Small Community in This Country Did For County.
Brave Men Who Went When Lincoln Called,
Twenty-Three Have Answered Final Roll Call – The List of
(By. E.S. Plank)
South Hill, Jun 1. – As no
cemetery is located at this place
it does not mark the resting place of any soldier dead,
but thirty brave men
who responded to Lincoln’s call for troops and risked
their lives in defense of
their country back in the early sixties have made South
Hill their home.Of
their number twenty-three have answered to
the final taps and crossed the line.
Names and record of the
Newell B. Richardson
inspired with patriotism at the age of
gained his mother’s consent
and in Sept. 1861 enlisted in Company C, 112th
Volunteers and served three years.He
was wounded around Cold Harbor, Va., where the battle
commenced May 20th,
1864, just fifty years ago this Memorial day.He was removed from the battlefield to Chestnut,
in Cherry Creek, Jan 1866, aged 24
years and was laid to rest in Highland cemetery at Cherry
Henry B. Lusk of Co., G,
49th regiment, N.Y.V.,
was the first to enlist at Ellery Center and went out
under Captain Drake in
July, 1861, and served 2 ½ years.Weary
and worn out the closing day of the fight before Richmond
he fell exhausted and
was conveyed by his comrades on a rude stretcher to
Harrison’s Landing, where
he was discharged six months later.He
died on his farm at this place, Jan. 29, 1890 and rests at
the foot of the
soldier’ monument in Highland cemetery.
Julius N. Wentworth served
in Co. E, 90th
was last seen by
comrades in the midst of the battle at Cedar Creek, Va.,
Oct. 19, 1864, when he
fell mortally wounded.His body was
never again recognized and at the age of 28 years he
filled an unknown
soldier’s grave on southern soil.
Wm. Wallace Wentworth
served in the 14th
Pennsylvania cavalry from 1862 until mustered out in June
mounted on this horse in one of the
battles in Virginia the animal was killed and in the fall
he sustained an
injury that disabled one leg the remainder of his life.Died at
Pittsfield, Pa., June 7th,
1899, aged 72 years, and rests in Pittsfield cemetery.
Eugene Wentworth was a
member of Co. E. 90th
regiment, N.Y.V. and served about one year.Was wounded at Cedar Creek, Va., Oct. 19th,
on his farm in Villenova, June 6th,
1892, aged 52 and rests in Hamlet Cemetery.The three Wentworths, whose record is given were
Delos F. Boutwell served
three years in the 151st
Reg., N.Y.V. and took part in 12 engagements besides the
died on his farm at this
place Oct. 26th, 1911, aged about 70 years.At the time of
his death he held a commission
as aide-de-camp ad was commander of Bullock post, G.A.R.He was buried in
Highland cemetery with
comrades as a special guard of honor. Six sons of veterans
were his pall
Benjamin F. Atwater
enlisted in the 58th
regiment, Illinois volunteers, Dec. 1861.Was wounded at Pittsburg Landing, Va., April 16th,
was discharged in Jun 1865.Died at his
home at this place July 15, 1905 aged 73 years and rests
in Hamlet Cemetery.
Corporal Charles Avery
Wagoner enrolled at Sinclairville,
Aug. 27, 1862 in the 154th regiment, N.Y.V. and
served three years,
was at Lookout Mountain, Chancellorsville and other
died in Cherry Creek June 11th,
1908 aged 77, burial was in Highland cemetery.
Joseph Duhurst, joined Co.
K. 9th New York
cavalry, Sept. 3, 1864 and served nearly one year.While on a
cavalry charge at Cedar Creek,
Va., Oct. 19th, 1864, he was thrown from his
horse and sustained
injury from which he never recovered.Died at Fredonia Oct. 14, 1909, aged 69, and rests
in Forest Hill
William Harper joined Co.,
F. 154th Reg., N.Y.V.,
Sept. 1862, and served until mustered out June 11th,
at Stockton, April 13th,
interment was at
present five of his sons
are charter members of M.M. Fenner camp 71, S. of V., at
Andrew Hulett of Co., C,
112th Reg. N.Y.V.,
served from 1861 until mustered out June 1865.It was Veteran Hulett and a drummer boy that
carried General Curtis
after he was wounded, out of Fort Fisher.After Hulett’s return to the fort he was slightly
wounded by a piece of
died at South Dayton,
June 9th, 1903.Burial was in
Asa Hulett served two
years in Co. C., 112th
Reg., N.Y.V., was wounded in one of the battles in
in Sheridan about 1894 and was buried in
Richard Cameron of the 187th
Reg., N.Y.V., was
wounded at Hatchers’ Run, Va., about Oct. 27th,
Cherry Creek village, Feb. 3, 1913,
in Highland cemetery.
Martin Crowell enlisted
June 21, 1863, and served as captain
of Co. H, 68th regiment of the National Home
the war closed he represented this assembly
district in the state legislature.Died
at Hamlet June 13, 1903, aged 74 years.The interment was in Hamlet cemetery.
Elias L. Rowe enlisted in
Co., D, 72nd Reg.,
N.Y.V. The first engagement in which he took part was the
Williamsburg, Va., May 5th, 1862, where he lost
his life at the age
of 25 years.His
body rests in the
John Dexter served three
years in Co., K. 116th
Reg., N.Y.V. Died in Cherry Creek village Nov. 25, 1901,
was in Highland cemetery.
Frank Bronson lost his
life on the battlefield in Virginia
by a flying shell.His
body was returned
and interred in Highland cemetery.
Oscar Brunson served four
years in a New York regiment.
Jacob VanHousen went out
with the 73d regiment and served
until the war closed.He died in a
soldier’s home in a western state.
Charles Kimball lost his
life on the battlefield.His resting place is in the south.
John VanWormer served in
Co. E. 90th regiment,
N.Y.V., and died in Michigan about 1894.
Harvey Ells served the 9th
New York cavalry.Died
at this place and rests in Highland
John Essex enlisted.More than this his record is not available.He died at
Corry, Pa., Dec 24th,
1906. Burial was in Hamlet Cemetery.
Besides the veterans of
the Civil war Daniel Ruttenbur was a
drummer in the war of 1812.He was at
Buffalo Dec. 30th, 1813 when the British burned
that village of
fifteen hundred inhabitants.He died at
his home here in 1857 an was buried at Hamlet cemetery
where his grave is
decorated on each Memorial day.
The surviving veterans
Orlando E. Bennett served
three and a half years in Co. K, 9th
New York cavalry.He
was wounded before
Richmond, Va., was with Sheridan in the Shenandoh valley.He is now a
retired resident of Hamlet nad a
member of Nash post, G.A.R.
George A. Peavy first
enlisted in Co. E, 85th
N.Y. Reg., was discharged at Baltimore, Md., June 30th,
in the 130th regiment,
was later transferred to the First New York Dragoons.Was wounded at
Fair Oaks, Va., June 1st,
resides at Albion, Wash.
C. VanWormer served three
years in Co. D, 72d Reg., N,Y.V,
was wounded while on picket duty the night before the
battle at Northand,
Va.Is now a
resident of Warren, Pa.,
and a member of the James M. Brown post, G.A.R., at
William VanWormer while at
Dunkirk enlisted in Co. F, 194th
is now a resident of
Cherry Creek village and a member of the Bullock post,
G.A.R, of that place.
Jacob VanWormer went out
in 1864 and joined Co. E, 90th
Reg., N.Y.V., and served one year.He is
now a resident of Little Falls.
William Ells served four
years in the Ninth New York cavalry,
resides at Cattaraugus.
Edgar Jay served in the 68th
now a Villenova farmer and
assessor of that town.
Besides the surviving
veterans of the Civil war, Merle C.
VanWormer served three years in the U.S.N.He saw service at Nicaraugua and was some time
stationed at Camp
Elliott, Canal Zone.He rose to sergeant.He is now a resident of Warren, Pa.