G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
14th KENTUCKY VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: 12/10/61 Louisville, KY
Mustered Out: 9/15/65 Louisville, KY
The 14th KY, a three-year unit, was involved in numerous encounters with the enemy before being mustered into Federal service. Following spring ’62 action at Cumberland Gap the regiment remained on duty “in state” where, two years later it was involved in fighting at Puncheon Creek, Piketon, and Pound Gap.
In mid-1864 the regiment left Kentucky for Georgia where it was active in all movements of Union Gen. Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign. During this period it suffered 157 killed and wounded, including 8 commissioned officers. November 1864 found the 14th assigned to the 1st Military District of Kentucky. It remained in that region for the remainder of its service career.
Residence: not listed Age: not listed
Enlisted On: 9/4/62 Rank: Pvt.
Discharged: 8/25/65 Louisville, KY
Highest Rank: Pvt.
John Stafford was born in Kentucky. The year was likely 1836. Other than the name of his father, (John), no details are available on his birth family or formative years. His obituary later noted, “He came of an old Virginia family, a branch of which moved to the Bourbon State.”
Although Mr. Stafford entered and exited the U.S. Army as a private, there is one medical notation that, in 1863, “corporal” Stafford was treated for rheumatism and returned to duty. As of this writing no additional confirmation is available on this possible “non com” status. Also, there is no available information pertaining his transfer from Co. G to Co. D.
While Private Stafford’s later-life physical ailments (kidney disease, head and throat infection, piles, dyspepsia, shoulder tumor) were attributed to his military years (during which he also contracted malaria) the 6’ ½ “ infantryman also received a wound from a rebel bullet. This also continued to bother him years later. The wounding, between the toes of his left foot occurred while on a skirmish line near Dallas, GA. It resulted in a rather lengthy period of hospitalization at Knoxville, TN. The upshot of all these wartime “traumas” was that by 1891, the now 55-year-old veteran noted, “I am broken down in health.”
After leaving the military, documentally John is next heard from when he marries Mary Bradley, 4/14/67, in Atchison Co., MO. The couple would produce five children, all born in Atchison: Lander/Lanis/Lants/Lantz (1866), Edith B. (1868), Jessie (1869), Thalmer (Thal) (5/30/70, and Methlenthien (1873). John and Mary appear to have separated in 1875.
John then severed contact with his children in 1876. This is most likely when, according to family sources, he “up and left for the Hills of South Dakota” to search for gold. Mary was later granted a divorce as; in 1880 she remarried to a Mr. Shook. By the mid 1880’s John Stafford had worked his way west to the Puget Sound area. While he may have lived in Seattle for a time, he is most noted for settling in Snohomish Co. where he “built a home on Stafford’s Island.”
The only clue to his occupation during these years (when he was physically able to work) is a 1900 census notation: fisherman. On 6/6/04 the Everett Daily Herald noted: “John Stafford, a pioneer of this county was found dead in his room yesterday in the Rainier View Hotel where he had been stopping since Friday. Coroner Bakeman examined the remains and decided that heart failure was the cause of his death….. So far as known he leaves no relatives in this state.” At the time of his passing, most likely at the age of 68 years, John Stafford was receiving a $6 per month government disability pension.
Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
Lake Stevens, WA
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