Field & Staff
The members of this group consisted of men
from outside the organization of the Seventh Regiment as well as men from within. Several
leading officers form within were promoted to this group as time passed and the Regiment
gained experience in the field.
|TYLER, ERASMUS B.; Colonel; General Eramus Bernard Tyler was born in West Bloomfield, Ontario
County, New York. Soon after his birth his parents removed to Ravenna, Ohio. The General
was educated at Granville, Ohio; and at an early age on engaged in active business, which
required him to travel extensively in the states Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky,
Tennessee, and North Carolina. He was a partner in the American Fur Company at the
breaking out of the war, and was attending to the business of the company, in the
mountains of Virginia, when Fort Sumter was fired upon. Compelled by his sense of duty, as
a loyal citizen he retired from his lucrative employment, and, in obedience to a telegram
from Governor Dennison, hastened to meet such requirements as his country might impose
upon him. Being Brigadier General of Militia, and in command of the division formed by the
Counties of Portage, Trumbull, and Mahoning be repaired to his home in Ravenna. He opened
a recruiting office on April 17th , 1861, and on the 22nd he was in
Camp Taylor, near Cleveland, with two companies. Here an election for Colonel was bold by
the thirty officers of the 10 companies that constituted the Seventh Ohio, and General
Tyler received twenty-nine votes. This choice was confirmed at Camp Dennison by a vote of
the whole regiment. The Seventh Ohio was organized, at first, for 3 months; but after
spending six weeks in instructing the men, Colonel Tyler, in one day, succeeded in
re-enlisting seven hundred of them for three years; and, in a few days, he secured the
requisite number for a full regiment.
It being well known that Colonel Tyler was
intimately acquainted with the whole region of Western Virginia, he was ordered to Grafton
to advise with General McClellan. He spent eight days in consultation with that officer,
and gave him information as to the mountain passes, roads, streams, fords, and the general
topography of the entire section. About the 26th of June Colonel Tyler's
regiment came forward to Grafton, where he took command and proceeded to Clarksburg. His
first march was to Weston, where were forty thousand dollars in gold, in danger of being
captured by Wise. It was known that General McClellan was on his way to Clarksburg, where,
upon his arrival, Colonel Tyler expected an order to march for Weston. Accordingly be
anticipated the drawing up his men near the depot, directing them to watch his motions
when the train arrived, for if the order was "march," be would wave his
handkerchief and they were to start immediately. Upon the arrival of the train General
McClellan asked, him how soon he could march for Weston. "Look yonder and I wilt show
you," was Colonel Tyler's reply; and waving his handkerchief, the regiment struck the
double-quick and rapidly disappeared, The gold was saved, and turned over to the new State
of West Virginia.
General McClellan, upon leaving Western Virginia, placed General Tyler in command of
the Seventh, Tenth, Thirteenth, and Seventeenth Ohio Regiments, the First Virginia
Infantry, Captain Mack's Howitzer Battery, Captain Bagg's "Snake Hunters," and a
company of Chicago Cavalry. The operations of Colonel Tyler in the valley of the Great
Kanawha were conducted with marked efficiency. he was, however, unfortunate in having his
own regiment surprised at Cross Lanes by Floyd's command, utterly broken, routed, and
scattered in every direction. General Rosecrans, then commanding the Department of West
Virginia, was at first disposed to blame Colonel Tyler severely for this disaster, but
investigation had the effect to mitigate, if' not wholly to do away with, the censure.
On the 10th of December Colonel Tyler was ordered to Romney, where he united
his forces with those under General Lander, and was assigned to the command of the Third
Brigade of Lander's Division. At the death of General Lander he joined General Shields in
the Shenandoah Valley. He participated in the battle of Winchester, and, for bravery upon
that occasion, he was appointed a Brigadier-General of Volunteers on May 14,1862. He was
also engaged at Front Royal and Port Republic. In the latter engagement General Tyler with
three thousand troops resisted Stonewall Jackson with eight thousand for five hours, when
Jackson received a re-enforcement of six thousand men. General Tyler however, retired in
At the battle of Antietam General Tyler commanded a brigade of Pennsylvania troops that
were enlisted for nine months. It was their first battle and though not brought into
action until the eleventh hour they did excellent service. He was with his brigade at
Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville to, and soon after this the brigade was mustered out,
the term of enlistment having expired.
General Tyler was now ordered to Baltimore, and placed in command of the northwestern
defenses of the city. He assumed command at the time that General Lee was making his
invasion into Maryland, and secessionism was rampant throughout the city. General Tyler,
with great industry, set about arming the Union citizens, and in three days he had ten
thousand men at barricades ready to repel the invaders. The administration of General
Tyler in Baltimore received the unqualified approbation of the Union citizens.
Soon after this General Tyler was stationed at the Relay House, in charge of the
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and the shores of Chesapeake Bay, forming, a, line of defense
nearly two hundred miles long. It is sufficient to say that no Rebel raid ever crossed
this line, until the attempt, which resulted in the battle of Monocacy. General Tyler,
though not in chief command, may claim a large share both in planning and in fighting this
battle; and though neither the result of long, preparation, nor on so extensive a scale as
many others, it severe and decisive. Speaking of General Tyler's part in the Monocacy
battle President Lincoln is reported to have said to Mr. Fitzgerald, of Philadelphia,
"The country is more indebted to General Tyler than to any other man for the
salvation of Washington." From the Relay House he was ordered to the command of the
Kanawha Valley, and he remained in this position until the close of the war. The rank of
Major General by Brevet was conferred upon him for meritorious service.
Few have been more exposed to danger than General Tyler, and yet he has singularly
escaped serious personal injury. At Winchester seven balls passed through his clothes; at
Port Republic he was struck twice with ball and shell, and his hat was torn in pieces; at
Fredericksburg he was struck on the left breast by a ball; in Chancellorsville he had a
button shot off the left side of his coat; and in other battles be had similar escapes. He
has been the recipient of many valuable presents; among the more notable of these,
bestowed by those who knew him best, the officers and men of the First Brigade, Third
Division. Army of the Potomac, are a magnificent sword, sash, belt, and spurs, and a
valuable horse of fine action and high spirit, General Tyler had been for many years a
temperate man, even to the extent of total abstinence. He maintained these principles in
the army, and he succeeded by his example in suppressing, to a great extent, the use of
intoxicating liquors among the men of his command. Integrity, firmness, and kindness of
heart have secured for him popularity in every department of the army in which he served.,
and the obedience, respect, and affection of his men. (Ohio in the War)
|CREIGHTON, WILLIAM R.; Colonel;
Entered the Service on April 19th, 1861
for three month service; mustered out and reenlisted for three years service on June 19th,
1861; appointed Captain of Co. A on April 19th, 1861; appointed to Lt. Colonel
on May 7th, 1861; promoted to Colonel on May 20th, 1862; wounded in the left shoulder and side during the Battle of
Cedar Mountain, Aug. 9th, 1862 when a musket ball was lodged and an operation
was performed to remove it ; killed at the Battle of Ringgold, Georgia Nov. 27th, 1863 while in command
of the Brigade. See Field & Staff. Known engagements: Cross Lanes, W. Va.; Winchester,
Va.; Port Republic, Va., Cedar Mt., Va., 2nd Bull Run, Va., Antietam, Md.,
Dumfries, Va., Chancellorsville, Va., Gettysburg, Pa., Wauhatchie, Tenn., Lookout Mt.,
Tenn., Missionary Ridge, Tenn., Ringgold, Ga.
Colonel William R. Creighton was born in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in June, 1837. At the age of ten years, he entered a shoe store
where be remained for two years; after which he entered a commercial college, where he
remained for six months. But these pursuits were not to his liking -he had no taste for
accounts. We next find him, at the age of thirteen years, in the job-office of McMillin in
Pittsburgh, where he remained for four years, completing his apprenticeship. The year
following, he went to Cleveland, Ohio, and entered the Herald office, where he remained
till the fall of 1860, with the exception of one winter spent in a job-office in Chicago.
He united with the fire companies of both Pittsburgh and Cleveland, and was an active
and zealous member. In 1858, he joined the military organization known as the Cleveland
Light Guards, and soon after became a sergeant, and a lieutenant. He advanced in rank
without any effort-it was a matter of course. When the rebellion broke out, his love of
adventure would not permit him to remain at home; but he immediately set himself at work
organizing a company, which was completed in a few days, and, on the 22nd day
of April, marched to Camp Taylor. He immediately commenced drilling his company, and with
such success, that it took the lead of all then in camp. At this time his military genius
shone so conspicuously that he was looked on by all as the future leader of the regiment.
All will remember with what skill and pride he led the regiment in its first march. It was
on a beautiful Sabbath morning; and as the young soldier, with a proud step, took his
position at the head of the column, every eye was turned upon him in admiration; one could
see in the countenances of the men, a willingness to follow such a leader amid the hail
and thunder of battle. Before reaching Camp Dennison, this admiration warmed into a
determination to place him in a position when, at no distant day, he could be made
available as the commander of the regiment. Therefore, on its arrival at camp, he was
elected lieutenant-colonel, a position which he did not seek, nor intimate to any that he
desired. Very many were desirous of making him colonel.
During the stay of the regiment at Camp Dennison, he took no active part, seldom being
seen on drill, or on duty of any kind. When the regiment was about leaving, however, he
took command, Colonel Tyler having gone to Virginia in advance of the starting of the
regiment. Previous to the movement, every thing had been arranged in perfect order, but
this arrangement was partially defeated by the indecent haste of a captain. An unutterable
look of scorn and contempt settled upon the features of Creighton; but not a word passed
his lips. He never entirely forgave that officer for this act of disobedience of orders,
till his death, when all feelings of animosity gave way to regrets for his loss; for,
outside of a disposition to criticize the conduct of his superiors, he was a brave as well
as competent officer.
Arriving at Clarksburg, he turned over the command to Colonel Tyler; but on arriving at
Glenville, he again assumed command, which he held until reaching Cross Lanes; in the mean
time, drilling the regiment daily when in camp. During this time it improved rapidly; in
fact, it acquired, during this short interval, most of the proficiency it possessed.
On the march back to Cross Lanes from Twenty Mile Creek, he was with the advance, in
command of the skirmishers. During the affair which one, succeeded, at the above place, he
bore himself creditably. During the retreat, his horse fell with him, seizing the
holsters, he started on foot through the underbrush, but soon after saw his horse coming
after him at full speed. He again mounted, but in a short time his horse again fell, when,
for the second time, he abandoned him; but he was soon joined by his faithful
"Johnny," and this time the devoted horse carried its gallant rider safely to
This misfortune to the regiment completely unmanned him. Meeting a comrade on the
retreat, who was not in the engagement he burst into tears, and, grasping his band, in
choked utterances related the story of their encounter.
While the regiment remained at Charleston, Creighton was in command, and was untiring
in his efforts to advance his command in both drill and discipline, and I doubt whether
any regiment in the field made more rapid progress towards perfection. It seemed to
emulate its leader, who was ever at his post. When an order came for five hundred picked
men from the regiment to report to General Benham for duty, in the pursuit of Floyd, he
was chosen to command the detachment. On arriving at Benham's headquarters, he was given
the advance, and, for several days, was separated from Floyd's camp by a range of
mountains only. He was finally given a brigade, and ordered across a range of mountains to
the rear of the enemy; but for some reason no attack was made, and soon after, half of the
command was ordered back.
During the pursuit of Floyd, he traveled on foot at the head of his regiment. When the
rebel army was likely to be overtaken, Benham remarked to him, that "he depended on
him to rout the enemy," and gave him the post of honor; but when thew fire became
rapid, his regiment was ordered to the front, where a part of it was engaged in
skirmishing, where the balance were smoking their pipes and engaging in sports, almost
under the guns of the enemy, Creighton enjoying the fun, as well as any in the command.
The detachment returned after fifteen days absence, without a loss of a man, save one
injured by the accidental discharge of a gun.
At the battle of Winchester, which followed soon after, his was the first regiment in
the famous charge of the Third brigade, for which it acquired such renown. He disagreed
with the commanding officer as to the manner of making the charge, preferring to deploy
before advancing, than to charge a battery in close column. But throwing all personal
feelings and preferences aside, he dashed forward, and finally deployed his regiment
within eighty yards of the enemy's line of battle, and under a terrible fire of both
musketry and artillery. His horse being shot from under him, he seized a musket, and
engaged in the strife, firing rapidly till near the close of the battle, when be was
compelled to cease for the purpose of executing some order.
On the return of the command to New Market, after the pursuit of Jackson to near
Harrisonburg, the company tents were ordered to be delivered up; whereupon Creighton was
very indignant, and, in connection with other officers, sent in his resignation. They were
ordered to report to General Shields the next morning. Accordingly, dressed in their
"best," they reported. They were received with all the politeness that pompous
general knew how to assume, with an invitation to be seated. The general informed them
that their resignations would not be accepted; but remarked, that, "if they desired
it, he would have their names stricken from the army rolls in disgrace." This
witticism rather amused Creighton than otherwise, and he returned to camp with a much
better opinion of the general than he was possessed
of before making his visit.
He now commanded the regiment in
its march to Fredericksburg, sharing with his men the hardships attending the toilsome
march; and when, a few days after, the
regiment returned to the Valley, he did much
to cheer the men in that discouraging march. At Front Royal he remained with his regiment
during a heavy storm, to
which it was exposed without tents, disdaining to seek shelter and comfort while his men
were thus exposed.
The men were now very destitute
of clothing, especially shoes; but when ordered, he moved to Columbia Bridge, followed by one hundred men barefooted.
He now went personally to General Shields, but was coldly received by that general, being subjected to insulting remarks. He came back to his regiment
with that same unutterable expression of contempt stamped upon his features, which all
will remember who served with
him in the field; and getting his men in
column, closed in mass, made a speech. Said he: "I am unable to procure shoes or other
comforts for you; but I will follow these generals until there is not a man left in the
regiment. Forward, company H" And he did follow them to Port Republic, where his words came near proving true.
At this battle his bravery and
daring were observed by every one. He made repeated charges with his regiment, the line
being as correct as on dress-parade. After one of these charges, the enemy's cavalry came
dashing towards his regiment, and dispositions were immediately made for forming a square;
but the enemy wisely wheeled, and charged another regiment. The colonel of this regiment,
being unable to get his men in position, shouted in a stentorian voice: "Men of the
___th, look at the Seventh Ohio; and damn you, weep!"
In this battle the regiment made five charges, under the leadership of Creighton; and
each time driving the enemy. After the battle was over, and the regiment on the retreat,
seeing a wounded captain lying almost within the enemy's lines, he rode up to his company,
and pointing to where he was lying, said: "Do you see your captain over yonder? Now,
go for him!" They did go for him, and succeeded in bringing him from the field in
Only a few were missing from the regiment in this action, although the list of killed
and wounded was fearful.
We next find Creighton at the battle of Cedar Mountain, where a small division fought
the whole of Jackson's army oil ground of his own choosing. Creighton handled his regiment
with a dexterity that told fearfully on the ranks of the enemy. He was finally severely
wounded, and compelled to leave the field. In doing so, he kept his face to the foe,
saying that "no rebel ever saw his back in battle; and never would." He was
taken to Washington, where the bullet was extracted from his side, which was an
exceedingly painful operation. Soon after this he came to his home; but while still
carrying his arm in a sling, he reported to his regiment.
While at home the battle of Antietam was fought, which was the only one in which he
failed to participate. Soon after his return, the affair at Dumfries occurred, where,
through his ingenuity and skill, Hampton's Cavalry command was defeated by a mere handful
of men. For this he was publicly thanked by Generals Slocum and Geary.
He now took part in the battle of Chancellorsville, where be won new laurels. It is
said that being ordered by General Hooker to fall back, he refused to do so until able to
bring Knapps Battery safely to the rear; for which disobedience of orders he was
recommended for promotion. This battery was from his native city, and in it he had many
Next he was at Gettysburg, where he fought with his accustomed valor.
We now find him at Lookout Mountain and Mission Ridge, in "Hooker's battle above
the clouds," where the victory was so suddenly and unexpectedly won, that scarcely
sufficient time intervened in which to display valor. It was simply a race for the top of
the mountain on the part of our men; and it corresponding race on the part of the rebels
for the foot of the mountain on the opposite side.
After this battle came the pursuit of Bragg. His rear-guard was overtaken at Ringgold,
Georgia, where it was securely posted on the top of Taylor's Ridge- a naked eminence. It
was madness to undertake to drive them from this hill, without the use of artillery to
cover the assault; but in the excitement of the moment the order was given. In this
assault Creighton commanded a brigade. Forming his command, be made a speech.
"Boys," said he, "we are ordered to take that hill. I want to see you walk
right up it." After this characteristic speech, he led his men up the hill. It soon
became impossible to advance against the terrible fire by which they were met ; he,
therefore, led. them into a ravine, but the rebels poured such a fire into it from all
sides, that the command was driven back. Reaching a fence, Creighton than stopped, and
facing the foe, waited for his command to reach the opposite side. While in this position
he fell, pierced through the body with a rifle bullet. His last words were: "Oh, my
dear wife!" and he expired almost immediately. The brigade now fell rapidly back,
carry the remains of its idolized commander with it. (Wood)
|ASPER, JOEL F.; Lt. Colonel; Entered the service April 24th, 1861, for 3 months;
mustered out and reenlisted June 3rd, 1861 for 3 years; entered as Captain;
promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel May 20th, 1862; Joel F. Asper was born in
Huntington, Adams County, Pennsylvania, on the 20th day of April, 1829. When he
was but five years old his father removed to Farmington, Ohio, by the slow process of a
four-horse team and Pennsylvania wagon. The county of Trumbull was then but sparsely
Until eighteen years of age he
assisted his father in clearing a farm, at the same time attending district school in
winter. This is all the school education he ever had; all other education being acquired
by his own exertion and application to study out of school.
Having a passion for reading and writing, he was led to study
law. But previous to this, however, he commenced teaching a school in Southington, but,
for some reason, left it after one mouths experience. Early in the year 1842, we
find him in the law-office of Crowell and Abel, at Warren, Ohio, and working for his board
at the American Hotel.
In 1843, he carried the Western Reserve Chronicle through several
townships, and during the entire year did not miss a trip.
In August, 1844, he was admitted to the bar, but remained with
General Crowell till 1846, when he learned the daguerrean business, but not succeeding in
this, in October following opened a law-office at Warren. His first years practice
netted him over four hundred dollars, and it increased from year to year.
In 1846 be was elected a justice of the peace, and in the
following year was married to Miss. Elizabeth Brown. In 1847 he was elected prosecuting
attorney. In 1849, was announced as one of the editors of the Western Reserve Chronicle;
and wrote, daring the campaign of that year, all of the leading political articles
published in its columns. During the summer of 1848, Mr. Parker, proprietor of the paper,
left for a pleasure excursion, and while absent, Mr. Asper, being left in charge, took
ground against General Taylor. During this campaign he did much towards developing
antislavery sentiments in the party. For this conduct he was denounced by the minority of
his party. At this time he made a speech before a Whig convention, which is said to have
been the best effort of his life. Carrying out these sentiments, he sustained Martin Van
Buren for the presidency, and in the following year ran for prosecuting attorney on the
FreeSoil ticket, but was defeated.
In 1850 he moved to Chardon, Ohio, and edited a Free-Soil paper
until 1852, when, it proving a losing business, he returned to Warren, where he again
commenced the practice of the law, which he continued until the breaking out of the
rebellion, in 1861. He was among the first in Northern Ohio to tender a company to the
Governor. It marched to camp on the 25th of April. He served the regiment until
March, 1863, when he was honorably mustered out of the United States service. During this
time he took part in the affair of Cross Lanes and the battle of Winchester, in which last
engagement he was severely wounded. After the Cross Lanes affair he accompanied a
detachment of four hundred men to Charleston, rendering much Assistance during the march.
He was promoted to lieutenant colonel during his service with the regiment, in which
position he commanded the regiment in the retreat of Popes army from the Rapidan.
On returning to Warren he opened an office, and in August
organized the Fifty-first Regiment, National Guards, and was elected its colonel. When, in
the spring of 1864, the corps was ordered into the field, his regiment was among the first
to move. It went to Johnsons Island, and while there the noted John H. Morgan
commenced a raid through Kentucky. To resist him, several militia regiments were ordered
to the front; among them was the Fifty-first, now become the One Hundred and
Arriving at Cincinnati, he reported to General Hobson, and was
ordered to Kellers Bridge by train. Soon after getting off the cars it was attacked
by the enemy in overwhelming numbers. After a gallant fight of six hours the brave little
band of heroes was compelled to surrender. No regiment of new troops ever
did better: it itself a name which history will perpetuate.
The regiment was mustered out on the 20th
of August 1864. Asper now perfected his arrangements to move to Missouri, which be
put into execution in October following. (Wilson)
Lt. Colonel; Entered the Service on April 19th, 1861 for three
month service; mustered out and reenlisted for three years service on June 19th,
1861; appointed 1st Lieutenant of Co. A on April 19th, 1861;
promoted to Captain of Co. A on May 14th, 1861; promoted to Major of Co. A May
25th, 1862; promoted to Lt. Colonel on March 2nd, 1863; wounded in the foot at the Battle
of Cedar Mt., Aug. 9th, 1862; killed at the Battle of Ringgold, Georgia, Nov. 27th, 1863; participated
in every battle in which the regiment was engaged to the time of his death. Was
in command of the Company at the time of his death; Known engagements: Cross Lanes, W.
Va.; Winchester, Va.; Port Republic, Va., Cedar Mt., Va., 2nd Bull Run, Va.,
Antietam, Md., Dumfries, Va., Chancellorsville, Va., Gettysburg, Pa., Wauhatchie, Tenn.,
Lookout Mt., Tenn., Missionary Ridge, Tenn., Ringgold, Ga.
Lieutenant-Colonel Orrin J.
Crane was born in Troy, New York, in the year 1829. At three years of age his parents
moved to their native State, Vermont. Soon after, his father died, leaving but limited
means for the support and education of his children. His mother was a Christian woman and
devoted to her children. From her he received his first lessons of life; and a worthy
teacher he had. He cherished his mother with the utmost affection, dwelling upon her
goodness with almost childlike simplicity. It wits touching, to listen to the words of
love and confidence falling for her, from the lips of the sturdy warrior, who braved the
battle-fire without a tremor. In early youth he went to live with an uncle, and in about
1852 came with him to Conneaut, Ohio, where he employed himself in mechanical labor. He
spent one year on the Isthmus, and, after his return went to Cleveland, where he engaged
in the occupation of a ship-carpenter, following this trade till the fall of Sumter. While
in Cleveland he associated himself with a military organization. He entered the service as
first-lieutenant in Captain Creighton's company; and on his promotion, was made captain.
He early devoted himself to the instruction of his company; and it can be said that it
lost nothing of the efficiency it acquired under the leadership of Creighton.
After the regiment entered the field, his services were invaluable. I doubt if the
entire army could find an officer who has performed more service, in the same length of
time, than Crane. If a bridge were to be constructed, or a road repaired, he was sent for
to superintend it. If the commissary department became reduced, he was the one to procure
supplies. No undertaking was too arduous for his iron-will to brave. There was no fear of
starvation while the sturdy Crane was present. All relied on him with the utmost
confidence, and no one was ever disappointed in him.
At the affair of Cross Lanes, where he first came under fire, he was more than a hero;
he seemed possessed of attributes of a higher nature. He moved amid that sheet of flame,
as if possessed of a soul in communion with a higher power. He inspired his men with true
courage. They stood like a wall, and fell back only when ordered by their leader, then
dashed through the strong line of the enemy with a bravery which was truly sublime. The
enemy, although five to one, hesitated, swayed backward, and finally fled, so severely
punished, that for the time they did not pursue. In that long march, over the mountains to
Gauley Bridge, he was still the proud leader.
After his arrival at the above place, he was sent out to the front, up New River, where
he rendered valuable service.
He was in every march and skirmish in both Western and Eastern Virginia, until we find
the regiment at the battle of Winchester. In this engagement he showed the same
indomitable and true courage. He held his men to the work of carnage so fearfully, that
the enemy's slain almost equaled his command.
We now find him in every battle in which his regiment was engaged in the East. Port
Republic, Cedar Mountain (where he was slightly wounded), Antietam, Dumfries,
Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. In all of these he led his command, and the dead of the
enemy left on-the field before it attest how well he led it. At the battle of Antietam, he
commanded the regiment, and during the latter part of the engagement, a brigade. Before
the regiment left for the West, he was made lieutenant-colonel; a position which his
ability and long, as well as faithful, service of his country rendered him eminently
qualified to fill.
Arriving in the West, he commanded the regiment in the battles of Lookout Mountain and
Mission Ridge, where he added new laurels to his already imperishable name. At fatal
Ringgold, he again commanded the regiment. He led it up the steep ascent, where the
whistling of bullets made the air musical: and where men dropped so quietly that they were
scarcely missed except in the thinned ranks of the command. The regiment had not recovered
from the shock produced by the announcement of the death of Creighton, when the noble
Crane, on whom all hearts were centered in the fearful peril of that hour, fell at the
feet of his devoted comrades, pierced through the forehead by a rifle bullet. He spoke not
a word his strong heart ceased to beat; and his soul took its flight from its blood-red
tenement and from the confusion of battle, to the land of patriot spirits. He fell so far
in the advance, that his men were driven back before possessing themselves of his body,
but soon after it was recovered. (Wood)
SAMUEL; Lt. Colonel; Entered the
service April 24th, 1861, for 3 months; mustered out and reenlisted June 17th,
1861, for 3 years; entered as Captain; promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel Dec. 1st,
1863.The subject of the sketch was a native of Ireland He was born in 1829. While in his youth, his parents immigrated to this
at Philadelphi ,
from whence they
went to Pittsburgh. Remaining here for a short time, they removed to Youngstown Ohio, where they have since resided.
He entered service as
first lieutenant of
company I, and was at once active in the discharge of his duty. He accompanied the
regiment to western
he took part in all the hard marches that followed. At the affair of Cross Lanes, he demonstrated, by his gallantry, the fact of the possession of great military talent; for he was brave, prudent, and skillful. Up to the battle of Winchester, he was with the regiment in every march and skirmish. At this battle he commanded a company, and had the honor of opening the battle, and sustaining it for a few minutes, till and other companies formed on
He was engaged in the following battles and skirmishes, which embrace every one in which
the regiment was
engaged: Cross Lanes, Winchester, Port Republic, Cedar Mountain, and Antietam, Dumfries,
Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge, and Taylor's Ridge.
Various skirmishes and battles during the
March of Sherman
to Marietta, are to be added to this list. At the Battle of Winchester
he was lightly wounded in the head but remained on the field, against the urgent solicitations
of his friends, until the close of the engagement. At the Battle of Taylor's Ridge he was severely wounded in the
leg. He now returned to his home, but remained but a
short time, rejoining his command
before he was entirely recovered.
Well in the East he made Captain of Company
H, and after the Battle of Taylor's Ridge, Lieutenant-Colonel.
He now took command of the regiment leading it
through the arduous
campaign of Sherman, as far as Marietta, in which service he won a fine reputation for
ability as an officer. He was
in the army as the fighting Colonel.
At the above
place, the old Seventh turned
its steps homeward, commanded by Colonel McClelland, who
had the proud satisfaction of leading the regiment into Cleveland, to do which the lamented
Creighton was every ambitious.
in the city, he set himself industriously at
work preparing the
regiment to be mustered out; which was done in due time.
McClelland was one of the few officers who were ever at his post. He was brave, active, and zealous, a good officer in every particular. His kindness and good
feeling towards his
fellow soldiers won
him many friends. His family has suffered severe
loss, two brave brothers have
died in battle. During all this affliction he was
and has remained true
to his country, his patriotism never going cold for a moment (Wood)
|CASEMENT, JOHN S.; Major; John S. Casement came into the regiment as major, and was just
the man for the place. The regiment needed a practical, common-sense sort of a man, and it
found him in the person of Jack Casement. Many of his previous years had been spent in the
construction of railroads. In this he had not a superior in the United States. He is of
small stature, but of iron frame; and for endurance has few equals. He will shoulder and
walk off under a load that would make the most athletic tremble. He has probably
superintended the laying of as much track as any man of his age.
On joining the
regiment, the major at once made himself useful in looking after matters for the comfort
of the command, that really belonged to no one to look to, and yet when attended to, went
far to improve the condition of the men. He rapidly acquired a knowledge of military
tactics which was afterwards to fit him for a leader. This was not difficult for him to
do, for he made it a practical study. He was always on duty when the occasion required it.
This habit of promptness he acquired while working large parties of men, and it never
left him during his service. During the long marches in Western Virginia, he was ever
watchful to how matters were going on in the rear; and while other mounted officers were
riding leisurely along he was ever watchful of the train, as well as all other matters
connected with the easy movement of the command. Arriving in camp, he made it his business
to see that all was snug. At the affair at Cross Lanes he conducted himself with such
gallantry as to endear him to the entire regiment. He rode over that fatal field as calm
and collected as on drill. When his superior officers had escaped, he organized the
balance of the command, and then commenced that memorable march over the hills and
mountains, through the valleys and over the streams, of that wild waste. It was finally
crowned with success, and the regiment felt proud of its major; and the Western Reserve
felt proud, too, that they had sent so brave a man to serve with so bravo a regiment. He
now did his duty, until we find the regiment in the East, and in its expedition to
Blues Gap, Major Casement at its head. Just before reaching the fortifications, he
made a speech. Said he: "Boys, youve not got much of a daddy, but with such as
you have, I want you to go for those rebels." And they did go for them in earnest. It
seems the boys did not object to the character of the daddy? He now went to Winchester,
where the regiment was engaged in that battle. He sat on his horse where the bullets were
flying thickest, and seemed to be a stranger to fear. When the battle was nearly over, he
took possession on a piece of artillery, and held it until the close of the action. In the
evening succeeding th battle, he found that ten rife-bullets had passed through the cape
of his coat on the left side, near to his arm.
Major Casement accompanied the regiment on its march up the Valley, making himself
useful in the way of constructing bridges and roads. On arriving at Falmouth, on the
Rappahannock, he tendered his resignation, which being accepted, he returned to his home.
All missed the merry laugh, as well as the merry jokes, of the ever happy major.
He was not long permitted to enjoy home, however, as in the following summer he was
made colonel of One Hundred and Third Ohio and immediately after left for the field. His
regiment was ordered to Kentucky, in which department he served until Shermans
triumphant march on Atlanta, when he joined him, and soon after commanded a brigade. In
this brigade he distinguished himself.
After Sherman left for Savannah Casement commanded a brigade in Thomas army. At
the battle of Franklin, which followed, he conducted himself in a brilliant manner to win
a star by brevet. He now took part in the pursuit of the disorganized forces of Hood, when
it ceased, went to Wilmington, North Carolina, with the corps of General Schofield. (Wood)
|SEYMOUR, FREDERICK A.; Major; Entered the service April 14th, 1861, for 3
years; appointed Captain April 23rd, 1861; The subject of this sketch came into
the regiment as captain of Company G, having organized the company immediately after the
first call for troops. He had seen a good deal of service in the militia of his Native
State, which was of great assistance to him in this new position. When the regiment was
organized for the three-years service, he was elected to his old position, which was
an indication of the esteem his company had for him.
During the terrible campaign among
the mountains of Western Virginia, his health became very much impaired; till just
previous to the affair at Cross Lanes, he was compelled to leave his command and seek to
restore it in his home. Therefore he was not in that skirmish. He soon after returned, but
after reaching the Shenandoah Valley his health again failed him, and he once more sought
to restore it by returning to his home. While be was absent the battle of Winchester was
fought, and he therefore did not take part in the engagement.
He now accompanied the regiment in its march up the Shenandoah River, across the Blue
Ridge, and back again to Front Royal; and from thence to Port Republic. In the battle
fought at the latter place he was conspicuous for bravery. During that well-contested action he
contributed all that lay in his power towards winning a victory. But valor alone cannot
win a battle; numbers combined with it can only accomplish that. This was his firs
experience under fire; but he stood up to the work like a veteran; being second to none in
deeds of daring.
Soon after this action he was engaged in the battle of Cedar Mountain, where he
more than sustained the reputation acquired at Port Republic. This was a terrible
battle, and every officer and private who fought there became a hero.
From this time forward the writer has no knowledge of his services, beyond the fact
that he was promoted to major; which position he filled till some time in the fall
of 1863, when he resigned, and returned to his home. It can be truly said that,
wherever Major Seymour was placed, he endeavored to do his duty. Among his fellow-soldiers
he had many friends, and he will always be remembered a kind-hearted gentleman. (Wood)
|BELLOWS, CURTISS J.; Surgeon; Mr. Bellows was appointed surgeon of the regiment from the
position of assistant in the Fifth Ohio. Before entering the service he was
enjoying a good practice in Northern Ohio, in which he had acquired a good reputation.
While with the regiment he was much esteemed by reason of his ability as a surgeon,
as well as for his kind and courteous behavior. (Wood)
|CUSHING, HENRY K.; Surgeon;
|SALTER, FRANCIS; Surgeon; Francis Salter entered the service as assistant surgeon of the
Seventh Regiment; and on the resignation of Surgeon Cushing, was appointed surgeon. He
held this position until the latter part of 1862, when he was made a medical director, and
assigned to the staff of General Crooks. As a surgeon he hardly had a superior in the
service. His services were of great value all the hospitals as he had had a long
experience in those of England, his native country. He has remained in the service from
the beginning of the war; and during that long period has alleviated the suffering of many
a soldier. (Wood)
|DENIG, CHARLES S.; Asst. Surgeon; On the appointment of Francis Salter to the Post of surgeon, the
subject of this sketch was made assistant. While with the regiment he was attentive
to his duties, and always kind and obliging to the those seeking medical aid. He
many times acted as surgeon of the regiment; and on such occasions was always
prompt in the discharge of his duty. (Wood)
|FERGUSON, JOHN C.; Asst. Surgeon;
|HITCHCOCK, EDGAR M.; Asst. Surgeon;
|WILLIAMS, DAVID; Asst. Surgeon;
|BROWN, FREDERICK T.; Chaplin; Mr. Brown was born in West Carlisle, Coshocton County, Ohio, May
6th, 1822 of respectable and pious parents. His father was a wealthy merchant, and
therefore gave his son a liberal education. After arriving at a proper age, he was sent to
Princeton College, New Jersey, where he graduated. He also attended Washington &
Jefferson College. He early developed those Christian qualities which he has possessed in
such an eminent degree during the whole course of his life. He was born to be a minister.
At an early age his mind took a lasting hold upon religious truths; and it has never
relaxed its energies in that direction for a single moment. He has gone on doing good from
a child, his usefulness only increasing as his mind developed its powers. He has been a
close student of theology-during his whole life; and it is doing no discredit to others to
say, that in this respect he has hardly a peer in the United States. He graduated at the
Theological Seminaries at Princeton, New Jersey, and Geneva, Switzerland. He was ordained
to preach by the Presbytery of Logansport, Ind.
The Westminster Church, of Cleveland,
Ohio, was organized by him; and in the course of his nine years labor with it, increased
from a small congregation to one of the most respectable religious societies of the city.
He was pastor of this church at the breaking out of the rebellion.
About the 15th day of July, Colonel Tyler, feeling it important to open
communication with Generals Coxs forces on the Kanawha, determined to send a
messenger with unwritten dispatches across the country through the enemys lines; and
as our chaplain could more readily be spared than any other member of the regiment deemed
fitting to undertake the enterprise, the expedition was proposed to him. He accepted it
willingly, though well aware of its difficulties and dangers. Colonel Tyler suggested to
him to go in the character of a merchant or trader, so that, if arrested by roving
guerillas or any of Wises patrols, he could say he was on business to Gauley Bridge,
or some other place. But he declined adopting the suggestion, as involving a possible lie,
and asked to be left to his own resources.
Hastily divesting himself of every tell-tale mark of name, resident or connection with
the service, mounted on a blooded mare, captured from some guerrillas a few days before,
and taking no rations but a bunch of cigars, an hour after receiving the order he started.
It was a ride of a hundred and twenty miles through the enemys country, by high-ways
and by-ways and no ways at all, nearly half of it at night, sometimes alone, full of
adventures, amusing and otherwise, and involving some narrow escapes from the enemy, but
On the morning of the third day, at daylight, he struck the Kanawha, four miles below
the mouth of the Pocotaligo; and there, for the first time, got word of General Cox, and
learned that his camp was only four miles up the river. It was Sunday morning. He was soon
at the generals quarters, and in the language of the chaplain himself,
"received such a welcome as that genial man and accomplished Christian gentleman
knows how to give." General Cox refused permission to him to return to us by the way
he had come. He therefore remained with the general for the time; was with him at the
capture of Charleston, and in the pursuit of Wise to Gauley Bridge, from whence he joined
us again. Surviving members of the old Seventh will remember "the three
times-three" cheers of each company in succession, as the chaplain rode along the
line. We were on the march, a long distance from where he had left us, had not heard a
word from him or of him, and had thought him lost; his arrival, safe and sound, coming
from the direction of the enemy, was as one from the dead, or from Richmond.
At the battle of Cross Lanes he bore a gallant part, remaining with the command during
the entire affair, and leaving only when all hope of having the day had expired. He
escaped, with others, through a gap in the enemys lines, caused by well-directed
volleys of musketry from the regiment. The same day he came into Gauley Bridge,
after having rendered much service in bringing off the wagon train. He soon after
visited Cross Lanes, under a flag of truce for the purpose of looking after our
killed and wounded, as well as to learn the fate of those taken prisoners. While
within the enemys lines, he was treated civilly, but was refused the
privilege of administering to the wounded, as well as visiting the prisoners. He therefore
returned, without having accomplished, in the least degree, the object of his visit. The
chaplain was soon after ordered to Charleston, where the scattered members of the
Seventh had been collected.
While at this place he formed an agreeable acquaintance with many gentlemen of
learning and ability, at whose houses he was a frequent visitor; and it may be truly said
that on such occasions he added much to the fund of enjoyment.
While the regiment was at Charleston, a misunderstanding arose between the
chaplain and Colonel Tyler, by reason of which the former felt it his duty to
resign. His resignation was in due time accepted, and he was honorably mustered out
of the service; the esteem and regrets of the entire command going with him to his
home. While with the regiment his conduct had been above suspicion, and his
sudden departure caused universal gloom.
Shortly after returning to his home in Cleveland, he was called to be pastor of a
church at Georgetown, District of Columbia, which is both large and influential.
Not forgetting the cause of his country and-her suffering soldiery, he is now engaged,
in addition to his pastoral labors, in attending to the wants of the sick and wounded
soldiers at the various hospitals in the vicinity of his home. Many a poor soldier of the
republic will remember the words of consolation which have fallen on his ear from the lips
of this devoted Christian.
In the personal appearance of Chaplain Brown, alone, there is a character. His light,
fragile figure, erect and graceful carriage, strikes one as peculiarly fitting to his
elegant, chaste, and mature intellect. He leaves an impression on the mind as lasting as
it is positive. In his company the dark moments are lighted up. Generous and manly, he
would distribute even his happiness among his fellows, were it possible. There are
few men more companionable than he; and few ever won the love of their fellow-men equal to
him. Endowed with rare conversational powers and a pleasing address, he always commands
the attention of thesis around him. In public speaking, the first impression he makes upon
the mind of the hearer is not such as would lead him to expect a flowery discourse; but as
the speaker, proceeds, it becomes evident that dry logic is not his only gift. His life is
a constant reflection of truth. He takes great grasp on eternal things; and lives greatly
by seeking as the one high aim of his studies his labors, and his prayers the supreme
glory of God in the everlasting welfare of man. May such samples of Christian character be
multiplied; till all the World has learned how great is God, and how great is goodness.
His ministerial life was spent in Dayton &
Columbus Ohio; Georgetown, D.C.; Chicago, Ill.; St. Paul, Minn.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; and
Manasquan, N.J. He was married three times; Miss Harriet Little, Charlotte Ann White, and
Anne Elizabeth Bates. He had a total of ten children. He died of apoplexy at Manasquan, N.
J. on Jan. 11th, 1893 and is buried there. (Wood)(Wilson)
|WRIGHT, DEAN C.; Chaplin; D. C. Wright was appointed chaplain during the winter of 1861.
He reported to the regiment at Pattersons Creek, Virginia.
was with the regiment at the battle of Winchester, where he rendered much assistance in
caring for the wounded. He now followed the fortunes of the Seventh until its arrival at
Port Republic, at which battle he served as aid to General Tyler. Daring the entire,
engagement he was much exposed, carrying dispatches in the most gallant style to
different parts of the field. He was mentioned in the official reports for gallant
conduct. After this battle he left for his home, and finally sent in his resignation,
which was duly accepted.
Before the war broke out he was a minister of the Methodist Church, and acquired no
little reputation as a revivalist preacher. (Wood)
|BAXTER, MORRIS; Adjutant; Entered the service April 22nd, 1861, for 3 months,
June 20th, 1861, for 3 years.
|BROOKS, CHARLES A.; Adjutant; Entered the service May 20th, 1861, for 3 years;
promoted to 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant; wounded in the
hand during the Battle of Cedar Mountain, Va., Aug. 9th, 1862; sent home on
recruiting duty after the battle of Gettysburg, while in Cleveland, Ohio he was killed in a railroad accident on Aug. 13th, 1863; buried in
Bristolville, Trumbull Co., Ohio.
|DEFOREST, LOUIS G.; Adjutant; Entered the service April 22nd, 1861, for 3 months;
June 20th, 1861, for 3 years; promoted to 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant on May 17th,
1861. Louis G. De Forest was born in Cleveland, Ohio on the 9th of September
1838. His youth was spent in the city schools, where he acquired a fair education. In
1853, at the age of fifteen years, he entered the store of N. E. Crittenden. It is a high
compliment to his industry and business habits, that he has remained in his employ since
that date, with the exception of the time that he spent in the military service.Having a
natural taste for military life, in 1859 he joined a company of Light Guards a private,
but soon rose to the positions of corporal, sergeant and finally lieutenant. The latter
position he filled with credit, until the rebellion broke out, when, on the organization
of the Sprague Cadets, for three months service, he hastened to enroll his name. He
was soon made orderly sergeant, which position he held when the company went into camp.
After the regiment arrived in Camp Dennison, he was elected a second-lieutenant of his
company. And on its final organization for the three years service, he was chosen
its adjutant by a vote of its officers, and soon after received his commission, with the
rank of first lieutenant.He accompanied the regiment in its arduous Western Virginia
campaign, and during the time Colonel Tyler commanded a brigade, he served as acting
assistant adjutant general. At the affair at Cross Lanes, he took a prominent as well as
gallant part. He was among the number of those who made the march over the mountains to
Elk River and Charleston.He accompanied the regiment to Kellys department, where he
again acted as acting assistant adjutant general to Colonel Tyler, serving in this
capacity until his resignation, which took place in March.
When the National Guard was organized, he raised a company, and was made its
captain. In this position he served during the one hundred days campaign of this
corps, being stationed in a fort in the vicinity of Washington.Every one who came in
connection with the Seventh Regiment will remember the stentorian voice and soldierly
bearing of its first adjutant. (Wood)
|Molyneaux, JOSEPH B.; Adjutant;
Entered the Service on April 22nd, 1861
for three months service; mustered out and reenlisted for three years service on June 18th,
1861; appointed Sergeant of Co. B on April 22nd, 1861; promoted to 1st
Sergeant of Co. B May 17th, 1861; mustered out June 18th, 1861 to
accept appointment as 1st Lieutenant of Co. B; detached to command of Co. E
Sept. 1st, 1861; detached to command Co. A 1st Kentucky Vol. Inf. in
Oct. 1861; Commanded expedition from Camp Enyart, Va. and recovered herd of cattle from
Rebel guerrillas; returned to command Co. E, 7th O. V. I.; appointed Adjutant
Feb. 1st, 1862; acting Aide-de-Camp to General Lander on expedition to Bloomery
Furnace, Va., Feb. 14th, 1862; commanded escort for General Lander's body
enroute to the train March 3rd, 1862; detached to special duty to gather
convalescents from hospitals at Alexandria, Va. and vacinaty and return them to their
regiments; detached as inspecting officer of General Geary's command to inspect General
Crawford's Division in Maryland Heights; promoted to Captain of Co. A Sept. 1st,
1862; wounded in the head, shoulder, and leg, and had two horses killed under
him during the Battle of Cedar Mt., Va. Aug. 9th, 1862; resigned Feb. 12th,
1863 by reason of disability arising from wounds; reentered the Service May 2nd,
1864 as Captain of Co. E, 150th O. V. I. and assigned to command of Fort Thayer, near
Washington D.C.; mustered out of the service with the Company Aug. 23rd, 1864.
Mr. Molyneaux was born, January 1, 1847 at Ann Arbor, in
the State of Michigan. At the age of four years his father removed to Penn Yan, New York,
and soon after to Bath and Elmira, in the same State. In 1854, young Molyneaux went to
Belville, Ohio, and commenced the study of medicine in the office of Dr. Whitcomb. He
remained for nearly a year, when, not liking the study, he went to Cleveland, Ohio, and
entered the job-office of John Williston, where he learned the art of printing.
Having a natural liking for military life, he joined the Light
Guards, and afterwards the Sprague Cadets, of which he was appointed drillmaster. On the
first call for troops, he joined a company being raised by Captain De Villers, as a
private, being among the first to enroll his name. Soon after arriving in camp, he was
appointed a sergeant, and, immediately after, drillmaster for the non-commissioned
officers of the regiment. On the three years organization, he was unanimously chosen first
lieutenant by the vote of his company. He remained with this company during the earlier
part of the campaign in Western Virginia, taking & gallant part in the affair of Cross
Lanes, as also in the final march of Major Casements detachment to Charleston. After this
action, he was placed in command of Company E, which command he held until January 1862,
and then being relieved, only for the purpose of receiving the appointment of adjutant.
He took part in all the marches and skirmishes in both Western
and Eastern Virginia. At the battle of Winchester, he was mentioned, in the Official
report of his colonel, for gallantry on the battlefield. At the battle of Port Republic,
he won new laurels, being constantly under the enemys fire. In the fearful struggle
at Cedar Mountain, he particularly distinguished himself. He was, for a limited time, in
command of the regiment during which he extricated it from a position, where, under a less
skilful leader, it would have been captured. In this gallant exploits Molyneaux lost two
horses, one of them being pierced by fourteen bullets.
In September 1862, he was appointed captain, after having waived
rank three times. This position be held until March, 1863, when, on account of wounds and
ill-health, he was compelled to resign. In the mean time, he was with the regiment in all
its marches, as well as the battle of Antietam and the affair at Dumfries.
On his return home he followed his occupation of
a printer, until the governors call for the National Guard, when he again entered
the service as a captain. His regiment being stationed in the defenses of Washington, he
was placed in command of a fort, which was, a part of the time, garrisoned by several
companies. After the expiration of his term of service, he returned to his home in
Cleveland, and resumed businesses. (Wood)
|SHEPHERD, WILLIAM D.; Adjutant; Entered the service April 22nd, 1861, for 3 months;
appointed Sergeant April 29th, 1861; mustered out and reenlisted June 19th,
1861, for 3 years; promoted to Adjutant Sept. 1st, 1863.
Entered the service is a private in a Company D. He was soon after made
sergeant, and at Camp Dennison, orderly. He followed the fortunes of his company through
the wilds of western Virginia until the affair at Cross Lanes, where he showed great
gallantry. Went with his company to Charleston, where, in the absence of Lieutenant Weed,
he took command. During this time the company was detailed to guard a party who were
engaged in erecting a telephone line from Point Pleasant to Gauley Bridge. In this service
he gave good satisfaction to all concerned in the undertaking.
He now remained with his command until a few days before the
Battle of Winchester, when he was compelled to leave the field on account of inflammation
of one of his eyes. It had become very painful long before he would consent to go to the
rear. A fever soon followed, he was completely prostrated. He now went to his home, where
he was engaged in recruiting service. He returned to his regiment in the summer, and
having been promoted to first lieutenant, was immediately made adjutant. He's served with
the regiment in this capacity until after the affair at Dumfries, when he was compelled to
resign on account of ill health.
After his return home he did great service in his recruiting. In
the winter of 1863 and 1864 he canvassed Lake and Geauga counties, and was the means of
enlisting a large number of man. These occasions he made speeches, of which any public
speaker might well be proud
In the fall of 1864 he raised a company for the National Guard,
which he commanded in the 100 days service. Returning to his home, he was appointed a
quartermaster, with the rank of captain, and assigned to a division in the 23rd Army
His promotion was won in the field, and therefore honorable. His
commission as second Lieutenant bears the date of November 25th, 1861; and that
of First Lieutenant early in the following year.
Everyone who is fallen in company with Lt.
Shepherd will remember him as a genial friend and profitable companion. His frankness and
courtesy have made him many friends. To know him, is to esteem him. I doubt whether he has
an enemy in the world. He was always been a warm supporter of the government, although not
an American citizen by birth having been born in Canada. (Wood)
|LOOMIS, STEPHEN T.; Regimental Quartermaster;
|MORRIS JOHN; Regimental Quartermaster; the son of Henry and Susannah Morris, was
born at Crowland, England, on March 3rd, 1835. When one year old his parents
removed to the United States, and he was reared near Franklin Mills (now Kent), Portage
County, Ohio. He was educated in the common schools and took a course of
bookkeeping at Folvours Business College, graduating in 1854. He engaged in business
at Franklin Mills for two or three years. In the spring of 1861 he graduated from
Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and returning to his home formed a
partnership with Doctors Belding and Alcom.
He enlisted a company April 13th,
1861, for a period of three months, and was assigned to the Second Brigade, Ninth
Division, Ohio Volunteer Militia. On June 19, 1861, he was commissioned by the Governor as
first lieutenant, Seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and assigned to it as quartermaster.
May 23rd, 1862, he was appointed captain of volunteers by President Lincoln.
September 24th, 1863, he was honorably discharged, and was immediately
thereafter appointed Medical Inspector-General and placed in charge of Lincoln Hospital,
Washington, D. C., where he remained until the end of the war.
Reentering civil life he engaged for two years in the sale of drugs at Annapolis,
Maryland. In the fall of 1867 he engaged in the practice of medicine at Chicago, one year
later going to Cincinnati, and in 1870 graduated from the Cincinnati College of Law.
Returning to Chicago, he formed an office arrangement with Melville W. Fuller, at present
Chief justice of the United States. Thenceforward until the end of his life he was engaged
in the practice of law in that city.
He engaged in the stationery and printing business in the car 1883 under the name of
the John Morris Company, and introduced the letter filing device. In I895 the company
retired from business.
After a long and painful illness Morris died on February 10th, 1903 and his
remains were cremated. His ashes now rest in Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois. On May
31st, 1866, he married Susan C. Claude, of Annapolis, Maryland. ( From Lawrence Wilson's )
|WILLIS, JOSHUA J.;
|BROWN, DWIGHT H.; Sergeant-Major; Entered for three months service on April 22nd, 1861;
appointed Sergeant Co. A, April 29th, 1861; mustered out and reenlisted for
three years service on June 19th, 1861; appointed Sergeant Co. A, Nov. 20th,
1861; promoted to Sergeant-Major April 1st, 1862; promoted 2nd
Lieutenant Co. A, Jan. 7th, 1863; was wounded twice
in the right leg in the Battle of Ringgold, Ga., Nov. 27th, 1863; mustered out with
the Co. July 6th, 1864.
|HUBBARD, NEWTON K.; Sergeant-Major; Newton K. Hubbard was born in the year 1839, at West Springfield,
Massachusetts. He was educated in the common schools of the State of Ohio, Wesleyan
Academy, and Providence Seminary, East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
He enlisted for three months on April 22nd, 1861, in a
company raised at Painesville, Ohio. When mustered into the service of the United States
it became Company D, Seventh Regiment O. V. I., the enlistment being for three
months. He reenlisted June 19th for a period of three years, and was
promoted to corporal. He was mustered out on the expiration of the term of service of his
Regiment, July 6th, 1864.
He participated in the following battles: Cross Lanes,
Virginia, where he was captured by the enemy and confined in the military prisons at
Richmond, Virginia; New Orleans, Louisiana, and Salisbury, North Carolina, nine months and
six days, rejoining his regiment January, 1863, At Dumfries, Virginia, and fought again at
Chancellorsville, Virginia (hit on shoulder by a piece of shell); Gettysburg,
Pennsylvania; Lookout Mountain, Tennessee; Missionary Ridge, Tennessee, Ringgold, Georgia;
Dalton, Georgia; Rocky Face Ridge, Georgia, and Dallas, or New Hope Church, Georgia. He
was appointed purveyor of Casements brigade and remained at Raleigh, until after the war.
After the war he engaged in various businesses and was always lucky in his ventures,
amassing what was considered in olden times quite a fortune. He married Miss Elizabeth
Clayton, of Painesville, Ohio.
Hubbard was considered as one of the best soldiers in
the Seventh Regiment, and was promoted from sergeant in Company D to the highest
position in the non-commissioned staff, that of Sergeant Major of his Regiment. It was
unfortunate that everyone could not be an officer, but he should have been commissioned
anyway, for meritorious service in the face of the enemy.
|KING, LEICESTER; Sergeant-Major; Entered the Service April 25th, 1861 for 3 Months;
mustered out and reenlisted June 19th, 1861 for 3 Years;
|WEBB, JOSEPH P.; Sergeant-Major; Entered the service June 7th, 1861, for 3 years;
promoted to Sergeant-Major Jan. 1st, 1862. killed during
the Battle of Winchester, Va., March 23rd, 1862.
|HARMON, FRANK J.; Quartermaster Sergeant; Entered the Service April 25th, 1861, for 3 Months;
appointed Corporal April 30th, 1861; mustered out and reenlisted June 20th,
1861, for 3 Years; after the engagement at Cross Lanes, Va. he avoided capture by the
rebels by hiding in a ditch as the cavalry passed by him; promoted to Sergeant in company
Nov. 20th, 1861; promoted Q. M. S. April 1st, 1862. See Field and
Staff; postmaster at Oberlin, Ohio.
|HOPKINS, MARCUS S.; Quartermaster Sergeant; Entered the service April 20th, 1861 for 3 months;
mustered out and reenlisted June 19th, 1861, for 3 years; Buried
at Arlington National Cemetery. His gravesite is a small open house-air type
mausoleum with benches inside near the roadway in Section 2..His wife was
Clarentine Clay. Promoted to 2nd Lt. Co. K Feb. 5th, 1862.
|OWEN, DANIEL D.; Commissary Sergeant; Entered the service April 25th, 1861, for 3 months;
mustered out and reenlisted June 20th, 1861, for 3 years; promoted to
commissary Sergeant Nov. 30th, 1861.
|HUGHES, MORRIS R.; Hospital Steward; Entered the service April 25th, 1861, for 3 months;
mustered out and reenlisted June 20th, 1861, for 3 years; promoted to hospital
steward June 14th, 1862; broke his leg in an accident at Loudoun Heights, Va.
|KING, IRA S.; Hospital Steward; Entered the service April 25th, 1861, for 3 months;
mustered out and reenlisted June 20th, 1861, for 3 years; promoted to hospital
steward Jan. 10th, 1862; taken prisoner in
Winchester, Va., May 24th, 1862.
|ORVIS, RECELLUS W.; Hospital Steward; Entered the service April 25th, 1861, for 3 months,
mustered out and reenlisted June 20th, 1861, for 3 years.
|WALTERS, REUBEN W.; Principal Muster; Entered the service Oct. 18th, 1862, for 3 years;
promoted to hospital steward, March 15th, 1864.
|WETZELL, HENRY; Chief Bugler; Entered the service April 22nd, 1861, for 3 months;
mustered out and reenlisted June 20th, 1861, for 3 years.
|WOOD, HARRY; Fife Major; Entered the service June 7th, 1861, for 3 years;
appointed fife major June 20th, 1861.
|WOODARD, JOSHUA L.; Drum Major; Entered the service April 20th, 1861, for 3 months;
mustered out and reenlisted June 20th, 1861, for 3 years; promoted to Drum
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