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I late fall 2013, I attended my first DAR meeting. I met two ladies at McDonald’s one afternoon. They were planning the Good Citizen awards for the local chapter. They needed a calendar, I provided an iPhone. I had been listening for some time, and deduced from their discussion they were DAR members. We sat for a while and talked about local history and our ancestors.

In October of 2000, my Mom and I travelled to Pennsylvania to do some investigative work on her side. That would be the descendants of Alexander Ewing, Patriot. We went to several court houses on our travels, Butler county, Lawrence and Venango, all placed some had lived in the 1700-1800’s. We were able to locate his grave in Plain Grove cemetery in Lawrence county cemetery. It took quite a bit of walking too!




I have been contacted by the local chapter director, I need a few more documents for authentication. I need to send my parents birth certificates and marriage record. That should be the final items to get my membership approved.



It has been a long time since I have pulled out the records to review. An unexpected meeting of two ladies at McDonald’s who needed a calendar, got me rejuvenated about my Patriot Ancestor.

I have been invited to a meeting on October 3rd, I am very excited,. The President of the Stephen’s Chapter will review my documents for authenticity and approval.  I had been given paperwork in 1996 from my grandmother’s cousin, Dorothy Parry, who had done most of the research! Wish me luck!



Aaron Ewing took a while to find…..

I was always fascinated that he died at the “Poor Farm ” in Butler county Pennsylvania. I have a copy of his obituary and death certificate. His wife, Mary Ann Richael died the year before him. They were married in Miller county Missouri in 1856. She was just 16 and he 19 years of age. I do not know why they went from Pennsylvania to Missouri. I have these notes from a cousin that did research on Aaron’s grandfather, Alexander Ewing, American Revolution Patriot. They had several children that lived very few years, or did not even make it to a year old. While they were west, they lost Katie, Fannie and Wesley Monroe. Below is the headstone of Mary Ann Richael Ewing. I have still not found the headstone or burial of this Civil War veteran.

Engaged in the battle of Stone’s River, from December 30, 1862, to January 4, 1863. December 31, the Brigade was heavily engaged, repulsed three heavy charges, and held the position until the enemy, having driven Johnson’s Division, came heavily on the flank and forced the line to retire. Regiment lost in this engagement, 34 killed, 109 wounded, and 34 missing.

EWING, Aaron Private Albion Sep 5, 1861 Missing in action at Stone River

Company “I” 38th Illinois Infantry

Roster 38th Illinois

Below is a regimental history of the 38th Illinois Infantry.

Regimental History
(Three Years)

The Thirty-eighth Infantry Illinois Volunteers was organ-
ized at Camp Butler, Illinois, in September, 1861, by Colonel
William P. Carlin. September 20,1861, was ordered to Pilot
Knob, Missouri, receiving its arms en route. Colonel Carlin
was placed in command of the post. October 20, marched to Fre-
dericktown, and 21st was engaged in the battle at that place
with the enemy under Jeff. Thompson.

The Regiment remained at Pilot Knob during the winter.

March 3,1862, moved to Reeves’ Station, on Black River,
arriving on the 10th. Here the troops, consisting of Twenty-
first, Thirty-third and Thirty-eighth Illinois Infantry, Elev-
enth Wisconsin Infantry, Fifth, Seventh and Ninth Illinois Cav-
alry, First Indiana Cavalry, and Sixteenth Ohio Battery, were
organized into the Division of South-east Missouri, under com-
mand of Brigadier General F. Steele. First Brigade, Colonel
Carlin commanding, consisted of Twenty-first and Thirty-eighth
Illinois Infantry, Fifth Illinois Cavalry, and Sixteenth Ohio

March 31, moved from Reeves’ Station to Doniphan. April
17, crossed Current River; 21st, reached Pocahontas, Arkansas.

April 30, marched for Jacksonport. Arkansas, arriving May

May 10, the Twenty-first and Thirty-eighth were ordered to
Cape Girardeau, Missouri, 220 miles distant. This march was
made in ten days, a day and a ha1f of which time was spent in
ferrying Black and Current Rivers. May 24, arrived at Hamburg
Landing. Moved to the front, and were before Corinth during
the last days of the siege – in Second Brigade, Fourth Divi-
sion, Left Wing Army of Mississippi, Colonel Carlin commanding
Brigade, Brigadier General Jeff. C. Davis commanding Division,
and Major General John Pope commanding Army of the Mississippi.

Marched to Danville, Booneville, back to Corinth, and to
Jacinto. During the last of June marched to Ripley, and re-
turned by forced marches, arriving July 4, 1862. Remained in
camp till August 14, when marched with the Division to join the
Army of the Ohio, under General Buell. Passing through Iuka,
Mississippi, crossed the Tennessee at Eastport; thence marched
via Florence, Alabama, Lawrenceburg, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia,
Franklin, Murfreesboro and Nashville, Tennessee, Bowling Green,
Mumfordsville, Elizabethtown, and West Point, Kentucky, arriv-
ing at Louisville, Kentucky September 26, 1862, having marched,
night and day, about 500 miles.

October 1, marched from Louisville in the Thirty-first
Brigade, Ninth Division, Army of the Ohio – Colonel Carlin com-
manding Brigade, and General Robert B. Mitchell commanding Di-

October 8, engaged in battle of Perryville, Major D. H.
Gilmer commanding, and captured an ammunition train, two cais-
sons and about 100 prisoners. Was honorably mentioned in Gen-
eral Mitchell’s resort of the battle, Joined in pursuit of
Bragg as far as (drab Orchard, and then marched through Lancas-
ter, Danville, Lebanon and Bowling Green, to Edgefield Junc-
tion, near Nashville. arriving November 9.

Went on a scout to Harpeth Shoals with Fifteenth Wisconsin
Volunteers, and returned November 20, having destroyed a large
quantity of salt, and captured a rebel wagon train and one hun-
dred horses and mules.

Advanced from Nashville, December 26, 1862, and with the
Brigade, (Second Brigade, First Division, Right Wing of Army of
Cumberland), charged a battery at Knob Gap, near Nolensville,
capturing two guns. Regimental loss, 3 killed and 8 wounded.


Engaged in the battle of Stone River, from December 30,
1862, to January 4 1863. December 31, the Brigade was heavily
engaged, repulsed three heavy charges, and held the position
until the enemy, having driven Johnson’s Division, came heavily
on the flank and forced the line to retire. Regiment lost in
this engagement, 34 killed, 109 wounded, and 34 missing.

Encamped until June. Meantime the Right Wine was changed
to the Twentieth Army Corps.

When the enemy advanced on Tullahoma, the Twentieth Army
Corps moved on Liberty Gap, and engaged the enemy, June 24, 25
and 26. On the 25th the Thirty-eighth was ordered to relieve
the Seventy-seventh Pennsylvania, of General Willich’s Brigade
of General Johnson’s Division who were hotly pressed by the en-
emy. The Thirty-eighth charged across a plowed field, under
heavy fire, and drove the enemy from their works, capturing the
flag of the Second Arkansas. June 26, skirmished with the en-
emy all day, losing 3 killed and 19 wounded. That night the –
enemy withdrew.

Marched through Manchester, and camped at Winchester, Ten-
nessee. August 17, 1863, crossed the Cumberland Mountains to
Stevenson, Alabama; 30th, crossed the Tennessee River at Caper-
ton’s Ferry. Crossed Sand Mountain and camped in Will’s Val-
ley. September 9, crossed Lookout Mountain, and camped in
Broomtown Valley, about 60 miles south of Chattanooga.

September 13 and 14, recrossed Lookout Mountain to Will’s
Valley; 16th , ascended Lookout Mountain, and marched 26 miles,
on the top, to Stevens’ Gap; 17th, entered McLemore’s Cave, and
laid in line of battle before Due Gap, in Pigeon Mountains;
17th, at dark, moved to the left, to Pond Springs; 19th,
marched past Crawfish Springs and entered the battle of Chicka-
mauga, near Gordon’s Mills. Double quicking, a line was
formed, under fire, and was hotly engaged till dark. September
20, was moved to the left. Went into position at 10 A.M., and
was heavily engaged. The enemy, pressing through a gap made by
the withdrawal of General Woods’ Division, forced the line
back, and the Brigade narrowly escaped capture. Was re-formed
on the hills, in the rear of the battle ground, and marched to-
ward McFarland’s farm. We then marched toward the right, where
General Thomas was continuing the fight. After dark, returned
to McFarland’s farm. Loss, Lieutenant Colonel D. H. Gilmer,
killed, and Major Alden severely wounded. Of 301 men who en-
tered the fight, 180 were killed, wounded or missing.

September 21, Captain W. C. Harris, being relieved from
Brigadier General Carlin’s staff. took command of the Regiment;
22d, moved into Chattanooga, and remained till the last of
October, working on fortifications, etc. The Twentieth Army
Corps was broken up, and Twenty-first and Thirty-eighth Illi-
nois, One Hundred and First Ohio and Eighty-first Indiana were
assigned to First Brigade, First Division, Fourth Army Corps.

October 26,1863, marched to Bridgeport, Alabama, and went
into winter quarters.

January 26, 1864, moved through Chattanooga to Ooltawah.
On the night of February 17, moved out with a detachment of
Fourth Michigan Cavalry, and, at daylight, surprised and cap-
tured a rebel outpost, a few miles from Dalton, Georgia, and
returned to camp in the afternoon.

February 29,1964, the Regiment re-enlisted, and was mus-
tered March 16,1864. Started for Illinois March 28. Arrived
at Springfield, Ill., April 8. Rendezvoused at Mattoon.

May 14, moved from Mattoon, via Indianapolis, to Louis-
ville. Lieutenant Colonel W. T. Chapman took command of the
Regiment at Louisville, May 17. Arrived at Nashville, 21st;
22d, a train bearing part of the Regiment was thrown from the
track by a torpedo, and several men injured.

May 27, left Chattanooga with a drove of cattle, which at
Resaca was increased to 1,700 head, and arrived at Ackworth
June 8. On the 9th rejoined the Brigade; 10th, moved upon the
enemy at Pine Top. Engaged near Pine Top till 18th, and at Ke-
nesaw Mountain until July 3; 3d, passed through Marietta; 4th,
were engaged at Smyrna. July 5, reached the Chattahoochie
River; 12th, crossed the Chattahoochie at Power’s Ferry; 20th,
crossed Peach Tree Creek; 21st, engaged at outer lines before
Atlanta; 22d, threw up works before Atlanta; 26th, moved to
works protecting rear and left of the lines. August 1, the
Corps relieved the Twenty-third Corps, on the left. August 26,
withdrew from the lines in the night; 26th, Regiment was rear
guard, and had a brisk skirmish; 31st, on railroad, below Rough
and Ready. September 1, engaged in the battle of Jonesboro.
September 2, moved to Lovejoy, and threw up works on the left
of the lines; 8th, camped at Atlanta.

Loss of the Thirty-eighth, in the campaign; 4 killed, 36
wounded, 3 missing.

October 3, marched in pursuit of Hood, via Marietta, Act-
worth and Allatoona, to Kingston, thence to Rome, Resaca,
Ship’s Gap, Summerville, to Gaylorsville, Alabama, and after
halting a few days, marched to Chattanooga, arriving October

October 31, the First Brigade started as escort to wagon
train of Fourth Corps, for Huntsville, the remainder of the
Corps going by rail. Passing through Shell Mound, Bridgeport
and Stevenson, crossed Cumberland Mountain at Tantallon.
Passed through Cowan, Dechard, Winchester, Salem, and Fayette-
ville, rejoining the Corps at Pulaski, Tennessee, November

November 23, Lieutenant Colonel Chapman died, and the com-
mand devolved upon Captain A. H. Pollard.

Arrived at Columbia, Tennessee, November 26, November 25,
and 26, threw up works and skirmished with the enemy; 27th,
crossed Duck River in the night: 28th, threw up works opposite
the Ford; 29th, moved and threw up works on the left flank;
withdrew in the night and marched through Spring Hill, passing
a large rebel camp; marched alongside the train to Franklin.
with rebel cavalry on the flanks.

30th, entered Franklin. About half past four the enemy
advanced, driving in our skirmishers, but were driven back by
the main line. Withdrew at midnight, and crossing the Harpeth
River, reached Nashville. December 1, occupied in building
fortifications and doing outpost duty; 15th, was placed in
position near the Hardin pike, and at four o’clock P.M., were
in the charge on Montgomery Hill, and among the first to enter
the enemy’s works; 16th, was in the reserve line and joined in
pursuit, when the enemy’s line was broken. Was in pursuit to
Lexington, Alabama. Marched to Huntsville, arriving January
5,1865. Remained at Huntsville until March 13,1865 – Lieuten-
ant Colonel Ed. Colyer taking command February 1.

March 13th, proceeded by rail to Strawberry Plains, East
Tennessee; 24th, moved to Lick Creek, near Bull’s Gap. April
3, Brigade was ordered on an expedition to Asheville, North
Carolina. Returned 11th; 2Oth, took cars for Nashville. June
7th, the non-veteran Regiments having been mustered out, the
Twenty-first and Thirty-eighth Illinois were assigned to Second
Brigade, First Division, Fourth Army Corps, the Brigade also
containing Ninth, Thirtieth and Thirty-fifth Indiana Veteran
Volunteers, Colonel J. C. B. Leeman, commanding Brigade.

June 17, moved to Johnsonville; 19th embarked on Steamer
Palestine; 20th, passed Cairo: 25th, landed at New Orleans;
July 12, embarked on Steamer Clinton, and landed at Indianola,
Texas, 15th; 17th, marched to Green Lake. August 8 and 9,
marched through Victoria, and camped on the Guadaloupe River.

December 31, 1865, Regiment stationed at Victoria, Texas.
Regiment mustered out of United States’ service and ordered to
Springfield, Ill., for final payment and discharge.

Source: Illinois Adjutant-General’s Report, vol. 3, p. 101

Stone’s River after battle report:

Report of Col. William P. Carlin, Thirty-third Illinois Infantry,
commanding Second Brigade.

SIR: I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations
of this brigade since leaving Knob Gap, near Nolensville, December
27, 1863:

The brigade took up the line of march on the morning of the 27th, in a
heavy rain, in the direction of Triune, bivouacking within 1 mile of that
place, where it remained during the 28th, moving on the morning of the
29th, in the direction of Murfreesborough.

That night we bivouacked on Blackman’s farm, 4 1/2 miles west of that

Early on the morning of the 30th we crossed Overall’s Creek, on the
right of the Wilkinson pike, and took up position in a heavy wood south
of Asa Griscom’s house.

At 2 p.m. I was ordered to advance; passed through a corn-field,
entering another heavy wood, where my skirmishers first met those of
the enemy. Before making this advance, Brig.-Gen. Davis,
commanding division, informed me that may brigade was to direct the
movements of the division, and that Col.’s Post and Woodruff,
commanding, respectively, the First and Third Brigades, were ordered
to keep on a line with me. My skirmishers, under Lieut.-Col.
McKee, Fifteenth Wisconsin Volunteers, continued to drive those of the
enemy through the wood for about one-fourth of a mile, when I halted
men sent a request to Col.’s Post and Woodruff to keep pace with my

At this point my skirmishers, having suffered severely, were withdrawn,
and my battery (Second Minnesota, Capt. W. A. Hotchkiss) opened on the
enemy with canister and spherical case, inflicting serious damage. I then
threw forward another line of skirmishers, under Lieut.-Col.
McMackin, Twenty-first Illinois Volunteers, which advanced so slowly
that my front line of battle soon closed upon it, driving
in, however, the skirmishers of the enemy. My first line of battle was
now within 180 yards of the enemy’s line, at the house of Mrs. William

At this point a battery, about 100 yards west of the house, opened with
canister upon the Twenty-first Illinois Volunteers, and another, on the
east of the house, 250 yards distant, on the Fifteenth Wisconsin
Volunteers, killing and wounding a number of my men. Here it was my
intention to halt until the First and Third Brigades should come up, on
my right and left, respectively and left, respectively; but Col. J. W. S.
Alexander, commanding Twenty-first Illinois Volunteers, without
instructions from me, ordered his regiment to charge on the battery in his
front. His command was moving, with a shout, at double-quick step, within
80 yards of the battery, already abandoned by its cannoneers, when a very
heavy fire was opened upon it by infantry, which lay concealed behind
fences and outhouses, on the right and left of the battery. This fire
killed and wounded a large number of the Twenty-first Illinois Volunteers,
and threw the left companies into some disorder, when the regiment was
halted and formed on the right of the Fifteenth Wisconsin Volunteers.

The fight was now fairly opened, and continued vigorously until night
by the front line of my infantry and the battery which had been placed
between the two regiments. The batteries in our front were soon
silenced, but another was then opened on my right flank, distant about
500 yards, which completely enfiladed my lines and considerably
injured us; but this, too, was driven out of sight by Capt. Hotchkiss,
after a vigorous and well-directed fire.

Again I sent a request to Col.’s Post and Woodruff to come up, but
they continued to remain in rear of my lines. I maintained my position
during the night, having at dark relieved my front line by the night,
having at dark relieved my front line by the
Thirty-eighth Illinois and One hundred and first Ohio Volunteers.

My loss during this day, in killed, wounded, and missing, was about
175 officers and men. Before daylight on the morning of December 31,
perceiving indications of an advance by the enemy, I retired my battery
about 200 yards. At daylight the enemy advanced. Seeing that the troops
on the right and left of my line would not come, up, I fell back, with
my infantry on a line my battery, and made a stand; the Twenty-first
Illinois Volunteers about 200 yards to the rear, and on the right of the
One hundred and first Ohio Volunteers; the Fifteenth Wisconsin
Volunteers were posted on the rocks in front of my battery and the
Thirty-eighth Illinois Volunteers on the left of the One hundred and first
Ohio Volunteers.

My men were falling rapidly on the front line, and wishing to increase
the fire on the enemy, I sent an order to Col. Alexander to advance
and form on the right of the One Volunteers, and to Col. Heg,
Fifteenth Wisconsin Volunteers, to form on the left of the Thirty-eighth
Illinois Volunteers, and to my battery to retire. To my surprise, I
received a reply from Col. Alexander that he was already so hotly
engaged that he could not come forward. The startling intelligence was
also at this moment communicated to me, by one of my orderlies, that
all our forces on our right had left the ground. Immediately afterward
a heavy fire of musketry and artillery from the enemy, from my right
flank and rear, unmistakably announced that I was also attacked from
that direction.

On my left Woodruff’s brigade had left the ground. My command was
thus exposed to fire from all points, except the left of my rear. When
too late to retire in good order, I found that I was overpowered, and but
a moment was wanting to place my brigade in the hands of
the foe. I decided to retreat by the flank, when my horse was shot under
me and myself struck and all my staff and orderlies dismounted or
otherwise, which prevented me from communicating the order to the
regimental commanders. The rear line, then consisting of the
Twenty-first Illinois Volunteers, was the first to withdraw, by the order
of Lieut.-Col. McMaking, the commanding, Col. Alexander having been
wounded. Col. Stem and Lieut.-Col. Wooster, of the One hundred and first
Ohio Volunteers, having been shot down, and the ranks of the regiment
dreadfully thinned by the fire of the enemy, it gave was and retread.
The thirty-eighth Illinois Volunteers held its position until the enemy
was within a few steps, and then retired. This regiment would have
suffered far more severely in its retreat had not a heavy fire from the
Fifteenth Wisconsin Volunteers, judiciously posted by Col. Heg to
its left and rear, kept the enemy in check until it had left the wood and
partially reformed along the fence, on the right of the Fifteenth
Wisconsin Volunteers, where an effective fire was kept up, holding the
enemy at bay.

This only gave the foe on our right and left the more time to envelop us.
All that now remained of my brigade crossed two open fields and
entered a wood about 200 yards east of Griscom’s house.

The regiments were painfully reduced in numbers, but I formed a line
at this point, and several volleys of musketry and artillery were fired
with destructive effect upon the ranks of the enemy; but the foe was still
on our right at Griscom’s house, with none of our forces at that point
to oppose them, and being informed that Gen. Davis had ordered a
still farther withdrawal, I retired my command about half a mile to our
rear, and again endeavored to rally the men, about it was evident that
they were so utterly discouraged that no substantial good could result,
while no supports were in sight.

At another point, about half a mile farther to our rear, I rallied all who
could be found, and took a strong position in the edge of a cedar grove,
holding in until the enemy came up, when my men fired one volley, and
broke without orders. I conducted them to the rear, passing through the
lines of our reserves, and halted at the railroad, where we remained
during the afternoon collecting our scattered men.

During the two days’ fight the loss of officers was so great that some
companies had not one to command them, and others not even a
sergeant. Our regimental colors were all borne off the field flying,
though four color-bearers in succession, of the
Twenty-first Illinois Volunteers, were shot down, and two of the
color-guard of the Thirty-eighth Illinois Volunteers, three the
color-guard of the Fifteenth Wisconsin Volunteers, and four of the
color-guard of the One hundred and first Ohio Volunteers fell. Our
artillery was all about brought off in safety.

I have to report the loss of many officers, who were ornaments to our
army, and who will be mourned by all who knew them. Col. L. Stem,
One hundred and first Ohio Volunteers; Lieut. Col. David McKee,
Fifteenth Wisconsin Volunteers, and Lieut. Col. M. F. Wooster, One
hundred and first Ohio Volunteers, were unsurpassed in all the qualities
that make up the brave soldier, the true gentleman, and the pure
patriot. Capt. James P. Mead, Thirty-eighth Illinois Volunteers, fell, shot
there times, while fighting the enemy with his revolver after his
regiment had retired. Lieut. John L. Dillon, Thirty-eight Illinois
Volunteers, commanding Company E, fought with a musket until he was
shot once, when he drew his sword and cheered on his men till he fell
dead. Other instances of equal gallantry were observed in the other
regiments, but to recount all would give my report an undue
length. The long, sad list of killed and wounded forms the truest
eulogium on the conduct of the troops composing this brigade, and it is
by that list I wish it to be judged.

Of the 10 field officers of the regiment, 3 were killed and 2 wounded.
Seven horses were shot under the regimental, field, and staff officers.
Of my orderlies, Private Pease, Company B,
Thirty-sixth Illinois Volunteers, had his horse shot under him while
carrying my orders. Private Knox, same company, also had his horse
shot under him, and while endeavoring to procure another horse for me
was wounded by a grapeshot and again by a Minie ball, and Corporal
Hart, Thirty-eighth Illinois Volunteers, was stunned and disabled by a
cannon ball.

I deem it my duty to call the special attention of the general
commanding the Fourteenth Army Corps to Col. John W. S. Alexander,
Twenty-first Illinois Volunteers, and Col. Hans C. Heg, Fifteenth
Wisconsin Volunteers. While every field officer under my command did
his duty faithfully, Colones Alexander and Heg, in my opinion, proved
themselves the bravest of the brave. Had such my as these been in
command of some of our brigades, we should have been spared the
shame of witnessing the rout of our troops and the disgraceful panic,
encouraged, at least, by the example and advice of officers high in

Lieut. Col. D. H. Gilmer, commanding Thirty-eighth Illinois Volunteers,
was always at his post and attending to his duty. Maj. Isaac M. Kirby
One hundred and first Ohio Volunteers, took command of the regiment
after the fall of the brave Col.’s Stem and Wooster, and conducted it
to the rear, reduced to about 100 men.

Capt. W. A. Hotchkiss, commanding Second Minnesota Battery, and all
his officers and men, deserve credit for their gallantry in the fight, and
energy in preventing the loss of the battery.

Among the staff officers of this army who made themselves useful in
rallying the scattered men, Dr. L.F. Russell, Second Minnesota Battery;
Lieut. S. M. Jones, Fifty-ninth Illinois Volunteers; Capt. Thruston,
aide-de-camp to Maj.-Gen. McCook, and Chaplain Wilkins,
Twenty-first Illinois Volunteers, came especially under my observation.

On the night of December 31 this brigade was ordered to take up
position near the Nashville pike, 4 miles from Murfreesborough.

January 1, 1863, slight skirmishing with the enemy continued during the
day, in which we killed several, capturing 13 prisoners and paroling 11
others, wounded.

At 3.30 p.m. January 2, while hard fighting was progressing on our left,
I received orders from Gen. Rosecrans to report to him in person. He
directed me to take my command to the left, form in two lines, and,
should I find our forces repulsed by the enemy, to allow our men to
pass through my lines, and, on the approach of the enemy, give a
whoop and a yell, and got at ’em. With a brigade which, in three days’
hard fighting, had been reduced from 2,000 to 700 and greatly
discouraged, I felt serious apprehension that I would not be able to
fulfill the expectations of the general, and, to prepare him for such a
result, I informed him of the condition of my brigade. He said “Tell
them they must do it for us and for the country.” I told him I would do
my best. My men fell into ranks with the utmost alacrity and marched
to the scene of the conflict, a great portion of the way on the
double-quick, crossing Stone’s River at a ford. All apprehensions that
I had previously entertained now vanished. I felt confident that they
would not only charge the enemy, but would repulse them. Before
reaching the ground designated, however, I learned that the enemy had
already been
driven back in confusion. I continued my march, and, under the
direction of Brig.-Gen. Davis, placed my command in the
advance, relieving the command of Col. Hazen. It was not dark. We
maintained our ground till the morning of January 4, when we returned
to our position on the right.

My loss in killed, wounded, and missing in the engagement at Knob
Gap, near Nolensville, December 26, and the battles of December 30
and 31, 1862, and in front of the enemy east of Stone’s River, January
2 and 3, 1863, is as follows:

Command. Killed. Wounded. Missing.
21st Illinois…………… 2 55 7 180 .. 59 303
88th Illinois…………… 2 32 5 104 .. 34 177
101st Ohio……………… 4 19 2 121 .. 66 212
15th Wisconsin………….. 2 13 5 65 1 33 119
2d Minnesota Battery…….. .. 3 1 5 .. 1 10

Total……………… 10 122 20 475 1 193 821

O=Officers. EM=Enlisted men. T=Total.

I cannot close this report without expressing my obligations to the
following named officers of my staff for their zeal, fidelity, and courage
in all the severe engagements embraced in this report, viz:
Capt. S. P. Voris, Thirty-eighth Illinois Volunteers, acting assistant
adjutant-general; Capt. W. C. Harris, Thirty-eighth Illinois Volunteers;
Lieut. Albert Woodbury, Second Minnesota Battery, and Lieut. Walter
E. Carlin, Thirty-eighth Illinois Volunteers. Also to my faithful orderlies,
Pease, Knox, Amick, and Hart. Private Alexander C. Hosmer, One
hundred and first Ohio Volunteers, my clerk, though not required to go
into the battle, was constantly at my side to carry my orders.

Regimental reports and lists of casualties are herewith inclosed; also a
report of the engagement at Knob Gap, near Nolensville, December
26, 1862.

A topographical sketch, showing the ground passed over and positions
occupied by this brigade on December 30 and 31, 1862, is herewith

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Col. Thirty-eight Illinois Volunteers, Cmdg.

Lieut. T. W. MORRISON,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-Gen.

Source: Official Records

[Series I. Vol. 20. Part I, Reports. Serial No. 29.]

Chickamagua after battle report:

Report of Capt. William C. Harris, Thirty-eighth Illinois Infantry.

Chattanooga, Tenn., September 28, 1863.
CAPT.: I have the honor to report the part taken by the Thirty-eighth
Illinois Infantry in the battle of the 19th and 20th of September, near
Crawfish Spring.

September 18 broke camp near Dug Gap about dark; marched about 4 miles
to the left, relieving Gen. Brannan’s division.

On the 19th moved to the left about 10 o’clock. Passed Crawfish Springs
about 3 miles and filed right into the woods, double-quicked about a mile
and a quarter, filed right and formed on the left, by file into line, on the
right of Col. Heg’s brigade. The regiment was under a very heavy fire; were
ordered to lie down. Company K was lying in the road and was very much
exposed; they suffered severely. The men, ordered not to fire, stood their
ground without flinching. In a short time the men were ordered to their feet
and the line was moved forward; the right and left became entangled with
other regiments. For a few moments the firing was heavy, when it became
evident that the troops on our left had given way, exposing the left flank. We
were ordered to fall back, which we did, firing as we went, to a road at the
edge of the timber, where a stand was made till, being heavily pressed on
the left and front, the line retired across and open field to the woods. Here
the men were rallied at a fence, the batteries playing over their heads. The
enemy was checked. A line was formed and charged across the open field
to the woods from where we were first driven, and held it under a heavy fire
until a brigade of Gen. Sheridan’s division came to our relief. The regiment
was then reformed and bivouacked in an open field in rear of the battle-field.
The regiment entered the fight at 2 o’clock and was relieved at half past 5;
loss very heavy.

At 3 o’clock the morning of the 20th took position near Gen. Rosecrans’
headquarters on Chattanooga road. About 7 a. m. moved to a range of hills
on the west side of Chattanooga road. Formed in close column by division
at half distance and stacked arms. At 10 o’clock moved by the left flank a
quarter of a mile, then by the right flank, and halted in a valley east of the
Chattanooga road. After a
short rest were moved about 200 yards to a hill in front and deployed into
line; moved forward into the valley, and took position behind a slight
barricade 75 yards in rear of the Eighty-finest Indiana, in an open wood on
the right of Gen. Wood’s division. Col. Heg’s brigade came up and formed
on our left, filling up a gap between our left and Gen. Wood’s division.

The line in front was already heavily engaged, and Col. Heg’s brigade was
driven back almost as soon as it reached the line. At the same time the right
of Gen. Carlin’s brigade was turned by a heavy force. Gen. Carlin ordered
the regiment to fall back. The line in front came over us; the men fired one
volley and retired. Col. Gilmer, who commanded (supposed wounded ), fell
into the hands of the enemy at this point. For a mile the men were exposed
to a flank fire. It was impossible to rally men in open ground under such
heavy fire. When some three-fourths of a mile from the battle-field in the
woods, the men were rallied and marched with the division toward
Chattanooga; bivouacked in valley near Rossville; stacked 56 guns. Capt.
Whitehurst, [who] was senior officer, was in command.

On the morning of the 21st were moved to a position on the right of the
brigade, commanded by Col. Martin. There threw up breastworks. Sick and
detached men increased the regiment to about 100 men.

At 3 o’clock the morning of the 22d we marched to Chattanooga. By order
of Brig.-Gen. Carlin, commanding brigade, I was placed in command of the
regiment, being senior officer.

Our casualties were:

Officers and men. K W M T
Officers…………….. 1 12 2 15
Enlisted men…………. 12 79 77 168

Total…………….. 13 91 79 183

K=Killed. W=Wounded. M=Missing. T=Total.

Officers and men behaved very well, and did all that could be done against
such unequal force. The list of casualties shows the men fought gallantly.
Many of the missing are probably killed or wounded. The regiment went in
the action with 20 commissioned officers and 281 enlisted men.

I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,

Capt., Comdg., Regt.

Capt. S. P. VORIS,
Acting, Assistant Adjutant-Gen., Second Brigade.

Source: Official Records
PAGE 521-50 KY., SW., VA., TENN., MISS., N. ALA., AND N. GA. [CHAP. XLII.
[Series I. Vol. 30. Part I, Reports. Serial No. 50.]


Do you know the faith of your ancestors?

I am sure many of us who are interested in family history, have inherited a bible or two. Or, perhaps five! Looking for information contained in those bibles can be more interesting than that of the age of the bible itself. Some websites are devoted to people reuniting them to their long lost family bibles.


Tattered and torn, put away in the bookcase, I look at them every now and then. Still hoping to find some lost scrap of paper or handwritten notes on the pages of information on births, marriages and deaths.

I have one I can not identify who the owner was, and the others are from Ewing and McCall sides. I have some copied pages from the Ewing side that a cousin had researched that connect me to Alexander Ewing, the Patriot.

Have you strayed from what your ancestors believed? Methodist, Baptist, Catholic, Presbyterian, Wesleyan Methodist, Pentecostal, Judaism,Quakers or even Lutheran. Many times, religion was the community in which you lived. Now, there may be up to a dozen different faiths all in the same town. Most religion carried through the generations. You can see this at most church cemeteries. I am interested if you carried your family faith to your generation.

Military Monday…..our family heroes

I don’t come from what you would call a ” military family “

but, we have lots of family members who have served their country.

Hershel Pickens Enlistment

In doing my family research, I was most fascinated to learn of ancestors who fought in the American Revolution. Alexander Ewing for instance, on my mothers side.He was in Pennsylvania during the Revolution. I have since found other ancestors on each side that helped establish our country. I am quite proud of that fact.

In the civil war, my third great-grandfather, Joseph McCall was an Irish Immigrant. He came to America somewhere between 1829-1849. He married in Georgia, and fought in the 46th Georgia Regiment.

My father was enlisted in the Air Force. He was a photographer while enlisted, and took photos of plane events, such as recording plane crashes. He also played on the basketball team.

My mom’s brother, Albert Dean was in the US Marines. His son,  Bill Dean, was in the US Navy.

My grandmother’s brother, Thomas E. Ewing was in the US Army, during WW II. He enlisted June 9, 1942.

Aircraft photo by Hershel Pickens

Thomas Ewing, United States Army

Hershel Pickens Air Force Collage

Albert Dean USMC



When I see something that says, ” Great Grandma’s Thin Plum Cake “, I get excited….why? Because it is in my grandmother’s ( Blanche Ewing, pic # 2) writing, which would mean her great-grandmother was Catherine Rearick ( Rearic ) wife of Thomas, son of patriot Alexander Ewing. Or perhaps, Mary Polly Boylan, wife of William Jones. I am not sure which it is, but, still quite a find! Both great grandmothers died in Pennsylvania.

Chinese Cheerios

I remember going with my Aunt Ann to get this copied on a trip I took to Florida.  I don’t recall her ( my Nana, pic # 1)  ever making this particular recipe, but, we often made her Banana Nut Bread and Lemon Pound Cake, they were the best!!!

Each of these recipes were written by two different grandmothers, but, do you see the similarities in the writing? It was probably the Palmer method, predominantly taught in the 20th century.

I Need and Antidote but Will Take an Anecdote

I am about to embark on an adventure. Once you get this bug, there is no cure. My addiction began about 15 years ago . This is really only my third trip to do any real research.

My first trip was with my mother in 2000. We had gone to visit her mom, Blanche Dean ( Blanche Eleanor Ewing ) and also to visit the grave of our ancestor Alexander Ewing. He is buried in Plaingrove Cemetery, Mercer county Pennsylvania. He served in the American Revolution. Most of the family remained in the western Pennsylvania region, Allegheny , Venango , Lawrence and Mercer counties. I was able to locate most of them in census records. And a distant cousin had given my grandmother paperwork validating Alexander’s service in the Revolutionary War. Also, some lineage notes and copy of his will were included. Alexander Ewing was friends with Jonathan Harlan, for whom the township of Harlansburg was named. Alexander was the son of William and Jane Ewing. He came from Cumberland County with his family in the 1780’s. They were among the first settlers of Mercer County, along with his friend Jonathan Harlan. Alexander served in the Revolutionary War. He received a pension for his services.
A revolutionary war marker was installed at the cemetery, he and Mary his wife have a double heart headstone. It was a real joy to see this headstone.

Alexander Ewing

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