Thursday, September 29, 2016

Part 7 of a Series: Our Civil War Ancestors
Two Brothers in the 9th KY Cavalry( CSA)

Frederick O. and James H. Rudy

left F.O. Rudy, right, J.H. Rudy, photos courtesy of LCWRT Member  Holly Jenkins-Evans

Frederick Oldham Rudy and James Henry Rudy were 2 of the 5 children of George Rudy and Susan Frances Herr of Jefferson County, KY. The children were orphaned after the deaths of their mother in 1850 and father in 1852. The three daughters went to live with one uncle while the two boys, aged 13 and 9, ended up working a farm for another uncle. Both enlisted in Co. G of the 9th KY Cavalry, CSA.

Fredrick O. Rudy, 2nd Lt. 9th Kentucky Cavalry (CSA)
Born Jefferson County, Ky. in 1839. Frederick Oldham Rudy, known as Oldham ,enlisted a private in the 9th Kentucky Cavalry, Co G in Sept. 1862 at it’s creation, and mustered out as 2nd Lt. having been promoted in the Spring of 1864. Rudy served in all its engagements and was paroled from Washington, Georgia in May of 1865. He married in 1873, and had two sons. He died at the age of 43 in Jefferson County, KY in 1882.His widow, Ella Hubbard Rudy, applied for a Confederate pension from the Kentucky State Legislature on August 22, 1912.  

James Henry Rudy, Lt. Co B 2nd Battalion KY (CSA) 
Born Jefferson Co. Ky 1843, died 1914.  At age 18 he enlisted in a 12 month unit, the 1st KY Cavalry, Co E as 4th Corporal in 1861. Rudy was promoted to 1st Sgt in 1862. He then joined Co G, 9th Cavalry Ky in as a Sergeant. In 1863 he was  promoted to 1st Lt. in Co B, 2nd Battalion (Cassell’s), 14th KY Regiment and participated in Morgan’s last Kentucky Raid. On Sept. 30,1864, at the action at Duvault’s Ford, near Carter’s Station, Tennessee, he lost his leg due to a carbine shell severing the femoral artery, ending in an amputation. Rudy married in 1866 in Louisville, then moved out to western Ky. He served five terms in the Kentucky State legislature from Owensboro, had 8 children and is buried in Rosehill Elmwood Cemetery, Owensboro, KY.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

American Civil War Monuments
2nd Tennessee (Bates) Shiloh National Battlefield Park 

photo courtesy of LCWRT Member Holly Jenkins-Evans

This regiment was organized at Nashville, Tennessee, May 6, 1861. They had a long, tough road of battles, starting at  Aquia Creek and Manassas in the Eastern Theater of the war, then headed west to Knoxville, Huntsville, Corinth and on to Shiloh, where they lost 235 men wounded or killed of 385 effectives.  From there, they participated in the Siege of Corinth, and the Battles of Richmond, KY, Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Ringgold Gap, Atlanta, Jonesboro, Franklin, and Nashville. By this point there were only 65 men left. Along with some 10 other Tennessee regiments, they were reorganized as the 4th Consolidated Regiment of Tennessee Infantry in April of 1865. The 2nd TN (CSA) surrendered May 1, 1865.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Part 6 of a Series: Our Civil War Ancestors

Andrew Jackson McMonigle  
2nd Lt. 38th IN Co. B

photo and text courtesy of LCWRT member Holly Jenkins-Evans

Andrew Jackson McMonigle -  born Dec. 20, 1842 in Indiana.  A twin, he was one of four brothers who enlisted from Indiana. He and his brother Cornelius McMonigle enlisted as privates on Sept 18,1861, in Co B, 38th Indiana. The 38th Indiana was part of the Army of the Ohio, then the Army of the Cumberland, and fought at Perryville, where Andrew was wounded, Stone’s River, Tullahoma. Hoover‘s Gap, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, the Battles for Atlanta , and on through to the Battle of Bentonville. Andrew was  commissioned a  2nd Lt. May 1, 1865  and  mustered out - June 19, 1865. McMonigle returned to Harrison County, married there and died in 1904.

Friday, September 23, 2016

American Civil War Monuments

1st Minnesota Light Artillery
Shiloh National Battlefield

photo and text courtesy of LCWRT Member Holly Jenkins-Evans

The 1st Minnesota monument stands at the position where the right and left sections under 1st Lt. William Pfaender has a long day as part of the defense of the famous Hornet's Nest at Shiloh on  April 6. In their first real action, Captain E. Munch and a 1st Lt. F.E. Peebles were wounded, 3 men were killed and 6 more wounded. They saw more fighting at Corinth and in the Siege of Vicksburg, where a second monument commemorates their service.  As part of the Army of the Tennessee, the First MN continued onto Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, the March to the Sea and Bentonville.  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A timely round-up of great links from our Facebook page, courtesy of Webmaster  and LCWRT Member Joe Reinhart: 

Episode 1304 with author  Lorien  Foote on The Gentlemen and the Roughs: Violence, Honor, and Manhood in the Union Army

From Civil War Books and Authors: 
Five books on Germans and the Civil War  including A German Hurrah!: Civil War Letters of Friedrich Bertsch and Wilhelm Stangel, 9th Ohio Infantry by  our own Joe Reinhart

New from the Civil War Trust: 
Watch the action at the Battle of Chickamauga come to life with the Civil War Trust's all new Animated Map 

And a nifty Historical Marker Database 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

American Civil War Monuments
Calvary Cemetery 
5239 W. Florissant Ave.
St. Louis, Missouri

William "Willie" T. Sherman

Photo and text courtesy of LCWRT Member Charlie Moore

William T. Sherman was the third of  General Sherman’s eight children and the first male. General Sherman had no qualms about letting it be known that “Willie” was his favorite child.  Sherman’s wife Ellen, at times had to reprove her husband for his favoritism even shown in the presence of their other children.  After the siege of Vicksburg came to a successful end, Sherman started making plans for his wife and children to come stay with him at Vicksburg.  They arrived in early September. Willie became a favorite of the 13th United States Regulars and was soon wearing a complete uniform and became known to the 13th’s men as “ Our Little Sergeant”.  In late September Ellen and a daughter became ill and it was decided that the family would embark for Memphis for better health care.  By the time they arrived, Willie was also ill.  He had contacted typhoid fever and died in a matter of days.  Ellen and her daughter both recovered. The General never forgave himself for having the family come live with him in such a climate as southern Mississippi.  Willie was originally buried in Lancaster, Ohio and was later moved to St. Louis where he lies along with his mother, father and two other siblings.  His grave stone was paid for and erected by members of the 13th US Regulars.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

5th In a Series: Our Civil War Ancestors: 

Henry Clay McMonigle
Corporal 13th In Calvary

Henry Clay McMonigle with his wife, Mariah Faith, photo and text courtesy of LCWRT Members Monty Evans and Holly Jenkins-Evans
Henry Clay McMonigle was born 1845 in Heth Township, Harrison Co, IN. One of 20 children, he and his triplet brother Frelinghuysen McMonigle (named for Henry Clay’s 1844 Whig running mate)  enlisted at Mauckport, IN on December 9, 1863, as privates in Co H, 13th IN Calvary. Their older brothers, Andrew Jackson McMonigle and Cornelius McMonigle had already enlisted in 1861 in Co. B of the 38th IN. 
Henry was mustered as a Corporal on January 28, 1864. The 13th IN Calvary participated in the siege of Murfreesboro, the campaign against Mobile, the siege of 
Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely, and the capture of  Mobile on April 12. McMonigle was  discharged Nov. 18, 1865. He returned to Harrison County, married Mariah Faith  in 1869 in Mauckport, IN.  and had 8 children . He died in 1923 in Louisville, Ky and is buried in the National Cemetery  at Cave Hill Cemetery.