I have four direct ancestors who found in the Civil War, on the Union side:
Alexander Cole (1837 - 1907), Company I, 140th Ohio Infantry
Jason Linderman (1840 - 1876), Company A, 9th Michigan Infantry
Alonzo John Rutter (1837 - 1910), Company K, 21st Iowa Infantry
Jonathan Shaw (1827 - 1878), Company D, 56th Ohio Infantry
Many of their brothers, brothers-in-laws, cousins, and friends also joined them. A few distant cousins fought for the Confederacy. For all of my veterans I needed to weigh through the official records to determine what their experience was like. Last year I got lucky and a cousin shared a photograph with me of one of my ancestors, Alonzo Rutter, in uniform.
|Alonzo John Rutter, ca. 1862|
Alonzo John Rutter (1837-1910)
Hollis E. Rutter (1842-1914)
Jubal Adelbert Rutter (1844-1936)
Philip Henry Rutter (1846-1864)
All four brothers fought in the Civil War. The middle two brothers, Hollis and Jubal, served together in Company I, 2nd Iowa Calvary. The youngest, Philip, was killed in action. All four brothers would have pension requests filed. It was in Philip's pension files, first applied by his father, then his mother, that I found some of most amazing records: five original letters written by Philip to his parents.