G.A.R. Post: John Buford Post #89, Everett, WA
9th KENTUCKY VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Mustered In: 11/26/61 Columbia, KY
Mustered Out: 12/64 Louisville, KY
The 9th Kentucky, a three-year regiment, was recruited and organized in parts of the state contiguous to Columbia. On 2/62 it marched to Nashville and thence to Pittsburgh Landing where it participated in the second day’s fighting at Shiloh.
The unit next moved to Mississippi and the battle of Corinth. It concluded the year with combat at Stones River, TN. In September 1863 the 9th was in the battle of Chickamauga, GA. On 11/23 it participated in the amazing Federal charge at Missionary Ridge, TN.
In the course of the 1864 Atlanta campaign the 9th was under fire at numerous locations. Reaching Atlanta, the unit pursued fleeing Confederate General Hood’s troops before being sent to Pulaski, GA. Shortly thereafter it was mustered out of existence.
Residence: Not Listed Age: 21.7
Enlisted/Enrolled: 9/15/61 Woodburn, KY Rank: Pvt.
Mustered In: Information not Available
Discharged: 12/15/64 Louisville, KY
Highest Rank: Pvt.
James R. Seward was born in Bowling Green, KY 2/2/40 to J.P. and Minurvey (Bush) Seward. According to available census data from 1850/60, he most likely had siblings. At the time of his entering the U.S. Army as a “Wagoner” James was 5’9” tall, darkly complected, with hazel eyes and light hair. His occupation was listed as “farmer.”
While in the military he had no unauthorized absences and was honorably discharged. On 1/10/70 James R. Seward married Annie Amelia Bryant. Mrs. Seward died 1/11/77. Available documents make no mention of children. On 1/20/78 in Louisville, KY, Mr. Seward remarried to Sarah Ann “Sallie” Sale (b.d. 1/1/53). The couple would produce three children: Jessie (11/23/79), Olla (1/30/84), and Frances (10/31/91).
Although there are no details on wartime injuries/illness/wounds, during the 1890’s James applied for and was granted a $25 per month invalid stipend. In 1915 he asked for and received a raise in his pension as, at the time of his death, he was receiving $30 per month from the government.
After leaving the Army in 1865, James (and family) lived “primarily” in Louisville, KY. In Oct. 1917 James and Sarah moved to Everett, WA to be near their three married daughters. On 11/8/17 about one month after reaching the Puget Sound area James was accidentally struck and killed by a train. James Seward was age 77 years at the time of his death.
Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
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