G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
KANE COUNTY ILLINOIS INDEPENDENT VOLUNTEER CAVALRY CAPT. DODSON’S CO.
Consolidated: 8/25/64 into 15th IL Cav.
3rd MICHIGAN VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: 6/10/61 Grand Rapids, MI
Mustered Out: 6/20/64 Detroit, MI and 5/66 Victoria, TX
9th MICHIGAN VOLUNTEER CAVALRY
Organized: 5/19/63 Coldwater, MI
Mustered Out: 7/21/65 Concord, NC
Discharged: 7/30/65 Jackson, MI
1st MICHIGAN VOLUNTEER LIGHT ARTILLERY BATT. “L”
Organized: 4/16/63 Coldwater, MI
Mustered Out: 8/22/65 Jackson, MI
REGIMENTAL HISTORY: CAPT. DODSON’S CO. IND. IL CAVALRY
Early in the Civil War independent cavalry companies such as Dodson’s three-year unit were attached to and acted in conjunction with infantry regiments. In the spring of 1862 the Union army of which Dodson was a part moved from Cairo, IL up the Tennessee River to Fort Henry and shortly thereafter participated in the battle of Shiloh/Pittsburg Landing, TN. During the spring of 1863 various independent IL cavalry organizations were brought together as the 15th Illinois Cavalry with Dodson’s unit designated Co. H. When initial recruits ere mustered out in 1864 the 15th was consolidated into the 10th IL Cav. The 10th saw final muster November 11, 1865.
REGIMENTAL HISTORY: 3rd MICHIGAN INFANTRY:
This three-year regiment left Michigan in mid June, 1861 to join the Army of the Potomac. One month later it was in action at Blackburn’s Ford, VA and, from then on, was involved in every significant movement in the east: Peninsula Campaign, 2nd Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, The Wilderness, Spottsylvania, North Anna River and Cold Harbor. When the original regiment was mustered out of service in mid ’64 a new 3rd was organized. Serving in the western theater, the unit was stationed in Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas.
REGIMENTAL HISTORY: 9th MICHIGAN CAVALRY:
This three-year “western theater” regiment was finely mounted and equipped with Spencer repeating rifles when it left the state. It saw its first action at Triplett Bridge, KY in June, 1863 when it routed a group of enemy guerillas. The 9th next confronted Confed. Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s troops during their raid into Indiana and Ohio. Moving to Knoxville, TN, the unit took part in the expedition against Cumberland Gap during which lack of supplies proved nearly disastrous for man and beast. In the fall of ’64 the regiment participated in Union Gen. W.T. Sherman’s Atlanta campaign, marched to the sea and was fighting through the Carolinas when the War came to an end. Some claim the 9th fired the last hostile shot of the war east of the Mississippi.
REGIMENTAL HISTORY: 1st MICHIGAN LIGHT ARTILLERY BATTERY “L”
NOTE: During the American Civil War companies of an infantry or cavalry regiment could generally expect to serve together as an organization. Such was not the case with artillery regiments which seldom, if ever, came together as a whole. Instead, individual companies (batteries) were assigned where needed. As such, presented here is not the history of the 1st MI L.A., but that of Batt. “L.”
This 3-year unit was organized in conjunction with the 9th MI Cav. As such, battery L’s history generally parallels that of the 9th as noted above until the fall of 64 when the 9th set off with Sherman for Atlanta and beyond. At that time Batt. “l” now stationed in Knoxville, TN was sent out in sections throughout that region to guard bridges and upon scouts until it was paid off and disbanded in 8/65.
Capt. Dodson’s Ind. Cav.
Residence: Inf. Not Avail. Age: 19 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 8/7/61 Geneva, MI Rank: Pvt.
Highest Rank: Pvt.
3rd MI Inf.
Residence: Kent Co., MI Age: 19.8 yrs.
Enlisted/Mustered In: 2/24/62 Grand. Rapids, MI
Highest Rank: Pvt.
9th MI CAV.
Residence: Inf. Not Avail. Age: 20.9 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 3/10/63 Rank: Pvt.
Transferred Out: 5/1/63
Highest Rank: Pvt.
1st MI LIGHT ARTILLERY
Residence: Inf. Not Avail. Age: 20.10 yrs.
Transferred In: 5/1/63 Rank: Pvt.
Discharged: 8/22/65 Jackson, MI
Highest Rank: Pvt.
*NOTE: Albert Towne seems to have passionately wanted to be a soldier! Although he joined the military almost as soon as the America Civil War began, it appears health reasons-most likely chronic asthma- caused farmer Town’s initial enrollments to be short lived.
However, by persistently reenlisting he, four units and three service arms later, successfully completed the War. Along the way his name was noted not only as Albert B. Town (the spelling used by the veteran on post war documents, but also Albert B. Towne and Albert S. Town. Whether these changes were conscious attempts to conceal previous enlistments or merely clerical errors is not known.
Albert Town was born 6/7/42 in New York State to parents Edward and Mary (nee Lent) Town. No additional information is available regarding his birth family, formative or teenage years. On 3/9/62, in Grand Rapids, MI, between his first and second enlistments twenty one year old Albert married eighteen-year-old Clara M. Bush originally of Walker, MI. The couple appears to have produced two children: Alva A. (6/7/63) and Edmund D. (11/8/66).
Following the War the 6’2” blue eyed Town returned to Michigan residing in Monterey and Grand Rapids. The family then moved to the Puget Sound area of Washington Territory/State. Exactly when and why the move was made is not documented. However, in mid 1912 Albert, then 70 years of age was residing in Darrington, WA.
Slightly less than two years later on 4/15/14 this “minister of the gospel” was dead from a sudden bout of cerebral apoplexy (stroke). At passing the 76.11-year-old former cavalryman/infantryman/artilleryman was receiving a $25 per month government pension. At her passing on 11/4/26 Clara was receiving $30 per month based on her late husband’s Civil War soldiering. Clara is buried beside Albert.
Albert Town was Post Commander in 1904
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
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