G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
1st MINNESOTA VOLUNTEER HEAVY ARTILLERY *
Organized: on 9/1/64
Mustered Out: 9/27/65
Note: This is same regiment as Elisha Nye (Row 23 Site 2) and same regiment and company as Eli Hewitt (Row 2 Site)
This one-year regiment was organized during the summer of 1864, mustered in by companies/batteries and ordered to Chattanooga, TN during the winter of 1864/65.
Composed of twelve 140-man companies/batteries, plus officers, the unit was assigned to the heavy guns in defensive forts, a responsible position, as it was thought Confed. Gen. Hood would endeavor to retake the city.
Unlike most artillery regiments which seldom, if ever, came together as a unit, the 1st spent its entire tenure of service functioning as a unified command stationed in one location.
Residence: Inf. not avail. Age: 38.7 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 2/9/65 Ft. Snelling, MN Rank: Pvt.
Mustered Out: 9/27/65
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Benjamine F. Doyle was born 6/26/26 near Buffalo, New York. No information is available on his birth family beyond his mother’s name began with an E. and her maiden surname was Morgan. Also, there is no documentation on his formative or teenage years. On 1/25/54, Benjamin, then twenty-eight years of age, married nineteen-year-old NY born Amelia Cox in Niles, Michigan. The union would produce seven children: Edgar C. (9/20/55), Frank (6/4/57), J. Clement (10/16/60), Effie (4/30/62), Lettie (12/29/69), Lizzie (8/16/72), and Lottie (3/16/80).
In the waning days of America’s War of The Rebellion the 5’8” carpenter/farmer now apparently residing in Minnesota, enlisted in the U.S. Army. At aged thirty-eight years he was far above the average for a Civil War soldier. His term of service would prove benign as he was never wounded and not listed as taken ill. Further, with the exception of one period of detached service with the quartermaster’s corps he remained with his unit throughout his brief military tenure.
The movements of Benjamin and family after the war are not well documented. However, by 1889 he and Amelia were living in Snohomish, WA Territory/State. Why they moved there is not known. Likely, though, the resettlement was made to be near the family/families of one or more of their adult children. Former Union private, 85.10 year old Benjamine Doyle, a “well known” resident of Snohomish died at the city’s General Hospital 5/18/12. Cause of death was noted as “chronic Bright’s (kidney) Disease.” At death he was receiving a $20 per month government disability stipend based on his Civil War soldiering. Amelia lived until 7/2/27. At passing she was receiving $50 from the government.
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
Granite Falls, WA
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