Category Archive: Military Service

Jul 30

12th Regiment Reunion, Gilmanton Iron Works, 25 Sep 1885

Life gets in the way sometimes – broken limbs with complications, getting ready for retirement, and embracing a Digital SLR camera complete with taking a series of continuing education classes through the University of North Georgia. Life is also taking me in another direction as I prepare for the expected full time company of my dear sister when she moves in with me sometime this fall. That preparation  is leading me to new discoveries.

All family historians need to de-clutter now and then and throughly go through there family files. I can almost guarantee that you’ll find some documents you’ve forgotten you ever had, some of which have never been analyzed for historical clues.Image of a man wearing a suit found in a clothing advertisement, W.D. Middleton Store, Laconia, New Hampshire, September 25, 1885.

This morning, I located a four page publication, The Haversack, published at Gilmanton Iron Works [New Hampshire] on the 25th of September 1885.

The first page contained details of the reunion of the 12th Regiment including the itinerary for the event—parade, address by Miss Cora R. Gale (one of my shirttail relatives), a grand campfire in the evening, etc. The great event also provided brief articles on the known members who had passed, as well as a list surviving comrades, including company, and community of residence. I don’t have any direct ancestors that served in the 12th Regiment, but the paper is an interesting read.

The image on the left is part of an advertisement for the line of clothing at the W.D. Middleton establishment in Laconia, New Hampshire.

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Jul 05

Military Service of Lewis M. Davis

Searching for possible military service of my great uncle, Lewis M. Davis was not straightforward. My first go to for Civil War service is the National Park Service database of Soldiers and Sailors []. I’ve not used the site for quite a while and was greeted by a complete makeover since my last visit. I searched soldiers for “Lewis M. Davis” and “New Hampshire” with no result. Broadening the search I sought “Lewis Davis” and “New Hampshire with the following result:


NPS “Soldiers & Sailors” database

Who is this Lewis F. Davis serving in the 16th NH (middle entry). Could this entry have been miss-read by someone who interpreted the letter “M” as “F”?

Since I’m not physically located near a repository with the microfilm of New Hampshire service records, I needed to try another Online search tool. I turned to Ah Ha! Lewis M. Davis was located in the database “U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865. Like his brother-in-law, he had enlisted in Company E, New Hampshire 16th Infantry Regiment [Ancestry’s source: Register of Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire].





Ancestry – “U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles

I found it interesting that this abstract indicates that Lewis M. was mustered out on the 20th of August 1863 at Concord, NH and died one day later.


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