Saturday, August 20, 2011

Civil War (1861 - 1865)

James Fishback Price (1800 - 1856)
Son-In-Law of Sarah Waterhouse Wolcott
He served as a Colonel in the Civil War.

Reuben I. Wolcott (1800-1863)
Died of Civil War wounds.

William Wolcott (1801-1894)
William enlisted in 1814 and served as a Pvt. 34th Inf. Regt. B Brookfield MA, age about 20 at the time of his discharge in 1816, 5 ft. 7 in., dark complexion, dark eyes, brown hair, farmer applied for bounty land in AR 1820, moved to Montgomery Co., Il 1838.

Joshua Huntington Wolcott (1804-1891)
Joshua Wolcott's 2nd wife was his first wife's sister.  Joshua came to Boston as a boy, entered counting house of A. and A. Lawrence as apprentice, became a partner at twenty-six, was Senior Partner when firm dissolved in 1865.  He was prominent in the development of New England manufacturing.  He was the President and director of many companies, in many charitable enterprises, State Treasurer of Sanitary Commission during Civil War.  He was a Member of the Society of the Cincinnati, of which his grandfather was an original member.

Erastus Bradley Wolcott (1804-1880)
Erastus was a prominent physician and surgeon.  He studied and graduated in 1835 at Baltimore, MD.  He was Surgeon-General of WI.  He was in the Civil War with WI regiment.

James Samuel Wadsworth (1807-1864)
Son of Naomi Wolcott
He died May 6, 1864 at the head of his troops in the battle of the Wilderness during the Civil War.

Frederick Wolcott (1817)
In Military; in Mexico, 1849

Samuel Parmalee Wolcott (1816-1906)
Samuel served in the Civil War.

Emerson W. Wolcott (1820)
He served as Pvt. in Co. E, 4th VT Inf. Regiment.

James Macgregor Wolcott (1820 - 1896)
James Wolcott was a miller.  Later Capt. of a Green River steamer.  After Civil War, he organized and was Capt. of home militia.  His grandfather, James, gave him the sword he carried in War of 1812.

Christopher Parsons Wolcott (1820-1863)\ 
He was the Attorney-General of State, Judge Advocate General and the Assistant Secretary of War.

Samuel Wolcott Skinner (1820 - 1903)
Son of Ursula Wolcott - Samuel was a surgeon with 1st C Artillery during the Civil War.

Ransom Wolcott (1821)
He was lost during the Civil War.

John Preston Wolcott (1821-1895)
He served in the Civil War with Co. K 141st NY Infantry.

David Wolcott (1821 – 1897) David enlisted in Linlean, New York on September 14, 1864 at the age of 44 years and 4 months into the 144th Infantry Regiment, later re-assigned to the 1st NY Engineer Regiment on October 2, 1864.  David served with the Engineers until he was discharged on July 3, 1865 at Hilton Head, SC.  Discharge was medically related having contracted Ague and high fever in the Spring of 1865 while serving at Port Royal Ferry in South Carolina.  David was born in Ostelic, New York May 3, 1821 and died in DeRuyter, New York on July 8, 1897.  Following his death, Almira Austin Wolcott, his wife, applied for Widowers Pension on Civil War (1861 – 1865).

 Carlton Wolcott (1822)
After Carlton died during the Civil War in Selma, AL, his wife Lucy put their sons Thomas and Henry in a Catholic institution.  Thomas ran away, but Henry stayed until old enough to work.  Henry did not remember his father. John Wolcott (1824-1864)

John Wolcott (1824 - 1864)
Died in the Civil War of TB in Atlanta, GA.  He was taken from the home on a stretcher to be a soldier in the Civil War.  Only lived a few weeks in the hospital.  He was buried in Savannah, GA.

Sollis Alcandor Wolcott (1824-1905)Sollis was raised on a farm.  At the age of 21 he went to Boston.  Three years later he secured a job braking on the Boston & Worcester RR.  After his marriage, he tried farming near Chelsea, VT. For a year but his natural love for the railroad was too strong and he returned to the road.  He was soon appointed a conductor on the Vermont Central, where he remained until 1857, when he moved to Floyd, IA.  There he farmed two years and then ran a grocery store for two years.  He then sold out, returned to VT and entered the service of the Vermont Central RR Co., where he remained until 1863.  He returned to IA.  In the spring of 1864 he went to Dubuque and was a train master with the Dubuque & Sioux City line.  In 1871 he was appointed assistant superintendent of the Chicago & Minnesota River Road.  He held that position until 1888, when he moved to Gilmore City, IA, to improve a farm and be with his family.

Sollis was concerned about the number of his relatives and friends who were killed and injured hooking railway cars together to form a train.  The result of his meditations on the subject resulted in an idea for an automatic coupler for train cars.  To improve on his idea, he had two railway cars made on which he installed his couplers (prior to this time train cars were hooked together with chains).  However, Sollis showed his invention to some friends, who obtained a patent on the invention before Sollis.

His work on the device was done between 1881 and 1888 while he was working for the Chicago-Milwaukee & St. Paul RR.  After leaving the railroad in 1888, Sollis and his wife lived for a time with their son Sollis Alfred Wolcott.  When they moved to Gilmore City, IA, to retire, the model railway cars were left with Sollis Alfred.

Our family story has it that Sollis Alcandor returned home one morning carrying two large bundles.  He was weeping and asked his wife to call in all the children from playing, which she did.  He is to have said:  "Children, a terrible thing has happened to our Country.  Abraham Lincoln has been shot and is dead."  After trying to explain this tragedy to the children, he opened the two bundles he brought home and said:  "We will all decorate our house inside and out with this black cloth bunting to honor Lincoln," which they did.  At the sight of black bunting on the outside of the Wolcott home, some little Johnny-rebs came over to inquire what had happened.  The children told them that Lincoln had been shot and killed.  The young rebels expressed their approval of the shooting whereupon the Wolcott children chased the rebs out of the house and gave them a good licking.

William Morse Wolcott (1824)
Civil War Service; Co. E, 15th VT Regiment.

Oliver Hector Wolcott (1828-1863)
He served in the Union Army during the Civil War and received a disability discharge.

Elisha Woods Huntley (1829-1898)
Husband of Loviah Wolcott
Served in the Civil War.

William Wadsworth Wolcott (1829-1917)
William served in the Confederate army.  He was given a license to practice medicine and surgery in GA by the state's Botanico-Medical Board.  License issued Mar 1, 1861.  He served in Fairgrounds Hospital, Atlanta, GA.  Present when Gen. Sherman burned Atlanta in 1864.  On Sep 10, 1901, he had a Confederate Soldier's license to peddle his salve and conduct a business in Griffin, GA.

Philander Wolcott (1830-1882)
His wife Marie Amanda Horton Peabody was the widow of Anson M. Peabody, who was wounded at Pittsburgh Landing on Apr 6 and died at Camp Dennison May 21, 1862 (Civil War).  Marie had one child, Leander Peabody, born 1867, by her first marriage.  Philander was gored by a bull in Homer's pasture.  The wound exposed Philander's entrails, but he was forced to lay still or the bull would attack.  Philander tried to climb a tree but failed.  It was hours before he was found.

Silas Edward Wolcott (1831-1873)
He was in the Union Army during the Civil War.

Warwick Wolcott (1831-1873)
Fought in Civil War for Confederacy.

Merritt Osmond Wolcott (1832-1906)
Civil War Service.

John William Wolcott (1835-1859)
He fought in Civil War for Confederacy.

George Wolcott (1833-1916)
George was a carpenter and a teacher.   He enlisted in the Civil War Service on Apr 20, 1861.  He held a Battlefield Commission from Sergeant to 2nd Lieutenant at Battle of West Point.  After 7 days in battle, again promoted to 1st lieutenant.  After the military service, his health failed.  He then went into the mercantile business, then carpentry and then farming.

John Charles Wolcott (1834-1864)
He was killed in the Civil War at Drewry's Bluff, VA.  He was a Private in the Civil War in Co. K, 100 NYS Volunteers.

John Homer Wolcott (1838-1923)
John Homer Wolcott moved with his parents in a covered wagon to Bloomington, IL in spring of 1843.  He was a cabinetmaker like his father and grandfather.  He served during the Civil War with federal forces Aug 9, 1862-1869.  Aug 1865 he served in the Army of the gulf.  He engaged in many battles and siege of Vicksburg under command of Gen. Philip Sheridan.

Horace Greeley Wolcott (1839)
He was a Corporal in the Artillery from Cleveland, OH during the Civil War.  
Name on soldier's monument in Cleveland, OH.  Disappeared in Missouri.

Norman Maltby Wolcott (1839-1925)
Norman Maltby Wolcott served during the Civil War.  He enlisted June 8, 1861 as a private in Co. K, 3rd IA Infantry Volunteers.  Wounded at battle of Shiloh (bullet in left wrist never removed).  Honorably discharged but later reenlisted for 100 days.

Napoleon Walcott
Civil War Service.

Joseph Bissell Wolcott
He was in the Civil War at Port Hudson, Co. 8, 49th Regiment, MA Volunteers.

John Solomon Wolcott (c. 1840)
Served in Civil War. 
Died soon after in log rolling accident in PA.

John Briggs Ingersoll (1840)
Son of Hannah Wolcott
Served in the Civil War
Sidney Rodney Wolcott (1840-1914)He was in the Civil War, Co. A, 8th Regiment Volunteer Infantry.

Franklin P. Wolcott (1840-1895)
He was in the Civil War Infantry from NY.

Henry Kirke Wolcott (1840-1932)
Civil War Major.

John Edgar Wolcott (1841-1930)
He was a Civil War vet wounded at Gettysburg.

Huntington Wolcott Jackson (1841-1901)
Son of Elizabeth WolcottCol. Huntington Wolcott Jackson, entered the army (Civil War) as a Lt. Sept. 6, 1862 and was soon known as a brave and fearless soldier, of whom a memorial by the Commandery of the State of Illinois Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States speaks as follows:  "Col. Jackson took part with his command in the Maryland campaign of the Army of the Potomac and was present at the fierce and destructive battle of Antietam on the 16th and 17th of September, 1862, where he received special mention for gallantry and good conduct....  he took part in the second battle of Fredericksburg where he rendered most gallant and distinguished service... He was afterward wounded in the battle of Kenesaw Mt. in Georgia....The bravery of Col. Jackson was highly commended by his superior officers and was the subject of general remark by all who witnessed it.... Co. Jackson was present at every battle during the entire Atlanta campaign."  He was a man of solid character, high aims, public spirit, loveable nature and broad intellectual acquirements.  After the way he practiced law at Chicago.

Edgar Columbus Wolcott (1843-1889)
Civil War Corporal, Co. H, 58th Volunteer Infantry.

Chester J. Wolcott (1843-1898)
He was in the Civil War, Pvt Co. G, 84th CE 166 Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  He was a physician.

Sherman Lee Brown (1844-1901)
Son of Louisa Wolcott
Civil War - Statement from Capt. Thomas C. Williams' CO. C, 19th Regt., Re:  Sgt. Brown who put in 3 years service:  Character:  A good Soldier, faithful, honest and reliable.  An energetic and efficient N.C.O. and worthy of any confidence that may be reposed in him .... by Thos. C. Williams, Capt. 19th Inf."

James Alonzo Wolcott (1844-1920)
He was in the Civil War.

Huntington Frothingham Wolcott (1846-1865)
He was in the Civil War, 2nd Lt. 2nd Regt. Mass Cavalry, U. S. Volunteers.
Jesse Booher (died 1902) Son-In-Law of Mary Wolcott
Civil War, II Infantry O.V.I.

Newton Jacob Creamer (died 1909) 
Great-Grandson-In-Law of Mary Wolcott Civil War.

Theodore Yates
Husband of Marian Wolcott
He was a Colonel in the 13th Infantry, U.S.A.  In 1879 he had charge of Soldiers' Home in Milwaukee.

Andrew Augustus Wolcott  (died in 1862)
He died on May 11, 1862 in Strasburg, VA in the Civil War.

Dwight Wolcott (1845-1862)
He fought and died at the Battle of Fredericksburg during the Civil War.

William Orvis Booher (1846-1910)
Grandson of Mary Wolcott
Civil War 4th Battalion S.M. 131 Infantry.
Henry Roger Wolcott (1846)
At the age of 18 while in the Cleveland Regt., he was sent to defend Washington.  He was transferred to the 140th OH Regt. until he was mustered out in 1864.  In 1878 he was the State Senator from Gilpin Co., CO.  He was the Chairman of the State Delegation to the 1888 National Republican Convention at Chicago.  He built the observatory at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO. 

Samuel Miller Booher (1847-1889)Grandson of Mary Wolcott
In Civil War.

Edward Oliver Wolcott (1848-1905)
1864 in 150th  OH Volunteers.  1866 he went to Yale.  1871  he graduated Harvard Law School.  1889 began 12 years as U.S. Senator from Co.  1896 LL., D. from Yale.  President Republican National Convention at Philadelphia in 1900.  His Life and Character was privately printed by Thomas Dawson.     

Darwin Bushnell Wolcott (1848-1947)
Civil War Service.

William Augustus Wolcott (1854)
Civil War Service; wounded.

Lemuel Hauze (died 1866)
Great-Grandson-In-Law of Mary Wolcott
Civil War.

Homer Harold Ewing
Son-In-Law Chester J. Wolcott
Civil War Service, Physician.


  1. excellent work, robert lewis wolcott

  2. David Wolcott (1821-1897)
    David enlisted in Linlean, New York on September 14, 1864 at the age of 44 years and 4 months into the 144th Infantry Regiment, later re-assigned to the 1st NY Engineer Regiment on October 2, 1864. David served with the Engineers until he was discharged on 3 July 1865 at Hilton Head, SC. Discharge was medically related having contracted Ague and high fever in the Spring of 1865 while serving at Port Royal Ferry in South Carolina.
    David was born in Ostelic, New York May 3, 1821 and died in DeRuyter, New York on July 8, 1897. Following his death, Almira Austin Wolcott, his wife, applied for widow's pension.

  3. Thank you Kevin for this information. It is now entered in the blog. Lynne