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JOHN CARVER

Was born in Clinton county, Ohio, Aug. 25, 1844, and was a son of Joseph and Sarah (Woods) Carver, deceased. His wife's maiden name was Emily Edwards, and she was a daughter of William and Hannah (Garner) Edwards, still living. They were married Oct. 14, 1865, in Wabash, Ind., the place of ther birth, which occurred Sept. 17, 1844. Their hearthstone has been graced with four children, Clara B., Jessie G., Stella M. and Hattie M. When war's grim visaged front burst upon the Nation, our subject was employed as a laborer. He was 20 years of age when he was enrolled May 12, 1864 at Wabash, Ind., as a private in Co. G, 138th Ind. V.I. June, 1864, he was detailed to drive the cattle from Tallahoma to Bridgeport, Ala., for about one week. He did not take part in any regular battles as his services consisted of scouting, skirmishing, guard and garrison duty, and was honorably discharged Sept. 22, 1864, at Indianapolis, Ind. His brother Amos served in the war, as did two brothers of his wife, John and James. Her paternal grandfather served in the war of 1812, and his great-grandfather in the Revolutionary war. Comrade Carver is a mechanic by trade and his postoffice address is Three Rivers, Michigan.

WILLIAM G. CHAMBERLAIN

Was born in Wayne county, N.Y., March 23, 1849, and was a son of Clayton and Margaret (Moore) Chamberlain, deceased. Nov. 10, 1882, he was united in marriage in Colon, Mich., to Mary Maystead, who was born in Branch county, Mich., April 15, 1860; her parents, no longer living, were Conrad and Elizabeth (Decker) Maystead. Three children were born to them, Luis, Sidney and Lula B. Comrade Chamberlain was among the veterans of the late war. He was a mere boy of 14 years and had been employed on a farm when he was enrolled Oct. 6, 1864, at Kalamazoo, Mich. He cast his lot as a soldier with Co. I, 28th Mich. V.I., 1st Brig., 2d Div., 23d A.C. In December, 1864, he was wounded at Nashville in foot; he was stricken with typhoid fever and was cared for six months in hospital at Alexandria, Va. In 1864 he was put on detached duty at Nashville for one month. Besides numerous skirmishes, he took part in the battles of Nashville and Wise's Forks. He was honorably dishcarged June 22, 1865, from Alexandria hospital. His grandfather, Elisha Moore, served in the war of 1812, and his grandfather Japhet Chamberlain, served in the same war; his brother George served in a Mich. Regt. Comrade Chamberlain has been constable three years and school director; he is a farmer by occupation and his address is Colon, Michigan.

WILLIAM A CHESNUT

Was born in Potter county, Pa., Nov. 16, 1843, and was a son of Alexandria and Martha (Kibbe) Chesnut, deceased. His wife's maiden name was Betsey Youngs, and they were married April 17, 1867, in Potter county, Pa. She was born in Steuben county, N.Y., April 19, 1845. Her parents, no longer numbered with the living, were Benj. and Lucinda (Luce) Youngs. They have reared three children, Clarissa M., Minnie E. and Elsie M. Comrade Chesnut was engaged in farming when the news flashed over the wires of the assault on Sumter. He was enrolled Oct. 21, 1863 at Williamsport, Pa., when 21 years of age as a private in Co. A, 148th Pa. V.I., 4th Brig., 1st Div., 2d A.C. June 10, 1864, he was wounded in left leg at Cold Harbor; he was taken to hospital at Washington for nine months for same; he was then transferred to Philadelphia March 30, 1865, and next to Trenton, N.J., where he remained until honorably discharged June 28, 1865, at Philadelphia, Pa. He exhibited the splendid courage of the brave soldier at Arlington Heights, Brandy Station, Kelley's Ford, Wilderness, North Ann River, Spottsylvania, Weldon R.R. and Cold Harbor. He was honorably discharged June 28, 1865, at Philadelphia, Pa. His maternal grandfather served in the Revolutionary war; his wife's maternal grandfather fought in the war of 1812; her brother Henry served in the war and starved to death in Andersonville prison. Comrade Chesnut is a member of Prutzman Post, No. 72; he is a laborer and his postoffice address is Three Rivers, Mich.

GEORGE W. DAVIS

Was born in Kent county, Mich., Nov. 17, 1839, and was a son of John and Lauretta (Vosburg) Davis, deceased. His wife, to whom he was married December, 1864, in Parkville, Mich., bore the maiden name of Regina M. Huff, and was born in Mooresburg, Pa., June 30, 1846. Her parents, no longer living, were Jesse and Sarah Huff. The offspring of this marriage is , William, Cora, dec., George R., Loren D., Vincent C., Edith, dec., Genevieve, dec., the latter two being twins. Comrade Davis served in the war of the Rebellion; he was enrolled from Lansing, Mich., as a private in Co. G, 3d Mich. V.I., which was assigned to 3d Brig., 3d Div., 3d A.C. He was never wounded but was treated in camp for diarrhea. He was honorably discharged Dec. 24, 1863, to re-enlist as a veteran in old command, thus obtaining a thirty day furlough. During the last eight months of his service he was provost guard. With his regiment he faced the enemy at 1st Bull Run, Siege of Yorktown, Fair Oaks, Savage Station, Peach Orchard, Glendale, White Oak Swamp, Malvern Hill, Chantilly, Gettysburg, Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, Wapping Heights, Kelley's Ford, Locust Grove, Mine Run, Wilderness, Todd's Tavern, Po River, Spottsylvania and North Anna River. He was honorably discharged April 27, 1865, at Burkville, Va. He had three brothers in service, James, William was killed at Wilderness, and Thomas; his father also served in a Mich. Regt.; his wife had five brothers in action, W.T. was wounded, James M., Jesse was wounded, Mehlan and Robert. Comrade Davis has a commission from the supervisors to bury all indigent soldiers; he is O.D. of J.C. Joss Post; he is a laborer and his address is Constantine, Mich.

GEORGE DAVIS

Henry and Elizabeth (Davis) Davis, deceased, are the parents of our subject, who was born in Fremont, Ohio, Oct. 1, 1844. He was married March 22, 1870, in Toledo, Ohio, to Sarah J. Farsht, who was born in Port Clinton, Ohio, Oct. 10, 1852; her parents, long ago deceased, were Samuel and Jane (Richardson) Farsht. Of this union were born the following children: Laura, Milton, Edward, George, dec., Ernest, Clara, dec., Clyde, dec., and Irma. When the Stars and Strips were pulled down at Sumter and the country in peril, our subject enlisted Aug. 15, 1861, at Fremont, Ohio, as a private in Co. F, 49th O.V.I. In 1862 he was confined in hospital at Louisville, Ky., nine months, suffering with chronic diarrhea and typhoid fever. Sept. 18, 1863, he was captured at Chickamauga and was held in Libby prison, Danville and Andersonville for nineteen months, when he succeeded in making his escape. He fought at Shiloh, Stone River, and Chickamauga, and was honorably discharged June 25, 1865, at Ft. Wagner for the glorious cause he had upheld. Comrade Davis was appointed from Sandusky county, Ohio, as guard at Ohio penitentiary four years 1880-4; he is living in retirement and his address is Colon, Mich.

GEORGE DARLISON

Was born in London, England, Oct. 26, 1836. He was a son of Thomas and Jane (Montgomery) Darlison, deceased. January, 1865, he was married in this county to Mary A. Reece, dec., who was born Jan. 9, 1842, of parents, Thomas and Alice Reece, deceased. As the fruit of this marriage these children were born: Thomas S., Lucretia J., Alice A., Emma G., Charlotte, dec., Francis M., Edith L. and George. Comrade Darlison was a laborer of 23 years when the war broke out. He enlisted about the middle of April, 1861, at Constantine, Mich., as a private in Co. G, 2d Mich. V.I., 1st Brig., 3d Div., 2d A.C., under Capt. John C. Lawson, for three months' service, and went by order to Detroit, where he re enlisted for three years May 12, 1861, and moved from there Washington. The first engagement was at Blackburn's Ford July 18, 1861, 2d engagement was Bull Run; 3d was Siege of Yorktown, serving in Berry's Brig., Dearny's Div.; 4th at Williamsburg May 5th; 5th at Fair Oaks May 31; at Charles City Cross Roads June 30; 6th the seven days' fight, during which he was fighting or retreating day and night, and had had no sleep for three days and three nights before being on picket duty, making in all ten days and nights, and wound up with the battle of Malvern Hill July 1st, after which they went into camp at Harrison's Landing, where he was sick more or less all the time, being exhausted with the long siege and having piles, diarrhea and rheumatism. He was detailed as wagoner Aug. 15, when the regiment took up march. The next engagement was Fredericksburg Dec. 12; (they were then transferred to 9th A.C.); they then went to Newport News, and from there to Bardstown, Ky. From here they went up to Lexington, Ky., where he was detailed to headquarters of the Central Dept. of Ky., where they were doing duty of different kinds until July 31st, when he was struck in the hand by a grape shot and the same day taken prisoner, it being Sunday. They were compelled to travel day and night without food and but little rest until the next Thursday night when they arrived at Concord, Tenn., where they were fed upon corn meal and taken to Knoxville, Tenn., where they were put in the county jail and fed upon corn bread and boiled liver with maggots on from one-half inch to an inch long, served in a clothes basket all together. There being a great many there hungry and accustomed to this way of eating they rushed ahead and ate it all before the strangers got anything, so they missed their rations until they got acquainted. Here they remained for eighteen or twenty days when they were taken to Richmond, Va., where they were put in Libby prison for three or four days and then taken to belle Isle, a small island in the river at Richmond, where they remained until our subject was paroled. Here they were fed part of the time on corn bread and part of the thime on wheat bread, with bean soup once in awhile for a treat (made from gray peas with no grease except the insects that were among the peas). After awhile the bread became so scarce the prisoners got hardly enough to keep body and soul together, receiving but twenty pounds of corn bread for 110 men for a day's rations, and nothing to drink but the muddy river water. For change of diet they were taken out and counted once or twice a week so as to fill up the hundreds if any had died, for fear there would be issued rations for some that were dead, on these days they did not have time to feed the prisoners at all. Some days a sweet potato about as big as a man's fist was issued for a day's rations instead of bread. The prisoners were poorly clad and had no blankets, as their clothes and blankets were taken away from them, and all the tents or means of protection they had were a few tents captured from a Vermont regiment, about enough for 300 men and there was about 4,800 there when our subject got there; the prisoners took turns in camp, being entitled to them as they were paroled; they were allowed no fire, so they had to endure the changes of weather just as it might come, either hot or cold. Christmas Day, 1863, they each had a raw sweet potato for their rations, the next day they were counted again so did not get anything and the 28th of December 500 men were paroled and went to City Point; went aboard a flag of truce boat and went down the river to Fortress Monroe and across the Chesapeake Bay to Annapolis, Md., where they arrived Dec. 31st. Once more in the land of the living, the next day was the happiest New Years that any of the poor fellows ever knew. They went from here to Camp Chase, Ohio, where they remained until May, 1864, when they were exchanged and went to their regiments. Our subject was engaged in but few more battles, including North Anna River, Tolopotomy, Bethesda Church and several others, and was honorably discharged July 12, 1864, at Detroit, Mich. Comrade Darlison belongs to W.J. Mays Post, No. 65; his occupation is that of a farmer and his address is Corey, Cass Co., Mich.

AUGUSTUS E. DICKINSON

Was born Feb. 24, 1843, in Ontario county, N.Y., of parents Samuel and Elizabeth (Tompkins) Dickinson, deceased. His wife was born Feb. 18, 1844, in Jordanville, Mass., and their marriage was consumated June 7, 1868. She was Adaline, daughter of John S. Sherman, living, and Clarissa (Albro), deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Dickinson are the parents of four children; Henry, Clarissa E., Martha, dec., and Ray, dec. Comrade Dickinson served in the late struggle between the States. He had been engaged in farming when he was enrolled Aug. 24, 1861, at White Pigeon, Mich., as a private in Co. G, 11th Mich. V.I. Jan. 8, 1862, he was wounded at Stone River and was treated for same in hospital at Nashville six weeks. In 1862 he was detailed to guard railroad at Wilson Creek for six months. His regiment bore conspicuous part in the battles of Stone River, Elkville, New Hope Church, Kenesaw Mt., Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta and Siege of Atlanta. He was honorably discharged Sept. 13, 1864, at Sturges, Mich. His cousin, Samuel Dickison, was confined in Andersonville prison; his wife's cousin, Malvin Sherman, was killed at Richmond; his wife's great-grandfather, Benj. Jenkins, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. One of Comrade Dickinson's ancestors, Samuel Tompkins, was married to the great-grand-daughter of John Alden and Priscilla (Molines) of the Mayflower. Comrade Dickinson belongs to Little Post, No. 131, and his wife belongs to W.R.C.; he is very prominent in affairs of his county and has been J.P., school inspector and school trustee; his occupation is that of a farmer and his address is Colon, Mich.

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