Civil War - Veterans

Veterans in 1892 This is a photograph of the J. C. Kirkland Camp of Sons of Veterans was taken in 1892 posing in front of the school in Newfield. The members were the sons of Union veterans from the Civil War. The organization held meetings every year and sponsored activities in the community.

137th infantry Newfield at Gettysburg Civil War Veterans
Martin Smith Capt. Joseph Gregg The Draft

     
Charles Simpson served in 137th NY Volunteers. Above is a photo of him and his sword. Sword photo courtesy of the Drader family of Newfield (decendants of Simpson).

Harrison Rose, 82,
Civil War Veteran,
Is Dead at Caroline

"Harrison Rose, one of the oldest residents of the town of Newfield, died at the Sunny Side Nursing Home in Caroline at 12 o’clock last night. Mr. Rose would have been 83 years old in August. He was a Civil War veteran and served three years. He was wounded in the Battle of Fredericksburg. He has been in poor health for the last two years and last fall his condition became so much worse he was obliged to leave his home and be cared for at a nursing home by Mrs. M.C. Black. He was always very active in church work, being Sunday school superintendent and class leader for over 40 years in different churches. He was elected an honorary member of the Board of Trustees for life at the Methodist Episcopal Church at Trumbulls corners. He was also a member of Enfield Valley Grange and of Gregg Post and Newfield, of which he was chaplain. He leaves one daughter- Mrs. Chester Sheffield of this city, one son- Fred Rose of Horseheads, also nine grandsons and two great grand children. The funeral will he held at the Methodist Church at Trumbulls Corners at 2:30 o’clock on Sunday afternoon, May 31. Rev. J.C. B. Moyer will officiate, Interment will be at Trumbulls Corners." (See photo below)

Source: Ithaca Journal, May 28, 1926.


This photo came from the files of the Newfield historical society. It probably was clipped from the Ithaca Journal. Although undated, it must have been taken in 1925 or 1926 as the obituary above for J. H. Rose lists his age at death as 82, the same age listed in the caption to this photo.


The old newspaper photograph to the left, shows some aging Civil War vets who were honored and entertained at the Trumbull's Corner home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Ryant. The paper identified the men and gave their ages. In the front row, left to right are: Jonathan Underdown, 81; Nelson Brown, 80; J. H. Rose, 82; and Aaron Walker, 77. In the back row, left to right: Aaron Poyer, 80; E.B. Miller, 82; and O. C. Wyman, 80. Aaron Poyer was the commander of the Gregg Post of the G.A.R. in Newfield. J. H. Rose is discussed in the obiturary above. Aaron Walker, of Danby, had been a prisoner in the infamous Andersonville prison for 11 months during the war.

Veterans Photo at Bank Street
This photo of Civil War veterans was taken at the Bank Street Cemetery. They were members of the Gregg Post 123 of the G. A. R. (Grand Army of the Republic). The occasion was Decoration Day. The photo was undated. Judging from the ages of the soldiers shown it must have been around 1900. If anyone has identifications of the soldiers and the flower girls I would appreciate hearing from you so I could include their names. Source: Newfield Old Home Days, September 19 & 20, 2003, p. 5.

Gregg Post, No. 123

The veterans organization known as Gregg Post, No. 123 was organized on November 8, 1879 in honor of Capt. Joseph Gregg. The following is from a history of the organization:

Jonathan Stamp, present commander of the Post. Was born in Newfield, Tompkins County, N.Y., and educated at the district school at that place. Enlisted as private in Co. A, 100, N.Y.V., under Capt. McAllister, August 16th, and mustered into the U.S. service at Binghamton, N.Y.; August 27, 1862. This being the third time he had enlisted, on two occasions he had volunteered his service to his country. But was brought back only to wait until he became of age, when he promptly enlisted again in the above company. Ordered to Annapolis, engaging in the battle of the Wilderness and Petersburg, being wounded at Petersburg by a Motor shell and loosing his left arm. He was sent to the Christian street hospital at Philadelphia, where he remained four months, was then transferred to the Broad and Cherry street hospital. Was discharged Dec. 9, 1864. Was promoted for bravery after the battle of the Wilderness to corporal and acting sergeant. After his discharge returned to Newfield and engaged in the hotel business in the spring of 1865. Was charter member of Gregg Post, and quartermaster for several years. As presiding officer of the Post he has given unbounded satisfaction to its members, and earned renewed honors for himself.

POST OFFICERS

G.W. Peck…………………………………………….Commander
Hiram Cornish…………………………..Senior Vice-Commander
Edwin Loveless……………………….…Junior Vice-Commander
…………………………………………………..Adjutant
Nelson Bedell……………………………………….Quartermaster
Chas P. Godfrey………………………………………...…Surgeon
J.H. Rose…………………………………………….……Chaplain
Aaron Poyer……………………………………Officer of the Day
William Patterson…………….………………Officer of the Guard
William Barber………………………………………..….Delegate
Jonathan Stamp………………………………………….Alternate

PAST COMMANDERS
Ezra Marion Timothy Parson
J Harrison Rose Charles P. Godrey
Edwin Loveless Jonathan Stamp
H. Hill

LIST OF MEMBERS

Bedell, Nelson…………………………….I, 179, N.Y.
Brown, Hugh C……………………………I, 179, N.Y.
Barber, William………..,…………………M, 21, N.Y.
Cornish, Hiram……………………...……..I, 137, N.Y.
Crane, A.P……………………….……..…….H, 46, Pa
Chaffee, Andrew……………………..H, 15, N.Y. Eng.
Clark, J.M………………………………….E, 64, N.Y.
Degraw, S……………..……………..K, 15, N.Y. Eng.
Georgia, E.B………………………….M, 3, N.Y.A.
Godfrey, C.P…………………………..F, 109, N.Y.
Hill, Hudson R……………….….……G, 2, N.Y.C.
Hacker, J.G……………………………A, 109, N.Y.
Jayne, Ezra C…………………………M, 3, N.Y.A.
Loveless, Edwin………………………..A, 61, N.Y.
Marion, Ezra…………………………..F, 130, N.Y.
McAllister, Capt. B.R…….…………..A, 109, N.Y.
Poyer, Isah B……………..….A,1, N.Y. Mtd. Rifles
Poyer, Aaron…………….……………..D, 43, N.Y.
Parsons, Timothy……..……………M, 3, N.Y.L.A.
Parks, David……………………………..H, 145, Pa
Peck, George W……………………M, 9, N.Y.H.A.
Patterson, William J.............…………..I, 137, N.Y.
Rose, J.H……………………………….A, 89, N.Y.
Root, Wm. S………..………………….I, 179, N.Y.
Shepard, John A………..……………..D, 122, N.Y.
Stamp, Jonathan………………………A, 109, N.Y.
Swartwood, George…………………….I, 137, N.Y.
Severcool, Alonzo……………..……….E, 64, N.Y.
Taggert, Wm…………………..………I, 179, N.Y.
Wallenback, Clarence………………..A, 179, N.Y.

Source: A History of the Gregg Post.

Civil War Veterans Buried in the Bank Street Cemetery


Sidney House died at Norfolk, Virginia in 1863. He enlisted in 1862 at Benton, N.Y. and served in the 148th NY Volunteers, Company I. His service record says he died of "brain fever."

Elnathan Cory was a veteran who died in 1890. If anyone has more information about him please contact us.

Levi Hungerford died at Vicksburg, Mississippi in August, 1863. He was 40 years old.
Source: Civil War Research and Genealogy Database, Historical Data Systems, Inc., accessed March 14, 2003.

 

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