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Kansas Militia Company K 10th Regiment

Started by Mary Ellen Rohrer Dexter May 28, 2017.

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address opinion needed 3 Replies

Started by Jim Avery. Last reply by Jeanne Williams Sep 4, 2013.

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Comment by Al Dawson on December 1, 2012 at 5:58pm

AHA:  Here it is - so he was not in the 1st Lancers at Gettysburg!

Name: Heman F Dawson
Residence: Lowell, Michigan
Age at enlistment: 21
Enlistment Date: 8 Feb 1862
Rank at enlistment: Sergeant
Enlistment Place: Lowell, MI
State Served: Michigan
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company B, Michigan 21st Infantry Regiment on 03 Sep 1862.
Promoted to Full 1st Sergeant on 01 Jan 1864.
Mustered out on 08 Jun 1865 at Washington, DC.
Birth Date: abt 1841
Sources: Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers 1861-65
Comment by Al Dawson on December 1, 2012 at 5:58pm

The second child of Heman F. Dawson was my great-grandfather (I actually knew him when I was a child):  Herbert Heman Dawson, born: 17 Mar 1866 in Keene, Ionia, Michigan.  This would possibly indicate Heman was in for the long-term 1862 - 1865

Comment by Al Dawson on December 1, 2012 at 5:54pm

His first child, Sabra "Sabie" Dawson, was born in Ionia County, Michigan on 16 June 1863.  And I have remembered he is sometimes listed (wrongly) as "Herman" F. Dawson.  I'm think the Lancers (Cavalry) enlistment was one of those "the-war-will-be-over-in-less-than-a-year" short term ones.  

Comment by Al Dawson on December 1, 2012 at 5:44pm

Fold3 has Heman F. Dawson's pension card with both units he served in, but no dates.  I'm thinking I had this information somewhere.  But I do know he was in Ionia County, Michigan on 09 Sep 1862 - his first marriage :)

Comment by Cheryl (Smith) Owens on December 1, 2012 at 12:48pm

My Beach line came from England to Connecticut circa 1638.

My Wallace with some of the allied clan names of McDowell and Woods came frm Scotland to Pennsylvania circa 1734.

The other family lines I am not sure of.

Have several of both sirnames involved in the American Revoluntionary War and one of the reasons I got involved with this at the beginning was because The Daughters of the American Revoluntion (DAR) would give $$$ for scholarships provided it was in certain fields. We had university bound family members needing all the help they could get. But you get started on a jigsaw puzzle you have to start pieces together. Sometimes it feels like I create more questions than getting things resolved. But there a lots of folks out there that have really been helpful for which I am grateful.

We we get the Civil War I have them fighting on both sides. At this point the ones I am charting have all survived.

Al, the Mayflower?  Awesome!

Comment by Al Dawson on December 1, 2012 at 7:42am

Heman F. Dawson, had two enlistments, which is why I need to find more documentation.  His grave says he was in the 21st Michigan Infantry, Company B, which assisted Sherman on the long march.

Dawson, Heman F. 21st Infantry,
Company B
Oakwood Lowell, Mi
Comment by Al Dawson on December 1, 2012 at 7:37am

Good Morning, Cheryl!  Yes, I have six Mayflower families, numerous "Mary and John" (1630) passengers and several ancestors who fought, or assisted, in the Revolution.  And three who fought in the Civil War, for the Union, but I don't for sure if any were at Gettysburg.  Heman F. Dawson was with the  Michigan › Cavalry › Regiment 1 › Company C.  So he MAY have been there, I need to document this.  Secondary sources I've consulted place the  1st Michigan Cavalry at Gettysburg.

Comment by Cheryl (Smith) Owens on December 1, 2012 at 6:06am


Your Gettysburg connection is wonderful. Looks like your family was here the US before the revoluntionary war.

Comment by Al Dawson on November 30, 2012 at 11:19pm

I have an ancestor named Sarah Everett (1721 - 1813) of Lebanon, CT.  She married William Beaumont.  

Sarah Everett's first cousin, twice removed, was Edward Everett; he spoke at the Gettysburg National Cemetery dedication in 1863 for two hours, before his friend Abraham Lincoln gave his famous two-minute remarks. Edward Everett (third cousin to Dr. William Beaumont) was a U.S. Representative, U .S. Senator from Massachusetts, Governor of Massachusetts, U.S. Secretary of State, president of Harvard University, as well as a close friend to President John Quincy Adams.  Edward Everett died in January, 1865.  

Comment by Cheryl (Smith) Owens on November 30, 2012 at 7:10am

Jim Avery

Yes, I would be interested in the 150th anniverary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Any luck finding a map that would indicate the action where Capt. Peyton Bailey would have been like on a map?  Any more information regarding where they would have been captured and what the procedure was afterwards?

Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.


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