G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
22nd WISCONSIN VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized/Mustered In: 9/2/62 Camp Utley Racine, WI
Mustered Out: 6/12/65 Washington D. C.
This three-year “western theater” regiment left the state shortly after federal muster and proceeded to the defense of Cincinnati, OH which was under threat of Confederate attack. Moving from Ohio to Kentucky, the 22nd performed guard duty at Nicholasville before heading for Danville where it scoured the countryside in pursuit of the enemy. 1863 found the 22nd in Tennessee. There it would forage, skirmish and guard railroads. During one of the latter duties a number of men were captured by rebel troops and whisked off to Richmond before being exchanged.
In May 1864 the regiment left Tennessee to take part in Union Gen. Sherman’s Atlanta campaign. On the way to Atlanta the regiment fought its first real battle at Resaca, GA. This action cost the 22nd 11 killed and 64 wounded. From Resaca the 22nd moved into fighting near Dallas and skirmishes around Kennesaw Mtn.
The regiment received high praise for their “unflinching bravery” at Peachtree Creek. Atlanta having fallen, the 22nd encamped in the city until 1/1/65 when it joined the Union movement north to Richmond. Along the way it fought in the battles Averasboro and Bentonville, NC. Participation in the Washington D.C. grand review preceded final muster.
Residence: Geneva, WI Age: 32.2 yrs.
Enlisted/Mustered In: 8/15/62 Walworth Co., WI Rank: Pvt.
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Benjamin Seymour was born 4/23/30 in Middebury, VT to parents Josiah and Mary June (nee Buss) Seymour. No additional details are available on his birth family or formative years. One notation pertaining to his teenaged years reads as follows: “He made a profession of religion at the age of 16.” On 10/3/54 Benjamin, now of Newark, IL, married Elizabeth Vose (b. 1/17/34) in W. Randolph, VT. The union would produce nine children: Orianna Louisa (12/31/55-9/27/97), George Everts (11/10/57-10/25/61), Harriet Elizabeth (12/27/59), Minnie Olivia (5/3/62-12/10/68), Charles Edward (5/3/66), Mary Gertrude (3/3/68), Ethel Maud (10/20/71), Halford Josiah (7/15/74-11/23/78), and Harold Gilman (7/15/74-10/5/74).
In the summer of 1862 the 5’6”, darkly complexioned Wisconsin farmer enlisted in the U.S. Army. Private Seymour’s nearly three years of service appear to have been primarily influenced by liver disease, which he contracted at Danville, KY in January, 1863, as well as back and kidney problems, which beset him late the same year in Knoxville, TN. These and perhaps other ailments would result in his spending time in hospitals on a number of occasions. Perhaps it was the amount of time he was spending in the hospital that prompted his being detailed as a nurse for a period in one Danville facility.
Separated from the service Benjamin returned to Wisconsin. He and his family remained there until 1866 when they removed to Illinois. The Seymour family lived in two Illinois locations until 1875 when they set up household in York, Nebraska. From Nebraska the family, circa 1890, moved to Snohomish, Washington. The latter move was most likely to be near families of their adult children living in the area.
In Snohomish the aging veteran served as postmaster and did “some farming.” 88.0-year-old Benjamin Seymour died at home 5/6/18. Cause of death was listed as: Pneumonia. His obituary noted: “His life and influence was always to help others to do right.” At death Benjamin was receiving a $30 monthly government disability stipend based on his Civil War soldiering. Benjamin was survived by his wife, three daughters, and son Charles. After his death Martha continued to live in Snohomish. She died 3/10/28 “while walking to the front door of her home to hand a letter to her postman. The postman contacted her daughter, Mrs. J.H. Kilpatrick who lived next door.” Aged 94.1 years at death, Martha was receiving $50 per month based on her late husband’s Civil War soldering. She is buried beside Benjamin.
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
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