Michael Welch, Private, Co G, 183rd Ohio Infantry

2.  Private – 100th Ohio Infantry (OVI) – Company G. Enlisted December 15, 1863. Transferred to the 183rd Ohio Infantry – Company A (June 1865).
3.  Michael Welch immigrated to the United States from County Mayo, Ireland in 1846 with his wife, Mary, and baby daughter, Bridget, at the height of the Great Potato Famine.  Michael Welch enlisted in the 100th Ohio Infantry,  Company G, in December 1863 at age 40. At the time of his enlistment, Michael and Mary Welch were the parents of five children: Bridget, John, Katherine, Mary, and Margaret who resided in Elmore, Ohio.
4.  Pvt. Michael Welch was wounded/injured at the Battle of Franklin.
5.  He survived the Battle of Franklin and served with the 183rd Ohio Infantry, Company A, until July 1865 when he was mustered out at Toledo, Ohio.
6.  I am Michael Welch’s great-great granddaughter
7.  Michael Welch died on March 8, 1903 at the Dayton Home for Disabled Soldiers in Dayton, Ohio. He is buried at the Dayton National Cemetery: Section N – Row 24 – Grave 10
8.  No known photos, letters, personal effects, etc.
9.  No
10.  Email address: innisfree.walsh28@gmail.com
11.  Permission granted re: publication of this information, and welcome shared information.
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Israel Palmer Covey. Sgt., Co B, 44th Illinois Infantry

1. Full names of soldier. Israel Palmer Covey

2. Rank, unit served with, etc. Sergt, B Company 44th Illinois Vet Infantry

3. Any personal info about the soldier that you’re aware of.

Birth 25 Mar 1839 in Howard, Steubon, New York, United States

Death 13 Jul 1926 in Homestead, Benzie, Michigan, United States

Married Mary E. Stowell on 14 March 1864

Seven Children

Medical Doctor

4. Was he wounded at Franklin?  Captured?  Missing?  Killed? Accepted the surrender of Capt. G. W. Covell, Company E, Third Missouri

3. Survive Franklin?  Survive the war?  Enlisted in Company B 44th Illinois Infantry as Corporal for 3 years. Aug 16, 1861 at Coldwater, Michigan.  Age 23; Mustered Sept 13, 1861; Re-enlisted Jan 1, 1864 at Blaine’s Cross Roads, Tenn; Mustered Feb 17, 1865; Promoted First Lieutenant, Company B Jan 14, 1865; Mustered March 1,  1865, Resigned June 6, 1865

6. Your exact relation? Great Grandson

7. Burial place?Champion Hill, Homestead Township, Benzie County, Michigan

8. Any pictures of the soldier:  in uniform?  Before or after the war? Yes, after the war.

9. Surviving letters, diaries, or documents you’re willing to share?  Have copies

Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, has eight letters to Rosanna Covey Hulbert from I. P. Covey summarized as:

Israel P. Covey. Eight letters written while he was serving in Company B, 44th Illinois Infantry (1861-1865). He was a corporal; re-enlisted January 1, 1864 at Blain’s Cross Roads, Tenn., and was promoted to first lieutenant in Company B. He resigned in June 1865. He was in a battle near Murfreesboro. Five shots went through his coat, and one musket ball struck him in the right hip. He was taken prisoner on the way to the hospital, but released three days later when the rebels were driven off and left the men in the hospital. He guarded rebel property; was on the march in the rain for ten days, skirmishing most of the way. His first real battle was before Dalton and Resaca, Ga. Other battles were Jamesboro [sic], Franklin, and Nashville and he describes their movements. He didn’t like McClellan, and he wouldn’t vote for him. The 13th Infantry was camped near one of their camps, and he visited his cousin Alfonzo. One letter, March 18, 1865, tells Rosanna that on his way back to the regiment from home, he had been exposed to smallpox and had to stay in the hospital.

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James C. McCormick, Private, 104th Ohio Infantry

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Wilson Blain Logan, Captain, Company D, 175th Ohio Infantry

Full names of soldier?

Wilson Blain Logan

 1. Rank, unit served with, etc.

Captain, Company D, 175th Ohio Volunteer Infantry

2. Any personal info about the soldier that you’re aware of.

 Wilson Blain Logan, born June 30, 1830, was the son of James Logan, a pioneer settler of Greenfield, Ohio. Wilson taught school in the winter and in the summer followed the painter’s trade. He later moved to Jeffersonville, Ohio, where he operated a grocery store until the outbreak of the Civil War.

When President Lincoln first called for volunteers, Wilson Logan enlisted in the 60th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. The entire regiment was captured at Harper’s Ferry in September 1862 and members were exchanged as prisoners on the condition that they would not re-enlist for a period of two years.

Mr. Logan went back home to his family in Jeffersonville, Ohio, where, in March 1863, he was appointed Postmaster. At the end of the two years, he was given permission by the Governor of Ohio to organize a company of infantry, which he did and the company was assigned to the 175th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was given the rank of Captain of Company D at Camp Dennison (near Milford, Ohio).

After completion of training, the company was assigned to the army of Tennessee under General Thomas of Nashville. When Confederate General Hood turned his forces to fight Thomas’ army in Nashville, Captain Logan was stationed with his company at a blockhouse in Southern Tennessee and was ordered to join Thomas at Nashville. On the road to Nashville, Captain Logan’s company was ordered to make a stand against the enemy at Franklin, Tennessee, and Captain Logan was killed.

He left a wife and four children, ages 10, 8, 6, and 3.

 4. Was he wounded at Franklin? Captured? Missing? Killed?

Killed on November 30, 1864, at Franklin

 5. Survive Franklin? Survive the war?

See above.

 6. Your exact relation?

Great-Great Granddaughter

 7. Burial place?

Most likely unknown grave in Stones River National Cemetery, but there is a grave/headstone in Washington Cemetery, Washington Courthouse, Ohio.

8. Any pictures of the soldier: in uniform? Before or after the war?

Wilson Blain Logan, Captain, Co D, 175th Ohio Infantry

9. Surviving letters, diaries, or documents you’re willing to share?

There is a letter, very much deteriorated, from his company commanders, praising his service. Also, his obituary from the Washington Court House, Ohio, newspaper. Also, a copy of the widow’s pension:


10. The email address for you to be contacted?

Kate Logan: logelson@comcast.net

11. Permission to re-publish your info in a web-based database so others can learn about him, and possibly contact you to ask questions or share info you might desire?

Yes, feel free to publish the information I have given you. I would like to see it on the site.

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Robert Scott Montgomery, Co. I, Sabine Grays, 7th Texas Infantry Regiment.

1. Robert Scott Montgomery

2. Co. I, Sabine Grays, 7th Texas Infantry Regiment.

3. Born about 1839 Spartanburg Co., SC. A son of Benjamin Franklin Montgomery, 04 Nov 1810 – 03 Jun 1900, and Harriet Moss, 22 Aug 1811 – 05 Jan 1861.

4. R.S. Montgomery is documented in compiled service records as being killed at Franklin.

5. I have found no evidence of survival in my research.

6. My exact relationship is a maternal first cousin four times removed.

7. Section 3, Grave 37, McGavock Confederate Cemetery.

8. I am not aware of any pre-war or post war images at present.

9. No known surviving written correspondence or materials at present.

10. h.david.richardson@att.net

11. Permission granted.

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Samuel B. Miears, Private, Co. A, Orr Guards, 31st Mississippi Infantry Regiment

1. Samuel B. Miears

2. Private, Co. A, Orr Guards, 31st Mississippi Infantry Regiment

3. S.B. Miears was born 09 Dec 1826 in AL and died 30 Nov 1864, Battle of Franklin, TN. Married Lou Emily Burke 09 Oct 1845. Lou E. Burke Miears was born 21 Aug 1826 in SC. Samuel was a son of John Porter Miears, 26 Nov 1806 – 09 Sep 1890, and his wife Martha Ann, 23 Sep 1806 – 28 Mar 1879.

4. Documented in compiled service records as killed in action at Franklin.

5. I have not found any indication in my research that S.B. Miears survived Franklin.

6. Exact relationship is paternal first cousin five times removed.

7. Interment believed to be Section 27, Grave 90, McGavock Confederate Cemetery based on intials M.,S.B. for that grave.

8. No images that I am aware of at present.

9. I don’t know of any surviving written materials.

10. h.david.richardson@att.net

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Joseph Garner, Co A, 175th Ohio Infantry

The following letter was sent to me from a descendant of Joseph Garner, 175th Ohio Infantry.  Permission is granted by Patrick Garner.

Joseph Tuttle Garner enlisted in the 175th regiment (Company A) of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry on September 1, 1864, almost two years after having been mustered out of the 60th O.V.I.  on November 10, 1862.  The regiment was organized at Camp Dennison, Ohio on October 11 under Colonel Daniel McCoy.

On October 11 the regiment left for Cincinnati and there boarded the steamer Jewess on the 12th and traveled down the Ohio River to Louisville, Kentucky, where they docked twelve hours later.  From thence they left for Nashville, Tennessee and then moved to Columbia on October 20.  At Columbia it performed post and garrison duty in the town and was also engaged in guarding bridges and trestles along the Nashville & Decatur Railroad north and south of the town.

Dec. 2nd, 1864

Dear Father,

I thought I would write you a few lines to let you know that I was still in the land of the living. We left the block house the 24th of last month. Since that time I have had but one nights sleep, that is to sleep all night at a time. That was last night and it rained, but the rain did not disturb me and I slept sound.

We got orders about half past five to leave the block and burn all we could not take with us so we did so and marched to Columbia before ten o’clock that night. The next night I was on guard in town and the next night I went to bed and slept till midnight, then I got up and went to the pontoon bridge and stayed there until Sunday morning. Then I went back to Columbia and lay around all day and at night I lay down for a good sleep. They had been fighting around all day and I thought we would have to leave sometime that night. I had just got on a good sleep when I was ordered up and to get ready to march, I did so. We was marched out in the street and I was detailed to stay and help burn the town. Our men had all left. I knew there was danger, but when there is danger there is a chance to win a name, so I went to it and left town. We marched across the river but could not find our regiment, so we halted. There was about 30 of us. We lay there, then went to a place called Springhill. We halted there but a little while, then we went to Thompsons Station, some two and a half miles from town. We stayed there all night, and the next day the news came that the Rebs was coming.

We was deployed to skirmish and here they came. They was on horseback and run around us and got a part of our train. We was then surrounded and part of us taken. We then started back to Springhill. We went about five miles around over hills and thru the woods, and you can guess we was tired but we got back safe. We was ordered to the front for they was fighting there and holding our men very tite. We started to the front and got near there when our Col. said we should have rest, and we went back and lay down to rest without supper. We had had no dinner and not much breakfast.

That night some more of our men came up out of the blockouse, the next morning between three and four o’clock we started on to Franklin. We got there about noon. We lay down there all the rest of the day until about 1/2 past three. We then went downtown and was ordered to go back, which we did. We had no more than got there than the cannons commenced firing. In a few minutes our skirmishers commenced and the balls fell thick around us. We was ordered to lay down. We did so and had just got down when our front was broke and here they came rite past our regiment. We was ordered to halt them, we could not, and then the Colonel ordered us to retake the works. I tell you papa, that was a trying time for new men but I thought there was a chance for a new laurel so I started and so did all the rest. Papa, I went mad, I did not think of danger. When the old soldiers saw us go they followed. I did not stop with the first works but went rite over them with my hat in one hand and my gun in the other. I thought of nothing else but fight.

I out run all the rest of the regiment and when I got to the front works there was not a sound man there. There was lots of dead and wounded. The rest of the regt. went above. I raised my head and there stood a Reb, just ready. I leveled my gun, he leveled his. He shot just as I did. His ball passed thru the top of my hat and just broke the skin. It pulled my hair like blazes, and my gun fired, he fell, poor fellow. I don’t know whether I killed him or not. I knew he fell. He was about a rod from me. He knocked me down on my knees. I felt for my scalp and found it was there. I then picked up my hat and went at it rite. By that time the Rebs had got to the works, and our men had got up and old soldiers said they never saw the like, but we drove them back. I never knew how fast I could load a gun before. There was no scard about me. I was so mad I never thought of death. We went in the fight four o’clock in the evening and I had 70 rounds of ammunition, when I went in and about dark I run out. When my gun was shot at the top band I threw it down and called for another. It was handed to me by a captain of the 12MO. I had not had that long when a ball passed threw the butt about half way from my shoulder to the lock. I did not mind that. I got more cartridges and fired away. I shot about 140 rounds from four in the morning until 10 at night. Then our men fixed bayonets and leaped the works on our rite and we was ordered to stop shooting. When we stopped the Rebs came in by the dozens. Here was one whole regt. surrendered and came in. When we stopped firing the captain I was with told me to take one of our regt. to the hospital. He was shot in the arm. I hated to leave for I wanted to go over the works to see what I had done for the man that shot my hat, but I took the boy to the field hopsital and there I saw sites. I started to the front and found another poor fellow shot in the head. I helped to carry him to the rear then I started back, but I was only to find more poor wounded to take to the rear. I took one more to the hospital then I stayed and helped to dress their wounds until I got so sick I could not see. I went out of the house to keep from fainting.

Our men had quit fighting and commenced to retreat. We left Franklin sometime after midnight. The Rebs did not follow. We got the most of our wounded away. (We fetched off the rest under a flag of truce.) We marched all the rest of the night and reached here about noon yesterday. I had not had anything to eat for two or three days and have not had much to eat since we got here. Our regt. captured three stands of colors. There is not one regt. out of ten that would of stood like we did when there was troops running. The general gave us praise. Our regt. lost in killed, wounded and missing less than –.

I can’t tell our loss. The rebs lost five to our one. I can’t tell the loss to our company, I guess it was nine or ten. –Skuttles was shot dead. Our Col. got 3 wounds. Dennis is not hurt, you may tell his friends. I will send you my hat lining to show how close you came to having one son less. I want you to write. Tell Bell Pennington I wrote to her long ago and have got no answer. I got a letter from you the 25th and was glad to hear from you. Tell Lide Pabst I saw her brother this morning, he is all rite. He is a good soldier. He says he can’t tell how often he thought we were but gone.

  Your son, Joe

The papers will tell how big the fight was. It commenced at 4 o’clock and quit about 12. Give my respects to all.

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