APPENDIX F: Special Interest Civil War Veterans

Kenneth L. Alford, "Appendix F: Special Interest Civil War Veterans," in Civil War Saints, ed. Kenneth L. Alford (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2012), 534–543.

APPENDIX F

Special Interest Civil War Veterans

This appendix lists individuals who are interesting in their own right and who should be recognized but whose Civil War service did not qualify them, for various reasons, for inclusion in Appendix E. For example, teamsters and women could not qualify for Appendix E because they were not given Civil War veteran status. Other individuals could not be included because their Latter-day Saint baptismal status is uncertain or because they were not baptized as Latter-day Saints during their lifetime. (Appendix C contains information regarding how this list was researched and created. Appendix D provides explanatory information for each field in the record below as well as an explanation for the various codes and acronyms used.)

 

Alder, Lydia Dunford (civil war nurse)                                                           Baptized after the war.

 

Rank: Nurse

Unit(s): N/A

Military Service Source(s): “Passing Events,” Improvement Era, April 1923, 584.

 

Birth Date: 2 July 1846

Birth Place: Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England

 

LDS Membership Date:
13 April 1867

LDS Membership Source(s):

NFS (ID #: KWJ7-YJT)

 

Death Date:
1 March 1923

Death Place: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah      Find A Grave #:
Burial Location: Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake, Utah

 

Notes: “As a young girl she served as a nurse during the Civil War. She was the first president of the National Woman’s Suffrage Association in Utah. She visited Palestine and published a volume entitled, ‘The Holy Land,’ in 1912 on her observations there” (Improvement Era, April 1923, 584). A poet and author, she wrote dozens of articles and poems that appeared in the Improvement Era between 1900 and 1921 (for example: “Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me,” Improvement Era, October 1900, 919–26, and “The First Handcart Company,” Improvement Era, July 1909, 720–23. “In the North, more than 3,000 women worked as paid army nurses, and 2,000 others worked as volunteers or as affiliates of the Sanitary Commission” (Lesli J. Favor, Women Doctors and Nurses of the Civil War [New York: Rosen, 2004], 7). Army nurses “went forth on the perilous path of real service in the war. They were sunshine at the edge of battlefields, voices of solace in hospital sufferings. In ways beyond the power of the chaplains they served the dying, receiving last messages and brightening the last hours of many a boy in blue. The privations and dangers which these noble characters endured called for a fortitude equal in many respects to the valor of the soldier. The army nurse was obliged to respond to duty at all times and in all emergencies. She could not measure her time, sleep, or strength. She was under orders to serve to the fullest. . . . They were willing to dare everything for the sake of union and liberty” (Rev. Edward A. Horton, preface to Our Army Nurses, by Mary A. Gardner Holland [Boston: R. Wilkins, 1895], 5–6).

     

 

Bagley, William (union army)                                                                         Baptized before the war.

 

Rank: Teamster

Unit(s): Lot Smith Utah Cavalry

Military Service Source(s): Fisher

 

Birth Date: 8 October 1841

Birth Place: Northampton, St. John River, Carlton, New Brunswick, Canada

 

LDS Membership Date:
1 January 1855

LDS Membership Source(s):

NFS (ID #: KWJ4-Z2C)

 

Death Date:
25 January 1923

Death Place: Charleston, Wasatch, Utah      Find A Grave #: 43553612
Burial Location: Charleston Cemetery, Charleston, Wasatch, Utah

 

Notes: [LOT SMITH TEAMSTER] “TEAMSTER UTAH VOLS INDIAN WARS” is carved on his grave marker [FGC]. As they were not eligible for federal military pensions, Lot Smith teamsters were not listed on [1862 MOR].

     

 

Barnard, Lachoneus (union army)                                                               Baptized before the war.

 

Rank: Teamster

Unit(s): Lot Smith Utah Cavalry

Military Service Source(s): Fisher

 

Birth Date: 27 December 1827

Birth Place: Caldwell County, Missouri

 

LDS Membership Date:
23 October 1851

LDS Membership Source(s):

NFS (ID #: KWVH-VGB)

 

Death Date:
9 January 1919

Death Place: Roy, Weber, Utah      Find A Grave #:
Burial Location: Harper, Box Elder, Utah

 

Notes: [LOT SMITH TEAMSTER] As they were not eligible for federal military pensions, Lot Smith teamsters were not listed on [1862 MOR].

     

 

Bird, Henry (union army)                                                                                    Baptized after the war.

 

Rank: Teamster

Unit(s): Lot Smith Utah Cavalry

Military Service Source(s): Fisher

 

Birth Date: 6 August 1840

Birth Place: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Canada

 

LDS Membership Date:
20 April 1874

LDS Membership Source(s):

NFS (ID #: KWN4-FQZ)

 

Death Date:
23 October 1907

Death Place: Murray, Salt Lake, Utah      Find A Grave #: 129759
Burial Location: Murray City Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake, Utah

 

Notes: [LOT SMITH TEAMSTER] As they were not eligible for federal military pensions, Lot Smith teamsters were not listed on [1862 MOR].

     

 

Connor, Patrick Edward (union army)                                                                           Not LDS.

 

Rank: Brigadier General

Unit(s): 3rd Regiment, California Volunteers Infantry

Military Service Source(s): 1890 Census

 

Birth Date: 17 March 1820

Birth Place: Kerry, Ireland

 

LDS Membership Date:
Not LDS

Source(s):

NFS (ID #: KJPV-4B9)

 

Death Date:
17 December 1891

Death Place: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah      Find A Grave #: 5893995
Burial Location: Fort Douglas Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Utah

 

Notes: An Irishman reportedly born on St. Patrick’s Day, he enlisted in the U.S. Army on November 28, 1839, and served in the Seminole War at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and in Iowa. After being honorably discharged in November 1844, he enlisted in the Texas Volunteers. Promoted to captain, he fought and was wounded during the Mexican War. Honorably discharged from the army on May 24, 1847, he traveled to California in 1850 and in 1853 was appointed as a lieutenant in the California State Rangers. At the beginning of the Civil War, Connor commanded a unit of the California Militia known as the “Stockton Blues” that was soon redesignated as the Third Regiment California Volunteer Infantry. His regiment was ordered to Utah Territory to protect the Overland Trail from potential Indian and Mormon uprisings. Connor was the senior military officer in Utah throughout most of the Civil War. He commanded the District of Utah, Department of the Pacific, from August 6, 1862, until March 1865, when his district was merged into the District of the Plains (which he was chosen to command). He was often outspoken regarding his distrust of Brigham Young and Mormons. He returned to Utah after the Civil War and was actively involved in mining and politics until his death. See Brigham D. Madsen, Glory Hunter: A Biography of Patrick Edward Connor (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1990); and E. B. Long, The Saints and the Union: Utah Territory during the Civil War (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1981). He was promoted to colonel (September 29, 1861), brigadier general (March 29, 1863), and brevet major general (April 1, 1866) [1890 Census]. For additional information, see the chapters entitled  “What’s in a Name?” and “Mormons and the Grand Army of the Republic” herein.

     

 

Dalton, Henry (union army)                                                                           Baptized before the war.

 

Rank: Teamster

Unit(s): Lot Smith Utah Cavalry

Military Service Source(s): Fisher

 

Birth Date: 3 April 1827

Birth Place: Chenango, Broome, New York

 

LDS Membership Date:
6 February 1846
(LDS temple ordinances)

LDS Membership Source(s):

NFS (ID #: KWJJ-Y8B)

 

Death Date:
10 November 1886

Death Place: Centerville, Davis, Utah      Find A Grave #: 49826
Burial Location: Centerville, Davis, Utah

 

Notes: [LOT SMITH TEAMSTER] He also served as a private in the Mormon Battalion [FGC]. He is listed as “Henry Dolton” in [Fisher, 30]. As they were not eligible for federal military pensions, Lot Smith teamsters were not listed on [1862 MOR].

     

 

Davidson, George W. (union army)                                               Baptized before the war (presumed).

 

Rank: Teamster

Unit(s): Lot Smith Utah Cavalry

Military Service Source(s): Fisher

 

Birth Date: Uncertain

Birth Place: Uncertain

 

LDS Membership Date:
Presumed LDS

LDS Membership Source(s):

Presumed LDS

 

Death Date:
Uncertain

Death Place: Uncertain      Find A Grave #:
Burial Location: Uncertain

 

Notes: [MLM] [LOT SMITH TEAMSTER] As they were not eligible for federal military pensions, Lot Smith teamsters were not listed on [1862 MOR].

     

 

Fuller, Wyllys Darwin (union army)                                                            Baptized before the war.

 

Rank: Teamster

Unit(s): Lot Smith Utah Cavalry

Military Service Source(s): Fisher; Thomas Edwin Farish, History of Arizona
(San Francisco: Filmer Brothers Electrotype, 1915), 3:281.

 

Birth Date: 10 November 1835

Birth Place: Windam, Green, New York

 

LDS Membership Date:
1 January 1845

LDS Membership Source(s):

LDSBE, NFS (ID #: KWJ3-NBG)

 

Death Date:
13 June 1920

Death Place: Pine, Gila, Arizona      Find A Grave #:
Burial Location: Pine Cemetery, Pine, Gila, Arizona

 

Notes: [MLM] [LOT SMITH TEAMSTER] His name is listed as “Wid Fuller” in [Fisher, 30]. “Bishop of the Leeds Ward, St. George Stake, Utah, from 1875 to 1876 . . . He was ordained a High Priest and Bishop by Geo. A. Smith [on] March 17, 1875” [LDSBE, 4:593]. As they were not eligible for federal military pensions, Lot Smith teamsters were not listed on [1862 MOR].

     

 

Griffith, Henry Livingston Marshall (union army)                 Baptized before the war (presumed).

 

Rank: Uncertain

Unit(s): E Company, 6th Regiment, California Infantry Volunteers

Military Service Source(s): Thomas Edwin Farish, History of Arizona
(San Francisco: Filmer Brothers Electrotype, 1915), 5:284–89.

 

Birth Date: 20 May 1844

Birth Place: Pennsylvania

 

LDS Membership Date:
Presumed LDS

LDS Membership Source(s):

SBS (LDS membership uncertain)

 

Death Date:
12 May 1910

Death Place: Boulder Creek, Santa Cruz, California      Find A Grave #:
Burial Location: Boulder Creek Cemetery, Boulder Creek, Santa Cruz, California

 

Notes: As a two-year-old child, he sailed to Yerba Buena (San Francisco), California, with Samuel Brannon and other Latter-day Saints on board the ship Brooklyn [SBS]. His parents were LDS (Lorin K. Hansen, “Voyage of the Brooklyn,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 21, no. 3 [Autumn 1988]: 47–72).

     

 

Kane, Thomas Leiper (union army)                                                                                     Not LDS.

 

Rank: Brevet Major General

Unit(s): K Company, 13th Pennsylvania Reserves Infantry
(42nd Pennsylvania Volunteers and 1st Pennsylvania Rifles)

Military Service Source(s): NPS

 

Birth Date: 27 January 1822

Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

LDS Membership Date:
Not LDS

Source(s):

(NFS ID #: L78R-J8D)

 

Death Date:
26 December 1883

Death Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania      Find A Grave #: 5843065
Burial Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

Notes: He was a long-time friend of Brigham Young and the LDS Church. Prior to the Civil War, he “developed sympathy for the Mormons, perhaps because of their stand against slavery. He befriended Brigham Young, and in 1858 Kane helped prevent bloodshed by mediating the dispute between the Mormons and the federal government. At the commencement of the Civil War, Kane raised a mounted rifle regiment of western Pennsylvanians that became known as the ‘Bucktails’ . . . and became its lieutenant colonel on 21 June 1861. On 22 August 1861, he commanded his men in a skirmish with J. E. B. Stuart at Catlett’s Station, Virginia. Later in the year, while leading his men back to their base after a patrol from Dranesville, Virginia, he clashed with Confederates. . . . In the ensuing battle, Kane was wounded. . . . During the spring and summer of 1862, Kane commanded . . . in the Shenandoah Valley. On 6 June 1862 at Harrisburg, Virginia, Kane was captured. After his exchange in the late summer, he was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers and given command of the 2d Brigade, 1st Division, XII Corps of the Army of the Potomac. . . . He commanded a brigade of the same corps at Chancellorsville. Shortly, thereafter he contracted pneumonia and was sent to Baltimore, where he remained in the hospital through June 1863. In the early hours of the battle of Gettysburg, it became apparent that the Confederates had discovered one of the most important Federal ciphers. Someone had to convey this information to the commander of the Army of the Potomac, George Gordon Meade. Kane volunteered, though he had not recovered from pneumonia. Dressed in civilian clothes, he made his way through Confederate territory and even through a portion of Stuart’s cavalry to Meade at Gettysburg. On 2 July he resumed command of his brigade, then occupying a position on the extreme right of the Union line—the business end of the ‘fishhook.’ At 3:30 a.m. on 3 July his position was attacked, and though he was still too weak to sit on a horse, Kane led his men in the repulse of the Confederates through the late morning. The following day Kane’s health forced him to relinquish command, and he went to oversee the draft depot at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. . . . His health never really recovered, though, and he resigned his commission in November 1863. At the end of the war, he received a brevet promotion to major general for gallantry at Gettysburg” (David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler, eds., Encyclopedia of the American Civil War: A Political, Social, and Military History [New York: W. W. Norton, 2000], 1099).

     

 

Larsen, Thurston (union army)                                                                     Baptized before the war.

 

Rank: Teamster

Unit(s): Lot Smith Utah Cavalry

Military Service Source(s): Fisher

 

Birth Date: 23 September 1828

Birth Place: Stekka, Strandebarm, Hordaland, Norway

 

LDS Membership Date:
12 February 1843

LDS Membership Source(s):

NFS (ID #: KWV9-VFJ)

 

Death Date:
11 March 1907

Death Place: Parker, Fremont, Idaho      Find A Grave #:
Burial Location: Parker, Fremont, Idaho

 

Notes: [MLM] [LOT SMITH TEAMSTER] He “came to Utah with the Mormon Battalion” [PPMU, 115]. “The minimum age to be accepted into the militia was 18, Thurston was only 17, but only three months from his 18th birthday, so he requested to go. In dire need of young men that could take the rigors & hardships of such a campaign, Thurston was permitted to join the army on the 26th of June, 1846. . . . During the Civil War, there was trouble with renegades destroying telegraph wire, railroad tracks, and robbing the mail. Frank Fuller, the acting governor of Utah, called for volunteers from the Nauvoo Legion to patrol the telegraph lines and protect them from destruction. The next day, 24 men under Colonel Robert T Burton, left for this assignment. Two days later President Abraham Lincoln, through Secretary of War Stanton, authorized Brigham Young to send a group of cavalry to serve ninety days patrolling the same telegraph lines. One hundred & six men responded to the call and Thurston Larson was one of them. The commanding officer was Captain Lot Smith.” He also served in Utah’s Black Hawk War (http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/20880616/person/18024378831/media/3?pgnum...). He was “a member of the Mormon Battalion, Company C . . . resided in Nauvoo when the Prophet Joseph Smith was killed. He joined the Battalion and marched to Santa Fe with the sick detachment of the Battalion, and arrived in the Valley July 27, 1847. He took part in the Echo Canyon war and suffered all the trials incident to early days in Utah” [LDSBE 4:750–51]. [Fisher] spells his last name “Larsen”; [LDSBE] spells his last name “Larson.” As they were not eligible for federal military pensions, Lot Smith teamsters were not listed on [1862 MOR].

     

 

Maxfield, Elijah H. (union army)                                                                    Baptized before the war.

 

Rank: Teamster

Unit(s): Lot Smith Utah Cavalry

Military Service Source(s): PPMU, Fisher

 

Birth Date: 5 November 1832

Birth Place: Bedeque, Prince Edward Island

 

LDS Membership Date:
1 January 1846

LDS Membership Source(s):

PPMU, NFS (ID #: KWNV-3XB)

 

Death Date:
7 September 1925

Death Place: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah      Find A Grave #: 18207226
Burial Location: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

 

Notes: [LOT SMITH TEAMSTER] “Took part in Civil War. High Priest” [PPMU, 265]. “Assisted in settling ‘Dixie’ five years. Took part in Civil War. Veteran Indian wars. Brought first library to Utah. . . . High priest; ward clerk . . . Belong[ed] to Y X company [Brigham Young Express and Carrying Company]; rode the pony express and drove fast express” [PPMU, 1028]. [PPMU] also reported that he was a “spy in Johnston’s army in the Black Hills,” but the actual service referred to is uncertain. Although his teamster service did not qualify him as a pension-eligible Civil War veteran, he is listed on the 1890 veteran census schedule from Piute County, Utah. The [1890 Census] lists “Private” and “Special Company” after his name. He reported three months and fourteen days of military service (from May 8 to August 22, 1862); both dates are about one week later than the period of service of the Lot Smith Utah Cavalry Company. [1890 Census] also lists “3 ribs broken from brass [unintelligible]” as a service-related disability and includes the following explanatory note: “Served in Special Co[mpany] called out by the President of the U.S.” As they were not eligible for federal military pensions, Lot Smith teamsters were not listed on [1862 MOR].

     

 

McKEE, Samuel (union army)    Uncertain if LDS.

 

Rank: Captain

Unit(s): Mounted Rifle Dragoons Cavalry

Military Service Source(s): See Notes

 

Birth Date: About 1835

Birth Place: Missouri

 

LDS Membership Date:
Uncertain if LDS

LDS Membership Source(s):

Uncertain if LDS (NFS ID #: M8HW-XK6)

 

Death Date:
3 June 1864

Death Place: Cold Harbor, Virginia      Find A Grave #:
Burial Location: Uncertain

 

Notes: While there is no indication that he ever joined the LDS Church, he is believed to be first cadet from Utah Territory selected for admission at the United States Military Academy. He graduated from West Point on July 1, 1858 (thirteenth in a class of twenty-seven cadets; Cullum number: 1810). He served in the Mounted Rifle Dragoons Cavalry and was mortally wounded at the battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia, in June 1864 (Paul W. Child, ed., Register of Graduates and Former Cadets of the United States Military Academy [West Point, NY: Association of USMA Graduates, 1990]).

     

 

Merrill, Mark (union army)                                                                            Baptized before the war.

 

Rank: Teamster

Unit(s): Lot Smith Utah Cavalry

Military Service Source(s): Fisher

 

Birth Date: 6 July 1837

Birth Place: Far West, Caldwell, Missouri

 

LDS Membership Date:
1 August 1850

LDS Membership Source(s):

NFS (ID #: KWJ6-6BK)

 

Death Date:
19 December 1862

Death Place: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah      Find A Grave #: 30880801
Burial Location: Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

 

Notes: [LOT SMITH TEAMSTER] As they were not eligible for federal military pensions, Lot Smith teamsters were not listed on [1862 MOR].

     

 

Murphy, Mark (union army)                                                                           Baptized before the war.

 

Rank: Teamster

Unit(s): Lot Smith Utah Cavalry

Military Service Source(s): Fisher

 

Birth Date: 6 July 1837

Birth Place: Far West, Caldwell, Missouri

 

LDS Membership Date:
1 August 1850

LDS Membership Source(s):

NFS (ID #: KWJ6-6BK)

 

Death Date:
29 July 1918

Death Place: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah      Find A Grave #:
Burial Location: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

 

Notes: [MLM] [LOT SMITH TEAMSTER] His father, Emanuel Masters Murphy, “came to Utah Aug. 30, 1860, Jesse E. Murphy Company” [PPMU, 501]. As they were not eligible for federal military pensions, Lot Smith teamsters were not listed on [1862 MOR].

     

 

Randall, Alfred (union army)                                                                        Baptized before the war.

 

Rank: Teamster

Unit(s): Lot Smith Utah Cavalry

Military Service Source(s): Fisher

 

Birth Date: 8 January 1845

Birth Place: Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois

 

LDS Membership Date:
22 October 1854

LDS Membership Source(s):

NFS (ID #: KWJC-JNV)

 

Death Date:
26 September 1907

Death Place: Willow Valley, Coconino, Arizona      Find A Grave #: 50749915
Burial Location: Pine Cemetery, Pine, Gila, Arizona

 

Notes: [LOT SMITH TEAMSTER] As they were not eligible for federal military pensions, Lot Smith teamsters were not listed on [1862 MOR].

     

 

Sirrine, George J. (union army)                                                                                 Uncertain if LDS.

 

Rank: Private

Unit(s): I Company, 137th Regiment, New York Volunteers

Military Service Source(s): SBS

 

Birth Date: 30 June 1845

Birth Place: Phillipstown, Putnam, New York

 

LDS Membership Date:
Uncertain

LDS Membership Source(s):

SBS (NFS ID #: KCPM-2MZ)

 

Death Date:
3 July 1863

Death Place: Gettysburg, Adams, Pennsylvania      Find A Grave #: 18658228
Burial Location: Grove Cemetery, Trumansburg, Tompkins, New York

 

Notes: He sailed as a small child to Yerba Buena (San Francisco), California, with Samuel Brannon and other Latter-day Saints on board the ship Brooklyn. [SBS] His parents were not LDS (Lorin K. Hansen, “Voyage of the Brooklyn,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 21:3 [Autumn 1988], 47–72).

     

 

Walton, William H. (union army)                                                  Baptized before the war (presumed).

 

Rank: Teamster

Unit(s): Lot Smith Utah Cavalry

Military Service Source(s): Fisher

 

Birth Date: Uncertain

Birth Place: Uncertain

 

LDS Membership Date:
Presumed LDS

LDS Membership Source(s):

Presumed LDS

 

Death Date:
Uncertain

Death Place: Uncertain      Find A Grave #:
Burial Location: Uncertain

 

Notes: [MLM] [LOT SMITH TEAMSTER] As they were not eligible for federal military pensions, Lot Smith teamsters were not listed on [1862 MOR].

     

 

Warner, Henry J. (union army)                                                                     Baptism date is uncertain.

 

Rank: Private

Unit(s): C Company, 3rd California Infantry

Military Service Source(s): Fred B. Rogers, Soldiers of the Overland (San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1938), 15–16.

 

Birth Date: 1843

Birth Place: Massachusetts

 

LDS Membership Date:
Uncertain

LDS Membership Source(s):

SBS (NFS ID #: MMBY-1Y2)

 

Death Date:
17 June 1862

Death Place: near Camp Halleck, Stockton, San Joaquin, California      Find A Grave #:
Burial Location: Uncertain

 

Notes: As a small child, he sailed to Yerba Buena (San Francisco), California, with Samuel Brannon and other Latter-day Saints on board the ship Brooklyn. Presumed to be LDS [SBS]. Served under Colonel Patrick Edward Connor (Fred B. Rogers, Soldiers of the Overland [San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1938], 15–16).

     

 

Whitmer, Alexander Peter Jefferson (uncertain)                                             Uncertain if LDS.

 

Rank: Uncertain

Unit(s): Uncertain

Military Service Source(s): Andrew Jenson, Historical Record (Salt Lake City: 1888), 7:612–13.

 

Birth Date: 7 February 1842

Birth Place: Caldwell County, Missouri

 

LDS Membership Date:
Uncertain if LDS

LDS Membership Source(s):

Uncertain if LDS (NFS ID #: LHSW-29V)

 

Death Date:
The exact date is uncertain (but he was killed in the Civil War)

Death Place: Uncertain                          Find A Grave #: —
Burial Location: Kingston Cemetery, Caldwell, Missouri

 

 

Notes: His father, John Whitmer, was one of the Eight Witnesses of the Book of Mormon and served as the first Church Historian (recording much of the Book of Commandments and Revelations, which was used to publish the Book of Commandments in 1833). His father was excommunicated and left the Church in 1838—four years before Alexander was born. “John Whitmer was the father of four children, three sons and one daughter. One of his sons [John Oliver Whitmer] died when about ten years old and another [Alexander Peter Jefferson Whitmer] was killed in the late civil war” (Andrew Jenson, Historical Record (Salt Lake City: 1888), 7:612–13). Alexander is not listed in the NPS database. At the time of this publication, it is uncertain if he served in a Union or Confederate unit (as Missouri fielded units for both sides of the conflict).

     

 

Wight, Levi Lamoni (confederate army)                                                                     Uncertain if LDS.

 

Rank: Private

Unit(s): 8th Battalion, Texas Cavalry

Military Service Source(s): Davis Bitton, ed., The Reminiscences and Civil War Letters of Levi Lamoni Wight (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1970), FGC.

 

Birth Date: 1 May 1836

Birth Place: Clay County, Missouri

 

LDS Membership Date:
Uncertain if LDS

Source(s):

Davis Bitton, ed., The Reminiscences and Civil War Letters of Levi Lamoni Wight (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1970), FGC. (NFS ID #: LHVR-S2Q)

 

Death Date:
15 May 1918

Death Place: Texas                                 Find A Grave #: 15519237
Burial Location: Sweetwater, Nolan, Texas

 

Notes: He was a son of Lyman Wight (1796–1858) and a member of Zion’s Camp who was ordained as an LDS Apostle in 1841; after the death of Joseph Smith Jr., Lyman led a group of Latter-day Saints to Texas. Lyman Wight was disfellowshipped from the LDS Church in 1848 (Davis Bitton, ed., The Reminiscences and Civil War Letters of Levi Lamoni Wight [Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1970]). No baptism date was discovered for Levi; he was almost certainly affiliated with the LDS Church before his father was disfellowshipped. Wight’s diary states (original spelling preserved), “I entered my name for a Confederate army at Fort Mason, Texas, and endered the ranks of the first Texas Caval, Co C, later Co K same reg. Recd a bounty of $50 and one month’s pay, 35 dollars. At the time Confederate money was good but the next year it went down and down till it was worthles and we served out our time with out pay, more than scant clothing, and as for me my wife spun and wove the most part of our clothes and sent them to me with considerable risk of loss.” Levi fought at Fredericksburg, Virginia, and in several other battles (Bitton, Reminiscences, 23–40). According to the reminiscences of Levi’s granddaughter, Ann Wight, after the Civil War, “His income was his quarterly Confederate pension—less than twenty dollars. . . . When his pension came, it burned his pocket until he could spend it on us children. . . . We loved to hear him tell of his Civil War experiences. Robert E. Lee was his idol. He had a large picture of him on the wall of his room. There was also a picture of a reunion of his brigade, and a panel picture of ‘Lee and his Generals.’ Also hanging on his wall was a Confederate flag” (Bitton, 189–90). There is a GAR veteran marker next to his grave marker [FGC].

     

 

Winner, Israel (union army)                                                           Baptized before the war (presumed).

 

Rank: Private

Unit(s): L Company, 2nd California Cavalry

Military Service Source(s): SBS

 

Birth Date: 1844

Birth Place: Dover, Ocean, New Jersey

 

LDS Membership Date:
Uncertain

LDS Membership Source(s):

SBS

 

Death Date:
Uncertain

Death Place: Woodside, San Mateo, California      Find A Grave #: 11314161
Burial Location: Uncertain

 

Notes: As a very small child, he sailed to Yerba Buena (San Francisco), California, with Samuel Brannon and other Latter-day Saints on board the ship Brooklyn. Presumed to be LDS [SBS].