G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
33rd ILLINOIS VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: 9/3/61 Springfield, IL
Mustered Out: 11/24/65 Vicksburg, MS
The 33rd Illinois, a “3 year” regiment was sometimes known as the “The Normal Regiment” because many of its initial recruits were students in the Normal School in Bloomington, IL. They spent 1861/62 in Missouri fighting bushwhackers and guarding railroads.
In 1863 they joined Gen. U.S. Grant’s Vicksburg campaign and suffered greatly during the failed 5/22 assault on the city. Later the same year they took part in Gen. Banks’ Texas campaign. In early 1865 the unit was called to join forces moving on Mobile, Al. En-route their train hit a cow and derailed killing more men than the 33rd lost in any combat situation.
Residence: Bloomington, IL Age: 22 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 8/15/61 Rank: Private
Mustered In: 8/15/61
Discharged: 4/7/62 for disability Springfield, ILL
Highest Rank: Private
David E. Ritchey was born in Ireland on 5/15/39. In 1861, the 5”91/2” carpenter responded to the call to defend the Union, but his military career was to be brief. Almost immediately he contracted a serious case of typhoid fever which debilitated him to the pint where, in the spring of ’62, he was granted a disability discharge.
After leaving the service Mr. Ritchey resided in Michigan where he obtained employment on a great Lakes ship. He ultimately rose to the position of steamer captain.
Also in Michigan, in July, 1864 he married to Katie Smith. The couple bore two children, Charles E. and Addie B., before divorcing in 1876.
On 4/15/78, also in Michigan, the former union private married to Kate Hammond. The second Mrs. Ritchey was to be the mother of four additional Ritchey children- Eva, John, Roy D., and Clyde. In 1894 the Ritchey family moved to Chicago, Ill. And, in 1896, to the Snohomish area. Kate Ritchey died here on 3/13/10.
On 2/14/14, now residing in Port Orchard, WA, David married for a third and final time. The new Mrs. Ritchey was the twice wed Abbie Harkins. The couple appears to have remained together until David’s death at the Veteran’s Home in Retzil, Port Orchard, WA on 1/28/23. At the time of his death the 83.9 year old Union army veteran was receiving a $50 per month government pension.
David Ritchey was Post Commander in 1910.
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
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