Civil War Biographies: Price-Ricard

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 … Read more

Civil War Biographies: Rice-Ryker

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. … Read more

Civil War Biographies: Sage-Shimmel

During the Civil War, Sage enlisted in the 84th New York on September 30, 1862, then joined Company B of the 170th New York Infantry as captain. Ill health forced him to resign a few months later, but he was soon able to join Company A of the 11th New York Infantry. He was quickly promoted … Read more

Civil War Biographies: Shipman-Spackman

SHOEMAKER, CONRAD (1826-1874). Private, 82nd New York Infantry, Company F. Shoemaker, who was born in New York State, enlisted at New York City as a private on June 15, 1861. On July 1, he mustered into the 82nd New York from which he deserted on December 2, 1861, at Poolesville, Maryland. Cemetery records state that … Read more

Civil War Biographies: Spaulding-Summers

SPAULDING, JOSEPH C. (1842-1864). Unknown soldier history, Confederate States of America. A Confederate soldier, details of his service record are not known. On August 22, 1864, he died at Point Lookout, Maryland, of bilious fever. Section 166, lot 27246. SPEAIGHT (or SPRAIGHT), WILLIAM A. (1826-1889). Captain, 7th Regiment, New York State Militia, Company E. After … Read more

Civil War Biographies: Sumner-Utassy

Active in civic and professional organizations, Sumner was a member of the Kings County and New York State Medical Associations, the American Institute of Medicine, the Long Island Historical Society and the Philharmonic Society (of which he was a director). He died of an apparent stroke while making rounds with his driver and carriage and could … Read more

Civil War Biographies: Vail-Walsh

After the War, Vail worked with his father in the merchant tailor business. His occupation was listed as tailor in the 1870 census. He last lived at 143 Avenue D in Manhattan. The cause of his death was Bright’s disease. Helen Vail applied for and received a widow’s pension in 1890, certificate 287,403. Section 24, lot … Read more

Civil War Biographies: Walter-Winser

WALTER (or WALTERS), WILHELM (1837-1892). Private, 72nd New York Infantry, Company A. A native of Germany, he enlisted at New York City as a private on May 27, 1861. On June 21, he mustered into Company A of the 72nd New York from which he was discharged for disability on January 5, 1863, at Point … Read more

Civil War Biographies: Winslow-Zulavsky

In addition, he was the major in command of the 5th at Antietam, Maryland. Promoted to colonel in 1862, he led the 5th at Groveton (as part of the Battle of Second Bull Run, Virginia). It was there that his regiment, in ten minutes, lost 297 men, including 124 killed, the greatest number of fatalities … Read more