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My Civil War Ancestor Find. Almost.

Published on March 1, 2012 by in genealogy

Huge find for me today!  My first Civil War veteran.  Unfortunately not my ancestor, but my wife’s.  I am doing her tree as well, even though she expresses no interest whatsoever.  Anyway, returning to the topic at hand, an Ancestry.com search returned a Edward G. Witt b1820 Civil War Muster Roll Abstract.

A What?

One of these:

Reviewing it reveals some interesting facts:

  1. He was a tailor and was born in Germany.  This helped me confirm I had the right guy, as I already knew Edward to be a German tailor from other records.
  2. He was 43 when he enlisted.  The average age of Civil War soldiers was 26.
  3. He enlisted as a private on September 15, 1864, was assigned to Regiment 187, Company A on October 10 and wounded in a battle on October 27, shortly thereafter.
  4. He spent the rest of the war being moved from hospital to hospital until he was discharged on May 26, 1865.

Neat!  I did some additional googling and put together this timeline –

DateEvent
15 Sep 1864Enlisted to serve one year at age 43 in Buffalo, NY
10 Oct 1864Mustered as Private into Company A, New York 187th Infantry Regiment in Buffalo, NY under Colonel William F. Berens, Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Meyers and Major Conrad Seeber.
17 Oct 1864Companies A, C, D, E, G and I Ieft State for Petersburg under Lieutenant Colonel Meyers
?? Oct 1864Siege of Petersburg. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac
26 Oct 1864Regiment were furnished with four days' marching rations, with instructions to hold themselves in readiness to move at a moment's notice.
27 Oct 1864Arm and head were wounded in action at Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run. The regiment lost 15 men killed or mortally wounded, 44 men wounded, and 18 missing.
31 Oct 1864In Hospital at City Point, VA [per Muster report]
31 Dec 1864In Hospital at Washington, DC [per Muster report]
28 Feb 1865In Hospital at Buffalo, NY [per Muster report]
26 May 1865Mustered out in Buffalo, NY.

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