G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
17th MICHIGAN VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: Spring, 1862 Detroit, MI
Mustered Out: 6/7/65 Detroit, MI
The 17th was organized in Detroit, Mi. during the spring of 1862. In mid September it was baptized by fire at South Mtn. and Antietam, Md. In May/June ’64, following numerous engagements in the war’s Western Theater the 17th moved south with Grant’s Overland Campaign.
On 5/12 during fighting around Spotsylvania, VA the unit was surrounded and practically annihilated. Thereafter it nearly lost its regimental organization for want of numbers. After this, members were detailed to the Engineer Corps and at division headquarters from whence they took part in actions leading to the capture of Petersburg, VA.
In April, 1865 the 17th participated in the Grand Review before returning to Michigan where it was disbanded
Residence: Not listed Age: 27 years
Enlisted On: 9/6/64 Rank: Private
Mustered In: 9-19-64
Discharged: 6/3/65 Delaney House, D.C.
Highest Rank: Private
Samuel Buchanan was born 8/24/37 in County Armah, Ireland. In 1842 he, with his parents, immigrated to Kingston, Ontario, Canada. In 1860, at the age of 23/24 years, Samuel moved to the area around Watertown, New York in the U.S. On 1/29/62 he married Mary Grace Nihill.
Following the marriage the couple moved to Michigan where, in the late summer of 1864, Samuel enlisted in the U.S. Army as a “substitute” for one John H. Payne. By the time Buchanan joined the 17th, remnants of the unit were involved in the siege of Petersburg, VA. It was there he first contracted hydrocele and malarial poisoning which was to afflict him the remainder of his life.
Samuel returned home from war to his wife and daughter, Minnie (1/29/65), The Buchanan’s remained in Michigan until 1866 when they moved to Chicago, ILL. That same year, their second daughter, Josephine (10/7/66) was born. In 1873/74 the family next moved to North Dakota where daughters Edith O. (3/15/74) and Evenley (7/4/76) came into the world.
In 1888/89 Buchanan family came to the Puget Sound area of Washington Territory/State settling in Bellingham and, apparently later, Anacortes. In 1892/93 they moved to Stockton, Ca. until 1900/01 when the returned north to Everett, WA. Here they remained until Samuel’s death on 8/18/09.
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
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