Today, the first decade of the new, 20th century. What must it have been like for Americans to read about the deaths of Civil War veterans? Two names here reflect POW experiences, as well as heroism that should not be forgotten, ever. And the entry for Ms. Freeman is just as evocative.
Samuel Hodgman. Commissioned Captain, June 22, 1863. Honorably discharged for disability due to leg wounds and continuing effects of typhoid fever, Mar. 1, 1864. Died: April 1, 1900, age 69. Burial: Forest Hill Cemetery, Haines City, Fl.
Julia S. (Wheelock) Freeman. Volunteer, Michigan Soldiers Relief Association to Jul. 1865. Contracted typhoid fever, returned to Michigan to recover, returned to Washington, worked at Treasury Department until 1873, when she returned to Michigan. Married Porter C. Freeman of Middleville, May 1873. Granted congressional pension in 1890 on account of disability from wartime service. Died June 7, age 66. Burial: Hazlewood Cemetery, Springfield, Mo.
David P. Chamberlin. Married Jane Osborn, Jan. 24, 1863. Resigned and honorably discharged for disability, Mar. 13, 1863. Resided in Toledo. Died: Oct. 31, 1900, age 75. Burial: Eden Cemetery, Rhodes, Ia.
William V. Richards. Captain, Jul. 19, 1864. Aide-de-camp, Willcox staff, Jan. 1, 1864, to April 1865. Brevet Major, Dec. 2, 1864, for gallant service during the war. Mustered out Jun. 3, 1865. Second Lieutenant, 11th U. S. Infantry, May 11, 1866; First Lieutenant Jun. 19, 1868; Regimental Adjutant Aug. 12, 1868; Regimental Quartermaster Apr. 14, 1869; Regimental Adjutant Aug. 1, 1874; Regimental Quartermaster Jul. 1, 1880; Captain June 28, 1885; Lieutenant Colonel, Assistant Adjutant General of U. S. Volunteers, Jun. 3, 1898-Feb. 28, 1901. Brevet First Lieutenant, Mar. 2, 1867, for gallant and meritorious service, Battle of South Mountain. Brevet Captain, Mar. 2, 1867, for gallant and meritorious service, Battle of Spotsylvania. Graduate, University of Michigan College of Science, Literature and Arts, 1862, Law School, 1867. Died: Dec. 8, Vancouver Barracks, Wash., age 59. Burial: Arlington National Cemetery.
Constant Luce. Commanded regiment Oct. 6-26, 1862. Commissioned Colonel, Mar. 21, 1863. Honorably discharged, Dec. 4, 1864. Died: Feb. 28, 1903. Burial: Woodland Cemetery, Monroe.
William H. Withington. Resigned commission, Mar. 21, 1863, honorably discharged. Brevet brigadier general, Mar. 13, 1865, for "conspicuous gallantry at the Battle of South Mountain, Md., September 14, 1862." Founded agricultural implement manufacturer Withington, Cooley & Co., Jackson. Michigan House of Representatives (1873-1874), Michigan Senate (1891-1892). Medal of Honor for actions at Battle of First Bull Run, for assuming command from and staying with his wounded superior officer until he too was wounded and eventually captured, Jan. 7, 1895. Died June 27, age 68. Burial: Mount Evergreen Cemetery, Jackson.
Charles J. Hunt. Discharged, June 30, 1866. Died: April 6, 1905, Washtenaw County, age 79. Burial: Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor.
Orlando B. Willcox. Commanded IX Corps at Battle of Fredericksburg. Commanded District of Indiana and Michigan, 1863. Division command before Knoxville and during 1864 Overland Campaign. Brevet major general, Aug. 1, 1864. Led first troops to enter Petersburg, Apr. 3, 1865. Mustered out, Jan. 15, 1866. Appointed colonel, 29th U.S. Infantry, July 1866. Brevet brigadier general, brevet major general, regular army, to rank from March 2, 1867. Transfer to 12th U.S. Infantry, 1869. Commander, Department of Arizona, 1878. Appointed brigadier general, regular army, Oct. 13, 1886. Commander, Department of the Missouri, 1886. Retired Apr. 16, 1887. Governor, Soldiers' Home, Washington, D.C., Feb. 27, 1889-Jul. 8, 1892. Died, Cobourg, Ontario, May 11, age 84, of acute bronchitis. Burial: Arlington National Cemetery.
Benjamin B. Baker. Resigned Jul. 14, 1863. Second Lieutenant, Veteran Reserve Corps, Jul. 1, 1863, assigned to 23rd Regiment. Honorably discharged, Jun. 30, 1866. Died: Nov. 28, age 72.Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery, Lansing.