G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
1st MINNESOTA VOLUNTEER HEAVY ARTILLERY
Mustered Out: 6/9/65
* Note: This is the same regiment and company as Eli Hewitt Row, 2, Site 1.
The 1st Minnesota Heavy Artillery, a 12 company, one year unit, was organized during the summer of 1864, mustered in by companies, and ordered to the fortifications around Chattanooga, Tennessee that winter as it was thought Confederate Gen. Hood would try and recapture the city.
The regiment remained at Chattanooga until mustered out by companies June through September, 1865.
Residence: Not listed Age: 38 yrs.
Enrolled: 2/8/65 St. Paul, MN Rank: Pvt.
Discharged: 9/27/65 Nashville, TN
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Elisha Nye was born 8/11/23 in Cayuga County near Albany, New York. No details are available on his birth family, formative years, or pre war adult life other than it appears at some point he moved westward and likely married (or vise versa).
In January, 1854 a daughter (Eunich) was born in Minnesota. A second child (Andy) followed in September, 1861. Elisha was married in 1870 census of Victor, Wright Co. MN and his wife name was Lariner. The fate of Lariner is never divulged.
Information is equally scarce on the 5’9” artilleryman’s period of military service. The only incident documented reads as follows: “8/31/65 absent, confined in post prison, Chattanooga, TN since 8/18/65.”
After separation from the Army Elisha appears to have returned to Minnesota. In 1890 when the now “white haired” vet applied for a government disability pension he was living in Grove Prairie. Alleged service related ailments included “gravel in the bladder, kidney problems, rheumatism, and piles.”
A pension was, at some point, granted as at the time of his death, Elisha was receiving an $8 per month government stipend. Exactly when and why Elisha moved to the Puget Sound area is not clear. Perhaps it was to be near or reside with his adult daughter, now Mrs. George W. Head. It was in her home he died 3/21/96 at the age of 72.4 years. Besides his daughter he was survived by son Andy in Minnesota.
Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
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