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.
One of these:
Reviewing it reveals some interesting facts:
- 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.
- He was 43 when he enlisted. The average age of Civil War soldiers was 26.
- 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.
- 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 –
|15 Sep 1864||Enlisted to serve one year at age 43 in Buffalo, NY|
|10 Oct 1864||Mustered 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 1864||Companies A, C, D, E, G and I Ieft State for Petersburg under Lieutenant Colonel Meyers|
|?? Oct 1864||Siege of Petersburg. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac|
|26 Oct 1864||Regiment were furnished with four days' marching rations, with instructions to hold themselves in readiness to move at a moment's notice.|
|27 Oct 1864||Arm 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 1864||In Hospital at City Point, VA [per Muster report]|
|31 Dec 1864||In Hospital at Washington, DC [per Muster report]|
|28 Feb 1865||In Hospital at Buffalo, NY [per Muster report]|
|26 May 1865||Mustered out in Buffalo, NY.|
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