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Some USCT Geneological Connections
Some random references that may be useful for relatives searching for an ancestor:
Obituary: 7-30-1865. Rev. Jeremiah Asher, Chaplain of the 6th USCT was attacked by a bilious disease a few weeks ago. At first it was thought by many that he was not dangerously ill. He died on the 27th of July, 1865. Bro. Asher was a noble man, and in every way proved himself a worthy minister and a Christian and none who formed his acquaintance could help but love him. He fell at his post, and leaves a dear wife and family...Bro. Asher was well cared for while lingering in his afflictions. The ever hospitable Mr. and Mrs. Day took him into their own home during his illness. Wilmington, North Carolina.
Obituary: On January 22d, 1864, after a short illness, Joseph R. Adger died in the 19th year of his age....We find him when the Governor of Pa. called for men, in July last, during the raid of the rebel hordes upon our soil...our departed hero joining with the first colored company formed in our city or state, ...and after returning to his comfortable home...he applies for a commission to recruit for our colored regiments...then after a few months...we find him shipped on board of the U.S. Ticonderoga to battle agains the rebels in another form. After being on board only a few days, he is taken sick and carried to his father's on the 18th inst. and on the 22nd he died.
John Ford joined my company (22nd USCT) and was a private in Company C. He lived a pious life, and was for a long time hospital nurse. His company being so much reduced on the 15th of June, in the battle before Petersburg, he was ordered to his company on the 20th of June, to help fill the thinned ranks...About a week ago he was taken suddenly with the fever, and soon lost his presence of mind; but, in the midst of all, he would say, "I read it." (testament)He died August 28th, 1864, near Petersburg, Va.
Died at Fort Pickens, Florida. Sergeant James W. Davis, son of Rev. Henderson Davis, on July 19, 1864. Sergeant Davis was 26 years old and was a menber of Co. B, 25th Regiment USCT.
John Glover enlisted Jan 11, 1862 in the 67th USCT. He died on the 27th of March of the same year, in the service and in the line of duty. Katie C. Glover who recently applied for a pension is a colored woman, formerly a slave. She was the mother of John Glover. ...The Commissioner says it seems like going back into the dark ages to take the position he is compelled to, but, as the laws now stand, he is obliged to decide against the applicant. She was not free at the date when the pension accrued.
William Jones, Co. K, 22d Regiment, USCT died of consumption Thursday last, was buried from his late residence on North street yesterday at 10 0'clock by the Grand Army of the Republic Burial Committee. The body was interred in the Soldier's Burial lot in Lancaster Cemetery and is the first colored person ever buried in that cemetery. This is in itself a victory for reason and righteousness. The funeral service at the house was conducted by Rev. C.E. Herbert, of Chester Pa. who so ably filled the pulpit of the Strawberry street AME Church on Sunday evening. Mr Herbert having himself been a soldier during the war, serving int he 39th Regiment, USCT.
Died in the hospital at Donaldsonville, La. Sept. 18, 1865, of camp fever. Alexander Atwood, Sgt. of Co. E, 11th Regt. USCT, aged 36 years, four months and six days. Sgt. Atwood was born in Mobile, Ala, and when quite young went to Ohio, where he received a liberal education, and after he had grown to manhood became acquainted with Miss Priscilla J. who he afterwards married, and in 1834, the moved to Chatham, C.W. where he and Mr Jackson commenced the grocery business...About two years ago he enlisted in the above named regiment, and since...he has written several very intersting letters to his friends and former partner...The death of Sgt. Atwood was truly lamentable for both white and colored citizens of this town. (Note, no town listed, and I am not sure what the initials C.W. stand for)
Fell by the sword, near White House, Va. fighting for his country on the 4th of July, 1864. Wm. H. Clements. Brother Clements enlisted in the 28th Ind. Reg't on the 25th of Dec. 1863, and belonged to Co. C and was Corporal. He left Indianapolis on the 2d day of May, he was severely wounded in a fierce engagement on the 2d of June, near to the White House, in Va. in which he fell mortally wounded, survived but thirteen days...This brother was about 26 years of age. He said he was born free, in the state of Illinois, but was kidnapped when a boy, and taken into St. Louis Co. Missouri, and there made a slave for life. ...He went to Richmond, Ind. where he was living when he enlisted, but previous to his enlistment, he had made the acquaintance of Miss Amy Smith, of Richmond, to whom he had been married over a year when he fell. He leaves a wife with no children, but a number of other friends to mourn his loss.
Charlie Highgate, one of the best boys in Syracuse, fell fighting, in one of those desperate charges before Petersburg...He was for a long time, foreman over a number of Germans in Thurber's bakery. He had been a faithful student in the Central City Public School. He was a member of Plymouth Church Sabbath School. His father died when he was fifteen years old, thus leaving Charlie at the head of a family of six...He volunteered..but was refused on account of his complexiion...In September last, when the 184th NY volunteer regiment was being raised, all the bakers under him enlisted, and urged him to do likewise, accordingly he did and fought bravely in four battles. the Syracuse Standard: "The brave colored boy in the 185th Regiment, who was so severely wounded in the late battle, is honorably noticed by the correspondents of all the New York papers. He enlisted, was mustered into Co. D, 185th Regiment, gave his whole bounty to his mother, for the use of th family...Charlie is a member of a family well known to our citizens, and is the brother of Miss Edmonia G. Higate, who has achieved a high reputation as a teacher and a lecturer...He was buried, with another comrade, from Plymouth Chapel...The citizens of Syracuse have purchased a beautiful lot in the New Oakwood cemetery, and have erected a handsome monument to his memory. Published 5-20-1865.
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