Thursday, September 30, 2010

Kansas Men In Military And civilian Jobs.

This list of Kansas men were in the military and were civilians. The idea behind this page is to give a little information on these men that families members may not know.
There are only short notes here, however if your interested in learning more about them, they can be easily found on the internet.


James Campbell.

James was of Company C, Fourth East Tennessee Volunteer Infantry. As the result of an accident that occurred through the recklessness of his captain, Mr. Campbell was made wagon master of his regiment at Nicholasville, Kentucky, and when the Army of the Cumberland, with which he was connected, reached Knoxville he was made division wagon master. He there passed through the siege by Longstreet, and when the city was relieved he left the army, believing that the only way in which he could escape capture and certain death.

Robert Morris Peck, After the Civil war, he lived in Leavenworth for a time and later served as a wagon-master in the army of the frontier.

William Lyle Service, enlisted on August 30, 1862, in Co. D, 12th Kansas Infantry. After a few months he was promoted to the position of wagon master. He was discharged June 30, 1865.

William D. Paul, went back to Ohio about the time of the Civil war, and became a driver in the quartermaster's department of the Union army. Later he was made a wagon master, and was in that service until the close of the war.

William C. Roughton, was employed as a horse buyer by the United States army and later was employed as assistant wagon master in the quartermaster's department until the close of the war.

William Alden, was born in Vermont, of substantial New England ancestry, the name Alden being held in high honor in that section of the country, his birth having occurred in 1837. In 1856 he started westward with a band of emigrants, being wagon master and boss of a company of overland freighters bound for Salt Lake City.

Alonzo McMurphy, was an only son and his father died when he was twelve years of age. He received but a meager education, owing to the fact that it was necessary for him to provide for his own living. He worked as a farm hand for five dollars a month and in the winter he remained with his mother, assisting her in the work of the farm. In July, 1863, in Lake county, Indiana, he enlisted for three years’ service in the Seventh Indiana Cavalry, remaining at the front until March, 1866, when he returned home. He was in the quartermaster’s department much of the time and was wagon-master under General Custer. He was never wounded, but was largely broken down in health when he left the army, and is now a pensioner, receiving eight dollars a month.


John Beesley, One of the most prominent farmers and stockmen of Summit township was the late John Beesley, a native of Montgomery county, Indiana, born in 1847. He came with his parents to Missouri in 1855, and shortly afterwards located in Alba, Iowa, where his father died in 1861. In the spring of 1862, though but fifteen years of age, Mr. Beesley enlisted in the eleventh Missouri Calvary. He was not old enough to enlist for active service, so he entered the ranks as a bugler, and was known to his comrades as the "bugler boy."

Thomas Butt served throughout the civil war in company A Forty-second Illinois infantry, enlisting early in 1861. and being mustered out for disability July 7. 1865. He was a musician, a bugler, but took part in many battles, one affair especially daring, the capture of Island No. 10


He was a veteran of the Civil War and the last member of the Rush Center Grand Army of the Republic. He served eighteen months as Chief bugler. Co. A. First Pennsylvania Cavalry being discharged August 7, 1865 and reenlisted in the Regular army for a term of three years.

A.J. Servey, enlisted as a member of the 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company I, on July 22, 1861 for a period of three years as a bugler.

James Finley Rice, was a bugler in the Union army during the late Rebellion.

WILLIAM BETHEL, In his younger years he was a bugler in the Light Horse Cavalry, of Virginia, in which capacity he served many years.

Alec Petrie was bugler and seemed to take special delight in blowing reveille, for which he got many a blessing, or whatever it might be called; but wherever he was he was the life of the company.

WILLIAM J. FULLER, attorney and counselor at law, Lyons, Rice Co., Kan. The subject of this sketch was born in Harrison County, Mo., June 12, 1845. He lived with his father on a farm near Bethany in that county until April 3, 1862; when a little over sixteen years old he enlisted in Company I, First Missouri Volunteer Cavalry as a bugler. He took part in all the battles of that regiment until February 8, 1865, when he re-enlisted into Company M, Thirteenth Missouri Volunteer Cavalry. He went west with the latter regiment into Colorado and Mexico on an expedition against the Indians, with whom his regiment had several engagements.


Christopher C. Carson, at the age of fifteen years he was apprenticed to a saddler, but two years later he joined an overland trading expedition to Santa Fe. This determined the course of his career.

William N. Johnson, M. D., his father was a saddler and harness maker by trade, but in the latter years of his life he followed farming. He died in Missouri, at the age of seventy-nine.

HENRY STOCKHOFF, He learned the saddler's trade and was an employee of great usefulness in connection with a livery barn.

ANDREW BOYD, learn the trade of a saddler in Vermilion County, Illinois.

Adolph Roenigk, he settled first in Wisconsin and later went to St. Louis, where he learned the trade of saddler and harness making

Joseph N. WARD was born in Belmont Co, Ohio, Dec 4th 1815. At the age of 16 he went to Woodsfield and engaged in the saddler and tanery trade


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