G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
7th CALIFORNIA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Mustered Out: 6/28/66
Organized from the State of California at large, the 7th had detachments serving at different posts throughout Territorial Arizona during most of its three year term of service.
In July, ‘65 one such detachment while on a “scout” in the Guachuca Mountains was surrounded and attacked by 100/200 Indians. After an engagement lasting approximately one hour the Indians were driven off with considerable loss.
Losses to the 7th on this occasion were two killed and one wounded. In the spring of 1864 the regiment was ordered to the Presidio, San Francisco where, from March 31 to June 28, 1866 it was mustered out of existence.
Residence: Not Listed Age: 38/39 yrs.
Enlisted: 10/13/64 Jackson, CA
Mustered In: 11/19/64 Co. E
Discharged: 6/28/66 Presidio, San Francisco, CA
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Reportedly born in New York State, by 1864 Harvey Light was residing in California where, on 6/15 his first wife (name not available) died. Shortly thereafter Harvey entered the U.S. Army. In 1870 Mr. Light was residing in Salt Pint City, Sonoma Co., Ca. His age was listed as 45 years.
By 1877 the former Union private had moved to Washington Territory where, on 3/13 he remarried to Canadian born Theresa Adams who was then residing in Whatcom Co. By 1880 the couple had settled in Snohomish where, the 55 year old’s occupation was listed as “farmer.”
On 8/7/90, shortly after implementation of the federal “Invalid Pension” Act 65 year old Light applied for a stipend on the grounds he was unable to earn support by manual labor because of chronic and permanent illness traced to his military service. Listed were rheumatism of fingers and thumb of left had, valvular insufficiency of the heart due to rheumatism and catarrh (inflammation of nasal membranes and air passages) which affected his hearing and caused dizziness.
Harvey light died 1/6/91. His wife applied for and received a widow’s allowance of $8 per moth based on her husband’s military service. The payments ceased after 6/4/93 when Mrs. Light remarried.
Note: Mr. Light’s remains were moved to their present location sometime after the G.A.R Cemetery was opened in 1898.
Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
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