G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
1st WISCONSIN VOLUNTEER CAVALRY
Organize: Summer/Fall, 1861 Camp Fremont Ripon, WI And Camp Harvey, Kenosha, WI
Mustered In: 3/8/62 Camp Harvey Kenosha, WI
Mustered Out: 7/19/65 Nashville, TN
* NOTE: This is the same regiment and company as James H. Russell Row: 16 Site: 3
The 1st, a three year “western theater” unit, left Wisconsin shortly after federal muster, proceeding to scout and railroad guard duty in Missouri and Arkansas. It received its baptism of fire in the latter state. The unit was to remain active in Missouri until 6/63 when it was ordered to Nashville, TN. That fall the regiment participated in the battle of Chickamauga, covering the Union retreat on the second day. Conflicts with the enemy in Tennessee continued until mid ’64 when the 1st joined Union Gen. Sherman’s Atlanta campaign. In this arena, it attacked a force of 2000 rebels near Cambellton, GA, but was forced to retire. In 8/12/64 the regiment reached Cartersville via Marietta. In 11/64 it was sent to St. Louis, MO to be remounted. In early December, 1864 the 1st again moved to Nashville and, after a severe engagement, assisted in driving the enemy from Hopkinsville. Operations in Kentucky and Alabama followed. On 5/6/65 a detachment of the 1st set out in search of fleeing Confed. Pres. Jefferson Davis. Coming upon armed men, the troopers opened fire. It was not until a prisoner was taken that it was discovered the supposed “enemy” was a unit of Michigan soldiers also pursuing Davis. Although Davis was not captured until after the regiments had fired upon one another, many would always believe the 1st Wisconsin was entitled to at least partial credit for the capture. Stationing at Macon, GA preceded final muster.
Residence: Inf. Not Avail. Age:
Enrolled: 7/26/64 Madison, WI Rank: Pvt.
Mustered Out: 5/16/65
Highest Rank: Pvt.
According to 1900 census data, Christopher Winehart was born January, 1843 in the State of New Jersey. However, this date of birth does not correspond to a 1903 document in which he claims to be 63 years of age. No additional information is available on his birth family or formative years. In 1864 the 5’ 10” teenaged farmer/laborer joined the U.S. Army. It appears approximately half of his subsequent military tenure was spent in the hospital at Bowling Green, KY suffering from acute diarrhea and rheumatism. Private Winehart would later apply for and be granted a small monthly governmental pension based on his Civil War soldiering. Post war information on Christopher is, at best, sketchy. The War of the Rebellion behind him, he appears to have returned to Wisconsin and once again resumed work as a farm laborer. On 9/15/76 Christopher married Jennie Tourtillott (b 9/54). Available documents disagree whether the marriage took place in Ocento or Peshtigo, WI. The union would produce five sons: John Howard (4/6/77), Hugh Frank (5/18/79), Earl F. (11/13/86), Lewis J. (3/6/89), and George Dewey (1/3/98). It appears the Winehart family removed from Wisconsin to the Puget Sound area of Washington Territory/State circa 1889 after the birth of son Lewis. Records are silent as to why the move was made, but likely it was to be near the families of their adult son/sons already living in the area. The youngest Winehart child, George, was born in Snohomish. He was just shy of his 12th birthday when his mother, Jennie, died on 9/12/10 at her home in the Ludwig addition of Snohomish. Christopher, who at the time was a resident of Washington Soldiers’ Home in Orting, WA passed away five days later on 9/17/10. Left without parents, guardianship of George was assumed by older brother Earl. George continued to receive his father’s $12 monthly pension until he reached his 16th birthday. Earl, as a member of Co. E, 157th Inf., U.S. Army, was killed in action during WW1. The Snohomish American Legion Post #96 is named after him.
** Personal/family information researched by Emilee Wilmoth, Sierra Wilmoth & Grandma Karen in memory of their beloved brother & grandson Travis Wilmoth.
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
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