CIVIL WAR SOLDIER INFORMATION
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CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS NOT BURIED IN CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY

COLLIS, ASHLEY

Ashley COLLIS a veteran of the Civil War and listed in the list of veterans from Chataqua Co. as: Ashley COLLIS, Pomfret, CC-134 in this web site is buried in the Rockway Cemetery in what was Louth Township, now in the Town of Lincoln, Niagara Region , Ontario. The monument reads:

"Ashley / COLLIS / Corp. 49 Rege.Co.A / N.Y. Volunteers / born / Apr. 29, 1844 / died / Oct. 9, 1899 / (on the base) COLLIS"

Ashley settled here and married his brother Henry's widow. I have his military records from the U.S. Military records office and a good deal of info. on him and his family.


ADDITIONAL CIVIL WAR VETERANS



BEECHER, JESSE Sr.
Jesse Beecher Sr, enlisted in the 112thNY Vol. inf. at Sherman 08 Aug. 1862 and was assigned to Company "E" on 14 Aug. 1862. He was 37 years old when he enlisted and was known to his fellow soldiers as father Beecher. He died at the hospital in Wilmington N.C. 24 April 1865.
 
BEECHER, JESSE Jr.
Jesse W. Beecher Jr, enlisted 29 Aug. 1864 and was assigned to the 112th inf reg. co. "E" ;on that date. He was 16 years old at that time. He was mustered out on 13 June 1865 in Raleigh, N.C.
The above material was taken from their respective military records.
 
Fred Beecher
raellyn@san.rr.com

BROWN, CHARLES GARDINER
b. Abt 1837 Ashville, NY
d. October 29, 1874 East Creek, NY (Herkimer County)
Buried, Lake View Cemetery, Jamestown, NY , Lake Bluff Section

"BROWN, CHARLES G.-----Age, 23 years. Enlisted, September 9, 1861, at Busti, NY.; mustered in as first sergeant, Co. F, October 10, 1861, to serve three years; mustered in as first lieutenant, November 5, 1862, and appointed battalion quartermaster; resigned, June 23, 1863; again enlisted and mustered in as private, August 30, 1864, at Harmony, NY.; mustered in as first lieutenant, October 26, 1864; to Co. M, October 30, 1864; to Co. C, December 31, 1864; to Co. M, March 2, 1865; mustered out with company, July 17, 1865, at Cloud's Mills, Va. Commissioned first lieutenant, with rank from November 5, 1862, vice Patchin, resigned. Commissioned first lieutenant, June 20, 1864, with rank from May 17, 1864. vice Bly died; battalion quartermaster, December 27, 1862, to rank from November 5, 1862, vice Patchen, discharged.""

Terry Heismann
heismann@bellsouth.net


BROWN, ORSELL COOK
b. April 20, 1835 Sugar Grove, PA
d. March 21, 1881
Buried, Lake View Cemetery, Jamestown, NY , Lake Bluff Section

BROWN, Orsell Cook (Brother to Charles G. (Gardiner) Brown) listed on this page.
Busti, NY
Enlistment date August 19, 1861
Muster date August 30, 1861 private, Company A as clerk w/quartermaster dept.
February 23, 1864 He re-enlisted as a veteran & transferred to Company C.
October 1864 He was promoted to quartermaster Sgt. of the 140th New York Infantry Reg.
December 12, 1864 He was commissioned, not mustered second lieutenant with rank.
June 03, 1865 He transferred to the 5th Veteran Infantry.
August 21, 1865 He mustered out from the 5th at Harts Island, New York.

Orsell was in the quartermaster's department of the 44th New York
Volunteers, also known as "Ellsworth's Avengers." They saw action at
Sharpsburg, Fredricksburg, Chancellorsville, Petersburg and the
Wilderness campaign, because of his assignment to the quartermaster's
department he saw action in only one battle. After the war [Civil
War] Orsell became connected with the Internal Revenue Office in
Washington, a Position he held until his death in 1881, at the age of
46. Interment, Lakeview Cemetery, Jamestown, NY
- Civil War documents donated to the NYS Library Archives along with
letters home to sister Olivia Brown Hazeltine and his civil war photo
album.
Knickerbocker Press, February 3, 1935 p. 8

Terry Heismann
heismann@bellsouth.net

COLEMAN, DAVID
David Coleman Co. I, 187 Regt. NYV. Died Hatchers Run 1864. Aged 37 Yrs.  Buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Dunkirk.

Ann Oelheim
anno@frontiernet.net


CONE, ALMON W.
Almon W. CONE. Almon Pvt in Co F 112th NY Inf. *born 22 Jan 1831 in Panama,NY d 1904 in Clymer. Had twin brother Almon was called "Curly" another brother also served David Delancy CONE Pvt Co G 15th Regt NY Engineers enlisted Sep 1864 * born 18 May 1842 in Panama d 16 Oct 1920 buried Panama Union Cem. A contact person is A. Lewis 1380@AOL.COM A. Lewis has over 200 letters written by Almon while in the war. Willing to share and trade info on this family.

I talked to my Father-In-Law and he gave me information on James Robinson: He was 18 years old, enlisted on September 11, 1861 in Fredonia, New York, he re-enlisted on December 20, 1863, he became a corpel on January 1, 1865, and was discharged on May 18, 1865 in Winchester, Virgina. James Robinson was in the 9th regiment, New York Volinteers Cavalry Company K. -- Art Gielow


DEWEY, TYLER T.
The following is a direct quote from page 798 of the Dewey Genealogy Bookat the Fenton Historical Society: Tyler T. Dewey served in Co. E, 9th New York Cavalry; was captured at Bull Run, and spent twenty-two days in Libby prison; -- The story handed down in our family is that he expected to die if he remained in Libby -- what he did was drop down on all fours and pretend to be crazy. He kept moving in wider and wider circles until one day he just kept on going and escaped! He was my great-grandfather.
Submitted by B. Dewey of Jamestown.


DWYER, JAMES A.
I am searching for the remains of a Great Uncle.  Pvt. James Dwyer came from the town of Dunkirk at the call of President Lincoln, left his wife and daughters, and enlisted in the 112th on July 12, 1862. The Regiment was formed in Jamestown, N.Y. One month following the swearing in the troop was on it's way to the "Army of the Potomac." It served well under U.S. Grant. It suffered hardship in the Richmond, VA. area and participated in the siege of Richmond, Petersburg, Cold Harbor, and Charleston, and City Point.
With this small bit of history, I am attempting to find the gravesite of James A. Dwyer. The records I have gathered only refers me to the fact that he was sent to a Military Hospital at Point of Rock, VA on December 7, 1864 and that he died in this hospital, December 29, 1864. This area is close to the National Cemeteries of Petersburg, City Point, Richmond, Williamsburg, Cold Harbor and Seven Pines, however, extended correspondence with these National Cemeteries says that he was not buried there. I am therefore inclined to believe that he was one of the lucky ones who's remains were returned to his loved ones at home.

Larry Kenny
lwkenny@ptdprolog.net


HELMICK, OWEN JASPER
HELMICK, ERASAMUS DARWIN
I am not sure who to contact about the names of my ancestors not included as Civil War Soldiers in the lists from Chautauqua County. My source is Annual report of the Adjutant-General of the State of New York , 1896 page 931 and 1897 page 139. Both Owen Jasper Helmick and Erasamus Darwin Helmick were privates in the 13th Artillery Company C. They enlisted in 1863 at Salamanca, NY. E. Darwin died July 19 1864 in the Balfour General Hospital Portsmouth, VA. O. Jasper Helmick was in for the duration of the war. Both were residents of Ellington, Chautauqua County, New York and sons of John Helmick, a farmer in Ellington who lived there 56 years until his death. It would be nice to see them included in the lists of Civil War Soldiers.

Jo Teague


HOISINGTON, JACKSON

            Arkwright Has One Civil War Veteran Left
                            ___________
    Jackson Hoisington of Burnham Hollow is 95 Years Old
        Wife Whom He Married 69 Years Ago is Still
                            at His Side
                            ___________

     Arkwright Center, May 17. --------Nearness to Memorial day reminds Arkwright residents that they have just one Civil War veteran left, Jackson Hoisington of Burnham Hollow, who is 95 years old. Mr. Hoisington is in very good health considering his nearly 100 years and reads without glasses. He is quite deaf. His estimable wife  who is passing the declining years at his side is 86 years old and wonderfully well preserved.
     In spite of a severe illness suffered a few months ago she carries herself with the straightness of a reed and many of the young women of today might well envy her fine figure. She sews without trouble but admits having some difficulty in threading her needle.
     In a little visit the other day she told The Journal correspondent that she thought the short dresses of today looked ridiculous. When asked about girls smoking cigarets she laughed and said, "Some girls smoked in my day but not cigarets." Speaking of the amusements when she was young she said, "We used to go to spelling schools, apple paring bees and to dances. Dave Rundell, Ed Ruttenbur and Marve Snow furnished the music which was considered extra good."
     She mentioned a large swing in the H.J White woods where nearly all the young folks used to meet for a good time. She also remembers the old Sycamore stump in Burnham Hollow which served as a post office and she has taken from and left mail in the stump. At that time the postage on a letter was 5 cents.
     Mr. and Mrs. Hoisington have passed their 69th wedding anniversary. They were married in Sinclairville, N.Y., their attendants were Leander White and Miss Sally Luce. They took dinner in Jamestown and it included Johnny cake. They went from there to Cherry Creek stayed over night and the next day went to Fredonia and had their wedding pictures taken by Mr. Tarbell. They went to keeping house on the hill near Canadaway Creek. They have brought up a large family and are now living with their youngest son, Claud Hoisington.

Transcribed by Bonnie Covedill
February 7, 2004
Taken from The Jamestown Journal clipping dated ??? around the year 1930....

Jackson Hoisington on the 1880 census...

1880 Arkwright, Chautauqua Co., N.Y. Census:

  Jackson HOISINGTON   Self   M   Male   W   45   NY   Farmer   VY   --- 
 Similde HOISINGTON   Wife   M   Female   W   36   NY   Keeping House   CT   NY 

 Berton HOISINGTON   Son   S   Male   W   16   NY   At Home   NY   NY 
 Charley HOISINGTON   Son   S   Male   W   14   NY   At Home   NY   NY 
 Lillian HOISINGTON   Dau   S   Female   W   12   NY      NY   NY 
 Blanch HOISINGTON   Dau   S   Female   W   18   NY      NY   NY 
 Maud HOISINGTON   Dau   S   Female   W   2   NY      NY   NY 
 Oren HOISINGTON   Nephew   S   Male   W   22   NY   Laborer   NY   NY 

Next door:

 Daniel HOISINGTON   Self   M   Male   W   79   VT   Farmer   ---   --- 
 Mary HOISINGTON   Wife   M   Female   W   80   CT   Keeping House   VT   --- 


If this is the one he was born about 1835 dating the newspaper article around the year 1930.....


ORCUTT, WILLIAM C.
My gg Grandfather William C. Orcutt served with the 52nd Regiment N.Y. Volunteers and although he did not enlist in Chaut. Co. his family lived there and he is buried in Mayville Cemetery.

Member of the 52 NY vol. joined this all German Unit but was of Scottish descent. He fought at many of the major battles:  Petersberg, Appomotox, Brandy Station, etc. Major info for William is listed on our website on EMGS under Orcutt/Urquhart.  He was Lucille Balls great grandfather. My great great grandfather. He is buried in Mayville NY cemetery by the large monument erected there for the Civil War Vets.

See Web page for details.

Thanks,
Tom Orcutt
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Creek/5278/William.html


OSTRYE, PETER
Here is a picture of Peter Ostrye Co H 72nd NY Infantry who enlisted in Dunkirk.  He is a uniform called a French Chausser and it was used early in the war by certain outfits and was discontinued by 1863.  Peter served from 1861 till his death in 1864 when he was wounded at battle of Wilderness May 6 1864 and died June 1 in washington DC and is buried at Arlington Cemetery under name of Peter Austria.   The family came from Poland to Dunkirk in 1852 under name Ostrowicki and later adoped Ostrye which is used today.  They lived first at Dunkirk and then moved to French Creek, Chautauqua Co.

Charlotte Smith


POMEROY, TITUS

Titus Pomeroy (1815-1862), son of Titus, son of Simeon, is buried in the Philadelphia National Cemetery, Sec. B site 120.  He was in Co. H 100th. He died 4 Aug 1862 aboard the Transport Kennebec, on the James River of typhoid fever. file # 's 14200 & 17942 of the pension office.
Wendy Wilkerson


RUHLING (REUHLING), FREDERICK
Frederick's grave is in Arlington National Cem. in DC.
From date of his burial, he was probably one of the earliest burials in this cemetery. Anna Lyle Ruhling is on the Villenova Cemetery list.

Peggy McAndrew

On the Chautauqua Co., NY, census for 1860, Sherman Township, French Creek Post Office, John Ruhling age 24, born in Prussia, lists $400 for value of real estate and $300 for value of personal property. Listed with him is Lydia M. age 18, born in New York, and Mary age 1, born in New York.

In the Bible record of Martin Ruehling, brother of Frederick Ruehling, Martin writes that there were 13 children born in Fretterode to Johannes Ruehling and Maria nee Tomas. Twelve lived beyond age 30. The youngest brother died in a hospital in Washington (?) in 1864, he was a soldier.

On Microfilm copy #551, Roll #121, National Archives, "Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of New York, there is the following listing:

Ruhling, Frederick J., Pvt. Co. E, 112th NY Infantry (Original filed under Ruling) Ruling, Frederick W. J., Pvt/Sergt, Co. E 112th NY Infantry.

According to the "Roll of Honor" Vol I, page 165, for Union Civil War Soldiers, F. "Rushling", Sergeant, 112th New York Infantry, Company E, died 18 June 1864, and is buried in Arlington, Virginia, National Cemetery.

Records from Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC, show that Frederick W. J. Ruhling was buried 20 June, 1864 in Section 13, grave #5786.

The 112th New York Infantry was formed in the summer of 1862 from men from Chautauqua Co., NY. During its three year term the regiment recorded 636 casualties, including 79 killed, 49 mortally wounded, 269 wounded who recovered, 177 who died from disease, 40 missing and 22 who died while in enemy captivity.

According to military records from the National Archives, Washington, DC, Frederick Ruhling died in Harewood Hospital, Washington, DC, on 18 June 1864 from a wound to the left leg sustained 01 June 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA. In the 112th Regimental Descriptive Book Frederick Ruhling is described as 26 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, light complexion, black eyes and light hair. Birthplace is listed as Germany and occupation is a mechanic.

A bundle of his effects were shipped to his wife, Lydia. He owned 1 canteen, 1 blanket, 1 great coat, 1 pair of shoes, 1 pair of socks, 1 jacket, 1 tent, 1 pocket-book, fifteen (15) cents, 1 testament, 1 pocket knife, and 1 tobacco box.

SCHUYLER, FRANCIS M.
Enlist Date 28 May 1861 Jamestown, NY rank Private age 20; Served New York Enlisted B Co. 72nd Inf Reg. NY disch disability at Harrison's Landing, VA on 30 July 1862.
Source: New York: Report of the Adjutant-General
Francis M. Schuyler filed for invalids pension, April 11, 1863.
Caroline filed in PA for his pension as WIDOW August, 1904.

SCHUYLER, THOMAS B.
Enlist Date 28 May 1861 at Jamestown, NY rank Private, age 18; Served New York Enlisted B Co. 72nd Inf Reg. NY; died wounds at Williamsburg, VA on 06 May 1862
Source: New York: Report of the Adjutant-General

His mother Maria HARRINGTON, filed for his pension, Certificate number, 102726


SMITH, DAVID TRUMAN
My great, great grandfather David Truman Smith b. April 14,1843 d. June 19,1924 9th NY cavalry in the Civil War buried @ Pioneer Cemetery in Forestville.

J.W.Dix
dixiecat@netsync.net


TABER, JOSEPH LEWIS
I'm a former Chautauqua Co resident and a current CCGS member.  I noticed that you have misc military info on the Chautauqua Co Genweb site.  My ancestor, Joseph Lewis Taber, was a resident of the town of Hanover and a private in the 112th NY "Chautauqua" Regiment.  He is buried in the North Collins Quaker cemetery on Rt 62. Below is some information gleamed from his miltary and pension files.

A roster of the 112th NY Reg Vol Company K lists a Joseph L. Taber of Hanover as a private.  He is listed as absent sick from Aug 24, 1864 until close of service.

His military file from the National Archives contains the following information: He was 38 years old when he enlisted on August 30, 1862 for a 3 year term in the Town of Hanover.  The company descriptive book states he is 5 ft 6 inches, light complexion, black eyes (the regiment descriptive book says blue), light hair.  It also states that he was born in Hanover [he was actually born in Easton, Washington Co, NY on 3 Sep 1823, son of John Taber and Huldah Eddy.] He mustered in on Sept 11, 1862 in Jamestown, NY.

From Sept 1862 through May 1864, he appears regularly on company muster rolls as present.  In June 1864, he is absent having serving as a guard at head quarters guard on May 27th.  On August 24, 1864, he is listed as being in the general hospital. The Sept/Oct 1864 muster roll shows him at Lovel USA General Hospital in Portsmouth Grove. He was transferred from there to Buffalo General Hospital on Nov 29.  From Dec 1, 1864 through Jun 1865, he appears on the Buffalo Hospital Muster Roll until the time of his discharge.  The files do not indicate the cause of his illness. (His pension file states rheumatism, stomach and liver trouble).

He died 16 Sept 1892 in East Leon, Cattaraugus Co, NY.

Debbie Stelmach
Kailua, HI
debbie_stelmach@compuserve.com


THOMPSON, REUBEN
THOMPSON FAMILY MAGAZINE, Vol 7 January 1968 Number 26,  84
"Revolutionary War Pension Abstracts, by Beverly M. Stercula

REUBEN THOMPSON S11540 Mass. - State of New York, County of Chautauqua April 5, 1832 personally appeared Nathan Thompson aged about 68 yrs; that he is the brother of Reuben Thompson in the annexed declaration; that he knows that in the year 1778 he the said Reubin Thompson enlistd in the Cont. Army of the U.S. for 9 months;  that he the said Nathan Thompson, the same year went into the Militia of Mass. on a tour of  8 mos; that while in the said Militia, the Regt. to which he belonged was attached to Gen. John Nixon's Brigade of the Mass. Line of Cont. troops;  that while attached to the said Brigade he frequently saw his brother Reuben Thompson, who at that time belonged to & was a pvt. in Col Thomas Nixon's Regt. etc(same place, same day) appeared Samuel Tucker aged about 72 yrs; that in 1779 he went into the service in Col Thomas Nixon's Regt, Col John Nixon's Brig.; that he was acquainted with Reuben Thompson......

same place July 5, 1839 personally appeared  Reuben Thompson of Sherman in said county; that he is the same person who     formerly belonged to the company commanded by Capt Dansforth in the Regt. commanded by Col Nickerson; that his name was first placed on the pension roll of the State of New York where he then resided; that he lost his pension certificate in the fall of 1837 when he removed to the State of Ohio to live with one of his sons; that he received a new certificate & was placed on the rolls of the State of Ohio where he cont'd to reside until September of 1838 when he removed with his family from Ohio to Sherman, Chautauqua Co., N.Y., where he resides with his son-in-law, Joseph A. Hubbard, where he intends to remain.'

His reasons for removing from Ohio to New York are 1st, his wife is  this deponents 2nd wife, has three children residing in Genesee Co.,  N.Y about 80 miles distant & two children in West Penna., about 30 &  70 mile distant & has an anxious desire to live nearer her children than she was when she lived in Ohio, a distance of about 600 miles.  2nd that he had a lease on 20 acres of land lying in the town of  Harmony, adjoining Sherman for & during his life which this deponent  wishes to occupy, lease or sell & which he did sell in March or April last...

State of New York; County of Chautauqua, Oct 5, 1832.
Personally appeared Reuben Thompson of Harmony in said County aged  72 yrs, the 5th day of Sept last that in June 1779. at Charlton in Worcester Co., Mass, where he then resided, enlisted for 9 mos &  joined the army at North River in New York State; that he belonged to Capt Danforth's company, Col Thomas Nixon's Regt, Gen John Nixson's  Brigade etc; that he was in the hospital at Danbury, Conn. for 1-2  weeks; that he received a written discharge but lost it soon  afterwards; that he was born at Gloucester, R.I., Sept 5, 1762; that he has no record of his age except that in his family Bible, which was copied from his Fathers Bible; after the war he went to Windsor, Mass. for about 1 1/2 yrs, where he married then moved to Horick?,  Rensselaer Co., N.Y. & resided there about 1 yr then to Shrewsbury, Vt. for two years then to Argyle, Steuben, Deerfield Marcellus &  Harmony in N.Y. in which latter place he now resides.


VANVLIET, DARIUS D.
I have some information on Darius D. Van Vliet (born in 1832) of the 112th New York Volunteers.  He is buried in the Pioneer Cemetery, Forestville, New York.  He was sent from Folly Island, sick, died in hospital, Fort Schuyler, New York, of chronic diarrhea.  He left a wife and three daughters.  He was the son of Joseph Van Vliet who lived in Sherdian, New York and is my wife's great great grandfather.  Darius mother was Minerva (Willoughby) Van Vliet.  Darius also had a brother who died in the civil war, but I have not found any record of him.  His name was Dennison Van Vliet.
Regards,
James Webb
jcwebb@thegateway.net
Georgetown, Texas



WARNER, ENOS R.
Service Record:
Enlisted as a Private on 12 August 1861 at the age of 19
Enlisted in Company A, 49th Infantry Regiment New York on 24 August 1861.
POW on 24 September 1863 at Stonehouse Mountain, VA (No further record)
He applied for an invalids pension; and got it, August 11, 1887

Enos Warner was the son of Nathaniel & Lura (Nunn) Warner

Marriage Record: 27 Feb 1865 Enos Warner & Deet Cory
Residence: Hamlet & Wright's Corners; Location of Marriage: Parsonage (Hamlet) Witnesses: Edson Cory & Tessia Warner

in 1880 they live in Villenova
Enos WARNER Self M Male W 38 NY Farmer NY NY
Deette WARNER Wife M Female W 36 NY Keeps House NY NY
Helen WARNER Dau S Female W 13 NY At School NY NY
Emma WARNER Dau S Female W 11 NY At School NY NY
Lena WARNER Mother W Female W 78 NY Does Housework CT CT

in 1850 father is listed as N WARNER Villenova He is 49 NY
Laura is 29 b CT
Josiah is 25
Reuben 21
Rebecca 19
Judith or Judah is listed as a female 17 but married and buried as a male
see below
Frances 14 female
Enos R is 8

HAMLET CEMETERY
HAMLET, NY

WARNER Enos 5/17/1842 - 6/26/1911
Deetie C. w/o 3/6/1842 - 1/11/1902
Dolly A. 11/27/1875 - 3/31/1876
Josiah 6/17/1825 -- 7/13/1911

WARNER Jeremiah 10-28-1804 8-29-1873
Chloe A. wo 9-3-1808 6-21-1885
Ellis (baby) no dates given

WARNER Jane w/o John 7/22/1833 - 3/24/1884
Nathaniel 1/23/1827 - 1/26/1905
Nancy L. Stoning 10/5/1827
WARNER Judah 8/3/1832 ae 39y
Sally w/o 6/16/1865 ae 74y
Nathaniel 4/28/1801 - 7/2/1874
Lura w/o 1/22/1801 - 6/6/1893
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Newspaper Article

The subject of the interesting Civil War sketch was Enos R. Warner of Hamlet, Villenova township, who was born May 17, 1842. One of seven children of Nathaniel and Lura (Nunn) Warner Jr.
Soon after the outbreak of the Civil War, Enos R. Warner enlisted. His rank was Company A 49th Regiment, NY Volunteers. Many were his interesting wartime stories as told to other comrades that also survived the conflict, and too the younger generation of that time listening. At the time of his enlistment he was 19 years old. After the war Mr. Warner returned to farming, and was widely known as an auctioneer. He married DeEtta Corey of Cherry Creek and had three daughters.
Mr. Warner died June 28th, 1911. The following wartime story was renewed and told in connection with his death.

THE WARTIME STORY
IT IS RECALLED BY THE DEATH OF ENOS R. WARNER,
WITH OTHER UNION SOLDIERS IN ANDERSONVILLE PRISON.
HE KILLED A PET DOG BELONGING TO COLONEL WIRZ,
THE INHUMAN COMMANDANT OF THE STOCKADE. DEVILISH
PLANS ADOPTED TO DISCOVER THE PERPETRATOR OF DEED.

One of the most interesting wartime stories heard in many months is told in connection with the death of Enos R. Warner of Hamlet, NY whose funeral occurred Saturday, June 28, 1911. Mr. Warner was one of the Chief participants in the occurrence, which took place amid the horrors of Andersonville prison during the latter years of the Civil War, and only one man is now alive who was a participant in the same escapade.
It was while Andersonville Prison was crowded, its water supply almost too horrible to mention, and its prisoners starving, during the hot days of early summer, 1864 that Warner and five companions, willing to do almost anything to get something to eat, captured a pet dog belonging to Colonel Wirz, the notorious commandant of the stockade, and getting into a secluded spot, killed the dog with a knife owned by Adam Smith, also a western New York man. They then dressed the carcass and ate the raw dog meat. Adam Smith, who participated in this act, is now a resident of Cottage, NY and was present at Mr. Warnerís funeral. He still has the knife used in killing Wirzís dog. At the funeral Saturday he had two white badges, representing membership in the association of survivors of Andersonville Prison, and pinned one on his dead comradeís shroud lapel.
The sequel of the killing of Wirzís pet dog was an effort of the inhuman commandant to discover the perpetrators of the deed. In order to force some one to confess he withdrew all rations from the prison for a space of time and thereby, it is said, caused many deaths among the famished and dying prisoners. No one ever told who killed his dog.
Mr. Warner escaped twice from Andersonville, once through the sewer, but was captured both times and returned. The last time he was strung up by the thumbs as a punishment. Prior to being sent to Andersonville he was in Belle Isle five months. In Andersonville he lived through six months of torture, and was present when the historic occurrence of the spring of living water breaking through the dry ground, occurred. From Andersonville he was transferred to Savannah, where he escaped in November, 1864.
He escaped through his cleverness in getting into a group of sick prisoners who were being exchanged, faking illness, and getting off free. He took a hound puppy from the prison to freedom with him, hidden in the army blouse he wore.

Living survivors of Mr. Warner to-day are two grandsons.
Mr. Glenn P. Waite of 310 Homestead Street, Falconer, NY
Mr. Otis J. Swift of Forest Park, Westfield, NY

Source: Dolores Davidson & Jay Priest

UPDATED:  05 AUGUST 2014