G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
34th MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: 8/1/62 Camp Wood, Worcester, MA
Mustered Out: 6/15/65 Richmond, VA
Discharged: 7/6/65 Readville, MA
24th MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEER INFANTRY *
Organized: 11/1/61 Camp Massasoit, Readville, MA
Mustered Out: 1/20/66 Richmond, VA
REGIMENTAL HISTORY: (34th)
The 34th, a three-year unit, was composed of companies recruited in five counties of Massachusetts. Following Federal muster it left the state for the defenses of Washington where it remained until 7/63. On 7/9//63 the regiment was ordered to Harper’s Ferry, VA. By that fall it had met the enemy at Ripon with slight loss.
An expedition up the Shenandoah Valley as far as Harrisonburg followed. Returning to Harper’s Ferry the 34th remained there until spring, 1864 when it again returned to “The Valley.” 1864 was to test the combat metal of the 34th. On 5/15/64 at the battle of New Market it lost 221 officers and men, of whom 39 were killed or mortally wounded.
In July, at Piedmont 110 were lost, including 22 killed or mortally wounded. Retreat into West Virginia followed. In August Union Gen. Phillip Sheridan took command in the Shenandoah. As an element of the Army of the Shenandoah the 34th took part in Sheridan’s Valley Campaign suffering heavily at Opequon (Winchester) and less so at Fisher’s Hill, Stickley’s Farm, and Cedar Creek.
With the Shenandoah Valley secured by the Federals, the 34th was transferred to the Army of the James and spent the winter of ‘64/65 in front of Petersburg. In March 1865 it was engaged at Hatcher’s Run and suffered heavy losses at Ft. Gregg.
The regiment then joined in the pursuit and capture of the Confed. Gen. R.E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. With the War for all practical purposes over, encampments at Lynchburg and Richmond preceded final muster and discharge.
REGIMENTAL HISTORY: (24th)
Residence: Springfield, MA Age: 22.7 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 12/30/63 Springfield, MA Rank: Pvt.
Mustered In: 12/30/63 Springfield, MA
Transferred: 6/65 to 24th MA
Mustered Out: 6/16/65 Boston, MA
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Asial Hutchins was born 4/15/41 in Canada. No information is available on his birth family, formative or teenaged years. Aside from his birth, the first pre enlistment information on Asial is that on 4/10/62, in North Hero, VT he married Luana Pettit. The union would produce nine children: Abble L. (3/63), Mary N. (6/67), Hardy H. (12/69), Jennie N. (4/72), Lottie L. (4/74), Herman R. (11/76), Asia/Asa C. (5/80), Nobel/Noble C. (4/86), and Helen H. or I (11/87). (Note: One document assigns much later birth dates to the last two children.)
When he enlisted in the Army, six foot tall, blue-eyed Asial listed his occupation as “sailor.” Despite the high level of action seen by his regiment, Private Hutchins’ tenure in the U.S. Army appears to have been fairly uneventful. The only documented notations pertaining to his war years list him as sick in the hospital in 1865 with bronchitis and intermittent fever.
Returning from the war the Hutchins family settled in Grand Isle, VT. Later, they were to remove to three Iowa locations before heading west to Snohomish, WA. Although exactly when and why the family moved to the Puget Sound area is not known, their first documented presence in this area is in the fall of 1899
Former Union Army private Asial Hutchins died 12/6/10 at age 69 years and seven months. At death he was receiving a $15 government disability stipend based on his Civil War service. Luana continued to receive her late husband’s pension. At the time of her death on 3/24/17 she was receiving $20 per month. Luana is buried beside Asial.
Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
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