G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
169th PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: 11 & 12/62 Camp Howe Pittsburgh, PA
Mustered Out: 7/26-27/63 Harrisburg, PA
211th PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: 9/16/64 Camp Reynolds Pittsburgh, PA
Mustered Out: 6/2/65 Alexandria, VA
REGIMENTAL HISTORY: (169th)
This “9 month” Pennsylvania regiment was composed of four companies from Crawford Co., two from Mercer, two from Erie, one from Clarion, and one from Butler. Ordered to Washington D.C. on 12/1/62, it was then sent to Fortress Monroe, VA. From there it moved to Fort Keyes on Glouster Point where it performed garrison duty until 7/9/63 when it was ordered to Funkstown as part of the Army of the Potomac. Shortly thereafter it was sent home and mustered out.
REGIMENTAL HISTORY: (211th)
The 211th, a “one year” unit from the Pennsylvania counties of Crawford, Jefferson, McKean, Mercer, Erie, Warren and Westmoreland, left the state almost immediately and was assigned to the Army of the James at Bermuda Hundred, VA.
As soon as it reached its position in the entrenchments it was ordered to appear upon the parapets in full range of the enemy’s guns in order to create a diversion favoring a storming party about to attack Ft. Harrison. This resulted in a number of men in Co. “F” being instantly killed.
The unit next moved to the trenches before Petersburg where it wintered with the Army of the Potomac. On 3/25/65 the 211th advanced gallantly during the attack on Ft. Stedman. In desperate fighting during the final Petersburg assault on 4/2 the regiment lost 4 officers and 17 men killed, 4 officers and 89 men wounded and 21 men missing. Total: 135.
The regiment next moved along the South Side Railroad in charge of army trains. It then camped at Nottoway Court house until ordered to Alexandria for final muster.
Residence: Inf. Not Avail. Age: 28.5 yrs.
Enlisted/Mustered In: 11/16/62 Rank: Cpl.
Mustered Out: 7/25/63
Highest Rank: Cpl.
Residence: Inf. Not Avail. Age: 30.3 yrs.
Enrolled: 8/30/64 Washington, PA Rank: 2nd Lieut.
Mustered In: 9/12/64
Mustered Out: 6/2/65 Alexandria, VA
Highest Rank: 2nd Lieut.
Dennis A. Davis was born 5/30/34 on a Pennsylvania farm to Vermont born A. T. and Pennsylvania born Desire (nee Drake) Davis. Available documents provide no additional information on his birth family, formative, or young adult years. On 2/2/58 Mr. Davis married Eunice A. Drake in Washington Township, PA. The couple would produce three children: Cassus E. (12/2/58 to 11/3/86), Dolphus R. (8/11/61), and “daughter” (10/78).
In late 1862 the 5’8” carpenter enlisted in the U.S. Army for his first period of active service. There are no documented notations pertaining to his performance during this time, but the fact that he was mustered in and mustered out as a corporal would indicate his term of duty was without incident. 1864 saw Davis return to the Army. Perhaps his reenlistment was promoted by receipt of a bounty payment. During this term he served as a commissioned officer. The only documented notations pertaining to this service relate to a period of sickness and being away on leave.
The War behind him, Lt. Davis returned to Pennsylvania where he and his family remained until 1872 when they removed to Minnesota. They were to remain in that state until 1897, when they settled in the Puget Sound area of Washington. Why they moved to the Pacific Northwest is not known. Perhaps it was to be near the families of their son and daughter. Also, where the family set up housekeeping is not known. However, they must have had some connection to Snohomish County because this is where Mr. Davis would be buried.
In 1915 the aging veteran was a resident of the Veterans’ Home in Retsil, near Port Orchard. By 1920 he was totally blind in one eye and nearly so in the other. He was also suffering from partial deafness and heart problems. Two time Civil War soldier Dennis Davis died 3/30/24 at the age of 89 years, 10 months. Cause: general lathermoma with chronic muscular rheumatism lumbago into neck, contributing: general exhaustion. At death he was receiving a $72 monthly disability pension from the government based on his military service. Eunice, who apparently never learned to write her name, died at Retsil 6/4/25. At death she was receiving a $30 monthly stipend based on her husband’s Civil War soldiering.
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
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