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Joslyn, Joel. Company L. Enlisted from Le Eoy, Aug. 26, 1862.

Lee, William. Company C. Enlisted at Battle Creek, March 27, 1865. Dis-
charged Nov. 17, 1S65.

Main, John L. Company L. Enlisted from Le Eoy, Sept. 2, 1862. Mustered
out Nov. 24, 1865.

Miller, Charles J. Company C. Enlisted at Battle Creek, March 25, 1865.
Discharged July 10, 1865.

Miller, Foster D. Company F. Enlisted at Battle Creek, March 25, 1865. Died-
in service, June 6, 1865.



HISTORY OF CALIIOUX COUNTY TiGS

Murphy, James A. (.onipauy K. Enlistoil at Lf Koy, Jan. o, 1SG4.

Paul, ilomer J. Company F. Enlisted at Hattle Creek, March 25, 1865. Dis-
charged March 31, 1866.

Peck, Perrin M. Conipanv F. Enlisted at Battle Creek, March 22, 1865. Dis-
charged Nov. 24. 1865.

Quigley, William. Company D. Enlisted at Marshall. Jan. 20, lSr,4. Mus-
tered out March 25, 1866.

Seeley, Miles H. Company L. Enlisted Aug. 2n, 1S62. Hospital Steward,
July 1, 1865. Mustered out Nov. 7, 1865.

Shepard, Alfred. Company A. Enlisted at Hattle Creek, March 25, 1,S65. Ser-
geant. Discharged March 24, 1866.

Smith, Arthur D. Company A. Enlisted at Battle Creek, .March 24, 1865.
Mustered out March 10, 1866.

Stephens, Charles H. Cumpanv ("i. Enliste.l at Battle Creek, Marc'h 6, 1S65.
Mustered out Feb. 5, 1866.

Sweet, Elmer. Company F. Enlisted at Hattle Creek, March 26. 1S65. Dis-
charged March 31, 1866.

Thomson, John C. Companv H. Enlisted at Battle Creek, March 25, 1865.
Mustered out March 14, 1866.

Van Force, George H. Company L. Enlisted from Le Roy, Aug. 26, 1862.
Taken prisoner at Falling Waters, "Md., Jan. 14, 1863. Died in Andersonville
prison, Sept. 27, 1864.

Webster, Jesse. Company L. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Aug. 20, 1862. Mus-
tered out Nov. 24, 1862.

Wright, Morris, E. N. Cuniianv B. Enlisted at Battle Creek, March 22, 1865.
Mustered out JIarch 10, 1866.

The Seventh Michigan Cavalry

had a relatively large uiimber of men in it from Calhoun county. Le
Roy, Burlington, Pennfield, Newton, Athens, ^Marengo, Sheridan, Em-
met, Bedford, and Marshall. Battle Creek, Albion and Homer were
all represented in the ranks.

For some reason that does not appear in the books, the county liad
but one commissioned officer at the organization, those who became such
later, won their way up from the ranks. George G. Briggs. of Battle
Creek, entered the regiment at 24 years of age as first lieutenant.
He made an exceptionally fine record and gradually advanced through
the various grades until on May 25, 1865, he was commissioned colonel
and commanded the regiment most efficiently both before and after
the date last mentioned. He was repeatedly mentioned by his superior
officers in the most complimentary terms. Major General McCook,
commanding the defences of Wasliington against the attack of the
Confederate General Early, speaks of the handsome manner in which
"the dismounted cavalry divi.sion under command of Ma.ior George
G. Briggs. of the Seventh Michigan Cavalry, forced back the enemy and
well esta))lished our lines."

Ma.jor General Devens, first cavalry division, in his icpoit of the
operations preceding and attending the surrender at A|)pomattox,
mentions Lieutenant Colonel Briggs as "conspicuous for gallant serv-
ices in the late engagements" and deserving of "special mention."

Erastus B. Crocker, of Le Roy, entered the Seventh as a non-com-
missioned officer and came out a captain. He too, received complimentary
mention by his division commander for "efficient" services rendered.



564 HISTORY OF CALHOUN COUNTY

James B. Loomis was another Calhoun county man who won his way from
the ranks to a captaincy. Charles M. Holton, of Battle Creek, and Calvin
C. House of Albion, also changed their muskets for swords; straps on
the shoulders taking the place of stripes on the arms.

The Seventh Cavalry had its camps of instruction at Grand Rapids.
It was mustered in by battalions at different times. The first leaving
the state in February, 1863, and the others following in May. The regi-
ment became a part of the ' ' Michigan Brigade ' ' of which we have made
previous mention. Its gallant deeds helped to make resplendent the
lustrous page on which is told the story of that historic organization.
During its term of service it carried on its rolls the names of 1,779
officers and men. Of these, 49 officers and men fell in battle; 26 died
of wounds, 247 died of disease.

The following is a list of the names of the men, alphabetically
arranged, who served in this regiment from Calhoun county:

List op Seventh C.walrvmen

Abbott, Charles O. Company G. Knlisted from Marshall, Dec. 9, 18G2. De-
serted same day he enlisted.

Adams, Oscar H. Company A. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Sept. 8, 186:2. Cor-
poral. Killed in action at Tervillion Station, Va., June 12, 1864.

Allen, Almon A. Company I. Enlisted at Le Eoy, Feb. 13, 1865.

Annabel, Edwin. Company H. Enlisted at Le Roy, Aug. 24, 1864.

Anthony, Henry L. Company A. Enlisted from Bedford, Sept. 18, 1862.
Wounded in action at Bucklands Mills, Va. Sergeant, Oct. 31, 1864. Mustered out
as Eirst Sergeant, Dec. 15, 1865.

Barnett, William. Company D. Enlisted at Burlington, Aug. 14, 1863. Dis-
charged July 10, 1865.

Barnhart, Laban E. Company G. Enlisted at Homer, March 7, 1865. Mus-
tered out Aug. 9, 1865.

Beardslee, Clark H. Company F. Enlisted from Sheridan, Dec. 30, 1862.
Taken prisoner, June 11, 1864. Discharged jS^ov. 21, 1865.

Beekwith,' Charles. Company I. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Feb. 10, 1865.

Beers, Rufus. Company A. Enlisted at Penfield, Sept. 13, 1862. Clustered
out Dec. 15, 1865.

Bennett, Benjamin. Company I. Enlisted from Sheridan, Dec. 30, 1862.
Teamster.

Bills, John H. Company D. Enlisted at Albion, Feb. 8, 1865. Musteerd
out Feb. 27, 1865.

Bonnell, Charles W. Company A. Enlisted from Bedford. Sept. 6, 1862.
Mustered out Dec. 15, 1865.

Bradley, Randall P. Company A. Enlisted from Bedford, Sept. 13, 1862. Died
in service, April 10, 1863.

Brears, Thomas A. Company A. Enlisted from Battle Creek, Feb. 25, 1864.
Discharged June 28, 1865.

Briggs, George G. Company A. First Lieutenant from Battle Creek, Aug.
15, lS(i2. Prisoner at Buckland Mills, Va., Oct. 19, 1863. Captain, March 23,
1864. Major, May 19, 1864. Lieutenant, Oct. 12, 1864. Mustered out Feb. 12,
1865.

Brininstool, Aloiizo. Company A. Enlisted from Emmett, Nov. 7, 1862. Jhis-
tered out Dee. 15, 1865.

Broadwell, Benjamin F. Company G. Enlisted at Albion, March 10, 1865.
Discharged March 9, 1866.

Brownell, Horace R. Company A. Enlisted at Athens, Sept. 6, 1862. Missing
in action at Gettysburg, July 3, 1863.

Burlingham, Joseph. Company A. Knlisted at Battle Creek, Nov. 7, 1862.



IIJSTORY OF CAI.IIOIX COINTV



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Coulin, J.iliii. I uin|p:iiiv A. Kiilislcil I'n.ri] I !i'.lt,.r.i, Sci.l. s. I siJi'

Cook, Kenjainii. H. ( „iii|,ai.v (I. Knlisi,..! al Alhion. MmivI, il.' Iscr,. ' Miistcreil
out March lU, ISliti.

Cook, John X. r,„„,,:,„v (I. Kniistnl :,t Albion. .March 10, lS(i.-,. DischarL'ed
May 11, 186(j. "

Cory, Ary. Company L. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Feb. JS, 1865.

Cotton, John. Company A. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Oct. 17, 186L'.

Crane, Stephen A. Company A. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Sept. 8, 1862.

Crocker. Erastus B. Company A. Enlisted from Le Roy, Sept. 8, ISGl'. Cap-
tain, .May L'li, 1865. ^. f . l

Croinan. William. Company E. Enlisted at Albion, Nov. 20, 186L'. Died of
nonncis received in action at Brandy Station, Va., Oct. 11, 1863.

Oossett, Gordon D. Company D. Enlisted at Albion, Feb. :;3, 1865. Mus-
tered out Feb. 22, 1866.

Davis, William D. Company A. Enlisted at Le Boy, Sept. 13, 1862. Wagoner.

Dockstader, Alexander. Company E. Enlisted at Le Roy, Sept. 1, 1862.

Dumphrey, Edwin. Company A. Enlisted at Battle" Creek, Sept. 9, 1862.
Mortally wounded at Winchester, Va., Sept. 19, 1864.

Eastman, Daniel. Company A. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Feb. 25, 1864
-Mustered out March 10, 1866.

Eddy, .James. Company A. Enlisted at Albion, Feb. 20, 1865.

Eddy, William P. Company L. Enlisted at Albion, Feb. 27, 1865.

Edwards, .lames F. Company A. Enlisted at Bedford, Sept. 13, 1862. Corporal
.Mustered out Dec. 15, 1865. '^

Ellis, Abraham H. Company C. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Feb. 20, 1865.

Ewing, Horace, H. C. Company A. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Sept. 11, 1862.

Fabrick, Delos H. Company G. Enlisted at Albion, March 6, 1865.

Fisher, John K. Company A. Enlisted at Newton, Sept. 20, 1862. Wounded
in action at Gettysburg, July 3, 1863.

Flanigan, John. Company E. Enlisted from Sheridan, Dee. 17, 1862.

Godsmark, George A. Company F. Enlisted from Bedford, Dec. 25 1862.
Wounded in action at Gettysburg, Pa., July 3, 1863. '

Gorham, Warren. Company I. Enlisted at Le Roy, Feb. 13, 1865.

Graham, James P. Company G. Enlisted at Albion, March 2 1865 Dis-
charged June 20, 1865.

Greenleaf, Joseph. Company E. Enlisted from Le Roy, Sept. 1, 1864.

Hall, Hascall B. Company A. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Sept. 1, 1864.

Hanney, George F. Company A. Enlisted at Penfield, Sept. 10, 1862. Ser-
geant, Oct. 31, 1864. Prisoner, March, 1865.

Hathaway, Giles B. Company A. Enlisted at Le Roy, Oct. 15, 1862.

Hazen, William 0. Company D. Enlisted at Albion, Feb. 22,' 1865.

Herrington, Casper G. Company B. Enlisted at Marshall, Feb. 28, 1865.

Herrington, Edmund. Company B. Enlisted at Marshall, Feb. 25, 1865.

Hoag, Robert. Company I. Enlisted from Sheridan, Dec 1, 1862.

Holton, Charles M. Company A. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Sent. 4, 186".
First Lieutenant, May 24, 1865.

Horseh, Peter. Company A. Enlisted at Penfield, Sept. 23, 1862. Bugler.

House, Calvin C. Company G. Enlisted from Albion, Sept. 7, 1S64 Second
Lieutenant, Oct. 1.3, 1S64.

Howe, Freeman W. Company A. Enlisted from Athens, Sept. 7, 1862.

Hunt. Oscar. Company A. Enlisted at Le Roy, Sept. 10, 1862. Corporal.

Jimmerson, John. Company A. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Sept. 19, 1862.

Johnson, Charles W. Company I. Enlisted at Albion, Feb. 25, 1865.

Jones, .James. Company A. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Sept. 2o', 1862.

Kennady, Henry. Company L. Enlisted at Albion, Feb. 17, 1865.

Keyes, James G. Company F. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Aug. 8, 1864.

Knight, Willaim H. H. Company A. Enlisted at Newton. Oct." 2 1862 Ser-
geant, May 1, 1864. '

Lake, John W. Company A. Enlisted from Emmett, Oct. 18, 1S62. Killed in
action at Howes Shop, Va., May 28, 1S64.



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Lamb, Isaac M. Company G. Enlisted at Albion, March 15, 1865. Discharged
April 14, 1866.

Lee, Cauncey L. Company E. Enlisted at Le Boy, Aug. 20, 1862. Died in
service, June 20, 1863.

Loomis, James B. Company A. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Sept. 4, 1862 as
Sergeant. Captain, May 24, 1865.

Lowell, James. Company E. EnUsted at Le Koy, Sept. 1, 1862. Taken
prisoner at Yellow Tavern, Va., May 11, 1864. Died in Andersonville, Aug. 11,
1864.

Mack, Edward C. Company E. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Sept. 1, 1864.

Meach, Charles K. Company E. Enlisted at Le Eoy, Aug. 20, 1862. Died in
service. May 7, 1863.

Mingo, James H. Company H. Enlisted at Albion, March 1, 1865. Died in
service, Oct. 7, 1865.

Mingus, John. Company A. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Sept. 11, 1862. Deserted
Oct. 25, 1862.

Moulton, Erederick, Company L. Enlisted at Marshall, Feb. 23, 1865. Deserted
June 27, 1865.

Muffley, Charles. Company G. Enlisted at Albion, March 11, 1865. Mustered
cut March 10, 1866.

Muflfy, Joseph. Companv L. Enlisted at Albion, Feb. 14, 1865. Discharged
Dec. 8, 1865.

Nay, Harman. Company E. Enlisted at Le Eoy, Xov. 4, 1862. Missing at
Hagerstown, Md., July 6, 1863.

Neai, Eufus J. Company E. Corporal. Enlisted at Le Eoy, Aug. 20, 1862.
Sergeant, March 10, 1863.

Nichols, Marion L. Company A. Enlisted at Le Eoy, Sept. 16, 1862.

Overy, Charles, Jr. Company M. Enlisted at Albion, Feb. 20, 1865.

Paul, John. Company G. Enlisted at Homer, March 9, 1865.

Pelott, or Eylott, Gabriel P. Company K. Enlisted at Emmett, Feb. 26, 1864.

Perrine, Gilbert. Company A. Enlisted from Emmett, Sept. 3, 1862 as Cor-
poral. Sergeant, May 1, 1865.

Phillips, Mortimer. Company H. Enlisted Dec. 1, 1862, at Battle Creek.

Pierce, Sidney S. Company A. Enlisted at Bedford, Sept. 8, 1862. Taken
prisoner, Oct. 19, 1862. Died at Eichmond, Va., Feb. 11, 1864.

Quick, James D. Company E. EnUsted from Sheridan, Jan. 2, 1863. Corporal.

Boss, John. Company F. Saddler. Enlisted from Sheridan, Dee. 29, 1862.
Deserted Feb. 27, 1863.

Bussell, Samuel. Company G. Enlisted at. Albion, March 13, 1865.

Shafer, Charles F. Company A. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Feb. 18, 1864.
Killed in action at Winchester, Va., September, 1864.

Shepley. William C. Company G. Enlisted at Homer, March 9, 1865.

Simonds, John. Company I. Unlisted at Battle Creek, Feb. 12, 1865.

Streeter, Eay T. Company A. Enlisted at Battle Greek, Sept. 26, 1862.

Stringham, William P. Company L. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Feb. 28, 1865.

Titus, Allen O. Company E. Enlisted from Sheridan, Dec. 15, 1862.

Underdunk, Charles C. Company L. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Feb. 28, 1865.

XJnderdunk, Frank. Company L. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Feb. 23, 1865 .

Van Horn, Sextus N. Company F. Enlisted at Albion, Feb. 23, 1865.

Walling, Pitts I. Company A. Enlisted at Le Eoy, Sept. 12, 1862. Wounded
in action at Gettysburg, July 3, 1863. Died of disease, June, 1864.

Wattles, Victor C. Company L. EnUsted at Battle Creek, Feb. 28, 1865.
Corporal, May 1, 1865.

Wilber, Lewis. Company E. Enlisted at Le Boy, Aug. 20, 1862.

Wilcox, Charles. Company A. Enlisted at Bedford, Sept. 22, 1862. Missing
in action at Gettysburg, Pa., July 3, 1863.

Williams, Dexter. Company A. Enlisted at Battle Creek, Feb. 28, 1865.

Wilt, Joseph. Company H. Enlisted from Sheridan, Dee. 29, 1862. Deserted
Feb. 12, 1863.

Wolcott, Orson J. Company E. Enlisted at Le Eoy, Aug. 20. 1S62.



HISTORY OF CALHOUN COUNTY atiV

Woleott, Warron J. Company F. Enlisted from Le Eoy, Feb. 16, 186:i.
Yolter, William. Cumpanv II. Enlisted from Sheridan, Dec. :2!l, ISOl'. Do-
sirtod Fob. 12, IS6.3.

The Eighth Michigan Cavalry

Rendezvoused at Mount Clemens. Kecmiting for this regiment
began in August, 1862, hut was not completed and the entire regi-
ment mustered into the United States service, until May, 1863. The
Eighth came into general and favorable notice in the pursuit and cap-
ture of a portion of the Morgan raiders in their march through Indiana
and into Ohio in the month of July, 1863. At Buffiugton Island Ford,
there was a sharp encounter resulting in the surrender to the 8th
Mich. Cavalry "of Col. Springer of Morgan's command and 573 pris-
oners with their horses and equipments." Among the wounded in
this aifair were Sergeant Edgar A. Keasler of Marshall and Corporal
James Reed of Marengo, both of whom were mentioned by name in
Lieut. Col. Warner's report.

After the capture of Morgan and his command, the regiment returned
to Kentucky and in the fall of 1863 entered east Tennessee and spent
the following winter in that section. Because of a lack of food and
clothing and tents for the men and of provender for the animals, soldiers
and horses alike endured much sutfering during that extremely cold
winter. The Eighth was with the army under Sherman in the Atlanta
campaign, and with the forces under Thomas which sought to resist
the northern advance of the Confederates, under Hood. After the des-
truction of Hood's army in the winter of 1864 and '65, the regiment
remained on duty in Tennessee until September, when it was mustered
out and returned to Jackson, Michigan, where it was paid off and dis-
banded September 28, 1865.

Calhoun county had about 150 men in the Eighth Cavalry. To
siiow how very generally the county was drawn upon for recuits it is
only necessary to say that Albion, Marshall, Battle Creek, Clarence,
Clarendon, Convis, Fredonia, Pk-kford, Tekonsha, Homer, Burlington,
Marengo, Emmet and Sheridan were all represented. Tliese men
were nearly or quite all in Company A, wliich was officered by William
L. Buck, of Marshall, captain; James A. Strong, Burlington, first lieu-
tenant and Erwin Ellis, Burlington, second lieutenant.

William L. Buck entered at the organization, Oct. 28, 1862, as first
lieutenant and Nov. 1st was commissioned captain. He was wounded in
action, Oct. 26, 1863, and again November 23, 1864. Was a prisoner
from Aug. 3, 1864, until Sept. 28, when he was exchanged. Was made
a major, April, 1864. and lieutenant colonel. December 31, 1864.

James Strong was a young man of 23 when he enlisted in the Second
Cavalry, Sept. 2, 1861. He was sergeant major and second lietitenant
in the Second regiment. He resigned in Oct., 1862, and in tlie following
November, reentered the service as first lieutenant, Company A, of the
Eighth. Was commissioned captain in Aug., 1863, and major. Dec.
1, 1864.

Nov. 20. 1864. Major General Schofiehl rejiortiiig from Pulaski. Teiin..
to (ien. ThoniMS. then at Nashville, said: "T'aptain Strong. Ei



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