G.A.R. Post: John Buford Post #89 Everett, WA
48th INDIANA VOLUNTEER INFANTY
Organized: Fall, 1861 Goshen, IN
Mustered In: 1/28/62
Mustered Out: 7/15/65 Louisville, KY
The 48th, a three year regiment, left for Fort Donelson, TN immediately after federal muster. Arriving the day after surrender of the fort, the unit then moved to the siege of Corinth, MS. Shortly thereafter, at the battle of Luka (9/19/62) it lost 116 killed and wounded.
1863 found the regiment in the trenches before Vicksburg and taking part in the 5/22 assault on that city. Here it lost 38 killed and wounded. In Aug. the 48th moved to Memphis, TN and thence to Chattanooga where it was engaged at Tunnell Hill
In Jan. 1864 at Huntsville, AL the 48th reenlisted as a veteran organization. In mid ’64 the regiment moved to GA where it hunted guerillas and protected railroad communications before joining Sherman in Atlanta for his “March to The Sea.” Rounding out its career was 1865 participation in the Campaign of the Carolinas which culminated in the surrender of Confederate Gen. Johnston’s army.
After a march to Washington for the grand review the 48th was transferred to Louisville, KY where it saw final muster.
Residence: Inf. Not Avail. Age: 17 yrs
Enlisted/Enrolled: 1/11/62 LaPort, IN Rank: Pvt.
Mustered In: 2/12/62 Paducah, KY
Discharged/Mustered Out: 7/15/65
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Oliver P. Silvey was born 5/15/44 in Ohio to Thomas Piner Silvey (b.1809) and Hanna Milholland. He had an older brother (John T.) and sister (Margaret Ellen). No information is presently available on his childhood years. In1862 the 17.8 year old farmer joined the U.S. Army as a musician. No details are know about his musical status, i.e. drummer, fifer, bugler, bandsman, etc. While Pvt. Silvey’s unit was to see an exceptional amount of combat; there are no indications of his being wounded.
However, in 1863 during actions around Vicksburg Oliver was to receive combat related injuries, which would not only result in his immediate hospitalization, but health problems which would plague him for many years. A 9/78 pension application noted: “was detailed to assist in a mortar boat shelling the town and while so engaged was attacked with hemmorage of the lungs by over exertion, and the effects of the shelling… concussion, from which disability he continues to suffer.” Despite Pvt. Silvey’s physical trials and tribulations, in early 1864 he re-enlisted and finished the war with his unit. He would later be granted the government disability pension requested as he was receiving $20 per month the time of his death.
Oliver apparently returned to IN following his leaving the service. There, in April, 1872 he married Martha Burden. The couple appears to have divorced after producing three children (one source says two boys and a girl): Cora A. (6/24/73), Lora A. (9/8/75), and Daisy (est. 1878). On 6/14/92, in Denver, CO, Mr. Silvey remarried to German-born, and previously married, Annie T. Gaston (b.2/4/48). There are no available records of the couple having children. By 1898 the two were residing in Missoula, MT.
In 1912 Oliver and Annie had moved west to Washington State. Here, after living in “Everett and Snohomish County for many years,” the 67.8 year- old Union veteran died 1/20/1912. His obituary stated that at one time he had been connected with the Everett Police Department. On 9/15/13 the Everett Herald noted: Mrs. Annie Silvey died yesterday at her home at 137 Maple Street… after a short illness… She was a prominent worker in the G.A.R.”
Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
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