Friday, December 7, 2012

Samuel J. Powell

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Birth: Febrary 24, 1843.
Death: March 18, 1939.
Wife: Louise Amella Powell, 1848-1939.
Children: Hattie Louise Powell, 1875-1891, Mitte Ann Powell, 1882-1888.
Burial: Highland Cemetery, Minneapolis, Ottawa, Kansas.

The subject of this sketch joined Company C of the 44th N. Y. V. L in Aug., 1862 and was soon afterwards appointed Sergeant. He had command of his Company when it was stationed at Alexandria, Va., the winter after the Battle of Rappahannock Station, in which battle he was engaged. While in front of Petersburg he was detached to Major Jacklin's Company of sharp-shooters and, while so detached was transferred to Company D, 140th N. Y. V. L

Sergeant Powell relates that in April, 1865, Sergeant Ackley and himself by a short cut across the country found themselves where the cavalry were retreating before the Confederate infantry; so that they turned their heels to the enemy and soon saw the Corps flag emerge from the woods and the isth N. Y. Heavy Art, were formed in line and they went) in with them ; soon the firing ceased and word came down the line "Lee has surrendered." You that were there know the rest.

Shortly after he was transferred to the 5th N. Y. Veteran Inf., and after the Grand Review in Washington, which he viewed from the Virginia side of the Potomac, he was sent to Hart's Island, New York Harbor and discharged.

Served eight years as Sheriff and Deputy in Ottawa Co., Kansas; also one term as Police Judge of the City of Minneapolis, Kansas, and IS to-day a farmer.

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