G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
9th MICHIGAN VOLUNTEER CAVALRY
Mustered In: 5/63 Coldwater, MI
Mustered Out: 8/22/65 Jackson, MI
1st MICHIGAN VOLUNTEER LIGHT ARTILLERY
Mustered In: 4/11/63 Coldwater, MI
Disbanded: 8/22/65 Jackson, MI
REGIMENTAL HISTORY: (9th)
This regiment was equipped with Spencer repeating rifles when it left the state for its first engagement against rebel guerillas at Triplett Bridge, KY. The unit was subsequently involved in the pursuit and capture of Confederate Gen. John Morgan. In 1864 the 9th took part in the Atlanta Campaign and “marched to the sea” with Sherman. In early ’65, after the fall of Savanagh the regiment participated in the Carolina Campaign.
Following final muster the 9th was “paid off” and disbanded, having seen 1213 men pass through its ranks.
REGIMENTAL HISTORY: (1st)
Note: The companies of a Civil War infantry of cavalry regiment usually served together as an organization. However, the character of a regiment of artillery was such that the different companies known as batteries (generally 6 guns) were seldom, if ever, assembled into one group.
Thus, while batteries of the 1st took a conspicuous part in the western theater and with the Army of the Potomac in the east, here we are focusing solely on the career of Batt. “L” which was organized at Coldwater, MI with the 9th MI Cav. 4/63. On 5/20/63 Battery L left Michigan for Kentucky.
It was there on 6/13, at Triplett’s Bridge, it engaged the enemy. It next participated in the pursuit of Confederate Gen. John Morgan’s raiders before marching to the occupation of Knoxville, TN. In 12/63 the battery suffered the privations of the East Tennessee Campaign. Arriving at Cumberland Gap, the countryside was found to have been so overrun by both Union and Confederate armies that it was impossible to supply the horses and mules with forage.
As such, the animals were removed to a location where they could be fed while the men manned forts at the Gap. Here they remained until 6/64 when they were again furnished with mounts and teams. Sections were then sent to guard bridges and upon scouts until the battery was sent back to Michigan and disbanded.
Residence: Not listed Age: 20 yrs.
Enlisted: 1/5/63 Grand Rapids, MI Rank: Pvt.
Mustered In: 3/14/63 (9th Cav.)
Transferred: 5/20/63 (est. date to 1st MI L.A.)
Mustered Out: 8/22/65 Jackson, MI
Highest Rank: Cpl.
Note: No pension records are available for Mr. Eastman. Also, as of this writing no known relatives have been located. As such, details about his military service and personal life are limited.
Oliver Eastman was born 3/2/43 in Attica, New York. His parents were Joseph Preserved Eastman and Eunice Merilla Braman. He had one brother Jonathan Orson (b. 7/12/46) and, a half brother Joseph Justin (b.11/29/65).
No additional information is available on his childhood or teenage years.
On 6/1/62 in Grand Rapids, MI Mr. Eastman married Ann Eliza Towne (b.1844). The couple produced five children: Marion Leroy (6/5/66), Ella Marilla (6/7/68), Edmond O. (4/24/71), Frank B. (9/17/77, and Clyde G. (5/21/80). Around 1901, after a stop in Iowa, Oliver and family moved to Snohomish.
At the time of Oliver’s death (11/15/10) from heart failure at age 67.8 years, he and Ann had been married 41 years. Corporal Eastman was survived by his wife, four sons, and a daughter. A newspaper article chronicling his death noted, “Mr. Eastman has been a familiar figure for years around the N.P. depot with his basket of fruit.”
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
George W. Burbidge
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