

Mosher, Levi X. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Sept. 14, ISIU.

Stanton, Asel S. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Sept. 17, IStil. Diseliarjied for
disability, Aug. 14, 186:2.

Starks. John. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Sept. 16, 1861. KiUeil in action near
Atlanta. Ga., July 22, 1864.

Tolls, Henry L. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Sept. 20, 1S61. Mustered out July
7, 1865.

Thurston, Newell. Company E. Enlisted at Battle (reek, Sept. Iti, IMil.
Mustered out Sept. 22, 1864.

Wilkinson, John. Company E. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Sept. Ki, IStil. .Mus-
tered out, July 25, 1865.

Young, John. Comjiany B. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Sept. 16. 1861. Mustered
out, Sept. 22, 1864.

First JIichigan Colored Infantry.

Oil July 25, 1863, Governor Blair was notified by the War Depart-
ment as follows: "You are hereby authorized to raise one regiment of
infantry to be composed of colored men, to be mustered into the United
States service for three years or during the war. To these troops no
bounties will be paid. They will receive ten dollars per month and one
ration per day, three dollars of which monthly payment may he in
clothing. ' '

To Henry Barnes of Detroit was entrusted the work of recruiting
and organizing the First Michigan Colored Infantry Regiment, which was
subseciueutly changed by order of the War Department to the 102d
Regiment United States Colored Troops. Recruiting was commenced in
August. 1863. and on the 17th of February, 1864, it was mustered into
the United States service. 895 strong.

Parts of Companies A and D were recruited from Calhoun county.
The ofSeers received their commissions from the War Department. Of
these Chester J. Murry, of Battle Creek, was captain of Company A, and
Abner Van Dyke, of Marshall, was first lieutenant of Company D.

The regim'ent left the state on the 28th of March, 1864, and was
first assigned to the Ninth Army Corps as a part of the Army of the
Potomac. It was soon after detached and sent by transports to Hilton
Head, South Carolina. Its service was chiefly in the last named state
and in Florida. In several minor engagements it acquitted itself with
credit, reflecting honor upon the army as soldiers and upon the race
as men.

Total enrollment, 1,673.

Killed in action, 5.

Died of wounds, 7.

Died of disease, 116.

Discharged for disability (wounds and disease). 114.



550 HISTORY OF CALHOUN COUNTY

The following is an alphebetical list of names of the men who served
from this county:

Allen, Lewis. Company I. Enlisted at JIarshall, Jan. I'l, 1864. Mustered out,
Sept. 30, 1865.

Artis, Kinchen. Company H. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Dec. 19, 1863. Corporal,
May 10, 1864. Mustered out, Sept. 30, 1865.

Banks, Lewis. Company A. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Oct. 1, 1863. Mustered
out, Sept. 30, 1865.

Berry, Allison. Company G. Enlisted at Marshall, Dee. 18, 1863. Sergeant.
Died at Beaufort, S. C, Oct. 8, 1864.

Clark, Benjamin J. Company G. Enlisted at Marshall, Dee. 22, 1863. Corporal.
Mustered out, Sept. 30, 1865.

Clark, John H. Company I. Enlisted at Marshall, Dee. 24, 1863. Sergeant,
Dec. 24, 1863. First Sergeant, June 1, 1865. Mustered out, Sept. 30, 1865.

Ferguson, William. Company B. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Oct. 8, 1863. De-
serted, Nov. 1, 1863.

Ford, Andrew. Company H. Enlisted at Marshall, Dec. 28, 1863. Mustered out,
Sept. 30, 1865.

Gaines, Thomas S. Company B. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Aug. 23, 1864.
Wounded in action at Devereaux iS'eck, S. C, Dee. 9, 1864.

Grant, Valentine. Company K. Enlisted at Marshall, Jan. 12, 1864. Corporal.
Mustered out Sept. 30, 1865.

Grayson, Harry. Company H. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Dee. 31, 1863. Ser-
geant, May, 1864. Discharged for disability, June 8, 1865.

Green, Thomas. Company H. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Dec. 30, 1863. De-
serted, Feb. 1, 1864.

Harris, John. Company I. Enlisted at Battle Creek, March 25, 1865. Mustered
out, Sept. 30, 1865.

Harrison, John. Company I. Enlisted at Marshall, Jan. 21, 1864. Corporal.
]\Iustered out, Sept. 30, 1865.

Henderson, George W. Company H. Enlisted at Emmet, Dec. 30, 1863. Ser-
geant. Mustered out, Sept. 30, 1865.

Heuston, Harvey. Company A. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Oct. 2, 1863, Mustered
out, Sept. 30, 1865."

Hoard, Richard. Company I. Enlisted at Marshall, Jan. 15, 1864. Wounded
in action, Dec. 9, 1864.

Jackson, John H. Company B. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Oct. 1, 1863. Mus-
tered out, Sept. 30, 1865.

Jackson, Samuel F. Company B. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Oct. 22, 1863.
Mustered out, Sept. 30, 1865.

James, Jacob W. Company C. Enlisted at Marshall, March 25, 1865. Mustered
out, Sept. 30, 1865.

Johnson, Joseph. Company C. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Feb. 13, 1865. Mus-
tered out, Sept. 30, 1865.

Judson, Doctor S. Company I. Enlisted at Marshall, Dec. 23, 1863. Deserted,
Feb. 4, 1864.

Murdoek, Milton. Company B. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Oct. 5, 1863. Ser-
geant. Mustered out, Sept. 30, 1865.

O'Neil, Joseph. Company A. Enlisted at Marshall, Oct. 10, 1863. Mustered
out, Sept. 30, 1865.

Eix, William A. Company G. Enlisted at Marshall, Dec. 18, 3 863. Mustered
out, Sept. 30, 1865.

Robins, John. Company F. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Feb. 17, 1865. Mustered
out, Sept. 30, 1865.

Rutherford, Joseph. Company H. Enlisted at Marshall, Jan. 4, 1864. Mustered
cut, Sept. 30, 1865.

Sand, Nathan. Company F. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Feb. 22, 1864. Corporal.
Mustered out, Sept. 30, 1865.

Scott, Andrew. Company B. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Oct. 8, 1863. Died in
Dec. 27, 1864.



HISTORY OP CALHOUN COUNTY 551

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