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Joseph Dunn

Joseph Dunn was born 1843 Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, probably the son of Thomas (b. 1800) and Mary F. (b. 1802).

Joseph’s parents were both born in Ireland and presumably married there before immigrating to America sometime between 1831 and 1833 when they settled in New York. Between 1835 and 1838 they moved to Connecticut then on to Pennsylvania by 1843. The family remained in Pennsylvania for just a few years before emigrating westward and settling in Wisconsin between 1845 and 1848. By 1850 Joseph was attending school with two of his older siblings and living with his family in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, where his father worked as a laborer. By 1860 his parents and several siblings were living in Richfield, Washington County, Wisconsin. Before the war Joseph apparently worked in the lumber industry across the lake in Manistee, Manistee County, Michigan.

At some point before 1864 Joseph may have enlisted in the Fifth Wisconsin infantry, although this is by no means certain.

In any case, Joseph stood 5’7” with dark eyes, brown hair and a light complexion, and was a 21-year-old lumberman working in Manistee, Manistee County, when he enlisted at the age of 21 in Company I on February 6, 1864, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, crediting Manistee, and was mustered the same day. He joined the Regiment on February 17 at Camp Bullock, Virginia, and was wounded in the left side of his face probably on May 6, 1864, at the Wilderness, Virginia. He was admitted to Emory general hospital in Washington, DC, on May 11, and was probably a provost guard at Division headquarters when he was transferred to Company I, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864. He was mustered out on July 5, 1865, at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

It is not known if Joseph ever returned to Michigan. He did return to Wisconsin, and by 1890 he was living in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. Sometime around 1900 was a resident in the Northwestern Branch National Military Home in Milwaukee.

In 1880 Joseph applied for and received a pension (no. 458834). He was also a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association.

Joseph was probably a resident of the National Home in Milwaukee when he died on September 26, 1906, at the National Home and was buried in Wood National Cemetery in Milwaukee, section 16, grave no. 87.

John Donovan - update 1/28/2016

John Donovan was born in 1839 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

John left Pennsylvania and moved west, settling in Michigan sometime before 1864.

He reportedly enlisted in the 14th U.S. infantry. There is no further record.

John stood 5’10” with blue eyes, brown hair and a florid complexion, and was a 25-year-old lumberman living in Manistee, Manistee County when he enlisted in Company I on February 6, 1864, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, crediting Manistee, and was mustered the same day. He joined the Regiment on February 17 at Camp Bullock, Virginia, and was wounded in the right shoulder and cheek in early May. He was subsequently hospitalized and was still absent sick when he was transferred to Company I, 5th Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the 3rd and 5th Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864.

John remained absent sick through February of 1865, although he may have in fact been taken prisoner, possibly during the Wilderness campaign, and eventually paroled and sent to a hospital in Baltimore and from there to the hospital at Camp Parole in Maryland where he was admitted on June 23, 1864. He may have run afoul of the authorities while in the hospital and was possibly confined in the guardhouse for five days from October 11-17, 1864.

He was mustered out of service on July 5, 1865 at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

John also served in the 45th Veterans Reserve Corps and was discharged at the end of his term of service in July of 1870.

It is not known if John returned to Michigan after the war.

In August of 1865 he applied for and received a pension (no. 338473) for service in the 5th and 14th U.S. infantry regiments (no mention of the VRC regiment). He was a Catholic and worked primarily as a laborer.

John was possibly living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin when he was admitted as a single man to the Northwestern Branch National Military Home (NMH) in Milwaukee on October 19, 1990. He listed his nearest relative as a nephew George Febry, living in Milwaukee. John went AWOL from the Home on June 29, 1894 and was readmitted on August 10, 1896.

Donavan was killed when railroad cars at the Grand Avenue viaduct struck him on October 2, 1902. He was buried in Wood National Cemetery: block 15, grave 259.

George S. Clay

George S. Clay was born in 1838 or 1840, in Michigan, the son of William (b. 1811) and Esther (b. 1815).

George’s parents emigrated from England to the United States eventually settling in Michigan before 1840. By 1850 George was living with his family in Detroit where his father worked as a barber. By 1860 George was probably working as an “electrolyker” and living with his family in Detroit’s Fifth Ward.

George was probably living in Ionia County when he enlisted at the age of 21 years as Fourth Corporal in Company E on May 13, 1861.

Although the details are unclear, apparently on September 4, 1862, George was transferred to the Fifteenth Michigan infantry at Fort Lyon, Virginia, where he was commissioned Second Lieutenant as of August 9, and was mustered on September 15 at Detroit.

The Fifteenth Michigan was organized at Detroit, Monroe and Grand Rapids between October 16, 1861 and March 13, 1862, was mustered into service on March 20 and moved to Benton Barracks, Missouri, near St. Louis and then on to Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee, March 27-April 5. It participated in the battle of Shiloh, April 6-7, and in the siege of Corinth April 29-May 30 and in the battle of Corinth October 3-4. It was in garrison and provost duty at Grand Junction and Lagrange from November until June of 1863. George was Acting Regimental Adjutant in April of 1863 when he was assigned to Company D.

The regiment was ordered to Vicksburg, Mississippi on June 3 and participated in the siege and eventually in the capture of the city, June 11-July 4. It then advanced to Jackson, Mississippi, July 4-10 and laid siege July 10-17. It was in camp at Big Black until September when it moved to Memphis and then on to Chattanooga, Tennessee, September 28-November 20. George was absent on leave from September 21, 1863.

The Fifteenth participated in operations along the Memphis & Charleston railroad in Alabama in October and in the relief of Knoxville November 28-December 8. It was in camp at Scottsboro, Alabama until February of 1864.

George was transferred to Company E on February 10, 1864, and he either resigned on July 18, 1864 (while the regiment was engaged in the Atlanta campaign) or was dismissed on July 28, 1864 by S.O. No. 161, Headquarters Department of the Tennessee. He claimed in later years that he was discharged from the army on July 18, 1864, at the expiration of his term of service, i.e., that he was mustered out. The reasons for this are unclear, however.

Following his release from the army he returned to Detroit where for many years he was a machine worker. (His parents, William and Esther were still living in Detroit in 1870.)

George married Detroit–born Josephine (b. 1840) and they had at least one child, a son: Walter S. (b. 1857).

By 1880 George was working as an “electrolyker” and living with his wife and son in Detroit. He was listed as married when first admitted to the Michigan Soldiers’ Home (no. 1612) on November 22, 1891, discharged in March of 1893, readmitted April 17, 1893 and discharged on May 14, 1894 again at his own request.

In 1887 he applied for a pension (application no. 633,136) but the certificate was never granted.

He was married a second time to Alice M.

George was admitted to the Northwestern Branch National Military Home, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he was reportedly killed on December 29, 1894, and was interred in Wood National Cemetery in Milwaukee: section 11, grave no. 11.

In 1898 his widow, then apparently living in Michigan, also applied for a pension (no. 672,801), but the certificate was never granted.

William and Charles V. Chamberlain

William H. Chamberlain was born 1842 in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Ambrose (1813-1860) Martha M. (Nelson, 1816-1871).

Ambrose was working for Valentine & Co. of Boston when he married Martha M. Nelson in April of 1838, in Milford, Massachusetts. By 1840 they were living in Cambridge, Middlesex County and in 1850 were still living in Cambridge where Ambrose owned and operated a soap and candle manufacturing plant, and William was attending school with his siblings. (In 1850 there was one William H. Chamberlain living in Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, where his younger brother Charles had been born in 1846).

Ambrose moved his family moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, from Massachusetts sometime after 1854 and by 1860 the family was residing in the Third Ward. Ambrose died in January of 1860, probably in Grand Rapids. (In 1860 one William H. Chamberlain in was residing in Boston, Massachusetts.) At some point William was apparently employed as clerk for Wilmarth & Fuller in Grand Rapids. His mother was extremely wealthy by standards of the day, and claimed in 1860 to be worth $18,000 in real estate and another $12,000 in her personal estate. By 1860 William was probably still working as a clerk and residing with his family in Grand Rapids' Third Ward.

William stood 5’6” with blue eyes, sandy hair and a light complexion, and was 19 years old and probably still living with his family when he enlisted with his mother’s consent as Fourth Corporal in Company A on May 13, 1861. He may have been a member of the Valley City Guard, the prewar Grand Rapids militia company whose members would form the nucleus of Company A. If so, he probably joined the VCG shortly before war broke out. (William’s younger brother Charles would enlist in the Third Michigan in 1864, and his sister Mary married Captain Edwin Pierce of Company E just before the regiment left Grand Rapids in June of 1861.)

It seems that William was a friend of Charles Wright, also of Company A, who wrote home in August of 1861 that he and Chamberlain had recently gone to Alexandria on a pass. Wright wrote home that

[W]e went upstairs to the fourth story and there in one corner of a small room was a little hole which went out on the [roof] in which was the very same flagstaff which bore the secession flag which Ellsworth took down and which now bears the flag he raised. The flag staff was about 40 feet long and at the bottom it was about 6 inches [though] it was considerably whittled and we took the liberty to whittle it a little . . . as a token of that horrible event. I saw where the bullet lodged that killed Ellsworth; it lodged in a plank in an adjoining room after passing through a door. . . . There is two war steamers 12 guns each anchored in the river near the city. The city had a population of 20,000 before war broke out, but now it is nearly deserted, only a few stores are open; splendid mansions are closed and everything has the appearance of a once rich and prosperous city (now the grass grows in the streets). I was informed by a mechanic that resided there that two-thirds of the inhabitants are Secessionists and that they had secret meetings. We took dinner with a gentleman that informed us that he had a farm off 4 miles and that the Northern cavalry had destroyed a large field of oats of his and that he had lost 4 niggers which he thought had gone off with our army but did not know where they had gone but they had run away any how which he said was $4,000 loss to him and he seemed to feel very bad about it. Of course we sympathized with him he was no doubt a secessionist but very rich. We had fresh codfish and boiled corn bread but no butter, potatoes, which was a good meal for us poor soldiers. He seemed to pity us for the thought the north would get licked. . . .

Although William was reported to be absent sick in a hospital in July of 1862, in fact had been discharged for a wounded left ankle on May 28, 1862 at Washington, DC. There is no record of his having been wounded, although if it occurred it very possibly happened during the opening phases of the Peninsular campaign in the area of Yorktown and Williamsburg, Virginia

In any case, following his release from the army he returned home to Grand Rapids.

On Saturday, July 26, 1862, Rebecca Richmond, teenage daughter of William Almy Richmond, one of Grand Rapids’ leading businessmen, wrote in her diary that she had spent the evening at the home of Captain Edwin Pierce of Company E and his wife, Mary, who was William’s sister. “The company numbered about thirty,” Rebecca wrote, “and consisted of young married and unmarried people.” Dr. Zenas Bliss, Regimental Surgeon for the Third Michigan, Captain Pierce “and Willie Chamberlain . . . gave military dignity to the session. We danced some, after piano music, but it was so long some of us had ‘tripped it on the light fantastic toe’ that we made rather bungling work of it at first. I had ever so pleasant a time -- enjoyed it much. The Olive Branch, or rather the remnants of that once flourishing society, met here at six o'clock this evening. It is apparent that the girls have lost their interest, and will hardly be able to preserve their organization much long.”

Rebecca saw William again, this time along with his friend Peter Weber -- who had also enlisted in Company A in 1861, and who was on furlough in Grand Rapids -- on July 29 and on August 11, 1862.

Sometime between the time he was discharged and the spring of 1863, William decided to emigrate westward. On March 8, 1863, Rebecca noted in her diary that “Willie Chamberlain has gone to California to seek his fortune” in the gold fields of California.

Any hopes for improving his circumstances in California were soon dashed, apparently, and William returned east, ending up New York City where on June 11, 1863, he enlisted in Battery D, Eleventh New York Artillery, and was mustered in as Private on June 21 to serve 3 years. (This unit was eventually reorganized as Battery M, Fourth New York Heavy Artillery.) He was present for duty from September of 1863 through June of 1864, and was reported as First Sergeant on June 1, 1864.

William was reported missing in action on August 25, 1864, at Reams Station, Virginia, and in September and October he was reported as having been reduced to the ranks, presumably on account of his status as missing in action. William had in fact been taken prisoner near Petersburg, Virginia, on August 25, and was sent to Richmond on August 27. From Richmond he was transported to Salisbury prison in North Carolina, where he arrived on October 9.

He was admitted to the prison hospital on January 2, 1865, and died of pneumonia at Salisbury hospital on January 3 or 4, 1865.

According to one Sergeant J. W. Swift, who had served with William in the same battery, Chamberlain “died in the rebel prison pen at Salisbury, North Carolina, on the 3d day of January last. He died of fever brought on by exposure.” Apparently sometime in March Swift had written to the family to inform them of William’s death. William was reportedly buried in Salisbury National Cemetery: no. 524, although there is a marker for him in Fulton cemetery, Grand Rapids.

No pension appears to be available.

In 1870 his mother was residing in Grand Rapids’ Third Ward with her daughter Mary and son-in-law Edwin Pierce, who had also served as Lieutenant Colonel in the Third Michigan.

Charles V. Chamberlain was born May 12, 1844, in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, the son of Ambrose (1813-1860) Martha M. (Nelson, 1816-1871).

Ambrose was working for Valentine & Co. of Boston when he married Martha M. Nelson in April of 1838, in Milford, Massachusetts. By 1840 they were living in Cambridge, Middlesex County and in 1850 were still living in Cambridge where Ambrose owned and operated a soap and candle manufacturing plant, and Charles was attending school with his siblings. Ambrose moved his family moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, from Massachusetts sometime after 1854 and by 1860 Charles was attending school in Grand Rapids where he resided with his family in the Third Ward. Ambrose died in January of 1860, probably in Grand Rapids. His widow was extremely wealthy by standards of the day, and claimed in 1860 to be worth $18,000 in real estate and another $12,000 in her personal estate.

Charles stood 5’3” with blue eyes, light hair and a light complexion, and was an 18-year-old clerk living in Grand Rapids’ Third Ward when he enlisted in Unassigned on February 12, 1864, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, crediting Grand Rapids’ Third Ward, and was mustered on February 17; although he is not found in the 1905 Third Michigan Regimental history, but he is in the 1905 Fifth Michigan infantry Regimental history. (His older brother William had enlisted in Company A in 1861, while his older sister Mary married Captain Edwin Pierce of Company E, just before the regiment left Grand Rapids in June of 1861.)

Charles may have been detached -- probably as a clerk at Brigade headquarters but this is not known for certain until later in his term of service -- before joining the Regiment or he may have possibly joined the Regiment sometime in late February or early March and subsequently detached to other duties, although there is no record of this and as far as is known he was never assigned to a particular company in the Third Michigan.

In any case, Charles was transferred (on paper at least) to Company A, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864, and was reported on detached service in July. By August he was sick in a hospital and on detached service from September through December. In January he was a clerk at Division headquarters, in February he was serving as a clerk at Brigade headquarters where he remained through May of 1865, and indeed probably until he was mustered out on July 5, 1865 at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

It is not known if Charles returned to Michigan after the war. He later claimed to have settled in Knox County, Illinois after the war where he worked as a laborer for some years.

In 1870 his mother was residing in Grand Rapids’ Third Ward with her daughter Mary and son-in-law Edwin Pierce who had also served in the Third Michigan.

According to statements he made in 1898 and again in 1915 he had never been married and had no children.

By 1883 Charles was living in Illinois when he applied for and received a pension no. 544,822.

Charles was living in Truro or Eugene, Knox County, Illinois in 1884 and in Knox County, Illinois when he was admitted to the Illinois soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home in Quincy, Illinois (no. 1412), and was apparently admitted a second time (same admission number) on September 25, 1895. he was subsequently admitted to the Central Branch, National Military Home in Columbus Ohio, on August 10, 1898. On October 2, 1909, he was admitted to the Mountain Branch National Military Home in Knoxville, Tennessee, from the Central Branch Home, and on May 21, 1912 he was admitted to the National Military Home in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio; he was living at the Dayton Home in 1914.

Charles died of heart disease on May 16, 1918, at the Northwestern Branch, National Military Home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was buried in Wood National Cemetery: plot 21-0-5.

Horace Case

Horace Case was born around 1812 in New York City.

His parents were both born in New York and presumably married there. In any case, sometime before 1840 Horace left New York and had settled in Kent County, Michigan. By 1850 he was working as a cooper and living in Plainfield, Kent County.

Horace stood 6’0” with blue eyes, light hair and a light complexion, and was 40 years old and possibly working as a cooper in Plainfield, Kent County when he enlisted as a Musician in Company F on May 13, 1861. He was absent sick in the hospital from August of 1862 until he was discharged on December 9, 1862, at Camp Convalescent near Alexandria, Virginia, for chronic rheumatism and “old age.” (Curiously his National Military Home records also report him as having served in Company I, First presumably Michigan and presumably infantry.)

After his discharge from the army Horace eventually returned to Michigan.

Horace was living in Michigan when he was admitted to the Northwestern Branch National Military Home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 27, 1875. He was still a member of the Milwaukee Home in 1880 (his age was reported as 69, giving him a birth date of 1811).

At one time he may have been a member of Grand Army of the Republic Hiel P. Clark Post No. 153 in Saranac, Ionia County.

Horace was probably still living at the National Home in Milwaukee when he died on April 18, 1883, and was buried in Wood National Cemetery, Milwaukee: 1-0-211.

Hugh Boyd Jr.

Hugh Boyd Jr. was born February 23, 1840, in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada, the son of Hugh Sr. (b. 1808) Ellen (b. 1810).

Hugh’s parents were probably married in Ireland. In any case sometime before 1840 they left Ireland and immigrated to America. By 1840 Hugh Sr. may have been living in Vermont. Hugh Sr. eventually took his family to Michigan and by 1850 they were living in the vicinity of Muskegon, near Lake Michigan, where Hugh Sr. worked as a laborer and Hugh Jr. attended school along with his siblings. By 1860 Hugh Jr. was working as a day laborer, probably with his brothers John and Alexander, and living with his mother in Muskegon, Muskegon County.

Hugh stood 5’6” with blue eyes, sandy hair and a light complexion and was 21 years old and probably still living in Muskegon when he joined the Muskegon Rangers in April as Third Corporal. The “Rangers” were a local militia company formed in Muskegon soon after the fall of Fort Sumter in April of 1861, and were reorganized into Company H of the Third Michigan infantry then forming at Cantonment Anderson in Grand Rapids. Hugh consequently enlisted as Third Corporal of Company H on May 13, 1861. He was reported as a deserter on November 26, 1861, along with George A. and George W. Bennett, also of Company H. Like the Bennetts, Hugh eventually returned to the regiment under the President’s proclamation of amnesty on April 7, 1863, at Camp Sickles, Maryland. He was mustered out on June 20, 1864, at Detroit.

After his discharge from the army Hugh returned to Muskegon and worked for many years as an engineer. On October 28, 1865, he married Victoria Campau (1844-1873) at the Congregational Church in Grand Haven, Ottawa County. (She was probably the sister of Adolph Campau who had served in Company B.) Victoria died in childbirth on February 28 or March 1, 1873; the child, a son Hugh, died three months later.

Hugh was admitted as a single man to the Michigan Soldiers’ Home on September 7, 1889 (no. 1085), and discharged at his own request on July 7, 1890.

Hugh was a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association and in 1889 he applied for and received pension (no. 509,617), drawing $50 per month by 1922.

Hugh was admitted to the Northwestern Branch National Military Home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin: the first time on January 17, 1891, some six months after his discharge from the Michigan Home, and then discharged on August 2, 1899, or just 12 days before his readmission to the Michigan Home on August 14, 1899. He was again discharged at his request on June 12, 1900. It is possible that one of Hugh’s brothers was residing in Wisconsin and that Hugh had gone to stay with him. It is also possible that Hugh found the National Military Home more attractive than the state-run Michigan Soldiers’ Home.

In any event, Hugh apparently returned to Wisconsin following his discharge from the Michigan Home in 1900 since he was reported to be living at 745 47th Avenue in West Allis, Wisconsin from around 1900 to 1904, and by 1911 he was supposedly living in the Milwaukee National Home. In 1920 he was boarding with the Virginia Roepke family in Milwaukee.

In fact, it is quite likely that he remained in Wisconsin until he died a widower of apoplexy and myocarditis at the Milwaukee National Home on June 11, 1922. He was buried in Wood National Cemetery, Milwaukee: section 24, grave no. 3.