Charles Edmund Sturgess

Cpl. 7th Regiment, NY Heavy Artillery 1846-1904 Charles Sturgess was born in Knox, Albany County, NY in 1846. He was the eldest of 10 children born to his parents, David and Melinda (Swan) Sturgess. Charles and his family are found in the 1850 and 1860 census reports living In the Knox area; his father is

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Richard Henry Salter

Surgeon, 1st Massachusetts Infantry 1808-1893 Richard Henry Salter, M.D. was born August 2, 1808, in Mansfield, Connecticut. His father was John Salter; his mother was the Mary Williams who traced her ancestry back to Ezekiel Williams, High Sheriff of Connecticut, and through his wife Prudence, to the great minister, Solomon Stoddard. Richard attended the Phillips

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Lawrence Shields

Sgt., 3rd Ohio Infantry 1835-1905 Lawrence Shields was born in December 1834, most likely in Dublin, Ireland. The name Lawrence Shields, a seventeen-year-old laborer, is listed on board the ship Stephen Baldwin, leaving from Liverpool, England and arriving in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the 13th of July in 1849. Shields earned his citizenship by fighting in

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Garland Shackelford

Pvt., Butts Missouri Home Guards 1816-1908 Garland Shackelford was born January 26, 1816, near Danville in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. He arrived in Springfield, MO, on June 17, 1840. By 1842 he had married Mary Forren, a native of Tennessee. Their thirteen children included six sons and seven daughters. One daughter, Martha A. (Mattie) Shackelford, married

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Thatcher Severance

Pvt., 1st Maine Heavy Artillery 1827-1864 Thatcher Severance, born July 16, 1827, in Carroll, Maine, was the first of eight children born to Ephraim and Eliza Merriam Severance.  He was a descendent of John and Abigail Kimball Severance, English immigrants to America in 1637.  His grandfather, Ephraim Severance (1759-1825), was a Revolutionary War patriot. On September 11,

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Jacob Homer Searles

Pvt., 3rd Ohio Cavalry GAR – Hanscom Post 97, Iowa 1842-1903 Jacob Homer Searles was born in 1842 in Meigs County, Ohio. He was the son of Gideon and Sarah (Hill) Searles. Pictured here is Jacob with his wife Josephine, but the little girl is unidentified. It is presumed that she is one of their

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