G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
2nd OHIO VOLUNTEER CAVALRY
Organized: 10/10/61 Camp Wade Cleveland, OH
Mustered Out: 9/11/65 St Louis, MO
The 2nd Ohio Cavalry, a three year regiment, was to see action in both eastern and western theaters during the War of the Rebellion. In January, 1862 it was transported by rail to Platt City, MO.
Shortly thereafter, in Independence, MO a scouting party of 120 men from the unit was attacked by an equal or larger group of Confederate guerillas under the command of William Quantrill. The Ohioans routed the rebels losing one killed and three wounded in the action.
That same year a permanent artillery battery (25th Ohio light artillery) was formed from officers and men drawn from within each company of the 2nd. In September the regiment and its accompanying battery saw action at Carthage and Newtonia, MO before moving into Arkansas where they were engaged at Cow Hill, Wolf Creek, White River and Prairie Grove.
1863 found the 2nd in Tennessee at the battles of Blountsville, Bristol, Morristown, Russellville and the siege of Knoxville. In January, 1864 320 of the unit’s 470 men reenlisted. Actions in Virginia followed until the end of the war.
Residence: Inf. Not Avail. Age: 25.1 yrs.
Enlisted/Mustered In: 8/13/61 Elyria, OH Rank: Pvt. or Cprl.
Mustered Out: 9/11/65 Benton Barracks, St. Louis, MO
Highest Rank: 1st Sgt.
Charles B. Love was born 7/4/36 in Hope, New York. All that is known about his birth family is that he had at least one sibling, a sister. Additionally, no details are available on his formative and teenaged years.
In 1861 the 5’6” farmer heeded his country’s call to arms and joined the U.S. Cavalry. Charles entered the military in one company, but on 2/17/63 transferred to another. As the transfer date is the same as one source notes for the founding of the 25th Ohio L.A., it appears Charles served not only as a horse soldier, but- at least for a time- as an artilleryman. However his name does not appear on an available database roster of the 25th Charles’ initial term of service completed, he reenlisted, serving until the end of the war.
While in the military his trials and tribulations included contracting “brain fever” during the 5/63 battle of Chancellorsville, VA which lead to hospitalization in Kansas for treatment of a nervous disorder, rheumatism, and being listed as “missing in action” following the 11/12/64 battle of Zion’s Church near Petersburg, VA.
The U.S. Army behind him, Mr. Love returned to Ohio where, by 1870, he had become a brick maker and married to Mary J. (b/ circa 1835), a woman whose surname is not documented. The couple appears to have produced six children: Frederick (b. HO ca. 1867), Susan (b. OH ca. 1873), Albert (b. OH ca. 1877), Floyd (b. OH ca. 1879) and George (b. unk.). Charles and family resided in Norwalk, OH for twenty years before circa 1886, when they removed to Kansas for one and one half years. The Loves next settled in Chicsaw, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) for another nineteen years.
Near the end of the 19th or the beginning of the 20th century the Loves moved to the Pacific Northwest and lived for six years in Snohomish. Why they moved to the region is not documented although it may have been because son, A.J. and family, and/or perhaps Charles’ sister lived in the Puget Sound area. There was a year and one half move to the eastern Washington community of Malaga near Wenatchee, but available evidence returns the Loves, circa 1913, to Snohomish where Mary died and was buried.
Charles Reportedly spent the final six years of his life in Snohomish where he died 4/7/19 at the age of 83.9 years. At death he was receiving a $40 per month government pension based on his Civil War soldiering which, he claimed as early as 1890, had left him permanently disabled to work. His newspaper obituary noted him survived by two sons, Albert J. (A.J.), George, and one sister, Mrs. Oliver Brown.
Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
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