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The Extended Family's Service in the Civil War


[IMAGE: Capt. Albert S. Sampson] [IMAGE: Capt. Albert S. Sampson]

Capt. Albert Smith Sampson

1831-1892

Both photos courtesy of Steves family records.
2nd Sergeant, Co. K, 12th Wisconsin Infantry (1861-1862).

2nd Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant then Captain, Co. K., 33rd Wisconsin Infantry (1862-1865).

[IMAGE: Gen. Christopher J. Dickerson]

Christopher J. Dickerson

"The History of Hillsdale County, Michigan," Everts & Abbott (Philadelphia: 1879), page 117.

[IMAGE: Daniel R. Sylvester Monument]

Capt. Daniel Robbins Sylvester

Wisconsin Monument at the site of the Battle of Vicksburg, MS. This portion lists members of Co. K., 12th Wisconsin Infantry.
Photograph by the author

Many members of the extended family participated in the Civil War on both sides. From privates to generals, from Mayflower descendants to first generation immigrants, from the most famous battlefields of the history books to the farthest corners of the western frontiers, whether infantry, cavalry, artillery or engineers, the family sent its fathers and sons to war. Some died of wounds or disease. Others suffered mental anguish that remained with them for the rest of their lives, shattering marriages and family relationships. Others somehow escaped unscathed and thrived in the post-war years.

Be sure to also check the Letters from War index.




Index of Soldiers

You can learn more about each soldier by selecting a link from the list below.

NAME LIFESPAN SIDE
RANK
REGIMENT
ENLISTMENT
DISCHARGE
Barber, Amherst Willoughby (1840-1920?) Union Pvt. Co. A, 41st Wisconsin Inf. May 5, 1864 Sep. 23, 1864
Dickerson, Christopher John (1828-1872) Union Lt.Col./Brev. Gen. Co's. F/S, 10th Michigan Inf. Feb. 6, 1862 Mar. 13, 1865
Dickerson, Leonidas (1837-1905) Union Pvt. Co. B, 5th Michigan Inf. Aug. 28, 1861 Oct. 6, 1862
" " " " Union Pvt./Cpl. Co. B, 30th Michigan Inf. Jan. 9, 1865 Jun. 30, 1865
Funk, George (1848-1865) --- --- --- (unconfirmed) (unconfirmed)
Harris, Calvin M. (~1818-?) Conf. Pvt. Co's. B/K, 3rd Alabama Res. (unknown) (unknown)
Houstater, Henry F. (~1838-1862) Union Pvt./Cpl./Sgt. Co. M, 1st New York Lt. Art. Sep. 18, 1861 Oct. 29, 1862
Howard, John M. (~1834-~1862) Union (unknown) Co. ?, 7th Kansas Cav. (unconfirmed) (unconfirmed)
Howard, Weston (~1826-?) Union Sgt./Cpl. Co. E, 51st Indiana Inf. Dec. 14, 1861 Dec. 13, 1865
Howard, William (~1832-?) Union Pvt./Cpl. Co. F, 1st Oregon Cav. (unknown) (unknown)
Howder, John M. (~1828-1903) Union Pvt./Cpl. Co. G, 7th New York Cav. Sep. 28, 1861 Mar. 31, 1862
" " " " Union Pvt. Co. ?, 19th New York Lt. Art. Jul. 23, 1864 Jun. 13, 1865
Howder, William Henry (1839-1862) Union Pvt. Co. C, 26th New York Inf. Aug. 18, 1861 Dec. 13, 1862
Hull, James Henry Lauriston (1843-1906) Conf. Sgt./Pvt. Co. F, 10th Texas Cav. Oct. 31, 1861 May 26, 1865
Hull, Thomas Philip (1823-1911) Conf. Lt. Co. F, 10th Texas Cav. Oct. 1, 1861 Oct. 1, 1862
Kendall, Stephen (1843-1907) Union Pvt./2 Cpl. Co's. D/I, 38th Wisconsin Inf. Mar. 28, 1864 Jul. 26, 1865
Maloney, Alpheus David (1846-1910) Union Pvt. Co. G, 30th Michigan Inf. Nov. 28, 1864 Jun. 17, 1865
Mathews, Samuel (1848-1865) Union Pvt./Cpl. Co. A, 1st Michigan Cav. Nov. 26, 1863 Aug. 13, 1865
Mathews, Theodore Edward (1842-1879) Union Pvt. Co's. K/H, 16th Michigan Inf. Feb. 5, 1862 Jun. 1864+
Mathews, Veloris (1840-1917) Union Pvt./Cpl. Co's. E/L, 8th Michigan Cav. Dec. 11, 1862 Sep. 22, 1865
Parlin, Simon W. (1837-1925) Union Pvt./Sgt. Co. D, 28th Maine Inf. Oct. 13, 1862 Aug. 31, 1863
" " " " Union Lt. Co. F, 2nd Maine Cav. Dec. 11, 1863 May 15, 1865
Plant, Samuel (~1847-1864) Union Pvt. Co. A, 21st Michigan Inf. Feb. 27, 1864 Dec. 1864
Pratt, Dennis H. (~1834-1863+) Union Cpl./Sgt. Co. E, 24th Maine Inf. Oct. 13, 1862 Aug. 1863+
Priest, Joshua Van Renssalaer (1837-1932) Union Pvt./Sgt. Co. F, 1st Michigan Eng./Mech. Dec. 23, 1863 Sep. 22, 1865
Sampson, Albert Smith (1831-1892) Union Sgt. Co. K, 12th Wisconsin Inf. Sep. 4, 1861 Sep. 15, 1862
" " " " Union Lt./Cpt. Co. K, 33rd Wisconsin Inf. Sep. 15, 1862 Aug. 9, 1865
Schaub, Peter (1834-1865) Union Pvt. Co. H, 3rd Wisconsin Inf. Oct. 5, 1864 Mar. 30, 1865
Stafford, Ananias (1831-1864) Union Pvt. Co. D, 6th Michigan Cav. Feb. 11, 1864 May 28, 1864
Staples, George (1828-?) --- --- --- (unconfirmed) (unconfirmed)
Stevens, Gustavus A. (~1843-1864) Union Pvt. Co. K, 12th Wisconsin Inf. Sep. 21, 1861 Aug. 19, 1864
Sylvester, Caleb Barker (1832-1899) --- --- --- (unconfirmed) (unconfirmed)
Sylvester, Daniel Robbins (1827?-?) Union Cpt. Co. K, 12th Wisconsin Inf. Sep. 7, 1861 Nov. 11, 1864
Sylvester, Franklin (1834-1864) Union Cpl./Sgt. Co. H, 6th Minnesota Inf. --- ---
Sylvester, William Marion (1836-?) Union Pvt. Co. D, 42nd Wisconsin Inf. (unconfirmed) (unconfirmed)
Whitney, Benjamin Morse (1806-?) Union Pvt. Co. G, 17th Maine Inf. Aug. 18, 1862 June 15, 1863
Whitney, John Drury (1843-1933) Union Pvt./Cpl. Co. D, 28th Maine Inf. (unconfirmed) (unconfirmed)
Whitney, Royal Thaxter (1832-~1899) Union Pvt. Co. B, 9th Maine Inf. Aug. 20, 1861 Aug. 9, 1865
Whittaker, Elisha O. (1840-1908) Union Pvt. Co. D, 14th Michigan Inf. Oct. 3, 1864 Jul. 18, 1865
Yetter, John (1836-1883) Union Pvt. Co. H, 6th Minnesota Inf. Aug. 10, 1862 Jul. 11, 1863


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