G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
7th MICHIGAN VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: 8/22/61 Monroe, Mi.
Mustered Out: 7/5/65 Louisville, Ky.
The 7th, a three year regiment recruited from the state at large, was originally composed of companies with colorful local names. A complete listing of eastern theater engagements involving the unit reads like a “Who’s Who” of Civil War Battles. In the spring of 1862, a month after arriving at “the front” the regiment took parting the disastrous battle of Ball’s Bluff.
Next, it fought gallantly with Gen. McClellan during the Peninsula Campaign where it was complimented on numerous occasions for its steadiness under fire and stubborn resistance when confronting the enemy. That fall it was under fire at Antietam, MD. At Fredericksburg, in Dec., ’62 the unit volunteered to cross the Rappahannock in pontoon boats to dislodge sharpshooters who had stopped engineers from building a bridge into the city. Many of the 7th were killed or wounded in this action.
In 1863 the 7th fought on Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg, PA, then moved to New York City which was torn by draft riots. In 1864 after reenlistment furloughs, the regiment was with Gen. Grant from the Wilderness through Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor to the siege of Petersburg.
When Grand commenced his famous 1865 flanking movement around Petersburg the regiment played a conspicuous role by moving to High Bridge and Farmville. It was the march when, on 4/9/65, Lee surrendered at Appomattox. The 7th next visited Richmond before going to Washington for the Grand Review. It then reported to Louisville, KY where it was mustered out before traveling to Jackson, MI where it was paid off and disbanded.
Residence: Pontiac, MI Age: 23 yrs.
Enrolled/Mustered in: 8/22/61 Monroe, MI Rank: Cpl.
Highest Rank: Cpl.
Re-enlisted: 2/18/64 Pontiac, MI Rank: Cpl
Mustered Out: 7/5/65 Jeffersonville, IN
Highest Rank: Sergeant Major
Note: FIRST BURIAL AT GRAND ARMY OF REPUBLIC CEMETERY
Henry Herring was born in New York State in 1838/39. On 7/1/59 the 4’11” farmer married Lydia Deacon in Baldwinsville, N.Y. The union would produce four children: Josephine (7/7/60), Joseph (9/30/64), Hattie (11/7/66), and John (2/14/82).
About a year after marriage the Herrings moved to MI where, in 1861, Henry entered the U.S. Army. The first bit of information on his military is that on 9/17/62 he received a chest wound from an exploding shell at Antietam, MD. Henry, however, makes no mention of such an injury in his pension records. Instead, he focuses on how, during the 12/62 battle of Fredericksburg, his regiment crossed the (Rappahannock) river in pontoon boats and while doing so he had to jump in to the (icy) water and wade ashore.
The next day his limbs were swollen and shortly thereafter, while stationed at Falmouth, VA., he contracted rheumatism and heart disease. The rheumatism resulted in his receiving a 3/30/63 disability discharge. His health mended, on 2/18/64, Henry rejoined the army, returning to his old unit and rank of corporal. However, within a year he had become a sergeant major, the highest rank an enlisted could attain.
After the war the Herrings lived in the Dakotas for nine years before moving to Snohomish City where he appears to have been a “storekeeper.” It was her, at home on 8/17/98 after years of suffering from consumption- an early name for tuberculosis- that the Civil War veteran “passed peacefully away.” His age at death was reportedly “about 60.”
Sgt. Mjr. Herring’s remains were the first to be laid to rest in the “new G.A.R. cemetery.” Lydia never remarried. She died in Seattle on 3/24/33.
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
Lake Stevens, WA
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