G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
92nd ILLINOIS VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized/Mustered In: 9/4/62 Rockford, IL
Mustered Out: 6/21/65 Greensboro/Concord, NC
Discharged: 7/10/65 Chicago, IL
In October, 1862 this three-year “western theater” regiment had to leave its comfortable barracks to help protect Cincinnati, Ohio. It ended the year in Kentucky where it drove the rear guard of Confed. Gen. Braxton Bragg’s rebel army from Camp Robinson. In March, 1863 the 92nd participated in the movement that pushed Confed. Gen. Van Dorn south of Columbia, TN.
At midyear a contingent of the unit joined an expedition to scout the countryside for horses. In four days enough horses and mules were acquired to mount the entire regiment. From this point onward the 92nd would function more as a mounted infantry or cavalry unit than foot infantry.
September found the unit atop Lookout Mountain carrying word to Union Gen. Rosecrans that the rebels had abandoned Chattanooga, TN. Shortly thereafter they were the first Federal troops to enter the city. 1864 found the 92nd busy on several Tennessee fronts.
Also, that fall it participated in all movements of Kilpatrick’s cavalry during the long campaign that resulted in the capture of Atlanta, GA. The unit then took part in all the cavalry battles during Union Gen. Sherman’s march to Savannah and, afterwards, against Confed. Gen. Johnston’s army in the Carolinas. The war at a close, the 92nd was disbanded.
Residence: Lane Station, IL Age: 21.5 yrs.
Enlisted: 8/6/62 Rochelle, IL Rank: Pvt.
Mustered Out: 6/24/65 Springfield, IL
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Floyd Gay was born 3/6/41 in Auburn Co., PA. Beyond having at least one sibling, a sister, no details are available on his birth family, formative or teenage years. In the late summer of 1862 Floyd, a 5’6” gray-eyed farmer joined the U.S. Army.
His military experience appears to have been uneventful until 1864 when, following the fall of Atlanta, GA, Union Gen. Wm. T. Sherman’s troops cut loose from their base of supplies and began marching toward Savannah and the sea. On 12/8 during one of several cavalry engagements in the rear of Savannah Private Gay was captured by the enemy. For all practical purposes the war was over for Floyd Gay.
He remained in rebel hands until paroled at NE Ferry, NC 2/26/65. The remainder of his army tenure was spent at College Green Barracks, MO where he arrived on 3/5 and at Benton Barracks, MO where he arrived 3/14/65. At Benton Barracks he was ordered to the Chief Muster Officer to await muster from Federal service.
Army life behind him, Floyd headed for Minnesota. In Irvin, MN on 1/8/67 he married Martha Jane Cole. The union would produce nine children, two of whom (*) were noted as deceased by 1916: Jennie May (12/15/68), Mary Jane (8/11/70), Laura Etta (8/19/72*), Alsadie Aletha (10/30/75), Cora Elizabeth (4/13/80), Melvina Elnora (9/18/82), Thomas Floyd 4/12/84), Lydia Dora (9/19/89), and Alfred Levi (5/12/91*).
At some point the Gays left Minnesota for Kansas, and Kansas for Wisconsin where the family was living in early 1907. They remained in Washburn Co., WI for 22 years, but by April, 1916 had moved westward to Missoula Co., Montana. Finally, circa 1921, Floyd and Martha moved to Snohomish, WA. Likely the last move was made to be near the families of a number of their adult children already residing in the area.
Floyd Gay, aged 89.2 years, died at his home in the Roosevelt district of Snohomish on 5/16/30. Besides his widow, he was survived by his sister, “65 grandchildren and 47 great grandchildren.” At death the former Civil War soldier was receiving a $65 monthly disability stipend.
Buried at Grand Army of the Republic
Camano Island, WA
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