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My great great grandfather James McGrainer  (McGranor), born in 1824 in Ireland, was shot through the right thigh at the Battle of Trevillian Station, on June 11, 1864. He was in Co. E, 4th Penna. Cavalry.  He was initially taken to the hospital in Washington D.C., then to Summit Hospital in Philadelphia, then onto the U.S. Army General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he stayed until October 28, 1864, when he was discharged. He had problems with the gunshot never healing properly for the rest of his life and died on November 22, 1885 and is buried in a small military cemetery outside of Penfield, Pennsylvania.  His wife, Mary Ann Dailey McGranor, went on to become one of the first licensed female physicians in the state of Pennsylvania.

 

Thank you so much for all you do.

Submitted by;  Virginia O’Connor Heywood

 

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My great great uncle Lt. Fredrick Ogden was serving as adjutant of the 1st U.S. Cavalry regiment under Custer and was killed at Trevilian Station. I have the letter signed by Captain Augustus Reno announcing his death. Reno as a major was the officer who failed Custer at the Little Bighorn; 100 years later I served with the same regiment in Vietnam. With our thanks, submitted by Peter Boylston Adams

 

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John and David Coleman, Co. A 6th Regiment, Butler's Brigade, S.C.

My great great great grandfather John Coleman and his brother David were in Co. A 6th Regiment, Butler's Brigade. John Coleman was killed 11 June, 1864, the first day of the Battle of Trevilian Station. David Coleman was in that battle but lived. 

John Coleman  was born in Feb.1, 1822,.  At the time of The War between the States, he lived near Fountain Inn, S. C. His family home built about 1849 is still there. He left a wife, Anna Babb Coleman and seven children. The oldest was Robert, a lad of 13, when his father went to war. Here are his written words telling of those times: 

" I think in the fall of '62 there was a call for men up to 45. So my father had to go down on the coast. Next spring they let him come home to make a crop. I recollect I had oats sowed when he came home. That fall he had to go off again. There was a man at home by the name of Arnold Sullivan. He was making up a cavalry company. So my father and a great many of the neighbors joined that company. My father took Old Dick- that was the name of a horse he had had even since he was married-back down to the coast on John's Island. They stayed there that winter. In the spring they were ordered to Virginia- so he sent Old Dick home. He had bought a mighty pretty bay mare before he went off. He took the bay mare to Virginia in the spring of '64. So he was there til in June. Then the 11th of June the battle of Trevilian Station began. He got killed the first day. Dr' Knight told me, he saw him lying on the field next day and he took his comb and pocketbook and gave them to Uncle Dave . Barnett Babb said he got a citizen to bury him. 

A monument to John Coleman is in the Rabun Creek Baptist Church Cemetary, in Laurens County, S.C. 

David Coleman went on to fight and was captured at Chapin's Farm, Virginia. He was a prisoner of war, at Federal prison at Point Lookout, Md. He was paroled whenthe war was over and returned to S.C.   

David Coleman (photo sent by his great granddaughter  Martha Coleman Bearden)

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I had another great great grandfather Henry Hill Sprouse , born Nov. 26, 1826, also from near Fountain Inn,S. C. who was in the same regiment and company as John Coleman. Henry Hill Sprouse and his wife Mary Caroline Hopkins Sprouse set up house keeping in the Fairview Presbyterian Church community. A letter written by him on Aug. 21, 1863, from John's Island, S. C., to his brother William Washington Sprouse states his health was very "porley", but he had the best riding nag in the Confederacy and would not take a $1000 for her. He thought the War surely would be lost in less than a year.He also fought and was captured at the Battle of Treviian Station. He was taken as a prisoner to Pt. Lookout, Md. where he died on April 25, 1865, just as the war was ending. His name appears on the monument located on Md. Route 5 at the site where the remains of most of the Confederate prisoners were reinterred in the 1870's. He is listed at H.H. Sprouse, Co.A, 6 S.C.Cav. His widow was 35, left with 5 children, the oldest nine. Her house soon burned. She died in 1869, and her grave is in Fairview Cemetary. The five children were scattered and raised among relatives.

Respectfully submitted by Caroline Smith Sherman  

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My great,great,great uncle Corporal Charles A Jackson and his Uncle Sgt Alonzo Foster fought with the 6th New York Veteran Volunteer Cavalry at Trevilian Station under the command of Sheridan. I have a book written for the men of the 6th by Alonzo which documents the events of the battle in his own words. He lost his best friend Corporal Milton Bennett of Amagansett New York, who is buried somewhere on the battle field.

 Reminiscences and record of the 6th New York v.v. cavalry, by Alonzo Foster, late Sergeant Co. F.

With our thanks, Submitted by

Henry Huecker

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Richard Samuel Baylis    (my great grandfather)
Adjutant 5th Michigan Cavalry Regiment
General Custers Michigan Brigade
Born: Nov 22,1830  Ontario County New York
Died:  Sept 14,1886  Milan, Michigan
Wounded through the body at Trevelians, June 12,1864.
Brevet Lt.Col in 1865.
After the war he was a Lawyer, and the PostMaster for S.Johns,Michigan.  He was over 6 feet tall and 225#.
 
With our thanks, submitted by 
Robert H. Baylis
Knoxville,Tennessee

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Anthony Shriver, Company K, 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry

June 22, 1864

 "I have been requested by the 6th Sergeant of Company K, 6th Cavalry to send to you the enclosed money which was taken from Anthony Shriver, who I understand is a relative of yours. He was seriously wounded at the battle of Trevillians Station on the 12th, last and fell into the hands of the enemy. Our men were unable to bring him off, but saved this money which I now send to you"    PDF of Document

Anthony Shriver was a Prussian immigrant drafted in to Union Service. He apparently succumbed to wounds and died on June 12.         

Submitted by Patrick Hourigan.

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Charles W. Austin, Private in Company A of the Fifth Michigan Cavalry

Enlisted at Waterford, Michigan on August 16, 1862,age of seventeen. 5’7”, 145 lbs., brown hair, light complexion, and gray eyes. Part of the Michigan Cavalry Brigade under George Armstrong Custer. Mustered in on August 26, 1862, and saw action in crucial fighting during the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. He was wounded on July 8, 1863 at the Battle of Boonsboro, Maryland when he was struck in the right side by piece of enemy shell.

Campaigns included Brandy Station,the Wilderness and Trevillian Station. Captured at the Battle of Trevillian Station. Confined at Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia on June 20, 1864 and sent to Andersonville prison on June 21, 1864. Paroled February 26, 1865 and was returned to Federal authorities on March 10, 1865. Honorably discharged at Tripler Hospital on May 25, 1865. 

For a more complete biography we recommend going to http://daughterof24thmichigan.blogspot.com (as featured by the CWPT)

Thanks to

Kristina Austin Scarcelli  

Great Great Granddaughter of Abner D. Austin, Private, Company I, 24th Michigan Infantry of the Iron Brigade of the West

Great (3x) Niece of Charles W. Austin, Private, Company A, 5th Michigan Cavalry of the Michigan Brigade

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  Calvin Farnham Johnson  16th Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment

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John F. Spooner   4th South Carolina Volunteer Cavalry, Company I , Private

From the Georgetown District of S.C.     Killed In Action 11 June 164, aged 18

Thanks to Jamie Dozier

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James McGranor served in US Army during the Civil War. He enlisted in the first unit, 13th Regt. Union Infantry, Co. I, for 3 months and when that enlistment was up he joined the 4th Union Cavalry, 64th Regt., Company E, out of Pittsburgh, Penna. and served in that unit August 16, 1861 - October 28, 1864 with the rank of Private. He was shot in the right thigh, during a Cavalry battle at the Battle of Trevellian Station, Virginia on June 11, 1864. When he was discharged from the Hospital in Pittsburgh, his personal description is as follows: Age, 23 years; height, 5 feet 10 inches; weight, 151 lbs.; complexion, Dark; hair, Black; eyes, blue-grey.

He applied for a Disability Pension from the US Army on December 29, 1879 and had difficulty securing it due to the different spellings of his name in Army records. When he had originally joined the Army the name was spelled McGranner, by the time he joined the 4th Cavalry, the spelling had changed to McGrainer, and when he applied for his pension it had been changed to McGranor. After he passed away Mary Ann continued the fight for Pension from the U.S. Govt. finally getting it July 23, 1890.

(From the Official Records of the Sixty-Fourth Regiment, 4th Cavalry)

Trevilian Station

Sheridan's second raid, the objective point of which was Lynchburg, on account of the delay, as in the first, culminated at Trevilian Station. In the early part of the engagement, the Fourth and Second regiments coming upon the rear of a body of the enemy's troops which had cut off Custar's command, by a vigorous charge of dismounted men scattered the foe, stampeding their horses, and giving them an easy prey to Custar.

Immediately after, the Fourth was separated in the thick woods; one squadron under Colonel Covode taking the right of the First Division, the remainder under Major Biddle, moving to the centre of the brigade and holding the line near the railroad, where it successfully held the enemy at bay.

At four P. M., the regiment being again united, a charge was ordered. With a yell the squadrons advanced at a run, losing forty-five men in passing a distance of one hundred yards, but bearing down all before them. Driven from his first position, the enemy took shelter behind the railroad embankment. For a few minutes the contest raged with great fury, and it seemed doubtful whether the position could be held, when Captain Martin, with the reserve squadron, arrived most timely upon the left rear of the enemy's line, attacking it in flank. His line wavered and the Fourth with renewed energy pushed forward to the railroad, driving his forces in rout and confusion. The following day was given to the destruction of the railroad. The enemy appearing in too great force to warrant further advance, Sheridan retired.

 (From obituary for Mary Ann Dailey McGranor) James was a Dispatch Carrier for General George Armstrong Custer during the Civil War.

(James and Mary Ann must have moved to Pittsburgh, Penna. shortly after the 1860 Federal Census was done, as he joined the Army in Pittsburgh n 1861) VAH

 Thanks to Pat Parris for this submission.  

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Keating, Michael Wayne. Nankin, Michigan.  Enlisted in Company E, Seventh Cavalry, Sept. 30, 1862, at Scio, for 3 years, age 31.

Mustered Jan. 23, 1863.

Taken prisoner at Trevilian Station, Va, June 11 1864.

Died of disease at Andersonville, GA, Aug. 29, 1864.

Buried in National Cemetery at Andersonville, GA.

Grave No. 7164

Thanks to   Andrew L. Roberts for this submission

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Christian Edward Zipperer  Lowndes County, Georgia

(b. Jan 18, 1824 in Lowndes County, GA – d. April 21, 1914 in Coleman, FL –Sumter County) enlisted in Captain Bird’s Mounted Company on Sept 7, 1861 at Savannah, GA. He was discharged by venture of the Conscription Act on May 6, 1862. He enlisted in Bank’s Company of Partisan Rangers on Nov 10, 1862, at Savannah, GA. This unit became Company B, 21 Battalion, GA Cavalry on Feb 11, 1863. He was elected 3rd Lieutenant on Mar 20, 1863 & was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in July 1863. He was transferred to Company E, 7th Regiment, GA Cavalry on Feb 13, 1864. He was captured at the Trevilian Station, VA battle on June 11, 1864 & was sent to Fort Delaware, Delaware. He took the oath of allegiance to the US government & was released on June 4, 1865.

 Thanks to Connie Sands for this submission 

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G.W. Perkins & Andrew J. Perkins

Submitted by Larry Perkins

The 1st pic is of G.W. Perkins (his nickname was Wash this is the 1st email I sent & obviously taken much later in life). I was able to locate more info as his brother was in the same unit. Listed as A.J. Perkins his name was really Andrew J Perkins (2nd pic in his confederate uniform…attached ): A.J. Perkins enlisted June 23, 1863 at Charleston with Capt. Miller. Pvt. Perkins was with the 21st Battalion, Georgia Cavalry, Co. C until, through consolidation of units, he was transferred to Co. B, 7th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry.  On June 11, '64 Pvt. Perkins lost his horse during the Battle of Trevillian Station, Va. Records show that Pvt. A.J. Perkins was present on all roll calls through December.

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Nathaniel Perkins of Fluvanna County , 15th Va Cavalry
Commanders: Lunsford Lomax and Fitzhugh Lee
 
Nathaniel enlisted Febuary 15th 1864 at Orange Courthouse.  According to his muster record, he was " never paid " and died of wounds received in battle.
To quote an article in the Richmond Sentinel Febuary 10, 1865 :
"Among the gallant young men who fell in the battle of Trevilians, was Nathaniel Perkins of Fluvanna County, Va, age 24 years.  He was wounded in the lung and died 8 or 10 days later. "
Nathaniel was the son of my father's g-aunt.  I have no record of his burial.  I found the family cemetery, and Nathan is not there, so I'm guessing he was buried on the battlefield or in the little cemetery by the railroad track (Oakland Cemetery, Town of Louisa, VA).

 

Submitted by Judith Johnson Metz
Bon Air, Virginia

 

 

 

 

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