Buel, Duane and Dwight Tousley - 4/7/2014

Buel Tousley was born in 1844 in Trumbull County, Ohio, the son of Nelson (b. 1810) and Sally (b. 1813).

(Nelson may have been the same Nelson Tousley who married one Rachel C. Harvey on April 11, 1883 in Cass County, Indiana .)

Massachusetts native Nelson married New York-born Sally possibly in New York. (Nelson may have been the same Nelson Tousley who married one Rachel C. Harvey on April 11, 1883 in Cass County, Indiana.) In any case they eventually moved to Ohio where they were living in 1836 when their son Duane was born, and they remained in Ohio until at least after 1845. The family moved to Michigan sometime after 1847, and by 1850 Nelson was farming in Fair Plain, Montcalm County, and Buel was attending school with his siblings (including his brothers Dwight and Duane who would also enlist in the Third Michigan). By 1860 Buel was a laborer living with his family in Sidney, Montcalm County, where his father worked as a farmer.

Buell stood 5’7” with brown eyes, brown hair and a light complexion and was 17 years old and probably still living in Montcalm County when he enlisted in Company E on May 13, 1861, along with his older brothers Duane and Dwight, and discharged for consumption on August 9, 1861, at Hunter’s Farm, Virginia.

After his discharge from the army Buel returned to Montcalm County where he reentered the service in Company F, Twenty-first Michigan infantry on July 28, 1862, at Greenville for 3 years, crediting Sidney, and was mustered on August 3 at Ionia, Ionia County. The regiment was organized at Ionia and Grand Rapids and mustered into service on September 9, and left Michigan for Louisville, Kentucky, on September 12. The regiment participated in the battle for Perryville, Kentucky, on October 8, and Buel was sick at Lebanon, Kentucky from October 21 through November. Buel was discharged for disability on December 29, 1862, at Bowling Green, Kentucky.

He returned to western Michigan where he reentered the service a second time in Company G, Tenth Michigan cavalry on January 30, 1865, at Grand Rapids for 1 years, crediting Fairplains, Montcalm County, and was mustered on February 3. He joined the Regiment on March 16 at the dismounted camp in Knoxville, Tennessee, and reportedly remained in Knoxville through May, of 1865. (Meanwhile the regiment participated in Stoneman’s expedition into east Tennessee, southwestern Virginia and west North Carolina from March 21-April 25, and the regiment was on duty at Lenoir and Sweetwater, Tennessee from about May until August and in west Tennessee until November.

It is unclear if Buel ever did in fact join the regiment until it returned to western Tennessee. In any case he was mustered out with the regiment on November 11, 1865, at Memphis, Tennessee.

Buel eventually returned to his home in Montcalm County and by 1870 he was working as a joiner and living with his older brother Loren (?) in Sidney, Montcalm County; next door lived George Butterworth and his mother Elizabeth; George too had served in the Third Michigan infantry. That same year Buel was also listed as working as a carpenter and living with or working for a sawyer named Van Kirk in Greenville, Montcalm County.

By 1880 Buel was probably working as a carpenter and living with Robert Winn in Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyoming.

No pension seems to be available.

Duane Tousley was born in 1836 in Portage County, Ohio, the son of Nelson (b. 1810) and Sally (b. 1813).

Massachusetts native Nelson married New York-born Sally possibly in New York. In any case they eventually moved to Ohio where they were living in 1836 and they remained in Ohio until at least after 1845. The family moved to Michigan sometime after 1847, and by 1850 Nelson was farming in Fair Plain, Montcalm County, and several of the Tousley children were attending school (including Buel and Dwight who would also enlist in the Third Michigan). By 1860 Duane was a farm laborer (possibly living with his sister Ruth, age 13) working for a farmer by the name of William Lampman in Sidney, Montcalm County.

Duane stood 6’1” with dark eyes, light hair and a light complexion and was 25 years old and possibly still living in Montcalm or perhaps in Ionia County when he enlisted as Third Corporal in Company E on May 13, 1861, along with his brothers Buel and Dwight. By mid-November of 1861 he may have been sick in a general hospital in Washington, DC. (Either Duane or his brother Dwight.)

Duane was absent sick in the hospital in August of 1862 through October (so was his brother Dwight), and discharged for consumption on November 27, 1862, at Convalescent Camp, Virginia.


Duane may have been living with and/or working for William Piper in Montana by 1870.

He applied for and received a pension (no. 131512).

According to a family historian, Duane died on April 14, 1876 in Menasha, WI and is presumably buried there. 


Dwight Tousley
was born in 1842 in Trumbull County, Ohio, the son of Nelson (b. 1810) and Sally (b. 1813).

Massachusetts native Nelson married New York-born Sally possibly in New York. In any case they eventually moved to Ohio where they were living in 1836 when their son Duane was born, and they remained in Ohio until at least after 1845. The family moved to Michigan sometime after 1847, and by 1850 Nelson was farming in Fair Plain, Montcalm County, and Dwight was attending school with his siblings (including his brothers Buel and Duane who would also enlist in the Third Michigan). By 1860 Dwight was a laborer living with his family in Sidney, Montcalm County, where his father worked as a farmer.

Dwight stood 5’6” with blue eyes, light hair and a light complexion and was 19 years old and probably still living in Montcalm County when he enlisted with his parents’ consent in Company E on May 13, 1861, along with his two brothers Buel and Duane. By mid-November of 1861 he may have been sick in a general hospital in Washington, DC. Dwight was sick in the hospital in August of 1862 (so was his brother Duane), but eventually returned to duty and by October was the company washerman. According to Andrew Kilpatrick, also of Company E, Dwight was a Corporal present for duty with the regiment in late May of 1863.

In September of 1863 Dwight was reported as under arrest, for offense(s) unknown, but these were apparently not serious since he reenlisted as a Corporal on December 23, 1863, at Brandy Station, Virginia, crediting Paris, Kent County. He was presumably absent on veteran’s furlough, possibly in Michigan, in January of 1864 and probably returned to the Regiment on or about the first of February.

Dwight was a good friend of another man in Company E, Edwin Van Wert. On March 19, 1864, while the regiment was still in camp near Brandy Station, Virginia, Edwin wrote home to Amanda, one of his younger sisters to tell her about Dwight. “In regard to Phylancy’s beau she found on the cars I hope he’s a smasher [?]. But I have got one for you. He is a bully little fellow and I know you would like him.[He] belongs to the same company that I do. He is going to write to you. But I would not answer it this time. He talks some come home with me and then you can see him. He took care of me when I was sick. He stays in the same tent with me. But I am afraid the love that my little sister has got for her brother will be another’s when she sees the soldier I picked out for her. His name is Dwight Tousley.”

Dwight was wounded, probably on May 23, 1864, at North Anna, Virginia, and he was still absent wounded when he was transferred to Company F, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864.

He died from his wounds in the Division field hospital on June 20 or July 1, 1864, and may have been buried at North Anna or possibly near Petersburg, Virginia.

No pension seems to be available.