Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - David Bothell

David C Bothell

Representing: Union

G.A.R Post

  • Isaac Stevens Post #1 Seattle, King Co. WA
  • John Bothell Post #108 Bothell, King Co. WA

Unit History

  • 14th Pennsylvania Cavalry B & K
  • 54th Pennsylvania Militia Infantry D

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David Bothell
Full Unit History

Organized: June, 1863
Mustered In: 6/30/63
Mustered Out: 8/17/63 Harrisburg, PA

Organized: Summer/Fall, 1862
Mustered In: 8/21 - 11/24/62 Camp Howe/Camp Montgomery Pittsburg, PA
Mustered Out: 8/24/65 Ft. Leavenworth, KS

Regimental History


The 54th was a three month militia regiment formed in mid-1863.  In the early summer of '63 rumors were constantly afloat concerning a threatened invasion of Border States like Pennsylvania by Rebel forces. In response, Governor Curtin called for volunteers to serve "During: the pleasure of the president or the continuance of the war."

Slow to believe that their homes were really endangered the greatly reduced number of men available for military service were hesitant to respond. This prompted Governor Curtin to announce that the troops requested would be mustered into the service of the United States for six months, or during the "emergency" as they should themselves elect. In short order eight "emergency" regiments were raised.

When it was discovered that Confederate troops had crossed the Potomac River and were moving northward another gubernatorial proclamation was issued calling for 60,000 men to be mustered into state service for a period of 90 days. The 54th was one such unit. Some were employed at Gettysburg, some at Philadelphia preserving order. Ohers rendered valuable service in other parts of Pennsylvania.

From July 1st through the 3rd the battle of Gettysburg raged. At the end of the three days defeated Rebel forces began retreating back towards Virginia. Some militia units participated in the Union pursuit, but all were soon called back to the state capitol at Harrisburg. There, the "emergency" troops were mustered out with the militia men following shortly thereafter.

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In August, 1862 authorization was granted for the raising of a three year, eastern theater cavalry regiment. Recruits were rapidly obtained from the city of Pittsburg as well as the counties of Allegheny, Fayette, Armstrong, Washington, Lawrence, Erie and Warren. In November the regiment, by then numbered the 14th Pennsylvania Cavalry moved to Hagerstown, MD where it was mounted, equipped and drilled.

July, l863. During the Gettysburg campaign the 14th skirmished with Rebel forces at Beverly and Huttonville, VA. It then moved to Williamsport, PA in an effort to prevent Confed. Gen. Robert E. Lee's retreating forces from escaping across the swollen Potomac River into Virginia.

On 8/4/63 the regiment participated in the Rocky Gap raid into West Virginia. At Hot Sulpher Springs it was hotly engaged with the enemy losing 80 men killed, wounded or missing. During this raid it marched over 600 miles in twenty seven days. The year was capped off with a raid into southwestern Virginia during which an immense amount of Rebel supplies and merchandise as well as many miles of railroad trackage and bridges were destroyed. Regimental losses on this raid were about fifty men. During winter quarters 1863/'64 at Martinsburg, VA the regiment was almost constantly engaged in picket, guard and scouting duties.

The 14th broke winter quarters on 4/12/64.It then proceeded southward into Virginia to destroy the Saltville salt works. During May it lost twelve killed and thirty seven wounded. Next came the Lynchburg campaign. During the June 17-18 battle of Lynchburg itself the regiment was forced to retire. Acting as part of the Union rear guard during the retreat the 14th held off enemy forces for several hours losing six killed and eighteen wounded.

In July the regiment was hotly engaged at Winchester, VA with Rebel forces under the command of Gen. Jubal A. Early. Returning later to the Shenandoah Valley. It later returned to the Valley to participate in Union Gen. Phillip Sheridan's brilliant campaign. It lost heavily at Opequon Creek/Third Winchester (9/19/64) and was very active at Fisher's Hill (9/21 - 22/64).

A detachment of the regiment was then active at Cedar Creek (10/19/64). Soon after the regiment made a reconnaissance move into the Luray Valley. During this sortie it lost fifteen killed and wounded at Front Royal. During the winter of 1864/'65 it suffered severely during expeditions to Millwood Gap, VA and Ashby's Gap, VA.

After the Appomattox, VA surrender of Confed. Gen. Robert E. Lee's army of Northern Virginia (4/9/65), the 14th was stationed for two months at Washington City. It then moved to Ft. Leavenworth, KS where, on 7/15/65 it was consolidated into a six company battalion. Final muster followed in August of 1865.


Officers Killed Or Mortally Wounded: 2; Officers Died Of Disease, Accidents, Etc.: 0; Enlisted Men Killed Or Mortally Wounded: 97; Enlisted Men Died Of Disease, Accidents, Etc.: 296.

Soldier History

SOLDIER: (54th)
Residence:   Age:
Enlisted/Enrolled: 6/30/63   Rank: Pvt.
Mustered In: 6/30/63
Mustered Out: 8/17/63 Harrisburg, PA
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Rank At Discharge: Pvt.

SOLDIER: (14th)
Residence:   Age: 43
Enlisted/Enrolled: 2/23/64   Rank: Pvt.
Mustered In: 2/23/64
Mustered Out: 8/24/65 Ft. Leavenworth, KS
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Rank At Discharge: Pvt.

Family History


David Cameron Bothell was born 5/3/20 in Armstrong Vanderburg Co., IN. His parents were George (b. unk. Ireland) and Nancy Agnes (nee Johnson b. unk. Center Township, Beaver Co., PA) Bothell.

As best as can be determined, David was the second of nine Bothell children. Older than he was William A. (b. 1819 *). Younger than he were Florana (b. 1821), Elizabeth (b. 1825), Margaret (b. 1827), Caroline (b. 1829), Mary Jane (b. 1831), Nancy (b. 1833) and George (b. 1835).

On 2/27/44 in Somerset, Somerset Co., PA David married. His bride was Mary Ann Felmley (b. 3/29/23 Center Township Beaver Co., PA). The union would produce seven children: John (b. 9/30/45 Somerset, Somerset Co., PA), George H. (b. 4/30/47 Clarion, Clarion Co., PA **), Mary Ann (b. 3/6/49 PA), David C. (b. 4/15/51 or 52 PA), Albert Augustus (b. 2/3/53 Indiana Co., PA), Rachel E. (b. 9/58 PA ***) and Clarissa "Clara" (b. 1863 Armstrong Vanderburgh Co., IN - d. infancy).

In both 1850 and 1864 U.S. Census talliers found the David, Mary Ann and their brood of children in Armstrong Indiana Co., PA. In Armstrong the Bothells were farmers.

During the fall of 1861 David went to war on the first of three occasions. His initial unit was the 78th Pennsylvania Infantry. After that enlistment, in 1863 he served a short, second enlistment in the 54th Pennsylvania Infantry. Finally in 1864 he enlisted in the 14th Pennsylvania Cavalry. He would serve until August, 1865 with this regiment.

The War behind him David returned to civilian life. As with many vets, however, exactly where he "returned to" is not documented.

Post War, we first find David and family in the 1870 U.S. Census. By 1870 the Bothells had quitted Pennsylvania and were residing in Gilead Calhoun Co., IL. There, David listed his occupation as "farm laborer."

1880. Another decade. Another census. By 1880 the Bothells were farming in Monona Clayton Co., IA. Occupationally David was a farmer and by the manner in which the listing is presented it appears he was laboring on a farm of his own.

The Bothells didn't remain long in Iowa. By 1885 they were residing in King County, Washington Territory. The thriving timber industry had undoubtedly drawn him to the Puget Sound region of the Pacific Northwest because, in '85 David and Brother George, who was also in the home, listed their occupations as "logger." More about this shortly.

Dropping back a bit, in 1870 Columbus S. Greenleaf and George R. Wilson had filed land claims in an area north of Lake Washington in King County Washington Territory. Eight families built homes in the area.

In 1876 Canadian George Brackett bought some land located on the north bank of the Sammamish River. There he began commercial logging out of a camp located in what now is the heart of downtown Bothell. With Lake Washington and the sluggish Sammamish River being the main travel and commerce tributaries the camp was dubbed Brackett's Landing.

When David Bothell and his party appeared on the scene in 1885 Brackett sold him 80 acres of property. Subsequently, in 1888, when the town was platted its first postmaster - who had purchased his land from Bothell- named the community in his honor.

David C.  Bothell and family had not travelled westward alone. Around his 1892 home in Bothell was that of his brother George in whose reside lived the family patriarch and matriarch David and Mary Ann Bothell. Nearby was brother Albert and a nineteen year old identified only as R. Bell. Finally, there was Brother John and his wife, Ruth. The community of Bothell was truly full of Bothells!!

1900. A new century. A new decade, A new census. By the dawn of the twentieth century David and Mary Ann had established themselves as keepers of a boarding house in Bothell - in the 1900 census identified as Sammamish - WA. Also, under their roof was son David.

David Cameron Bothell died 8/30/05 in Bothell King County, WA. He was/is buried in the Bothell I.O.O.F. (Pioneer) Cemetery.

After David's death Mary Ann remained in the community that bore their family name. She died on 7/20/07 and was/is buried beside David.     


 * During the American Civil War William served with David in Co. "D" of the 54th Pennsylvania Infantry. Both survived The War.

**During the American Civil War George served in Company "A" of the 135th Pennsylvania Infantry. He later saw service in Cos. "B" & "K" of the 14th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Captured, he spent time in the infamous Camp Sumter located in Andersonville, GA. He survived the War and is buried in the Bothell I.O.O.F. (Pioneer) Cemetery located in Bothell King Co., WA. 

*** Rachel would marry John D. Felmly, one of her mother's brothers. During the American Civil War Flemley served in the 14th Pennsylvania Cavalry with Rachel's father, David. As is evidenced by his marriage to Rachel, Felmly survived the conflict. Both he and Rachel were/are buried in Bothell King County, Washington's Bothell I.O.O.F. (Pioneer) Cemetery which bears her birth family surname.


Buried at Bothell Pioneer Cemetery

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