Veteran Biographies A – E
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Musician Charles W. Abell Co. E. 154th Regiment, N.Y.S. Volunteer Infantry, pictured here with his his wife, Caroline (Peters) Abell. The 154th NY Regiment’s 948 original members were from Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties. Image taken post-war. Courtesy of the Jean Schultz Collection via Mark Dunkelman and Mike Winey.
Corp. George Bassett, Co. D, 154th Regt., N.Y.S. Vol. Inf. Postwar image with his wife, Sophia McIntyre Bassett. Bassett enlisted at Yorkshire, was captured at Gettysburg, survived imprisonment, and was mustered out with the regiment at the war’s end. He died in Michigan in 1895.⠀ ⠀ Dunkelman and Winey Collection, St. Bonaventure University, courtesy of Steven C. Bassett.
August Bickmeyer was born in Hanover Germany about 1823, emigrated to Canada, then to Gowanda, NY and by the late 1850s settled on a farm on the McClure Hollow Road in Allegany, NY. Family tradition states he was a substitute for another man (identity unknown) from Allegany, NY. He enlisted, September 10,1864 at Allegany; age 44 years; mustered in as private, Co. F, 10th New York Cavalry September 10, 1864, to serve one year; mustered out with detachment, June 3, 1865 at Alexandria, Va. Bickmeyer died in 1903 at the home of his daughter on West Green Street in Olean, NY where he had taken up residence. He is buried in the Allegany, NY (Protestant) Cemetery on Maple Avenue.
1st Lieutenant William C. Bockoven, Co. I 64th NYVI. From Allegany, NY. Bockoven was with the 64th NYVI from his enlistment in August of 1861 and saw action from the Peninsula Campaign of 1862– through the Siege of Petersburg until his mustering out in September of 1864. Bocken was a blacksmith after the war, and presumably before the war as well. From the Kyle Stetz Collection.
CHAMBERLAIN, CALVIN T.: Age 19 years. Enlisted August 29, 1862, at Great Valley, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. H, 154th New York, September 25, 1862; captured in action July 1, 1863, at Gettysburg, Pa.; died August 18, 1864, at Andersonville, Georgia; buried in Grave No. 5860, Andersonville National Cemetery. Courtesy of Mark Dunkelman, Providence, RI.
James M. Curtis Co. H 71st NYVI, from Franklinville, NY. Promoted to 2nd Lt. of the 71st NYVI. He is pictured here as member of 71st NYVI. As a member of the 71st NYVI he fought at the battle of Gettysburg near the famous Peach Orchard at the apex of Sickles’ 3rd Corps line on July 2, 1863. He was later Captain Co. A 188th NYVI which drew many men from Cattaraugus County. From the Kyle Stetz Collection.
Sgt. Marcellus W. Darling, Co. K, 154th Regt., N.Y.S. Vol., Inf. He enlisted at Leon and served throughout the war, writing frequently to his family. In the postwar years he became a minister. Late in life he wrote a memoir, most of which was dedicated to his Civil War service. It included this photograph, “taken while convalescing from typhoid fever.” Darling died in 1913 and is buried in Sioux City, Iowa. His brother Delos Darling also served in Co. K and died of intermittent fever in January 1865 at Annapolis, Maryland.⠀ ⠀ Dunkelman and Winey Collection, St. Bonaventure University, courtesy of University of Iowa Libraries
Freeman Easterly, Pvt., Co. I, 154th Regt., N.Y.S. Vol. Inf. The 154th NY Regiment’s 948 original members were from Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties. Courtesy of Mark Dunkelman and Mike Winey.