G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
3rd NEW YORK VOLUNTEER LIGHT ARTILLERY
Organized: 12/41/61 Auburn, New York
Mustered Out: 6/23/65 Washington D.C.
During the American Civil War an infantry or cavalry regiment generally fought together as a unit. Such was not the case with artillery regiments, which, seldom, if ever, came together as a whole. Instead, artillery companies (batteries) were assigned independently where needed.
Thus, we are focusing not on the history of the entire 3rd New York, a three-year regiment, but primarily on one company/battery. The designation “light” Artillery generally referred to smaller caliber, mobile, horse drawn field pieces. Soldiers manning such field pieces- generally four to six guns- were called a “battery.” It appears Battery E started its existence as an infantry unit, but in August 1862 was converted to light artillery.
Throughout its existence it served in North/South Carolina, and Virginia. It was in North Carolina with the 18th Corps from May 1863 until April, 64 when it moved to Yorktown. It was in the Artillery, 2nd Division, 18th Corps, and Army of the James from May 1864; in the Artillery Brigade 18th Corps, from June ’64; with the 10th Corps from August ’64; with the 18th Corps from September ’64, and in the Artillery Brigade 24th Corps, from December, 1864 until final muster.
Residence: Inf Not Avail. Age: 31.5 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 2/16/64 Aurelius, NY Rank: Pvt.
Mustered Out: 6/23/65 Richmond, VA
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Albert Morse was born in Shelburn Falls Massachusetts 9/9/32 to John H. and Elizabeth “Eliza” (nee Lamb) Morse. No additional documented details are available on his birth family or formative years. On 7/21/52 in Auburn or Aurelius, New York Albert married Mabelia Buckhout (b circa 1834). While it is not known how many children the couple may have produced, two Maria (4/28/53) and Darvin A. (9/4/54) were alive in 1899.
When the 5’3” dark complected Morse entered the U.S. Army he listed his occupation as “mechanic.” It appears the designation refereed to his occupation as sythe maker. Private Morse’s military tenure appears to have been uneventful. However, when applying for a government total disability pension in 1890 he based his request on continued lameness and stiffness of his right knee/leg and arm caused by a service related injury. Albert was subsequently granted a monthly stipend that was in the amount of $20 per month at the time of his death.
Leaving the military the former artillery Private and family settled on a farm in Buckman, MN. At some point the Morse’s moved to the Puget Sound area and settled in Everett. When, is not known, but perhaps this was in later life to be close to the family of their adult, married daughter. Civil War veteran Albert Morse died 10/14/09 at the age of 77 yrs. 1 mo., and 5 days Cause of death was listed as arterial sclerosis. Mabelia died 3/24/14.
Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
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