Hartwick: Diverse Voices and Faces of the Civil War
Jacob Lester enlisted in the Army on September 17, 1863, from Binghamton, N.Y. and served in the 27th infantry, N.Y. Veteran Cavalry, Company F. He was born on June 24, 1847 on a farm outside Binghamton, N.Y. and died June 28, 1947 in Port Dickinson, N.Y. (100 years and 4 days old)! He was discharged in July 1865. Lester is the great-uncle of Nancy Lester Richardson '56.
Charles (Charley) Lester was in the Navy. He was born Feb 9, 1849 and died Aug. 4, 1926. He was only in the service from May 1864-August 1865. He was on ships: North Carolina, USS New Hampshire, USS Wabash, USS Ironsides, US Steamer Seymour, and US Store Ship-Ben Morgan. Lester is the grandfather of Nancy Lester Richardson '56.
January 25th, 1952 service record of George Hovey Cadman states that he was appointed Corporal June 18th, 1863; died September 17th, 1864, in hospital at Marietta, Georgia, of wounds received August 14th, 1864, in action near Atlanta, Georgia; veteran. Buried Marietta, Georgia. 39 years of age at date of enlistment.
George Hovey Cadman was born in London, England, July 18, 1823, and emigrated in 1857, followed a year later by his wife, Esther and two sons. August 9, 1862, he enrolled as a private in Company B, 39th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was mustered into U.S. service. June 18, 1863, he was appointed corporal. Cadman is the great-grandfather of Marian Cadman Wemple '56.
Esther Cadman, received numerous letters from her husband George Hovey Cadman during his service with the 39th Regiment of the Ohio Vol. Infantry. After her husband's death, she ran a Toll House in Ohio to support her family. Cadman is the great-grandfather of Marian Cadman Wemple '56.
Andrew Sweeney, of Kingston, NY, is the great-great-great-grandfather of Learning Loft/Tutor Coordinator Jason Stanton. Sweeney enlisted in 1862 and was wounded at the Battle of Manasses. He returned to Kingston and stayed there until he mustered in again on February 10, 1864. He died February 12, 1865, in VA. He served with Co. F., 80th Infantry, "Ulster Guard."
Widow's pension record of Civil War soldier Andrew Sweeney. Subsequent records indicate that his wife, Mary Sweeney, collected pension payments until 1910, when the widow's pension was consolidated with the minor's pension of their son, Charles.
1910 pension consolidation document for soldier Andrew Sweeney. Certified by the Pension Office on February 7, 1910. Charles Sweeney, son of Andrew, was 46 years old.
Great-great-great-grandfather of Learning Loft/Tutor Coordinator Jason Stanton, Truman Stanton (line 6) registered for the Civil War draft in 1863. He was born in 1829 in New Lisbon and died in Oneonta, NY, in 1917. His father, Clark Stanton, also was born in New Lisbon in 1809 and died in Laurens/West Oneonta in 1870. Truman's son, Lafayette Stanton, was born in West Oneonta in 1860, and was the first Lamp Light of Oneonta. Lafayette died in 1944.
John Sinclair Burns, Bovina, NY, is the ancestor of Lisa Burns Stanton. Lisa is the wife of Hartwick's Learning Loft/Tutor Coordinator Jason Stanton. John Sinclair died of typhoid fever during the Civil War in 1863 at a hospital in Virginia. Photo is courtesy of Ray LaFever, Bovina, NY, historian.
John Sinclair Burns of Bovina, NY, is the great-great-great-uncle of Lisa Burns Stanton. Lisa is the wife of Learning Loft/Tutor Coordinator Jason Stanton. John Sinclair enlisted in 1862 and served with Co. E, 144th Infantry, NY.
Burns family in Bovina, NY, in 1890. Left to right: Agnes Burns (Draffen), John C. Burns (son of Alex Burns), John Burns (father of John Sinclair and Alexander Burns), Alexander Burns, and Nancy Miller of Bovina, NY. Photo is courtesy of Ray LaFever, Bovina, NY, historian.
George Miller Sternberg was born in 1838 at Hartwick Seminary, and studied at the Hartwick Academy. After embarking on a career in medicine, political events in the United States drew him, like so many others, into the Civil War. As a physician, he saw some of the worst effects of the war, especially during his time as a prisoner of the Confederate Army. His career as a scholar and doctor led to his 1893 appointment as Brigadier-General, USA Surgeon-General. He died in 1915 and his will was administered by Hartwick Seminary and Academy.
Born in 1815 in Hartwick, NY, Isaac Newton Arnold was a student at Hartwick Seminary in 1831-32. In 1836, Arnold moved to Illinois and studied law, and through his practice became a friend and associate of Abraham Lincoln. He served as a Republican congressman of Illinois from 1861 to 1865. In 1864, he introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives, which was adopted by the House in February of that year, calling for a constitutional amendment ending slavery throughout the United States. Arnold's resolution was the first step taken by a member of Congress toward the passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, in 1865.
Harrison Pettie enlisted in Co. H, 76th NY Infantry and Rufus B. Pettie enlisted in 51st NY Infantry. Both are listed in Wilt's book. They are ancestors of Brett Bentley, Aramark Facilities Services, Kathleen Amatucci Bentley '85, Jayme '14, Jessica '14, and Sierra of Westford, NY.
C.B. Pettie enlisted in Co. A., 10th Minnesota Infantry on August 12, 1862. He was discharged for disability in June 13, 1865. His pension record indicates both invalid and widow pensions as of April 29, 1889. C.B.'s brothers, Harrison Pettie and Rufus B. Pettie, served in regiments from New York. C.B. is the great-great-uncle of Brett Bentley, Aramark Facilities Services, of Westford, NY.
George Clinton Pettie enlisted in Co. A., 10th Minnesota Infantry on August 12, 1862. He died in a hospital at Jeffersonville, Indiana, on January 19, 1865. His pension record indicates both widow and minor pensions at of October 3, 1865. George's brothers, Harrison Pettie and Rufus B. Pettie, served in regiments from New York. George is the great-great-uncle of Brett Bentley, Aramark Facilities Services, of Westford, NY.
Brett Bentley of Aramark Facilities Services and Hartwick's Associate Registrar Kathleen Amatucci Bentley '85, and their daughters, Jayme '14, Jessica '14, and Sierra, of Westford, Otsego County, NY.
Home on a Furlough, Dedicated to the Loyal Mothers, Wives and Daughters of Our Country, Civil War Engraving, Published by Bradley & Co., 1864. This Civil War engraving by John Sartain (1808-97) is from a copy after Christian Schussele, Bradley & Co., 1864. Image is courtesy of the privately owned Matthews Collection for the Preservation of Freedom Journey Classics.