Thursday, March 24, 2011

Harry or Henry Sanders.

HARRY SANDERS, farmer, P. O. Clay Centre, was born in Sussex, England, October 13, 1840. In 1854 he came to America with his brother, Maxwell, and was constantly with his brother and engaged in the same work with him in Newport and St. Louis. They came to Kansas together in 1860, took homesteads adjoining and are still living on the farms which they have made. He enlisted, September 1, 1861, in Company I, of the Ninth Kansas Cavalry. He entered a private, was made Corporal, transferred to Company D, and was promoted Sergeant, and then Commissary Sergeant. He served until the close of the war, and returned to his farm in Clay County, where he has since resided, engaged in farming. He is a member of the G. A. R. The Sanders brothers were the first to organize a brass band in Clay County, the Rose Vale band, which took the first premium ($150) at Bismarck fair in 1880, Marysville the same year ($100), and Junction City, 1878, ($100). Seven members of the famous Dispatch band of Clay Centre, are of the Sanders families. He was married August 29, 1865, at Clay Centre, to Miss Susanna A. Simpson. They have five children: Anna Laurie, born September 5, 1866; William H., June 3, 1868; Susan M., March 18, 1876; George E., October 14, 1878; Bessie Rose, September 19, 1880.

Service Card.

Private Sanders Henry Sept. 1, '62, Sept. 1, '62 Promoted Corporal August 1, 1863.
Corporal Sanders Henry Sept. 1, '62, Sept. 1, '62 Promoted Sergeant November 1, 1864.
Sergeant Sanders Henry Sept. 1, '62, Sept. 1, '62 Assigned to new Company D.
New company D., Sergeant Sanders Henry Sept. 1, '62, Sept. 1, '62 Mustered out June 24, 1865, DeVall's Bluff, Ark.

Note. You will note that the first names are different, but the are the same man.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Albert H. Campbell.

Albert H. Campbell, a well known citizen of Fort Scott and a veteran of the Civil war, was born at Ann Arbor, Mich., Feb., 27, 1839. His parents—Col. William T. and Eliza (Simons) Campbell—were both born in the State of New York, the former on Aug. 28, 1817, and the latter on July 24 of the same year. They were married in Michigan, in 1836, and both died in Fort Scott, the father on Nov. 9, 1877, and the mother on Oct. 6, 1883. Col. William T. Campbell was one of the contractors that built the Michigan Central railroad, after which he engaged in the mercantile business at Kalamazoo, Mich., until the spring of 1857, when, with three covered wagons and several head of blooded stock, he set out for Kansas. He first located at Leavenworth and lived there for some three months while looking about for a permanent location. At the end of that time he took his family to Barnesville, Bourbon county, but a delegation of citizens from Fort Scott called on him and persuaded him to go there and take the management of the Free State Hotel.

In this delegation were Colonel Wilson, Colonel Crawford, and ex-Governor Ransom of Michigan. Colonel Campbell took charge of the hotel on Jan. 1, 1858. At that time the hotel was the headquarters of the free state men, and there was almost continuous warfare between them and the pro-slavery people. Colonel Campbell was soon afterward appointed, deputy United States marshal, and as such was frequently called upon to make arrests. In the discharge of his duties he was often accompanied by his son, Albert H.; who has a vivid recollection of the strenuous days of that era, when fights were of daily occurrence and men were frequently killed. After remaining in charge of the hotel about one year, Colonel Campbell entered a tract of land just south of the town (now within the city limits), built a four-room frame house and removed there with his family.

Here he lived until the breaking out of the Civil war. In July, 1861, he organized a company of home guards—one of three such companies, the others being commanded by Captain Gower and Captain Ransom, a son of ex-Governor Ransom. In 1862 his and Captain Ransom's companies were made part of the Sixth Kansas cavalry, and Captain Campbell was made major. The regiment took part in the campaigns in Missouri, Arkansas, and the Indian Territory. When Colonel Jewell was wounded (his death occurring later) Major Campbell was made lieutenant-colonel of the regiment and served with that rank until the close of the war. Upon being mustered out he returned to his farm near Fort Scott, where he passed the remainder of his life. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a Democrat in his political views, and belonged to the Episcopal church, of which his wife was also a member.

Albert H. Campbell is the second in a family of six children—Arsenath, Albert H., Alice, Edward B., Ellen S., and Lizzie. Arsenath married James Stewart and died Oct. 25, 1894; Alice is the widow of B. S. Henning and lives in New York City; Edward B. lives in Kansas City, Mo.; Ellen S. is the widow of Dr. Horton, and Lizzie is the widow of B. W. Head, both residing in Kansas City, Mo. Albert H. Campbell was educated at Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Mich. He came with his parents to Kansas and continued to live with them until the beginning of the Civil war. On July 27, 1861, he enlisted in Company H, Sixth Kansas cavalry, though prior to that time he had been a member of Captain Ransom's company of home guards, of which he was commissionary sergeant. He assisted in organizing Company H, Sixth Kansas cavalry, and was commissioned second lieutenant.

Among the engagements in which he took part were Newtonia and Cane Hill, where Colonel Jewell was mortally wounded and Lieutenant Campbell was captured by pursuing two Confederates into the enemy's lines. He was taken to Fort Smith, Ark., where he was held a prisoner about three weeks, when he was exchanged, the exchange being brought about through the influence of the Confederate General Jo Shelby. While a prisoner Lieutenant Campbell was given the liberty of going any place he pleased in town, under parole, and he accepted the hospitality of one of the residents, living most of the time at his house.

Here, on one occasion, he occupied a room with the notorious guerrilla leader, Ouantrill, who had come to Fort Smith to visit a sick soldier belonging to his command. Soon after rejoining his regiment he was taken ill with jaundice and was sent home to recover. While on leave of absence he assisted in recruiting, for the Fourteenth Kansas cavalry, Company G, of which he was commissioned captain on Sept. 8, 1863, and from that time until the close of the war his duty was principally scouting in Arkansas. His company covered the retreat of General Steele from Little Rock, and took part in the engagement at Jenkins' Ferry. in General Rice's report of which the company is especially mentioned for its bravery.

After this action Captain Campbell was appointed acting assistant inspector-general of the troops in the frontier division at Fort Smith and served until his regiment was ordered to Pine Bluff, Ark. Here, in April, 1865, the war being practically at an end, he tendered his resignation, but Gen. Powell Clayton wrote on his application for discharge: "Respectfully forwarded and disapproved. This officer is needed with his regiment." This was a compliment to Captain Campbell's ability as an officer, and he remained with his command until mustered out and discharged, at Little Rock, June 30, 1865. He then returned to Fort Scott and soon afterward came into possession of the place which he now owns.

He built his beautiful home and lived on the farm until 1874, when he was made purchasing agent and paymaster of the Kansas City, Fort Scott & Gulf railroad, which position he held until 1880, since which time he has occupied the residence where he now lives. On Sept. 19, 1871, Captain Campbell married Miss Mary A., daughter of William and Jane (McDonald) Smith, both natives of Scotland, but who were married in New York City. They then removed to Pennsylvania and, in 1858, to Kansas, coming by water from Pittsburgh to Kansas City and thence by stage to Fort Scott, where Mr. Smith and his son, A. E. Smith, (afterward captain of the Second Kansas battery), bought the "Fort Scott Democrat," which they conducted until the breaking out of the war, in 1861, after which the paper was published irregularly as the "Fort Scott Bulletin." William Smith and his wife continued to live in Fort Scott the remainder of their lives, the former dying on May 20, 1876, aged sixty-six years, and the latter in 1870, at the age of fifty-seven.

Of their three children Capt. E. A. Smith, previously mentioned, died in California; William H., who cammanded a company in a Kansas cavalry regiment, also died in California, and Mrs. Campbell, who is the only survivor of the family, is still living. Mrs. Campbell is a member of the Presbyterian church, and takes a commendable interest in promoting its good works. Probably no two people about Fort Scott are more familiar with the history of the city, from the territorial days to the present time, and none commands in a greater degree the esteem and confidence of the community than Captain Smith and his estimable wife. They have three children: Robert B., who married Miss Lena Schroer, of Fort Scott, and is now a practicing attorney in that city; George T., who conducts a collecting agency in Fort Scott; and Alberta A., who resides in the parental home.

Authors note. Pages 333-335 from volume III, part 1 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Charles M. Smith.

Charles M. Smith, dealer in real estate, Notary Public, loan and insurance agent. He first came to Great Bend in February, 1878, and opened a real estate office, etc. He was born in Venango County, Pa, in 1837, and was raised in Sandusky County, Ohio, his parents moving there in 1844. He enlisted September 15, 1861, in Company A, Fifty-fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Was promoted to Second Lieutenant, First Lieutenant and Captain of his company, serving in the latter capacity two and a half years, participating in all the battles of his command, amounting to seventeen regular battles, and twenty skirmishes. He was wounded at the battle of Chancellorsville, Resaca and Averysboro. He was mustered out July 20, 1865. He had charge of forty men who first entered Atlanta, Ga. He afterward engaged in the hardware and implement business at Napoleon, Henry Co., Ohio, until he immigrated to Kansas. He was married in 1863, to Miss Sara A. Morris, of Geneva, Ashtabula Co., Ohio. They have five children - Elva E., Madge M. Frank H. Terry C., and an infant daughter. He is a member of the Masonic order and Pap Thomas Post No. 52, G. A. R.

Charles M. Smith.
Birth: August 18, 1837.
Death: November 15, 1909.
Burial: Great Bend Cemetery, Great Bend, Barton County, Kansas.

Service record.

Charles M. Smith.
55th., Ohio Infantry.
Company C.
Enlisted: September 15, 1861.
3., years
Age 24.
Rank: First Lieutenant.
Remarks: Promoted Second Lieutenant, from Sergeant August 7, 1862, First Lieutenant March 16, 1863, Captain Co. I., May 9, 1864.
Company I.
Rank: Captain.
Remarks. Promoted from First Lieutenant Co. A., May 9, 1863, Mustered out with company June 11, 1865.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Mathias Hoyt.

LIEUT. MATHIAS HOYT, was born near Newark, Ohio, May 17, 1844, where he was raised until seventeen years of age, when he went to Woodford County, Ill., where he enlisted in the Twenty-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Served three years and six months. Enlisted as a private soldier and was discharged as Second Lieutenant of Company K. Was with Sherman in his march to the sea. Was in command of foraging party through North and South Carolina. Was surrounded by guerrillas and barely escaped with his life, seven of his men being hung to trees by the roadside. Was in command of Company K, Twenty-sixth Illinois, at battle of Bentonville, North Carolina; his company was first to cross the bridge at Bentonville, North Carolina, under a storm of grape and canister, which caused a loss of one-third of his company.

Service Record.

As Private.

Rank PVT Company K Unit 26 IL US INF
Age 18.
Height 5' 9 ½.
Eyes BLUE.
Complexion FAIR.
Marital Status SINGLE.
Occupation FARMER.
Nativity NEWARK, OH.

As a Veteran.

Age 26.
Joined When JAN 1, 1864.
Joined Where SCOTTSBORO, AL.
Period 3 YRS.
Muster In JAN 6, 1864.
Muster In Where SCOTTSBORO, AL.
Muster Out JUL 20, 1865.
Muster Out Where LOUISVILLE, KY.
Remarks First Sergeant.

Second Lieutenant.


Friday, March 11, 2011

Fannie Kelly.

Mrs. Fannie Kelly, of Kansas, praying compensation for Indian spoliations and for injuries resulting from her captivity among the Indians, having been captured July 12, 1864, west of Fort Laramie. In 1864, she was able to give information to Captain James L. Fisk, who was in charge of a train crossing the plains and to Major House who was in command of Fort Sully, and by giving this information she saved the fort from a massacre, for her valuable service she was given five thousand dollars.

Authors note. If any one as additional information on her I would like to hear about it. My address can be found in my profile.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

George R. Benedict & John P. Mosley

No. 34. Report of Colonel Samuel J. Crawford, Second Kansas Colored Infantry, of engagement at Jenkins' Ferry.

Fort Smith, Ark., May 20, 1864.

I here accept the opportunity to render justice to two enlisted men attached to my command, viz, Sergt. John P. Mosley and Private George R. Benedict, Thirteenth Kansas Infantry, the former acting as first sergeant Company B, the latter as sergeant-major of my regiment, both of whom were severely wounded near the latter part of the engagement. No need of praise in this respect would sufficiently do justice to their heroic conduct on the field or to their soldierly qualities at all times.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Colonel, Commanding Second Regiment Kansas Colored Infy.

George Rice Benedict.

Birth: Jun. 17, 1832
Death: May 26, 1915, Douglas County, Kansas.
Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City, Douglas County, Kansas.

Enlisted in the Thirteenth Kansas Infantry Co. I, September 10, 1862.
Residence Nemala, county Kansas.
Mustered in on September 20, 1862.
Discharged for disability on December 23, 1864.

John P. Mosley.

Birth: Unknown.
Death: Unknown.
Burial: Unknown.

Enlisted in the Thirteenth Kansas Infantry Co. D., August 21, 1862.
Residence Atchison, county Kansas.
Mustered in on September 19, 1862.
Promoted Sergeant.

Colonel Everhard Bierer

COL. EVERHARD BIERER, attorney at law. The Bierers, or Behrers, according to the German orthography, were a numerous, influential and wealthy family in Wurtemburg (sic), Germany, where they held various honorable position in the civil and military service of the State. George Bierer, a grand uncle of the Colonel, commanded a regiment in the Austrian army during the middle of the eighteenth century, and was created a Baron for distinguished military services, particularly at the siege of Belgrade, Servia, in 1788-89. Col. Bierer is of pure German lineage, his parents being both born in Wurtemburg (sic), the father, Everhard Bierer, born at Wiernshelm, January 6, 1795; the mother, Catherine M. Ruckenbrodt, at Maimsheim, October 28, 1798, and both emigrated with their parents to America in 1804 and settled in Pennsylvania. Everhard Bierer and wife were members of the Lutheran Church, and passed their married life in Uniontown, Fayette Co., Penn., where the subject of this sketch was born January 9, 1827, and where his mother died July 15, 1858, and his father August 2, 1876.

He received a liberal education in the private schools and at Madison College in his native town, where he graduated in 1845, having completed a special course embracing the higher mathematics natural and mental sciences, the Latin language and English literature. Leaving the college he entered the office of Joshua B. Howell, Esq. (afterward Colonel of the Eighty-fifth Pennsylvania Volunteers, and who was killed before Richmond in 1864), and was admitted to the bar in March, 1848. He practiced his profession successfully until April 23, 1861, when he left his office and raised a company of volunteers and entered the military service of the United States as Captain of Company F, Eleventh Regiment Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps. He served in the Army of the Potomac, and was in the battles of Drainsville, Mechanicsville and Gaines' Hill,(SIC) where, when the whole of Fitz John Porter's corps was broken and retiring back toward the Chickahominy River, Captain Bierer rallied part of the regiment, including his company, for probably the last ineffectual stand on that bloody field, and he was captured with his command June 27, 1862, and taken to Libby Prison, from which he was released by exchange on the 14th of the following August.

Six days afterward he was granted twenty days' leave of absence on account of sickness, and went home, but on learning by telegraph of the impending battle at Bull Run, he returned to the army and rejoined his command on the day of the battle. August 30, and in a few days afterward, September 14, 1862, participated in the engagement at South Mountain, Md., where he was severely wounded in the left arm, the ball passing through the elbow joint and lodging in the forearm, from which it was not extracted until the 25th of the following November, and from which he is crippled in his arm for life. Having become convalescent, October 24, he was appointed Commandant of Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, Penn., with the rank of Colonel, where he organized the 171st, 172d, 173d, 176th, 177th and 178th Regiments Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and November 18 was commissioned Colonel of the One Hundred and Seventy-first.

After serving in various parts of southeastern Virginia and in North Carolina, his regiment was ordered to Washington, N. C., where he was placed in command of a brigade and in temporary command of the military district of the Pamlico. He was also at several times in command of Gen. Prince's Division, Eighteenth Army Corps, Major-Gen. J. G. Foster commanding. He was in an engagement at Blount's Creek, near Washington, N. C., April 7, 1863, commanding a brigade under Gen. F. B. Spinola. Spinola's forces were obliged to retire before superior numbers under the Rebel General Hill. To Col. Bierer was assigned the command of the Rear Guard. The duty was critical, the enemy crowding upon him in heavy force nearly the entire night. In the midst of intense darkness, through pine forests and cypress swamps the march was conducted, and he finally succeeded in bringing off the column with the trains and all the wounded. July 1, 1863, he returned with his regiment to Virginia and went with General Dix on his expedition to Richmond.

The expedition marched from the White House landing to within eight or ten miles of Richmond, and after some skirmishing with the Rebels, Dix ordered its return to Fortress Monroe. Col. Bierer with his regiment went to Washington, thence to Harper's Ferry, where he joined General Meade, and on the 7th of that month was given a permanent brigade command, and assigned to duty as Military Commandant of the District of the Monocacy, embracing all Western Maryland, with headquarters at Frederick City, Md. September 26, 1863, he was mustered out of the service the regiment's term of enlistment having expired on the 8th of the previous August. During January, February and March, 1864, Col. Bierer served in the Veteran Reserve Corps, but not liking that service, resigned his command and permanently retired from the army. In October, 1865, he removed from Pennsylvania to Kansas and settled on a beautiful farm one mile east of Hiawatha, Brown County, and resumed the practice of his profession.

The Colonel was originally a Democrat, and as the nominee of that party was elected in 1850 the first District Attorney of Fayette County, Penn., for a term of three years. Believing that the Democratic party had become the mere propagandist of slavery he became a Republican in 1856, led the forlorn hope for Fremont in Fayette County, Penn., Democracy, and had the satisfaction of seeing the county carried for Lincoln in 1860 by a majority vote of one in a poll of about 10,000. He became during the war a person friend of Abraham Lincoln, and always regarded him as the greatest and best man of the age. In 1864 he was elected one of the Presidential Electors by the Republican party of Pennsylvania, and in 1868 was the Representative from Brown County in the Kansas Legislature by the suffrages of the same party.

In 1868 he voted for Grant, but with considerable reluctance, as he could not endorse the reconstruction and financial policy of the party, and in 1870 renounced all connection with the Republican party. His vote in 1872 was cast for Greeley, and in 1876 for Tilden, whom he considered honestly elected, and regarded the action of the majority of the Electoral Commission as a gross fraud and outrage, perpetrated deliberately for partisan purposes and resulting in seating a President who was not elected to the office. He became a member of Fort Necessity No. 254, I. O. O. F. at Uniontown, Penn., in February, 1852, and subsequently joined the Encampment. Has been District Deputy Grand Master, and District Grand Patriarch of the order in Pennsylvania, where he is still a member both of Grand Lodge and Grand Encampment.

He was also made a Mason at Uniontown in 1864, and has attained the higher degrees of the order, and is at present affiliated with Hiawatha Lodge No. 35, A. F. & A. M. He is quite liberal and decidedly individualized in his religious opinions and beliefs. He accepts the inspirations of the moral and religious teachings of Scripture, the divine lawship and preexistence of Jesus, the efficacy of His example for purposes of redemption, and a condition of future rewards and punishments; denies the inspiration of the historical records and the ceremonial and civil laws of the Jews, the doctrine of the Trinity, vicarious sacrifice and eternal punishment; accepts a salvation by conduct, not by belief, and includes all the family of the Great Father who act according to their highest conception of right.

He has been a very careful student of both the Old and New Testament writings, and his present views are the result of a thorough acquaintance with the Scriptures and extensive knowledge of Ecclesiastic history and Polemics. He has also studied carefully the Koran, the Buddhist and Brahminical Scriptures and the teachings of Confucius, which have also to some extent influenced and modified his religious belief. He was married April 8, 1852, at Brownsville, Fayette Co., Penn., to Ellen, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Troutman Smouse, a lady of extensive family connections in Alleghany County, Md., and in Bedford and Somerset counties, Penn.

Her maternal grandfather was a soldier in the war of the Revolution. They are the parents of eight children, six sons and two daughters, all of whom are living. The eldest son, Everhard, graduated from Kansas University in the class of 1877, and is now an Examiner in the Pension Office in Washington, D. C.; the second son is now one of the leading merchants in Hiawatha. In person Col. Bierer is stout and robust, nearly six feet in height, of iron frame, and was never sick excepting during the latter part of his confinement in Libby. He is the sixth in a family of seven sons and four daughters, all of whom are yet living and in good health, the oldest of whom is sixty-six years of age, and the youngest forty-four.

Saturday, March 5, 2011


Hiram D. KELLOGG, M. D., physician and surgeon, was born in Warren County, Penn., in 1839. He is a son of Hiram and Delia B. Kellogg. He enlisted in Company C, Nineteenth Regiment Illinois Volunteers, and participated in the engagements of Chickamauga, Stone River and others of his command. He was wounded at Chickamauga by gun-shot, with which he was in the hospital until the close of his term of service. He was mustered out in 1864. He then completed the study of medicine, which he had previously commenced, and graduated at Rush Medical College, Chicago, in the class of 1866-67. In 1867, he came to Kansas and located at El Dorado, where he practiced for three years, and in 1870 moved to Arkansas City. He was one of the earliest settlers of this place, and was a member of the town site company.

In 1875, he purchased the drug business of Mr. Keith, which he carried on in connection with his profession under the firm name of H. D Kellogg & Co (sic), and which was subsequently changed to Kellogg & Hoyt, and removed to Emporia, where he remained a year and a half; he then sold his interest and returned to this place and associated with W. D. Mowry and established the drug business, located on Summit street, between Fifth and Central avenues. He was married in 1870, to Miss Sarah E. Hess. The issue of this marriage has been four children, three of whom survive - William H., Estelle L. and Harry H. Mr. Kellogg is Mayor of the city, now serving his third term. He was Superintendent of Public Instruction in Butler County for two terms, and County Clerk of that county; also, Postmaster of El Dorado and Clerk of the District Court of Butler County. He is a member of the A. O. U. W., Select Knights, National Union and the G. A. R., Arkansas City Post, No. 158.

Military Service.

Rank CPL., Company C., Unit 19th., ILL., United States Infantry, Residence RICHMOND, COOK CO, ILL., Age 21, Height 5' 5, Hair BROWN, Eyes GREY, Complexion FAIR, Marital Status SINGLE, Occupation FARMER, Nativity PA., Joined When JUN 17, 1861, Joined Where CHICAGO, ILL., Period 3 YRS , Muster In JUN 17, 1861, Muster In Where CHICAGO, ILL., Muster Out JUL 9, 1864, Remarks; PROMOTED SERGT. MAR 8, 1863.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Duncan Proctor.

Duncan Proctor.

Birth: August 16, 1845.
Death: Unknown.
Burial: Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas.

Duncan Proctor, was born in Indiana, August 16, 1845. Enlisted in the United States army September 4, 1861, in Company I, Ninth Indiana Volunteer Infantry; discharged September 5, 1864; returned from the army to Bristol Ind., where he remained until 1867, when he went to Washington City and there remained until he emigrated to Saline County, Kan. In 1871 he went to Bates County, Mo., where he kept a large grocery store till 1879, when he went to the Pacific Coast, returning to Beliot, Kan., in 1881. He moved to Concordia, Cloud Co., in 1882, where he now resides, and is engaged in the butter and egg trade. Was married in Washington City in 1871 to Miss E. F. Daniels, and has two children--A. H., and R. F. Mr. Proctor was once elected road overseer by a unanimous vote and without his knowledge or consent. He has always refused to take an active part in politics.

Military Service.

Duncan Proctor.
Indianan Army.

Date Enrolled: 1861/09/04.
Where Enrolled: LaPorte, Indiana.
Age: 18.
Regiment: 9th.
Company I.
Remarks: Transferred to Signal Corps 10/22/63.

Authors note. If the date above is right, he lied about his age as he could have been only 16 or 17, when he enlisted.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ira A. Flood.

IRA A. FLOOD, hardware merchant, was born in Muhlenburg County, Ky., February 8, 1840. When eight years old his parents removed to Cincinnati, and thence to Rush County, Ind., thence to Crawford County, Ill. Enlisted August 15,1861, in Company H. of the Eleventh Missouri Volunteer Infantry, and at the end of a year was mustered out on special order. August 5, 1862, re-enlisted as a private in Company E, Ninety-eighth Illinois Volunteer infantry. He was promoted to First Lieutenant October 1, 1862; Captain, April 3, 1863, and commissioned Major, but did not muster until a few days before the expiration of his term of service. After the war, engaged at trade at Vincennes, Ind., first in dry goods on his own account, and for seven years was a traveling salesman for a Boston firm - wholesale dealers in boots and shoes. In 1877 came to Kansas on a visit, and was so well pleased with the country that he has remained ever since. Located in Clay Centre, and began a very successful career as a merchant in the hardware line; also handles stoves, tinware and harness. Has one of the best businesses in the county. He was married March 5,1867, at Vincennes, Ind., to Miss Mary E. Wyant. Has a very fine home, and enjoys it. Is a member of the I. O. O. F.

Military service.

Ira A. Flood. Muscian, 11th. Missouri, Co. F. & S., Enlisted September 1, 1861, at Palestine Mo., Mustered in September 12, 1861, no dates for discharge.

Name FLOOD, IRA A., Rank 1LT., Company E., Unit 98th., IL US INF, Residence PALESTINE, CRAWFORD CO, ILL., Age 21, Height 5' 6, Hair LIGHT, Eyes GREY, Complexion LIGHT, Marital Status SINGLE, Occupation POST MASTER, Nativity KY., Joined When AUG 15, 1862, Joined Where CRAWFORD CO, ILL., Period 3 YRS, Muster In SEP 3, 1862, Muster In Where CAMP CENTRALIA, ILL., Remarks; PROMOTED CAPTAIN.

Was 22, years when he became Captain, then was PROMOTED MAJOR, but wasn’t Mustered. He was Mustered out June 27, 1865, at Nashville Teen., was Mustered of as Captain of company E.