Civil War Biographies: Price-Ryker

PRICE, GEORGE (1825-1895). Rank unknown, United States Navy. According to a descendant, Price who was born in England, served in the United States Navy during the Civil War. He last lived at 48 Adelphi Street in Brooklyn. Section 137, lot 29503, grave 2.

PRICE, GEORGE ALLAN (1839-1924). Sergeant major, 9th Illinois Cavalry, Company M; private, 7th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company E. Price was born in Vestal, New York; his ancestors were among the first English settlers in Binghamton, New York, then called Point Chenango, and inhabited by the Oneida and Tuscarora Indians. After spending his early years in Broome County, New York, his family moved to New York City when he was twelve. A hatter by trade, he was 5′ 11″ tall with a light complexion, fair hair and blue eyes. As per his obituary in the Brooklyn Standard Union, which confirmed his Civil War service, he met Abraham Lincoln on November 6, 1860, when Lincoln was giving a speech at Cooper Union in New York City. Price and a friend climbed into the balcony to shake Lincoln’s hand after the address. A resident of New York City at the start of the Civil War, Price enlisted there as a private on April 19, 1861, and mustered into Company E of the 7th Regiment three days later. The 7th left Manhattan on the Daylight and upon arrival at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., the ship was met by President Lincoln and Secretary of State William E. Seward. He was discharged on June 3, 1861. After relocating to Iroquois County, Illinois, where his family lived and responding to President Lincoln’s call for 300,000 more men, he re-enlisted at Chicago as a quartermaster sergeant on November 5, 1861, mustered into the 9th Illinois Cavalry on November 30 (a company that he helped raise), and was transferred to the Field and Staff as a master sergeant on January 1, 1862. After fighting in many skirmishes in Missouri and Arkansas, he contracted chronic diarrhea and fever at Little Black River, Missouri, and was discharged for disability on September 1, 1862, at Helena, Arkansas. He lived at Loda, Illinois, until the spring of 1863, and moved to Brooklyn where he spent the rest of his life. Employed as a hatter and furrier, he worked for Bigelow & Company for five years until 1869 when he became a partner in Balch, Price and Company which sold “furs and hats, millinery waists and gowns” at two locations in downtown Brooklyn. Remaining active in military affairs, he joined the G.A.R. in 1883 and helped secure the name of the Ulysses S. Grant Post #327. In 1885, he served in the honor guard for the funeral ceremonies for President Ulysses S. Grant at Albany, New York. Initially the adjutant, he became the post’s commander in 1889, a year in which the Post welcomed fifty-two comrades, the largest number ever welcomed in one year. He was also instrumental that year in presenting a flag and staff to every one of the eighty-one schools in Brooklyn at a ceremony at the Academy of Music attended by representatives from all the schools, a color guard of five students, three boys and two girls. Price also sponsored parties, camp-fires and public receptions during his tenure as commander. He was also involved in starting the tradition of wearing boutonnieres for the Memorial Day parade to honor fallen soldiers. A member of the 7th Regiment’s War Veterans Association, he was Civil Service Commissioner of Brooklyn in 1898 and 1904, as well as Republican Presidential elector from the Sixth Congressional District. In 1906, he applied for and received a pension for partial disability, certificate 1,124,011. On December 15, 1912, an article “Col. Price Planned Bridges Long Ago” was published in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, noting that Price’s letters to the Eagle dated February 1866 and January 1867 advocated the building of a bridge from Flatbush Avenue across the East River. Price suggested that the bridge should be no longer than necessary to “oblige the largest number of citizens” He proposed:

… First, The bridge will be one-fifth shorter. Second, It will start from high central ground in Brooklyn and end on equally high central ground in New York. Third, It can be built on the Niagara plan (two tiers) by having the upper story start from Sands Street and end at East Broadway, and the lower start from Prospect Street and end at Henry Street, New York. Fourth, It will relieve Broadway more than any plan now before the public, by drawing nearly all the business above Worth Street over the bridge. Fifth, With the opening of Flatbush Avenue the cities of New York and Brooklyn will have a magnificent thoroughfare from the west side of one city to the southeast side of the other, leading directly to our park. Sixth, it will give Brooklyn a broad way for business. Seventh, it will give a fine approach to both ends of the bridge, which it has not at present, and will cost less than the ones now proposed. There are other advantages that could be mentioned, but I will not trespass further on your time and space, but merely state that on a line east and west and south of the Hall of Records there are now five excellent ferries running to Brooklyn, enough to accommodate all the business that will ever be done between that part of New York and Brooklyn.

His other letters expanded on his first plan stressing that Brooklyn would gain a wide business street, its Broadway, after construction of the bridge. He stressed that he had no financial interest in the bridge and was only interested in the improvement of the two cities. According to a descendant, he was a Republican elector in the 1904 presidential election and cast his vote for President Theodore Roosevelt. Another article in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle on August 24, 1913, reported that Price would attend the forty-seventh annual encampment of the G.A.R. at Chattanooga, Tennessee, on September 15-20 as a representative of both the U. S. Grant Post and as one of the seven members of the Council of Administration of the National Grand Army of the Republic. That article also noted that Price was grand marshal of the parade when a statue of General Grant was unveiled on Grant Square opposite the headquarters of the Union League Club. On November 4, 1914, he was honored at a dinner given by members of the Grant Post in celebration of his 75th birthday and devotion to the Post for thirty-one years. The invitation notes that the party was for Grant comrades only and that every member was urged “to testify his love for Comrade Price by being with him and us upon that occasion.” Price was given a three-handled silver loving cup that bore the inscription, “A brave soldier in the time of war; a model citizen in time of peace.” All the tributes given that night were included in a program. Poems, remembrances and tributes such as the following were included in the booklet:

…The ties of friendship welded in the fire of battle cannot be easily broken—as we grow older they become stronger. It is fitting as we approach the great divide that we should pause here and there to pay a tribute of love and devotion to a comrade while we can grasp his hand and look into his answering eyes. Comrade Price, I count it a privilege and honor to be here and say these few words and to wish for you many happy returns of the day and that we may have the privilege of giving you another dinner on your 85th birthday….”

In September 1916, he was elected president of his firm where he was beloved by his employees. Among the many civic and social organizations to which Price belonged were the Oxford and Union League Clubs, the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, and the Montauk and Crescent Athletic Clubs. As per his obituary in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, members of the Ulysses S. Grant Post #327 were requested to attend his funeral in uniform; G.A.R. rituals were performed at the services. His funeral was held at the Grant Post of the G.A.R., and at which members of the 7th Regiment were in attendance. Newspapers in Binghamton, New York, were asked to publish information about his death. Price died from acute bronchitis. He last resided at 18 Montgomery Place, in Brooklyn. Section 142, lot 34197.

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PRICE, HENRY FREDERICK (1837-1895). United States Navy; unknown soldier history. Born in England, Price immigrated to New York in 1851. According to a descendant, he served in the Navy aboard the Carondolet and was wounded in action. After he recovered, he joined the Union Army, was captured and held as a prisoner in Andersonville, Georgia. Other details of his military record are not known. He last resided at 217 47th Street in Brooklyn. Section 15, lot 17263, grave 580.

 

 

 

 

 

PRICHARD (or PRITCHARD, PRETCHARD, PRUCHARD), JOHN HENRY (1846-1915). Private, 5th New York Infantry; 165th New York Infantry, Company A. A native of New York City, he lived there as per the New York State census of 1855. He enlisted as a private at New York City on September 19, 1862, and mustered into an unassigned company of the 5th New York. As per his muster roll, which refers to his service in the 165th New York, he was a clerk who was 5′ 5½” tall with hazel eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion. Apparently, he had no service in the 5th New York; his pension index card notes that he served in Company A of the 165th New York from September 17, 1862. He mustered into his company on November 28, 1862, and was discharged on May 24, 1865, from a hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. After marrying in 1873, he lived at 341 Garden Street in Hoboken in 1878 and in Jersey City in 1879 and 1880. The 1880 Jersey City Directory notes that he was in the trunk business; the 1880 census reports that he was a trunk maker living in Hoboken with his wife and three children. He continued to live in Jersey City in 1891 and 1892 but moved to Ridgewood, New Jersey, in 1895. In 1892, his application for an invalid pension was approved, certificate 855,647. As per the 1900 census, he had been married twenty-seven years and lived at 337 West 45th Street in Manhattan. The 1910 census reports that he had seven children, could read and write, was a leather salesman and a veteran of the Union Army. In 1910, he lived at 305 West 55th Street in Manhattan, his last residence. His death was attributed to endocarditis. Shortly after his death in 1915, Elizabeth Prichard applied for and received a widow’s pension, certificate 799,880. Section 203, lot 26647, grave 2.

PRIME, JR., EDWARD (1833-1915). Sergeant, 71st Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company F. A native of New York City, Prime enlisted as a sergeant on May 27, 1862, immediately mustered into Company F of the 71st National Guard, and mustered out of service on September 2 of that year at New York City. He last resided at The Buckingham Hotel, 50th Street and Fifth Avenue, Manhattan. Section 100, lot 915.

prime2PRIME, FREDERICK EDWARD (1829-1900). Colonel and lieutenant colonel and major by brevet; major, 1st United States Engineers. Born in Florence, Italy, his grandfather, Nathaniel Prime, was head of the banking house of Prime, Ward and King, the largest bank in New York at that time. His father, Rufus Prime of Huntington, Long Island, was a well-known merchant and scholar. Prime graduated first in the class of 1850 from the United States Military Academy, and was assigned to the Engineering Corps after his graduation. A second lieutenant, he built coastal fortifications in New York (including Fort Schuyler), California (Alcatraz Island), Alabama, and Mississippi. At the onset of the Civil War in 1861, he was captured by Confederate forces at Pensacola on his way to Fort Pickens, Florida. After his involvement at the Battle of Bull Run, Virginia, he was engaged in fortifying the defenses of Baltimore, Maryland. He was promoted to captain on August 6, 1861, and then became Chief Engineer of the Departments of Kentucky, the Cumberland, and the Ohio. Wounded during a reconnaissance mission near Mill Spring, Kentucky, on December 5, he was taken as a prisoner of war. On January 9, 1862, J. G. Totten, Chief of Engineers, wrote to Major General McClellan at headquarters about the capture and described Prime as “a young man of fine endowments and with much vigor and enterprise of character,” and hoped for his exchange. After his parole in the spring of 1862, he served in the Mississippi Campaign under General Grant in 1862-63. On October 4, 1862, he was brevetted to major for “gallant and meritorious conduct in the Battle of Corinth, Mississippi.” One of his projects, the construction of a canal at Duckport was deemed unsuccessful by Prime in his report of May 1863. Promoted to major on June 1, 1863, he distinguished himself at Vicksburg, Mississippi, and was brevetted to lieutenant colonel on July 4 of that year for his “gallant and meritorious service during the Siege of Vicksburg.” Prime declined an appointment to brigadier general of United States Volunteers on August 4, 1863. In his report of November 29, 1863, he described his actions at Vicksburg, notably Logan’s approach, where efforts were made to command a salient that would withstand enemy attacks. On October 3, 1863, he became superintending engineer of the temporary defenses at New Haven, Connecticut, and Narragansett Bay. Remaining on the East coast, he was in charge of fortifications at Staten Island, repairs at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, as of March 19, 1864, then was at Sandy Hook, New Jersey, where fortifications were constructed. During this time, he was also recruiting for engineers in New York City from November 2, 1864, until January 23, 1866. He was brevetted to colonel on March 13, 1865, for gallant and meritorious service but declined a brevet to brigadier general on that date. After the War, he worked with other engineers at Willets Point, New York, and then made improvements at the mouth of the Mississippi River and surveyed the harbor at Galveston, Texas. He retired on September 5, 1871, as a brigadier general, citing disability contracted while in service. A resident of Huntington, Long Island, he died in Litchfield, Connecticut. Section 100, lot 239, grave 20.

PRIME, HENRY (1847-1914). Private, 192nd New York Infantry, Company D. Born in New York City, he enlisted as a private at Albany, New York, on March 28, 1865, mustered into the 192nd on that date, and mustered out of service at Cumberland, Maryland, on August 28, 1865. His last residence was in Hempstead, Long Island. Section 100, lot 915.

PRIME, NATHANIEL EDWARD (1830-1885). Lieutenant colonel and major by brevet; captain, 17th Infantry, United States Army. New York City-born, Prime enlisted as a first lieutenant at New York City on May 14, 1861, and was immediately commissioned into an unknown company of the 17th Infantry, United States Army. Rising through the ranks, he was promoted to quartermaster on November 2, 1861, and then became captain on August 9, 1862. At Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia, he was promoted by brevet to major on August 1, 1864. He was subsequently promoted by brevet to lieutenant colonel at the Wilderness, Virginia. Remaining in the United States Army after the Civil War, he transferred into the 26th Infantry of the United States Army on September 21, 1866,. He resigned his commission on March 20, 1879, as a lieutenant colonel. His last residence was 39 West 31st Street in Manhattan. Section 100, lot 915.

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PRINGLE, JAMES B. (1846-1933). Private, 3rd New York Light Artillery, Battery B. Born in Brooklyn, Pringle enlisted as a private on September 4, 1862, and mustered into the 3rd New York Light Artillery. His unit left Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, and moved to Morehead City, North Carolina, where the regiment was stationed. Then, on January 9, 1863, he was selected to join a group of six soldiers and go up river for 15 miles to Stones River and scout out Confederate troop movements. On this mission, Pringle disabled two Confederate field pieces and drove off 20 Confederate Cavalry troopers trying to rescue the field pieces before their destruction. In 1863, after participating in engagements at Folly Island and Morris Island, South Carolina, he headed for Honey Hill in that state, where in November, a horse was shot under him and he was wounded in the thigh by a Minie ball, causing him to miss four weeks of action. In January of 1865, he and six others were selected for a secret mission on the Stone River where they had to jump their horses off a boat and surprise the enemy. On February 28, 1865, he was selected by his lieutenant to go with 14 other soldiers of 3rd New York to enter Charleston, South Carolina, and take the governor into custody. This expedition continued until May 27, 1865, when Governor McGrath was found in Columbia, South Carolina, placed under arrest, and returned to Charleston as a prisoner. All 14 members of this unit were given written citations for this detail. He mustered out at Syracuse, New York, on July 13, 1865, after the termination of the War. Among the many engagements in which Pringle took part included these in North Carolina in 1862: Rawle’s Mills, Deep Gully, Southwest Creek, Kingston, Whitehall, and Goldsboro. He fought in South Carolina in 1863 at Seabrook, Fort Sumter, Fort Wagner, and Morris Island; in 1864, at St. John’s Island, Pocataligo, Honey Hill and James’s Island; and at Ashapoo in 1865. On September 4, 1865, Pringle joined Company H of the 8th Regiment, New York State National Guard, and served from 1865 to 1874 as a private. He transferred into Company D at some point. He saw action in the Orange Riots in New York City (1870-1871) and in the Railroad Riots in Syracuse, New York. A member of G.A.R.’s Ulysses S. Grant Post #327, joining in 1883, he stood guard at Presidents Ulysses S. Grant’s funeral at City Hall, New York City. He last lived in Fort Lee, New Jersey. He succumbed to myocarditis in 1933. Section 135, lot 14964, grave 166.

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PRINGLE, WILLIAM (1823-1897). Private, 1st Mississippi Infantry, Company D, Confederate States of America. Born in Scotland, he enlisted on August 24, 1861, at Hernando, Mississippi, and mustered in on August 27 at Iuka to Johnston’s 1st Mississippi Infantry. He was discharged on September 19, 1861. On February 16, 1862, again serving in the 1st Mississippi, he was captured at Fort Donelson, Tennessee. As of June, 1862, he was still listed as a prisoner of war being held at Camp Marion, Indiana. His last residence was 288 Clinton Avenue, in West Hoboken, New Jersey. Section 156, lot 20149, grave 1.

prossPROSS, FREDERICK (1821-1862). Captain, 31st New York Company H. Of German birth, according to the 1860 census he was living in Manhattan and was employed as a barber.  He was a member of the police force when he enlisted at New York City as a first lieutenant on May 8, 1861, and was commissioned into the 31st New York (the Montezuma Regiment) on May 27. At the time of his enlistment, Pross was 5′ 8″ tall with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion. On June 9, 1861, an article in The New York Times states that an elegant sword was presented to Pross by the members of the 17th Police Precinct in appreciation of and in testament to the high esteem in which the was held. He was promoted to captain on April 5, 1862, with rank from March 20, but did not muster in at that rank. At the Battle of West Point, Virginia, on May 7, 1862, he was killed in action by a rifle ball that passed through his head and was interred at Green-Wood on May 25, 1862. Pross’s death was noted in General John Newton’s after action report. Newton stated that the 31st and 32nd Regiments, assigned to the left flank at that battle, suffered the greatest losses in a valiant effort to advance their position in the woods and the 31st lost many officers, non-commissioned officers and privates. The superintendent of the Metropolitan Police Force on May 22, 1862, issued Special Order #129 which was printed in The New York Times, “In accordance with the recommendation of the Committee of Arrangements for the funeral of Lieutenant Frederick Pross (who resigned his membership in the force to volunteer in the military service of the country), of Company F, thirty-first regiment New York State Volunteers, who was killed at the head of his company at the battle of West Point, you will parade on Sunday, 25th inst., with two sergeants and twenty-five patrolmen-captain and sergeants in full uniform, with belts and batons, patrolmen full uniform, except batons. Drill Instructor Captain Turnbull is assigned to the command of the force upon this occasion, to be assisted by such aids as he may designate.” A police procession assembled at Washington Square Park in Manhattan, continued down Broadway to South Ferry, crossed into Brooklyn and marched to the Hamilton Avenue ferry. Flags at station houses were ordered to fly at half-staff. His obituary in The New York Times confirms his membership in the 17th Police Precinct and notes that bells at City Hall and other buildings tolled while his body was escorted down to the ferry in a funeral procession. According to a descendant, three of his sons served in the Civil War and one, Frederick Jr., was held at Andersonville Prison. In 1862, Elizabeth Pross, his widow who was left to raise five minor children, applied for and received a pension of $17 a month, certificate 3,560. (She applied for and received an increase in 1873.) As indicated by a descendant, the Police Department raised the funds for a marble marker for him. Because that gravestone has become unreadable over time, a granite Veterans Administration gravestone has been installed in front of it. Section 115, lot 13536 (Soldiers’ Lot), grave 15.

PROVOT, PAUL (1826-1900). Paymaster, 55th Regiment, New York State National Guard. Of French birth, he enlisted and mustered into the 55th Regiment’s Field and Staff as paymaster on June 24, 1863, at New York City, and mustered out on July 27 after serving 30 days. His last residence was on Pulaski Street in Brooklyn. Section 164, lot 16487, grave 8.

PRYER (or PRYOR), JOHN T. (or F.) (1836-1904). Second lieutenant, 82nd New York Infantry, Company A; private, 83rd New York Infantry, Company C. Born in New York State, he enlisted as a private at New York City on May 27, 1861, mustered into the 83rd New York that day, and was discharged for promotion on about January 15, 1862. He re-enlisted at New York City as a second lieutenant on February 7 of that year, and was commissioned into the 82nd New York on March 1. At some point during his service, he was wounded. He was discharged on November 24, 1862. He was discharged from military service on November 24, 1862, place unknown. On December 2, 1879, he became a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, J. A. Dix Post #135 in New York City. It is likely that he was a brother of William Pryer (see). Although he died from acute dilation of the heart in Boston, he last lived in Manhattan at 144 West 105th Street. Section 67, lot 1649.
PRYER, WILLIAM CHARDAVOYNE (1834-1908.) Acting assistant surgeon, United States Army. A native of New York City, Pryer was injured while sailing his yacht, resulting in a permanent impairment to his hip. In spite of his disability, he attended Columbia College and was a graduate of its College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1862. During his studies, he was praised as an anatomist and dissector and wrote an acclaimed thesis about hernias. His first assignment was at Bellevue Hospital where he was the house surgeon. In 1863, he entered the United States Army as an acting assistant surgeon, was stationed at De Camp General Hospital on David’s Island, New York Harbor, and remained at this post until the end of the Civil War in 1865. His disabilities prevented him from becoming a commissioned officer. After relocating to New Rochelle, New York, he continued his medical career and was a founding member of the New York State Medical Association and The Westchester County Medical Society. In 1902, he was thrown from his horse-drawn carriage, re-injuring his hip and fracturing two ribs. The accident, which confined him to bed for four months, effectively ended his medical practice which he pursued unless interrupted by illness. His last address was in New Rochelle. At his funeral, the pastor said in part, “…His entire life and professional career show the triumph of will-power over bodily weakness and constant suffering….” Section 67, lot 1649.

PUFFER, EDWARD HOLMES (1832-1876). Private, 4th Ohio Cavalry, Companies D and F. Puffer enlisted on November 8, 1861, as a private, and mustered into Company D of the 4th Ohio Cavalry on November 25, 1861. During his service, he transferred intra-regimentally into Company F. His last residence was at 178 Livingston Street, Brooklyn. Section 77, lot 551.

PULLMAN, JOHN (1840-1916). Private, 8th Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company A. Of Irish birth, he enlisted at New York City on May 29, 1862, mustered immediately into the 8th New York State Militia for three months of service, and mustered out with his company on September 10 at New York City. His death in 1916 was caused by angina pectoris. Section 187, lot 18680.

PUMELL (or PINNELL), JAMES E. (1825-1865). Private, 67th United States Colored Infantry (USCT), Company C. Pumell, who was born in New York, was a private in the 67th USCT. All privates in the USCT were African-American. In March 1864, the 67th USCT was moved from Benton Barracks, Missouri, to Port Hudson, Louisiana, and saw action at Mt. Pleasant Landing on May 15, 1864. Remaining in Louisiana, the regiment moved to Morganza in June 1864, was engaged at Sara Bayou on September 6-7, 1864, and returned to Port Hudson on June 1, 1865. The details of Pumell’s service are unknown. He died at his residence, 39 Rivington Street, Manhattan. Section B, lot 9895, grave 768.

PURCELL, EDWARD LOCKMORE (1837-1892). Private, 1st New Jersey Infantry, Company H; 8th New Jersey Infantry, Company D. After enlisting as a private on April 30, 1861, he immediately mustered into the 1st New Jersey and mustered out on July 31 of that year at Newark, New Jersey. He re-enlisted the next month on August 29, mustered that day into the 8th New Jersey, and mustered out on September 21, 1864, at Trenton, New Jersey. According to his obituary in The New York Times, he served under Generals McClellan, Burnside, Pope, Hooker, Grant, and Meade, and fought at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in the Peninsula and Petersburg Campaigns, and at the Wilderness, Virginia. In 1877, he applied for an invalid pension that was granted under certificate 153,864. He last lived in New Jersey. His death was caused by paralysis. Section 84, lot 1569.

putnamPUTNAM, ATLEE (1828-1863). Captain and assistant quartermaster, United States Army Quartermaster’s Department; first lieutenant, 7th Infantry, United States Army. Born in Massachusetts, Putnam enlisted as a second lieutenant on April 26, 1861, was immediately commissioned into the 7th Infantry, United States Army, and was promoted to first lieutenant the next month on May 16, 1861. He was discharged for promotion on August 3, 1861, and entered the United States Army Quartermaster’s Department as captain and assistant quartermaster on that day. On May 2, 1863, he died of bilious fever at New Orleans, Louisiana, and was interred at Green-Wood on November 24 of that year. Section 20, lot 4478.

 

 

QUACKENBUSH, GEORGE W. (1832-1889). Second lieutenant, 133rd New York Infantry, Company A. Born in New York City, he enlisted there as a second lieutenant on August 12, 1862. On September 24, he was commissioned into the 133rd New York and was discharged on December 2, 1862. After the War, he joined the police force, and then the Fire Department, where he rose to foreman. Quackenbush is listed as a fireman in the 1877 New York City Directory; at that time, he lived at 162 Franklin Street in Manhattan. He was an active member of the G.A.R.’s Veteran Post #436. Quackenbush’s death was caused by valvular disease of the heart. His last residence 644 Ninth Avenue in Manhattan. Section 6, lot 20118, grave 572.

 

 

 

 

 

QUACKENBUSH (or QUAKENBUSCH), HENRY L. (1842-1923). Private, 6th New York Heavy Artillery, Company H. Quackenbush enlisted as a private at Morrisania (then part of Westchester), New York, on August 26, 1862, and mustered into the 6th Heavy Artillery on September 2. (The regiment was originally part of the 135th New York.) On May 30, 1864, he was wounded in action at Bethesda Church, Virginia, and eventually was sent to McDougal Hospital in New York before he returned to his unit on October 31, 1864. He mustered out on June 28, 1865, at Petersburg, Virginia. According to his descendant, he returned to Morrisania and held a fireman’s certificate in 1867. Relocating to New York City, he was employed as an iron molder. His application for an invalid pension was granted in 1879, certificate 168,331. His last residence was on 8th Street in Brooklyn. Section 114, lot 8999, grave 188.

quevedoQUEVEDO, JOSEPH (1845-1895). Corporal, 52nd Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company K. Quevedo served as a corporal with the 52nd National Guard for 30 days in 1863. He last resided on Poplar Street in Brooklyn where he died from cirrhosis. Section 92, lot 2869.

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUICK, ROBERT H. (1830-1898). Private, 13th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company F. Details of Quick’s record are not known. He is listed in the records of Henry M. Lee Post #21 of G.A.R. as having served in the 13th New York State Militia. His death was caused by phthisis, (tuberculosis.) Section 84, lot 7827.

QUIGLEY, DANIEL (1843-1908). Private, 8th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company A; landsman, United States Navy. Quigley, who was born in Ireland, served with the 8th Regiment for three months in 1861. He enlisted in the Navy on August 9, 1861, and served as a landsman on the USS Powhatan and the USS North Carolina. On September 9, 1863, he suffered a gunshot wound to his right elbow during a night attack at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, while serving with the Powhatan, and was taken prisoner. Quigley was held at the Confederate hospital in Charleston, South Carolina, then in prison camps at Salisbury, North Carolina; Andersonville, Georgia; and Danville, Virginia. He was discharged from service on October 24, 1864. He received a Navy pension, certificate 1,741, because of his injured elbow. His last residence was 627 Halsey Street in Brooklyn. After his death from nephritis, Harriet Quigley, his widow, received a pension, certificate 19,123. Section 11, lot 8663, grave 6.

 

 

 

 

QUIGLEY, THOMAS (1835-1869). Private, 88th New York Infantry, Company E. A native of Ireland, he enlisted at New York City as a private on May 5, 1864, mustered into the 88th New York the same day, and deserted at an unknown place after a medical furlough expired on February 5, 1865. His last residence was 62 West Washington Place in Manhattan and his death was caused by phthisis. Section 127, Lot 8259, grave 47.

QUINN, GEORGE F. (1836-1871). First lieutenant, 115th New York Infantry, Companies I and K. Originally from England, he enlisted as a sergeant at Buffalo, New York, on August 27, 1862, and mustered into Company I of the 155th on November 19. He rose to first sergeant on April 15, 1863, and then became a sergeant major on June 1, 1863, effective upon his transfer to the Field and Staff on that date. On April 13, 1864, he was promoted to second lieutenant effective upon his transfer to Company K on August 1. Later that month, he was severely wounded at Reams’ Station, Virginia, on August 25, necessitating the amputation of his right arm. Although promoted to first lieutenant on November 23, 1864, he did not muster in that rank and was discharged for wounds on January 18, 1865. His last residence was in Hudson City, New Jersey. Quinn died of enteritis. Section 17, lot 17245, grave 315.

QUINN, JOHN (1848-1915). Sergeant, 10th New York Infantry, Company F. Quinn, who was born in Ireland, served with the 10th New York, enlisting as a private and mustering out as a sergeant. No further details are known. In 1892, his application for an invalid pension was approved, certificate 846,296. His last address was 218 21st Street in Brooklyn. His death, in 1915, was caused by nephritis, a kidney disease. Section 143, lot 28265, grave 1.

RAAB, JR., GEORGE (1844-1879). Private, 15th New York Heavy Artillery, Company C. Born in New York City, Raab enlisted at Fort Lyon, Virginia, as a private, on January 27, 1864. On that date, he mustered into the 15th Heavy Artillery, Battery C, from which he was discharged on August 22, 1865, at Washington, D.C. In 1879, he applied for an invalid pension that was granted under certificate 1,102,824. His last residence was 804 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. Section 59, lot 3798.

RAAB, WILLIAM (1835-1871). Private, 11th Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company C. A German native, he enlisted on May 28, 1862, at New York City, mustering into his company on the same day. Raab mustered out on September 16, 1862, at New York City. He is listed as a machinist in the 1865 Brooklyn Directory living at Carroll Street and Third Avenue in Brooklyn and his death was caused by consumption.. He last lived at 286 Third Avenue in Brooklyn. Section 86, lot 18066, grave 82.

RABERG, JR., CHARLES H. (1838-1905). Private, 37th Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company G. A New Yorker by birth, Raberg served for 30 days with the 37th Regiment in 1864. On March 22, 1866, he became a second lieutenant in his company. Records from his 1866 promotion indicate that he resided in New York City at that time. Raberg is listed as a clerk in the New York City Directory for 1876-1878. He last lived at 1931 Madison Avenue in Manhattan. His death was attributed to softening of the brain. Section 61, lot 1303, grave 10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

raceyRACEY, WILLIAM HENRY (1833-1892). First lieutenant, 53rd New York Infantry, Company I; private, 71st Regiment, New York State Militia, Company G. Racey, who was born in Manhattan, mustered into the 71st Regiment as a private on April 21, 1861, and served for three months in the company known as William S. Dunham’s Company G. A butcher by trade, he was 5′ 7¼” with brown hair and eyes. A soldier-correspondent during the War, one of his letters to the newspaper, the Sunday Mercury, dated June 15, 1861, that described his hopes of claiming a secession flag in Maryland, was published recently in Sunday Mercury: Writing and Fighting in the Civil War. His company fought at First Bull Run, Virginia, on July 21, 1861. Subsequently commissioned into the 53rd New York on September 25, 1861, he was promoted to first lieutenant three months later on December 16. This regiment was organized in August 1861 and referred to as the D’Epineuil Zouaves. (D’Epineuil, a Frenchman, was instrumental in assembling the unit known for its splendid uniforms of French inspiration manufactured by Brooks Brothers.) The 53rd left New York City by ship on November 18, 1861, en route to an attempted invasion of North Carolina led by General Burnside. The transport ship, the John Trucks, carried 700 men (400 over capacity) and provisions for eight days, but was at sea for 34 days, including a severe storm. This initiative was abandoned because the ship’s draft was too deep and the vessel returned to Annapolis on February 6, 1862. During that futile expedition, Racey was an acting captain. He mustered out on March 21 at Washington, D.C., when his unit was disbanded. Soon after he applied to New York’s Governor Morgan for permission to raise a company to take into the field; however, that permission was denied. Offered a commission as an officer in a Massachusetts regiment, he declined and instead returned to New Berne, North Carolina, where he organized a fire department, having served as a volunteer fireman in New York City since 1855, and was foreman of its Engine 40. He became foreman and then chief engineer. When New Berne was attacked by Confederates, Racey was given command of 700 men in the breastworks. While in New Berne, he was reportedly a Union scout and spy. In 1864, due to sickness, he went back to New York City. After the War, he moved from Brooklyn to Cranford, New Jersey, and was one of the town’s founding fathers. Originally part of Westfield, Racey petitioned the legislature in Trenton in 1871 to create the township of Cranford. Meanwhile, he continued to commute to his job as an insurance agent and broker in New York City. Remaining active in military affairs, he was a member of the Henry M. Lee Post #21 of the G.A.R., the 71st Veterans Association, and the Loyal Legion. He also belonged to the Winfield Scott Post #73 of the G.A.R. in Plainfield, New Jersey, and the Major Anderson Post #109 of the G.A.R., also in Plainfield and the Society of the Army of the Potomac which he joined in 1883. In 1885, he was part of the honor guard at Grant’s funeral proceedings at City Hall in Manhattan. Racey last resided in Montclair, New Jersey and died of exhaustion on a train trip in North Carolina where he was attempting to restore his health. His pension record indicates that Ethel Racey, a minor (whose appointed guardian was Uzal McCarter, a prominent Republican), received a pension in 1893, certificate 459,592. Section 152, lot 19309.

RADER, LOUIS B. (1837-1881). Corporal, 7th Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company C. A German native, Rader joined the 7th Regiment in 1861, enlisting as a corporal on April 19 and mustering out with his company on June 3. He returned to the same company as a private for 30 days in 1863. He belonged to the Lafayette Post #140 of the G.A.R., joining on February 14, 1881, and dying of diabetes less than a month later, being the first member of his post to die. His last residence was 304 West 58th Street, New York City. Section 117, lot 1641.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAFF, WILLIAM (1831-1869). Private, 84th New York (14th Brooklyn) Infantry, Company A; 5th New York Infantry, Company I. Originally from Scotland, Raff enlisted at Brooklyn as a private on August 27, 1862, and mustered into the 14th Brooklyn the next day. On June 2, 1864, he transferred into the 5th New York from which he was discharged on an unknown date. His last address was 194 Smith Street in Brooklyn. His death was attributed congestion of the brain. Section 59, lot 1459, grave 51.

RAGUE, JOHN (1846-1870). Private, 165th New York Infantry, Company E. He was born in New York City where he enlisted as a private on March 24, 1865. On that date, he mustered into Company E of the 165th New York and mustered out on September 1, 1865, at Charleston, South Carolina. He last lived at 209 Delancey Street in Manhattan and his death was caused by peritonitis. In 1885, his wife applied for a widow’s pension that was granted, certificate 426,407. Section 117, lot 10975, grave 966.

RAISBECK, ALPHONSO (or ALPHONZO) EUGENE (1849-1906). Private, 40th New Jersey Infantry, Companies A and B. Raisbeck, who was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, enlisted on March 21, 1865, as a private, and mustered into Company A of the 40th New Jersey on that date. During his service, he transferred into Company B before mustering out on June 12, 1865, at Alexandria, Virginia. He is listed as a dentist in the 1885-1886 Brooklyn Directory. His last address was 320 Sumner Avenue in Brooklyn where he succumbed to pneumonia. His wife, Priscilla J. Raisbeck, received a widow’s pension, certificate 922,683, after applying in 1920. Section 63, lot 15012, grave 12.

RALPH, HENRY CLAY (1841-1876). Private, 131st New York Infantry, Company H. Originally from England, he enlisted as a private at New York City on August 27, 1862, mustered into the 131st New York on September 6, and mustered out on July 26, 1865, at Savannah, Georgia. He died from burns at the Brooklyn Theater fire on December 5, 1876, a conflagration in which 150 people lost their lives. He last resided at 172 Bergen Street in Brooklyn. Section 17, lot 17245, grave 581.

RAMEE, JULES L. (1822-1861). Sergeant major, 36th New York Infantry, Company F. He enlisted as a private on July 29, 1861, at Washington, D.C., and mustered in the same day. Promoted to sergeant major on November 4, 1861, and transferred to the Field and Staff on that date, he died of inflammation of the bowels at Washington, D.C., on November 5, 1861, and was interred at Green-Wood four days later. Section 99, lot 13165.

RAMSEY, ALBERT CLARKE (1813-1869). Colonel, 57th New York Infantry, Companies I and K. Born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, he attended Dickinson College, was admitted to the bar in York County in 1834, served as a district attorney and was editor of York’s Democratic Press. He was made colonel of infantry on March 3, 1847, served in the Mexican War as colonel of the 11th Infantry, United States Army, beginning April 9, 1847, and mustered out on August 14, 1848. Fluent in Spanish, he remained in the area after that war, wrote a perspective of the conflict from the Mexican viewpoint, The Other Side: Or Notes for the History of the War Between Mexico and the United States, and tried his hand at some real estate and business ventures but was not successful. One, called the “Ramsay Mail Route,” attempted to carry mail and passengers from New Orleans to San Francisco by ship with an adjoining stagecoach route running from Vera Cruz to Acapulco, Mexico. When the Civil War broke out, Ramsey left Texas and had a role in organizing the United States Voltigeurs in Duchess County, New York. Companies K and I of which he was colonel, were consolidated into the 57th New York in late 1861. The 57th mustered in 1861 and mustered out in 1864. He apparently did not serve with the 57th. Family lore notes that his wife and child remained in Texas in 1861 and were loyal to the Confederacy. He last resided, alone, in New York City where he died of Bright’s disease. Section 86, lot 15565, grave 32.

RAMSEY, JAMES (1826-1894). Private, 25th New York Infantry, Company C. A native of Ireland, he enlisted at New York City on May 11, 1861, and mustered into the 25th on June 13. He was wounded at Malvern Hill, Virginia, on July 1, 1862, and mustered out on July 10, 1863, at New York City. Ramsay last resided on Taylor Street in Brooklyn. His death was caused by hemiplegia, paralysis of half the body. Section 187, lot 19976, grave 3.

RANDALL, HENRY RICE (1827-1895). Captain, 14th New York Heavy Artillery, Company B; first lieutenant, 78th New York Infantry, Company H. Randall studied medicine and graduated from Brockport Collegiate Institute. He also worked as a druggist, was an inventor, and manufactured drugs and chemicals. After enlisting as a private at Rochester, New York, on January 10, 1862, he mustered in the next day. Rising through the ranks, he was promoted to second lieutenant on April 12, 1862, to first lieutenant on October 24, 1862, and discharged for disability on April 20, 1863. He re-enlisted in the 14th as a captain on August 29, 1863, at Rochester, New York, was commissioned in the next week on September 4, and was discharged for disability on August 12, 1864. His discharge was revoked and he was restored to command on September 10, 1864, but he did not return to service. The Brooklyn Directory for 1873-1876 indicates that he was a sugar refiner who lived at 473 Kent Avenue; the Brooklyn Directory for 1880-1882 lists him as a chemist living at 426 Lewis Avenue. Randall was active in the G.A.R.’s Lafayette Post #140; as per his obituary in the New York Herald, members of the Lafayette Post were invited to attend his funeral. His death was attributed to a cerebral hemorrhage. His last residence was at 426 Lewis Avenue in Brooklyn. Section 199, lot 29000.

RANDOLPH, MAHLON (1832-1888). Captain, 1st Missouri Engineers, Companies A and F. Randolph enlisted as a captain at St. Louis, Missouri, on December 30, 1861, and was immediately commissioned into Company A of the 1st Missouri Engineers. He was transferred to Company F, then was dismissed on December 19, 1863. His soldier record reports that he lived at 245 Broadway in New York City after the War. The New York City Directory for 1884-1885 lists him as employed in “patents” at 132 Nassau Street; the 1885-1886 Brooklyn Directory also lists him in “patents” at 9 Chambers Street. He last lived at 61 West 97th Street in Manhattan. Randolph died from apoplexy. Originally interred in Lot 8840, his remains were moved on January 31, 1896, to Section 206, lot 27367, grave 48.

RANG, ANTON (or ANTOINE) (1831-1882). Principal musician, 39th New York Infantry, Companies I and H; corporal, 18th New York Cavalry, Company C. Of German birth, he enlisted as a private at New York City on May 17, 1861, and mustered into Company I of the 39th New York on May 28. During his service, he was promoted to sergeant, reduced to ranks, promoted to chief bugler on January 30, 1862, and to principal musician on June 24, 1863. He was transferred to Company H at some point during his service. He mustered out at New York City on June 24, 1864. After Rang re-enlisted at New York City as a private on December 29, 1864, he mustered immediately into the 18th New York Cavalry, was promoted to corporal on March 4, 1866, and mustered out on May 31, 1866, at Victoria, Texas. After the War, he lived in Brooklyn. Rang succumbed to phthisis. In 1891, his widow received a pension, certificate 364,611. Section 2, lot 5499, grave 637.

RANKIN, EDWIN (1846-1929). Musician, 158th New York Infantry, Company G. After enlisting as a musician at Brooklyn on July 30, 1862, Rankin mustered into the 158th New York from which he mustered out on June 30, 1865, at Richmond, Virginia. His application for an invalid pension in 1892 was approved, certificate 1,147,062. As per his obituary in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, members of Rankin Post #10 of the G.A.R. were invited to attend his funeral. He last lived at 80A Chauncey Street in Brooklyn. Section 15, lot 17263, grave 2058.

RANKIN, JAMES (1815-1868). Sergeant, 95th New York Infantry, Company A. Rankin enlisted at New York City as a corporal on October 16, 1861, mustered into the 95th the next day, was promoted to sergeant on November 1, 1863, and mustered out on an unspecified date. He re-enlisted on January 26, 1864, and mustered out at Washington, D.C., on June 16, 1865. In 1868 he died from a cerebral hemorrhage. Section 177, lot 13563.

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RANKIN, JAMES D. (1838-1916). Private, 84th New York (14th Brooklyn) Infantry, Company H. He enlisted at Brooklyn on April 18, 1861, mustered in on May 23, and was discharged for disability on January 7, 1863, at Washington, D.C. The G.A.R. Post #10 is named in honor of his brother, William Rankin, who enlisted with him and served in the same company. Rankin died of consumption. As per his obituary in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, he was a Freemason; his comrades were invited to attend his funeral. He last lived at 563 7th Street in Brooklyn. Section 156, lot 21552.

 

 

 

 

RANKIN, JOHN (1845-1921). Private, 37th Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company A. Serving for three months in 1862, he enlisted at New York City on May 29, mustered in that day, and mustered out at New York City on September 2. In 1921 he died of cancer. Section 177, lot 13563.

RANSFORD, JOSIAH (1839-1900). Unknown soldier history. Ransford was born in South Carolina. As per his obituary in The New York Times, he fought for the Union during the Civil War and was an aide on General Ulysses S. Grant’s staff during the Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia; the obituary notes that he was wounded during that battle. Ransford was appointed Deputy Shipping Master in New York, a position that he held for twenty-four years. The 1880 census lists him as Deputy Shipping Commissioner; the Treasury Department listed him as a U.S. Shipping Special Commissioner and runner earning $950 a year. He died from apoplexy at his home at 390 Dean Street in Brooklyn. Section 205, lot 30412.

RANSOM, EDWARD MINTURN (1840-1916). Private, 13th Massachusetts Infantry, Company D; Quartermaster’s and Subsistence Departments. Born in Brooklyn, he was a machinist who resided in Wakefield, Massachusetts, when he enlisted as a private on May 24, 1861. He mustered into the 13th Massachusetts on July 16 of that year. He was discharged on December 2, 1861, at Williamsport, Maryland. Afterwards, he served in the Quartermaster’s and Subsistence Departments, in Washington, D.C., and in Alexandria, Virginia, and at the front until 1865. After the War, he resided in Wakefield, Massachusetts, and was a member of the Horace M. Warren G.A.R. Post #12. He applied for an invalid pension in 1897, certificate number 1,101,516. His last residence was in Newton, Massachusetts. The cause of his death was “acute pulmonary oedema.” Section 33, lot 1292.

RANSOM, WILLIAM (1830-1875). Second lieutenant, 82nd New York Infantry, Company E. Ransom, who was born in New York State, enlisted at New York City as a second lieutenant on April 7, 1861, was commissioned into the 82nd New York on May 21, and was discharged on July 30, 1861, at New York City. His last residence was 67 East 15th Street in Manhattan. Section 158, lot 15146.

ransomRANSOM, WILLIAM (1827-1905). Private, 3rd Massachusetts Light Artillery; 5th Massachusetts Light Artillery. A seaman and a New York City resident, he enlisted on September 17, 1862, and immediately mustered into the 3rd Massachusetts Light Artillery. He re-enlisted on December 29, 1863, and on September 1, 1864, he transferred to the 5th Massachusetts Light Artillery. On June 12, 1865, he mustered out at Camp Meigs, in Readville, Massachusetts. Ransom was a member of the G.A.R. Dahlgren Post #2 in South Boston. He last lived at 625 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn where he died of apoplexy. Section 86, lot 31217, grave 183.

 

 

 

RANSOM, WILLIAM MAXWELL (1837-1912). First lieutenant and adjutant, 95th New York Infantry, Companies D and K. Born in Johnstown, New York, Ransom was a 5′ 7″ tall machinist with a light complexion, blue eyes and light hair. He enlisted at New York City on January 9, 1862, and mustered into Company D of the 95th New York as a first sergeant. He was promoted to second lieutenant on December 10, 1862, and transferred to Company K. Ransom was subsequently promoted to first lieutenant and adjutant on January 15, 1863, mustered in with this rank on February 27, 1863, and was discharged at Upton Hill, Virginia, on July 16, 1865. His application for an invalid pension was approved, certificate 852,890. He lived in Brooklyn until 1902 when he moved to New Jersey, where he last lived in Ridgewood. He died of acute dilation of the heart and chronic myocarditis. Section 113, lot 4681.

 

 

 

 

RAPER, JOHN (1839-1886). Sergeant, 8th Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company A. A New York City native, he enlisted there as a sergeant on May 29, 1862, mustered into the 8th Regiment on that date, and mustered out three months later on September 10 at New York City. His last residence was 576 Pacific Street in Brooklyn. Raper succumbed to paralysis. In 1890, Sarah Raper, who is interred with him, applied for and was granted a widow’s pension, certificate 806,697. Section 99, lot 11166.

RATHBURN (or RATHBONE), ROBERT H. (or V.) (1840-1882). Private, 74th New York Infantry, Company I; 40th New York Infantry, Company G. A New Jersey native, he enlisted as a private at Dansville, New York, on September 27, 1861, and mustered into the 74th New York on October 6. He re-enlisted on December 29, 1863, and was transferred into the 40th New York on July 27, 1864, from which he mustered out on June 27, 1865, at Washington, D.C. His last address was 23 2nd Place in Brooklyn. His death was caused by pneumonia. Section 175, lot 24211.

RAWOLLE (or RAEVOLLE), WILLIAM CHARLES (1840-1895). Lieutenant colonel and major by brevet; captain and aide-de-camp, 34th New York Light Artillery. Prussian by birth, he immigrated to the United States at a young age. During the Civil War, Rawolle enlisted on October 1, 1861, at Flushing, New York, and was commissioned in as a second lieutenant in Battery L of the 2nd New York Heavy Artillery (later called the 34th Independent Light Artillery) on October 26. He was promoted to first lieutenant on March 4, 1862, and discharged for promotion to captain on June 21, 1862. In this rank, he served as aide-de-camp to General S. D. Sturgis of the Second Division, Ninth Army Corps, in Maryland. Sturgis expressed his gratitude to Rawolle in the following field reports. Sturgis wrote from South Mountain, Maryland, on September 14, 1862:

“…Discovering a battery of the enemy some 1,500 yards to our right, and so posted as to expose our line to a flank fire, I directed my aide-de-camp, Captain Rawolle, to open upon it with Captain Durell’s battery. The enemy’s battery was silenced in a few moments, and withdrawn from the field. These batteries, under the able direction of Captain Rawolle, rendered material aid afterward, and from the same point, to the troops of General Hooker while hotly pressed on the hills to the right of the Hagerstown road….”

Writing from Antietam, Maryland, on September 22, 1862, Sturgis noted that Captain Rawolle “…was invaluable at all times, carrying orders, placing the artillery in favorable positions, bringing up ammunition, and making himself useful in every department. I would commend this officer to special consideration, as I look upon him as one of the most promising young officers in the service.” On December 24, 1862, he wrote from Fredericksburg, Virginia, and commended his aide-de-camp for his “zeal and energy.” Sturgis wrote from Maryville, Tennessee, on February 4, 1864, and described the difficult conditions endured by the troops over the past two months when they were “…compelled to live mainly on parched corn, most of which has been gathered at a distance of from 6 to 15 miles. The weather at times has been intensely cold and the suffering very great, most of them being without shelter of any kind; yet they have fought well and been successful in almost every instance, and have borne their hardships with the fortitude of true soldiers, sustained by a sense of justice of their cause…” In particular, he was impressed by his aide-de-camp’s “intelligence, courage, and energy on this last as well as all previous occasions…” Rawolle was brevetted major of volunteers on March 13, 1865, “for gallant and meritorious service” in the Army of the Potomac from August 1862 to January 1863, including the Battles of Antietam and South Mountain in Maryland, and the Battles of Second Bull Run, Warrenton, Sulphur Springs, and Fredericksburg in Virginia. On that same date, he was brevetted lieutenant colonel of volunteers for service in the West, including the cavalry campaign in East Tennessee and the expedition in northern Mississippi, and for gallant daring and good conduct in the Battle of Brices Cross Roads, Mississippi. After resigning on August 11, 1865, he returned to the service on June 6, 1868, mustered in as second lieutenant in the Second United States Cavalry, was promoted to first lieutenant on April 26, 1869, and regimental quartermaster from July 15, 1870 through September 15, 1874. In 1876, he commanded the rear guard of Company E of the 2nd Cavalry at the Battle of Powder River on March 14 where he was wounded in action. Later that year and commanding Company B, he arrived at the Battle of Little Big Horn too late to save General Custer but was engaged in the ensuing skirmish to successfully capture those involved in Custer’s death. Rawolle was promoted to regimental adjutant as of March 31, 1878, and captain on December 20, 1880. He died suddenly of heart failure while on a sick leave visit to his Brooklyn home at 263 Hicks Street. Section 52, lot 8144.

RAY, RICHARD CORNELIUS (1840-1863). First lieutenant, 88th New York Infantry; private, 22nd Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company A. A native of New York City, Ray enlisted there on May 28, 1862, and mustered into the 22nd Regiment that day. After serving for three months, he mustered out at New York City on September 5. He re-enlisted the next month on October 17 as a first lieutenant, and was commissioned into the 88th New York on October 30 but not assigned to any company. He was discharged on January 21, 1863. His last residence was in Brooklyn. His death was from congestive fever. If it was in connection with his service that information is not recorded. Section 67, lot 17.

RAYMOND, CHARLES HENRY (1834-1916). First lieutenant, 177th New York Infantry. Born in Albany, New York, he was educated at the Albany Academy, and traveled abroad before entering the State Insurance Department where he served as deputy superintendent for four years. During the Civil War, he enlisted as a first lieutenant at Albany on October 11, 1862, was commissioned into the 177th New York on October 25, and mustered out on September 30, 1863. Returning to business, he was a founder and president of the Widows’ and Orphans’ Life Insurance Company which merged with Mutual Life in 1871. His name became well-known when Mutual Life was investigated in 1905. Active in the insurance industry, he was the first president of the Life Insurance Underwriters’ Association of America. A sportsman, he owned a number of horses, and was collector of sports-related literature. Raymond was a member of the Union League, the Westminster Kennel Club, and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion. He died after falling and breaking his leg. He last lived at 46 McCullough Avenue in Morristown, New Jersey. Section 70, lot 11676.

RAYMOND, EDWARD A. (1833-1873). Captain, United States Volunteers Aide-de-Camp. Born in New York, Raymond enlisted as a captain on October 30, 1861, and was commissioned the same day as captain and additional aide-de-camp into the United States Volunteers. He resigned on October 8, 1862. He last resided at 396 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan but died from consumption in New Haven, Connecticut. Section 150, lot 11841.

RAYMOND, GEORGE WASHINGTON (1846-1920). Drummer, 48th New York Infantry, Company C. A Brooklynite by birth, Raymond enlisted at the age of fourteen for three years of service on July 24, 1861, and joined Company C of the 48th New York as a drummer boy. He served in many of the major actions of the Civil War and re-enlisted in the same regiment and company before the expiration of his term of duty. The 48th was under the command of Brigadier General William T. Sherman in South Carolina and took part in the expedition to Port Royal and was at the capture of Hilton Head. He was present at the siege of Fort Pulaski, Georgia, and the capture of Morris Island, South Carolina. Raymond engaged in a major night action against Fort Wagner, South Carolina, on July 18, 1863. He also fought at the following actions in Virginia: Fort Darling, Drewry’s Bluff, Bermuda Hundred, Cold Harbor and the siege of Petersburg. He was present at the Mine Explosion at Petersburg, Virginia, at Deep Bottom, Strawberry Plains, Foster’s Plantation, and Newmarket Heights, all in Virginia, and at Fort Fisher, North Carolina. His unit returned to Brigadier General Sherman’s command and served with him at Wilmington and Raleigh, North Carolina. He mustered out on September 1, 1865. He continued to serve in the 23rd Regiment, New York State National Guard (1867-1869); the 9th Regiment, New York State National Guard (1870-1873); and the 7th Regiment, New York National Guard (1874-1881). As per his obituary in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, which confirms his Civil War service, he was for 23 years the district superintendent of the Street Cleaning Service in Manhattan, retiring in 1912. Raymond was also a member of several street cleaning organizations. Active in veterans’ groups, he joined the 48th Veterans Association and was a charter member of the Ulysses S. Grant Post #327 of the Grand Army of the Republic. When President Grant lay in state at City Hall in New York City, Raymond stood in the relief guard from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. His last residence was 537 East 26th Street in Brooklyn.  He died from a cerebral hemorrhage in 1920. Section 202, lot 34228, grave 1.

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Photos of George Washington Raymond and the Band of the 48th New York Infantry, 1863.

RAYMOND, HENRY JARVIS (1820-1869). Journalist. Born in Lima, New York, Raymond attended the University of Vermont, then came to New York City to pursue a career as a journalist. He submitted poetry to Horace Greeley at the New-Yorker while he was still in college and first worked for him in an unpaid position. When Greeley started the New York Tribune in 1841, Raymond was his assistant editor. A Whig and a Republican, he was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1850 and 1851, was the Speaker in 1851, and lieutenant governor in 1854. After a personal dispute with Greeley, he founded The New York Times with George Jones in 1851. At that time, Raymond promised a newspaper that presented the news in an objective fashion in contrast to the sensational manner of most other dailies.

He was also a managing editor of Harper’s Magazine. Raymond led The Times for eighteen years, setting a standard for journalism. In the 1850s, he editorialized that slavery must end and then championed the right of reporters to protect their sources. On June 13, 1863, he wrote that each editor must have “complete freedom to express, without dictation from Government or from any class or profession, even his own…views on public affairs of those for whom to a certain extent he speaks….” During the Civil War, Raymond used his position at The New York Times to promote his pro-Union views as an editor and war correspondent reporting from Bull Run, Virginia. The paper was the only one to issue the complete text of the Gettysburg Address on November 20, 1863. The Times consistently supported President Lincoln, and came to enthusiastically support the Emancipation Proclamation. During the New York City Draft Riots of 1863, he and others in the Times Building used Gatling guns from an upper window to repel rioters. Raymond wrote a biography of President Lincoln in 1864 and expanded it in 1865. He was active in politics, serving as chairman of the Republican National Committee during the Lincoln Administration; he also returned to the State Assembly and was its speaker in 1862, served one term in the House of Representatives, being elected in 1864, and then returned to the newspaper. His death was caused by apoplexy. Section 92, lot 1842.

RAYMOND, ROBERT RAIKES (1817-1888). Abolitionist. Born in Brooklyn and the father of Rossiter Raymond (see), he graduated from Union College in 1837, studied law in Cincinnati under Salmon P. Chase (who later served in the Lincoln cabinet and then became Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court), and then entered the ministry for ten years after completing studies at Madison University in New York. He was a Baptist minister at Hartford, Connecticut, and then at Syracuse, New York. When the Fugitive Slave Act was passed in 1850, Raymond packed up his family and moved to Syracuse where he was active in the Underground Railroad. He assisted escaped slaves in getting out of New York and into Canada, and when the Fugitive Slave Law was overturned, helped them return to New York. On July 5, 1852, he read the Declaration of Independence before introducing Frederick Douglass at the Corinthian Hall in Rochester, N.Y., where Douglass gave his “Vision for America,” an abolitionist manifesto. Raymond used the pulpit to speak out against slavery and the Fugitive Slave Act. In 1856, he wrote a song for John C. Fremont’s campaign, to the tune of the French anthem, Le Marseilles, “Free press, free speech, free soil, free men, Fremont and victory.” He left the ministry for teaching and was principal of Syracuse High School until 1856 when he became the chairperson of English literature at the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute. In 1876, he became the non-resident professor of Shakespeare in the School of Oratory at Boston University which he later reorganized in 1879 as the independent Boston School of Oratory. He nurtured and led the institution until it was disbanded when his health failed in 1884 and he returned to Brooklyn. Raymond achieved renown through his interpretative readings of Shakespeare and wrote Melody of Speech, a privately published manual that was a guide to oratory and oral expression. He last lived in Brooklyn. Section 77, lot 150.

RAYMOND, ROSSITER WORTHINGTON (1840-1918). Captain and aide-de-camp, United States Volunteers. Born in Ohio, he was educated in Syracuse, New York, where his parents were active in the Underground Railroad, and his father, Robert R. Raymond (see) led a Baptist ministry. He graduated first in his class from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute in 1858, then studied at the Royal Mining Academy in Freiberg, Saxony. During the Civil War, he enlisted as a captain on March 31, 1862, and was commissioned and promoted on that day to captain and additional aide-de-camp of United States Volunteers. Raymond resigned his commission on April 6, 1864. His pension record indicates that he first enlisted on September 25, 1861, but the details of his service prior to March 31, 1862, are unknown. He was a cousin of Joseph Howard (see) and John Howard (see), who like Raymond was an aide-de-camp to General George C. Fremont in the Department of the West. Raymond’s uncle, John Tasker Howard, was a close associate of Fremont. During Fremont’s campaign in Virginia, Raymond was commended for gallant and meritorious conduct. In 1868, he became United States Commissioner of Mines and Mining Statistics in and West of the Rocky Mountains, soon becoming a national expert on mining. In 1870-1872, he was a professor of ore deposits at Lafayette College, during which time in 1871, he visited what is now Yellowstone National Park. An original member of the American Association of Mining Engineers, he was its vice president that year, was president from 1872-1875, vice president from 1876-1877, then editor of its publications from 1884-1911. In 1885, Raymond was the New York State Commissioner of Electrical Subways. An expert on mining law, he was admitted to the bar in 1898, became a lecturer of mining law at Columbia University in 1903, and was the first person to be awarded a Doctorate of Laws from Lehigh University in 1908. An article in the Syracuse, New York, Herald for May 29, 1908, stated that as part of the Memorial Day tribute a historical tablet bearing the names of Civil War veterans from Syracuse High School who received honors would be added to the school’s art treasures. Raymond’s name was included on the plaque along with his association to Fremont. In 1911, he was awarded the highest honors from Japan’s government for his long-standing contributions to its mining industry. In 1915, he applied for and received a pension, certificate 1,176,744. A supporter of Brooklyn’s Plymouth Church, he was director of its Sunday school for 50 years. He was also asked to retire from engineering and editorial work to take up the pastoral duties of the church after Henry Ward Beecher’s (see) death in 1887 but declined saying that he had God-given gifts that guided him down an appointed path that he (Raymond) would follow his life’s journey to the end of that road. His last residence was 123 Henry Street in Brooklyn. At a memorial at Lehigh University, he was described as “one of the best cases of versatility that our country has ever seen-sailor, soldier, engineer, lawyer, editor, novelist, story-teller, poet, biblical critic, theologian, teacher, chess-player- he was superior in each capacity. What he did, he always did well.” In 1945, the American Association of Mining Engineers named an award in his memory to honor the best paper each year by an author under the age of thirty-three. Section 77, lot 1195.

RAYMOND, JAMES P. (1826-1909). Captain, 90th New York Infantry, Company H, 131st New York Infantry, Company F; private, 7th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company F. After enlisting as a private at New York City on April 17, 1861, he mustered into the 7th Regiment the next week on April 26 and served for 30 days. He re-enlisted as a first lieutenant on October 30, 1861, at New York City, and was commissioned that day into the Field and Staff of the 90th New York. During his military duty with the 90th, he was promoted to first lieutenant and adjutant on December 20, 1861, to captain on August 16, 1862, and transferred to Company H on October 11, 1862. He served in South Carolina and Florida under Generals Brannan, Hunter, and Mitchell before he was discharged on April 13, 1863. He subsequently served in the 131st New York as a captain and fought in Louisiana and in the Shenandoah Valley. Raymond was singled out by Colonel Edward L. Molineux, his commanding officer, in his field report from Harrisonburg, Virginia, on September 26, 1864, describing the Shenandoah Campaign. Raymond’s “conspicuous gallantry” occurred when the Union Army “…opened a heavy and well-sustained fire upon the advancing lines of the enemy, … and caused the enemy’s retreat to become a hasty flight. This advanced position was held by us until every cartridge was exhausted…” He mustered out on July 26, 1865. His last residence was on Degraw Street in Brooklyn. Raymond died of heart disease in 1909. Section 96, lot 1559.

RAYMOND, WILLIAM LEWIS (1836-1913). First lieutenant, 5th Veteran Infantry, Companies C, D, and B. Raymond, a native of New York City, enlisted there on March 24, 1864, as a private. He mustered into Company C of the 5th Veterans that same day. On December 5, 1864, Raymond was promoted to second lieutenant and transferred to Company D. On August 1, 1865, he rose to first lieutenant effective upon his simultaneous transfer into Company B where he served until he mustered out on August 21, 1865, at Hart’s Island, New York Harbor. His last residence was 307 Webster Avenue in New Rochelle, New York. Section 156, lot 20155, grave 5.

RAYNOR, WILLIAM (1828-1888). Captain, 12th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company I. After enlisting as a captain, Raynor served in the 12th Regiment for three months in 1861. He last lived at 112 Wilson Street in Brooklyn and his death was caused by Bright’s disease, kidney related. Esther Raynor, his widow, who is interred with him, received a pension in 1892, certificate 365,454. Section 170, lot 14177.

 

 

 

 

 

 

REA, JOSEPH B. (1847-1890). Private, 127th New York Infantry. He enlisted and mustered into the 127th New York but was not assigned a company on February 24, 1865, and mustered out at Hart’s Island, New York, on May 8, 1865. At the time of his death caused by pneumonia, he resided at 595 Pacific Street, Brooklyn. Section 117, lot 10975, grave 23.

READ, CHARLES H. (1828-1872). Sergeant, 10th New York Infantry, Companies C and F. Born in England, he enlisted as a private at New York City on March 18, 1864, and mustered immediately into the 10th New York. He was promoted to corporal two months later on May 3, effective upon his transfer to Company F, and rose to sergeant on September 12 of that year. He mustered out on June 30, 1865, at Munson’s Hill, Virginia. His death was caused by phthisis. His widow, Mary Read, whose named was spelled “Reed” on the official document, received a pension, certificate 235,520. Section D, lot 20165.

READ, HENRY NASH (1847-1917). Private, 18th Virginia Infantry, Company K, Confederate States of America. Read was born in Prince Edward County, Virginia. He was 5′ 7″ with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion. After he enlisted as a private on April 24, 1861, at Charlotte County, Virginia, he mustered immediately into Company K of the 18th Virginia, a Confederate regiment. Taken as a prisoner of war on April 6, 1865, at Sailor’s Creek, Virginia, he was paroled on June 30, 1865, at Point Lookout, Maryland, and discharged on an unknown date. Read received an undergraduate degree from Hampton-Sydney College in Virginia and got his medical degree from Long Island Medical College after the War. He became a specialist in children’s diseases and rose to be the chair of the Pediatrics Department at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn. He also was associated with the Sheltering Arms Nursery in Brooklyn and was a member of the Medical Society of Kings County, the Long Island Medical Association, the Physicians’ Mutual Aid Association, the Crescent Athletic Club, and the Hamilton Club. He was a brother of William (see) and a relative of Isaac Read (see). At the time of his death from pneumonia, he resided at 228 Clinton Street, Brooklyn, New York. Section 167, lot 26134.

READ, IV, ISAAC (1833-1906). Major, Nitre and Mining Bureau, War Department, Confederate States of America. Born in Prince Edward County, Virginia, Read served in the Confederate Army’s Nitre and Mining Bureau under Isaac Murray St. John (see). The Nitre Corps was responsible for ensuring the Confederacy’s supply of gunpowder and metals. The Confederate Register of Appointments shows him as enlisting from Missouri on April 18, 1862, and resigning on July 28 of that year to begin service as subordinate with pay and rank of first lieutenant of artillery. On July 31, 1862, St. John assigned him to duty west of the Mississippi River with responsibility for Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. In his letter on that day, St. John wrote, “…Completing your San Antonio assignments you will next examine the Arkansas lead works and if deemed advisable you will start mining on Government account. You will give inordinate attention when the wants of this war permit to the reworking of the rich saltpeter caves in Upper Arkansas.” On August 7, 1862, St. John appointed him captain of artillery. On January 24, 1863, at Little Rock, Arkansas, he signed a requisition “for negroes working in lead mines in service of Capt. Isaac Read, Confederate States Nitre and Mining Bureau, for seven pairs of pants, four cotton shirts, and five boots or shoes.” Appointed major on May 29, 1863, he was again listed as major of the Nitre and Mining Corps on June 15, 1864. After relocating to New York at the end of the Civil War, he became president of the Read Phosphate Company. According to his obituary in The New York Times, he was a member of the Confederate Veterans’ Association and belonged to the Marine and Field Club. He was a relative of William Read (see) and Henry Read (see). He last lived at 110 Hicks Street in Brooklyn. He died of senility. Section 167, lot 26133.

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READ, ROBERT (1827-1875). Private, 31st New York Infantry, Company B. Of Irish origin, Read enlisted as a private on May 2, 1861, mustered into the 31st New York on May 27, and mustered out on June 4, 1863, at New York City. His death attributed to drowning, his last address was on East 31st Street in Manhattan. Section B, lot 8575, grave 150.

READ, WILLIAM WATKINS (1844-1910). Second lieutenant, Confederate Provisional Navy. Read was either born in North Carolina according to some biographies or in Charlotte County, Virginia, according to the 1860 census. He served in the United States Navy as a midshipman beginning on September 27, 1858. As a resident of North Carolina, he enlisted into the Navy of the Confederate States of America on June 11, 1861, as an acting midshipman, and was commissioned immediately. (One source, however, stated that his date of appointment was on April 28, 1861.) Read was listed on the rolls at the Gosport Navy Yard in 1862 (renamed the Norfolk Navy Yard after it was recaptured by Union forces). On October 3, 1862, he passed midshipman. During the War, he served on these ships: CSS United States (1861), James River Batteries (1862), CSS Patrick Henry (1862), CSS Harriet Lane in Galveston Bay, Texas (February 1863), CSS Missouri (Red River Defenses, 1863), CSS Nansemond (commanding, 1863-65), and CSS Richmond (commanding 1863-65). Read was promoted to master on January 7, 1864, and was commissioned into the C.S.A. Provisional Navy as a second lieutenant on June 2, 1864. He also served in the Semmes Naval Brigade, attached as a captain commanding Company F, 2nd Regiment, 1865. Captured at the end of the Civil War, he surrendered and was paroled on April 28, 1865, at Greensboro, North Carolina. According to his obituary in The New York Times, “Read was an officer on the Merrimac when the Confederate ram fought the Monitor,” but that information is not validated by Confederate service records. Read graduated from Hampden-Sidney College and studied law with Judge Lomax in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He belonged to the Confederate Veteran Camp of New York. He was a brother of Henry Nash Read (see) and relative of Isaac Read (see). His obituary in the New York Herald confirmed that he was a lieutenant in the Confederate Navy. Read last lived at 97th Street and Fort Hamilton Avenue in Brooklyn. He died of rheumatism in 1910. Section 167, lot 26134, grave 1.

CSS Virginia, aka Merrimack

READY, CHARLES (1841-1915). Private, 83rd New York Infantry, Company E. After he enlisted at New York City as a private on May 27, 1861, he immediately mustered into the 83rd, and was discharged for disability at Baltimore, Maryland, on December 15 of that year. He last lived at 1536 49th Street in Brooklyn. Ready suffered from and died of cancer. Section 2, lot 5499, grave 178.

READY (or READE), MORRIS (1838-1870). Private, 1st New York Infantry, Company D. Of Irish origin, Ready enlisted at New York City as a private on February 7, 1862, mustered into the 1st New York the same day, and mustered out of service on May 25, 1863, at New York City. He last lived on West 31st Street in Manhattan. Section 127, lot 17931, grave 414.

RECTOR, PIERSON (1839-1891). Assistant surgeon, 127th New York Infantry; 115th New York Infantry; United States Volunteers. Born in Duanesburg, New Jersey, Rector enlisted as an assistant surgeon on July 9, 1863, at Beaufort, South Carolina, was commissioned into the 127th New York’s Field and Staff two weeks later, and transferred into the 115th New York on December 14, 1863. On February 17, 1864, he transferred back into the 127th New York Infantry. He left the 127th on December 14, 1864, and was promoted to assistant surgeon, with the rank of first lieutenant, in the United States Volunteers. He mustered out on June 4, 1865. His last residence was on Grand Street in Jersey City. His death was attributed to pyaemia, a type of blood poisoning. Section 175, lot 13305.

REDDEN, ALONZO (1844-1864). Private, 62nd New York Infantry, Companies H and E. He enlisted as a private on June 15, 1861, at New York City, mustered into the 62nd New York Infantry on June 30, and was transferred into Company E on August 31, 1861. He was discharged for disability on June 29, 1864, and died of a gunshot wound on December 12, 1864. His last residence was on Eagle Street in Brooklyn. Section 121, lot 12991.

reddingREDDING, JOHN W. (1834-1892). Captain, 84th New York (14th Brooklyn) Infantry, Company A. He enlisted at Brooklyn as a corporal on April 18, 1861, and mustered in on May 23. In that year, he was promoted to sergeant on June 18, to second lieutenant on July 1, to first lieutenant on August 4, and rose to captain on January 7, 1863. Redding was hit by shell fragments that fractured his left arm on August 29, 1862, at Second Bull Run, Virginia. He mustered out on June 6, 1864, at New York City. In 1889, his application for an invalid pension was granted, certificate 466,777. At the time of his death from asthenia, he resided at 168 Herkimer Street in Brooklyn. In 1892, his widow, Kate Redding, who is interred with him, received a pension, certificate 365,110. Section 95, lot 675.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REDFERN, THOMAS (1831-1926). Private, 7th Regiment, New York Heavy Artillery, Company G. Originally from England and a weaver by trade, Redfern was 5′ 5″ tall with gray eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion. After enlisting as a private at Albany, New York, on April 30, 1863, he mustered into the 7th New York Heavy Artillery that same day, and was discharged for disability at Fort Reno in Washington, D.C., on June 3, 1863. He last lived at 354 Arlington Avenue in Jersey City, New Jersey. He died of an embolism. Section 137, lot 28966, grave 2.

REDFORD, JOHN J. (1826-1881). Ordinary seaman, United States Navy. Born in Ireland, Redford enlisted as an ordinary seaman in the United States Navy on August 14, 1861, served on board the USS Hetzel, and mustered out on August 26, 1864. His last address was in Rye, New York. Section 113, lot 16682.

REDMOND, WILLIAM (1840-1899). First sergeant, 11th New York Infantry, Company H. Redmond, who was born in Ireland, enlisted as a private at New York City on April 20, 1861, and mustered into the 11th New York on May 7. The unit was comprised mainly of volunteer firefighters, and was known familiarly as Ellsworth’s Fire Zouaves. The regiment became famous after they extinguished a fire at the famous Willard Hotel when they were first stationed in Washington, D.C., and then fought in Virginia at the Battle of First Bull Run. Redmond was promoted to first sergeant on September 1, 1861, was at Hampton Roads, Virginia, the site of the Battle of the Monitor v. Merrimack, and mustered out on June 2, 1862, at New York City. After the War, he founded a trucking company. He was a member of the New York Volunteer Fire Department and the Noah L. Farnham Post #458 of the G.A.R. In 1892, his application for an invalid pension was granted, 859,847. His last address was 208 33rd Street in Brooklyn. Redmond’s death was caused by pneumonia. His widow applied for and received a pension, certificate 974,852. Section 135, lot 27263, grave 1935.

REED, CHARLES P. (or G.) (1822-1875). Private, 95th New York Infantry, Company G. A native New Yorker, he enlisted there as a 40-year-old private on February 27, 1862, mustered into the 95th that same day, and was discharged for disability on February 20, 1863. His last address was 602 West 49th Street, New York City. His death was attributed to “cares of vertebra.” Section 15, lot 17263, grave 253.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REED, CHARLES W. (1841-1872). Sergeant, 48th New York Infantry, Company G; private, 13th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company C. A native of Pennsylvania, Reed first served for three months in the 13th Regiment in 1861. He enlisted as a sergeant at Fort Wyman, New York, on August 21, 1861, mustered into the 48th New York that day, was simultaneously relieved as a sergeant and demoted to full private on February 2, 1863, and mustered out on September 16, 1864, at Petersburg, Virginia. As per his tombstone inscription, he was a reverend in civilian life. He last lived in Aiken, South Carolina. He died of phthisis. In 1890, his wife was awarded a widow’s pension, certificate 366,769. Section 14, lot 10935.

 

 

 

 

 

REED, GEORGE STEPHEN (1848-1924). Drummer, 158th New York Infantry, Company C. Reed was born in Brooklyn circa 1848 (sources list years from 1846-1849) and lived there at the time of the New York State census of 1855. While still a young teenager, Reed enlisted as a drummer at Brooklyn on July 29, 1862, mustered into Company C of the 158th New York. He is listed as having deserted on June 8, 1865, at Richmond, Virginia; however, this may be an error—if it were the case, he would not have been given a pension. According to his pension index card, which notes the desertion date, he also served with the Governor’s Troops Pennsylvania Cavalry but no details of that service are known. In 1895, he applied for and received an invalid pension, certificate 1,192,483. In 1913, he was living in Staten Island at an almshouse. As per his admission paper, dated November 27, he was listed as a 65 year-old leather cutter who was in good health; he noted that he had previously received relief from Kings County Hospital. Reed indicated that the cause of his dependence was “out of work.” He last lived in Brooklyn at 1103 East 94th Street. His death, at Kings County Hospital, was attributed to heart disease. Section 87, lot 1896, grave 242.

REED, LEVI W. (1841-1874). First lieutenant, 51st New York Infantry, Companies C, B, and I. Born in New York State, Reed enlisted as a sergeant on September 23, 1861, at New York City, and mustered into Company B of the 51st on October 18. After he was reduced in rank to private at some point, he was promoted to sergeant on March 1, 1863. He re-enlisted on December 1, 1863. On January 9, 1865, Reed was promoted to sergeant major and two months later on March 4, he was promoted to second lieutenant and transferred intra-regimentally to Company I. He then rose to first lieutenant upon his transfer to Company C on May 13 of that year. He mustered out of service at Alexandria, Virginia, a month later on June 25. His last residence was 387 Gold Street, Brooklyn. In 1874 he died of general debility. Section 17, lot 17245, grave 2056.

REED, MICHAEL A. (1818-1897). Private, 8th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company E. A native of New York State, Reed enlisted as a private at Brooklyn and served with the 8th Regiment from April 20 through August 2, 1861. He was discharged at Brooklyn at the expiration of his enlistment. The 1890 Veterans Schedule confirms his service. His last residence was 340 Willis Avenue in the Bronx. Section 48, lot 10431, grave 4.

REED (or READ), SAMUEL E. (1826-1870). Private, 91st New York Infantry, Company H. Reed, who was born in New York State, enlisted as a private at New York City on November 12, 1864, and mustered into the 91st New York on that date. On March 31, 1865, he was severely wounded in action at Gravelly Run, Virginia, necessitating the amputation of his left arm. He was discharged from service for wounds on July 4, 1865. He last lived at the Soldiers Retreat in New York City and he died of pneumonia. Section 114, lot 8999, grave 76.

REEG, ADAM (1828-1890). Private, 11th Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company K. Of German origin, Reeg enlisted at Brooklyn as a private in 1863, mustered into the 11th Regiment for its 30-day activation, and mustered out at the expiration of his enlistment. His last residence was 515 West 43rd Street in Manhattan. His death was caused by nephritis. Section 200, lot 27005.

REES, JOHN W. (?-?). Unknown soldier history. A government-issued gravestone was ordered for him as a Civil War veteran in 1902. However, his soldier history and his place of interment at Green-Wood are unknown. Section ?, lot ?.

REES, LOUIS (1841-1869). Private, 84th New York (14th Brooklyn) Infantry, Company F; rank unknown, United States Navy. Born in New York State, Rees enlisted at Brooklyn as a private on September 8, 1862, and mustered into the 14th Brooklyn a day later. He transferred out of the Army on April 19, 1864, and started service in the Navy. Further details about his career in the Navy are not specified. He died at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan where his demise was listed as a casualty. Section 115, lot 8999, grave 991.

REIBER, WILLIAM MARVIN (1843-1936). Private, 139th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company K; 9th Veteran Reserve Corps, Company A. After enlisting on September 1, 1862, he mustered into the 139th Pennsylvania that day. He was wounded in the ankle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 2, 1863, and sent to Jarvis Hospital at Baltimore, Maryland. Furloughed on July 21, he signed into a hospital in Pittsburgh a month later for further treatment. He returned to active duty and suffered a gunshot wound through the thigh at the Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia, on May 5, 1864. He was sent to Paterson Park Hospital in Baltimore, and on August 5 went on furlough to Pittsburgh for treatment. He was transferred to the 9th Veteran Reserve Corps on January 10, 1865, and discharged on June 24, 1865. In 1867, his application for an invalid pension was granted, certificate 89,892. He was an active member of the G.A.R. throughout his long life, dying of a heart attack at the 44th Street Hotel just after making a speech at the G.A.R. Allied Organizations’ Lincoln Day Dinner. His last residence was 570 West 172nd Street in Manhattan. Section 156, lot 21047.

 

 

 

 

REICHLING, PETER (1846-1923). Landsman, United States Navy. Originally from Blauvelt, New York, he was a clerk at the onset of the Civil War. After enlisting as a landsman in the United States Navy on December 24, 1863, Reichling served until his discharge on February 3, 1865. According to his New York Times obituary, he also served in the United States Navy during the Spanish-American War. A teacher of foreign languages in private schools in New York City, he was a member of the Gouverneur K. Warren Post #286 of the Grand Army of the Republic. He last resided at 304 Greene Avenue in Brooklyn. In 1923 Reichling died of cardiac disease. Section 189, lot 16797, grave 2.

reidREID, DUNCAN M. (1827-1864). Second lieutenant, 162nd New York Infantry, Companies G and I. Reid enlisted as a private at New York City on September 3, 1862, and a week later, mustered into Company G of the 162nd Infantry, where he was made a sergeant the next month on October 18. The 162nd was assigned to Washington, D.C., and then served with the Department of the Gulf in Louisiana. On August 29, 1863, Reid was promoted to second lieutenant effective upon his transfer to Company I that day. Reid was discharged for disability on February 17, 1864, and died less than two months later of chronic diarrhea, probably contracted during his military service. At the time of his death, Reid was living in Manalapan, New Jersey. His widow applied for a federal pension in 1871, certificate 187,292. Section 182, lot 9349.

 

 

 

 

 

 

REID (or REA), JOHN W. (1844-1918). Private, 13th Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company C; 7th Connecticut Infantry, Company D. During 1862, he enlisted at Brooklyn on May 28, mustered into the 13th New York that day, and mustered out after serving for three months on September 12. He re-enlisted (under the name John Rea) on November 6, 1864, mustered into the 7th Connecticut Infantry on that day, and mustered out on July 20, 1865, at Goldsboro, North Carolina. He then headed the auction firm of J. W. and J. H. Reid and was the vice commander of the Ulysses S. Grant Post #327 of the G.A.R. He successfully applied for an invalid pension in 1907. He last lived at 407 Park Place in Brooklyn. Shortly after his death from myocarditis, Agnes J. Reid, applied for and received a widow’s pension in 1918, certificate 857,167. Section 95, lot 686.

REID, ROBERT (1842-1920). Second lieutenant, 173rd New York Infantry, Company I. Of Scottish birth, he enlisted as a private on September 6, 1862, at Brooklyn, and mustered into the 173rd on November 10 of that year. He rose through the ranks becoming a sergeant on December 20, 1862, first sergeant on April 6, 1865, and second lieutenant on October 17, 1865 (not mustered). He mustered out on October 18, 1865. He applied for and received an invalid pension. At the time of his death due to asphyxia, his residence was 256 Decatur Street, Brooklyn. His widow, Julia A. Reid, also received a pension. Section 205, lot 33933.

REID, SAMUEL (1841-?). Corporal, 165th New York Infantry, Company C; private, 32nd New York Infantry, Company G. Of Irish birth, he first served in the 32nd New York, then enlisted at New York City as a private and mustered into the 165th New York on February 18, 1864. He was promoted to corporal on April 15, 1865, and mustered out at Charleston, South Carolina, on September 1, 1865. Section ?, lot ?.

REID, THOMAS M. (1828-1869). Lieutenant colonel, 182nd New York Infantry; captain, 82nd New York Infantry, Company B. Of Irish birth, he enlisted at New York City as a captain on April 17, 1861, was commissioned into the 82nd New York Infantry on May 21, and was discharged on September 6, 1861. After re-enlisting on September 18, 1862, at New York City, he was commissioned into the Field and Staff of the 182nd New York as lieutenant colonel two months later on November 17. Reid commanded the 182nd in these battles: Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia, from May 8-21, 1864; Totopotomoy, Virginia, from May 27-31, 1864; and Cold Spring Harbor, Virginia, from May 31-June 12, 1864. He was dismissed on June 16, 1864. He resided at 236 East 50th Street in Manhattan at the time of his death from cancer. Section 161, lot 13116.

 

 

 

 

REIF, ARNOLD (1836-1928). First sergeant, 38th New York Infantry, Company C; 4th Light Artillery, United States Army. Born in Germany, he enlisted at New York City as a sergeant on May 7, 1861, mustered into Company C of the 38th New York on June 3, and was promoted to first sergeant on September 9, 1861. After Reif was transferred out on April 28, 1862, he joined the United States Army’s 4th Light Artillery. Although the soldier history indicates that he deserted on an unspecified date, this may be inaccurate since he received an invalid pension in 1887, certificate 723,859. A widower, he last lived at 339 46th Street in Brooklyn but died of cardiac disease at 1181 Bushwick Avenue in Brooklyn at a property owned by his wife Augusta, who is interred with him. Section 205, lot 30553.

REIFF, FRANCIS X. (1838-1877). Second lieutenant, 55th New York Infantry, Company H; 38th Infantry, Company H. Of French origin, Reiff enlisted as a second lieutenant on November 17, 1862, the same date that he received his commission into the 55th New York. On or about December 23, 1862, he transferred into the 38th New York. His last residence was 98 Sackett Street in Brooklyn. Section 17, lot 17245, grave 338.

 

 

 

 

 

 

REIGLE, JOHN B. (1847-1879). Private, 51st Pennsylvania Infantry, Company B. It is likely that this John Reigle, a New Yorker by birth, enlisted on March 6, 1865, mustered into the 51st Pennsylvania on that date, and mustered out at Alexandria, Virginia, on July 27 of the same year. He may also have served in the 21st New York Infantry. He last lived at 222 8th Street in Brooklyn. His death was caused by pulmonary consumption. His widow, Abby C. Reigle, applied for a pension, application 117,789. Section 115, lot 13536 (Soldiers’ Lot), grave 127.

 

 

 

 

 

 

REILLY, ALEXANDER M. (1833-1861). Sergeant, 1st New York Cavalry, Company M. Born in Ireland, Reilly enlisted at New York City as a sergeant on August 28, 1861, and mustered on that day into Company M of the 1st New York Cavalry. He was shot to death by a comrade on December 24, 1861, at Camp William, Virginia. On January 1, 1862, he was interred in Lot 9895, grave 331, a public lot for adults. First removed to lot 16855 in July 1866, his remains were removed to the present location on July 4, 1873. Section 6, lot 21018, grave 331.

REIMER, GEORGE (1829-1869). Corporal, 73rd New York Infantry, Companies E and H. Reimer, who was born in New York City, enlisted as a private on August 9, 1861, at Camp Decker, New York, and mustered into Company E of the 73rd New York five days later. He was promoted to the rank of corporal effective upon his transfer to Company H on September 1 of that year. He was reduced in rank to private on December 15, 1862, and mustered out of service on August 20, 1864, at Petersburg, Virginia. He last lived in New York City where he died from phthisis. Section B, lot 8575, grave 73.

REINECKE, JOHN H. (1835-1890). Private, 5th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company A. He enlisted as a private on May 16, 1861, mustered into the 5th Regiment, also known as the Jefferson Guard, and mustered out on August 7 of that year at New York City. His last address was on Horton Street in Brooklyn and his death was recorded as from a hemorrhage. Section 153, lot 20234.

REINHARD (or REINHARDT), ADAM (1824-1904). Private, 174th New York Infantry, Companies C and K; 162nd New York Infantry, Company K. Born in Germany, Reinhard enlisted as a private on October 11, 1862, at New York City, mustered into Company C of the 174th on October 18, and was transferred into Company K on November 1. On February 17, 1864, he was transferred into the 162nd New York, and was discharged for disability on an unknown date at Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He last resided on 26th Street in Brooklyn. His death was caused by apoplexy. Section B, lot 9895.

REINHARDT, JOHN (1828 or 1830-1868 or 1888). Private, 119th New York Infantry, Company G. A native of Germany, Reinhardt enlisted at New York City on August 18, 1862, mustered into the 119th New York on September 5, and deserted at some point. His last residence was in New York City. There are two John Reinhardts interred at Green-Wood who seem to match this soldier history; it is impossible to determine which one is the soldier. Section A, lot 8100, grave 628, or Section 127, lot 14679, grave 64.

REISERT, FREDERICK (1826-1872). Rank unknown, 10th United States Infantry, Company C. Originally from Germany, Reisert served in the 10th United States Infantry but the dates of his enlistment and discharge are unknown. He last lived in Fosters Meadow (now Valley Stream), Long Island. He died of consumption. Section 116, lot 4073, grave 84.

 

 

 

 

 

 

REMINGTON, JAMES H. (1839-1899). Major by brevet; captain, 7th Rhode Island Infantry, Company H; United States Veteran Reserve Corps. Remington’s ancestors purchased their family homestead in Warwick, Rhode Island, from the Narragansett Indians. James Remington’s father, Benjamin Remington, left his seat in the State legislature to crush the Dorr Rebellion (1841-1842), an uprising that sought to extend the vote to non-landowners, and was a prominent Whig who later was one of the founders of the Republican Party. James Remington graduated from Brown, at the top of his class, in 1862, but gave up his law studies to join the Union cause. After enlisting as a private at Warwick, Rhode Island, on April 9, 1862, he mustered into Company H of the 7th Rhode Island on September 4. He was promoted to captain at some point before being injured at the Battle of Fredericksburg on December 13, 1862, then returned home on furlough. While home, he was elected to the State legislature and took his seat for a brief time. He was discharged from military service for disability on May 2, 1863. Once his health was restored, he gave up his legislative seat. He was commissioned as a full captain in the Veteran Reserve Corps on June 27, 1863, and assigned to Albany, New York, where he was appointed judge advocate. He continued to study law at Elmira, New York, and presided at courts-martial in Rochester, New York, where he distinguished himself. He was brevetted to major on March 13, 1865. During Reconstruction, he was the military commissioner in Winchester, Wytheville, and Norfolk, Virginia. He was admitted to the bar at Norfolk in 1868, and, after Virginia re-entered the Union, was elected commonwealth’s attorney for Norfolk County and the city of Portsmouth. Remaining active in military affairs, he was commander of the David Farragut Post #120 of the G.A.R. in Portsmouth and in December 1870, was appointed commander of the Department of Virginia. In 1870, his application for an invalid pension was granted, certificate 107,083. Remington moved to New York in 1872 where he was a partner in law firms that bore his name. The president of the United States Law Association as of 1881, he was responsible for law digests that specialized in business and commercial law. In addition, he was one of the first members of the New York Bar Association, belonged to the Montauk, Riding and Driving Club, and the Brooklyn Institute of the Arts. He also was renowned as a book collector and writer who contributed to many magazines and journals. He last lived at 838 Carroll Street in Brooklyn. An article about his death, a suicide by pistol shot to the head, appeared in The New York Times on February 10, 1899. Apparently, he was ill with the “grippe,” but suffered from bouts of depression. The article also noted that he lived in a “handsome brownstone in a fashionable neighborhood,” and left considerable property. Section 139, lot 26526.

RENOUARD, AUGUSTE (or EUGENE AUGUSTE) (1839-1912). Major, Louisiana Militia, Confederate States of America. Born in the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana, Eugene Auguste Renouard was educated by tutors as a young boy. He went to St. Louis at age 12 where he attended Catholic schools and graduated from St. Xavier’s College with a degree in chemistry and pharmacy. After finishing medical school at McDowell University in St. Louis in the 1850s, he taught there, and was a medical doctor before the Civil War. According to a descendant, he served in the Louisiana militia (Confederate Army) as a surgical steward, assistant surgeon, and then medical officer with the rank of major, during the Vicksburg Campaign in 1863. That same family history, which acknowledges that there are no known records of Renouard’s service, notes that he apparently escaped capture during the Island #10 battle on the Mississippi River. As per a 1912 newspaper article, Renouard said that after the Confederate defeat at Vicksburg, his war service ended when he was placed on parole under the proviso that he not re-enter the military service. It was during the War that he conceived and developed a pioneering method for embalming, including the creation of specialized instruments that bore the family name. After the War, Renouard moved to Chicago, and then to Denver, Colorado, (where he dropped Eugene from his name and in 1878, wrote The Undertakers Manual). In Denver, he operated a drug store, ran a casket-making business, perfected his embalming techniques, and was commissioned to send embalmed bodies of settlers back to their families in the East. According to a descendant, Renouard helped many Chinese in Denver during anti-immigrant riots in 1880. (These Chinese had come to Colorado to help in the building of railroads.) In 1882, he moved to Rochester, New York, where he belonged to a Masonic lodge, relocated to Kansas City, Missouri, for three years, then back to Denver in 1887. He settled in Brooklyn in 1888 where he and his family opened the Renouard Training School for Embalmers in downtown Manhattan, a respected facility that closed in 1950. According to his descendant, Auguste Renouard was cited as the “mentor of embalming” in the 1945 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica and authored numerous articles for professional publications up until his death. He last lived at 292 6th Avenue in Brooklyn where he died from cirrhosis. A monument to him, celebrating his pioneering work in embalming, was erected at Green-Wood by the Funeral Directors of America, Canada, and England. Section 131, lot 33908, grave 2.

RENSHAW, JAMES H. (1839-1886). Private, 47th Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company D. Originally from England, Renshaw enlisted as a private at Brooklyn on June 17, 1863, and mustered into the 47th Regiment’s National Guard where he served for 30 days. He noted in his personal sketch for the G.A.R. that his regiment was activated by the national government when General Lee’s Army invaded Pennsylvania. His term expired on July 23 when his company mustered out at Brooklyn. In 1884, he joined the Henry M. Lee Post #21 of the G.A.R. Renshaw died from phthisis. Section 145, lot 25543.

rentallRENTALL (or RANTEL), JOSEPH (enlisted as CARR, JOSEPH) (1837-1888). Private, 20th Connecticut Infantry, Company H; 5th Connecticut Infantry, Company I. Though his gravestone identifies him as Joseph Rentall of the 20th Connecticut, Company H, he served in that regiment under the name Joseph Carr. A resident of Orange, Connecticut, he was drafted into the 20th as a private on August 24, 1863. On June 13, 1865, he transferred into the 5th Connecticut Infantry, Company I, and mustered out on July 19, 1865, at Alexandria, Virginia. His wife received a pension after his death, under certificate 423,667. The pension index card establishes that Joseph Rentall used the alias of Joseph Carr. Sections A/ B, lot 8100, grave 465.

 

 

 

 

 

 

REOCK, GEORGE (1828-1891). Sergeant, 8th Regiment, New York State National Guard, Companies G and E. A New Jersey native, Reock first served for three months as a private in the 8th Regiment’s State Militia, Company G, in 1861. He re-enlisted as a sergeant on May 29, 1862, mustered immediately into the 8th Regiment’s National Guard, Company E, and mustered out three months later on September 10 at New York City. In 1890, he applied for and received and invalid pension, certificate 883,087. Reock last resided at 100 Lawrence Street in Brooklyn. His widow applied for and received a pension in 1892, certificate 365,935. He was interred at Green-Wood on April 11, 1893. Section 197A, lot 28318, graves 1 and 2.

RESCH, JOHN C. (1845–1907). Drummer, 28th Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company H. A native of Germany, Resch served for 30 days in 1863 as a drummer for the 28th Regiment.. He filed for a pension in 1897, certificate 949,169. His last residence was 708 Hancock Street, Brooklyn. His death in 1907 was caused by nephritis. Section 194, lot 30613, grave 2.

REUSS, CONRAD (1828-1882). Private, 2nd New York Light Artillery; 1st New York Light Artillery, Independent Battery; Veteran Reserve Corps. Of German birth, Reuss enlisted as a private at New York City on August 28, 1862, and mustered that day into the 2nd New York Light Artillery. He was transferred into the 1st New York Light Artillery on June 6, 1863, and then transferred into the Veteran Reserve Corps on January 10, 1865. In 1875, his application for an invalid pension was approved, certificate 191,445. He last lived on Old Ridge Street in New York. He died of angina pectoris. In 1883, Charlotte Reuss applied for and received a widow’s pension, certificate 222,627. Section 2, lot 5499, grave 1774.

REUTER, LOUIS (1834-1879). Private, 5th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company B. Of German birth, Reuter enlisted as a private at Washington, D.C, on May 16, 1861. On that date, he mustered into Company B of the 5th New York Militia, also known as the Jefferson Guard, and was discharged from military service on August 7, 1861, at New York City. His last residence was 17 Howard Street, New York City. His death was attributed to a carbuncle. Section 190, lot 17463, grave 3.

REVEL, BELTHASER (or BELTHAZER) (1820-1896). Private, 12th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company A. Originally from Bavaria, Germany, he was a barber by trade. In 1861, he served as a private for three months with the 12th Regiment. His last address was 72 Carmine Street in Manhattan. He died from hemiplegia, a stroke. Section 121, lot 7639, grave 459.

REVERE, GEORGE WASHINGTON (1838-1885). Private, 84th New York (14th Brooklyn) Infantry, Company H. Born in New York State, Revere was a 5′ 8½” carpenter with a light complexion and dark hair and eyes. He enlisted on August 20, 1862, and a month later, on September 19, took sick with a hemorrhage of the lungs caused by exposure to rain and cold while his regiment was marching and when he had no blanket or tent shelter. He was hospitalized in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City where he was discharged on July 29, 1863. Apparently, he returned to service and was charged with desertion on November 2, 1863, from Ladies Home General Hospital but this allegation was disputed. (The pension application indicates a discharge date of September 1, 1863.) On December 10, 1886, the desertion was cleared from his record. He was granted a pension, certificate 357,579. His death was caused by phthisis. His last residence was 475 Kent Avenue in Brooklyn. In 1887, his widow, Mary C. Revere, applied for a pension, which was approved under certificate 245,203. Section 85, lot 3803, grave 181.

 

 

 

REYNOLDS, CARLETON S. (1840-1923). Private, 13th Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company F. Reynolds’s birthplace is not clear. According to the Green-Wood database, he was born in Illinois; the 1910 census cites New York as his birthplace. As per his pension index card, Reynolds enlisted on May 28, 1862, served in Company F of the 13th Regiment, and mustered out with his company after three months on September 12. The 1890 Veterans’ Schedule confirms his Civil War service. He applied for and received an invalid pension in 1905, certificate 1,118,905.  The 1910 census reports that he had been married for thirty-three years, was living in Brooklyn at 185 Prospect Place in a house that he owned with no mortgage, and was a survivor of the Union Army. A widower at the time of his death, he last lived at 185 Prospect Place in Brooklyn. The cause of his death was pneumonia. According to his will, he died with $12,000 worth of real estate and $40,000 in personal property-the equivalent of a total estate of about $700,000 today. Section 165, lot 26665, grave 6.

REYNOLDS, JOHN G. (1801-1865). Colonel, United States Marine Corps. Born in New Jersey, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps on May 26, 1824. During the Battle of Bull Run, Virginia, on July 21, 1861, Reynolds, who had the rank of major, commanded a Marine Battalion on Henry House Hill. Stonewall Jackson’s Brigade routed his recruits, who were inexperienced. He acknowledged their greenness in his battle report three days later from Washington, D.C., and went on to add:

“….The abrupt and hasty retreat from the field of battle presents a deplorable deficiency in both arms and equipments. The rout being of such a general character, the men of all arms commingled, the only alternative left was to hasten to the ground occupied by the brigade to which we were attached on the morning of the day of the battle. On my way thither I had the good fortune to fall in with General Meigs, whose consternation at the disastrous retreat was depicted upon his countenance. He was of the opinion the Army should hasten to Arlington, fearing otherwise the enemy would follow up their successes and cut us off on the road. My men being weary and much exhausted, without blankets and other necessaries, I determined to strengthen such as should pass the wagons by hot coffee, and move on to headquarters at Washington City, where their wants could be supplied. But few came up; others continued on to the Long Bridge, where, on my arrival, I found some seventy or more, who, at my urgent solicitation, were permitted to accompany me to the barracks…”

The following September, he led an expedition to the coast of South Carolina. The ship experienced a disaster in which seven men were killed and much equipment and supplies were lost. Apparently, he rose to lieutenant colonel at some point but was court-martialed for unspecified reasons. He last lived on Flushing Avenue in Brooklyn where he died of phlebitis on November 2, 1865. Section 75, lot 3310.

REYNOLDS, MARTIN (1843-1890). Private, 141st Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G. Born in New York, Reynolds enlisted as a private on August 14, 1862, mustered into the 141st Pennsylvania, and was discharged on December 11, 1862. He was a member of the G.A.R., joining in 1887. He last lived in Flatbush, Brooklyn and his death was caused by phthisis pulmonalis. Section 6, lot 20118, grave 445.

REYNOLDS, SAMUEL F. (1823-1882). Sergeant major, United States Marine Corps. Born in Maryland, he served continuously in the Marine Corps from 1846-1869, and was a veteran of the Mexican War. When a monument in his honor was decorated at Green-Wood on Memorial Day in 1885, the article in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle noted, “…He crossed the equator twenty-three times and visited all parts of the world during his long service. He was one of the ushers at the inauguration of President Lincoln, and assisted in laying the first Atlantic cable. He was one of the last men to leave the United States war ship Constitution at the time she was wrecked, and was complimented for his gallant service on board that historical vessel…” Reynolds was active in the Rankin Post #10 of the G.A.R, which he joined in 1881. His last residence was 34 Clinton Place in Brooklyn. In 1882 he died from uremic poisoning. Section 154, lot 23835.

reynoldsREYNOLDS, STEPHEN R. (1838-1864). Captain and assistant adjutant general, United States Volunteers Adjutant General’s Department; first lieutenant, 99th New York Infantry, Company E. After enlisting as a second lieutenant at his hometown, New York City, on December 31, 1861, Reynolds was commissioned into the 99th New York on January 21, 1862, and rose to first lieutenant of his company on October 10 of that year. He was discharged for promotion on July 29, 1863, and was commissioned into the United States Volunteers Adjutant General’s Department as a captain and assistant adjutant general on that day. On June 3, 1864, he was critically wounded at Cold Harbor, Virginia, and succumbed there the following month on July 30. Section 67, lot 5420.

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REYNOLDS, WILLIAM T. (1834-1862). Sergeant, 5th New York Infantry, Company K. Reynolds enlisted as a sergeant at New York City on April 25, 1861, mustered into the 5th New York the next month on May 9, and was reduced to private in December 1861. After being detailed to escort the body of Lieutenant Colonel DeMonteil to New York City on March 12, 1862, he resumed the rank of sergeant on March 16, 1862, and became the color sergeant. However, he soon contracted typhoid fever and died at New Bridge, Virginia, on June 24, 1862. Section 75, lot 3309.

 

 

 

 

 

RHEINWALD (or REINWALD, RHINWOLD), WILHELM (or WILLIAM) (1841-1890). Sergeant, 19th Veteran Reserve Infantry, Company H; corporal, 46th New York Infantry, Company A. A native of Germany, Rheinwald enlisted at New York City as a private on July 29, 1861, mustered into Company A of the 46th New York on that date, and was promoted to corporal of his company at some point. On July 30, 1864, he was wounded in action at the Battle of Petersburg, Virginia. He transferred into the 19th Veterans as a sergeant on March 22, 1865, at Elmira, New York (the site of a Confederate prisoner of war camp), where he was discharged on August 8, 1865. According to the 1880 census, he was employed in paints and oils. His last residence was 417 Third Avenue in New York City. He died from phthisis, now called tuberculosis. Section 2, lot 5499, grave 763.

RHETT, ROLAND SMITH (1830-1898). Major and quartermaster, Confederate States of America; private, Rutledge’s Cavalry. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Rhett first served as a private in Rutledge’s Cavalry (Charleston Light Dragoons). He enlisted as a major on November 16, 1861, in South Carolina. In a letter dated December 20, 1861, shortly after Rhett’s appointment as major and quartermaster in the Confederate Army, General Lee ordered him to “proceed without delay to Columbia [S.C.] to relieve temporarily Captain Coles in his duties at that place.” An interesting anecdote about Major Rhett is contained in a letter he wrote to the Chief of Ordnance in Richmond, Virginia, dated June 8, 1863, in which he requested that he be allowed to purchase “one of the Pistols shipped to you this day…” since “I am without a weapon of any kind…” On August 18, 1864, Rhett wrote, “Please inform me upon what basis I shall exchange the greenbacks in possession of the federal prisoners at the post for confederate money.” (There was no response to this inquiry.) A letter written on September 24, 1864, indicated that he was directing transportation between Columbia and Charlotte Junction. During the Confederate evacuation of Columbia, on the night of February 16, 1865, Rhett’s staff tried and failed to transport vital Confederate ordnance supplies out of the path of Sherman’s advancing army. During the preceding days, the evacuation of stores and other military supplies was bungled. On February 14, private citizens with their personal property loaded onto railroad cars. Rhett, together with Major N. R. Chambliss, visited Major John T. Trezevant, head of the arsenal and ordnance officer, to draw up a priority list to move supplies. The next day, an attempt was made by Rhett to secure wagons and freight cars for government materiel but the action was too late since Trezevant’s stores had already come under enemy fire. On February 15, it was estimated that the arsenal held 150 tons of supplies including 50 boxes of machinery, 500 boxes of stores, 200 pigs of lead, and 70 carloads from the Charleston, South Carolina, arsenal. Eventually, only 105,000 rounds of small ammunition and some cash receipts and official documents were removed. A day later, the arsenal was deserted. This episode of mismanagement was called by General Josiah Gorgas, chief of Confederate ordnance, as perhaps the worst loss of stores and machinery in the War. An investigation was ordered but was unfinished when the hostilities ended. Roland Rhett’s brother was General Thomas Grimke Rhett who was also a major in the Confederate Army as well as Chief of Staff of General Joseph E. Johnston. At the time of Thomas Rhett’s death from anaemia in 1878, Roland Rhett lived in Baltimore, Maryland. Rhett’s last residence was 96 Columbia Heights, in Brooklyn. Section 202, lot 32690, grave 2.

RHINES, ALBERT M. (1845-1869). Corporal, 93rd Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company B; private, 12th Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company E.; 95th New York Infantry. A native of New York, he first served as a private for 30 days with the 12th Regiment when it was activated in 1863. A year later, he re-enlisted as a private, and served for 100 days with the 93rd New York National Guard during which time he was promoted to corporal on an unstated date. He re-enlisted as a private at Tompkinsville, New York, on March 24, 1865, and mustered into an unassigned company of the 95th that same date. He mustered out on May 9 of that year at Hart’s Island, New York Harbor. His last residence was in Newark, New Jersey and he died of apoplexy. Section 19, lot 5947.

 

 

 

 

 

RHOADES (or RHODES), CHARLES EDWARD (1842-1909). Artificer, 1st New York Engineers, Company F. A native of New York City, Rhoades was 5′ 7″tall with blue eyes and a fair complexion. After enlisting as a private at New York City on November 29, 1861, he immediately mustered into the 1st New York Engineers. He was promoted to artificer during his service, forfeited half of his pay in 1862, and was confined for a time in 1863 at Morris Island, South Carolina. He mustered out at Varina, Virginia, on November 28, 1864. His regiment served in the Department of the South and then moved to the Army of the James. In civilian life, he was a mason by trade. According to a descendant, Tyler Rhoades, Charles changed his surname from “Rhodes” to “Rhoades” sometime between 1870 and 1880. His application for an invalid pension was granted in 1899, certificate 992,896. His last address in Manhattan was at 104 West 83rd Street. At the end of his life, he lived at the Virginia branch of the National Veteran’s Home. His death was attributed of “neutral insufficiency.” His widow, Emma Rhodes, who is interred with him, received a pension, certificate 693,410. Section 129, lot 27373.

RHODES, ROBERT (1839-1904). Sergeant, 5th New York Heavy Artillery, Company H. Born in Rockaway, New York, he enlisted as a private at New York City on August 30, 1862, and mustered into the 5th Heavy Artillery on September 1. Rhodes was promoted to corporal on June 7, 1864, and to sergeant on April 25, 1865, before mustering out on June 22, 1865, at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. After the War, he belonged to the George C. Strong Post #534 of the G.A.R. as of January 26, 1885. He last lived on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn when he died of apoplexy. Section 29, lot 11440.

 

 

 

 

RHODES, WILLIAM P. (1822-1882). First sergeant, 1st New York Engineers, Company F. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, he enlisted as a first sergeant on November 11, 1861, at Brooklyn, and mustered into Company F, 1st New York Engineers, the same day. He was reduced to the rank of sergeant on an unknown date and served with the regiment until he mustered out on October 11, 1864, at Deep Bottom Run, Virginia. According to the 1880 census, he was a plumber by trade. He was a member of the G.A.R., Rankin Post #10. His last residence was at 77 Clermont Avenue in Brooklyn. Rhodes succumbed to heart disease. Section 183, lot 20300.

RIBLET, WILLIAM H. (1816-1897). Colonel by brevet; captain, 7th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company D. Riblet, a native of New York City, was an employee of the County Clerk’s office, and organized the Peter Cooper Fire Insurance Company in 1851, where he was its secretary. At age 44, he enlisted at New York City as a captain on April 17, 1861, was commissioned into the 7th Regiment on April 26, and mustered out on June 3 of that year at New York City. He was commissioned into the same regiment and company a year later on May 25, 1862, when it was part of the New York State National Guard, served in Washington, D.C., and mustered out at New York City on September 5, 1862. In 1863, he served with the 7th in Baltimore, Maryland. Home on sick leave in July 1863, he came out of a sick bed to help subdue the Draft Riots in New York City. For this and his other service he was brevetted colonel. Though admitted to the bar, he never practiced law, and eventually rose to the presidency of the Peter Cooper Fire Insurance Company. For more than 60 years he was associated with the 7th Regiment. He was a member of the Seventh Regiment Veteran Association and the Lafayette Post #140 of the G.A.R. (which he joined on June 3, 1887). He appears to be the father of William V. G. Riblet (see). He died of heart disease at his home, 120 West 75th Street in Manhattan. Section 75, lot 8256, grave 4.

 

RIBLET, WILLIAM V. G. (1845-1922). Sergeant, 5th Light Artillery, United States Army, Battery I. Born in Troy, New York, Riblet enlisted as a private and mustered into the 5th Light Artillery of the Regular United States Army. During his service, he was promoted to sergeant of his company. He also joined the Navy at some point in his career. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic’s James McQuade Post #557. Since his name appeared on the Sons of Union Veterans, it appears likely that William Riblet (see) was his father. His last residence was 55 West 105th Street in Manhattan. His death was caused by thrombosis. Section 75, lot 8256.

 

 

 

 

RICARD, WILLIAM LAYTON (1840-1928). Private, 8th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company E. A New York City native, Ricard served as a private with Company E of the 8th Regiment when it was activated for three months in 1861. A year later, the 8th Regiment was part of the New York State National Guard. Ricard re-enlisted on May 29, returned to Company E, and mustered out with his company at New York City on September 10. According to the 1920 census, he was living in Staten Island where he last resided at 2229 Richmond Terrace. Ricard died from senility. Section 98, lot 14116.

RICE, RICHARD E. (1847-1891). Private, 13th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company H. Of Irish origin, he served for three months in 1861 with the 13th Regiment. He joined the G.A.R. on December 15, 1890. His last residence was at 184 22nd Street, Brooklyn. Shortly after his death from asthenia his widow, Mary, received a pension in 1891, certificate 359,837. Section 59, lot 295, grave 55.

RICE, WILLIAM H. (1825-1907). Unknown soldier history. Although the details of Rice’s service are unknown, it is likely that he served in the Civil War because he was a resident of The National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Togus, Maine. His death was caused by nephritis. Section 171, lot 11223, graves 7 and 8.

RICH, CHARLES H. (1839-1876). Private, 2nd New York Veteran Cavalry, Companies E and A. Born in New York State, he enlisted as a private on August 15, 1863, at Glens Falls, New York. After mustering into Company E of the 2nd Veterans Cavalry a month later on September 8, he was transferred intra-regimentally to Company A at some point, and furloughed on September 16, 1865. He was absent on furlough when his company mustered out on November 8, 1865, at Talladega, Alabama. His last residence was 172 Broome Street in Manhattan. His death was attributed to Bright’s disease. Section 13, lot 21021.

RICH, EDWIN S. (1839-1901). Captain, 102nd Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company K; first sergeant, 22nd Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company K. Rich served with two New York State National Guard regiments. He enlisted at New York City as a first sergeant (date not available), mustered into the 22nd Regiment on June 18, 1863, and mustered out after its 30-day activation on July 24. On August 6, 1864, he was promoted to captain and commissioned into Company K of the 102nd Regiment. Rich mustered out after 100 days on November 13 at New York City. In 1897, he applied for and received an invalid pension, certificate 951,151. In 1901, a minor’s pension was granted under certificate 525,662. His last residence was in Allendale, Pennsylvania and he died from valvular heart disease. Section 196, lot 29649, grave 3.

 

 

 

 

RICH, ERSKINE (1842-1905). Captain, 39th New York Infantry, Company F; first lieutenant, 31st New York Infantry, Company I; private, 13th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company F; 84th New York (14th Brooklyn) Infantry, Company H. Rich, a Brooklyn native who was employed as a clerk, was 5′ 7″, with blue eyes, light complexion and hair. In April 1861, he enlisted as a private and mustered into the 13th Regiment. He served three months in that unit, was discharged with his company, and re-enlisted at New York City as a private on September 9, 1861. Four days later, he mustered into the 14th Brooklyn. On November 18, 1861, Rich was wounded and captured while on picket duty at Falls Church, Virginia; he was paroled on February 22 of the following year at James River, Virginia. Transferred into Company I of the 31st New York on September 8, 1862, he was hospitalized briefly that month for debility. After being promoted to second lieutenant on December 16, 1862, he was promoted to first lieutenant on January 19, 1863. He was again taken as a prisoner of war on May 4, 1863, at Salem Heights, Virginia, and was paroled at City Point, Virginia, on May 15. He reported to Camp Parole, Maryland, on May 16, and mustered out on June 4, 1863, at New York City. On January 22, 1864, Rich was commissioned into the 39th New York Infantry, Company F, as a first lieutenant. He was wounded on May 12, 1864, at the Salient at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia, promoted to captain on December 31, 1864, and mustered out at Alexandria, Virginia, on July 1, 1865. He returned to Brooklyn after the War and worked as a city weigher. In 1899, Rich received an invalid pension, certificate 993,939. Applications for an increase in 1902, 1903 and 1904 were rejected in spite of numerous chronic medical conditions. He succumbed to phthisis, tuberculosis. He last resided at 4810 14th Avenue in Brooklyn. Section 43, lot 212.

RICH, HARVEY J. (or I.) (1836-1873). Second lieutenant, 71st Regiment, New York State Militia, Company C. Rich, who was born in New York State, enlisted at New York City as a second lieutenant on April 19, 1861, was commissioned into the 71st Regiment on May 3, and resigned his commission on June 1, 1861. His last address was in San Francisco, California and he died of general debility. Section 153, lot 21633.

RICH, SAMUEL (?-1898). Private, 71st Regiment, New York State Militia, Company D. Born in New York, Rich served for three months with the 71st Regiment in 1861. In 1891, his application for an invalid pension was granted, certificate 760,626. He last lived in New York City. Section 13, lot 21021, grave 3.

RICHARDS, CHARLES H. (1837-1883). Captain, 13th Virginia Infantry, Company C, Confederate States of America. Born in Virginia, Richards was 6′ 1″ tall with a dark complexion, dark eyes and “mixed hair” when he enlisted at Gordonsville, Virginia, as a lieutenant, on April 17, 1861, the same day that he was commissioned into Company C of the 13th Virginia. On July 1, 1861, he was promoted to second lieutenant and became first lieutenant on April 23, 1862. He was promoted to captain of his company on May 15, 1863, and was posted to acting commander of his unit on September 29, 1864. On October 19, 1864, he was wounded by a round ball in the left thigh at the Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia, taken as a prisoner of war two days later, and confined at Fort McHenry, Maryland. On October 24, 1864, he was moved to Fort Delaware, Delaware. The muster roll for December 1864 notes that he was released from the U.S. General Hospital (West Building’s Baltimore Hospital) on December 9, 1864, and returned to Fort Delaware where he remained incarcerated until he took the oath of allegiance on June 17, 1865, at which time he was released. His last address was in Brooklyn. He died while in St. Peter’s Hospital using the name of Richard Richardson. Section 81, lot 5615.

RICHARDS, SAMUEL (1836-1905). First lieutenant, 13th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company E. Originally from England, he served for three months in 1861 with the 13th Regiment. He returned to the 13th (Heavy Artillery) for three months the following year after re-enlisting as a private on May 27, 1862, at Brooklyn. In 1904, Richards applied for and received an invalid pension, certificate 1,097,334. He last resided at 20 East 127th Street in Manhattan. Section 113, lot 17020, grave 6.

RICHARDSON, HENRY C. (1843-1881). Private, 12th Massachusetts Infantry, Company F; 39th Massachusetts Infantry, Company E; 32nd Massachusetts Infantry, Company F. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, he was a mechanic and resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, when he enlisted as a private on July 8, 1861, and mustered into the 12th Massachusetts Infantry the same day. He re-enlisted on February 16, 1864, and rejoined the 12th Massachusetts. On June 25, 1864, he was transferred into the 39th Massachusetts Infantry, and then joined Company F of the 32nd Massachusetts Infantry on June 2, 1865, where he served until he mustered out on June 29, 1865. He became a member of the G.A.R. Rankin Post #10 in 1880. His last residence was 267 Pearl Street, Brooklyn. Richardson died of diphtheria. Section 11, lot 12297.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RICHARDSON, LINDSAY R. (1839-1873). Private, 7th Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company K. Born in Dublin, Ireland, to American parents, Richardson was educated in France and came to the United States for business as a young adult. According to the History of the Seventh Regiment of New York, 1806-1889 (Chapter 54, 1873), Richardson served with the 7th Regiment in 1861 and marched with his comrades to Washington, D.C. In civilian life, he was a dealer in diamonds and precious stones, a field in which he was admired and in which he achieved success. He remained active in the National Guard becoming a corporal in 1865, a first lieutenant in 1867 and a captain in 1868. As captain, he was known as a disciplinarian and military instructor; his company was one of the largest and most well-regarded in the regiment. He was praised for his intelligence, impartiality, energy and geniality. The Veterans’ Association of his regiment noted upon his death, “No officer of this regiment has ever achieved a more brilliant reputation or displayed more distinguished military ability. As an accomplished gentleman, as a genial companion and as a faithful friend, he endeared himself to his company and to the offices and members of this regiment, and all unite in honoring his memory.” The members of the regiment were detailed as a funeral escort and asked to wear full uniform (white trousers) when they assembled at the Armory. The funeral took place at the Church of the Ascension on Fifth Avenue and the funeral procession passed down Broadway. Masonic ceremonies were conducted at Green-Wood and Company K fired three volleys over his grave as a final lament. Resolutions of condolence were sent to his family and Richardson’s company room at the 7th Armory was draped in mourning for thirty days after his death. He last lived at 41 West 10th Street in Manhattan. He succumbed after a short but severe illness. Section 70, lot 7467.

RICHARDSON, RICHARD (1839-1910). Seaman, United States Navy. Richardson was an African-American Creole who was 5’7″ and listed his trade as a mariner when he enlisted in the Navy at New York City for a three year term on April 10, 1865. He last resided at 74 Grand Street in Manhattan. Bronchitis was the cause of his death. Section 190, lot 18430.

RICHARDSON, WILLIAM (1822-1893). Major and paymaster, United States Volunteers Paymaster’s Department. A native of Hertfordshire, England, he served as an apprentice to a lawyer in London before immigrating to the United States in 1834, settling first in Ohio. In 1854, he moved to Albany, New York, and was active in the formation of the first Republican State Committee. His interests ranged from prohibition and temperance to the Anti-Nebraska and Free Soil movements. After serving as a clerk of the New York State Assembly and as Speaker of the Assembly, he was appointed paymaster by President Lincoln with the rank of major during the Civil War. He enlisted on June 1, 1861, and was commissioned that day into the United States Volunteers Paymaster’s Department as its major. He served in New Orleans, Louisiana, and according to a descendant, collected ballots for Lincoln during the 1864 election from New York sailors in South Carolina’s waters. On September 30, 1864, he resigned. His political connections served him well after the War when he became president of the Dry Dock, East Broadway, and Battery Railroad Company of New York City, turning a struggling institution into a multi-million dollar company that controlled eleven New York City railroad lines. His effort to become a state senator was unsuccessful. He last lived at 125 South Oxford Street in Brooklyn. Richardson’s death was caused by pneumonia. Section N, lot 24000.

RICHFORD, JOHN (1843-1902). Private, 17th New York Infantry, Company E. Richford enlisted as a private at New York City on May 2, 1861, mustered into the 17th New York on May 21, and mustered out on June 2, 1863, at New York City. In 1891, he applied for and was granted an invalid pension, certificate 828,431. His last residence was 62 Nelson Street in Brooklyn. In 1903, his widow, Mary E. Richford, who is interred with him, was awarded a pension, certificate 545,080. He succumbed to tuberculosis. Section 43, lot 2465, grave 1.

 

RICHMOND, DUNCAN (1835-1864). Captain 159th New York, Companies K and H; sergeant, 11th New York Infantry, Company C. In 1860, Richmond, a Connecticut native who lived at 461 Hicks Street in Brooklyn with his brother and was a silver-plater by trade, left his profession and became a firefighter at the Franklin Engine Company No. 3, located at 53 Henry Street. On April 20, 1861, he enlisted as a sergeant and mustered into the 11th New York, also known as the First Fire Zouaves or, most famously, the Ellsworth Zouaves, proudly wearing his firefighter’s badge on his uniform. According to Kevin D. Canberg, who researched and wrote about Richmond’s life and provided the information for this biography, the regiment was comprised of New York firemen, who were, at the time, considered the strongest and fittest men available to serve in the Union army. Men from Richmond’s firehouse and another nearby firehouse on Remsen Street, were part of Company C. At the Battle of Bull Run, Virginia, at the charge on Henry House Hill on July 21, 1861, he was one of 68 members of his company who were captured and first imprisoned at Richmond, Virginia. He and ten others were transferred to Castle Pinckney, South Carolina, and held there until they were paroled in May 1862. After mustering out on August 7, 1862, Richmond re-enlisted as a second lieutenant at Brooklyn a month later on September 18, and was commissioned into Company K of the 159th New York on November 3, recruiting fellow Brooklyn firefighters to fill Company K’s ranks. The 159th fought at Irish Bend and at the siege of Port Hudson, both along the Mississippi River in Louisiana, as well as smaller engagements throughout the Louisiana region. Richmond never failed to volunteer for hazardous duty (including a near-suicidal assault on Port Hudson dubbed “Forlorn Hope” that Union leadership wisely aborted), earning commendations and praise from his commanding officer. For this courage, he was promoted twice in less than a year: first to first lieutenant on March 1, 1863, effective upon his transfer to Company H and then to captain on February 20, 1864, upon which he returned to Company K. After almost two years of fighting in Louisiana, the 159th was recalled to Washington, D.C., in July of 1864, and then reassigned to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Richmond led his company through several battles in Sheridan’s decisive campaign, including Third Winchester, Fisher Hill, and Cedar Creek. At Cedar Creek, on October 19, 1864, Richmond was gravely wounded while leading his men in a defense against a Rebel charge on a breastwork behind which his men were positioned. After being removed to a field hospital, he succumbed to his wounds 11 days later. Captain William F. Tiemann wrote about his demise in 159th New York’s Regimental History, “Captain Duncan Richmond…was also killed, and the loss was most severely felt by the entire regiment. Pleasant and genial in his manner, kind to and thoughtful of his men, brave as the bravest, we could ill afford to lose so gallant an officer. He fell just as success was assured to our arms. None more worthy gave his life for his country.” Richmond’s funeral, complete with much fanfare, was held at Plymouth Church in early November of 1864– even poet Walt Whitman, apparently a neighborhood acquaintance of the Richmond brothers, would make note of the sad event in his diary. The funeral procession, which ran from Plymouth Church along Hicks Street to Richmond’s final resting place at Green-Wood Cemetery, was an impressive event that included friends, relatives, a company of New York National Guard troops, Franklin Engine Co. 3, Lodge 288, and the Brooklyn Band. After the Freemasons, of which he was a master, performed their ancient rites and his fellow soldiers fired a volley at graveside, Richmond was buried. Duncan Richmond’s Brooklyn fireman’s badge, which he had worn so proudly into battle, was lost sometime in 1863 in the vicinity of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It remained buried in the Louisiana soil for 145 years until its discovery, worn but intact, in 2008. Acquired by Kevin D. Canberg in 2009, it now resides in the collection of Kevin J. Canberg, Kevin’s father, who like Richmond, served Brooklyn, his home, as a firefighter. Section 158, lot 15518.

RICHMOND, WILLIAM H. (1841-1872). Second lieutenant, 142nd New York Infantry, Company C. After Richmond enlisted as a corporal on August 13, 1862, at Waddington, New York, he mustered into the 142nd New York on September 29. He was promoted to sergeant on April 15, 1863, to second lieutenant on March 18, 1865, and mustered out at Raleigh, North Carolina, on June 7, 1865. His last residence was 59 Quincy Street in Brooklyn, New York. Consumption was the cause of his death. Section 59, lot 1474, grave 10.

RICHTER, JULIUS (1821-1881). Private, 4th New York Cavalry, Companies B and D. Born in France, Richter served as a private in the 4th New York Cavalry in Companies B and D. His military record indicates other service but further details are unknown. He last lived at 504 East 11th Street in Manhattan. His death in 1881 was attributed to “crysipelas.” Section 2, lot 5499, grave 1260.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RICKARD, JOHN (1814-1872). Private, 70th New York Infantry, Company C. A native of Scotland, he enlisted at Paw Paw, Michigan, on October 16, 1861, and mustered into his company the same day. He was discharged for disability on February 14, 1863, at Fairfax Seminary. Rickard last lived in Brooklyn. His death in 1872 was attributed to softening of the brain. Section F, lot 20317.

RICKLIEN (or RICKLIN), JOSEPH (1814-1888). Provost, 1st New York Cavalry, Companies I, E, and G. Originally from Switzerland, he enlisted as a private on August 1, 1861, mustered into Company I of the 1st New York Cavalry, and transferred into Company E a day later. At some point, he became provost and transferred to Company G. He was discharged on December 27, 1862, due to disability. His last residence was 235 16th Street in Brooklyn. He died of marasmus, a form of malnutrition. Section 4, lot 21316, grave 137.

RIDDEN, JOHN C. (1830-1890). Private, 7th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company D. After Ridden enlisted at New York City as a private in 1861, he mustered into the 7th New York State Militia for its activation of 30 days and mustered out at the termination of his enlistment. His last residence was 211 Dean Street in Brooklyn. He died from rheumatism.  Section 142, lot 23998.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RIEPER (or RIEBER, REVER), JOHN (1840-1906). Private, 13th New York Cavalry, Company M. Born in Germany, he enlisted as a private on February 29, 1864, at the Ninth Congressional District, and mustered into the 13th New York Cavalry on that day. Although military records list him as a deserter on May 14, 1864, that may not be correct, because, according to his obituary, he was a member of the Adam Goss Post #330 of the G.A.R. and the National Veterans League after the War. He last resided at 261 South 2nd Street in Brooklyn. He suffered from and died of cancer. Section 135, lot 27263, grave 207.

RIESE, CHARLES (1839-1938). Private, 52nd Regiment, New York State National Guard; 176th New York Infantry, Company I. Born in Germany, Riese enlisted at Brooklyn as a private on October 18, 1862, and mustered into the 52nd Regiment’s National Guard. He then transferred into the Company I of the 176th New York on December 15 of that year. His last residence was 516 81st Street in Brooklyn where he lived to the age of 99. His death was caused by arteriosclerosis. Section 167, lot 16258.

RIGGS, GEORGE S. (1829-1904). Private, 83rd New York Infantry, Company E. Riggs enlisted and mustered into the 83rd at New York City on May 27, 1861, and was discharged for disability on November 26, 1862. His application for an invalid pension was granted in 1863, certificate 278,147. He last lived at 262 Cooper Street in Brooklyn. After his death from asthma his widow, Frances Riggs, received a pension, certificate 579,288. Section 190, lot 18208, grave 8.

 

 

 

 

RIHM, JOHN (1833-1863). Captain, 28th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company D. A native of Germany, he enlisted as a first sergeant at Brooklyn on April 23, 1861, mustered into the 28th Regiment the next month on May 11, was promoted to captain on June 20, and mustered out at Brooklyn after three months on August 5. He returned to service on June 13, 1863, was commissioned into the same unit and company (then part of the National Guard) on that date, and mustered out after 30 days on July 22 at Brooklyn. He died a month later on August 25, 1863, of peritonitis. His last residence was on Atlantic Street in Brooklyn. A marble Veterans Administration stone was ordered for him early in the 20th century. Section 115, lot 13536 (Soldiers’ Lot), grave 17.

 

 

 

 

 

RIKER, JOHN LAFAYETTE (1824-1862). Colonel, 62nd New York Infantry. Born in Manhattan, his father was a merchant and New York City alderman. His maternal grandfather, John Van Arsdale, served with General Lafayette during the American Revolution, and met him in the Battery the day after Riker was born. Van Arsdale was so pleased to have been recognized by the renowned hero that he gave his grandson the middle name “Lafayette.” Active in the American Party, Riker was a lawyer before joining the 62nd New York Infantry, the Anderson Zouaves, at Saltersville, New Jersey, in July 1861. The regiment was part of the Army of the Potomac. In March 1862, he was court-martialed on a variety of charges including neglect of duty, creating a false muster roll, extorting money from sutlers, trying to sell a commission, and the most controversial, keeping a woman in his tent. During the testimony, many attested to their knowledge of the aforementioned woman, who was dressed as a man and named “Walter Harold” on the rolls; ultimately, he was acquitted of all charges. After rejoining the regiment, he led his troops in Virginia at Fortress Monroe and at Williamsburg. He was killed at the Battle of Fair Oaks in Virginia on May 31, 1862. Mortally wounded, his last words were, “Boys, we’re surrounded-give them some cold steel.” His aide, Lieutenant Bradley, described Colonel Riker’s action in the encounter as magnificent, “the coolness of the colonel, in the most trying situations, being absolutely marvelous.” On June 5, 1862, Lieutenant Colonel David J. Nevin, 62nd New York, cited Riker’s valor when he wrote from the battlefield that the regiment was fired upon once the Confederates saw their colors, “Shortly after forming in line Col[onel] J[ohn] Lafayette Riker was killed while gallantly cheering on his men to save the battery, which was threatened at the time by the enemy. In Colonel Riker’s death we have sustained a heavy loss, as he was a gallant and brave officer.” Brigadier General Erasmus Keyes, United States Army, eulogized him in his field report of June 13, 1862, “The losses in the Sixty-second were not so great as in some of the other regiments; its conduct was good, and its colonel, J. Lafayette Riker, whose signal bravery was remarked, met a glorious death while attacking the enemy at the head of his regiment…” He was an honorary member of the Mechanic Hook and Ladder Company, a group that had many members in Anderson’s Zouaves. His body lay in state in the Governor’s Room at City Hall before a military escort brought his remains to Green-Wood. Originally interred in lot 4259, he was moved to the current location on December 4, 1869. Post #62 of the G.A.R., in New York County, was named in his honor. Section 164, lot 16159.

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RILEY, CHARLES F. (1838-1866). Private, 5th New York Infantry, Company F. A native of New York City, Riley who was a piano-maker by trade, was 5′ 11″ with brown hair and eyes. After enlisting as a private at New York City on July 20, 1861, he mustered into the 5th two days later. He was wounded in both thighs at Second Bull Run, Virginia, on August 30, 1862, and was discharged for disability on January 17, 1863, at Hammond General Hospital in Point Lookout, Maryland. Section 114, lot 8999, grave 1269.

RILEY, REUBEN (1839-1919). Acting second assistant engineer, United States Navy. A native of Brooklyn, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was appointed acting third assistant engineer on August 29, 1863. He was promoted to acting second assistant engineer on November 18, 1864, and was discharged on August 20, 1865. Riley last resided at 13th Avenue and 86th Street in Brooklyn. He succumbed to cancer. Section 206, lot 35709.

rimmerRIMMER, WILLIAM (1842-1909). First lieutenant, 4th New York Heavy Artillery, Company F; private, 21st New Jersey Infantry, Company C. Of English birth, he enlisted as a first lieutenant at New York City, mustered into the 4th New York Heavy Artillery on January 29, 1862, and resigned on June 17 of that year. He re-enlisted as a private on August 28, 1862, mustered into the 21st New Jersey on September 15, and mustered out at Trenton, New Jersey, on June 19, 1863. He last resided at 259 80th Street in Brooklyn. He died of pneumonia. Section 135, lot 27263, grave 1891.

 

 

 

 

 

RINGOLD, BENJAMIN (1828-1863). Colonel, 103rd New York Infantry, Company A. Originally buried in lot 13536 (Soldiers’ Lot), grave 26, his remains were removed from Green-Wood on April 20, 1883. He enlisted at New York City on December 6, 1861, as a captain, and was commissioned into Company A on January 4, 1862. He was promoted to major on June 25, 1862, effective upon his transfer that day into the Field and Staff, and rose to colonel on March 3, 1863. On May 3, 1863, he was killed in battle at Suffolk, Virginia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RININSLAND, CHARLES (1842-1903). Private, 5th New York Infantry, Company A; 5th New York Veteran Infantry, Company A. Born in Germany, he was 5′ 3″ with gray eyes, brown hair, and employed as a clerk when he enlisted on August 27, 1862. He took sick en route to Washington, and was ultimately sent to Camp Convalescent in Alexandria, Virginia. Never having served with the 5th New York, he reported to the 146th New York in August 1863, but was never taken onto that unit’s rolls; instead, he was sent to the 5th New York Veterans, Company A, on November 3, 1863. Wounded by a Minie ball in the left leg on June 2, 1864, at Bethesda Church, Virginia, he was discharged for disability on June 1, 1865, at Willett’s Point Hospital in New York. After the War, he worked as a barber. He last lived at 367 Pearl Street in Brooklyn and he died from cancer. Section 130, lot 31306.

RIPLEY, ROBERT ANDREWS (or ANDREW) (1837-1907). First lieutenant, 13th Connecticut Infantry, Companies D and C. Born in Norwich, Connecticut, and a resident of that city, he enlisted as a second lieutenant on August 23, 1862, and was commissioned into Company D of the 13th Connecticut on December 31 of that year. Upon his promotion to first lieutenant on February 15, 1863, he transferred into Company C, and was discharged on January 6, 1865. He last lived in Stamford, Connecticut. Section 140, lot 15646, graves 11 and 12.

RITCHIE, JACOB (1824-1866). Private, 84th New York (14th Brooklyn) Infantry, Engineers Company. A native of Newburgh, New York, Ritchie lived in New York City at the time of the censuses of 1840 and 1850. As per the 1860 census, he lived in Brooklyn with his wife and in-laws; he was employed as a caulker. During the Civil War, he enlisted at Brooklyn as a private on April 18, 1861, and mustered into the Engineers Company on May 23. His muster roll indicates that he was a shipwright who mustered out on August 28, 1861, at Arlington, Virginia, “being in excess of Regt. organization.” The New York State census of 1865 reports that he lived in Brooklyn. As per his obituary in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, he last lived on Canton Street. He died from pulmonary consumption (tuberculosis). The photos (below) of Jacob and Caroline Ritchie (who died in 1865 and is interred with him) were taken in the 1860s; his photo was taken at the Thomas Henley Studio, hers at the R. A. Lewis Studio. Section 189, lot 16067.

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RITTER, JOHN C. (1815-1902). Gunner, United States Navy. Born in New York City, Ritter was a gunner in the Navy from September 18, 1845-March 9, 1877, serving in both the Mexican and Civil Wars. According to his obituary in The New York Times, he was employed as a clerk in the Brooklyn tax office for 20 years after leaving the service. He was a member of the Moses F. Odell Post #443 of the G.A.R. and other fraternal associations. His last address was 287 Ryerson Street in Brooklyn. His death was caused by arteriosclerosis and senility. Section 160, lot 11497.

RITTER, PAUL (1840-1865). Private, 66th New York Infantry, Company D. On May 11, 1864, Ritter enlisted at Brooklyn as a private and mustered into the 66th New York the same day. He was taken as a prisoner of war at Petersburg, Virginia, on June 17, 1864, and was paroled on February 24, 1865, at Aiken’s Landing, Virginia. He died of consumption at New York City less than a month later on March 18, 1865. His last residence was at Third Avenue and 82nd Street, New York City. Section 163, lot 14831.

RITTER, THEODORE (1836-1910). Private, 71st Regiment, New York State Militia; 15th United States Infantry. Serving with the 71st Regiment when it was activated for three months in 1861, Ritter’s company assignment is unknown. He also served in the 15th United States Infantry. His last residence was 327 President Street in Brooklyn. Ritter died of endocarditis in 1910. Section 187, lot 17978.

 

 

 

 

RITTMAN, FREDERICK F. (1840-1899). Private, 33rd New Jersey Infantry, Company C. Born in Germany, Rittman enlisted as a private and mustered into the 33rd New Jersey as a substitute on April 13, 1865, and mustered out on July 17, 1865, at Washington, D.C. Rittman last lived at 66 Barclay Street in Manhattan. His death was caused by a pistol shot. His wife received a widow’s pension, certificate 831,865. Section 6, lot 20118, grave 17.

ROACH, HENRY D. (1844-1862). Private, 1st New York Mounted Rifles, Company M. After enlisting as a private at Hempstead, New York, on September 6, 1862, he mustered into the 1st New York Mounted Rifles two days later, and died of typhoid fever on December 13, 1862, at Suffolk, Virginia. Section 85, lot 5735.

ROAKE, JOHN SHERMAN (1832-1912). Third assistant engineer, United States Navy. A native of New York City, Roake was 5′ 7½” tall with gray eyes, a high forehead, prominent nose, fair complexion and dark brown hair. At the time of his enrolment, he was a pattern maker and engineer. After enlisting on August 19, 1863, Roake mustered immediately into the United States Navy, and served aboard the USS Sonoma and the Mary Sanford as a third assistant engineer. The ship was part of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron in Charleston, South Carolina. He was injured on board the ship on May 4, 1864, lost sight in his left eye, reported to the New York Navy Yard for medical evaluation on June 4, and was honorably discharged on July 31, 1864, at which time his commission was revoked. In civilian life, he was a mechanical engineer and draftsman (as verified by the 1880 census) and a member of the G.A.R., Lafayette Post #140 as of 1889. In 1904, his pension application was granted, certificate 35,655. At the time he applied for a pension, he noted that the nail of his left thumb was split in two at the root. His last address was 107 Hancock Street in Brooklyn. In 1914, the Pension Bureau received an inquiry asking whether his daughter, Laura Roake, was entitled to his pension. Section 193, lot 31396, grave 2.

ROBBINS, CHARLES A. (1845-1885). Sergeant, 61st New York Infantry, Companies H and K. A native of New York City, he enlisted there as a private at the age of 16 on October 15, 1861, and mustered into Company H of the 61st two days later. After being promoted to sergeant on March 31, 1863, he was transferred to Company K. Taken as a prisoner of war at Chancellorsville, Virginia, on May 3, 1863, he was later paroled. He re-enlisted on December 21, 1863, was wounded at Corbin’s Bridge, Virginia, on May 8, 1864, was reduced to ranks on April 1, 1865, and mustered out on July 14, 1865, at Alexandria, Virginia. His last residence was the Langham Hotel on 52nd Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. He died of typhoid fever. Section 97, lot 4910.

ROBEDEE, CHARLES P. (1845-1935). Private, 9th Iowa Cavalry, Company G. A Brooklynite by birth, Robedee lived in Webster City, Iowa, when he enlisted as a private on August 13, 1863. He mustered into the 9th Iowa Cavalry the same day, and mustered out on February 3, 1864, at Little Rock, Arkansas. According to his obituary in The New York Times, he served as a dispatch bearer for General Grant on several occasions. He returned to Brooklyn after the War where he was a contractor and member of the McPherson-Doane Post #499 of the G.A.R. In 1899, he successfully applied for an invalid pension, certificate 1,065,496. He last resided at 1446 72nd Street in Brooklyn. He succumbed to heart disease. Section 207, lot 21509, grave 1.

robertROBERT, FREDERICK (or FRITZ) A. (1837-1934). Quartermaster, 4th New York Cavalry. Of Swiss birth, he enlisted as an adjutant on October 29, 1861, at New York City, and was commissioned into his unit on that date. Promoted to quartermaster on November 1, 1861, he mustered out at Washington, D.C., on September 5, 1862. According to William Swinton’s History of the Seventh Regiment (1876), he served in Company K of the 7th; the dates of that service are not noted. He died of senility in Atlantic City, New Jersey, at age 97. Section 187, lot 18820.

 

 

 

ROBERTS, BROUGHAM S. (1833-1887). Private, 38th Massachusetts Infantry, Company I. Born in London, England (although his Green-Wood record says Scotland), he was a farmer and resident of Medway, Massachusetts, when he enlisted as a private on August 8, 1862. He mustered into the 38th Massachusetts on August 21, and was accidentally wounded in the foot on March 28, 1863. Roberts was taken as a prisoner of war on June 23, 1863, at Brashear City, Louisiana, and paroled there three days later. On July 13, 1865, he mustered out at Boston, Massachusetts. His last residence was at 180 Pearl Street in Brooklyn. His death was caused by an ulceration of the larynx. Section 12, lot 9159.

ROBERTS, GEORGE W. (1844-1899). Foreman, United States Navy. Roberts enlisted as a foreman in the United States Navy and retired as a quartermaster in 1874 from the Vermont, a receiving ship. In 1874, he received a pension of $9.75 per month from the United States Navy, certificate 1,966. A member of the G.A.R. as of July 12, 1882, his last residence was 80 Perry Street in Manhattan and he died of apoplexy. Section 153, lot 20413, grave 20.

ROBERTS, JAMES (1829-1869). Private, 3rd New York Light Artillery. Originally from England, Roberts enlisted as a private at Brooklyn on February 3, 1864, and mustered immediately into the 3rd New York Light Artillery, but was not assigned to a company. Further details about his service are unknown. His last residence was at 587 DeKalb Avenue in Brooklyn. Section 59, lot 11734, grave 68.

ROBERTS, JAMES J. (1844-1864). Private, 42nd Illinois Infantry, Company H. A resident of Canton, Illinois, he enlisted and mustered in on August 10, 1861. He was discharged for a disability at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, on an unstated date. Section 117, lot 10975, grave 61.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROBERTS, JAMES L. (or I., J.) (1837-1925). Sergeant, 6th New York Heavy Artillery, Company H; private, 8th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company D, 14th New York Heavy Artillery. Born in Staten Island, Roberts served with the 8th Regiment for three months in 1861, enlisting on April 17 and mustering out on August 2. He re-enlisted as a private on December 24, 1863, at Reading, New York, mustered into an unassigned company of the 14th New York Heavy Artillery, and transferred into the 6th New York Heavy Artillery on May 10, 1864. Roberts was promoted to corporal at some point and then to sergeant on July 23, 1865, a month before he mustered out on August 24 at Washington, D.C. His application for an invalid pension in 1890 was granted, certificate 673,731. His last address was 1 Avenue E in New Rochelle, New York. He died in 1925 due to senility. Section 60, lot 1033.

ROBERTS, NATHAN B. (1841-1911). Second lieutenant, United States Signal Corps; 47th New York Infantry, Company F. Born in South Egremont, Massachusetts, Roberts was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Signal Corps on March 3, 1863. He also served in the 47th New York Infantry, though the details are unknown. Roberts enlisted on an unknown date, was commissioned as a second lieutenant but did not muster in in that rank on June 19, 1863. Subsequently, on August 19, 1863, he declined a commission in the 47th New York. According to the 1875 New York City Directory, he was working in goods for hatters at 74 Greene Street and living in Brooklyn. The 1900 census lists him as an importer. At the time of his passport application in 1901, he was 5′ 6½” tall with grayish eyes, scanty hair turning gray, light complexion, round chin, a high forehead, moderate Roman nose, and oval face. Section 76, lot 2695.

ROBERTS, JR., WILLIAM H. (1839-1932). Corporal, 83rd New York Infantry, Company H. Roberts was born in New York City, where he enlisted on May 27, 1861, as a private. He mustered into the 83rd New York the same day. During his service, he was discharged for promotion on February 1, 1863, and rose in rank to corporal. According to his obituary in The New York Times, he fought at the Battles of Bull Run, Virginia; Antietam, Maryland; and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A provisions merchant after the War, he was also a volunteer fireman in New York City and a member of the Ulric Dahlgren Post #25 of the G.A.R in Elizabeth, New Jersey. In 1901, he applied for and received invalid pension, certificate 1,091,794. Roberts last resided at 126 Orchard Street in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Shortly after his death, from myocarditis, in 1932 his widow, Emma Roberts, received a pension under certificate A-10-15132. Section 60, lot 1033.

ROBERTSON, JOHN M. (1822-1870). Private, 5th New York Heavy Artillery, Company K. After enlisting as a private at the 3rd Congressional District of New York on January 13, 1864, he immediately mustered into the 5th Heavy Artillery from which he mustered out on July 19, 1865, at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. He last lived at 80 Lawrence Street in Brooklyn where he died five years later of delirium tremens. Section 184, lot 19231.

ROBINS, JOSEPH J. (1844-1902). Musician, 55th New York Infantry, Company E; 38th New York Infantry, Company I; 40th New York Infantry, Company E. Born in England on July 16, 1844, he immigrated to the United States as a boy. He enlisted as a musician at Staten Island on August 1, 1861, and mustered into the 55th New York on August 28. He transferred out of the 55th on December 21, 1862, and two days later joined Company I of the 38th New York. On June 3, 1863, he transferred out of the 38th and mustered into Company E of the 40th New York, popularly known as the Mozart Regiment. He mustered out on August 28, 1864. After the War, he had an oyster stand in the Fulton Market on what was known as “Oysterman’s Row” for many years. He later established an oyster and chophouse at 81-83 Court Street, opposite the old Police Headquarters, then opened a business on Fulton Street opposite the Brooklyn Borough Hall and finally opened a shop at 234 Court Street that he operated for twenty years, retiring in 1900. He was a member of the Joppa Lodge, the Masonic Veteran’s Association of Brooklyn, and the Mozart Veterans’ Association. In 1890, his application for an invalid pension was granted, certificate 991,900. He died of myelitis at his home at 14 Butler Street in Brooklyn. Section 196, lot 31052, grave 3.

 

 

 

ROBINSON, GEORGE B. (?-?). Second lieutenant, 23rd Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company B. He was commissioned into the 23rd on June 18, 1863, and mustered out after 30 days on July 22 at Brooklyn. Section ?, lot ?.

ROBINSON, JOHN A. (1837-1885). Surgeon, 5th New York Veteran Infantry; assistant surgeon, 38th New York Infantry; 162nd New York Infantry. Born in Dublin, Ireland, he enlisted on September 15, 1862, at Washington, D.C., and was commissioned into the 38th New York on that date. He was wounded in the right shin by the plug from a Hotchkiss shell on December 13, 1862, at Fredericksburg, Virginia, and mustered out on June 22, 1863, at East New York. Re-enlisting and commissioning in on August 27, 1864, at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, Robinson served in the 162nd New York until he mustered out on October 10, 1864. He was then commissioned into the 5th New York as a surgeon on October 23, 1864, after enlisting that day at Weldon Railroad, Virginia, and mustered out on August 21, 1865, at Hart’s Island, New York Harbor. His application for an invalid pension was granted in 1883, certificate 369,025. He last resided in Brooklyn and his death was caused by heart disease. In 1885, his widow, Lucetta A. Robinson, received a pension, certificate 235,613. Section 76, lot 2575.

ROBINSON, R. H. (1821-1894). Chaplain, 32nd New York Infantry. After enlisting at New York City as a chaplain on June 1, 1861, he was commissioned into the Field and Staff of the 32nd Infantry that day. His death was attributed to paralysis. He resigned on February 22, 1862. Section 4, lot 19941, grave 3.

 

 

 

 

ROBINSON, THOMAS M. (1837-1914). Assistant quartermaster and commissary of subsistence, 67th North Carolina Infantry; captain 1st North Carolina Local Defense Infantry, Confederate States of America. Robinson was born in Washington, North Carolina. After enlisting as a captain on an unknown date, Robinson was commissioned into the Field and Staff of the 1st North Carolina Local Defense Infantry on September 20, 1863. In the fall of 1863, Governor Zebulon Vance of North Carolina recommended Robinson to Confederate Secretary of War James Seddon for a commission in the Confederate forces as a quartermaster–a promotion from his position in the North Carolina state forces. A fellow captain and quartermaster seconded this recommendation in a letter dated October 17, 1863, “Capt. Robinson is serving in a section immediately bordering the enemy lines, and with the facilities that will be afforded him by Confederate Officers can secure much property that would in all probability be lost to the service otherwise.” Apparently, Robinson did not get that position—as of his return of February 1864, he remained the assistant quartermaster of the 67th North Carolina Infantry; his soldier record lists the date of that transfer as January 18, 1864. The history of the 67th North Carolina indicates that it was organized in January of 1864 and that Robinson, of Beaufort, was its quartermaster. Although his name appears as the 19th North Carolina as of March 1864 as assistant quartermaster, it is noted that that appointment was declined. As per his obituary in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, which confirms his service in the 67th North Carolina, he was commissioned as a major in a Virginia regiment just prior to the end of the Civil War; his soldier records have no indication of that promotion.

Robinson married Mary Hoyt of North Carolina in 1865. As per the 1870 census, he lived in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife and young children; he was a merchant whose real estate was valued at $2,000 and whose personal property was worth $800. In civilian life, he was a member of the New York Cotton Exchange as of 1876, where he held many leadership positions and served as its president for two terms. As per the 1880 census, Robinson lived with his wife and six children at 38 Cambridge Street in Brooklyn and was a cotton merchant. The 1900 census indicates that he lived at 153 Hancock Street in Brooklyn with his wife and four adult children; he still worked as a cotton broker. At the time of the 1905 New York State census, he was a cotton broker living with his wife in Brooklyn. The 1910 census shows him as having been married for 44 years, living in a rental with his wife on Washington Avenue in Brooklyn and still working as a cotton broker. Robinson was a member of St. Luke’s Protestant Episcopal Church. His funeral took place at the Church of the Messiah at Greene and Clermont Avenue in Brooklyn. He last lived at the Mohawk Hotel and died at Long Island College Hospital. Section 197, lot 3355.

ROBINSON, WILLIAM (1836-1899). Artificer, 1st New York Engineers, Company D. Irish-born and a laborer by trade, Robinson enlisted as a private at New York City on August 29, 1864, pursuant to S.O. 353 as a transferee from the 144th New York. He mustered into the 1st Engineers on September 13, 1864. On April 15, 1865, he re-enlisted at Hart’s Island, New York Harbor. His muster roll for that enlistment shows that he was 5′ 7¾” tall with blue eyes, brown hair, and a fair complexion. A bounty of $33.33 was paid to him at that time. He was discharged from military service on October 6, 1865, at Hilton Head, South Carolina, with the rank of artificer. He joined the G.A.R. on March 11, 1887, and was listed as a commander of the organization. His last residence was 210 East 31st Street in Manhattan.  Robinson’s death was caused by a hemorrhage. Section B, lot 9895, grave 149.

ROBINSON, WILLIAM G. (1840-1913). Private, 7th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company C. Born in New York City, he studied in France and Germany according to his obituary in The New York Times. During the Civil War, he served for 30 days with the 7th Regiment in 1861. After joining his father’s dry goods business, he became a broker in the firm of Asch & Robinson. In 1906, his pension application was approved, certificate 1,130,350, as was the application of his widow in 1913, certificate 758,043. He last lived at 54 East 66th Street in Manhattan. He succumbed to angina pectoris. Section 149, lot 17204.

ROBINSON, WILLIAM R. (1830-1889). Surgeon, Madison’s 3rd Arizona Brigade; private, Milam County Guards Confederate States of America. Originally from Stonington, Connecticut, Robinson was the son of a New York ship broker. His paternal great-great grandfather was William Robinson, an early governor of Rhode Island. Robinson was admitted to the United States Military Academy at West Point on July 1, 1846, but resigned on January 6, 1847; he was re-admitted on July 1, 1847, but resigned on June 27, 1848, with deficiencies in math and French. At the time of his admission to the New York University Medical School in 1855, he listed his residence as California; it is possible he travelled there during the Gold Rush. Robinson obtained his degree in 1857, and was recommended by Dr. Valentine Mott (see) for his first job as a physician at the Seamen’s Retreat Hospital in Staten Island. When he obtained a passport in 1859, he was 5′ 11¾” tall with hazel eyes, a very prominent nose, small mouth, light hair, fair complexion, high forehead, and oval face. Robinson lived with his parents at the time of the 1860 census but was a resident of Port Sullivan, Texas, on February 11, 1861, when he wrote to his father, “My bread is cast on the waters of the South.” On April 28, 1861, he wrote to his father, “War has commenced! Abe Lincoln has thrown the first stone! The South will fight to the last….” He feared a long and bloody battle and that his patients would be unable to pay him because they would be unable to sell their cotton. After joining a Texas Militia unit a week later as a private in the Milam County Guards, part of the 27th Brigade, his name was later stricken from the rolls. Subsequently, Robinson was an acting assistant surgeon in Galveston as of December 12, 1861, hoping for a more permanent position with DeBray’s Mounted Battalion. Documents confirm that Robinson was a surgeon at the General Hospital in Hempstead, Texas, from May through September 1862; from October 1862-January 1863, he was a surgeon at the Columbus, Texas, General Hospital. On February 13, 1863, he was appointed surgeon in Madison’s 3rd Arizona Brigade, a group centered around Confederate attempts to control the southwestern territories but one that never served in the Arizona Territory as originally planned. Robinson was listed on its roster at the brigade’s headquarters in Columbus, Texas. The Arizona Brigade camped in Columbus that winter; there many of the frontiersmen recruits were accused of insubordinate acts against local citizens. Robinson’s service was then marked by controversy and documents that raise many unanswered questions. One record dated July 15, 1863, summoned him to the Provost Marshal’s Office in Brashear City, Louisiana, by way of ferry boat with one horse. There is no further information about that court-martial but in January of 1864, he was sent to Mexico “on professional business.” The Confederates then sent him to Louisiana and possibly New York on August 3 “into enemy lines.” Ultimately, he was at Ship’s Island, Mississippi, as of November 4, 1864, as a contract surgeon at the Union prison there. While on a pass to New Orleans on January 10, 1865, he wrote to his mother, “At present I am on duty at Ships Island Miss. in charge of hospital for prisoners of war. My health appears to be Iron Clad-nothing has affected it.” He concluded his letter, “I am now anxiously looking forward to the times when we will once more be together. It is soon at hand.” On June 5, 1865, he wrote to Governor J. Madison Wills of Louisiana asking for a position in the Charity Hospital or any available medical appointment. After the War, Robinson was listed as a physician in Newark, New Jersey, in 1868, practiced in Michigan as of 1870, and returned to Newark in 1872. He then lived with his widowed mother and siblings in Newark from 1880 until his death. He was listed as a physician in the Newark City Directory in 1889. Thanks to Duane Helweg whose extensive research on William Robinson is the basis for this biography. Section 73, lot 814.

Confederate surgeon's coat
Confederate surgeon’s coat

ROBINSON, WILLIAM S. (1838-1897). Unknown soldier history. According to his obituary in The New York Times, Robinson was born in Belvidere, New Jersey, and was a member of Lafayette Post #140 of the G.A.R. He was a painter who belonged to the Order of United Workmen, a fraternal organization that provided death benefits to its members. He last lived at 14 West 134th Street in Manhattan. His death, in 1897, was caused by gangrene of the lungs. Section 204, lot 29807, grave 2.

ROCHE, CHARLES H. (1842-1864). Captain, 12th New York Cavalry, Company A; quartermaster sergeant, 5th New York Cavalry, Company I; private, 1st New York Mounted Rifles, Company H; 2nd New York Cavalry. Roche enlisted at Plainfield, New York, as a private on September 5, 1861, mustered into the 5th New York Cavalry on October 31, was promoted to quartermaster sergeant at some point, and was discharged for disability on May 15, 1862, at Annapolis, Maryland. After re-enlisting as a private at New York City on June 27, 1862, he mustered immediately into the 1st Mounted Rifles and was discharged on an unknown date. He re-enlisted on July 18, 1862, at New York City, and mustered into the 2nd New York Cavalry on July 28. No company was assigned. Roche then re-enlisted as a first lieutenant at New York City on December 7, 1862, was commissioned into the Field and Staff of the 12th New York Cavalry on March 5, 1863, and was promoted to captain on September 24, 1863, effective upon his transfer into Company A. He died from intermittent fever on October 17, 1864, at Camp Palmer, North Carolina, and was buried in Green-Wood on March 15, 1865. His last residence was in Plainfield, New Jersey. Section 94, lot 6399.

Camp Palmer, Camp of 12 N.Y. Cav., Picket post, Building built by 12 N.Y. Cav.,” Ca. 1863.

Carte de visite photograph attributed to O.J. Smith, Union Photograph Rooms, New Bern.

ROCKWELL, CHARLES H. (1843-1883). Private, 10th New York Infantry, Company E. A native of Hartford, Connecticut, he enlisted as a private at New York City on May 10, 1864, and mustered into the 10th New York on that day. Other details of his military record are not known. His last address was 13 West 20th Street in Manhattan. He died of asphyxia. Section 84, lot 6124.

ROCKWELL, FENTON (1839-1913). Captain, 18th New York Cavalry, Companies D, M, and I; private, 7th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company I. A native of Flint, Michigan, he graduated from Columbia Law School in 1860. He enlisted in April 1861, served 30 days, and mustered out with his company on June 3 at New York City. When the 7th Regiment was activated a year later, and part of the New York State National Guard, he enrolled at New York City as a private on May 25, 1862, mustered into the same company that day, and mustered out after three months on September 5 at New York City. On August 25, 1863, he re-enlisted as a first lieutenant at Albany, New York, and was commissioned into Company D of the 18th New York Cavalry the same day. During his service, he was transferred to Company M and then back to Company D, promoted to acting quartermaster in February 1864, and promoted to captain on October 6, 1864, effective upon his transfer to Company I on February 2, 1865. He fought with the Army of the Potomac and in the Department of the Gulf. According to his New York Times obituary, he was appointed judge advocate of the Provost Court in New Orleans, Louisiana, under General Butler and later served as provost marshal in San Antonio, Texas, under Major General Wesley Merritt. Rockwell mustered out on May 31, 1866, at Victoria, Texas. A trial lawyer in Brooklyn for 50 years, he also helped organize the Democratic Club of the 23rd Ward. He joined the G.A.R. in 1884, Post #206, the Thomas F. Dakin Post in Brooklyn, and served as its commander. He also was a member of the Seventh Regiment War Veterans. His application for an invalid pension was granted. At the time of his death, from cirrhosis, he lived at 310 Greene Avenue in Brooklyn. His widow, Rebecca Rockwell, received a pension in 1913, certificate 757,780. Section 32, lot 6551.

ROCKWELL, WILLIAM (1800-1867). Surgeon, 145th New York Infantry; 18th New York Cavalry. A New Yorker by birth, he enlisted as a surgeon at age 62 on July 16, 1862, was commissioned into the 145th New York that day, and was discharged the next year on May 7. Four days later on May 11, 1863, he re-enlisted and was commissioned into the Field and Staff of the 18th New York Cavalry two days later, and served until his resignation on July 2, 1864, at New Orleans, Louisiana. He last lived in Long Branch, New Jersey and he died of apoplexy. Section 32, lot 6551.

RODAMER, WILLIAM (1839-1872). Artificer, 1st New York Engineers, Company L. Born in New York, Rodamer enlisted as a private at New York City on April 5, 1865, and mustered into the 1st Engineers that same day, having had previous service in Company F of the 83rd New York Infantry. He was promoted to artificer on May 1, and discharged on June 30, 1865, at Richmond, Virginia. He last lived on Ninth Avenue in Manhattan. Rodamer died of phthisis. His widow, Mary Rodamer, received a pension, certificate 808,857. Section 167, lot 17382.

RODDY, HUGH (1829-1920). Second lieutenant, 13th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company A. On April 23, 1861, Roddy, a native of Ireland, enlisted as a third lieutenant at Brooklyn, and was commissioned into the 13th Regiment on May 17. He mustered out as a second lieutenant on August 6, 1861, at Brooklyn. In 1890, he applied for and was granted an invalid pension, certificate 1,090,499. He resided in Brooklyn at the time of his death, which was caused by myocarditis. A government-issued gravestone for veterans was ordered for him in 1902. Section 187, lot 19814, grave 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

rodgersRODGERS, ANTHONY (1832-1908). Private, 8th Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company G. A native New Yorker, Rodgers was a watch-maker trained by his father James Rodgers (see) in the 1860s. After enlisting as a private at New York City on May 29, 1862, he mustered into the 8th Regiment and mustered out after three months on September 10. At the time of his death he was a widower living at 315 Foster Avenue in Brooklyn. He died at Kings Park, New York, of acute dysentery. Section 24, lot 6848.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RODGERS, JAMES (1803-1877). Quartermaster, 15th New York Heavy Artillery. Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, he first trained as a carriage-maker under his father and then apprenticed and became a clock-maker. He immigrated to New York City in 1822 and took up his trade, first on Chatham Street and then at 410 Broadway. He made clocks, high-grade watches, and similar items; in 1840, he received a silver medal from the American Institute Fair for designing a device that measured revolutions of a steam engine. Rodgers also designed a machine in 1844 that was a pre-cursor to the sewing machine. More than 50 large public clocks and ship chronometers of his design were displayed in New York City in his heyday, although none are in existence today. Among his famous designs were the massive clock at Trinity Church in Manhattan (1846), the largest dial-clock at that time, purchased for the handsome sum of $4,344 and gold medal winner at the 1846 American Institute Fair. Rodgers won many awards for his work through the years, was official regulator of the Brooklyn City Hall Clock in the 1850s, and designed the clock for New York’s City Hall in 1859. In a series of letters in September and October 1859, Rodgers was questioned about the clock that he designed for the cupola of Brooklyn’s City Hall in 1853 when he submitted a bid of $2,500 for a new clock at City Hall, New York, after the Brooklyn clock was deemed worthless and taken down. Rodgers, who wrote that he put up that clock at a low price, noted that he took care of it for four years, and knew that Brooklynites loved “the old clock.” Rodgers, who supplied testimonials attesting to his ability and workmanship, attributed the problems with the 1853 clock to vibrations of the cupola and hoped that the Street Commissioner would award him the new contract. His clock at Trinity Church was the site for marking New Year’s in New York City in the early 1900s. After that clock stopped working in 1905, an article in The New York Times noted that Rodgers was a great clockmaker of his day. He also designed the clock at the entrance gate to Green-Wood Cemetery (1861). At the age of 60, he enlisted as a quartermaster at Albany, New York, on March 31, 1863, and was commissioned into the 15th New York Heavy Artillery’s Field and Staff on April 15, 1863. He mustered out on June 25 of that year at New York City. Continuing in his trade after the War, Rodgers designed the clock at Grand Central Station (1871). His son, Anthony (see), worked with his father in the watch-making business in the 1860s. At the time of his death, his office was at 102 Fulton Street in Manhattan. He last lived at 154 East 37th Street in Manhattan. Section 24, lot 6848.

RODMAN, CHARLES WEBSTER (1835-1905). First lieutenant, 4th New York Infantry, Company K. A native New Yorker and a wool broker by trade, Rodman was 6′ tall with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion. He enlisted at New York City on May 2, 1861, as a second lieutenant, and was immediately commissioned into the 4th New York, also called Scott’s Life Guards. He was promoted to first lieutenant six days later (effective on July 1 of that year), and resigned on May 3, 1862. In 1904, he applied for an invalid pension, application 1,319,786, but it appears that it never was granted. After the War, he was a member of the Loyal Legion and the Freemasons. His brother-in-law, Leonard Fisher Hepburn (see), served in the 4th and the Signal Corps. He last lived in Queens, New York, where he was active in the Jamaica Club. His death was caused by gangrene. Section 47, lot 5562.

 

 

 

 

 

roeckerROECKER (or ROIKER), JACOB F. (1827-1890). Private, 84th New York (14th New York) Infantry; 5th New York Veteran Infantry, Company H. After enlisting as a private at Brooklyn on September 16, 1862, Roecker, who was born in Germany, mustered into the 14th Brooklyn two days later, and transferred into the 5th Veterans on June 2, 1864. At some point during the War, he was wounded. He was discharged on June 5, 1865, at Washington, D.C. His last residence was on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. Section 122, lot 17806, grave 47.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROETH (or ROTH), LEONHARD (or LEONARD) (1824-1903). Private, 20th New York Infantry, Company C. Of German origin, Roeth served with the 20th New York. Further details about his service are not known. He last lived at 228 11th Street in Brooklyn. In 1903 Roeth succumbed to Bright’s disease. Section 207, lot 27873, grave 2.

ROFF, JR., GEORGE W. (1838-1906). Private, 9th New York Infantry, Company A. Roff, who was born in Stapleton, Staten Island, enlisted as a private at New York City on August 23, 1861, and mustered into the 9th New York that day. He was discharged by sentence of court-martial on an unknown date but returned in February 1863. In his draft registration of June 1863, he is listed as a seaman living on Tillary Street in Brooklyn. According to the censuses of 1870 and 1880, he was employed as a boatman. The Veterans’ Census for Brooklyn in 1890 confirms that his military service. His last residence was 744 Prospect Place in Brooklyn. He died of angina pectoris in 1906. Section 135, lot 14964, grave 769.

ROGERS, ALBERT H. (1842-1916). Captain, 47th Regiment, New York State National Guard, Companies D and C. Enlisting for three months of service at Brooklyn, he was commissioned into Company D of the 47th Regiment as a first lieutenant on May 27, 1862, and mustered out on September 1. Promoted to captain on June 17, 1863, he was commissioned into Company C of the same regiment, and served for a month until he mustered out on July 23 at Brooklyn. He last resided in Sayville, Long Island and his death was caused by asphyxiation. Section 16, lot 14888, grave 1229.

ROGERS, CHARLES A. (1840-1865). Private, 13th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company G. Rogers enlisted as a private at Brooklyn on May 28, 1862, mustered into the 13th Regiment that day, and mustered out after three months on September 12 at Brooklyn. The May 8, 1865, edition of a local newspaper recounts a military funeral for the remains of Mr. Charles Rogers, “who died in consequence of disease contracted during the second 3 months’ campaign of the regiment.” The article noted that members of his regiment escorted his body to Green-Wood preceded by a band playing a funeral dirge. His last residence was at 43 St. Felix Street, Brooklyn, where he died from consumption. Section 67, lot 3041.

ROGERS, JR., EBENEZER H. (1843-1897). Private, 2nd Connecticut Infantry, Company B. Rogers, a native of Norwich, Connecticut, enlisted as a private on April 22, 1861, mustered into Company Rifle B of the 2nd Connecticut on May 7, at New Haven, and mustered out on June 26, 1861. The 2nd Connecticut was first stationed in Washington, D.C., and then was sent to Falls Church, Virginia. His application for an invalid pension was approved on April 7, 1862, certificate 9,671. Rogers married Mary Sutherland in Brooklyn on September 4, 1881. On June 22, 1887, he mustered into the Clarence D. Mackenzie (see) Post #399 of the G.A.R.; at that time, he was living in Brooklyn and working as a bookkeeper. Rogers last lived at 340 Lewis Avenue in Brooklyn. His death was a suicide in Massapequa, Long Island. Although Mary Rogers, who is interred with him, applied for a widow’s pension in 1897, application 666,292, it was never certified. Rogers’s soldier records from Connecticut list 1925 as the year of Ebenezer Rogers’s death; that is incorrect—it was Mary Rogers who died that year. Section 180, lot 13912, grave 3.

ROGERS, EDWARD AUGUSTUS (1841-1880). Private, 5th New York Infantry, Company C; 146th New York Infantry, Company B. After enlisting as a private at New York City on August 11, 1862, he mustered immediately into the 5th New York, also known as Duryee’s Zouaves. He transferred into the 146th New York on May 4, 1863, from which he was discharged on an unknown date. A descendant, who has letters written by his ancestor, notes that Rogers suffered from lice infestation that felt better after scratching. One letter also mentioned how the soldiers froze at the picket line at Fredericksburg, Virginia, when they feared that Confederate snipers would pick them off. A Freemason, his lodge presented him with a set a silver spoons upon his marriage in 1871. His death was attributed to “gummy tumor of brain.” Section 15, lot 17263, grave 188.

 

 

 

 

 

ROGERS, GEORGE (1821-1871). Private, 186th New York Infantry, Company H. Of Irish origin, Rogers enlisted as a private at Sacketts Harbor, New York, on September 9, 1864, mustered into the 186th the next day, and was hospitalized at some point during his service. He was absent when his company mustered out on June 2, 1865, at Alexandria, Virginia. His death was attributed to drowning and he last lived at 104 Hopkins Street in Brooklyn. Section 17, lot 17245, grave 1184.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROGERS, GEORGE W. (1845-1924). First lieutenant, 3rd New York Infantry, Companies H and A; private, 9th New York Infantry, Company B. Born in New York City, Rogers enlisted as a private on September 23, 1862, at New York City, and mustered into the 9th New York the same day. On May 6, 1863, he was transferred to Company H of the 3rd New York. He was promoted to first sergeant on an unknown date and to first lieutenant upon his transfer to Company A on August 22, 1864. He was discharged on June 10, 1865, at Elmira, New York. In 1916, he applied for and received a pension, certificate 1,131,643. Rogers last lived at 128 Maple Street, Brooklyn. When he died of pneumonia his widow, Cecille Rogers, who is interred with him, applied for and received a pension in 1925, certificate 959,509. Section 186, lot 34263.

ROGERS, HENRY (1845-1862). Private, 83rd New York Infantry, Companies L and B. Born in New York, Rogers enlisted as a private at New York City on September 4, 1861, and mustered that same day into Company L of the 83rd New York. He was transferred intra-regimentally to Company B on October 20, 1861. Rogers was wounded at the Battle of Antietam, Maryland, on September 17, 1862, and succumbed to his wounds on October 13, 1862. He last lived at 601 4th Street in New York City. Section B, lot 8575, grave 2.

ROGERS, HENRY E. (1828-1874). Private, 53rd New York Infantry, Company F; 132nd New York Infantry. Rogers, who was born in New York, enlisted on June 13, 1862, at New York City, as a private. On August 22, he mustered into the 53rd New York but was transferred the next month on September 10 into an unknown company of the 132nd New York. Further details about his service are unknown. His last residence was 90 Cliff Street in New York City. Section 121, lot 11189, grave 207.

ROGERS, HIRAM H. (1844-1909). Private, 169th New York Infantry, Company I. A New Yorker by birth, he enlisted as a private at Troy, New York, on March 6, 1865, mustered immediately into the 169th New York, and mustered out with his company on July 19, 1865, at Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1890, he applied for and received an invalid pension, certificate 704,414. He last lived at 337 55th Street in Brooklyn. His death was caused by a fracture. Section 127, lot 16311, grave 338.

ROGERS, PARKER COLLINS (1821-1871). Private, 193rd New York Infantry. Rogers served in the 193rd New York. The company to which he was assigned and other details of his service are unknown. He last lived at 777 Seventh Avenue in Manhattan. Rogers died of lung disease. Section 127, lot 17931, grave 363.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROGERS, THOMAS (1836-1908). Sergeant, 127th New York Infantry, Company F. He enlisted on July 8, 1862, at New York City, and mustered into the 127th New York two months later on September 8. His last residence was on Locust Street in Queens and his death was due to cerebral apoplexy. Section 186, lot 19758.

ROGERS (or RODGERS), WILLIAM B. (or R.) (1842-1862). Private, 61st New York Infantry, Company F. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he enlisted at New York City as a private on September 23, 1861, mustered in the next month on October 3, and was killed by a gunshot wound at Antietam, Maryland, on September 17, 1862. He was interred at Green-Wood on December 19, 1894. Section 140, lot 28375.

ROHLFS, HENRY D. G. (1839-1902). Drum major, 28th New York Infantry; or private, 31st New York Light Artillery. Born in Germany, he may be the soldier who enlisted for three months in 1861 as a drum major in the Field and Staff of the 28th New York Infantry. Alternatively, he may be the soldier who enlisted on August 20, 1861, at New York City, giving his age as 25 years, mustered into the 31st New York Light Artillery as a private that day, and mustered out on October 14, 1861, at Fort Monroe, Virginia. It is also possible that Rohlfs re-enlisted after his first service. He last lived at 145 Clinton Avenue in Brooklyn. Section 107, lot 12650.

 

ROLL, GEORGE (1814-1895). Private, 39th New York Infantry, Company E. Of German birth, he enlisted and mustered into the 39th on November 24, 1863, and was discharged for disability on February 27, 1864,  at Stevensburg, Virginia. His last address was 35 7th Street in New York City. Section 33, lot 5498, grave 3.

ROLLINS, HUGH (1832-1882). Corporal, 79th New York Infantry, Company E. Born in Limerick, Ireland, Rollins enlisted as a private at New York City on May 13, 1861, and mustered into Company E of the 79th New York as a corporal on May 27. His muster roll notes that he was in Harewood Hospital on September 7, 1862. His muster roll also reports that he was dropped from the rolls in error at another time when he was hospitalized. At some point, he was reduced to ranks. He mustered out with his company on May 31, 1864, at New York City. The census of 1880 indicates that he was living with his wife and two children in Meriden, Connecticut, where he worked as a glass engraver at a glass works. He last lived in Meriden, Connecticut. His death was attributed to diarrhea. Section 63, lot 14802.

rollinsROLLINS, THOMAS (1832-1870). Private, 11th New York Cavalry, Company L. Born in England, he enlisted as a private at Washington, D.C., on October 30, 1862, and mustered in the same day. He served until he mustered out at Gayoso General Hospital at Memphis, Tennessee, on June 6, 1865. His last residence was in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Rollins died of consumption. A marble Veterans Administration stone was ordered for him early in the 20th century. Section 115, lot 13536 (Soldiers’ Lot), grave 113.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROLLSTON (or ROLSTON), GREER (or GRIER, GRUE) (1817-1882). Private, 36th New York Infantry, Company I. Born in Ireland, Rollston immigrated to the United States in 1845. The 1850 census indicates that he was married, living in New York City and employed as a box maker. During the Civil War, he enlisted as a private at Riker’s Island in New York City on July 4, 1861, mustered into the 36th New York, and mustered out with his company at New York City on July 15, 1863. The 1870 census shows him living in New York City with his adult children and working as a carpenter. He last lived at 534 West 43rd Street in New York City. His death was attributed to apoplexy. Section ?, lot 5499, grave 2085.

ROMAINE, JOHN H. (1830-1910). Private, 12th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company D. Romaine, a native of New York City, served for three months when the 12th Regiment was activated in 1861. In 1908, his application for a pension was granted, certificate 1,074,964. He last lived at 150 Penn Street in Brooklyn and he died of chronic bronchitis. Section 99, lot 6374.

ROMAINE, WILLIAM H. (1835-1908). Captain, 174th New York Infantry, Company D; private, 7th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company E. He enlisted at New York City on April 17, 1861, to serve 30 days with the 7th Regiment, mustered in on April 26, and mustered out with his company at New York City on June 3. He enrolled again at New York City on May 25, 1862, to serve three months in the same regiment and company, then part of the New York State National Guard, mustered in on June 19, and mustered out with his company on September 5 at New York City. On October 20, 1862, he was commissioned into the 174th New York as a captain, served with General Banks in Louisiana, was at Port Hudson and in the Red River Expedition there, and was discharged on August 20, 1863. He was granted an invalid pension in 1895, certificate 915,124. His last residence was on Fairview Avenue in Jersey City, New Jersey. After his death from exhaustion, Caroline Romaine, who is interred with him, applied for and received a widow’s pension in 1908, certificate 666,262. Section 198, lot 29036.

ROME, WILLIAM M. (1842-1901). First lieutenant, 28th Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company G. Rome, a native of Annan in Dumfries, Scotland, immigrated to the United States in 1847. As per the census of 1860, he lived with his family in Brooklyn and worked as a clerk; his mother died in 1861. During the Civil War, Rome enlisted as a first lieutenant on August 1, 1864, was commissioned into Company G of the 28th Regiment on August 23 for its 100-day activation, and mustered out at New York City on November 13, 1864. The New York State census of 1865 reports that he lived with his father and siblings in Brooklyn and was employed as a clerk. Rome married Sarah Jane Johnston on November 25, 1865; as per records of the Dutch Reformed Church, their first child, Mary Elizabeth, who was born in 1866, was christened at the Middle Church. According to the 1880 census, Rome was married with children, lived at 108 Bridge Street in Brooklyn and worked as a clerk. The 1890 Veterans’ Census confirms Rome’s Civil War service and notes that he lived at 19 Willoughby Street in Brooklyn. On July 5, 1887, he mustered into the Clarence D. Mackenzie (see) Post of the G.A.R.; he noted that he lived in Brooklyn and worked as a collector. As per the census of 1900, he lived at 226 Clermont Avenue in Brooklyn in a house that he owned, had been married to his wife Sarah for 34 years, was a naturalized citizen, and was a government bond clerk. He last lived at the Clermont Street address. His death was attributed to heart disease. Sarah Rome, who is interred with him, applied for and received a widow’s pension in 1902, certificate 685,138. His remains were moved to the current location on September 7, 1907. Section 162, lot 15527.

ROMMEL (or ROMEL), HENRY (1816-1895). Captain, 103rd New York Infantry, Company K. Of German birth, he enlisted as a captain at New York City on November 2, 1861, was commissioned into the 103rd on February 7, 1862, and was discharged for disability on September 26, 1862, at Washington, D.C. His last address was 634 East 141st Street in Manhattan. He died of phthisis, tuberculosis. In 1895, his widow, Catherine Rommel, received a pension, certificate 225,766. Section 2, lot 5499, grave 636.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RONZONE, SILVIO J. B. (1836-1873). Second lieutenant, 39th New York Infantry, Companies A, C, and K. Originally from Italy, Ronzone enlisted as a private at Washington, D.C., in 1861 and mustered into Company A of the 39th New York, known familiarly as the Garibaldi Guard on July 1. On July 7, he rose to corporal and was transferred to Company C (a company formed from Company A). Subsequently, he was promoted to sergeant on June 15, 1862, and transferred to Company K where he was commissioned as a second lieutenant on August 24, 1862. He was discharged from military service on December 17 of that year. His last residence was 60 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn. Ronzone died of tuberculosis meningitis. In 1881, his wife applied for a widow’s pension, certificate 192,597. His child received a minor’s pension, certificate 195,212. Section 17, lot 17245, grave 1049.

ROOF, MOSES C. (1832-1887). Corporal, 152nd New York Infantry, Company A. A laborer by trade, Roof was 5′ 6″ tall with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion. After enlisting as a corporal at Little Falls, New York, on September 6, 1862, Roof mustered into Company A of the 152nd New York on October 14, and was discharged for disability on December 27, 1862, at Washington, D.C., from Patent Office Hospital. According to his discharge papers, he was suffering from hemorrhoids. Roof last lived at 186 12th Street in Brooklyn. His death was attributed to drowning in New York Harbor. A newspaper article about his demise noted that he was the owner and captain of the Flagship and Constitution, canalboats that delivered coal to the White Star and Morgan Line steamers. It appeared that he fell into the East River when he was trying to board his vessels in the darkness on the morning that he disappeared. His body was found days later by men who had been employed to drag the waters for his remains. In 1891, his wife applied for and received a widow’s pension, certificate 352,601. Section 17, lot 17254, grave 362.

roomeROOME, CHARLES (1812-1890). Brigadier general by brevet; colonel, 37th Regiment, New York State National Guard. A native New Yorker, Roome joined his father’s thriving mercantile business as a clerk before accepting a position as an assistant engineer with the Manhattan Gas and Light Company in 1837. He rose to chief engineer five years later and became president of the company in 1855. When the Civil War began, he helped raise the 37th Regiment of the New York State National Guard, ultimately leading it as its colonel. At age 49, he enlisted at New York City on May 29, 1862, was commissioned into the 37th New York’s Field and Staff as its colonel that day, and mustered out on September 2 of that year at New York City. He returned to the same regiment on June 24, 1863, commanded the 37th at the skirmish at Sporting Hill, Pennsylvania, on June 30 and mustered out the next month on July 22 at New York City. He was brevetted to brigadier general on March 13, 1865, “for faithful and meritorious services.” After the War, he returned to Manhattan Gas and Light as president, a position he held until shortly before his death. Active in the Freemasons after 1866, he held numerous local, regional and national leadership roles including Grand Master of the Masons of New York State, Supervisor of the Knights Templar of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania (1875), and Grand Master of the Knights Templar in 1886. His leadership in the Masonic organization was recognized by numerous testimonials from fellow members, and gifts including a chronometer and engraved resolutions. In his obituary, fellow Freemasons praised him for his generosity, charitable nature, and earnestness. Roome last lived in New York City where he succumbed to cirrhosis of the liver. Section 69, lot 3626.

Charles Roome in his Masosnic uniform
Charles Roome in his Masosnic uniform

 

 

ROOME, HUGH REINAGLE (1840-1922) Private, 7th Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company B. New York City-born, Roome enlisted there as a private in 1863 and served 30 days with the 7th New York National Guard, mustering out at the expiration of his enlistment. He was most likely the brother of James Roome (see). His last residence was 127 Midland Avenue in Arlington, New Jersey. His death was attributed to acute dilatation of the heart. Section 92, lot 10696.

 

 

 

 

 

ROOME, JAMES W. (1836-1875). Private, 7th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company B. A native of New York, Roome served as a private in the 7th Regiment when it was activated for 30 days in 1861. He returned to the same regiment and company for 30 days in 1863 when it was part of the New York State National Guard. He was likely the brother of Hugh Reinagle Roome (see). He last lived in Fordham, New York, where he died from a skull fracture. Section 92, lot 10696.

ROOME, JOHN (1833-1909). Private, 57th New York Infantry, Company A. A New York City native, he enlisted there as a private on September 14, 1861, mustered immediately into the 57th New York, and deserted on August 30, 1862, at Centreville, Virginia. His last residence was 446 Dean Street in Brooklyn. His death was caused by pneumonia. Section 182, lot 14821.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROPER, ROBERT KEYNES (1833-1905). Seaman, United States Navy. Born in Dorset, England, where he served as an apprentice in the merchant marine, Roper enlisted in the United States Navy as an able seaman at New York on October 7, 1861, on the USS North Carolina. At the time of enlistment, he recorded his occupation as sailor. He was initially assigned to the bark USS Braziliera in the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. He was 5′ 4½” tall with grey eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion. On either December 31, 1861, or January 1, 1862, he was transferred to the frigate USS Congress. In late January or early February 1862, at Newport News, Virginia, he fell down a snow-covered hatch. According to his affidavit for an invalid pension, he was injured in the small of his back, sapping his strength and leaving a permanent mark. Unable to get up from his hammock the next morning, he was carried to the ship’s hospital, where he spent about six weeks. On March 8, 1862, not long after his release from sick bay, the Congress came under attack and was set ablaze by the ironclad CSS Virginia (which had been the USS Merrimac before its capture and refitting) at Hampton Roads, Virginia. The following day, the Merrimac was engaged by the USS Monitor while the Union ironclad protected the grounded and badly damaged USS Minnesota, to which Roper had been reassigned upon the sinking of the Congress the previous evening. This engagement was the iconic “Battle of the ironclads.” After serving about a month on the Minnesota, Roper was reassigned to the Braziliera, serving until April 20, 1863. He was discharged from the Navy on the USS Princeton at Philadelphia on May 15, 1863. Roper is listed in a New York directory as “mariner” (date unknown) and at the time of his second marriage in 1867, but listed his occupation as watchman when he applied for a pension from the Navy in 1890 in which he cited a disability from weakness in the arm and back. The pension was later approved under certificate 17,953. In a subsequent pension affidavit in 1904, he was working as a laborer and described himself as 143 pounds with grey hair and eyes and India ink tattoos on his right forearm. According to his death certificate, he worked for the New York City Water Works. He last lived at 679 Degraw Street in Brooklyn. Hannah (Honora) Roper, his second wife who is interred with him, received a widow’s pension shortly after his death, which was caused by sarcoma, certificate 17,691. (Section 86, lot 31217, grave 214.

ROSBOTHAM, ROBERT (1841-1901). Landsman, United States Navy. Of Irish origin, Rosbotham enlisted as a landsman for one year on March 8, 1864, at the United States Naval Rendezvous at New York City. A laborer, he was 5′ 2″ tall with hazel eyes, brown hair, a fair complexion and a “pockmarked face.” He served on the USS Pocahontas, USS Itasca, and the USS Bienville. On October 6, 1876, he became a naturalized citizen. The 1888 Brooklyn Directory lists Rosbotham as a bookkeeper living at 182 Prospect Avenue in Brooklyn. His application for a pension from the United States Navy was approved, certificate 26,861. Rosbotham last lived at 204 53rd Street in Brooklyn. The cause of his death was cancer. His wife applied for and received a widow’s pension, certificate 15,499. Section 6, lot 20118, grave 483.

ROSCHER, CHARLES (1833-1894). Private, 173rd New York Infantry, Company E. A native of Germany, Roscher enlisted at Brooklyn as a private on September 6, 1862, mustered into the 173rd on October 30, 1862 and was discharged from military service on October 18, 1865, at Savannah, Georgia. The 1890 Veterans’ Schedule confirms his military service. In 1890, he applied for and received an invalid pension, certificate 695,941. He last lived at 168 President Street in Brooklyn. After his death from mitral regurgitation in 1895, Eliza Roscher applied for a widow’s pension, certificate 401,425. Section 135, lot 27263, grave 668.

ROSE, DANIEL EUGENE. (1845-1927). Corporal, 43rd Ohio Infantry, Company H. A native of Oberlin, Ohio, Rose enlisted on November 28, 1861, as a private. On December 10, he mustered into Company H of the 43rd Ohio, was promoted to corporal of his company on an unknown date, and was discharged from military service on January 2, 1865. In 1907, his application for a pension was granted, certificate 1,145,242. His last residence was 598 2nd Street in Brooklyn. After his death from arteriosclerosis in 1927, his wife received a widow’s pension, certificate A-1-11-28. Section 93, lot 6520.

ROSER, JACOB F. (1834-1896). Private, 9th Pennsylvania Reserve Infantry. Born in Germany, Roser served as a private with the 9th Pennsylvania Reserve Infantry (also known as the 38th Volunteers). He also had service in the U.S. Army General Service. His last address was 202 22nd Street in Brooklyn. Roser died of apoplexy. Section 135, lot 14964, grave 609.

ross2ROSS, ALBERT CHARLES (1843-1925). Private, 5th New York Infantry, Company A; 146th New York Infantry, Company K. Ross enlisted as a private at New York City, his birthplace, on August 25, 1862. A hat-presser by trade, he was 5′ 6¼” with hazel eyes and dark brown hair. Originally sent to the 165th’s camp on Staten Island, he was then sent to the 5th New York where he mustered that day, and served with the regiment until he was transferred into the 146th New York on May 4, 1863. He injured his arm and ankle a month later on June 23, was hospitalized for an unspecified reason in October 1863, returned to his regiment on February 25, 1864, and then injured his arm and hand after falling from his horse on May 11, 1864. He mustered out on June 3, 1865, at Alexandria, Virginia. Returning to the hat-making business after the War, he was employed as a dyer and bleacher. He was also a member of the 5th Veterans Association. Ross applied for an invalid pension in 1897, certificate 1,114,947. His last residence was 312 Decatur Street in Brooklyn. In 1925 he died of cardiac disease. Section 183, lot 20262.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSS, CHARLES H. (1845-1862). Private, 5th New York Infantry, Company E. A New Yorker by birth, he enlisted there as a private on July 19, 1861, and mustered into the 5th New York three days later. After being wounded and captured at the Battle of Second Bull Run, Virginia, on August 30, 1862, he was paroled on September 1. Admitted to Carver Hospital in Washington, D.C., the next day, his right leg was amputated on September 23, infection set in and he succumbed to his wounds on October 7. Originally buried in lot 4196, grave 868, his remains were moved to the current location on March 24, 1866. Section 164, lot 16473.

rossROSS, EDWARD (1836-1862). First lieutenant, 7th Infantry, United States Army. Born in Long Island, New York, Ross was a cadet at the United States Military Academy from July 1, 1854-February 2, 1855. He enlisted as a second lieutenant on April 26, 1861, was commissioned into the 7th Infantry of the United States Army that day, and was promoted to first lieutenant a month later on May 23. Brigadier General D. H. Rucker, United States Army, in his field report describing the actions from April 20-July 7, 1862, wrote, “On the 20th day of April I directed Lieutenant [Edward] Ross to proceed to Aquia Creek, Va., for the purpose of establishing a depot of supplies at that point. Under his supervision warehouses were erected and arrangements commenced for the receipt, handling, and protection of stores; and the U. S. Military Railroad Department having constructed wharves, re-laid the track, and rebuilt the bridges on the road from Aquia Creek to Fredericksburg…” He took sick there in July and died of typhoid fever in Washington, D.C., on July 23, 1862. Section 95, lot 5736.

 

 

rossROSS, ELIJAH A. (1828-1879). Acting master, United States Navy. Born in North Yarmouth, Maine, Ross was registered as a member of the American Ship Masters’ Association on December 4, 1861, and served as acting master in the Navy aboard the USS Oneida from the following December 28 until August 1864. During that period, the Oneida was assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, under the command of Admiral David Farragut, during the blockade of Mobile Bay, Alabama, and New Orleans, Louisiana. In a significant Union victory, the Oneida, commanded by Captain Samuel Phillips Lee, along with three other Union ships, pursued and defeated Confederate gunboats in April 1862 on the Mississippi River near New Orleans. The only blemish on the day was severe damage to the Oneida during the engagement. On October 9, 1862, Ross provided testimony at a court inquiry into the conduct of the Oneida’s then commander, George Henry Preble, for failing to prevent the Confederate steamer Oreto from running the blockade of the harbor of Mobile. The inquiry resulted in Preble’s dismissal, which was later reversed by President Lincoln. Ross tendered his resignation from the Navy on August 11, 1864, due to heart problems and rheumatism, and it was accepted by Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. In 1878, his occupation was listed as stevedore on his marriage certificate. Admitted to the Home for Sailors in Snug Harbor, Staten Island, with a disability of partial paralysis, Ross died there just over a year later of cerebral apoplexy. His widow, Esther Ross, applied for a pension in 1892, certificate number 9,069. In June 2003, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, an organization created as a successor to the G.A.R., dedicated a new veteran’s headstone for Ross at Green-Wood. A G.A.R. star is placed in front of the stone. Section 15, lot 17263, grave 520.

 

 

 

 

 

ROSS, JAMES D. (or ROBERT D.) (?-1890). Private, 4th New York Heavy Artillery, Company F; unknown rank, United States Navy. As per his pension records, he was also known as Robert D. Ross. Using that alias, he enlisted as a private at New York City on August 18, 1861, served in the 4th New York Heavy Artillery, and was discharged on January 15, 1865. According to Marie Ross’s 1891 application for widow’s pension from the Navy, Robert Ross enlisted in the Navy on March 29, 1865, and was discharged on July 13, 1868. That pension application also indicates that he re-enlisted in the Navy under the name of James D. Ross (date unknown) and was discharged in April 1890. She also applied for a widow’s pension for her husband’s service in the Artillery in 1891, application 524,416, but that request was transferred to the U.S. Navy; her pension from the Navy was awarded under certificate 12,254. His death was caused by Bright’s disease. A badly-eroded marble gravestone marks his burial site, probably placed there circa 1900. Section 206, lot 21347 grave 698.

 

 

 

 

ROSS, NATHANIEL H. (1848-1912). First lieutenant, 25th New York Cavalry, Companies B and I. After enlisting at New York City as a private on December 1, 1863, Ross mustered into Company B of the 25th New York Cavalry. He was promoted to first lieutenant on September 29, 1864, effective upon his transfer to Company I on November 11, and mustered out on June 27, 1865, at New York City. A superintendent of construction for the Otis Elevator Company in civilian life, he was a founder of the Cushing Post #231 of the G.A.R. In 1892, he received an invalid pension, certificate 870,704. He last resided on 4th Street in Brooklyn and he died of acute cardiac dilatation. Section 186, lot 18146.

 

 

 

 

 

ROSS, WILLIAM JOHN (1833-1886). Second lieutenant, 84th New York (14th Brooklyn) Infantry, Company H; private, 5th New York Veteran Reserve Infantry, Company K. Originally from the West Indies, Ross enlisted at Brooklyn as a private on August 20, 1862, and mustered into Company H of the 14th Brooklyn on that date. Ross was promoted to second lieutenant on April 13, 1864, but he did not muster in that rank. On June 2, 1864, he transferred into Company K of the 5th New York Veterans as a private. He was listed as a prisoner of war, place unknown, and was paroled at Camp Parole at Annapolis, Maryland, on June 19, 1865, the same day that he mustered out of service. His last residence was 1029 Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn. Ross died of phthisis. Section 24, lot 7983, grave 3.

ROSSWELL, WILLIAM H. (1836-1896). First lieutenant, 9th New York Infantry, Companies I and H. Rosswell enlisted at Rikers Island as a private on May 27, 1861, and mustered into Company I of the 9th New York on the same day. He was promoted to first lieutenant three days later. On February 3, 1862, he was transferred to Company H, and was discharged at Roanoke Island, North Carolina, on February 15, 1862. His last residence was 9 Debevoise Place in Brooklyn. His death was attributed to aortic insufficiency. Section 146, lot 25170.

rothertROTHERT, WILLIAM (1841-1862). Private, 9th New York Infantry, Company D. Rothert is not buried at Green-Wood; the cenotaph to him honors his memory. After enlisting at New York City on April 23, 1861, he mustered into the 9th New York the next month on May 4, and was killed on September 17, 1862, at Antietam, Maryland. His cenotaph at Green-Wood states that he was buried on that battlefield. Section?, lot?.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROWAN, WILLIAM (?-1863). Unknown soldier history. Rowan is not buried at Green-Wood. Rowan was killed in action on July 3, 1863, at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A cenotaph monument bears the inscription, “William Rowan U.S. Infantry Vol. Fell at Gettysburg July 3, 1863.” A note in the Green-Wood Cemetery files states that he is interred at Gettysburg. Since there were several soldiers with the name “William Rowan” (or Rowen), it is not clear which is the one is named on the cenotaph. The cenotaph is located at Section 192, lot 27485.

ROWE, CHARLES (1840-1908). Private, 88th Illinois Infantry, Company H; 176th New York, Company E. At the time of his first enlistment, Rowe was a resident of St. Joseph, Michigan. Serving two tours of duty, he first enlisted on August 11, 1862, and mustered into the 88th Illinois two weeks later on August 27. On December 31, 1862, during the Battle of Stones River at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, he was declared missing in action, and later classified as a deserter. He re-enlisted as a private on January 30, 1864, at New York City, mustered into the 176th New York and was later discharged for disability at Annapolis, Maryland. His death was caused by angina pectoris. Section 120, lot 15091, grave 1.

ROWE, FREDERICK A. (1837-1907). Captain, 99th New York Infantry, Company E; first lieutenant, New York Union Coast Guard, Company A. Rowe enlisted at New York City on May 28, 1861, as a first lieutenant, was commissioned into the Coast Guard on June 14, and was transferred into the 99th Infantry as a first lieutenant and adjutant on January 17, 1862. He was later promoted to captain on June 1, 1863, effective upon his transfer from the Field and Staff to Company E on June 29, 1863. Wounded at Smithfield, Virginia, on January 31, 1864, he was taken as a prisoner of war and paroled. Brigadier General Charles K. Graham, United States Army and commander of the Naval Brigade, wrote from Norfolk, Virginia, on February 2, 1864, describing a fierce gun battle at the intersection of Pagan Creek and the Nansemond River in which, “Captain Frederick A. Rowe, of the Smith Briggs, although severely wounded through the neck, remained at his post, gallantly fighting his vessel until she was entirely disabled.” He mustered out on October 21, 1864. In 1907 he succumbed to nephritis. Section 196, lot 28212.

ROWE, HENRY CLAY (1842-1892). Private, 95th New York Infantry, Company E. A native New Yorker, Rowe enlisted at New York City as a private on April 3, 1862, and mustered into the 95th New York nine days later. He was taken twice as a prisoner of war, the first time at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 1, 1863, and was returned the next month on August 18. His regiment served with the Army of the Potomac, and he was taken prisoner at the Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia, in May 1864. He was imprisoned at Andersonville, Georgia, and released after seven months. He was honorably discharged at Annapolis, Maryland, in April 1865. After returning home he suffered for two years with “brain fever, chronic diarrhea and muscular rheumatism,” and was generally unable to work after that time by reason of debility. He applied for and received an invalid pension in 1890, certificate 624,617. At the time of his death, attributed to “cerebral softening” he was living at the Inebriate Home in Hartford, Connecticut. Section 150, lot 12179.

ROWLEY, CHARLES (1832-1907). Private, 67th New York Infantry, Company K. He enlisted on June 4, 1861, mustered into the 67th on June 24, and mustered out on July 4, 1864, at Brooklyn. Rowley died of nephritis, a kidney disease. Section 188, lot 15852.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROWN, JOSEPH S. (1841-1895). Private, 8th Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company B. Rown enlisted and mustered into the 8th Regiment at New York City on May 29, 1862, and mustered out there after three months on September 10. As per his obituary in the New York Herald, he was a member of the George C. Strong Post #534 of the G.A.R., the Royal Arcanum and the Retail Grocers’ Association; members of those organizations were invited to attend his funeral. He last lived at 479 10th Street in Brooklyn. Section 54, lot 2823.

rowseROWSE (or ROUSE), ALBERT GALLATIN (1828-1888). First lieutenant, 15th Massachusetts Light Artillery. He enlisted on February 19, 1863, mustered into the 15th Massachusetts Light Artillery on March 4, 1863, and mustered out on August 4, 1865, at Boston, Massachusetts. Section N, lot 18019.

 

 

 

 

ROYCE, EDWARD GEORGE (1843-1923). Private, 83rd New York Infantry, Company E. Royce was 5′ 11″ tall, with a light complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair. A clerk, he enlisted at New York City as a private and mustered into the 83rd New York on May 27, 1861. Wounded at Antietam, Maryland, with gunshot wounds in the thigh and neck, on September 17, 1862, he was treated in a field hospital and then entered the General Hospital at Camp Curtin near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on September 23, 1862. He was discharged for those wounds soon thereafter, on October 5. Subsequently, he worked as a merchant and, in 1879, applied for and received an invalid pension, certificate 203,326. He lived in New York City until 1878, then moved to Brooklyn where he last lived on 22nd Street. After his death from cardiac disease his widow, Mary Royce, received a pension in 1923, certificate 939,814. Section 82, lot 3424.

 

 

 

 

 

ROYLE, CHARLES (1838-1907). Private, 3rd New York Infantry, Company A. A native of Birmingham, England, Royle enlisted as a private at Brooklyn on April 18, 1861, mustered into the 3rd New York on May 14, and was discharged for disability on October 2, 1861. He last lived in Brooklyn and succumbed to pleurisy. Section 15, lot 17263, grave 2221.

RUCK, JOHN (1829-1904). First sergeant, 42nd New York Infantry, Company B. Of German birth, he enlisted at Great Neck, New York, as a first sergeant on June 22, 1861, mustered into the 42nd on that day, and deserted at some point. He may also have served as a first lieutenant in the 73rd New York Infantry, Companies D and I. Ruck last resided on West 69th Street in Manhattan. He died of cardiac disease. Section 114, lot 17124.

RUDD, FRANK (1843-1911). Unknown soldier history. According to his obituary in The New York Times, Rudd, who was born in New York City, was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Rudd practiced law in New York City and last resided at 40 Orange Street, Brooklyn. Section 172, lot 20670.

RUDMAN (or RODMAN), JOHN (1843-1916). Private, 5th New York Infantry, Company E; 146th New York Infantry, Company D. Born in New York, Rudman was 5′ 9½” with hazel eyes and dark hair. A machinist by trade, he enlisted at New York City on August 22, 1862, mustered into the 5th on August 25, and transferred into the 146th New York on May 4, 1863. He was slightly wounded in the right arm at North Anna, Virginia, in May 1864, detached to guard prisoners at Elmira, New York, on October 24, 1864, and mustered out on June 5, 1865, at Elmira. His last residence was 475 Monroe Street in Brooklyn. He died from hemiplegia in 1916. Section 16, lot 14888, grave 1322.

RUDOLPH, JACOB (1836-1869). Private, 39th New York Infantry, Company H. Originally from Germany, Rudolph enlisted at New York City as a private on May 17, 1861, mustered into the 39th New York on May 28, and was discharged for disability on April 7, 1863, at Centreville, Virginia. His last residence was 517 West 24th Street in Manhattan. Section 122, lot 17806, grave 335.

RUFF, SEGIMUND (or SIGMUND, SEGISMUND) (1838-1865). Private. 9th New York Infantry, Company F. Of German origin, he enlisted as a private on April 23, 1861, at New York City, mustered into the 9th on May 4, and mustered out on May 20, 1863, at New York City. His last residence was 142 3rd Avenue, Manhattan. Section 115, lot 8999, grave 341.

RUHLE, THEODORE F. (1844-1898). Private, 163rd New York Infantry, Company D; 73rd New York Infantry, Company A. After Ruhle enlisted on August 15, 1862, at New York City, he mustered into the 163rd on October 10, 1862. On January 18, 1863, he transferred into the 73rd New York. He succumbed to heart disease. Section 115, lot 4196.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RULE, HENRY B. (1827-1889). Private, 84th New York (14th Brooklyn) Infantry, Company H. Born in Scotland, Rule enlisted as a private at Brooklyn on August 22, 1862, and mustered into the 14th the next day. Wounded in action at the Battle of Antietam, Maryland, on September 17, 1862, he was discharged for disability on December 22 of that year at Fairfax Seminary, Virginia. According to the 1880 census, he was working as a baker. He last lived at 128 Carlton Avenue in Brooklyn and he died of valvular disease of the heart. Section 2, lot 8445.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RUSHBROOK, CHARLES H. E. (1843-1886). Corporal, 133rd New York Infantry, Company F. A Brooklyn native, Rushbrook enlisted as a private at New York City on August 21, 1862, and mustered into the 133rd New York the next month on September 24. He was wounded on June 14, 1863, at Port Hudson, Louisiana, was promoted to corporal on about October 15, 1864, and mustered out at Washington, D.C., on June 6, 1865. In 1871, his application for an invalid pension was granted, certificate 117,632. He last lived at 336 East 117th Street in Manhattan. His widow, Mary E. Rushbrook, received a pension after his death from phthisis in 1886, certificate 227,039. A minor’s pension was granted in 1893, certificate 383,528. Section 3, lot 18372.

 

 

 

 

 

RUSHER, WILLIAM A. (1845-1901). Private, 9th New York Infantry, Company D. On August 15, 1861, he enlisted as a private at New York City and mustered in the same day. He served with the 9th until he was discharged for disability on December 29, 1862, at Washington, D.C. Rusher last resided at 157 Carroll Street, Brooklyn. Rusher succumbed to pneumonia. Section 146, lot 25021, grave 7.

RUSHMORE, GEORGE (1848-1917). Private, 13th Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company B. Rushmore, a native of Brooklyn, served in the 13th National Guard for three months from May 30-September 1862, and for 30 days when the regiment was reactivated in 1863. His regiment fought at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A store clerk, he last lived in Huntington, New York where he died of chronic interstitial nephritis. Section 26, lot 4154.

RUSSELL, ANDREW J. (1848-1899). Private, 168th New York Infantry, Company K; 56th Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company I. Russell, who was born in New York City, enlisted there as a private on February 27, 1863, the same day that he mustered into the 168th New York. He mustered out on October 31, 1863, at Newburgh, New York. In 1864, he re-enlisted as a private and served for 100 days with Company I of the 56th New York State National Guard. In 1892, he applied for an invalid pension that was awarded, certificate 843,442. His last residence was on East High Street in Somerville, New Jersey. Russell’s death was caused by rheumatism of the heart. Jennie Russell, received a widow’s pension in 1899, certificate 495,584. Section 82, lot 2360, grave 4.

RUSSELL, JOHN F. (1840-1898). Private, 2nd New Jersey Infantry, Company F; 6th California Infantry, Company I. Originally from Scotland, Russell enlisted as a private on May 28, 1861, and mustered into the 2nd New Jersey Infantry that same day. As per one soldier record, he deserted from the hospital on August 7, 1862. The desertion notation appears to be inaccurate; he would not have received a pension if that were the case. Russell subsequently enlisted as a private at Benicia Barracks, California, on April 22, 1865, and mustered into Company I of the 6th California Infantry. He mustered out on December 20, 1865, at Presidio, San Francisco, California. In 1879, Russell applied for and received an invalid pension, certificate 185,022. In civilian life, he was in the hotel business. He died in Hoboken, New Jersey. After his death, Agnes Russell applied for and received a widow’s pension, certificate 6682,264. Section 16, lot 17245, grave 393.

RUSSELL, THEODORE (1839-1862). Captain, 61st New York Infantry, Company F; private, 7th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company A. A resident of 130 West 34th Street in Manhattan, he enlisted in the 7th for its 1861 activation, which lasted from April 18, 1861, to June 3, 1861. He re-enlisted at New York City as a captain on October 1, 1861, and was commissioned into the 61st New York three days later. The 61st was part of the Army of the Potomac and took part in the Peninsula Campaign. Russell was killed in battle on June 1, 1862, at Fair Oaks, Virginia. Colonel Francis C. Barlow, commanding officer of the 61st, wrote the next day in his field report from Fair Oaks Station, Virginia, that Russell (and other officers) did not shrink or fail in confronting the enemy and were “shot dead while doing their duty firmly, calmly, and nobly…” Interment at Green-Wood was on June 15, 1862. Section 21, lot 8870.

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rutanRUTAN, THOMAS BENTON (1837-1903). Sergeant, 139th New York Infantry, Company A. Born in Newark, New Jersey, his French ancestors originally spelled their name Routin. His family moved to New York City in 1845, and he followed his father into the building trades as a mason and contractor. He enlisted at Brooklyn on August 21, 1862, and mustered into the 139th New York the next month on September 9. Among the Virginia battles in which his regiment engaged were Fair Oaks, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg. His regiment was the first to enter Richmond, Virginia, after its capture. Rutan mustered out on June 19, 1865, at Richmond. He returned to his business after the War, and constructed many buildings and churches in Brooklyn such as the 14th Regiment Armory, the Brooklyn City Railroad Building, Mount Prospect Water Tower, and the Federal Building which was used as a post office and United States courthouse. In addition, he was appointed commissioner of buildings of the old city of Brooklyn in 1892, was active in Democratic Party politics, was president of the 139th’s Veterans Association and held leadership positions in the Rankin Post #10 of the G.A.R. Rutin was also active in many community organizations including the Knights Templar, the Constitution Club, and the Knights of St. John and Malta. He last resided at 576 Madison Street in Brooklyn. In 1903 he died of heart disease. Section 147, lot 21977, grave 2.

 

 

 

 

RUTH, DUDLEY LIVINGSTONE (1835-1904). Assistant paymaster, United States Navy. A native of New York City, Ruth’s biographical sketch indicates a birth year of 1837, but his gravestone at Green-Wood is inscribed with 1835 as the year in which he was born. He was appointed assistant paymaster in the Navy on August 10, 1862, and attached to the USS Louisville in the Mississippi Squadron. He took part in the attack on Vicksburg, Mississippi, in December 1862 and in its subsequent fall. The USS Louisville was the first United States Navy ship to reach the docks of Vicksburg and receive the surrender of the wharfs on the morning of its capitulation. The crew was personally mentioned in orders by General Sherman for gallantry in this action. In addition, Ruth participated in other Mississippi battles including the Deer Creek expedition and the capture of Grand Gulf as well as the Red River (Louisiana) expedition. He tendered his resignation on October 23, 1865. Ruth served in the detail for Ulysses S. Grant’s funeral ceremonies. His last residence was 458 8th Street in Brooklyn. He died of nephritis. His interment at this site at Green-Wood was in 1907. Section 190, lot 31995, graves 7 and 8.

 

 

RUTZLER (or REUTZLER), ENOCH (1847-1908). Private, 139th New York Infantry, Company B. Born in New York City, Rutzler’s biography in G.A.R.’s Ulysses S. Grant Post #327’s sketchbook indicates that he was born in 1846 although his tombstone is inscribed with 1847 as his year of birth. His family moved to Southold, Long Island, where he was educated. After enlisting at Brooklyn on August 26, 1862, Rutzler mustered into the 139th New York on September 9. Among the battles in which he participated were these in Virginia: Second Williamsburg, White House Landing, Chapin’s Farm, Baltimore Cross Roads, Bermuda Hundred, Swift Creek, Fort Darling, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, and the capture of Richmond (where his regiment was the first to enter and where he remained after its capture). He was promoted to corporal after the Battle of Chapin’s Farm. He mustered out with his company on June 19, 1865. Returning to Brooklyn after the War, he established a steam-heating business under his name. Rutzler was a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, the Royal Arcanum, the Ulysses S. Grant Post #327 of the G.A.R., and the American Legion of Honor among other organizations. Section 197, lot 30712, grave 3.

RYAN, MICHAEL (1838-1896). Private, 1st New York Infantry, Company A. He enlisted and mustered into the 1st New York as a private on May 9, 1861, and mustered out on May 25, 1863, at New York City. He succumbed to cirrhosis of the liver. Section 15, lot 17263, grave 945.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RYCKMAN, SAMUEL P. (1837-1874). Private, 59th New York Infantry, Company D. Ryckman, who was born in New York State, enlisted as a private at New York City on July 18, 1862, the same day that he mustered into Company D of the 59th New York. He was wounded in action at the Battle of Antietam, Maryland, and according to his soldier history, deserted from the regiment on an unknown date. His last residence was 243 East 84th Street in Manhattan Street and his death was caused by phthisis. Section 68, lot 3896.

RYDELL, ANDREW J. (1844-1907). Private, 111th Pennsylvania Infantry. Of Swedish birth, Rydell served with the 11th Pennsylvania in an unidentified company. Further details are unknown. His last address was 410 East 88th Street in Manhattan. He suffered from and died of stomach and liver cancer. Section 202, lot 28878, grave 3.


RYDER, HENRY WINES (1833-1910). Lieutenant colonel, 5th New York Veteran Infantry; captain, 12th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company E. In 1861, Henry W. Ryder was captain of Company E, 12th New York State Militia when it was activated for three months, from May 2 until August 5, 1861. A year later, he was wounded in the head at the Battle of Second Bull Run, Virginia. He was acting aide-de-camp for Brigadier General Daniel Butterfield, and then was appointed Provost Marshal of the 5th Army Corps in 1863. Ryder was promoted to major in 1864, and then became major of the 5th New York Veteran Infantry. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel and then colonel the same year, but both appointments were declined. In April 1865, he did become lieutenant colonel of the 5th New York Veterans, and he mustered out at Hart’s Island, New York Harbor, on August 21, 1865. He last lived in Newark, New Jersey where he died of pneumonia. Section 119, lot 9102.
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RYKER, HENRY A. (1831-1893). Private, 71st Regiment, New York State National Guard, Company G. A New York native, he enlisted as a private at New York City on May 28, 1862, mustered into the 71st Regiment that day, and mustered out on September 2, 1862, at New York City. He last lived at 32 Remsen Street in Brooklyn. Ryker’s death in 1893 was caused by pneumonia. Section 14, lot 19438, grave 273.

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