G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
38th OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: 7/24/61 to 4/12/62 Defiance, OH
Mustered Out: 7/12/65 at Louisville, KY
The 38th, a three-year “western Theater” regiment, first saw active service in Kentucky at the battle of Perryville. It then campaigned throughout Kentucky before taking a conspicuous part in the battle of Stone’s River.
In March, 1863 the unit joined the Army of The Cumberland for the Tullahoma campaign before moving on to Chicamauga. There, its assigned duty was to guard the supply train. On 11/25 the 38th belonged to the division that assaulted the fortifications at the foot of Missionary Ridge, TN then ascended the hill and carried the enemy’s works.
Regimental reenlistment and furlough followed. Returning to active duty in Georgia, the 38th took an active part in the siege of Kennesaw Mountain before reaching the banks of the Chattahoochee River. At Utoy Creek a portion of the unit successfully charge rebel skirmishers, but lost 9 killed and 42 wounded in the process. At Jonesboro a charge cost the regiment 150 killed and wounded out of 360 engaged.
The Carolinas campaign and participation in the Grand Review at Washington D.C. capped the career of the 38th.
Residence: inf. Not Avail. Age: 24.7 yrs.
Enrolled/Mustered In: 9/5/61 Rank: Pvt.
Discharged: 7/12-15/65 Louisville, KY
Highest Rank: Sgt.
Horace Monroe Morse was like born 2/18/37 in Onondaga, NY to parents Horace B. and Betsy (nee Blackman) Morse. The couple produced two girls and six boys. Horace was fifth of the eight children and fourth oldest of the boys.
In 1861 the 5’6 ½ “blue eyed farmer entered the U.S. Army. A notation from the Adjutant General’s Office pertaining to his periods of service reads” “Disabled by mumps resulting in injury the left groin…. Loss of left testicle, and rupture, May and Aug., 1862.” Other notations of significance were Morse completion of his first tour of duty and reenlisting for a second, plus his rise from the rank of private to corporal (6/18/63) and from corporal to sergeant (1/1/65).
Following discharge Horace settled in Traverse City, MI. He was to remain there for three years. During his period he married Maria Thacker (b. circa 1849) in Elmwood, MI. The couple would produce at least eight children: William D. (2/26/68), Leila A. (10/14/69), Winnie M. (8/1/71), Charles M. (1/2/74), Orrin D. (9/10/76), Arthur G. (3/5/81), Henry (Harry) G. (6/30/85), and Ottie Bell (7/22/87).
In 1869 the Morse family moved from Traverse City, MI to Defiance, OH. Circa 1872 they returned to Traverse City and remained there until 4/7/ when they moved to Snohomish, WA. Most likely the move was made to be near adult children and grandchildren.
“Monroe,” as his obituary referred to him, had been in Snohomish two weeks or less when he was suddenly stricken with erysipelas, an acute streptococcus disease characterized by high fever and localized reddening of the skin, and died at home.
Aged 70 years at death on 4/21/1907, the former Union soldier was receiving a $12 per month government disability stipend. Following her husband’s death Maria Morse remained in Snohomish. She died in late August, 1927 at the age of 78 years.
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
Elizabeth Morse Greenlee
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