Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - Phillip Hathaway

Phillip E. Hathaway

Representing: Union

Unit History

  • 3rd Ohio Cavalry D

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Phillip Hathaway
Full Unit History

Organized: 9/4 to 12/11/61 Camp Worcester, Monroeville, OH
Mustered Out: 8/4/65 Edgefield, TN

Regimental History


A three-year “western theater” regiment, the 3rd was organized from the state “at large.” It was first engaged with the enemy at Mundordville, KY in September 1862, driving three times their own numbers from the field. The following month, near Lexington, a detachment of the regiment was completely surrounded by and forced to yield to Confed. Gen. John Morgan’s cavalry.

At Stone’s River, GA the regiment suffered considerable loss the first day, but the next day repulsed a large Confederate force. At Chickamauga the 3rd was forced back to Charleston, TN, but after the battle pursued Wheeler’s cavalry through the state before routing them. In Jan. ’64 the regiment reenlisted. Returning to Nashville, TN from furlough the unit, in May, routed a Confederate force at Courtland, AL and confronted another at Moulton.

Moving to Rome, GA, the 3rd joined Union Gen. W.T. Sherman’s Atlanta campaign during which it was active at Noonday Creek, Kennesaw Mtn., Peachtree Creek and Lovejoy’s Station (11/16/64). Following action at the 1st battle of Franklin, TN (11/30/64), the unit participated in the 3/22 to 4/24-65 Wilson raid through Alabama and Georgia, seeing final action at Selma, AL on 4/2/65.

Soldier History

Residence: Inf. Not Avail.   Age: 16.11 yrs.
Enlisted: 2/22/64 Sandusky, OH   Rank: Private
Mustered In: 2/23/64
Discharged: 8/4/65
Highest Rank: Pvt.

Family History


Philip E. Hathaway was born 3/23/47 in Sandusky, OH to parents Philo W. and Rhoda (nee Gould) Hathaway. No additional information is available on his birth family or formative years. After entering the U.S. cavalry in 1864 Philip claimed that on 10/4 of the same year his horse fell on him near Rome, GA. The incident caused injury to his abdomen, spleen and kidneys.
Also resulting from the fall was disease of the eyes.

In later years the U.S. Government would grant him a disability pension based on the eye illness, but reject the horse injury claims because no records could be found connected to the alleged incident. Although available documents are silent on the issue, it appears likely Philip returned to Ohio following separation from the military. Also, he apparently married an unnamed woman in 1867. A preponderance of notations indicates the couple divorced 4/6/71. No children are mentioned.

On 9/15/72 Philip remarried to Rachel V. Kelly (b.OH 5/7/56 or 59). One source indicates the union produced eleven children: Charles, Jennie, Guy, Villa, Josephine, Philip (1886), Katie, May, Blaine, Esther, and Hugh. Sons Blaine and Hugh were reported as deceased by the time their father died in 1907.

It seems the Hathaway’s resided in Ohio until 1885 when they moved to Hartley, IA. Next, they moved to the Puget Sound area of Washington. The year of that final move is unknown; although likely it was after 1900. Perhaps the move to Snohomish was to be near the family of son Philip.

Civil War trooper Philip Hathaway died 12/7/07 at age 60 years and 8 months. Cause of death was noted as a “long standing stomach ailment.” His occupation, both pre and post war, was never listed. Rachel passed in 1932. At death she was receiving a $40 per month government stipend based on her first husband’s teenaged soldiering. Rachel is buried next to Philip.


Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
Row: 17
Site: 1

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