Field & Staff:
The members of this group consisted of men from outside the organization of the Seventh Regiment as well as men from within. Several leading officers form within were promoted to this group as time passed and the Regiment gained experience in the field.
TYLER, ERASMUS B., Colonel - General Eramus Bernard Tyler was born in West Bloomfield, Ontario County, New York. Soon after his birth his parents removed to Ravenna, Ohio. The General was educated at Granville, Ohio; and at an early age on engaged in active business, which required him to travel extensively in the states Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina. He was a partner in the American Fur Company at the breaking out of the war, and was attending to the business of the company, in the mountains of Virginia, when Fort Sumter was fired upon. Compelled by his sense of duty, as a loyal citizen he retired from his lucrative employment, and, in obedience to a telegram from Governor Dennison, hastened to meet such requirements as his country might impose upon him. Being Brigadier General of Militia, and in command of the division formed by the Counties of Portage, Trumbull, and Mahoning be repaired to his home in Ravenna. He opened a recruiting office on April 17th , 1861, and on the 22nd he was in Camp Taylor, near Cleveland, with two companies. Here an election for Colonel was bold by the thirty officers of the 10 companies that constituted the Seventh Ohio, and General Tyler received twenty-nine votes. This choice was confirmed at Camp Dennison by a vote of the whole regiment. The Seventh Ohio was organized, at first, for 3 months; but after spending six weeks in instructing the men, Colonel Tyler, in one day, succeeded in re-enlisting seven hundred of them for three years; and, in a few days, he secured the requisite number for a full regiment.
It being well known that Colonel Tyler was intimately acquainted with the whole region of Western Virginia, he was ordered to Grafton to advise with General McClellan. He spent eight days in consultation with that officer, and gave him information as to the mountain passes, roads, streams, fords, and the general topography of the entire section. About the 26th of June Colonel Tyler's regiment came forward to Grafton, where he took command and proceeded to Clarksburg. His first march was to Weston, where were forty thousand dollars in gold, in danger of being captured by Wise. It was known that General McClellan was on his way to Clarksburg, where, upon his arrival, Colonel Tyler expected an order to march for Weston. Accordingly be anticipated the drawing up his men near the depot, directing them to watch his motions when the train arrived, for if the order was "march," be would wave his handkerchief and they were to start immediately. Upon the arrival of the train General McClellan asked, him how soon he could march for Weston. "Look yonder and I wilt show you," was Colonel Tyler's reply; and waving his handkerchief, the regiment struck the double-quick and rapidly disappeared, The gold was saved, and turned over to the new State of West Virginia.
General McClellan, upon leaving Western Virginia, placed General Tyler in command of the Seventh, Tenth, Thirteenth, and Seventeenth Ohio Regiments, the First Virginia Infantry, Captain Mack's Howitzer Battery, Captain Bagg's "Snake Hunters," and a company of Chicago Cavalry. The operations of Colonel Tyler in the valley of the Great Kanawha were conducted with marked efficiency. he was, however, unfortunate in having his own regiment surprised at Cross Lanes by Floyd's command, utterly broken, routed, and scattered in every direction. General Rosecrans, then commanding the Department of West Virginia, was at first disposed to blame Colonel Tyler severely for this disaster, but investigation had the effect to mitigate, if' not wholly to do away with, the censure.
On the 10th of December Colonel Tyler was ordered to Romney, where he united his forces with those under General Lander, and was assigned to the command of the Third Brigade of Lander's Division. At the death of General Lander he joined General Shields in the Shenandoah Valley. He participated in the battle of Winchester, and, for bravery upon that occasion, he was appointed a Brigadier-General of Volunteers on May 14,1862. He was also engaged at Front Royal and Port Republic. In the latter engagement General Tyler with three thousand troops resisted Stonewall Jackson with eight thousand for five hours, when Jackson received a re-enforcement of six thousand men. General Tyler however, retired in good order.
At the battle of Antietam General Tyler commanded a brigade of Pennsylvania troops that were enlisted for nine months. It was their first battle and though not brought into action until the eleventh hour they did excellent service. He was with his brigade at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville to, and soon after this the brigade was mustered out, the term of enlistment having expired.
General Tyler was now ordered to Baltimore, and placed in command of the northwestern defenses of the city. He assumed command at the time that General Lee was making his invasion into Maryland, and secessionism was rampant throughout the city. General Tyler, with great industry, set about arming the Union citizens, and in three days he had ten thousand men at barricades ready to repel the invaders. The administration of General Tyler in Baltimore received the unqualified approbation of the Union citizens.
Soon after this General Tyler was stationed at the Relay House, in charge of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and the shores of Chesapeake Bay, forming, a, line of defense nearly two hundred miles long. It is sufficient to say that no Rebel raid ever crossed this line, until the attempt, which resulted in the battle of Monocacy. General Tyler, though not in chief command, may claim a large share both in planning and in fighting this battle; and though neither the result of long, preparation, nor on so extensive a scale as many others, it severe and decisive. Speaking of General Tyler's part in the Monocacy battle President Lincoln is reported to have said to Mr. Fitzgerald, of Philadelphia, "The country is more indebted to General Tyler than to any other man for the salvation of Washington." From the Relay House he was ordered to the command of the Kanawha Valley, and he remained in this position until the close of the war. The rank of Major General by Brevet was conferred upon him for meritorious service.
Few have been more exposed to danger than General Tyler, and yet he has singularly escaped serious personal injury. At Winchester seven balls passed through his clothes; at Port Republic he was struck twice with ball and shell, and his hat was torn in pieces; at Fredericksburg he was struck on the left breast by a ball; in Chancellorsville he had a button shot off the left side of his coat; and in other battles be had similar escapes. He has been the recipient of many valuable presents; among the more notable of these, bestowed by those who knew him best, the officers and men of the First Brigade, Third Division. Army of the Potomac, are a magnificent sword, sash, belt, and spurs, and a valuable horse of fine action and high spirit, General Tyler had been for many years a temperate man, even to the extent of total abstinence. He maintained these principles in the army, and he succeeded by his example in suppressing, to a great extent, the use of intoxicating liquors among the men of his command. Integrity, firmness, and kindness of heart have secured for him popularity in every department of the army in which he served., and the obedience, respect, and affection of his men. (Ohio in the War)
CREIGHTON, WILLIAM R., Colonel - Entered the Service on April 19th, 1861 for three month service; mustered out and reenlisted for three years service on June 19th, 1861; appointed Captain of Co. A on April 19th, 1861; appointed to Lt. Colonel on May 7th, 1861; promoted to Colonel on May 20th, 1862; wounded in the left shoulder and side during the Battle of Cedar Mountain, Aug. 9th, 1862 when a musket ball was lodged and an operation was performed to remove it ; killed at the Battle of Ringgold, Georgia Nov. 27th, 1863 while in command of the Brigade. See Field & Staff. Known engagements: Cross Lanes, W. Va.; Winchester, Va.; Port Republic, Va., Cedar Mt., Va., 2nd Bull Run, Va., Antietam, Md., Dumfries, Va., Chancellorsville, Va., Gettysburg, Pa., Wauhatchie, Tenn., Lookout Mt., Tenn., Missionary Ridge, Tenn., Ringgold, Ga.
Colonel William R. Creighton was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in June, 1837. At the age of ten years, he entered a shoe store where be remained for two years; after which he entered a commercial college, where he remained for six months. But these pursuits were not to his liking -he had no taste for accounts. We next find him, at the age of thirteen years, in the job-office of McMillin in Pittsburgh, where he remained for four years, completing his apprenticeship. The year following, he went to Cleveland, Ohio, and entered the Herald office, where he remained till the fall of 1860, with the exception of one winter spent in a job-office in Chicago.
He united with the fire companies of both Pittsburgh and Cleveland, and was an active and zealous member. In 1858, he joined the military organization known as the Cleveland Light Guards, and soon after became a sergeant, and a lieutenant. He advanced in rank without any effort-it was a matter of course. When the rebellion broke out, his love of adventure would not permit him to remain at home; but he immediately set himself at work organizing a company, which was completed in a few days, and, on the 22nd day of April, marched to Camp Taylor. He immediately commenced drilling his company, and with such success, that it took the lead of all then in camp. At this time his military genius shone so conspicuously that he was looked on by all as the future leader of the regiment. All will remember with what skill and pride he led the regiment in its first march. It was on a beautiful Sabbath morning; and as the young soldier, with a proud step, took his position at the head of the column, every eye was turned upon him in admiration; one could see in the countenances of the men, a willingness to follow such a leader amid the hail and thunder of battle. Before reaching Camp Dennison, this admiration warmed into a determination to place him in a position when, at no distant day, he could be made available as the commander of the regiment. Therefore, on its arrival at camp, he was elected lieutenant-colonel, a position which he did not seek, nor intimate to any that he desired. Very many were desirous of making him colonel.
During the stay of the regiment at Camp Dennison, he took no active part, seldom being seen on drill, or on duty of any kind. When the regiment was about leaving, however, he took command, Colonel Tyler having gone to Virginia in advance of the starting of the regiment. Previous to the movement, every thing had been arranged in perfect order, but this arrangement was partially defeated by the indecent haste of a captain. An unutterable look of scorn and contempt settled upon the features of Creighton; but not a word passed his lips. He never entirely forgave that officer for this act of disobedience of orders, till his death, when all feelings of animosity gave way to regrets for his loss; for, outside of a disposition to criticize the conduct of his superiors, he was a brave as well as competent officer.
Arriving at Clarksburg, he turned over the command to Colonel Tyler; but on arriving at Glenville, he again assumed command, which he held until reaching Cross Lanes; in the mean time, drilling the regiment daily when in camp. During this time it improved rapidly; in fact, it acquired, during this short interval, most of the proficiency it possessed.
On the march back to Cross Lanes from Twenty Mile Creek, he was with the advance, in command of the skirmishers. During the affair which one, succeeded, at the above place, he bore himself creditably. During the retreat, his horse fell with him, seizing the holsters, he started on foot through the underbrush, but soon after saw his horse coming after him at full speed. He again mounted, but in a short time his horse again fell, when, for the second time, he abandoned him; but he was soon joined by his faithful "Johnny," and this time the devoted horse carried its gallant rider safely to Gauley Bridge.
This misfortune to the regiment completely unmanned him. Meeting a comrade on the retreat, who was not in the engagement he burst into tears, and, grasping his band, in choked utterances related the story of their encounter.
While the regiment remained at Charleston, Creighton was in command, and was untiring in his efforts to advance his command in both drill and discipline, and I doubt whether any regiment in the field made more rapid progress towards perfection. It seemed to emulate its leader, who was ever at his post. When an order came for five hundred picked men from the regiment to report to General Benham for duty, in the pursuit of Floyd, he was chosen to command the detachment. On arriving at Benham's headquarters, he was given the advance, and, for several days, was separated from Floyd's camp by a range of mountains only. He was finally given a brigade, and ordered across a range of mountains to the rear of the enemy; but for some reason no attack was made, and soon after, half of the command was ordered back.
During the pursuit of Floyd, he traveled on foot at the head of his regiment. When the rebel army was likely to be overtaken, Benham remarked to him, that "he depended on him to rout the enemy," and gave him the post of honor; but when thew fire became rapid, his regiment was ordered to the front, where a part of it was engaged in skirmishing, where the balance were smoking their pipes and engaging in sports, almost under the guns of the enemy, Creighton enjoying the fun, as well as any in the command. The detachment returned after fifteen days absence, without a loss of a man, save one injured by the accidental discharge of a gun.
At the battle of Winchester, which followed soon after, his was the first regiment in the famous charge of the Third brigade, for which it acquired such renown. He disagreed with the commanding officer as to the manner of making the charge, preferring to deploy before advancing, than to charge a battery in close column. But throwing all personal feelings and preferences aside, he dashed forward, and finally deployed his regiment within eighty yards of the enemy's line of battle, and under a terrible fire of both musketry and artillery. His horse being shot from under him, he seized a musket, and engaged in the strife, firing rapidly till near the close of the battle, when be was compelled to cease for the purpose of executing some order.
On the return of the command to New Market, after the pursuit of Jackson to near Harrisonburg, the company tents were ordered to be delivered up; whereupon Creighton was very indignant, and, in connection with other officers, sent in his resignation. They were ordered to report to General Shields the next morning. Accordingly, dressed in their "best," they reported. They were received with all the politeness that pompous general knew how to assume, with an invitation to be seated. The general informed them that their resignations would not be accepted; but remarked, that, "if they desired it, he would have their names stricken from the army rolls in disgrace." This witticism rather amused Creighton than otherwise, and he returned to camp with a much better opinion of the general than he was possessed of before making his visit.
He now commanded the regiment in its march to Fredericksburg, sharing with his men the hardships attending the toilsome march; and when, a few days after, the regiment returned to the Valley, he did much to cheer the men in that discouraging march. At Front Royal he remained with his regiment during a heavy storm, to which it was exposed without tents, disdaining to seek shelter and comfort while his men were thus exposed.
The men were now very destitute of clothing, especially shoes; but when ordered, he moved to Columbia Bridge, followed by one hundred men barefooted. He now went personally to General Shields, but was coldly received by that general, being subjected to insulting remarks. He came back to his regiment with that same unutterable expression of contempt stamped upon his features, which all will remember who served with him in the field; and getting his men in column, closed in mass, made a speech. Said he: "I am unable to procure shoes or other comforts for you; but I will follow these generals until there is not a man left in the regiment. Forward, company H" And he did follow them to Port Republic, where his words came near proving true.
At this battle his bravery and daring were observed by every one. He made repeated charges with his regiment, the line being as correct as on dress-parade. After one of these charges, the enemy's cavalry came dashing towards his regiment, and dispositions were immediately made for forming a square; but the enemy wisely wheeled, and charged another regiment. The colonel of this regiment, being unable to get his men in position, shouted in a stentorian voice: "Men of the ___th, look at the Seventh Ohio; and damn you, weep!"
In this battle the regiment made five charges, under the leadership of Creighton; and each time driving the enemy. After the battle was over, and the regiment on the retreat, seeing a wounded captain lying almost within the enemy's lines, he rode up to his company, and pointing to where he was lying, said: "Do you see your captain over yonder? Now, go for him!" They did go for him, and succeeded in bringing him from the field in safety.
Only a few were missing from the regiment in this action, although the list of killed and wounded was fearful.
We next find Creighton at the battle of Cedar Mountain, where a small division fought the whole of Jackson's army oil ground of his own choosing. Creighton handled his regiment with a dexterity that told fearfully on the ranks of the enemy. He was finally severely wounded, and compelled to leave the field. In doing so, he kept his face to the foe, saying that "no rebel ever saw his back in battle; and never would." He was taken to Washington, where the bullet was extracted from his side, which was an exceedingly painful operation. Soon after this he came to his home; but while still carrying his arm in a sling, he reported to his regiment.
While at home the battle of Antietam was fought, which was the only one in which he failed to participate. Soon after his return, the affair at Dumfries occurred, where, through his ingenuity and skill, Hampton's Cavalry command was defeated by a mere handful of men. For this he was publicly thanked by Generals Slocum and Geary.
He now took part in the battle of Chancellorsville, where be won new laurels. It is said that being ordered by General Hooker to fall back, he refused to do so until able to bring Knapps Battery safely to the rear; for which disobedience of orders he was recommended for promotion. This battery was from his native city, and in it he had many friends.
Next he was at Gettysburg, where he fought with his accustomed valor.
We now find him at Lookout Mountain and Mission Ridge, in "Hooker's battle above the clouds," where the victory was so suddenly and unexpectedly won, that scarcely sufficient time intervened in which to display valor. It was simply a race for the top of the mountain on the part of our men; and it corresponding race on the part of the rebels for the foot of the mountain on the opposite side.
After this battle came the pursuit of Bragg. His rear-guard was overtaken at Ringgold, Georgia, where it was securely posted on the top of Taylor's Ridge- a naked eminence. It was madness to undertake to drive them from this hill, without the use of artillery to cover the assault; but in the excitement of the moment the order was given. In this assault Creighton commanded a brigade. Forming his command, be made a speech. "Boys," said he, "we are ordered to take that hill. I want to see you walk right up it." After this characteristic speech, he led his men up the hill. It soon became impossible to advance against the terrible fire by which they were met ; he, therefore, led. them into a ravine, but the rebels poured such a fire into it from all sides, that the command was driven back. Reaching a fence, Creighton than stopped, and facing the foe, waited for his command to reach the opposite side. While in this position he fell, pierced through the body with a rifle bullet. His last words were: "Oh, my dear wife!" and he expired almost immediately. The brigade now fell rapidly back, carry the remains of its idolized commander with it. (Wood)
ASPER, JOEL F., Lt. Colonel - Entered the service April 24th, 1861, for 3 months; mustered out and reenlisted June 3rd, 1861 for 3 years; entered as Captain; promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel May 20th, 1862; Joel F. Asper was born in Huntington, Adams County, Pennsylvania, on the 20th day of April, 1829. When he was but five years old his father removed to Farmington, Ohio, by the slow process of a four-horse team and Pennsylvania wagon. The county of Trumbull was then but sparsely settled. Until eighteen years of age he assisted his father in clearing a farm, at the same time attending district school in winter. This is all the school education he ever had; all other education being acquired by his own exertion and application to study out of school.
Having a passion for reading and writing, he was led to study law. But previous to this, however, he commenced teaching a school in Southington, but, for some reason, left it after one mouth’s experience. Early in the year 1842, we find him in the law-office of Crowell and Abel, at Warren, Ohio, and working for his board at the American Hotel.
In 1843, he carried the Western Reserve Chronicle through several townships, and during the entire year did not miss a trip.
In August, 1844, he was admitted to the bar, but remained with General Crowell till 1846, when he learned the daguerrean business, but not succeeding in this, in October following opened a law-office at Warren. His first year’s practice netted him over four hundred dollars, and it increased from year to year.
In 1846 be was elected a justice of the peace, and in the following year was married to Miss. Elizabeth Brown. In 1847 he was elected prosecuting attorney. In 1849, was announced as one of the editors of the Western Reserve Chronicle; and wrote, daring the campaign of that year, all of the leading political articles published in its columns. During the summer of 1848, Mr. Parker, proprietor of the paper, left for a pleasure excursion, and while absent, Mr. Asper, being left in charge, took ground against General Taylor. During this campaign he did much towards developing antislavery sentiments in the party. For this conduct he was denounced by the minority of his party. At this time he made a speech before a Whig convention, which is said to have been the best effort of his life. Carrying out these sentiments, he sustained Martin Van Buren for the presidency, and in the following year ran for prosecuting attorney on the FreeSoil ticket, but was defeated.
In 1850 he moved to Chardon, Ohio, and edited a Free-Soil paper until 1852, when, it proving a losing business, he returned to Warren, where he again commenced the practice of the law, which he continued until the breaking out of the rebellion, in 1861. He was among the first in Northern Ohio to tender a company to the Governor. It marched to camp on the 25th of April. He served the regiment until March, 1863, when he was honorably mustered out of the United States service. During this time he took part in the affair of Cross Lanes and the battle of Winchester, in which last engagement he was severely wounded. After the Cross Lanes affair he accompanied a detachment of four hundred men to Charleston, rendering much Assistance during the march. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel during his service with the regiment, in which position he commanded the regiment in the retreat of Pope’s army from the Rapidan.
On returning to Warren he opened an office, and in August organized the Fifty-first Regiment, National Guards, and was elected its colonel. When, in the spring of 1864, the corps was ordered into the field, his regiment was among the first to move. It went to Johnson’s Island, and while there the noted John H. Morgan commenced a raid through Kentucky. To resist him, several militia regiments were ordered to the front; among them was the Fifty-first, now become the One Hundred and Seventy-first.
Arriving at Cincinnati, he reported to General Hobson, and was ordered to Keller’s Bridge by train. Soon after getting off the cars it was attacked by the enemy in overwhelming numbers. After a gallant fight of six hours the brave little band of heroes was compelled to surrender. No regiment of new troops ever did better: it itself a name which history will perpetuate.
The regiment was mustered out on the 20th of August 1864. Asper now perfected his arrangements to move to Missouri, which be put into execution in October following. (Wilson)
CRANE, ORRIN J., Lt. Colonel - Entered the Service on April 19th, 1861 for three month service; mustered out and reenlisted for three years service on June 19th, 1861; appointed 1st Lieutenant of Co. A on April 19th, 1861; promoted to Captain of Co. A on May 14th, 1861; promoted to Major of Co. A May 25th, 1862; promoted to Lt. Colonel on March 2nd, 1863; wounded in the foot at the Battle of Cedar Mt., Aug. 9th, 1862; killed at the Battle of Ringgold, Georgia, Nov. 27th, 1863; participated in every battle in which the regiment was engaged to the time of his death. Was in command of the Company at the time of his death; Known engagements: Cross Lanes, W. Va.; Winchester, Va.; Port Republic, Va., Cedar Mt., Va., 2nd Bull Run, Va., Antietam, Md., Dumfries, Va., Chancellorsville, Va., Gettysburg, Pa., Wauhatchie, Tenn., Lookout Mt., Tenn., Missionary Ridge, Tenn., Ringgold, Ga.
Lieutenant-Colonel Orrin J. Crane was born in Troy, New York, in the year 1829. At three years of age his parents moved to their native State, Vermont. Soon after, his father died, leaving but limited means for the support and education of his children. His mother was a Christian woman and devoted to her children. From her he received his first lessons of life; and a worthy teacher he had. He cherished his mother with the utmost affection, dwelling upon her goodness with almost childlike simplicity. It wits touching, to listen to the words of love and confidence falling for her, from the lips of the sturdy warrior, who braved the battle-fire without a tremor. In early youth he went to live with an uncle, and in about 1852 came with him to Conneaut, Ohio, where he employed himself in mechanical labor. He spent one year on the Isthmus, and, after his return went to Cleveland, where he engaged in the occupation of a ship-carpenter, following this trade till the fall of Sumter. While in Cleveland he associated himself with a military organization. He entered the service as first-lieutenant in Captain Creighton's company; and on his promotion, was made captain. He early devoted himself to the instruction of his company; and it can be said that it lost nothing of the efficiency it acquired under the leadership of Creighton.
After the regiment entered the field, his services were invaluable. I doubt if the entire army could find an officer who has performed more service, in the same length of time, than Crane. If a bridge were to be constructed, or a road repaired, he was sent for to superintend it. If the commissary department became reduced, he was the one to procure supplies. No undertaking was too arduous for his iron-will to brave. There was no fear of starvation while the sturdy Crane was present. All relied on him with the utmost confidence, and no one was ever disappointed in him.
At the affair of Cross Lanes, where he first came under fire, he was more than a hero; he seemed possessed of attributes of a higher nature. He moved amid that sheet of flame, as if possessed of a soul in communion with a higher power. He inspired his men with true courage. They stood like a wall, and fell back only when ordered by their leader, then dashed through the strong line of the enemy with a bravery which was truly sublime. The enemy, although five to one, hesitated, swayed backward, and finally fled, so severely punished, that for the time they did not pursue. In that long march, over the mountains to Gauley Bridge, he was still the proud leader.
After his arrival at the above place, he was sent out to the front, up New River, where he rendered valuable service.
He was in every march and skirmish in both Western and Eastern Virginia, until we find the regiment at the battle of Winchester. In this engagement he showed the same indomitable and true courage. He held his men to the work of carnage so fearfully, that the enemy's slain almost equaled his command.
We now find him in every battle in which his regiment was engaged in the East. Port Republic, Cedar Mountain (where he was slightly wounded), Antietam, Dumfries, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. In all of these he led his command, and the dead of the enemy left on-the field before it attest how well he led it. At the battle of Antietam, he commanded the regiment, and during the latter part of the engagement, a brigade. Before the regiment left for the West, he was made lieutenant-colonel; a position which his ability and long, as well as faithful, service of his country rendered him eminently qualified to fill.
Arriving in the West, he commanded the regiment in the battles of Lookout Mountain and Mission Ridge, where he added new laurels to his already imperishable name. At fatal Ringgold, he again commanded the regiment. He led it up the steep ascent, where the whistling of bullets made the air musical: and where men dropped so quietly that they were scarcely missed except in the thinned ranks of the command. The regiment had not recovered from the shock produced by the announcement of the death of Creighton, when the noble Crane, on whom all hearts were centered in the fearful peril of that hour, fell at the feet of his devoted comrades, pierced through the forehead by a rifle bullet. He spoke not a word his strong heart ceased to beat; and his soul took its flight from its blood-red tenement and from the confusion of battle, to the land of patriot spirits. He fell so far in the advance, that his men were driven back before possessing themselves of his body, but soon after it was recovered. (Wood)
McCLELLAND, SAMUEL, Lt. Colonel - Entered the service April 24th, 1861, for 3 months; mustered out and reenlisted June 17th, 1861, for 3 years; entered as Captain; promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel Dec. 1st, 1863.
The subject of the sketch was a native of Ireland. He was born in 1829. While in his youth, his parents immigrated to this country, landing at Philadelphia, from whence they went to Pittsburgh. Remaining here for a short time, they removed to Youngstown Ohio, where they have since resided.
He entered service as first lieutenant of company I, and was at once active in the discharge of his duty. He accompanied the regiment to western Virginia, where he took part in all the hard marches that followed. At the affair of Cross Lanes, he demonstrated, by his gallantry, the fact of the possession of great military talent; for he was brave, prudent, and skillful. Up to the battle of Winchester, he was with the regiment in every march and skirmish. At this battle he commanded a company, and had the honor of opening the battle, and sustaining it for a few minutes, till and other companies formed on his flanks.
He was engaged in the following battles and skirmishes, which embrace every one in which the regiment was engaged: Cross Lanes, Winchester, Port Republic, Cedar Mountain, and Antietam, Dumfries, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge, and Taylor's Ridge. Various skirmishes and battles during the March of Sherman to Marietta, are to be added to this list. At the Battle of Winchester he was lightly wounded in the head but remained on the field, against the urgent solicitations of his friends, until the close of the engagement. At the Battle of Taylor's Ridge he was severely wounded in the leg. He now returned to his home, but remained but a short time, rejoining his command before he was entirely recovered.
Well in the East he made Captain of Company H, and after the Battle of Taylor's Ridge, Lieutenant-Colonel. He now took command of the regiment leading it through the arduous campaign of Sherman, as far as Marietta, in which service he won a fine reputation for ability as an officer. He was now recognized in the army as the fighting Colonel. At the above place, the old Seventh turned its steps homeward, commanded by Colonel McClelland, who had the proud satisfaction of leading the regiment into Cleveland, to do which the lamented Creighton was every ambitious.
When encamped in the city, he set himself industriously at work preparing the regiment to be mustered out; which was done in due time.
McClelland was one of the few officers who were ever at his post. He was brave, active, and zealous, a good officer in every particular. His kindness and good feeling towards his fellow soldiers won him many friends. His family has suffered severe loss, two brave brothers have died in battle. During all this affliction he was and has remained true to his country, his patriotism never going cold for a moment. (Wood)
CASEMENT, JOHN S., Major - John S. Casement came into the regiment as major, and was just the man for the place. The regiment needed a practical, common-sense sort of a man, and it found him in the person of Jack Casement. Many of his previous years had been spent in the construction of railroads. In this he had not a superior in the United States. He is of small stature, but of iron frame; and for endurance has few equals. He will shoulder and walk off under a load that would make the most athletic tremble. He has probably superintended the laying of as much track as any man of his age.
On joining the regiment, the major at once made himself useful in looking after matters for the comfort of the command, that really belonged to no one to look to, and yet when attended to, went far to improve the condition of the men. He rapidly acquired a knowledge of military tactics which was afterwards to fit him for a leader. This was not difficult for him to do, for he made it a practical study. He was always on duty when the occasion required it.
This habit of promptness he acquired while working large parties of men, and it never left him during his service. During the long marches in Western Virginia, he was ever watchful to how matters were going on in the rear; and while other mounted officers were riding leisurely along he was ever watchful of the train, as well as all other matters connected with the easy movement of the command. Arriving in camp, he made it his business to see that all was snug. At the affair at Cross Lanes he conducted himself with such gallantry as to endear him to the entire regiment. He rode over that fatal field as calm and collected as on drill. When his superior officers had escaped, he organized the balance of the command, and then commenced that memorable march over the hills and mountains, through the valleys and over the streams, of that wild waste. It was finally crowned with success, and the regiment felt proud of its major; and the Western Reserve felt proud, too, that they had sent so brave a man to serve with so bravo a regiment. He now did his duty, until we find the regiment in the East, and in its expedition to Blue’s Gap, Major Casement at its head. Just before reaching the fortifications, he made a speech. Said he: "Boys, you’ve not got much of a daddy, but with such as you have, I want you to go for those rebels." And they did go for them in earnest. It seems the boys did not object to the character of the daddy? He now went to Winchester, where the regiment was engaged in that battle. He sat on his horse where the bullets were flying thickest, and seemed to be a stranger to fear. When the battle was nearly over, he took possession on a piece of artillery, and held it until the close of the action. In the evening succeeding th battle, he found that ten rife-bullets had passed through the cape of his coat on the left side, near to his arm.
Major Casement accompanied the regiment on its march up the Valley, making himself useful in the way of constructing bridges and roads. On arriving at Falmouth, on the Rappahannock, he tendered his resignation, which being accepted, he returned to his home. All missed the merry laugh, as well as the merry jokes, of the ever happy major.
He was not long permitted to enjoy home, however, as in the following summer he was made colonel of One Hundred and Third Ohio and immediately after left for the field. His regiment was ordered to Kentucky, in which department he served until Sherman’s triumphant march on Atlanta, when he joined him, and soon after commanded a brigade. In this brigade he distinguished himself.
After Sherman left for Savannah Casement commanded a brigade in Thomas’ army. At the battle of Franklin, which followed, he conducted himself in a brilliant manner to win a star by brevet. He now took part in the pursuit of the disorganized forces of Hood, when it ceased, went to Wilmington, North Carolina, with the corps of General Schofield. (Wood)
SEYMOUR, FREDERICK A., Major - Entered the service April 14th, 1861, for 3 years; appointed Captain April 23rd, 1861; The subject of this sketch came into the regiment as captain of Company G, having organized the company immediately after the first call for troops. He had seen a good deal of service in the militia of his Native State, which was of great assistance to him in this new position. When the regiment was organized for the three-years’ service, he was elected to his old position, which was an indication of the esteem his company had for him.
During the terrible campaign among the mountains of Western Virginia, his health became very much impaired; till just previous to the affair at Cross Lanes, he was compelled to leave his command and seek to restore it in his home. Therefore he was not in that skirmish. He soon after returned, but after reaching the Shenandoah Valley his health again failed him, and he once more sought to restore it by returning to his home. While be was absent the battle of Winchester was fought, and he therefore did not take part in the engagement.
He now accompanied the regiment in its march up the Shenandoah River, across the Blue Ridge, and back again to Front Royal; and from thence to Port Republic. In the battle fought at the latter place he was conspicuous for bravery. During that well-contested action he contributed all that lay in his power towards winning a victory. But valor alone cannot win a battle; numbers combined with it can only accomplish that. This was his firs experience under fire; but he stood up to the work like a veteran; being second to none in deeds of daring.
Soon after this action he was engaged in the battle of Cedar Mountain, where he more than sustained the reputation acquired at Port Republic. This was a terrible battle, and every officer and private who fought there became a hero.
From this time forward the writer has no knowledge of his services, beyond the fact that he was promoted to major; which position he filled till some time in the fall of 1863, when he resigned, and returned to his home. It can be truly said that, wherever Major Seymour was placed, he endeavored to do his duty. Among his fellow-soldiers he had many friends, and he will always be remembered a kind-hearted gentleman. (Wood)
BELLOWS, CURTISS J., Surgeon - Mr. Bellows was appointed surgeon of the regiment from the position of assistant in the Fifth Ohio. Before entering the service he was enjoying a good practice in Northern Ohio, in which he had acquired a good reputation. While with the regiment he was much esteemed by reason of his ability as a surgeon, as well as for his kind and courteous behavior. (Wood)
CUSHING, HENRY K., Surgeon
SALTER, FRANCIS, Surgeon - Francis Salter entered the service as assistant surgeon of the Seventh Regiment; and on the resignation of Surgeon Cushing, was appointed surgeon. He held this position until the latter part of 1862, when he was made a medical director, and assigned to the staff of General Crooks. As a surgeon he hardly had a superior in the service. His services were of great value all the hospitals as he had had a long experience in those of England, his native country. He has remained in the service from the beginning of the war; and during that long period has alleviated the suffering of many a soldier. (Wood)
DENIG, CHARLES S.; Asst. Surgeon; On the appointment of Francis Salter to the Post of surgeon, the subject of this sketch was made assistant. While with the regiment he was attentive to his duties, and always kind and obliging to the those seeking medical aid. He many times acted as surgeon of the regiment; and on such occasions was always prompt in the discharge of his duty. (Wood)
FERGUSON, JOHN C., Asst. Surgeon
HITCHCOCK, EDGAR M., Asst. Surgeon
WILLIAMS, DAVID, Asst. Surgeon
BROWN, FREDERICK T., Chaplain - Mr. Brown was born in West Carlisle, Coshocton County, Ohio, May 6th, 1822 of respectable and pious parents. His father was a wealthy merchant, and therefore gave his son a liberal education. After arriving at a proper age, he was sent to Princeton College, New Jersey, where he graduated. He also attended Washington & Jefferson College. He early developed those Christian qualities which he has possessed in such an eminent degree during the whole course of his life. He was born to be a minister. At an early age his mind took a lasting hold upon religious truths; and it has never relaxed its energies in that direction for a single moment. He has gone on doing good from a child, his usefulness only increasing as his mind developed its powers. He has been a close student of theology-during his whole life; and it is doing no discredit to others to say, that in this respect he has hardly a peer in the United States. He graduated at the Theological Seminaries at Princeton, New Jersey, and Geneva, Switzerland. He was ordained to preach by the Presbytery of Logansport, Ind.
The Westminster Church, of Cleveland, Ohio, was organized by him; and in the course of his nine years labor with it, increased from a small congregation to one of the most respectable religious societies of the city. He was pastor of this church at the breaking out of the rebellion.
About the 15th day of July, Colonel Tyler, feeling it important to open communication with Generals Cox’s forces on the Kanawha, determined to send a messenger with unwritten dispatches across the country through the enemy’s lines; and as our chaplain could more readily be spared than any other member of the regiment deemed fitting to undertake the enterprise, the expedition was proposed to him. He accepted it willingly, though well aware of its difficulties and dangers. Colonel Tyler suggested to him to go in the character of a merchant or trader, so that, if arrested by roving guerillas or any of Wise’s patrols, he could say he was on business to Gauley Bridge, or some other place. But he declined adopting the suggestion, as involving a possible lie, and asked to be left to his own resources.
Hastily divesting himself of every tell-tale mark of name, resident or connection with the service, mounted on a blooded mare, captured from some guerrillas a few days before, and taking no rations but a bunch of cigars, an hour after receiving the order he started. It was a ride of a hundred and twenty miles through the enemy’s country, by high-ways and by-ways and no ways at all, nearly half of it at night, sometimes alone, full of adventures, amusing and otherwise, and involving some narrow escapes from the enemy, but completely successful.
On the morning of the third day, at daylight, he struck the Kanawha, four miles below the mouth of the Pocotaligo; and there, for the first time, got word of General Cox, and learned that his camp was only four miles up the river. It was Sunday morning. He was soon at the general’s quarters, and in the language of the chaplain himself, "received such a welcome as that genial man and accomplished Christian gentleman knows how to give." General Cox refused permission to him to return to us by the way he had come. He therefore remained with the general for the time; was with him at the capture of Charleston, and in the pursuit of Wise to Gauley Bridge, from whence he joined us again. Surviving members of the old Seventh will remember "the three times-three" cheers of each company in succession, as the chaplain rode along the line. We were on the march, a long distance from where he had left us, had not heard a word from him or of him, and had thought him lost; his arrival, safe and sound, coming from the direction of the enemy, was as one from the dead, or from Richmond.
At the battle of Cross Lanes he bore a gallant part, remaining with the command during the entire affair, and leaving only when all hope of having the day had expired. He escaped, with others, through a gap in the enemy’s lines, caused by well-directed volleys of musketry from the regiment. The same day he came into Gauley Bridge, after having rendered much service in bringing off the wagon train. He soon after visited Cross Lanes, under a flag of truce for the purpose of looking after our killed and wounded, as well as to learn the fate of those taken prisoners. While within the enemy’s lines, he was treated civilly, but was refused the privilege of administering to the wounded, as well as visiting the prisoners. He therefore returned, without having accomplished, in the least degree, the object of his visit. The chaplain was soon after ordered to Charleston, where the scattered members of the Seventh had been collected.
While at this place he formed an agreeable acquaintance with many gentlemen of learning and ability, at whose houses he was a frequent visitor; and it may be truly said that on such occasions he added much to the fund of enjoyment.
While the regiment was at Charleston, a misunderstanding arose between the chaplain and Colonel Tyler, by reason of which the former felt it his duty to resign. His resignation was in due time accepted, and he was honorably mustered out of the service; the esteem and regrets of the entire command going with him to his home. While with the regiment his conduct had been above suspicion, and his sudden departure caused universal gloom.
Shortly after returning to his home in Cleveland, he was called to be pastor of a church at Georgetown, District of Columbia, which is both large and influential.
Not forgetting the cause of his country and-her suffering soldiery, he is now engaged, in addition to his pastoral labors, in attending to the wants of the sick and wounded soldiers at the various hospitals in the vicinity of his home. Many a poor soldier of the republic will remember the words of consolation which have fallen on his ear from the lips of this devoted Christian.
In the personal appearance of Chaplain Brown, alone, there is a character. His light, fragile figure, erect and graceful carriage, strikes one as peculiarly fitting to his elegant, chaste, and mature intellect. He leaves an impression on the mind as lasting as it is positive. In his company the dark moments are lighted up. Generous and manly, he would distribute even his happiness among his fellows, were it possible. ‘There are few men more companionable than he; and few ever won the love of their fellow-men equal to him. Endowed with rare conversational powers and a pleasing address, he always commands the attention of thesis around him. In public speaking, the first impression he makes upon the mind of the hearer is not such as would lead him to expect a flowery discourse; but as the speaker, proceeds, it becomes evident that dry logic is not his only gift. His life is a constant reflection of truth. He takes great grasp on eternal things; and lives greatly by seeking as the one high aim of his studies his labors, and his prayers the supreme glory of God in the everlasting welfare of man. May such samples of Christian character be multiplied; till all the World has learned how great is God, and how great is goodness.
His ministerial life was spent in Dayton & Columbus Ohio; Georgetown, D.C.; Chicago, Ill.; St. Paul, Minn.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Manasquan, N.J. He was married three times; Miss Harriet Little, Charlotte Ann White, and Anne Elizabeth Bates. He had a total of ten children. He died of apoplexy at Manasquan, N. J. on Jan. 11th, 1893 and is buried there.
WRIGHT, DEAN C., Chaplin - D. C. Wright was appointed chaplain during the winter of 1861. He reported to the regiment at Patterson’s Creek, Virginia. He was with the regiment at the battle of Winchester, where he rendered much assistance in caring for the wounded. He now followed the fortunes of the Seventh until its arrival at Port Republic, at which battle he served as aid to General Tyler. Daring the entire, engagement he was much exposed, carrying dispatches’ in the most gallant style to different parts of the field. He was mentioned in the official reports for gallant conduct. After this battle he left for his home, and finally sent in his resignation, which was duly accepted.
Before the war broke out he was a minister of the Methodist Church, and acquired no little reputation as a revivalist preacher. (Wood)
BAXTER, MORRIS, Adjutant - Entered the service April 22nd, 1861, for 3 months, June 20th, 1861, for 3 years.
BROOKS, CHARLES A.; Adjutant; Entered the service May 20th, 1861, for 3 years; promoted to 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant; wounded in the hand during the Battle of Cedar Mountain, Va., Aug. 9th, 1862; sent home on recruiting duty after the battle of Gettysburg, while in Cleveland, Ohio he was killed in a railroad accident on Aug. 13th, 1863; buried in Bristolville, Trumbull Co., Ohio.
DEFOREST, LOUIS G., Adjutant - Entered the service April 22nd, 1861, for 3 months; June 20th, 1861, for 3 years; promoted to 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant on May 17th, 1861. Louis G. De Forest was born in Cleveland, Ohio on the 9th of September 1838. His youth was spent in the city schools, where he acquired a fair education. In 1853, at the age of fifteen years, he entered the store of N. E. Crittenden. It is a high compliment to his industry and business habits, that he has remained in his employ since that date, with the exception of the time that he spent in the military service.Having a natural taste for military life, in 1859 he joined a company of Light Guards a private, but soon rose to the positions of corporal, sergeant and finally lieutenant. The latter position he filled with credit, until the rebellion broke out, when, on the organization of the Sprague Cadets, for three months' service, he hastened to enroll his name. He was soon made orderly sergeant, which position he held when the company went into camp. After the regiment arrived in Camp Dennison, he was elected a second-lieutenant of his company. And on its final organization for the three years’ service, he was chosen its adjutant by a vote of its officers, and soon after received his commission, with the rank of first lieutenant.He accompanied the regiment in its arduous Western Virginia campaign, and during the time Colonel Tyler commanded a brigade, he served as acting assistant adjutant general. At the affair at Cross Lanes, he took a prominent as well as gallant part. He was among the number of those who made the march over the mountains to Elk River and Charleston.He accompanied the regiment to Kelly’s department, where he again acted as acting assistant adjutant general to Colonel Tyler, serving in this capacity until his resignation, which took place in March.
When the National Guard was organized, he raised a company, and was made its captain. In this position he served during the one hundred days’ campaign of this corps, being stationed in a fort in the vicinity of Washington.Every one who came in connection with the Seventh Regiment will remember the stentorian voice and soldierly bearing of its first adjutant.
MOLYNEAUX, JOSEPH B., Adjutant - Entered the Service on April 22nd, 1861 for three months service; mustered out and reenlisted for three years service on June 18th, 1861; appointed Sergeant of Co. B on April 22nd, 1861; promoted to 1st Sergeant of Co. B May 17th, 1861; mustered out June 18th, 1861 to accept appointment as 1st Lieutenant of Co. B; detached to command of Co. E Sept. 1st, 1861; detached to command Co. A 1st Kentucky Vol. Inf. in Oct. 1861; Commanded expedition from Camp Enyart, Va. and recovered herd of cattle from Rebel guerrillas; returned to command Co. E, 7th O. V. I.; appointed Adjutant Feb. 1st, 1862; acting Aide-de-Camp to General Lander on expedition to Bloomery Furnace, Va., Feb. 14th, 1862; commanded escort for General Lander's body enroute to the train March 3rd, 1862; detached to special duty to gather convalescents from hospitals at Alexandria, Va. and vacinaty and return them to their regiments; detached as inspecting officer of General Geary's command to inspect General Crawford's Division in Maryland Heights; promoted to Captain of Co. A Sept. 1st, 1862; wounded in the head, shoulder, and leg, and had two horses killed under him during the Battle of Cedar Mt., Va. Aug. 9th, 1862; resigned Feb. 12th, 1863 by reason of disability arising from wounds; reentered the Service May 2nd, 1864 as Captain of Co. E, 150th O. V. I. and assigned to command of Fort Thayer, near Washington D.C.; mustered out of the service with the Company Aug. 23rd, 1864.
Mr. Molyneaux was born, January 1, 1847 at Ann Arbor, in the State of Michigan. At the age of four years his father removed to Penn Yan, New York, and soon after to Bath and Elmira, in the same State. In 1854, young Molyneaux went to Belville, Ohio, and commenced the study of medicine in the office of Dr. Whitcomb. He remained for nearly a year, when, not liking the study, he went to Cleveland, Ohio, and entered the job-office of John Williston, where he learned the art of printing.
Having a natural liking for military life, he joined the Light Guards, and afterwards the Sprague Cadets, of which he was appointed drillmaster. On the first call for troops, he joined a company being raised by Captain De Villers, as a private, being among the first to enroll his name. Soon after arriving in camp, he was appointed a sergeant, and, immediately after, drillmaster for the non-commissioned officers of the regiment. On the three years organization, he was unanimously chosen first lieutenant by the vote of his company. He remained with this company during the earlier part of the campaign in Western Virginia, taking & gallant part in the affair of Cross Lanes, as also in the final march of Major Casements detachment to Charleston. After this action, he was placed in command of Company E, which command he held until January 1862, and then being relieved, only for the purpose of receiving the appointment of adjutant.
He took part in all the marches and skirmishes in both Western and Eastern Virginia. At the battle of Winchester, he was mentioned, in the Official report of his colonel, for gallantry on the battlefield. At the battle of Port Republic, he won new laurels, being constantly under the enemy’s fire. In the fearful struggle at Cedar Mountain, he particularly distinguished himself. He was, for a limited time, in command of the regiment during which he extricated it from a position, where, under a less skilful leader, it would have been captured. In this gallant exploits Molyneaux lost two horses, one of them being pierced by fourteen bullets.
In September 1862, he was appointed captain, after having waived rank three times. This position be held until March, 1863, when, on account of wounds and ill-health, he was compelled to resign. In the mean time, he was with the regiment in all its marches, as well as the battle of Antietam and the affair at Dumfries.
On his return home he followed his occupation of a printer, until the governor’s call for the National Guard, when he again entered the service as a captain. His regiment being stationed in the defenses of Washington, he was placed in command of a fort, which was, a part of the time, garrisoned by several companies. After the expiration of his term of service, he returned to his home in Cleveland, and resumed businesses. (Wood)
SHEPHERD, WILLIAM D., Adjutant - Entered the service April 22nd, 1861, for 3 months; appointed Sergeant April 29th, 1861; mustered out and reenlisted June 19th, 1861, for 3 years; promoted to Adjutant Sept. 1st, 1863.
Entered the service is a private in a Company D. He was soon after made sergeant, and at Camp Dennison, orderly. He followed the fortunes of his company through the wilds of western Virginia until the affair at Cross Lanes, where he showed great gallantry. Went with his company to Charleston, where, in the absence of Lieutenant Weed, he took command. During this time the company was detailed to guard a party who were engaged in erecting a telephone line from Point Pleasant to Gauley Bridge. In this service he gave good satisfaction to all concerned in the undertaking.
He now remained with his command until a few days before the Battle of Winchester, when he was compelled to leave the field on account of inflammation of one of his eyes. It had become very painful long before he would consent to go to the rear. A fever soon followed, he was completely prostrated. He now went to his home, where he was engaged in recruiting service. He returned to his regiment in the summer, and having been promoted to first lieutenant, was immediately made adjutant. He's served with the regiment in this capacity until after the affair at Dumfries, when he was compelled to resign on account of ill health.
After his return home he did great service in his recruiting. In the winter of 1863 and 1864 he canvassed Lake and Geauga counties, and was the means of enlisting a large number of man. These occasions he made speeches, of which any public speaker might well be proud
In the fall of 1864 he raised a company for the National Guard, which he commanded in the 100 days service. Returning to his home, he was appointed a quartermaster, with the rank of captain, and assigned to a division in the 23rd Army Corps.
His promotion was won in the field, and therefore honorable. His commission as second Lieutenant bears the date of November 25th, 1861; and that of First Lieutenant early in the following year.
Everyone who is fallen in company with Lt. Shepherd will remember him as a genial friend and profitable companion. His frankness and courtesy have made him many friends. To know him, is to esteem him. I doubt whether he has an enemy in the world. He was always been a warm supporter of the government, although not an American citizen by birth having been born in Canada.
LOOMIS, STEPHEN T., Regimental Quartermaster
MORRIS, JOHN, Regimental Quartermaster - the son of Henry and Susannah Morris, was born at Crowland, England, on March 3rd, 1835. When one year old his parents removed to the United States, and he was reared near Franklin Mills (now Kent), Portage County, Ohio. He was educated in the common schools and took a course of bookkeeping at Folvour’s Business College, graduating in 1854. He engaged in business at Franklin Mills for two or three years. In the spring of 1861 he graduated from Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and returning to his home formed a partnership with Doctors Belding and Alcom.
He enlisted a company April 13th, 1861, for a period of three months, and was assigned to the Second Brigade, Ninth Division, Ohio Volunteer Militia. On June 19, 1861, he was commissioned by the Governor as first lieutenant, Seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and assigned to it as quartermaster. May 23rd, 1862, he was appointed captain of volunteers by President Lincoln. September 24th, 1863, he was honorably discharged, and was immediately thereafter appointed Medical Inspector-General and placed in charge of Lincoln Hospital, Washington, D. C., where he remained until the end of the war.
Reentering civil life he engaged for two years in the sale of drugs at Annapolis, Maryland. In the fall of 1867 he engaged in the practice of medicine at Chicago, one year later going to Cincinnati, and in 1870 graduated from the Cincinnati College of Law. Returning to Chicago, he formed an office arrangement with Melville W. Fuller, at present Chief justice of the United States. Thenceforward until the end of his life he was engaged in the practice of law in that city.
He engaged in the stationery and printing business in the car 1883 under the name of the John Morris Company, and introduced the letter filing device. In I895 the company retired from business.
After a long and painful illness Morris died on February 10th, 1903 and his remains were cremated. His ashes now rest in Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois. On May 31st, 1866, he married Susan C. Claude, of Annapolis, Maryland. ( From Lawrence Wilson's )
WILLIS, JOSHUA J., Regimental Quartermaster
BROWN, DWIGHT H., Sergeant-Major - Entered for three months service on April 22nd, 1861; appointed Sergeant Co. A, April 29th, 1861; mustered out and reenlisted for three years service on June 19th, 1861; appointed Sergeant Co. A, Nov. 20th, 1861; promoted to Sergeant-Major April 1st, 1862; promoted 2nd Lieutenant Co. A, Jan. 7th, 1863; was wounded twice in the right leg in the Battle of Ringgold, Ga., Nov. 27th, 1863; mustered out with the Co. July 6th, 1864.
HUBBARD, NEWTON K., Sergeant-Major - Newton K. Hubbard was born in the year 1839, at West Springfield, Massachusetts. He was educated in the common schools of the State of Ohio, Wesleyan Academy, and Providence Seminary, East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
He enlisted for three months on April 22nd, 1861, in a company raised at Painesville, Ohio. When mustered into the service of the United States it became Company D, Seventh Regiment O. V. I., the enlistment being for three months. He reenlisted June 19th for a period of three years, and was promoted to corporal. He was mustered out on the expiration of the term of service of his Regiment, July 6th, 1864.
He participated in the following battles: Cross Lanes, Virginia, where he was captured by the enemy and confined in the military prisons at Richmond, Virginia; New Orleans, Louisiana, and Salisbury, North Carolina, nine months and six days, rejoining his regiment January, 1863, At Dumfries, Virginia, and fought again at Chancellorsville, Virginia (hit on shoulder by a piece of shell); Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Lookout Mountain, Tennessee; Missionary Ridge, Tennessee, Ringgold, Georgia; Dalton, Georgia; Rocky Face Ridge, Georgia, and Dallas, or New Hope Church, Georgia. He was appointed purveyor of Casements brigade and remained at Raleigh, until after the war. After the war he engaged in various businesses and was always lucky in his ventures, amassing what was considered in olden times quite a fortune. He married Miss Elizabeth Clayton, of Painesville, Ohio.
Hubbard was considered as one of the best soldiers in the Seventh Regiment, and was promoted from sergeant in Company D to the highest position in the non-commissioned staff, that of Sergeant Major of his Regiment. It was unfortunate that everyone could not be an officer, but he should have been commissioned anyway, for meritorious service in the face of the enemy.
KING, LEICESTER, Sergeant-Major - Entered the Service April 25th, 1861 for 3 Months; mustered out and reenlisted June 19th, 1861 for 3 Years.
WEBB, JOSEPH P., Sergeant-Major - Entered the service June 7th, 1861, for 3 years; promoted to Sergeant-Major Jan. 1st, 1862. killed during the Battle of Winchester, Va., March 23rd, 1862.
HARMON, FRANK J., Quartermaster Sergeant - Entered the Service April 25th, 1861, for 3 Months; appointed Corporal April 30th, 1861; mustered out and reenlisted June 20th, 1861, for 3 Years; after the engagement at Cross Lanes, Va. he avoided capture by the rebels by hiding in a ditch as the cavalry passed by him; promoted to Sergeant in company Nov. 20th, 1861; promoted Q. M. S. April 1st, 1862. See Field and Staff; postmaster at Oberlin, Ohio.
HOPKINS, MARCUS S., Quartermaster Sergeant - Entered the service April 20th, 1861 for 3 months; mustered out and reenlisted June 19th, 1861, for 3 years.
OWEN, DANIEL D., Commissary Sergeant - Entered the service April 25th, 1861, for 3 months; mustered out and reenlisted June 20th, 1861, for 3 years; promoted to commissary Sergeant Nov. 30th, 1861.
HUGHES, MORRIS R., Hospital Steward - Entered the service April 25th, 1861, for 3 months; mustered out and reenlisted June 20th, 1861, for 3 years; promoted to hospital steward June 14th, 1862; broke his leg in an accident at Loudoun Heights, Va.
KING, IRA S., Hospital Steward - Entered the service April 25th, 1861, for 3 months; mustered out and reenlisted June 20th, 1861, for 3 years; promoted to hospital steward Jan. 10th, 1862; taken prisoner in Winchester, Va., May 24th, 1862.
ORVIS, RECELLUS W., Hospital Steward - Entered the service April 25th, 1861, for 3 months, mustered out and reenlisted June 20th, 1861, for 3 years.
WALTERS, REUBEN W., Principal Muster - Entered the service Oct. 18th, 1862, for 3 years; promoted to hospital steward, March 15th, 1864.
WETZELL, HENRY, Chief Bugler - Entered the service April 22nd, 1861, for 3 months; mustered out and reenlisted June 20th, 1861, for 3 years.
WOOD, HARRY, Fife Major - Entered the service June 7th, 1861, for 3 years; appointed fife major June 20th, 1861.
WOODARD, JOSHUA L., Drum Major - Entered the service April 20th, 1861, for 3 months; mustered out and reenlisted June 20th, 1861, for 3 years; promoted to Drum Major.
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