Oliver M. Culver

Oliver M. Culver was born in 1842 in New York.

Oliver left New York state and moved west, eventually settling in western Michigan with his family, probably in the Grand Rapids area, sometime in the late 1850s.

He was possibly the same Oliver Culver who was arrested in Grand Rapids in the summer of 1859, charged with theft. On July 26, 1859, the Grand Rapids Enquirer reported that one “Oliver Culver, a young lad, was brought up, charged with stealing a pair of boots from a man in Alpine. Plead guilty, and was sentenced to pay a fine, or 40 days in County jail. Funds being scarce with him, he choose [sic] the latter, and was committed.”

In any case, by 1860 Oliver was probably working as an apprentice painter in Grand Rapids’ Second Ward.

Oliver was 19 years old and still living in Kent County when he enlisted with his parents’ consent as Eighth Corporal in Company K on May 13, 1861. (He was possibly related to George Culver also of Company K and/or Noah Culver of Company I.) Oliver was reported AWOL in August of 1862, but he eventually returned to the Regiment.

He was shot in the head and killed on July 2, 1863, while the regiment was engaged in the Peach Orchard, during the second day of the battle of Gettysburg.

He was buried in the Michigan plot, National Cemetery at Gettysburg: section B, grave 18 .

No pension seems to be available.

Noah Culver Jr.

Noah Culver Jr. was born 1820 in Little Valley, Cattaraugus County, New York, the son of Noah Sr. (b. 1779) and Sarah (Fenn, b. 1778).

Connecticut natives Noah and Sarah were married in Connecticut sometime before 1807. A veteran of the War of 1812, Noah Sr. eventually settled his family in Little Valley, Cattaraugus County, New York around 1817. Noah Jr. left New York State and moved west, eventually settling in western Michigan, and by 1860 Noah was a farmer living with and/or working for Oscar Sherburn (who would also enlist in Company I), a farmer in Blendon, Ottawa County.

Noah Jr. stood 5’10” with hazel eyes, brown hair and a light complexion, and was 41 years old and still living in Blendon when he enlisted as First Sergeant in Company I on June 10, 1861. (Company I was made up largely of men from Ottawa County, particularly from the eastern side of the County.) He was possibly related to George and/or Oliver Culver, both of Company K. Noah was reported sick in the hospital from August of 1862 through December, and discharged on January 12, 1863, at York, Pennsylvania, suffering from chronic nephritis and rheumatism.

It is not known if Noah ever returned to Michigan. He was probably living in Missouri Valley, Missouri, sometime in the 1880s when he became a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association. He eventually returned to his home in Cattaraugus County, New York.

In July of 1864 he applied for a pension (application no. 48260), but the certificate was apparently never granted.

He was reportedly buried in Greenwood cemetery in Cattaraugus County, New York, but subsequently reinterred in Steamburg cemetery, Coldspring, Cattaraugus County, New York.

George W. Culver

George W. Culver was born around 1839.

George was about 22 years old and possibly living in Grand Rapids, Michigan, when he enlisted in Company K on May 13, 1861. (He was possibly related to Noah Culver of Company I and/or Oliver Culver of Company K.) George was listed as an orderly to Third Brigade commander General Hiram Berry from August of 1862 through September and from November of 1862 through June of 1863. He was probably in furlough in March of 1863 when he returned to his home in Grand Rapids where he married Jeanette C. McCall on March 22, 1863. (She was probably the same “Jennette” McCall, born around 1844 in Michigan, who was working as a domestic and living with her father Alexander, a shoemaker, in Byron, Kent County, Michigan in 1860.)

George eventually returned to Virginia and was killed on May 5, 1864, during the Wilderness campaign, although it is possible that he died of disease in a hospital in New Jersey. He was buried either among the unknown soldiers at the Wilderness or in New Jersey.

It is not known what became of his widow. No pension seems to be available.