G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
4th MAINE VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Mustered In: 6/15/61 Rockland, ME
Mustered Out: 7/19/64 Rockland, ME
On the date of its muster into U.S. service only three of the 4th ME’s companies (A, F, K) had prior military experience. Still, two days later the regiment, armed with Springfield smoothbore muskets, was marching off to war. During its three-year term of service, the 4th, starting with Bull Run, was to “participate in all important battles of the Army of The Potomac.”
At Williamsburg the unit “saved the day”, while at Fair Oaks, White Oak Swamp, Gaines’ Mill, Glendale, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, The Wilderness, North Anna, and “many other bloody fields it rendered magnificent service.” By the time of its dissolution the names of 1,525 men had been listed on the regimental rolls.
Residence: Dixmont, ME Age: 20.5 yrs.
Enlisted On: 61561 Rank: Pvt.
Mustered In: 6/15/61
Hiram York was born 12/12/40 in Dixmont, Maine. He was to remain in the town of his birth until entering the military in 1861. As the six foot farmer’s Co. F was one of three units of the 4th Maine to have had some military service it is very possible York was a member of the state militia prior to entering U.S. service. This could explain why Hiram lists the beginning of his military experience as 5/10/61 while federal records recognize 6/15/61.
Available documents are clear in noting Private York was to rise to the rank of corporal and then, sergeant. They are less clear on his wartime sufferings. One source indicates York was hospitalized for illness in 1862 and was wounded the following year during the carnage of Chancellorsville, VA. However, Hiram’s personal recollection has him “hit on the head with something” on 5/23/64 during a federal charge on a bridge during Grant’s southward advance at the North Anna River.
The “wound” reportedly resulted in his hospitalization in Wash. D.C. and New York in mid 1864 near the end of his military service, but “healed in about three months.” It reportedly caused him no further trouble until later in life when, as a result of the old injury, he applied for a government disability because of head and spinal problems.
Leaving the military in mid 1864 Hiram returned to Maine, but by 1871 had moved, via Oregon, to the Snohomish area of Washington Territory. It was here on 4/9/76 the former Civil War sergeant married Mary E. Turner. The couple bore five children: Albert Kearney York (4/6/77), Harry Granville York (7/24/78), Edith May York (2/8/80), Frankie Pearl York (11/17/83), and Herbert Roy York (10/10/85). Mrs. York died 2/11/15.
Hiram York died 3/28/32 at the age of 91 years and three months. Although he had been and was afflicted by a number of ailments including rheumatism and the above noted nervous system difficulties, the official cause of death was noted as “chronic bronchitis.”
At the time of his death the former Union Soldier was residing in the Seattle home of his youngest son. He was receiving a huge $100 month government pension, had $794.75 in the bank and owned eight unimproved lots in Everett, WA and one in Sarasota, FL. However, in petitioning the government for burial expenses, the family considered the lots to have “very little actual value under the present (depressed economy) conditions.
Hiram York was Post Commander in 1884, 1885. 1887, & 1891
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
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