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Transcription: U.S. World War II Draft Registration Card for Charles H. Beckman

Transcription: U.S. World War II Draft Registration Card for Charles H. Beckman

US WWII Draft Registration Card for Charles H. Beckman.

Charles Henry Beckman's WWII Draft Registration Card
Charles Henry Beckman’s WWII Draft Registration Card


REGISTRATION CARD — (Men born on or after April 28, 1877 and on or before February 16, 1897)

Line 1
NAME: Charles H. Beckman

Line 2
PLACE OF RESIDENCE: 329 High St. West Chicago Winfield Twnshp. Dupage Illinois
(The place of residence given on the line above will determine local board jurisdiction; line 2 of registration certificate will be identical)

Line 3
(Mailing address if other than line 2. If same, insert word same)

Line 4
TELEPHONE: West Chi. 557

Line 5

Line 6
PLACE OF BIRTH: Palatine, Illinois

Line 7

Line 8
EMPLOYER’S NAME AND ADDRESS: works for himself

Line 9
PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT OR BUSINESS: Carpenter 329 High St. West Chicago Dupage Illinois
(Number and street or R. F. D. number) (Town) (State)


D. S. S. FORM 1 16-21630-2 Charles H. Beckman
(Revised 4-1-42) (over) (Registrant’s Signature)

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Transcription: US WWII Draft Registration Card for John Croll MacPherson

Transcription: US WWII Draft Registration Card for John Croll MacPherson

Transcription of the US WWII Draft Registration Card for John Croll MacPherson.

WWII Draft Card for John MacPherson
WWII Draft Card for John MacPherson

REGISTRATION CARD — (Men born on or after April 28, 1877 and on or before February 16, 1897)

Line 1
NAME: John Croll MacPherson

Line 2
PLACE OF RESIDENCE: 3365 N. E. Alameda Str
(The place of residence given on the line above will determine local board jurisdiction; line 2 of registration certificate will be identical)

Line 3
(Mailing address if other than line 2. If same, insert word same)

Line 4
TELEPHONE:   Garfield 7070

Line 5
AGE IN YEARS:   56 yrs 1 mo;      DATE OF BIRTH:   April 7, 1886

Line 6
PLACE OF BIRTH: Aberdeen, Scotland

Line 7

Line 8

Line 8
(Number and street or R. F. D. number)     (Town)     (State)


D. S. S. FORM 1                         16-21630-2      John C. MacPherson
(Revised 4-1-42)     (over)                                    (Registrant’s Signature)


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Transcription: Adjutant General’s letter re David Coon’s death.

Transcription: Adjutant General’s letter re David Coon’s death.

The following is my transcription of a letter from the Adjutant General’s office regarding David Coon’s death during the Civil War.


Adjutant General's Office re David Coon's Death Document
Pension document from the Adjutant General’s Office re David Coon’s death.

Adjutant General’s Office
Washington, D. C.
June 5th, 1865.


I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 89.92.5, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of the Office.

It appears from the Rolls on file in this Office, that David Coon was enrolled on the 26th day of Feb, 1864, at Madison in Co. A, 36th Regiment of Wis Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war, and mustered into service as a Pri on the 1st day of Mch 1864, at Madison, Wis, in Co. A, 36th Regiment of Wis Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war. On the Muster Roll of Co. A of that Regiment, for the months of Mch & Apl 1865, he is reported “Died in Rebel Prison at Saulsberry N.C. Nov 2d 1864” Cause of death not stated

I am, Sir, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant, Saml [Treck]
Assistant Adjutant General.

The Commissioner of Pensions
Washington, D C.

Original form text below scored through, more than likely indicating no relevant information to be entered:

Name of applicant,

Initials or abbreviation noted in bottom left corner:



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David Coon: A Civil War story… and tragedy.

David Coon: A Civil War story… and tragedy.

I spent a great deal of time transcribing the typewritten copies of handwritten letters of David Coon to his wife and children from Confederate prison, marking the days until his subsequent death from disease. The original transcriptions were completed by his son, Dr. William B. Coon in 1913, one for each family member. My father-in-law now holds one of the transcribed sets of letters.


David Coon and Mary Ann Adams
David and Mary Ann (Adams) Coon

David Coon, born February 10, 1824 in Beekmantown, Clinton County, New York, was the son of William B. Coon and Clarissa Haskel Williams. David Coon was the 4th great grandfather of my children on their father’s side by adoption.

My husband’s father-in-law, Marshall Matthews Blythe was the son of Louise Matthews, who was adopted by Dennis William Matthews, son of Elam Dennis Matthews and grandson of David Coon.

On June 15, 1843, David married his first wife, Mary Ann Adams, daughter of Alanson Adams and Submit Hall, in Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont. In subsequent years, they had seven children: Alonzo Beckwith Coon, Edgar Coon, Herbert William Coon, Emma E. Coon, Hiram Southwick Coon, Elam Dennis Coon and Orilla (Mary) Coon. Mary Ann died June 3, 1859.

Between 1843 and June of 1844, he was living in Licking County, Ohio and in 1844, started a wagon making business with his brother-in-law Elam Dennis Adams. He is shown in records of November 27, 1854 in Waushara County, Wisconsin, living on 40 acres of military bounty land at the SE Quarter of NW Quarter of Section 12, Township 19. He is recorded in the 1860 census for Bloomfield, Waushara County, Wisconsin, farming his land.

David married his second wife, Isabel Ann Hall, daughter of Benjamin Hall and Eliza McReynolds on November 24, 1859 in Leon, Waushara County, Wisconsin. They added to the family with three more children: John Williams Coon, Matthew Edgar Coon and Jedidah Wood Coon. Isabel Ann was the cousin of David’s first wife Mary Ann as Benjamin and Submit were brother and sister, both children of John Hall and his wife Submit.

John Williams Coon, MD
John Williams Coon, MD

Assuming that the responsibilities of caring for such a large family as a widower were too much for David after the death of Mary Ann, the younger children went to other families. Elam Dennis went to the Matthew’s family, who later adopted him. He took the last name Matthews. Orilla went to live with a family named Ellis, who later adopted her, and Hiram lived with a different Matthews family (although related to the family who took Elam) but later returned to live with his father and his father’s new wife, Isabel.

Leaving his farm close to Bloomingfield in Waushara County and proceeding to Berlin to enlist in the army, he was told he had to leave right away to proceed to Madison. His departure for camp Randall was so quick, he did not have time to go back and tell his family he was leaving. They only found out in a letter dated February 28, 1864 that he “…enlisted in the 36th Regiment.” David enlisted in the Union army from Green Lake County on February 26, 1864 and served as a Private in Co. A, 36th Wisconsin Infantry, and is recorded on his military documents dated August 15, 1861 as being 5 feet, 8 3/8 inches in height with blue eyes and sandy hair. The following is an excerpt from the foreward of the original typed transcription of David Coon Letters, prepared in 1913 in Wales, Wisconsin by his son, John W. Coon, MD.

“David Coon was a great man, a kind husband and father, a true soldier of the American type, not only a patriot but a philosopher.” During his service in the Civil War, David wrote frequently and consistently, approximately one letter per week, to his wife and children, his devotion to all being very evident. Even if he did not have any stationary to write on he made sure they knew he was okay. He once wrote a letter on the label of a condensed milk can. As described by his son John W. Coon, MD in the typed transcription he prepared of his father’s letter home, “Many of the letters were written on such scraps of paper as were available, the ink being often very poor — in one instance at least, made from the juice of pokeberries gathered on the battlefield.”

Forest Cemetery, Stephens Point, Portage County, Wisconsin
Forest Cemetery, Stephens Point, Portage County, WisconsinSources

David was stationed with his regiment at Camp Randall until May 10, 1864, where he nursed the sick at the hospital before being sent to battle. He was then ordered to join Hancock’s Corps in Virginia where he participated in many of the noted great battles of that campaign.On May 8, 1864, he sent a letter to his family telling them that he was to be sent away to Washington to join General Grant’s Army.The regiment moved from battle to battle. They hardly ever had time to rest. During a battle, Coon was captured by a Confederate officer and was handcuffed for two hours. The officer let him go with a note of warning. Coon wrote to his family, “He offered to let me go back to the regiment but wanted me to promise to be a better boy.”Not until August did the regiment start to travel again. They went to Richmond where they fought against the rebels. When they finished they returned to their camp near Petersburg. On August 25, 1864, he, along with 11 officers and 175 other men from the regiment, posted themselves at Reams Station on the Weldon Railroad. Before long, he, along with 133 other men from his regiment were reported missing. On August 27, Coon wrote a letter to his family telling them that he and 127 other men had been captured and taken prisoner. He talked about how the officers and guards had treated them fairly until then and he wrote that he was expecting to be sent to Libby Prison in Richmond and for his family to keep up courage. That was his last letter. He was first held in Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia, then at Belle Isle, later being transferred again to Salisbury Prison in North Carolina.

Salisbury Prison was one of the best Confederate prisons. However, soon after David and the other men arrived, the conditions grew worse. The prison became over crowded with 10,000 people in a space that had reached capacity one year before Coon arrived. Living in these terribly overcrowded conditions, one third of the prisoners, or 35,000 men, died. David Coon was one of these. The diary of James Canon, a Sergeant in the same company, states in a simple entry dated November 2, 1864, “David Coon died today.” He was buried the same day in Forest Cemetery at Stephens Point, Portage County, Wisconsin.


  1. Matthews, Dennis, 1910 US Census, Louisa County, Iowa.
  2. Coon, David, 1860 US Census, Bloomfield, Waushara County, Wisconsin; Ancestry.com .
  3. David Coon and Family tombstone, Stevens Point Cemetery, Wisconsin.
  4. Emily Bailey, “David Coon and Family Background,” e-mail message from < EnBBailey@aol.com> to Christine Blythe, 19 Nov 2006.
  5. Emily Bailey, “William B. Coon Family,” e-mail message from <EnBBailey@ aol.com> to Christine Blythe, 20 Nov 2006.
  6. Military Bounty Land Warrant – David Coon – 27 Nov 1854.
  7. Act of Sept. 28 1850 Land Warrant Card – Coon, W.B. and Coon, David.
  8. Military Bounty Land Location Record.
  9. Military Bounty Land Warrant Certificate – Coon, William B.
  10. David Coon, “Hiram Coon Biographical Information,” e-mail message from < noxqcez@comcast.net> to Christine Blythe, 21 Nov 2006.
  11. Widow’s Declaration of Pension – Isabel Ann Coon (5 M ar 1865).
  12. Statement of Pension Claim of Nathan H. Matthews (16 Mar 1870).
  13. Coon, David, death certificate no. Widow’s Claim to Pension – Emma and Hiram Coon (1864).
  14. Sworn Statement re Matthew Coon’s Birth, compiler, (27 Feb 1867).
  15. Statement re David Coon’s Children.
  16. Claim for Increase of Widow’s Pension – Coon, Isabel – 22 Aug 1865 (22 Aug 1865).
  17. Widow’s Pension Statement – Isabel A. Coon (15 Se p 1893).
  18. Notice of Death of Isabel Coon to Pension Agent.
  19. Wisconsin Civil War Volunteers Roster – C (Coon), Wisconsin Historical Museum online
  20. Claim for Widow’s Pension – Isabel A. Coon (1865).
  21. Affidavit of Alanson and Mitty Adams (31 Mar 1869 ).
  22. Statement of Isabel Coon re Custody of Children (4 M ay 1870).
  23. Sworn Statement of Isabel A. Coon re Orilla Coon (2 8 Jun 1869).
  24. Statement of Minister re Marriage of David and Isabel Coon (24 Mar 1875).
  25. Statement of Clerk re Missing Marriage Record of David Coon (8 Apr).
  26. 1850 OH, Licking, Alexandria, M432_702, Page 170 Dwelling 66, Family 68
  27. http://web.archive.org/web/20000601082635/http://madison.k12.wi.u s/wright/civilwar/36regmet.
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Can anyone help identify this mystery military uniform?

Can anyone help identify this mystery military uniform?


Today I received a response to one of my many inquiries, trying to get information about this uniform.

This one was from the War Museum of Canada and stated:


FW: cortrack #3906 CWM – Contact Us Web Form: General Information or Questions

Arlene Doucette (arlene.doucette@warmuseum.ca)To: christineblythe500@hotmail.com

Cc: Nancy Lauzière

Dear Ms Blythe,

Thank you for your enquiry. The photo of your ancestors is very interesting—and I can tell you with certainty that the uniform worn by Joseph Labelle is not a Canadian military uniform. I suspect that it is a uniform of a fraternal organization, though unfortunately I have not been able to narrow down which one. You may also want to follow up with the Vermont National Guard Library and Museum (http://www.vtguard.com/museum/) as they might be able to tell you if this might be a military uniform from Vermont, as this is outside of my area of expertise.

I wish you the best of luck with your research.Sincerely,

Arlene Doucette
Collections Specialist, Dress and Insignia
Canadian War Museum
Spécialiste des collections, Vétements et insignes
Musée canadien de la guerre
1, place Vimy Place, Ottawa ON K1A 0M8

I will be following her advice and inquiring with the Vermont National Guard Library and Museum. I will update here if I find any new information.


October 23, 2015

I have a long line of Labelle and Périllard ancestors from Quebec on my Dad’s side.

Dad is the 3rd great grandson of Antoine Labelle and Josephine Perillard.  As soon as I saw this photo, I was struck by the unique, mystery military uniform worn by Joseph on the left.

In the photo below are the children of Antoine Labelle and Josephine Perillard: Joseph, Émilie, Marguerite and Azilda Labelle..

I researched for hours trying to find out about this mystery military uniform.

This family lived in Québec and Ontario, as well as Vermont on the Périllard side. Could it possibly be attached to Vermont during the civil war? I especially noticed the light colored (perhaps white or yellow) cuffs, collar and pants stripe, as well as the leaf shaped, uneven edged embroidery on both sides of and between the buttons (rather reminiscent of oak leaves).

If you have some information about this military uniform, please comment with the information in the comment section below.

Joseph (wearing the mystery military uniform), Émilie, Marguerite and Azilda Labelle.
Joseph, Émilie, Marguerite and Azilda Labelle.
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Transcription: The Spanish American War Diary of William Dennis Matthews Sr.

Transcription: The Spanish American War Diary of William Dennis Matthews Sr.


The following is a transcription of the Spanish American War Diary of William Dennis Matthews Sr. W. D. Matthews was the son of Elam Dennis Matthews.


Anything of which I’m not sure is in [square brackets].

PLEASE NOTE: This post is an exact transcription of the original document and contains language some readers may find offensive.


W. D. Matthews, Private
Co. “E”
1st Infy Ills. Vols.
transferred to
Co. “A” Prov. Engr. Corps.

Diary of time spent in Army.

Sunday, April 24th ’98.
Went to church this morning and heard a first class war sermon. Came home and decided to go to war with the First Regiment, I, N.G.

Monday Apr. 25 ’98
Bip, Fred, White and I went down to the armory this evening The Governor’s (Tanner) order, for all Illinois regiments to move to Springfield was read and great applause followed. Came home about 9 o’clock and packed up my belongings.

Tuesday Apr. 26
Spent most of the day at the armory. The whole town was stirred up, over the order to move and the armory and streets were packed with friends of the the boys. We marched to the Central Station (I.C.) about 6:30 P.M. and took the train for Springfield.
People were gathered at every station to bid us farewell.

Spanish American War Diary of William Dennis Matthews
Transcription – The Spanish American War Diary of William Dennis Matthews Sr.

Wednesday 4/27/98.
Arrived in Springfield about 6 o’clock this morning. Unloaded at the State Fair Grounds and took up quarters in Machinery Hall. All the Illinois troops are mobilized at this point.
The camp is known as Camp Tanner.

April 27th to May 18th.
In Camp at Springfield.

Wednesday May 11th
Examination of volunteers held in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol Building. The exam was very severe but I came through with flying colors.

Friday May 13th ’98
First Reg’t was mustered into the U.S. service by Major Roberts of the U.S. Army.
We were mustered in by companies and afterward had the company picture taken by Watterman of Chicago.

Saturday, May 14th
Vaccinated by regiment physicians. Quite a few tumbled over.

Sunday May 15th.
Large crowd down from Chi.
Met Lan [worthy] of Armou[r]
Worked on muster rolls most of the morning.
At 11 oclock AM, Col. Turner read the order commanding him to report his regiment to General Brooke at Chickamauga at once.
Everybody cheers.

Monday, May 16th.
Sign muster rolls for an enlistment of two years unless sooner discharged.

Wednesday May 18th.
Break camp and start for Chickamauga on the I.C.
Patriotic demonstration at every station.
Reach E. St. Louis about 5 P.M. Every steam whistle within hearing seems to be blowing. Cross the Ohio River at Cairo, Ill about midnight.

Thursday May 19th.
Through Kentucky and into Tennessee. Reach Martin, Tenn. about 7 am, and transfer to the Chattanooga Nashville and St. Louis Ry.
Boys of Co “I” steal a razor back.
On to Nashville.
Fine scenery along the road.
Cross the Tenn. River – a very pretty stream. Large stock farms as we approach Nashville. Arrive in Nashville at 1 oclock P.M.
Entire regiment unloads and marches to Capitol Building (about 3/4 mile) where the Gov. of Tenn., delivers an address of welcome.
Inspect the building for a short time and return to depot. Day is very warm and some of the boys fall out. Leave Nashville for Chattanooga about 3 P.M. Pass through Murfreesboro – first evidence of late war.
Glimpse of the National Cemetery where the union soldiers are buried.
Young lady stands in cemetery and waves the stars and stripes.
See large stretches of country once in plantations – now cut up into little fields.
All stone fences and little log cabins from which all kinds of piccaninies emerge as train passes. Little coons and big coons in numbers ranging from 8 to 20 spill out of old cabins which in the north would do service for about four pigs – if they weren’t too large.

Friday May 20 ’98.
Arrived in Chattanooga very early this morning and staid in the switch yards until about 12 o’clock [M].
During the morning we got up on top of the coaches and took a look at Missionary Ridge and Lookout Mountain, which is distant about 3 miles. There is a railroad up the side of the mountain and near the top is a hotel.
At noon we left for Chickamauga.
Unload at Lytle Station and march to the 15th Wisc. Cavalry monument. Rest for half an hour and take up the march to camp grounds. Four miles through the worst dust I ever saw, with the hot sun pouring down upon us. A large number of the boys fall out. Pitch our camp at the junction of the Alexander Road and the Jays’ Mill Road near the Alexander House and about 1/2 mile from Chickamauga Creek.
This is Camp Thomas. Regiments about us in the near vicinity are these.

On the East.
12th Minn.
9th Penn.
2nd Missouri
3rd Virginia
3rd Tennessee

On the North.
5th Ohio
157th Indiana
21st Kansas

Sunday, May 22
Chapel under the trees.

May 23rd to 27th
Extended order drill every day.

Saturday May 28
Monthly inspection by Major Tolman of the second battalion.

Sunday May 29th
Met Bennie Greer, formerly an Armour boy, later of Dartsmouth, this afternoon and had quite a chat.
At 7 o’clock the company leaves on detached duty. Capt. Sturges reports his command to the Brig. Gen’l and we are stationed at Alexander Bridge to gaurd a spring which according to reports was poisoned by Spanish sympathizers before our arrival in camp.

Monday May 30th
Had my arm dressed by “Doc” Meese this morning.
Sid’s arm plays havoc with him so that he is excused from duty. He goes sketching – falls by the wayside – picked up by a farmer and gets a good meal out of it.
Return to camp at 7 o’clock. P.M.

Tuesday May 31st
Preparing to move.

Thursday June 2
Breakfast at 5 am. Leave camp for Ringgold, Ga., at 7:30 am. Escorted out of camp by the 12th Minn. band. March fourteen miles through sand and heat. Several creeks and one nice spring on the way.
The heat is so intense that about 1/2 the regiment falls out and marches in their leisure. (I was one of them.)
Arrive at Ringgold about 5:30 PM.
Supper on beans, hard tack and coffee.
Board special train at 9 o’clock and start for Tampa.
Pass through some God-forsaken country. See large forests of pine. Saw mills at most every station in Florida.
All kinds of melon and sweet potato vines.

Saturday June 4
Traveled all day in Florida. Arrive at Tampa about 5 P.M. Coons and cubans to burn. Arrived in Port Tampa City at 6 o’clock. Unload and march about 1/2 mile south west. Camp on Tampa Bay.
Bathing is fine. Breezes from the sea cool the atmosphere which otherwise would be suffocating.

Thursday June 9th
Leonard and I went over to Port Tampa and got a hotel dinner.

Saturday June 11th
Pack up at 6 PM and march S-W 1 1/2 miles to Picnic Island, which for camping purposes is the best place that we have yet struck. Here we have lots of shade and good bathing facilities.

Sunday June 12th
On guard at the coal docks. Loaded guns with ball cartridges – first time since entering the service.

Tuesday June 14th
Went to Tampa with Sid and Ray Chambers.
Got two good meals and took in the Tampa Bay Hotel.
The hotel is quite an extensive concern. It is run by the Plant System and is one of Florida’s best winter resorts. It has accomodation for about four thousand guests. In connection with the hotel is a casino, with a nice swimming pool. The lawns are kept up in good shape and are covered with palms, orange trees, floers, ferns and etc. Two green houses filled with ferns and palms. Trains leaving for and arriving from Port Tampa run into the hotel grounds, where passengers may get on or off.

Sunday June 19th
On guard at the division hospital.
Returned to camp in the evening and found that first serg’t Chas. F. Leech and junior duty sergeant Jacob Judson had been reduced to the ranks for allowing private R. Porter Clarke to eat canned peaches when he was sick.

Saturday June 25
I was transferred to the Provisional Engr. Corps today.

Monday June 27th
Excused from duty. Slightly under the weather.

Tuesday June 28th
Orderly to Major Sackett of Engr. Corps.

Wednesday June 29
Pay day today. Great rejoicing in camp. Canteen closed up so that the boys could save their money.

Thursday June 30th
Regiment leaves for Key West on boats “City of Macon” and “Gate City”. Boys left behind felt pretty bad to see the others leaving them behind.

Sunday, July 3
On guard.

Monday July 4th
No work today.
Tonight we all gathered in the pavillion where the officers had prepared a little spread for us. We had lemonade, cakes, cookies and cigars.
Major Sackett, Capt. Brown, Capt. Looker, Lieut-Adj’t. Laramie, Lieut. Curran and Lieut. Smith made short speeches or told stories. Some of the privates including Hagarty of “A” and Stilson told stories and sung. A couple coons came in and gave us a few rags, after which we sang “America” and then retired. We had a very enjoyable time and all appreciated the kindness of the officers.

Tuesday July 5th
Private Howe and myself went to Tampa and Ybor City. Conductor on the up trip put a wench off the train because she persisted in riding in the first class coach and wouldn’t surrender her ticket for a ride in the second class.

Wednesday July 6th
Had pontoon and flotilla still this morning.
The mosquitoes have been eating us up alive today.

Thursday July 7th
Company received a dozen new tents this morning and we moved the company street. Have a swell place now with four in a tent.
Received orders tonight to report in Santiago de Cuba as soon as possible.

Sunday July 10 ’98
On guard, Company has been busy packing and loading. All hands went on board the [Lampasas] tonight. Got paid this afternoon.

Monday July 11 ’98
Went over to the Island this morning to police the company street and got dripping wet. The D.C. boys got paid today and the majority of them are on the bum.

Tuesday July 12
Finished loading the boat this morning and left Port Tampa about 12 o’clock. The sea is very rough and we are anchored at the mouth of the Gulf.

Thursday July 14th
We arrived in Key West harbor about 10 o’clock this morning. Find several war vessels including monitors, battleships, torpedo boats and torpedo boat destroyers anchored here together with any number of sailing vessels.
Saw five Spanish ships with prisoners pulling out for New York this evening.

Friday July 15 ’98
We all went ashore this morning and had rifle practice. Saw Fort Taylor and a new fort in course of construction also the old Spanish fort. Saw some [eveon] nut trees with green nuts on for the first time. This is the most like civilization of any place that I have seen in Florida so far. Took on board a slough of mail for Santiago tonight. Had a short talk on discipline by the Colonel this evening.

Saturday July 16
Left Key West about 6:30 this morning in company with the auxiliary cruiser “Hawk” and the transport “Nueces”. Tonight we are sailing without a light on ship and have strict orders against lighting matches for any purpose whatever.
This is to prevent any Spanish vessel from sighting us.

Sunday July 17th
We all went to church this morning and Capt. Brown officiated. Sighted the Flagship “San Francisco” this evening.

Monday July 18th
Have been sailing down the eastern coast of Cuba all day. We are close enough in toward shore so that we can see the mountains. There seems to be a chain of them extending the whole length of the island. Tonight about 9 o’clock we turned about Cape Maysi and are now sailing in a south westerly direction. The little “Hawk” chases everything that comes in sight.

Tuesday July 19th
Arrived in Santiago harbor about 1030 this a.m. passed in by Morro Castle, whose guns are now silenced and saw the American flag floating on high. Saw the Merrimac (sunk in channel by Lieut. Hobson) also a Spanish gunboat sunk in action.
Santiago (what we could see of it) is a very warm looking place. Houses are mostly wooden with roofing of spanish tile. Very few trees and most of those, some variety of palm. City is surrounded by hills. Vegetation scant. Didn’t get a chance to leave the boat. Left Santiago this afternoon at two o’clock and sailed east about 50 miles to Guantanamo Bay where we are anchored tonight. There are a large number of battle ships here and a few transports, but the most of the latter are at Santiago. Gen’l Miles is here on board the “Yale”.

Wednesday July 20 ’98
Got out this morning at 4 oclock and built a ponton bridge to shore for the purpose of landing the mules. The bridge is situated a very few rods from the place where the Marine Corps made their landing a few weeks ago and had scrimmage with the Spaniards. There is a cemetery at the end of the bridge and only a few feet from the waters’ edge Spanish soldiers of the twelve years war are buried here. There has been a stone wall surrounding it until a few days ago when the men in the “Marblehead” demolished it. The “New York”, Adm’l Sampsons flag ship came in this morning and anchored near us. Tonight at about time for taps we got orders to fall in and dismantle the bridge. We worked until 12 o’clock and got it up along side of ship but didn’t take it to pieces.

Thursday July 21 ’98
Got up at 4 and got orders to pur the bridge back in place. We did so and had most of the stock unloaded when the wind changed on us and pulled the bridge away from shore. Got it fixed this evening, loaded the stock and pontons and are already to sad away. I got an inscription off one of the crosses in the cemetery to carry back with me.

Friday July 22 ’98
Slipped anchor about 7 oclock this morning and started for Puerto Rico. Have been sailing along within sight of the coast of Haiti this afternoon.

Saturday, July 23
We caught up with the fleet, which left Guantanamo Bay Thursday evening, this forenoon. There are fourteen vessels transports, and one tug boat. We were issued machetes this morning. The whole fleet stopped this morning, while a funeral was being held on board the “Yale”.

Monday July 25 ’98
Made a landing at 10 o’clock this morning. The Gloucester threw a few shells up the street of Port Guanica then the marines made a landing followed by the engineer corps. When the cannonading began the citizens closed their houses up tight and got out. We formed a skirmish line on the beach and moved out about a mile. Serg’t Rutherford, private Patten and myself were sent out to protect the right flank. We found a house with a lot of bread and fresh milk. Took five prisoners. So soon as the regulars could get unloaded we were relieved and sent back to build a bridge. I am standing guard tonight over our rifles which were left on shore this morning. The signal corps has a line in operation for five miles out into the country. There is considerable firing going on at the outposts and the Red Cross people have gone out to attend to the wounded.

Tuesday July 26th
Moved our goods from the “Lampasas” to the “Comanche” this afternoon. The Red Cross people have monopolized the former boat, and it is filling up with wounded. Doing sentinel duty tonight on top of the big hill, to the west of the port. We have orders to shoot when we think necessary and there is lots of firing going on. Its reported that there are three Spanish Scouts in the woods to our rear. The Sixth Ill. boys are on a line at right angles to ours and to the left.

Wednesday July 17th
Unloading the boat today.

Thursday July 28th
Started a road up the hill this morning. I understand that a permanent fort is to be placed on top.

Friday, July 29th
The D.C. boys left the Comanche and this afternoon we pulled up anchor and came to Port Ponce. Have part of a a company of regular engineers with us now. Gen’l Miles came on board tonight and will make this boat his headquarters for awhile.

Saturday, July 31st
Working at the dock today arranging stores. The work consists chiefly in directing the Ponce fire men who have been hired by the gov’t to do stevedore work. They work very hard. Took a stroll around the port and saw the customs house and several of the consul’s headquarters. The houses here are small and almost bare within. The back streets are dirty and filthy, but are being cleaned since the Americans took possession. An American dollar is worth two of Spain today.

Monday, August 1st 98.
At the dock again today. Have been running around town most of the time. Got dinner and supper cost 50¢ and 35¢
in Spanish money. The coffee here is strong enuff to make a person bow legged. The boats crew went off and left us on shore. We got a ships’ crew to take us off, but found that the Comanche had moved so we had to row all over the bay to find it.

August 3rd Wednesday.
Went out to the place where we are going to camp, this afternoon. Its about 3/4 miles from Ponce near the road with a running creek and only a short distance from an ice factory.

Thursday, August 4th
Moved out to camp this evening.

Friday Aug 5th
Was up to Ponce today with a load of tools. Its quite a sight to see such a city. There is a railroad there, also a gas factory, electric light plant. Once sees such signs as this, “barber saloon”, “shaving and hair cutting saloon.”

Saturday Aug 6th
Twenty five of us with Capt. Brown and Col. Black started out this evening with tools for General Stone. We are camped about six miles from Ponce.

Sunday Aug 7th ’98
Started out early this morning and marched up hill all day except the last three miles.
Arrived at a town called Adjuntas at five o’clock. Came through a beautiful country. Camped tonight in the public plaza which is a regular garden of roses.

Monday Aug 8th
Resting in camp. Two companies of the 19th who had been camping here started for the front this morning.

Tuesday Aug 9th
Jones and McCoy who are sick started home with the wagons this morning accompanied by Colonel Black. We are waiting for orders.

Wednesday Aug 10th
Captain Brown got orders to proceed to Aricebo and report on the condition of the roads. We left Adjuntas this morning with pack animals carrying our goods. Sergeant Hooker, private Winsauer and myself were sent out as an advance guard. We took a different road from that of the company and had to retrace our steps part of the way so we arrived at camp about an hour later than the rest. Camp was pitched on the banks of the Rio Grande River just in the out skirts of Utuado.

Thursday Aug 11th.
Went down town this morning and looked around. Its quite a good sized little city and sports an electric light plant cathedral, public market & etc. The cathedral is situated on a slight knoll, across the street is a rose garden filled with the most beautiful roses I ever saw. From the garden one descends to the market which occupies a space of about 200 feet by 75 feet, and has a cement floor the level of which is about four feet above the street. To this market the natives come in the morning with their wares, such as fish, cheese, milk, bananas, plantains, candy, cakes & etc and there they stay until about noon. After dinner the place is swept and cleaned up and in the evening tables and chairs are brought in and coffee, wine, cigars & etc are the orders of the day. Eggs sell at 4 cents per (quatro centavos).
We left Utuado about 10 oclock this morning and have marched up hill all day, a greater part of the time through the rain. Camped tonight on a hill about 6 miles from our destination (Aricebo) and miles outside of our out posts. We were accompanied for a short distance this morning by a cavalry officer and three cavalry men, but word was received, where we stopped for dinner, that there werr 25 spaniards ahead of us lying in ambush and presto the regulars ducked – too dangerous.
The country through which we have passed simply defies description, an artist could find no better scenes for a stage setting than some of the mountains and valleys along the way, wiht the sparkling water dashing downward, the clouds hovering near, and the sun casting its mystic shades and shaddows. The natives treat us fine and we are living high on bananas, oranges, field corn etc while cigars are as plentiful as the falling drops of rain. Word has just arrived by courier from General Henry to Capt. Brown that 1500 Spaniards are returning from the coast and that they are marching in such a direction as to cut us off from any help unless we return at once. The whole company does outpost duty. I was posted in the road and had orders to stop every body and search them.

Fridday Aug 12th
Capt. Brown and six men went ahead to the first ford to ascertain its condition and immediately upon their return we started back. Got into Utuado about two o’clock. Went in bathing after dark tonight and the river rose so rapidly that I came near being carried away. Heavy rains in the mountains.

Saturday Aug 13th
Have been running around town most of the day. Visited the electric light plant which consists of two units of 120 volts and 75 amperes each, made in Germany (Berlin) by the Allgemeine-Elek’s. Geschallschaft. Have seen six corpses carried by today on shoulders of the natives. There is a cemetery just across the river from our camp. The bodies are buried about two feet under ground and when they have decayed sufficiently, the bones are dug up, thrown in one corner and another body takes its place. Quite a boneyard. The 6th Mass., General Henry and staff and some troops of the 1st US cavalry came in this afternoon. Was down to the plaza tonight and met a NY newspaper man who was throwing himself to some extent. News was received tonight that peace has been declared and Capt. Brown confirms the report.

Aug 14th Sunday
Chasing around waiting for orders. Climbed up on a big hill. Spaniards had dug up quite a hole on the top for placing a cannon. Its as good a place for fortifications as I ever saw, as it commands a view of every road leading into town.

Monday Aug 15th
Been digging sinks today in ground that was “Sanco” On guard tonight.

Tuesday Aug 16th
Packed up this morning and started back to the company. Roads were in terrible condition on account of heavy rains. Had nothing to eat from breakfast until 6:30 except two hard tacks. Capt. Brown bought us a supper at the restaurant, and to ssay that we enjoyed it after our hard days walk would be putting it very mild. Five of us pushed ahead of the company this afternoon and got in about an hour earlier. We were drenched with perspiration. Adjuntas looks about the same except some soldiers have gone and others came in. We are sleeping in an old building once occupied by spanish soldiers. The floor is the hardest that I ever had the misfortune to sleep on.

Wednesday Aug 17th
Started for Ponce at 7:30 this morning after attending mass held for one of the 19th boys who died yesterday. It rained nearly all the way but we pushed ahead and made the 24 miles in 7 3/4 hours. Great rejoicing in camp tonight over our return. The boys are telling their friends how it happened.

Thursday Aug 18th
Was up in Ponce today working on a road which we are constructing up a hill where a hospital is to be built.

Friday Aug 19th
Night. Guard at docks.

Saturday Aug 20
Got mail from home and a letter from Fred (dated July 10th). Was up to Ponce this evening. It looks very pretty by electric light.

Sunday Aug 21st
Wrote some letters today and laid around in the shade.

Monday, Aug 22nd
A whole day of rest. The first in many moons. Many rumors about going home, getting paide etc.

Tuesday Aug 23
Spent the day at the docks, supposedly to work, but didnt find much to do.

Wednesday Aug 24
On guard at the docks. Gathered a lot of shells on the sea shore this afternoon. Artificer Pyburn was arrested tonight for stealing and selling government supplies. Quartermaster Sergt. Buckley fired yesterday for indifference and Serg’t Wye put in his place.

Sunday Aug 28
Everything is very quiet here lately. The river rose so high and rapidly last Friday night that it carried the foot bridge, over which we pass in going to Ponce, away.
Col. Black has transferred our tools and engineering apparatus to the 1st Regt US Vol. Engr’s and has left us, so I think that we will be ordered home in the near future. I understand that the 6th Ill. has been ordered aboard transports. Have been writing some letters today.  Came off guard this morning. Had to guard the prisoners, Pyburn and Moore. Moore was arrested for refusing to roll up the 1st Sergt’s tent.
Tuesday Aug 30th
Down to the dock today on a working detail but didn’t do a stroke of work all day.
Was in swimming last evening. Monkeyed around on the bank so long that Serg’t Hooker got disgusted and pushed me in. I sank, came up and was pulled down again by the current. Scared the pants off the fellows on shore and put myself in a mild state of agitation. Finally reached the opposite shore and suffered no bad results.

Wednesday Aug 31st
Went on guard this morn. Being the last day of the month we were mustered and inspected. Had my hair cut and my beard trimmed by Comrade Patten. At Eleven thirty, Capt. Brown called the company together and read an order from Major Gen’l Miles to Brig. Gen’l Wilson commanding that the provisional battalion of engineers be sent to New York at the earliest opportunity for the purpose of being mustered out of the service; this news was followed by the greatest shout that ever went out from the company.

Thursday Sept 1st
Capt. Brown lined us up today and gave us fifty cents apiece. The D.C. company came in this afternoon, so I think we are soon to get out of this place.

Friday Sept 2
Nothing but rumors about going home.

Saturday Sept 3
On guard at the dox. I understand that we are to go home on the Alamo, now unloading in the harbor.

Sunday Sept. 4th 98
Had a great supper tonight. We all put two centavos into the mess and got banana dumplings and limeade. Lieut. Laramie presented us with five quarts – this added to the ade made it rather fine. We are putting our souveniers into a company box and will send them with the comissary.

Monday Sept 5 98
We got hold of a box of stuff belonging to the Iron Colonel (as Col. Turner terms himself). Found some hams, boxes of jelly, condensed milk, coffee, and a few other delicacies such as wine and lime juice. Strange that the Colonel fared so badly at Santiago if he lived on such things.

Tuesday Sept 6th
Got orders today to go aboard the “Alamo” tomorrow. Was up town tonight and had a dish of ice cream, just like home.

Wednesday Sept 7th
Broke camp this morning and came on board the Alamo about one oclock. We are quartered in the hold. I think we will be pretty badly crowded this trip, but as we are going home I guess we can stand it.

Thursday, Sept. 8th
The last of the troops came aboard this morning and at 5:45 oclock this evening we pulled out of the harbor accompanied by the “Concha”. We have aboard this ship three companies making about 700 men all told. We also have a couple young Ricans who the officers are taking home with them.

Friday, Sept 9th
The “Concha” left us early this morning, – she is a much faster boat than this. I have been sick all day as have the majority of the men on board.

Wednesday Sept 14
Have been moving along slowly, battling with the wind and trying to pass the time away. Pipes have been plentiful even on board ship and we are all wondering when we will get in and what will be done with us.

Thursday Sept 15.
Began to sight lights along shore about 630. Passed Barnegat light house shortly after supper. Got a good view of Sandy Hook revolving light.

Friday Sept 16
Quarantine officers came aboard this morning and allowed us to go. There was a heavy fog so we didnt get a very good view of the harbor. Passed quite close to the statue of liberty. Got a very hearty reception from the boats in harbor. Tied up to the Penn. docks about 10 o’clock. Went into train after a very short delay. Went to dinner at the Taylor Hotel and had a fine meal.
Left Jersey City at 6 o’clock in Pullmans over the P.R.R. Got coffee at Philadelphia.

Saturday Sept 17.
Stopped at Pittsburg for breakfast. Have been feeling very bad today.
Arrived in Chicago about 10:15 P.M. Fred, White, Bip, Sid and Gordon were at depot.
I’m staying at Bip’s tonight 3035 Prairie Avenue.

Sunday Sept. 18th 1898
We are now on a 60 day furlough. Bip and I were over to the club this morning. Everything torn up for house cleaning.

Sept 20th – Nov 2nd 1898
Hahnemann Hospital. Was brought to the hospital Tuesday Sept. 20th and put in the soldier’s ward. My case developed into typhoid fever and for a numb er of days I was dead to the world. Three weeks without any solid food caused me to get a trifle hungry. Had the best of care and attention. Many friends come to visit me, among which was my father. Had one relapse; nothing serious however.

Wednesday, Nov. 2nd
I pack my clothes and leave for fke house.

Wednesday, Nov 2nd – Nov 14th
Recuperating and copying last years’ notes.

Nov 14th 1898.
Start into school at A.I.T. My last year.

Nov 20th 1898
Report at Armory and sign pay rolls and health certificate. Meet comrades, officers and men of Co “A” Engineer Battalion.
Major J.W. Sackett, St. Augistine, Fla.
Capt. Taylor E. Brown, 6504 Ingleside Ave.
1st Lieut. F.B. Laramie, Windsor Park
2nd Lieut. John M,Curran, 112 Hartford Bvld.
Sergt. Bruce H. Summers, 747 – 63 St.
Jos. A. Nye, 185 Lincoln Ave.
Edwin S. Hooker, 283 Flournoy St.
J.E. Buckbee, Winnetka, Ill.
Sam’l A. Rutherford, 1605 Washington St., Kansas City Mo.
Edward G. Hodgkins, 84 LaSalle St.
Corp. H.J. Mickelson, Park Ridge, Ill.
Jos. W. Burns, 802 Larrabee St.
Chas. L. Wagner, 253 Bissell St.
Chas. Mueller Jr., 1635 N. Halstead St.
Archie E. Kinney, 7146 Lexington Ave.
Frank A. McCarthy, 1638 N. Halstead St.
Chester B. Reed, 4130 Lake Ave.
Martin E. Mayer, 3866 Lake Ave.
W.E. Isbester, 1711 – 90th Place.
Louis Rupplein, Metamora, Ill.
William H. Stuben, 68 Keenon St.
Noel E. Alspaugh, Naperville, Ill.
J.A. Reed, 6428 Parnell Ave.
W. C. Dayton Jr., 232 Hawkden Court.
R. Hartman, 268 S. State St.
H.L. Friedlander, 1241 S. State St.
Peter Perry, 963 Craig St., Montreal
R.R. Runciman, 667 W. Madison St.
Harry Bierma, 405 W. Erie St.
Samuel T. Patten, 111 S. Franklin St., Hotel Pleasants.
Stanley Guyton, Saratoga Hotel
C.B. Kleppe, Maywood Ill., c/o Norton Bros.
Clyde R. McCoy, 9017 Com’l Ave. So. Chgo.
Joseph M. Murphy, Maywood, Ill.
Ferdinand McDermid, 4032 Ellis Ave.
Fred. S. Bradley, 1326 Lice Ave.
Benj Franklin, 199 Bowen Ave.
Louis M. Winsauer, 113 Walton Pl.
Chas. S. Eakins, 6106 Butler St.
Alfred B. Chandler, 337 Washington Bvd.
Jos. A. Walrath, 1454 Michigan Ave.
John W. Briggs, 456 N. Clark St.
Jerome K. Grace, 709 Madison St., Topeka, Kans.
A.M. Reed, Oak Park, Ill.
Geo. A. Reding, 190 – 37th St.
Thos. Hanson, 30 Cherry Place
Burt F. Martin, 11 Oak Place.
Edward J Kelly, 126 – W. 67th St.
John W. Morrison, 32 S. Western Ave.
Elisha Morgan, 7042 Webster Ave.
Hugo Arnold, 340 Hawkden Court
F.L. Heckman, 56-94 La Salle St.
Ralph Howe, 5817 Emerald Ave., c/o A.N. Bollam.
Geo. S. Boyer, Reddick, Ill.
Frank N. Campbell, 197 – 47th St.
Frank Buck Bell, 327  – N 6th St.,  St. Jos. Mo.
Robt. K. Carver, Highland Park, 1st Nat’l Bank.
Louis Z. Marks, 2619 Lafayette Ave., St. Louis
W.S. Holderness, 417 S. Waller Ave., Austin, Ill.
W.A. Moore, 209 E. Ohio St.
James A. Wright, 2214 Wabash Ave.
Otho A. Fox, 5114 Jefferson Ave.
W.M. Maxwell, 162 N. State St.
C.H. Thorburn, 609 Rialto Bldg. 3728 Wabash Ave.
Wm. Babcock, 113 – W 39 St., Rock Falls, Ills.
Jno. A. Dignon, 2319 Dearborn St.
H.G. Lozier, U. of C.
J.A. Arnold, Maywood, Ills.
J.E. Vrooman, 9375 Burnside Ave.
Oscar L. Scallborn, 7030 Yale Ave.
H. Pyburn, 3346 Dearborn St.
Dwight D. Tallman, 8830 Eliz. St.


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Transcription: National Guard Discharge for Private Hervé Ducharme

Transcription: National Guard Discharge for Private Hervé Ducharme

Following is my transcription of the National Guard Discharge for Private Hervé Ducharme.

Discharge for Private Hervé Ducharme.
National Guard Discharge for Private Hervé Ducharme.


and of the State of New Hampshire to all whom it may concern:

This is to Certify, that Hervé Ducharme, Private, First Class, Battery ‘A’, 172d Field Artillery, National Guard as a Testimonial of Honest and Faithful Serve, is hereby HONORABLY DISCHARGED from the NATIONAL GUARD of the UNITED STATES and of the State of New Hampshire by reason of Expiration of Term of Service.

Said Hervé Ducharme was born in Manchester, in the State of New Hampshire. When enlisted he was 21 2/12 years of age and by occupaton a Cigarmaker. He had Brown eyes, Brown hair, Medium complexion, and was 5 feet 5 inches in height.

Given under my hand at Manchester, New Hampshire this 12th day of March, on thousand nine hundred and thirty-nine.

Signed by:
John Jacobson, Jr., Colonel, 172 F.A. Commanding


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Civil War dead are honored by planting 620,000 trees.

Civil War dead are honored by planting 620,000 trees.

David Coon and his first wife Mary Ann (Adams) was a casualty of disease in Salisbury Prison during the Civil War, as were thousands of other soldiers.

To honor the 150th anniversary of the civil war, holes are being dug in the grass median about an hour south the Mason-Dixon Line to plan oak, cedar, maple and dogwood trees.

Approximately 740,000 soldiers are estimated to have died during the civil war’s short span of four years. This number is questionable because of poorly kept records and it is unlikely we will ever know the true toll. Possibly because the civil war was the last war in which hand to hand combat was prevalent, it saw more casualties than in any war before or since.

This $65 million project will stretch 180 miles north to south across three states, resulting in the longest man-made path of trees in the world.

Communities along the route are being asked to provide land to create groves of trees. So far, 248 trees have been planted at Bliss Orchard at Gettysburg. This is an effort by the National Park Service to see the battlefield site restored to its 1863 condition and appearance. In very short order, Cate Magennis Wyatt, head of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership began receiving calls quickly from citizens asking how they could contribute.

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