G.A.R. Post: OLIVER MORTON POST #10 SNOHOMISH, WA
30th ILLINOIS VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: 8/28/64 Camp Butler, Springfield, IL
Mustered Out: 7/17/65 Louisville, KY
Discharged: 7/27/65 Camp Butler, Springfield, IL
This three-year “western theater” regiment moved from Illinois into Kentucky in Oct., ’61. 1862 began with the 30th assisting in the taking of Forts Henry and Donelson and ended at Memphis, TN. The intervening months had seen much action including the successful battle against 6000 enemy cavalry at Medan Station, MS. Joining Gen. U.S. Grant’s army in 1863 the 30th fought at Raymond and Champion Hills, MS where, in the latter action, the regiment lost heavily.
The sieges of Vicksburg and Jackson, Ms followed. In 1864 the unit joined Gen. Sherman’s “Grand Army” for its move to Atlanta, and, with the fall of that city, his “March to the Sea.” On 3/25/65, after fighting a number of battles, the 30th arrived at Goldsboro, NC.
It next moved to Raleigh before marching northward via Richmond and Alexandria, VA to participate 5/24/65 in the Grand Review in Washington D.C. A rail movement to Parkersburg, VA was followed by a steamboat trip to Louisville, KY where the 30th received final muster and started for home.
Residence: Keithsburg, IL Age: 19. 4 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 3/15/65 Dixon, IL Rank: Pvt.
Mustered In: 3/15/65
Mustered Out: 7/17/65 Louisville, KY
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Albert Catlin was born 10/2/45 in Louisa Co., Iowa. Aside from having one sister, Anna, no details are available on his birth family or his formative years. In March 1865 as America’s War of the Rebellion wound to a close, Albert, a teenaged farm boy entered the U.S. Army. While most document notations point to his enlistment, one indicates he may have been drafted. In either case, it does not appear Private Catlin’s brief military tenure proved deleterious to his health in terms of either wounds or illness.
Leaving the service Albert returned to Iowa. He resided in Mineral Ridge from 11/66 to 4/77, and then moved to Beardstown, IL. During the Illinois years, on 9/12/75 in Dodge Township, Boone, Co., Iowa Albert married Caroline Marie Castine (b.3/57). The union produced their first child, Lulu Oral 6/8/76. It is not know how long the child lived, but in 1915 was noted as “dead” by 1915. Caroline next bore two sons: Roy Arthur (7/22/81) and George Elmer (9/25/84). Again, how long the boys lived is not known, but in 1915 both were listed as “dead.” She finally gave birth to Beatrice “Bee” E. (6/8/86) who would survive to adulthood.
In 1889 the Catlin’s left Illinois and moved west to Washington Territory/State. Why, available documents do not tell. They first settled in Orting, but in 1907 removed to Snohomish where it appears Albert became a “hotelkeeper.”
Albert Catlin, 86. 4 years of age, died at home in Snohomish 5/10/32. At death he was noted as being “one of the few *remaining) members of Morton Post G.A.R.” Cause of death was listed as arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). While pension papers indicate the Civil War vet had been receiving a monthly government disability stipend based on his military service, no dollar amount is provided. Surviving her husband, the last document entry on Caroline is dated 5/13/38 and notes suspension of death pension benefits stemming from Albert’s military tenure because of the “pending appointment of a guardian,” most likely her daughter Bee. When Caroline passed from this earth is presently not known. However, she is buried beside Albert.
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
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