Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - Seward Ackley

Seward B. Ackley

Seward Ackley
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Seward B Ackley

3 Oct 1841
Cutler, Washington County, Maine, USA
10 Oct 1905 (aged 64)
Friday Harbor, San Juan County, Washington, USA
Friday Harbor, San Juan County, Washington, USA
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Pvt Seward B ACKLEY was born on 3 October 1841 in Cutler, Washington , Maine.27,142,655,656,1168,1203,1429 1900 WA census has birth as Oct 1837 He was living between 1860 and 1880 in Cutler, Washington , Maine.1168 living with parents 1860 On 19 July 1860 he was an a seaman in Cutler, Washington , Maine.656 In 1880 Seward was a Sailor in Cutler, Washington , Maine.1168 He purchased land on 11 May 1888 in Kitsap , Washington395 Document #: 9927 He appeared in the census in 1900 in Washington. Seward was living in 1900 in Argyle, San Juan, Washington.142,1429 He appeared in the census 1850, 1860 & 1880 in Maine. He served in the military Civil War in Maine Coast Guard Infantry Co C.920 Company "C" mustered in at Eastport May 16, 1864. Stationed at Fort Sullivan, Eastport, Me. Mustered out September 6, 1865.

Pvt Seward B ACKLEY and Margaret E RAMSDELL were married on 2 June 1864 in Cutler, Washington , Maine.142,1168,1203,1968 Margaret E RAMSDELL was born about 1846 in Cutler, Washington , Maine.50,142,1168,1231,1969 based on age of 39 at death She appeared in the census in 1880 in Maine. She died on 22 July 1885 in Port Gamble, Kitsap , Washington.130,142,1429,1969 Her stone reads:

Maggie E. ACKLEY:
wife of Seward B. ACKLEY,
born in Cutler, Maine,
died July 22, 1885,
aged 39 years.

"Her suffering ended with the day; yet lived it at it's close and breathed the long glory right away in...[hard to read] Margaret was buried in Buena Vista , Port Gamble Historic Cemetery, Port Gamble, Kitsap, Washington.130,1969 The historic town of Port Gamble was established in 1851 by three men from East Machias, Maine, named Pope, Talbot, and Walker. The town has always been a company town of the Pope and Talbot Company or its subsidiaries, with no public or private land except in company ownership. The town is a nearly exact replica of the Maine seaport of its founders. Most original homes and structures are still standing and in everyday use. Port Gamble, originally known also by its Indian name Teeklalet, was home to what for decades was the world's
largest lumber mill, the Puget Mill Company of the Pope and Talbot Companies. Until its recent closure this mill dating from 1851 was the oldest continuously operating lumber mill in the world. The Buena Vista Cemetery dates from the early 1850's, and contains numerous unmarked graves in addition to the surviving stones shown below. The cemetery, as well as the entire town, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is very well preserved and maintained by the company. Besides the remarkable beauty of its surroundings, which include a 270 degree breathtaking
view of Puget Sound and Hood Canal, the cemetery is well known for another reason. It is the final resting place of the first US Navy man ever lost in enemy action in the Pacific Ocean. Coxwain Gustave Engelbrecht was a crewman on the USS Massachusetts,
the single American warship (actually a small gunboat) stationed in
these waters, which had been US territory for only ten years. In
November of 1856 the Massachusetts responded to an urgent call for
help from the town of Port Gamble, where residents and local Indians
were under heavy attack by a large war party of Haida Indians.
The Haida (sometimes called "the Vikings of the Pacific") were
a fierce, warlike people from a thousand miles to the north, roughly
the coastal area where the Russian possessions (Alaska) met the
English possessions (British Columbia, Canada). They used huge
sea-going canoes holding dozens of men to attack once or twice a year
in large raids of hundreds of men seeking slaves and plunder, and
their coming literally terrorized the local native population.
The USS Massachusetts arrived at Port Gamble to find the town
besieged and the battle underway. In the Battle of Port Gamble, the
little vessel was able to drive off the Haida with heavy losses,
including the death of their principal chief and several other
headmen. The Massachusetts sustained fairly light casualties,
but they included the US Navy's first man to die in combat in the
Pacific, Gustave Engelbrecht, whose grave is honored in the center
and highest point of Buena Vista Cemetery.


Buried at San Juan Cemetery

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