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Residents of Bay County In The Civil War.
Residents that served in the Civil War whether or not they lived in Bay County at the time.
Transcribed (February 2005)

Note: The layout of this transcription has been altered to allow easier identification of names. No highlighting is done exept for bold type of names.

History of Bay County, Michigan and Representative Citizens (1905)
by Augustus H. Gansser.


Now by our Fathers' ashes! Where's the spirit
Of the true hearted and the unshackled gone?
Sons of old freedom, do we but inherit
Their names alone?
- Whittier.

Thus sang the heroic bard of New England and through all the regions of our land, from the Potomac to Lake Superior, and from the

Atlantic to the Pacific, the fire was kindled that burned the fetters which bound a human race, and through four years of deadly strife and the blood of thousands of heroes the dividing line of "Dixie's Land" was wiped away forever, until today there is indeed "no North, no South." The first public utterance among the handful of settlers in Bay County was James G. Birney's stirring appeal for the down-trodden slaves of the South on Independence Day, 1842. His was no idle flight of oratory. He had practiced the liberation he now preached, and this sire of Bay City may well stand with William Lloyd Garrison on history's undying pages, as a worthy champion of humanity:

Champion of those who groan beneath
Oppression's iron hand;
In view of penury, hate and death,I see the fearless stand.
Still bearing up thy lofty brow,
In steadfast strength of truth
In manhood sealing well the vow
And promise of thy youth.
- Whittier.

What wonder, then, that this frontier settlement should have rallied so nobly for the defense of liberty and unity, during the dismal years of the Civil War! The children of 1842 were the young men of 1861-65, and the noble precept and example of James G. Birney, the outcast from his native heath and self-denying pioneer, was rewarded by their devoted service in times that tried men's souls.

The records of the office of the Adjutant General of Michigan show that Bay County during those four years sent

51 soldiers forth to battle,
of whom 83 died in service,

while many more gave up their young lives after being mustered out, from wounds and sickness, before peace again came to bless our land. When we find that the

Federal census of 1860 gave Bay County a population of but 3,164 men, women and children,

we can more readily appreciate the sacrifices of men and money male by this community, that our nation might live, one and indivisible. Five hundred and eleven, volunteers, out of a population which at no time during those years reached 5,000, these are historic figures of which we may well be proud, and that speak more eloquently of patriotic devotion than aught else could do. Eighty-three names engraved forever upon the heroic records of a grateful republic. Alas, how soon their names are forgotten at home, how long and how well preserved in the halls of state.

One may search through all the early annals of this county, without finding a single connected record of these 511 citizens who went bravely forward at Lincoln's call for volunteers. Here and there appear isolated records, like beacon-lights on dark waters, but no attempt has apparently been made to preserve the names of those who went out from this county at their country's call, nor do we know the names of those who died at their post of duty.

Here and there in the disconnected sketches of pioneers we find a name worth preserving.

Gen. Benjamin F. Partridge,
born in Shelby, Michigan, April I9, 1822, came to Bay City in 1854, where lie engaged in lumbering and surveying. When the Civil War broke out, he was sheriff of Bay County, and later recruited men for the 16th Michigan Infantry, being commissioned 1st lieutenant of Company I, in March, 1862. In three years he rose through all the intermediate grades to colonel commanding this regiment; was wounded in the neck in the battle of Peeble's Farm, and in March, 1865, was breveted brigadier-general. Wounded in the head at Quaker Road, he still remained in command of his brigade through General Grant's final campaign, from Petersburg to Appomattox Court House, where his brigade received 28 of the 71 tattered battle-flags captured by the Union Army. His brigade took part in the Grand Review in Washington. He commanded seven regiments at Louisville, Kentucky, until July, 1865, w-hen his brigade was honorably mustered out. The 16th Michigan participated in 54 engagements and battles, General Partridge being in all but two of them, when he was in hospital. Pre-eminently a Michigan and Bay County product, lie is a shining example of the patriot of 186I, who when the cruel war was over went back to the duties of civil life here at home with the same energy and devotion that had marked his volunteer service.

Col. Henry S. Raymond,
who died in Detroit in I904, came to Bay City with his father, Col. H. Raymond in 1849. In 1862 he was mustered in as captain of Company F, 23rd Michigan Infantry, the first complete company raised in Bay City and by successive promotions in the next three years attained the rank of lieutenant-colonel.

Samuel Maxwell,
brother of the late Judge Andrew C. Maxwell, went into the army among the first from Bay City, just after he had been admitted to the bar here; served four years, and in after years became judge of the Supreme Court of Nebraska.

Archibald L. McCormick,
the first white child born in Michigan, north of the Flint River, often heard James G. Birney's plea for liberty and equality to all, when as a boy he played among the well-kept vines of the Birney cottage, and he sealed the determination of his boyhood, to see justice done, with his life at the battle of Kenesaw Mountain in Sherman's famous "March to the Sea," while charging a battery at the head of his company. He had been previously wounded and suffered much in Rebel prisons after being found on the battlefield by the enemy. Such were the men and their heroic deeds and such were the sacrifices of many thousands who sank down to nameless graves, the individual lost in turmoil of strife, but their collective achievements in defense of human liberty and human rights live on forever.

In the shady grove at Pine Ridge Cemetery stands the plain granite monument, commemorating the services of our "Boys in Blue," and the appreciation of those services by posterity. Grouped about it, side by side as in life and war, lie the veterans who have answered the last long roll, while scattered through every other cemetery of Bay County lie other veterans in family plats. Among those who enlisted from Bay County and have passed away, we find the names of

G. A. Van Alstine,
Company L, First Michigan Engineers, 1862-65, wounded in the Wilderness, taken to Andersonville Prison, where he suffered until the close of the war, returning home in June, 1865, after all his loved ones had long ago given him up as dead in a nameless grave.

Alonzo B. Freeland,
Second Michigan Infantry, 1861-64, wounded at Petersburg.

Samuel Benson,
Third Michigan Cavalry, serving unscathed, 186I-65. J. S. Fox, First Michigan Infantry, 1861-65, wounded at Savage Station, spent six months-in Rebel prisons and one year in hospital.

John M. Schucker,
Second Michigan Cavalry, 186I-65, wounded at Gettysburg; he was a pioneer who came here in 1853 and his widow still lives and remembers his grave on each Memorial Day.

Maj. Newcomb Clark,
lieutenant, 14th Michigan Infantry; promoted major, 102nd United States Infantry, Colored, 1861-65.

Capt. Albert W. Watrous,
Fifth United States Infantry.

Leonard Jewell,
born in 1815, who came to Bay City in 1844, did not allow his age to deter him from serving his country, as in 1862 he enlisted in Company A, 14th Michigan Infantry, and served until the close of the war. He was the oldest recruit from Bay County.

Charles W. Dease,
Company D, 10th Michigan Infantry, 1861-65.

W. E. Carney,
15th Michigan Infantry, 1863-65.

Horace B. Mix,
Company C, United States Engineer, Veteran Corps, wounded at Vicksburg, in hospital 11 months, served to the end of the war.

Daniel Hughes,
First Mounted Rifles, 1862-65.

Charles A. Vosburg
came here in 1853; he was a member of Company D, 10th Michigan Cavalry, 1862-65;

Gabriel Widmer,
First United States Engineers, 1864-65.

William Stewart,
Second Michigan Infantry, 1861-64, lost a leg at Spottsylvania Court House.

Capt. B. W. Merrick,
Company E, Fifth Michigan Infantry, shot in the shoulder at Fredericksburg, spent five months in hospital and served to 1865.

Eugene Burr,
Company C, 30th Michigan Infantry, 1864-65.

B. McBrookins
was the law partner of the late Judge Andrew C. Maxwell here; when war broke out he enlisted and died in service.

William Catlin,
Company A, Fifth Michigan Infantry, enlisted in 1861, was wounded in the Shenandoah campaign, and died January 18, 1865.

George E. Aiken
was in the shoe business here, when he heard the call for duty; he served with Battery D, First Michigan Light Artillery, 1861-65.

Henry Fenton,
17th Michigan Infantry, 1862-65, later register of deeds for Bay County, died in 1904.

Henry Lindner,
who came here in 1858, served with the Fourth Michigan Infantry; was prosecuting attorney for Bay County, 1883-84.

John Friebe,
for nearly 40 years an industrious citizen of Bay City, typified the worldwide le spirit of devotion to liberty and equality. His German ship, on which he served as sailor, hailing from Reugen, happened to be in Wilmington, Delaware, when Fort Sumter was fired on. He could speak no English, and it was not his country's fight. Yet that quiet, peace-loving foreigner promptly enlisted in the First Delaware Infantry, served faithfully to the end of the war, was wounded several times, and took part in over 40 engagements, including Gettysburg. He died in January, I905, and on the coming Memorial Day his green grave will be accorded the same loving attention he himself extended for so many years to his comrades that had gone before.

L. H., Griffin,
for many years in the laundry business here, was among the first to enlist, serving in the First Michigan Cavalry, 1861-66, as orderly sergeant.

WV. H. Lynch
was too small to shoulder a musket, so he became drummer in the First United States Infantry, was captured at Chancellorsville and spent more than a year amid the horrors of Andersonville and Belle Isle prisons.

H. C. Meyers
enlisted in the United States Navy in 1861, but salt water did not agree with him, so in 1863 he enlisted in the 11th Michigan Cavalry, serving until 1865.

Lieut. John W. Shearer
passed through 36 battles and engagements with the Second Michigan Infantry, 1861-65.

Benno A. Katthain,
14th Michigan Infantry, 1862-65, was for 30 years piano tuner here, dying in 1904.

The memory of Hon. James G. Birney, the liberator, was well honored by his grandson and namesake.

Capt. James G. Birney, oldest son of Hon. James Birney, who served through the war with the Seventh Michigan Infantry, and died on the Indian frontier in 1869, while serving with United States troops.

Hundreds sleep in our cities of the dead, whose achievements in war and peace equal and perhaps surpass these isolated service records, but these will suffice to preserve for the perusal of their surviving comrades, and as an indication to posterity of the character and service of the veterans we delight to honor.

Equally instructive and worthy of commemoration are the service records of some of our most prominent citizens.

Hon. James A. VanKleeck,
department commander of Michigan's G. A. R., I900-OI, served with Company D, 17th Michigan Infantry, known as the "Stonewall Regiment." He was wounded at Antietam and lay among the dead on that bloody battlefield until the next day; he was then carried into a field hospital arranged in a nearby church, where for eight long months he hovered between life and death, and to this day he suffers continually from the wounds sustained at Antietam. It is the current comment of his comrades in arms, that Comrade VanKleeck holds the Michigan record for continuous church attendance, which the popular veteran acknowledges might be true, eight months under the belfry being a rather long devotion.

Maj. Lyman G. Willcox,
national commander of the National League of Veterans and Sons, recruited Company B, Third Michigan Cavalry, and served with marked distinction to the end of the war, being mustered out with the brevet rank of lieutenant-colonel.

Dr. Henry B. Landon,
who graduated from the University of Michigan in 1861, promptly enlisted in the Seventh Michigan Infantry as adjutant, and was wounded in the battle of Fair Oaks. Recovering, he again went to the front as army surgeon, serving until the brunt of the fighting was over in 1864.

Judge George P. Cobb
served with the Fifth Michigan Cavalry, 1863-65.

Dr. W. E. Vaughn
rendered splendid service as army surgeon, 1862-65.

J. V. Knaggs
enlisted as private in Company A., Fourth Michigan Infantry, was wounded at Malvern Hill, losing all arm. After lying seven days upon that bloody battlefield, he was taken prisoner by the Rebels, confined in Libby Prison, later exchanged, and taken to Bellevue Hospital, New York City, until his wound had healed in 1863.

Maj. E. B. Nugent
rose from the ranks in the Third Michigan Cavalry, through meritorious service, 1861-65.

Lieut. H. I. Norrington
at the age of 16 joined the famous Loomis Battery in 1862, participated in 32 engagements, was wounded at the battle of Stone River, taken prisoner and later exchanged. He received his commission on recommendation of General Reynolds for carrying dispatches through the enemy's lines, after six previous attempts had failed.

George WV. Butterfield,
in I905, national treasurer of the Letter Carriers' Association, enlisted in Company B, 22nd Michigan Infantry, in 1862; was later transferred to the Signal Corps, rendered distinguished service as wig-wagger for Generals Rosecrans, Thomas, Sherman and Grant, participating in all the campaigns of the West, being present at the surrender of General Johnston and the Confederate Army.

Henry Schindehette,
for many years deputy United States marshal here, served with the 24th Michigan Infantry, 1862-64, was wounled in the hip at Gettysburg, lay eight months in hospital, and to this day suffers from that injury.

J. Fred Whittemore
served in the Third Michigan Cavalry, 1862-65, was prominent in the lumber industry here in later years, and died in 1904.

N. N. Murphy,
Chief of Police, won his spurs in the 10th New York Artillery, 1862-65.

Fred W. Barclay
left his tug on the Saginaw River to serve in "Uncle Sam's" navy, 1863-65.

Lafayette N. Brown,
the dean of Bay City's mail carriers, and the "Uncle Sam" of all public occasions, his figure, feature and chin-whiskers being the real "Uncle" counterfeit, served with the Seventh Michigan Infantry, 1861-65.

James A. McKnight and

Henry H. Aplin
served in the 16th Michigan Infantry, 1862-65, and

George A. Allen
in Company A, 10th Michigan. Inf., 186I-65. All three came here when peace returned, and for 40 years have been prominent in the affairs of the West Side.

Oliver H. Irons,
23rd Michigan Infantry, lost his eyesight through wounds, and in 1905, after 40 years of sightless existence, is still a public-spirited and cheerful citizen, enjoying the most liberal pension on the local rolls, as a slight remembrance of the gratitude of the country he served so well and for which he gave so much.

WV. E. Callender,
Justice of the Peace, served with the Sixth United States Cavalry in 1861-62, later being promoted captain of the Ninth Battery, Veteran Artillery, 1863-65.

Truman Rundel,
Company H., 23rd Michigan Infantry, was wounded at Nashville, and suffered for II months in hospital.

John C. Rowden,
respected pioneer of Auburn, was with Company F, 23rd Michigan Infantry, and was wounded at Franklin and Alatoona Pass. His neighbor,

Henry W. Hopler,
served side by side with him, 1862-65, being in every engagement of his company.

Augustus Horn,
Company E, 22nd Michigan Infantry, 1862-65, was wounded in the collar-bone at Chickamauga.

George A. Schultz
was among the first to volunteer from here, serving with Company K, Second Michigan Cavalry, 1861-65.

Luman S. Harris,
10th Michigan Infantry, was permanently disabled at the bloody battle of Shiloh.

William Maxon
served in the 10th Michigan Cavalry, 1861-65.

Capt. S. E. Burnham,
First Michigan Artillery, wounded at Petersburg;

Capt. A. J. Cooke,
148th New York Infantry, wounded at Petersburg. suffering from that bullet in the chest to this day:

Dr. Robert WV. Erwin,

Lieut. I. F. Emery,

Capt. Orrin Bump,

Lieut. E. T Carrington,

Lieut. M. Al. Andrews,

Lieut. H. E. Meeker.

Capt. George E. Turner,

Prominent since the close of the war in Bay City's material welfare and prosperity, are today honored members of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, membership in itself being a living testimony of valiant service.

Hon. Chester L. Collins
just elected circuit judge;

Larry McHugh,

Dr. H. B. Hulbert,

Dr. C. W. Maxon,

Capt. Richard Armstrong,

0. F. Kellogg,

J. N. Syrmeyer,

James McCabe,

Benson Conklin, Ex-Sheriff,

H. P. Warfield,

Solomon Wilhelm,

Marion A. Randall,

Henry W. Sims,

E. V. Oakes,

- these are among the several hundred veterans who enlisted in other States, and after the cruel war was over entered again upon the pursuits of peace, choosing this busy valley for their future home, and they are today among our most respected citizens and honored veterans. Their ranks are thinning fast, but the results of their patriotic service will live forever.

Judge Isaac Marston,

T. C. Phillips and

Ransom P. Essex

were the enrolling officers for Bay County in 1863, this being the 85th Sub-District of Michigan. In 1864 the quota of able-bodied men eligible for war service hadbeen practically exhausted in this village, and, through the representation of this board, Bay County's quota that year was reduced by 45, a saving in bounties of something like $15,000.

Hon. James Shearer
was alderman in Detroit during the war. So exacting was his work for the families of soldiers, that he gave up his thriving business for the time being and devoted himself exclusively to this work. Repeatedly he visited the battle-fields and hospitals of the South, to provide for the sick and wounded, and everything possible was done for the soldiers and their families here at home.

Verily, behind the dramatic incidents of the battle-fields, there was also much heroic devotion, much devoted work and many self-sacrifices.

Bay County from the first was blessed with a band of noble women, as brave, energetic and devoted as their fathers. brothers, sons and husbands, and during all the (lark years of the war they willingly gave up the best of earth, for their country's sake. Volumes might be written of the noble work done by these good women. How they carried on the work on the farm left in their charge, or worked and eked out a meager living in the village, while their protectors dared everything for the sake of justice, liberty and equality. How they organized sewing circles, furnishing bandages and wearing apparel for the "Boys in Blue," raised money for hospital purposes and for presents at stated periods to the men at the front. How they kept their troubles at home to themselves, offering nothing but encouragement to their loved ones, thus keeping alive the spirit that finally conquered for the right. In these and a thousand other ways, the good women of our land and of Bay County contributed much to the final success of a cause proven just by the evolutions of more than four decades. No monuments or medals mark the heroism displayed by our true women in times that tried men's souls, but the gratitude and recognition of a nation will endure while life lasts,-a more enduring monument than slabs of marble or medals of bronze. A million men fought and thousands died, but back of them all stood other millions and other thousands, who upheld the hands that carried the muskets and sabers, and all of these are blessed today by a united, happy and prosperous people. The blood of the sons of Bay County was not shed in vain, and all the sacrifices of our loyal men and women have brought indeed a rich reward. Long may the memory of their noble deeds survive to bless our land!

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People Referenced
Birney, James, Judge
Birney, James G.
Essex, Ransom P.
Garrison, Wm. Lloyd
Grant, Gen.
Lincoln, Pres.
Marston, Isaac, Judge
Maxwell, Andrew C., Judge
Phillips, T.C.
Rosecrans, Gen.
Shearer, James
Sherman, Gen.
Thomas, Gen.
Whittier, Poet

Bay Co. Veterans:
Aiken, George E.
Allen, George A.
Alvord, Henry H (1)
Andrews, M. Al., Lt.
Aplin, Henry H.
Armstrong, Richard, Capt.
Baker, James H.(1)
Barclay, Fred W.
Benson, Conklin
Benson, Samuel
Birney, James G., Capt.
Brown, Lafayette N.
Bump, Orrin, Capt.
Burnham, S.E., Capt.
Burr, Eugene
Butterfield, George WV
Callender, WV. E.
Carney, W.E.
Carrington, Edward (1)
Carrington, E.T., Lt.
Catlin, William
Clark, Newcomb, Maj.
Cobb, George P., Judge
Collins, Chester L.
Cooke, A.J., Capt.
Dease, Charles W.
Erwin, I.F., Lt.
Fenton, Henry
Freeland, Alonzo B.
Friebe, John
Griffin, L.H.
Harris, Luman S.
Hopler, Henry W.
Horn, Augustus
Hughes, Daniel
Hulbert, H.B., Dr.
Irons, Oliver H.
Jewell, Leonard
Katthain, Benno A.
Ke-chit-ti-go, Thomas (1)
Kellog, O.F.
Knaggs, J.V.
Landon, Henry B., Dr.
Lindner, Henry
Lynch, WV. H.
Maxon, D.W., Dr.
Maxon, William
Maxwell, Samuel
McBrookins, B.
McCabe, James
McCormick, Archibald L. (1)
McHugh, Larry
McNight, James A.
Meeker, H.E., Lt.
Merrick, B.W., Capt.
Meyers, H.C.
Mix, Horace B.
Murphy, N.N.
Norrington, H.L., Lt.
Nugent, E.B., Maj.
Oakes, E.V.
Partridge, Benjamin F., Gen.
Phelps, Perry (1)
Randall, Marion A.
Raymond, Henry S, Col.
Rowden, John C.
Rundel, Truman
Schindehette, Henry
Schucker, John M.
Schultz, George A.
Shearer, John W. Lt.
Sims, Henry W.
Stewart, William
Syrmeyer, J.N.
Turner, George E., Capt.
Van Alstine, G. A.
- Andersonville prison
Van Kleeck, James A.
Vaughn, W. E. Dr.
Vosburg, Charles A.
Warfield, H.P.
Watrous, Albert W., Capt.
Whittemore, J. Fred
Widmer, Gabriel
Wilhelm, Solomon
Willcox, Lyman G., Maj.

(1) See Les. Arndt's book
Regimens Referenced


1st Mich.
2nd Mich.
2nd Mich., Co. K
3rd Mich.
3rd Mich., Co. B
5th Mich.
10th Mich.
10th Mich., Co. D
11th Mich.

1st Mich., Co. L

2nd Mich.
4th Mich.
4th Mich., Co. A
5th Mich., Co. A
5th Mich., Co. E
7th Mich.
10th Mich.
14th Mich.
15th Mich.
16th Mich.
17th Mich.
17th Mich., Co. D
22nd Mich., Co. B
22nd Mich., Co. E
23rd Mich.
23rd Mich., Co. F
23rd Mich., Co. H
24th Mich.
30th Mich., Co. A

Light Artillery:
1st Mich.
1st Mich., Bat. D

1st US Engrs.
1st US Inf.
5th US Inf.
6th US Cav.
9th US Battery
10th NY Artillery
102nd US Inf.
148th NY Inf.
US Engrs. Vet. Corp, Co. C
US Navy

Unknown Units:
1st Mounted Rifles
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