G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
1st OHIO VOLUNTEER LIGHT ARTILLERY
Organized/Mustered In: 9/9/61 Camp Dennison, Cincinnati, OH
Mustered Out: 6/15/65
Note: During the American Civil War an infantry or cavalry regiment could generally expect to serve together as an entity.
Such was not the case for artillery regiments. These seldom, if ever, served as a cohesive unit. Instead, individual “batteries” (companies- usually 6 guns- were assigned where needed. As such, there we are not focusing on the history of the 1st Ohio L.A., but on that of Battery C.
Part of a two year regiment, Battery C left Ohio almost immediately after Federal muster and seemingly never slowed down in terms of being combat active until the end of the war. A “western theater unit,” the battery served in a “who’s who” series of engagements throughout Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia during its initial enlistment.
After re-enlisting in 1/1/64 the 1st went on to march with Fed. Gen. Sherman to Atlanta and, then, on to Savannah and the sea. It then continued with Sherman as his army tramped northward through the Carolinas. Participation in the Washington D.C. Grand Review preceded final muster.
Residence: Inf. Not Avail. Age: 18 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 12/24/63 Rank: Pvt.
Discharged: 6/15/1865 Cleveland, OH
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Thomas Lampman was born 2/15/45 in Munson, Ohio, a town located in the NE corner of the state. No information is available on possible siblings or his childhood years. In the latter days of December, 1863 the young farmer enlisted in the U.S. Army. However, his federal muster date was not until the following month, thus making him a “recruit of 1864” and eligible for a bounty payment of perhaps $300. Documents contain no other significant notations on his military tenure.
John married Jane A. Woodard in Munson, OH in 1871. The union would produce six children: Elisha A. (1/26/72), Silas D. (7/3/74), Augusta C. Or Carrie Augusta- (4/24/ or 26/76) John T. (2/22 or 10/23/78). Matilda (2/28/71) and Ralph G. 12/23/83. At the time of the last child’s birth the family was residing in Custer Co., NE. It appears that child died as did Mrs. Lampman- most likely from childbirth complications- on 12/28/83. Mr. Lampman would never remarry.
Further, it is not clear if he continued to raise his children as a single parent because his life history from this point onward points toward his gradually moving west working as a hired hand on one farm after another. By 1897 the 41-year-old Union veteran is living in South Dakota. Here he first applies for government disability pension claming rheumatism, ankle and knee problems, liver/kidney ailments, and stomach upset. He is also regularly plagued by “La Grippe”, a serious chest cough. The ankle problem would later be traced to a childhood accident while the stomach upset would be attributed to having been kicked by a horse in 1872.
By 1907, after a return to Ohio, and, apparently, some time in Colorado, John Lampman is in Washington State. Why he came to the Pacific Northwest is not clear. However, he stays. Also, it is here, on 6/30/26 at the “Lake Roesiger district” home of his grandson, with whom he had resided for the previous two years that the 80.6 year old former artilleryman dies. The obituary notes that he is survived by a son, John of Ohio and a daughter, Mrs. Carrie Callar of Lake Roesiger.
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
Kerry Buckner /Lorrayne Mager
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