Friday, April 1, 2011

Day is Done - Gone the Sun

Thanks to friend, Jeanne Philion, for sharing this scrapbook layout. Her husband's 3x great-grandfather served valiantly during the Civil War.

Columbus W. Huntley, son of Joseph W. and Deborah (Bullis), was born in 1829 in the area of Plattsburgh, NY. He married Eleanor Watson in Schuyler Falls, Clinton County, NY on December 13, 1849. An 1860 census listed his occupation as farmer and the father of six children.

On November 21, 1851, Columbus enlisted as a Private in the Union Army. He joined the New York 92nd Infantry Regiment, Company F, under Caption Orange Newton. They offically "mustered in" on January 1, 1862 in Potsdam, NY for a three year term of service. I can't imagine what it was like for him to leave his wife and six children in a rural upstate New York village and go to war. Perhaps he felt strongly against slavery or a deep sense of duty and honor-- maybe he was not making it as a farmer and was just trying to provide for his family by serving in the military.

The 92nd Infantry was honorably discharged and "mustered out" in Albany, NY January 7, 1865. Sadly, Columbus Huntley was killed in action in the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm/New Market Heights on September 29, 1864.