G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
135th INDIANA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: 5/25/64 Indianapolis, IN
Mustered Out: 9/29/64 Indianapolis, IN
The 135th was one of Indiana’s quota of eight “100 day” regiments. It was called up from the 8th Congressional District largely to perform guard and garrison duty, thereby relieving veteran troops for active field assignments during the important 1864 campaigns of Union generals U.S. Grant and W.T. Sherman.
Sent to Nashville, TN, the unit was assigned to guard lines of the Nashville & Chattanooga, Tennessee & Alabama, and Memphis & Charleston railroads. They kept at this work beyond the time for which they had enlisted, helping to keep open Sherman’s lines of communication and transportation.
Losses for the 135th: 28 enlisted men died of disease, accidents, etc.
Residence: Battle Ground, IN Age: 26.1 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 5/10/64 Indianapolis, IN Rank: Pvt.
Mustered Out: 9/21or24/64 Indianapolis, IN
Mustered In: 5/23-24/64 Indianapolis, IN
Highest Rank: Pvt.
David F. Sexton was born 4/1/38 in OH to parents Joseph (b. 1808 OH) and Lydia “Lizzie” (nee Casad b. 4/12/99 NY) Sexton. He had at least one brother, as at the time of his death the obituary noted him being survived by two nephews (Zedrich of Langley and John H. of Seattle) and two nieces (Mrs. Lydia Cade and Miss Florence Sexton of Seattle). In 1843 the Sexton family moved to Jasper Co., IN where David spent his boyhood days and attended both “subscription and public schools.” Later he attended normal school and, for a time, Hartsville University. With such a background it is not surprising David became a teacher and taught for a number of years in Indiana and later in Kansas.
During the War of the Rebellion 6’0” farmer David Sexton claimed membership in companies “A” and “E” of the 135th Indiana. The government, however, would later note his name could “not be found on the rolls of co. “A”. While his term of service was apparently uneventful, in later years David attributed suffering from “rheumatism, stomach trouble and general debility” to his army days. While these claims resulted in the granting of a government pension, the amount of this monthly stipend is not noted.
Following the War David returned to Indiana, settling near the community of Battleground. There on 11/19/67 he married Orra J. Downing (b/ 8/30/42 IN). The couple would produce no children. The Sextons remained at Battleground until 1870 when they removed to Neodesha, KS. They remained at Neodesha until 1877 when they resettled into a life of farming in Fredonia, KS. The Kansas climate however proved detrimental to David’s health, so on 5/13/78 he and Orra headed west in a mule team drawn wagon.
Arriving on the shores of Puget Sound on 10/7/78, David found his health improved. He then determined to settle in the forestlands of the Snohomish Valley near the small community of Snohomish-population 200. In Snohomish David established a 200-acre farm along the Pilchuck River northeast of the present day city. As one of the few persons in the area to own a team of horses, he also hauled freight for neighbors, logging camps and mills.
In terms of civic involvement, amongst the many groups with which he was involved, he was a charter member of the Snohomish G.A.R. post and served as its commander. As the years went on David sold all (the Sexton District) but 15 acres of his farm. Orra Sexton died in 1928.
In 1931 an automobile accident confined David to a wheelchair. Still, his faculties reportedly remained remarkably sharp until 1936 when his hearing and eyesight began to fail. On 4/16/37 after “having been ill ten days”, Civil War veteran David Sexton died. At the time of death at age 99 years he was the last member of the Morton G.A.R. post still residing in Snohomish.
David Sexton was Post Commander in 1888.
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
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