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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