G.A.R. Post: John Buford Post #89 Everett, WA
22nd MAINE VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Mustered In: 10/18/62 Camp John Pope, Bangor, ME
Mustered Out: 8/15/63 at Augusta, ME
The 22nd, a nine-month unit, left Maine for Washington D.C. only days following being mustered into federal service. From there it was ordered to New Orleans, LA after which it occupied Baton Rouge and participated in actions around Port Hudson, which lead to the surrender of that place. The regiment, having marched over 500 miles during the campaign, remained quartered inside the Port Hudson fortifications until 7/24/63 when it started for home and final muster.
Residence: Corinth, ME Age: 24 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 9/10/62 Bangor, ME Rank: Pvt.
Mustered in: 10/10/62
Mustered Out: 8/14/63 Augusta, ME
Highest Rank: Pvt.
*Note: The cemetery headstone surname is “Hamm.” The same spelling is reflected in the 1890 census. Pension applications signed by the veteran indicate the spelling of “Ham.” This spelling is also present in a Civil War database containing a regiment roster. The 1900 census notes spelling: “Hann.” Finally, this “nn” spelling is present in Sumner’s Everett Herald obituary.
Sumner T. Ham was born 1/23/37 in Corinth; ME No details are available on his childhood or teenage years. Mr. Ham claims to have enrolled in the U.S. army on 9/10/62. A data base source indicates the 5’6” farmer enlisted and was mustered into the service on 10/10/62. Whatever his entrance dates, Private Ham’s military tenure appears to have been “uneventful” in terms of personal crises, injuries or wounds.
Leaving the Army Sumner returned to Maine where he lived for five years. He then spent twenty years in Minnesota before migrating westward to the Puget Sound area where he settled in Lowell, on the southeast edge of present day Everett.
In 1907 Mr. Ham applied for a military pension. Such was subsequently granted as he was receiving $15 per month at the time of his death 1/17/13, only days shy of his 86th birthday. His newspaper obituary read, in part, as follows: “The body of S.T. Hamm, a G.A.R. veteran, was found yesterday in his room at Lowell, by friends who missed him from his usual haunts. He had been suffering from a cold for several days, and Coroner Maulsby after making an investigation concluded that pneumonia and heart trouble were the causes of death. He was unmarried and leaves a brother R.H. Hamm, of Seattle, and a sister in New England.”
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
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