G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
1st MINNESOTA VOLUNTEER HEAVY ARTILLERY
Organized: Summer 1864
Mustered Out: June through September 1865
Note: This is the same regiment and company as Eli Hewitt, Row 2 Grave: 1 and Elisha Nye, Row 12 Grave 2
The 1st MN H. A. was organized during the summer of 1864. Mustered in by companies, the regiment was ordered to Chattanooga, TN during the winter of the same year.
Composed of 12 companies of 140 men, the unit was placed in charge of heavy guns in forts- a “responsible position” because it was thought Gen. Hood’s Confederate forces would attempt to retake the city now under Federal control. The 1st remained in Chattanooga throughout its tenure.
Residence: not listed Age: 30 yrs.
Enlisted/Mustered in: 2/14/65 Ft. Snelling, MN Rank: Pvt.
Discharged: 9/27/65 Nashville, TN
Highest Rank: Private
John Ford, son of William C. Ford, was born in New York State during the year of our Lord, 1836. On 12/25/59 he married Kate Giltner. The couple’s first child, G.W., was born in October, 1860. Their second, Hector, was born 8/5/62. The Ford’s third child, Fannie, was born 6/29/66 while twins Birt A. and D.A. were born 7/29/68. The Ford’s sixth child Elili H. was born 3/27/73.
As John’s military headstone reads “46th MN Militia Co. “C”, it may well be that he served in a state unit before entering federal service of his unit late in the war. As of this writing, however, no information has been located on this Unit. Once in the U.S. Army his entire enlistment, like that of his unit, was served in Chattanooga.
At some point the Fords moved to Snohomish, WA because it was here on 6/4 or 15/01 the former artillery private succumbed to liver trouble and rheumatism. John Ford, dead at age 67 years, was survived by his wife, four sons and one daughter. His federal pension of $24 per month had increased to $30 by the time Mrs. Ford passed away on 10/20/21.
Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
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