3rd Mich cav

Josiah D. Wickham

Josiah D. Wickham was born on July 20, 1809, in New York.

Josiah married Pennsylvania native Sarah (b. 1817), and they had at least two children: George (b. 1835) and a daughter Frances (b. 1840). By the time George as born they had settled in New York but sometime between 1835 and 1840 they moved to Michigan, and by 1850 Josdiah was working as a farmer (he owned $600 worth of real estate) and was living with his wife and two childrenin Sunfield, Eaton County.

Josiah was married to New York native or Vermonter Charlotte B. (1823-1890), and they had at least three children: Deming (1859), Frank B. (1866-1876) and Henry K. (1863-1896).

Josiah and his family were probably living in Clinton County in 1859 when their infant son Deming died (he was buried in South Riley cemetery). By 1860 Josiah and Charlotte were living on a farm in Riley, Clinton County (Josiah owned some $5,000 worth of real estate). Also living with them was 41-year-old New York native Susan Bassett and her 6-year-old son William (born in Michigan). Josiah eventually left New York and settled in western Michigan. By 1863 Josiah was working as a gunsmith in South Riley, Clinton County.

Josiah stood 5’10” with gray eyes, brown hair and a light complexion and was a 45-year-old farmer probably living in Riley, Clinton County, Michigan, when he enlisted in Company D on January 4, 1864, at Corunna, Shiawassee County or Riley for 3 years, crediting Riley. (He may have been related to Case Wickham of Company G. Case’s father James moved from Clinton County to Shiawassee County just before the war and lived there for many years afterwards.)

Josiah joined the Regiment on February 18 at Camp Bullock, Virginia, was absent sick in March and was still absent sick when he was transferred to Company A, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864. He remained absent sick until he was discharged for disability on April 3, 1865, at Detroit.

Josiah returned to Michigan after the war, probably back to his farm in Clinton County where he was living in 1870 with his wife Charlotte (reportedly worth some $7,000 in real estate), their two children and Susan Bassett and her son William.

In September of 1865 he applied for a pension (no. 84557; service listed as Company D, Third Michigan cavalry).

Josiah died of cancer of the stomach on November 29, 1874, in Dewitt, Clinton County, and was buried in South Riley cemetery: lot no. 43 grave 1.

Lafayette Gleason - update 8/23/2016

Lafayette Gleason was born in 1825, in Virgil, Cortland County, New York, the son of Cephas.

By 1855 Lefayette was probably working as a servant for the Turnbull family in North Norwich, Chenango County, New York.

Lafayette was 37 years old when he enlisted on August 11, 1862, in Company K, 157th New York Infantry as a private, at Cortlandville, New York and was mustered on September 19. He was wounded on May 2, 1863, and subsequently transferred to the 7th Company, 2nd Battalion Veterans Reserve Corps (VRC) on September 1.

Lafayette stood 5’9” with gray eyes, sandy hair and a light complexion, and was a 39-year-old farmer possibly living in Girard, Branch County, Michigan, when he enlisted in Unassigned on March 25, 1864, for 3 years, crediting Girard, and was mustered on March 26 at Detroit.

In fact, Lafayette never joined the 3rd Michigan Infantry but was transferred to Company L, 3rd Michigan Cavalry at Detroit on March 25, 1864, and mustered the following day. He joined the Regiment at DeVall’s Bluff, near Little Rock, Arkansas on June 18. He was discharged for disability at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Missouri on December 5, 1864.

It is not known if Lafayette ever returned to Michigan.

He reported himself as a widower when he was admitted to the New York State Soldier’s Home on February 11, 1879; he listed his nearest relative as a brother George then living in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. He was discharged from the Home at his own request on June 20, 1879. In July of 1882 he was living in Cortlandville when he sought admission to the Cayuga County, New York poorhouse. He was subsequently readmitted to the Soldier’s Home November 12, 1882 and again discharged at his own request on December 16, 1882. On December 19, 1882 he was admitted to the National Military Home in Hampton, Virginia and discharged, at his own request on March 16, 1883.

In 1892 Lafayette was living in Cayuga County, New York; also living with him were his wife Catherine (b. 1856), Hubert (b. 1882) and Edward (b. 1889).

In February of 1864 he applied for and received a pension (no. 184182).

He probably died in New York in 1896. He was buried in Fleming Rural Cemetery, Fleming, Cayuga County, New York. His widow Catharine was living in New York in 1896 when she applied for and received a pension (no. 459673).

William H. Campion

William H. Campion, also known as “Compion”, was born 1837 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

(In 1850 there was a William “Camp”, age 11 and born in Ohio, living with his mother, New Jersey native Rebecca and his siblings in Division 10, Berrien County, Michigan.) In any case, by 1860 William had left Ohio and settled in Michigan where he was working as a clerk living with the Dwight Dutcher family in Saugatuck, Allegan County.

William stood 5’5” with blue eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion, and was 24 years old and still living in Allegan County, probably working as a clerk when he enlisted in Company I on May 13, 1861. William was a Corporal when he was wounded by a gunshot to the left arm on May 31, 1862, at Fair Oaks, Virginia. He was subsequently hospitalized, and by late July he was reported to be in Chesapeake hospital near Fortress Monroe, “wounded in the neck, doing well.”

By early August, he had been transferred to New York and was hospitalized at Brooklyn College Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, and was discharged on November 25, 1862 at Brooklyn College Hospital “for partial paralysis of the left arm, the result of a gunshot wound near the lower part of the cervical spine.”

In June of 1863 he applied for and received a pension (no. 53,684).

At some point William returned to Michigan, probably to Allegan County where he was living when he reentered the service as Quartermaster Sergeant on March 8, 1864, in Unassigned, Third Michigan cavalry. He was promoted to Second Lieutenant of Company I on October 17, 1864 (effective December 15) and then to First Lieutenant of Company G on November 17, 1864, effective February 21, 1865. By early April of 1865 William was serving with the regiment in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was mustered out of Unassigned, Third Michigan cavalry on February 12, 1866, at San Antonio, Texas.

Martin Bates

Martin Bates was born on September 2, 1846, in Michigan, the son of James C. (1820-1909) and Diantha (b. 1822).

New York natives James and Diantha were married and settled in Michigan by 1844 when their son Perry was born. By 1850 Martin was living with his family and several siblings on a farm in Rome, Lenawee County. By 1860 Martin was attending school with his older brother Perry and younger sister Caroline and living on a large farm with his parents in Rome, Lenawee County (his father owned some $2800 worth of real estate).

Martin stood 5’6” with blue eyes, dark hair and a light complexion, and was 17 years old and probably living with his family in Rome, Lenawee County, Michigan when he enlisted in Unassigned on March 10, 1864, at Rome for 3 years, crediting Rome. He was mustered the following day, on March 11 at Detroit. (His brother Perry had joined the Eighteenth Michigan infantry in 1862.)

There is no further record.

In fact, Martin probably never joined the Third Regiment, in fact there is no military service record found for Martin in the Third Michigan regiomental records at the National Archives.

It appears that he enlisted instead in Company E, Third Michigan cavalry at Adrian, Lenawee County on March 10 for 3 years, and was mustered on March 11. If this is in fact the same Martin Bates then he joined the Regiment at Lake Bluff, Arkansas on June 22, 1864. The regiment eventually moved to Carrollton, Louisiana in March of 1865 and participated in the siege of Mobile, Alabama during March and April. It then moved to occupy Mobile and was subsequently transferred to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and to Shreveport in early June. The regiment marched form Shreveport to San Antonio, Texas, from July 10-August 2 and went into garrison duty at San Antonio.

Martin died of dysentery and fever in the division hospital at San Antonio on September 15, 1865, and was buried in the “city cemetery” at San Antonio: grave no. 15.

In 1870 his parents were still living on a farm in Rome, Lenawee County; next door lived Perry and his family. By 1880 both James and Perry had moved their families to farms in Springport, Jackson County. In 1890 his mother applied for and received a pension (no. 381,054); and in 1895 his father also applied for and received a pension (no. 441148), drawing $12.00 per month by 1909.