Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - Epaminondas Thurston

Epaminondas Pelpoidas Thurston

Representing: Union

G.A.R Post

  • Whitman Post #53 Pullman, Whitman Co. WA

Unit History

  • 4th Michigan Infantry C
Epaminondas Thurston
Family History




Epaminonda P Thurston

Birth Year:

abt 1842

Place of Birth:


Age on 1 July 1863:

21Military Reg MI



Marital Status:

Unmarried (Single)


Colon, St Joseph, Michigan

Congressional District:




Epaminondas Thurston
Residence St Joseph County MI; 21 years old.

Enlisted on 6/20/1861 at Adrian, Lenawee Co., MI as a Private.

On 6/20/1861 he mustered into "C" Co. MI 4th Infantry

He was Mustered Out on 7/17/1865 at New York, NY

On 7/2/1864 he Attached into "C" Co. MI 1st Infantry

He was Returned on 7/1/1865

He was listed as:

* Wounded 7/2/1863 Gettysburg, PA

* Wounded 5/5/1864 Wilderness, VA


Epaminondas Thurston

Enlistment Age


Birth Date


Enlistment Date

20 Jun 1861

Enlistment Place

Adrian, Lenawee Co., Michigan

Enlistment Rank


Muster Date

20 Jun 1861

Muster Place


Muster Company


Muster Regiment

4th Infantry

Muster Regiment Type


Muster Information


Casualty Date

2 Jul 1863

Casualty Place

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Type of Casualty


Muster Out Date

1 Jul 1865

Muster Out Information


Side of War


Survived War?


Injured in Line of Duty?


Residence Place

St Joseph County, Michigan

Additional Notes 2

Muster 2 Date: 02 Jul 1864; Muster 2 Place: Michigan; Muster 2 Unit: 1095; Muster 2 Company: C; Muster 2 Regiment: 1st Infantry; Muster 2 Regiment Type: Infantry; Muster 2 Information: Attached; Casualty 2 Date: 05 May 1864; Casualty 2 Place: Wilderness, Virginia; Casualty 2 Casualty Type: Wounded; MusterOut 2 Date: 17 Jul 1865; MusterOut 2 Place: New York, New York; MusterOut 2 Information: Mustered O


Name:Epaminondas ThurstonPrison:Andersonville POW camp Side:UnionRank:PrivateState where enlisted:MichiganUnit:4 Michigan InfantryRegiment:4Company:CFunction:InfantryDescription:Held at Andersonville and survivedRemarks:EXCHANGED APRIL 1, 1865URL: POW



Epammonidas P Thurston



Marriage Date

22 Mar 1866

Marriage Place

St Joseph, Michigan, USA


Sarah Curier

Film Number




Epaminondas P Thurston


Male pension card


C 4 Mich Inf

Filing Date

17 Nov 1885

Place Filed

Idaho, USA

Relation to Head



Sarah Thurston

Roll number



1883 Whitman Co. WA

E P Thurston 1841/MI farmer

Sarah 34

Viola 16

R B 13

Mary 7

Nettie 6

Hugh 3


1900 Johnston Whitman Co. WA

E P Thurston 59/Apr 1840/MI married 1866 parents OH/NY farmer

Sarah A 52/Mar 1848/NY parents NH/NH 10ch 7liv

Robert B Jun 1870/MI

Jennette H 22/Jan 1878/OR

Hugh W 20/May 1880/WA

Elmer P 14/Mar 1886/WA

Ella M 12/Aug 1887/WA


1910 Clinton Whitman Co. WA

E P Thurston 6//1842/MI farmer says UA

Sarah 62

Hugh 29

Elmer 24



E.p. Thurston



Birth Date:

29 Apr 1841

Birth Place:


Death Date:

25 Aug 1923

Death Place:

Moscow, Latah, Idaho, USA


M.p. Thurston


Levina Washburn


Epaminondas Pelopidas “Elmer” Thurston


29 Apr 1841

Colon, St. Joseph County, Michigan, USA


25 Aug 1923 (aged 82)

Moscow, Latah County, Idaho, USA


Clinton Cemetery

Pullman, Whitman County, Washington

Was a resident of Moscow 45 years
Survived by Wife and Six Children

The funeral of the late E. P. Thurston, who died Saturday at his home in this city, was held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Short Undertaking Parlors and was conducted by Dr. H. O. Perry, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church.
Mr. Thurston was one of the early day residents of Moscow. The funeral was attended by a large concourse of friends, many of them, like the deceased, pioneers of Moscow and Latah County.
E. P. Thurston was born in St. Joseph County, Michigan, on April 29, 1841, and passed away in Moscow, on August 25, 1923.
He lived all of his earlier life in Michigan, where he was married in 1866 to Sarah Currier. They came west to Oregon in 1876, remaining there for two years and then coming to the Clinton Community, near Moscow, where he homesteaded.
He lived on the homestead for many years and moved from there to Moscow, where his declining years were spent.
Mr. Thurston served in the Civil War during its duration and was in nearly all the important battles of that struggle.
He was in both Libby and Andersonville prisons, remaining in the latter prison eleven months. he was a member of the Fourth Michigan Infantry.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah Thurston, three sons, R. B. Hugh Thurston and Elmer Thurston of Moscow; three daughters, Mrs. George Carter, Moscow; Mrs. William Van Pelt, Clarkston, and Mrs. Arthur Lyle, Los Angeles.
Four children preceded him in death.
Mr. Thurston was for many years a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and a long as his eyesight would permit acted as chaplain for the local post.
He was confined to his bed for 19 weeks prior to his death but bore his illness with commendable fortitude. His elf-announced rule of life was the golden rule--"As you would that others should do unto you, do ye even so unto them."
The pallbearers, who bore the body to its last resting place, were all old-time neighbors of Mr. Thurston during the years when he lived on his homestead. They were: John Brown, W.M. Benedict, Fred Weber, Albert Weber, Edward Wiley, and Ivan Burnell.
The daily star-mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 27 Aug. 1923
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Library of Congress
Lewiston Grandchildren Called to Funeral of Pioneer

Mrs. Thomas Lukens and Miss Nora Carter were called to Moscow yesterday afternoon by the death of their grandfather, E. P. Thurston, which occurred at noon yesterday.
Mrs. J. W. VanPelt of Clarkston, a daughter of Mr. Thurston was with her father when the end came. Mr. Lukens expects to go to Moscow tomorrow to attend the funeral, which will be either tomorrow afternoon or Tuesday.
E. P. Thurston, a veteran of the Civil War, came across the plains immediately after its conclusion, settling in the Palouse country in the vicinity of Clinton, Washington.
During the last twelve years of his life, following his retirement from active work, he lived in Moscow. He was frequently in Lewiston, being well and favorably known here. He was 82 years old.

Mr. Thurston is survived by his wife, two sons, and three daughters. They are Mrs. George W. Carter, Bruce; Hugh and Elmer Thurston, Moscow; Mrs. William Van Pelt, Clarkston, and Mrs. Arthur Lyle of Los Angeles.
Lewiston Tribune Sunday, August 26, 1923 pg. 5

Enlisted in Company C of the Fourth Michigan Volunteer Infantry on June 20, 1861, at Adrian, Michigan, for 3 years, at age 20.
Wounded in action in the "Wheatfield" at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 2, 1863.
Wounded again on May 5, 1864, at Wilderness, Virginia. After this second wound, (musket ball to the head), he was imprisoned at the Andersonville Prison.
On detached service with Company C of the First Michigan Infantry, by order, July 2, 1864, at Petersburg, Virginia. Transferred to Company C of the Reorganized Fourth Michigan Infantry on July 1, 1865. Mustered out at the expiration of the term of service on July 17, 1865, at New York City, New York.
After the war, he and Sarah came west and settled in the area west of Clinton, Whitman, WA.

Sources: " Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War 1861-1865, vol. 4", also known as the "Brown Book" and personal research from the soldier's Compiled Military Service Records and Pension Application file from the National Archives.
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Contributor: 4th Michigan Infantry (47025829)
E.P. Thurston, near Pullman, reported Red Russian wheat of 50 acres yielding 73 bushels an acre.
The Commoner, Colfax, Whitman, WASept 29, 1899


Viola Ligette 2/28/1867 Colon St Joseph Co MI 4/17/1939 Lewiston Nez Perce ID

Robert Bruce 1870 1930

Sidney B 1873 1874

Mary Lavina 1875 1930

Jennette Helen 1878 1903

Hugh Wallace 5/5/1880 Whitman Co WA 10/10/1963 Latah Co. ID



Sarah Turston



Birth Date:

25 Mar 1848

Birth Place:

New York

Death Date:

3 Jun 1925

Death Place:

Moscow, Latah, Idaho, USA


Rufus Currier


Mary Turston

Sarah Anne Currier Thurston


25 Mar 1848

Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA


3 Jun 1925 (aged 77)

Moscow, Latah County, Idaho, USA


Clinton Cemetery

Pullman, Whitman County, Washington

Daughter of:
Rufus Currier
Birth 26 Nov 1806 in Merrimack, NH
Death 15 Sep 1882 in Nottowa, St Joseph, MI, US
Mary Flanders Hunt
Birth 14 Feb 1812 in Hopkinton, Merrimack, NH, US
Death 19 Feb 1874 in Nottowa, St Joseph, MI, US


Buried at Clinton Cemetery Whitman Co.

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