Henry Holmes King -- Notes

Henry Holmes King (b. December 03, 1841 - d. November 03, 1912) was a farmer in Clinton, Allegheny County, PA.

1850 Census, Allegheny County, Findlay Township, image 10 of 32:
Name Age Sex
King, John 32 M
Mary 32 F
Martin 10 M
Henry 8 M
Margaret 7 F
William 5 M
James 5 M
Wells 2 M
Occupations: John is farmer. $2000. POB all Penna.
NB: Henry H. King's brothers and parents are from this 1850 census entry.

1880 Census Colorado Gunnison Co Ruby City Twp pg161C visit 56 5:
King H.H. WM38 Farmer PA PA PA
Unemployed 3 months
Family History Library Film 1254090 NA Film Number T9-0090
Notes: Hes counted in a household of 15 persons. Ruby City is full of households with many borders, mostly miners. Emily and Cathrine were counted with Wells King in Kansas. Apparently Henry left them with his brother and went to find work in Colorado.
http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/co/rubycity.html
NAME: Ruby City
COUNTY: Ouray
COMMENTS: Just past Sneffels.
REMAINS: Mining remnants.
Ruby City was a small camp upstream from Sneffels. It was started about 1880 but had poor grade ore so it never boomed. Mining is still done in the area but the town has since vanished. Submitted by: Todd Underwood
NB: Sneffels is near Telluride, in SW Colorado.

Check 1870 Findlay, see if Kings. Also, 1860 and 1850 Findlay for Kings.

1885 State Census CO Pitkin Co ED2 Roll 7 Pg32:
Name Color Sex Age Relat. POB FatherPOB MotherPOB
H H King W M 42 Pa Pa Pa
C King W F 39 wife Pa Pa Pa
E S King W F 8 dau Pa Pa Pa

1900 Census, Allegheny County, ED 386, part of Findley Township, image 17 of 18, page 200:
Name Relat. Sex Age Birth m Birth yr POB self POB fatherPOB Mother
King, Henry H. Head M 58 Dec 1841 PA PA PA
Cathrine Wife F 62 April(?) 1836 PA PA PA
Occupations: Henry is Log-cutter (?), blank for Cathrine.
NB: Birth year conflicts with headstone, which says 1844.

Certificate of Death, Department of Health, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, No. 2158246, File No. 102917, Registered No. 1. County of Allegheny, Township of Findley. Henry Holmes King. Male, white, married. Age 70 years, 11 months. [DoB is blank.] Laborer. Born in Washington Co. Father, John King, born Pa. Mother, Mary Weaver, born Allegheny County, Pa. Informant, Elsie E. Cool, Clinton, Pa. Died at 8:10AM on November 3, 1912. Attended October 13th, 1912 to November 3rd, 1912. Last seen alive November 2nd, 1912. Cause of death, Cardiac asthenia [weakness] following paralysis of the bladder. Duration, 21 days. Contributory, cystitis, unknown duration. Signed, Hames M. Boier(?), MD, Nov 3rd, 1912, Clinton, Pa. Burial at Clinton Cem on Nov 5, 1912. Undertaker James Moody, Clinton, Pa.

Sherman's wedding book: Henry H. King, Died Nov 3, 1912. Cathrine King Died April 4.

Clinton UP Church Cemetery: June 2002: Found bronze marker, but didn't take picture: HENRY H. KING, Corporal, Co. G, 6th W. Va. Inf., Enlisted 26 Aug 1861, Discharged 10 June 1865, Born 1844, Died 1912.

Civil War Military Records, 6th W Va Inf, Henry H. King, NARA, Wash DC: Enlistment document: "Volunteer Enlistment, State of West Virginia, Town of Bulltown. I, Henry Holmes King, born in Allegheny Cou in the State of Pennsylvania aged 21 years and by occupation a Farmer do hereby acknowledge to have volunteered this 30th day of December 1863 to serve as a Soldier in the Army of the United States of America, for the period of THREE YEARS, unless sooner discharged by proper authority; do also agree to accept such bounty, pay, rations, and clothing, as are, or may be, established by law for volunteers. And I, Henry H. King, do solemnly swear, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the United States of America, and that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies or opposers whomsoever; and that I will observe and obey the orders of the President of the United States, and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the Rules and Articles of War. Sworn and subscribed to, at Bulltown, W. Va. this 30th day of December 1863 Before Y.L. Drake, 1st Lieut EOly[?] 6th Reg Va Vol Inty. [signed] Henry H. King. I certify, on honor, That I have carefully examined the above-named Volunteer, agreeably to the General Regulations of the Army, and that, in my opinion, he is free from all bodily defects and mental infirmity, which would in any way disqualify him from performing the duties of a soldier. [signed] E.D. Safford, Surg. 6 Reg't Va. Vol. Inf., Examining Surgeon. I certify, on honor, That I have minutely inspected the Volunteer, [blank] previously to his enlistment, and that he was entirely sober when enlisted; that, to the best of my judgment and belief, he is of lawful age; and that, in accepting him as duly qualified to perform the duties of an able-bodied soldier, I have strictly observed the Regulations which govern the recruiting service. This soldier has Gray eyes, Brown hair, Fair complexion, is 5 feet 9 1/4 inches high. [signed] E.A. Burnett Capt 6 Regiment of Virginia Volunteers, Recruiting Officer. [vertically in the right margin of document: Mustered into the service of the United States, in Company G, Sixth Regiment of Virginia Inft Volunteers, on the 3rd day of May, 1864, in New Creek. [signed] Jas. E. Morrow, Capt. 1st Va Inf A.6.M. E Div Dept WVa Mustering Officer.] [Reverse of document: Declaration of Recruit. I, [signed] Henry H. King, desiring to VOLUNTEER as a Soldier in the Army of the United States, for the term of THREE YEARS, Do declare, That I am 21 years and [blank] months of age; that I have never been discharged from the United States service on account of disability or by sentence of a court-martial, or by order before the expiration of a term of enlistment; and I know of no impediment to my serving honestly and faithfully as a soldier three. Given at Bulltown W Va This 30th day of December 1863. Witness [signed] J.L. Drake, Lieut Comm[?] Va[?], Henry H. King. [in center panel of trifold] No. [blank] Henry H. King Volunteered at Bulltown W Va December 30th 1863 By Capt. E.A. Bennett Sixth Regiment of Virginia Inf [blank] enlistment; last served in Company (G) Sixth Reg't of Virginia Inft Discharged December 29th 1863. [scrawled below] Vo. 26 Walker 4171. [on bottom of trifold panel is a consent in case of minor clause, left blank]]"

Note: there is a second enlistment document in Henry's file, on microfilm of the 6th W Va Vol Regt in NARA. This second document is nearly identical to the first, dated and signed the same, but there are enough very minor differences (e.g., one has lines, the other doesn't; the signatures are slightly different, with a splotch on one, but the other not] to determine that they were in fact two documents . In the middle panel of the reverse, the second document says: "2 enlistment; last served in Company (G) Sixth Reg't of Virginia Inf Discharged December 29, 1863." Apparently the paperwork was done in duplicate, with both copies ending up in his military records. There was no copy of his 1861 enlistment document.

Civil War Military Records, 6th W Va Inf, Henry H. King, NARA, Wash DC: Muster Rolls:
1) King Henry H. Co G 6 Regt W Va 2 Enclosures. Enlistment papers: 2
2] Henry H. King Pvt Co G 6 Reg't Virginia Infantry* Age 18 years. Appears on Company Muster-in Roll of the organization named above. Roll dated Parkersburg Woods Va Oct 25 1861 Muster-in date Sept 11, 1861. Joined for duty and enrolled When Aug 26 1861 Where Parkersburg Period 3 years. *This organization subsequently became Co G. 6 Reg't W VA Infantry. [signed] G.E. Giles, copyist.
3] Henry H. King Pvt Co G 6 Reg't Virginia Infantry. Appears on Company Muster Roll for Sep 23 to Oct 31, 1861. Remarks: On detached guard duty at Parkersburg Jail. [stamped] Next roll on file Feb 1862. *This organization subsequently became Co G. 6 Reg't W VA Infantry. [signed] G.E. Giles, copyist.
4] Henry H. King Pvt Co G 6 Reg't Virginia Infantry. Appears on Company Muster Roll for Jan & Feb 1862. present or absent Not stated. Remarks: [blank] [signed] G.E. Giles, copyist.
5] Henry H. King Pvt Co G 6 Reg't Virginia Infantry. Appears on Company Muster Roll for Mar & Apr, 1862. Present or absent: not stated. Remarks: [blank] [stamped: From Second Auditor's Roll.]
6] Henry H. King Pvt Co G 6 Reg't Virginia Infantry. Appears on Company Muster Roll for from Apr 30 to Aug 31, 1862. Present or absent: not stated. Remarks: [blank] [stamped: From Second Auditor's Roll.] [signed] G.E. Giles, copyist.
7] Henry H. King Pvt Co G 6 Reg't Virginia Infantry. Appears on Company Muster Roll for Sept & Oct, 1862. Present or absent: present. Remarks: Present for duty [signed] G.E. Giles, copyist.
8] Henry H. King Pvt Co G 6 Reg't Virginia Infantry. Appears on Company Muster Roll for dated Dec 3, 1862. Present or absent: [blank] Remarks: At Webbs Mills Va [stamped: From Second Auditor's Roll.] [signed] G.E. Giles, copyist.
9] Henry H. King Pvt Co G 6 Reg't Virginia Infantry. Appears on Company Muster Roll for Jan & Feb, 1863. Present or absent: [blank] Remarks: At Webbs Mills under command of Lt. Peter E. Dills[?] [signed] G.E. Giles, copyist.
10] Henry H. King Pvt Co G 6 Reg't Virginia Infantry. Appears on Special Muster Roll for Apr. 10, 1863. Present or absent: [blank] Remarks: At Webbs Mills Va. Scouting & guarding that outpost [signed] G.E. Giles, copyist.
11] Henry H. King Pvt Co G 6 Reg't Virginia Infantry. Appears on Company Muster Roll for Mch & Apr, 1863. Present or absent: [blank] Remarks: In Parkersburg having been ordered there from Webbs Mills Va by Col. Wilkinson [signed] G.E. Giles, copyist.
12] Henry H. King Pvt Co G 6 Reg't Virginia Infantry. Appears on Company Muster Roll for May & June, 1863. Present or absent: Present Remarks: [blank] [signed] Jrny[?], copyist.
13] Henry H. King Pvt Co G 6 Reg't Virginia Infantry. Appears on Company Muster Roll for July & Aug, 1863. Present or absent: Present Remarks: [blank] [signed] Jrny[?], copyist.
14] Henry H. King Pvt Co G 6 Reg't Virginia Infantry. Appears on Company Muster Roll for Sep & Oct, 1863. Present or absent: Present Remarks: [blank] [signed] Jrny[?], copyist.
15] Henry H. King Pvt Co G 6 Reg't Virginia Infantry. Appears on Company Muster Roll for Nov & Dec, 1863. Present or absent: Present Remarks: [blank] [signed] Jrny[?], copyist.
16] Henry H. King Pvt Co G 6 Reg't Virginia Infantry. Appears on Company Muster Roll for Jan & Feb, 1864. Present or absent: Present Remarks: [blank] [signed] Jrny[?], copyist.
17] Henry H. King Pvt Co G 6 Reg't Virginia Infantry. Appears on Company Muster Roll for Jan 1 to Apr 30, 1864. Present or absent: Present Remarks: [blank] [signed] Jrny[?], copyist.
18] Henry H. King Pvt Co G 6 Reg't W. Va. Infantry. Age 21 years. Detachment Muster-out Roll of the organization named above. Roll dated New Creek W. Va. May 3, 1864. Muster-out date Dec 29, 1863. Last paid to Dec 31, 1861. [clothing and pay fields all left blank] Remarks: Discharged by virtue of re-enlistment as Vet Vol under provisions of G.O. No 191[?] being[?] of 1863 from War Dept [signed] Farmer[?], copyist.
19] Henry H. King Pvt Co G 6 Reg't W. Va. Inf. Appears on M. and D. Roll of Veteran Volunteers of the organization named above. Roll dated New Creek W. Va. May 3, 1864. When enlisted Dec 30, 1863. When mustered in Dec 30, 1863. Bounty due $400. Remarks: Remustered as Vet. Vol. under G.O. 191 War Dept. of 1863. Date of 1st muster Sept 9, 1861. [signed] Bradshaw, copyist.
20] Henry H. King Pvt Co G 6 Reg't West Virginia Inf. Appears on Company Muster Roll for May & June, 1864. Present or absent: Absent Remarks: Re-enlisted veteran volunteer. Absent on furlough. $50.00 Fifty dollars second installment of bounty due soldier [signed] Hars[?], copyist.
21] Henry H. King Pvt Co G 6 Reg't West Virginia Inf. Appears on Company Muster Roll for May 1 to Aug 31, 1864. Present or absent: Present Remarks: $50.00 Fifty dollars second installment of bounty due soldier [signed] Hart[?], copyist.
22] Henry H. King Pvt Co G 6 Reg't West Virginia Inf. Appears on Company Muster Roll for Sept & Oct, 1864. Present or absent: Present Remarks: [blank] [signed] Hart[?], copyist.
23] Henry H. King Pvt Co G 6 Reg't West Virginia Inf. Appears on Company Muster Roll for Dated April 30, 1865. Present or absent: Present Remarks: Promoted from Private to Corp [signed] Hart[?], copyist.
24] Henry H. King Pvt Co G 6 Reg't West Virginia Inf. Age 21 years. Appears on Co. Muster-out Roll, dated Parkersburg, W.Va, Oct 13, 1864 Remarks: Veteran [signed] Hart[?], copyist.
25] Henry H. King Corpl Pvt Co G 6 Reg't West Virginia Inf. Age 19 years. Appears on Co. Muster-out Roll, dated Wheeling, W.Va, June 10, 1865. Muster-out to date June 10, 1865. Last paid to Dec 31, 1864. Clothing account: drawn since 1-65 $36.04. Bounty paid, $160.00 due, $240.00 Remarks: Veteran. Parkersburg W.Va. Promoted from Pvt to Corpl Mch 3-65. Due Gov (1) thats[?] Prich [?] 45 cts [?] Total amt of stoppages 45 cts [signed] Hart[?], copyist.

Civil War Pension Records, Henry H. King, NARA, Wash DC: Form 3-173. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions. Henry H. King, Co. G, 6 Reg't, W Va. Vol. Inf. Washington, D.C., September 9, 1897. Sir: Will you kindly answer, at your earliest convenience, the questions enumerated below? The information is requested for future use, and it may be of great value to your family. Very respectfully, J.L. Davenport, Acting Commissioner. Henry H. King, Clinton, Pa. No.1. Are you a married man? If so, please state your wife's full name and her maiden name. Answer: Yes. Catharine [sic] King. Catharine Morgan. No. 2. When, where and by whom were you married? Answer: Dec 2, 1875. Pittsburgh, Pa. By a squire. No. 3. What record of marriage exists? Answer: Certificate lost. No.4. Were you previously married? Answer: No. No. 5. Have you any children living. If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth. Answer: Emily Sylvia King. Born Jan 3 - 1877. Date of reply: Sep 20 - 1897. [signed] Henry H. King.

Civil War Pension Records, Henry H. King, NARA, Wash DC: General Affidavit. State of Pa county of Allegheny. In the matter of original lno{?} pension claim no. 1047677 of Henry H. King Co G 6th W Va Vols Act June 27 '90 Personally came before me a justice of the Peace in and for aforesaid County and State Sherman M. Cool, aged 30 years citizen of the town of Clinton county of Allegheny and State of Penna well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit and who, being duly sworn, declares in relation to aforesaid case, as follows: that I am well acquainted with Henry H. King the claimant, have known him for the past fifteen years, I live within forty rods of him . . . I know he is stiffened with rheumatism. He is not able to do more than half the work an ablebodied man can do. I do not believe his disabilities are due to visious habits. This is my own composition and hand writing. He further declares that he has no interest in said case and is not concerned in its prosecution. [signed] Sherman M. Cool. [Stamped Pension Office Apr 10 1895]

Note: another affidavit signed by Sherman M. Cool and dated 17 January 1896 states that "I have known the claimant Henry H. King personally for the past fifteen years. I live in same house with him and see him almost every day. I have worked with him. He is a sufferer from lumbago, rheumatism & piles & to the best of my belief is fully one half disabled from manual labor . . . "

Note: another affidavit signed by Sherman M. Cool and John A. Wilson and dated April 23, 1909 says: "To whom it may concern: We the undersigned citizens of Findlay Township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, have known the applicant in this pension application for 35 years and 20 years respectively and are in position to know of his financial standing. The applicant Henry H. King is the owner of house and lot (in the said Findlay Township, Allegheny County, Pa) valued at Three Hundred and Twenty Five Dollars ($325.00) This is known to be all he has with exception of pension now received of Twelve Dollars per month from the Government of the United States."

Civil War Pension Records, Henry H. King, NARA, Wash DC: A Declaration for Pension dated 27 May 1912 states Henry H. King declares that he is 70 years of age, a resident of Clinton, enrolled at Parkersburg W. Va. on 26 Aug 1861 as a private in Co. G, 6 Regiment W. Va. Vol. and was honorably dischared on re-enlistment on 29th day of Dec 1863 that he also served on re-enlisted as a Vet. Col. Co. G. W. Va. 6th Regiment, discharged on the 10th day of June 1865 with the company at Wheeling W.Va. while holding the office of Corparel (sic) in Co. G. 6th Regt. W. Va. Vol; that his description at enlistment was 5 feet 10 inches, fair complexion, gray eyes and brown hair; that his occupation was labor; that he was born Dec 3rd 1841 at Clinton, Allegheny County, Penna. That his residences have been on discharge, at Clinton Pa, and in Kansas about 1877 and about 1878 moved to Colorado and about 1890 to Clinton, Pa where he remains at present. That he is a pension under certificate No. 924540; that his post-office is Clinton, attested Else E., Cool, S.A. Mitchell and signed Henry H. King on 27th of May 1912.

Civil War Pension Records, Henry H. King, NARA, Wash DC: Claimant's affidavit. State of Penna County of Allegheny On this twelfth day of June A.D. 1894 personally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace in and for the aforesaid county, duly authorized to administer oaths, Henry H. King aged [blank] years, late pvt. of Co. G Reg't of W. Va. Vets. Vols, applicant for original Pension No. 1047677 a resident of Clinton county of Allegheny State of Pa whose post office address is the same and well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declared in relation to aforesaid case as follows: I became afflicted with rheumatism the fall of 1891. I got my back hurt the winter of 1885 in colorado near aspen I was haluting mining timbers and up set and threw 10 feet down the mountain and sprained my back from witch I never got well and said disability are not due to vicious habits and are permanent in character. I wrote this and I was not aided or prompted by any written of printed stantement or recital prepared or dictated by any other person and not attached as an exhibit to my testimony. it would be impossible to get any evidence from Colorado as when I got my back hurt I have been 5 years from there and don't know any of the partys address that was with me at that time. I have give you all the evidence that I can obtain regards to the rheumatism. [signed] Sherman M. Cool. [Signed over Signature of affiant] Henry H. King.

Note: the pension records at NARA include other documents, including several medical examinations.

Civil war pension form (see scrapbook for image):
Henry H. King, G, 6 W. Va. Infantry, widow Cathrine
Filing App # Cert #
1891 July 24 Invalid 1047677 924840 PA
1912 Nov 27 Widow 997047 754457 PA

EW: [family oral tradition] When the Civil War broke out, Henry King was so excited that he jumped out of the window of his classroom and ran off to enlist.

HISTORY [Source: Loyal West Virginia 1861-1865, by Theodore Lang] The Sixth West Virginia Infantry Regiment was organized August, 1861, with the following field officers: Nathan Wilkinson, colonel; John F. Hoy, lieutenant-colonel, and John B. Frothingham, major, with 14 companies of 100 men each. The regiment was recruited and mustered into service with the express proviso that it was to serve as guard duty upon the lines of the Baltimore and Ohio and Northwestern Virginia Railroads. It did not, therefore, share in the hurry and enthusiasm of large bodies of troops together in battle, and when a detachment of them had the good fortune to strike the enemy, they were going it alone and unobserved, and did not receive the general commendation from superior officers, or receive the plaudits of the press of the country. Realizing this, the subordinate officers in command of scouting parties or the defenders of bridges and blockhouses failed to make formal reports of such incidents, and if they did make reports, those above them seemed to regard it as unimportant, and felt some delicacy about troubling headquarters or the official records with what then appeared comparative trifles, when the current news of the day was filled with accounts of greater events. But this failure of subordinate officers to make full and complete reports operated to do injustice in the light of history to this fine regiment. The author has been told by an officer of the regiment, that sometime after the close of the war, he with a small group of officers of the regiment went over the list as they could recall, and they counted 41 men that had been killed in action, whilst the number having died from wounds and disease was several hundred. The official record places the number at much less. Notwithstanding the charge of "Home Guards" that was so often frivolously applied to this regiment, its mission was just as honorable, its duties as exacting, as was the service of regiments who were further to the front. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was a necessity to the Union Army: the faithful guarding of it was a specific service that required tact, and it was better that that duty be entrusted to men made familiar by experience with every detail. There were many illustrations of gallantry displayed by both officers and men during the war. In addition to the officers named as "field officers," we recall Majors J. H. Showalter, Larkin Pierpoint and E. A. Bennett, and Captains Fisher, Skelton, Hall, Mattingly, Reece, Schockey, Harrison, Carroll, Kenney, Godwin, Lang, Over and others. During the latter years of the war, Colonel Wilkinson was in command of a brigade, so the command of the regiment was assigned to Major Showalter, who proved to be an intelligent, painstaking and gallant officer. Col. John C. Rathbone, commanding at Spencer, in Roan County, in his report to General Kelley, May 31, 1862, says: "Captain Showalter, with 23 men acting as escort to a wagon train from Ravenswood to his headquarters at Spencer, was surrounded by over 100 Confederates under command of Captains Downs and Duskey. Captain Showalter showed fight and gallantly repulsed the Confederates, and held them in check, until Captain Showalter, under great difficulties, dispatched two messengers, Joseph H. Hershberger and Charles C. Eyster, for reenforcements. These messengers were fired upon, Eyster's horse was killed, when Hershberger stopped amid a shower of bullets and mounting Eyster upon his horse, the two dashed away to Spencer and returned with Lieutenant Lawson, Co. K, First West Virginia Cavalry, and 30 men to the relief of Showalter, who had with his 23 men defended his train. When the reenforcements arrived the enemy were driven off with considerable loss in killed and wounded, when the train with its valuable stores was brought safely to its destination. It is a matter of truthful record that Capt. John Fisher with 35 men of his Company A, successfully held the town of Piedmont on the B. & O. Road, against the attack of the Confederates 300 strong under command of Major McDonald, but the account, if given in detail, would be a long one. The regiment is entitled to the highest honors for splendid service done. Major Showalter, who was in command at Rowlesburg in April, 1863, became the object of much severe criticism at the time by reason of his retreat from that place to Morgantown, Pittsburg, Wheeling and return to Rowlesburg. The lapse of years and the official records of the War Department have furnished abundant evidence to show that Major Showalter and his command partook of the general stampede that prevailed at that time. This was the period of the Jones-Imboden-Jackson raid into West Virginia; Latham had fallen back from Beverly, Roberts with his entire force retreated to Clarksburg, in fact a general stampede of the Union forces prevailed. We find by the records of the War Department that Major Showalter was in April, 1863, in command at Rowlesburg with 220 men. Gen'l W. E. Jones, with over 3000 Confederate cavalry, had left the Shenandoah Valley on this noted raid. Jones had disposed of his forces to strike the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad at several points simultaneously. He attacked Rowlesburg in person, with over 1000 cavalry, on Sunday, April 23, at noon. Major Showalter held the place, fighting continuously till darkness brought the battle to a close, when Jones retired to West union, on the N. W. turnpike, six miles from Rowlesburg, leaving his dead and wounded in our hands. To meet this attack, Showalter had divided his force into three parts. Sending Lieutenant McDonald, of Co. L, up the Cheat River road with a detachment who felled trees across the road, behind which he successfully repelled the cavalry charges; a small detachment was also at the iron trestle bridge who defended that important work against a much larger force. This piece of trestle-work was especially placed on the list by General Lee for destruction. Their implements for the prosecution of this work fell into Showalter's hands. Within the following two or three days, the operations of the raid extended from Harper's Ferry to Parkersburg, and north of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to Morgantown. Consternation reigned everywhere; it seemed to be catching, and that Major Showalter, after having been surrounded, with his small force, did what he believed was for the best, must be conceded. Certainly the charge of cowardice cannot be truthfully charged against Major Showalter. The army may have contained more conspicuous regiments, but it contained no more faithful defenders of the nation's cause than the Sixth West Virginia Volunteer Infantry. SERVICE [Source: Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, by Frederick Dyer] Organized at Grafton, Mannington, Cairo, Parkersburg and Wheeling, W. Va., August 13 to December 26, 1861. Attached to Railroad District, West Virginia, to March, 1862. Railroad District, Mountain Department, to July, 1862. Railroad District, 8th Army Corps, Middle Department, to September, 1862. Railroad District, West Virginia, to January, 1863. Clarksburg, W. Va., 8th Army Corps, to March, 1863. 6th Brigade, 1st Division, 8th Army Corps, to June, 1863. Wilkinson's Brigade, Scammon's Division, Dept. of West Virginia, to December, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, West Virginia, to April, 1864. Kelly's Command, Reserve Division, West Virginia, to April, 1865. 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, West Virginia, to June, 1865. SERVICE.--Regiment organized for railroad guard duty and served on line of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad by detachments, at various points west of Sleepy Hollow entire term. Raid from Fairmont to Valley River and Bootheville April 12, 1862 (Co. "A"). Skirmish at Valley River April 12 (Co. "A"). Skirmish at Big Bend June 7. Skirmish at Weston August 31 (2 Cos.). Skirmish at Weston September 3 (Detachment). Skirmish at Standing Stone September 28. Capture of St. George November 9 (Co. "B"). Skirmish at Johnstown April 18, 1863 (Detachment). Skirmish at Rowlesburg April 23. Rowlesburg and Portland April 26. Oakland, Md., April 26 (1 Co.). Skirmish at Bridgeport April 29 (Detachment). Fairmont April 29 (Detachment). Bridgeport April 30. Sutton August 26 (Cos. "G" and "I"). Ball's Mills and on Elk River August 27 (Detachment). Bulltown, Braxton County, October 13, 1863 (Detachment). Bulltown May 3, 1864 (Detachment). South Branch Bridge July 4 (Detachment). Patterson's Creek Bridge July 4 (Detachment). Back Creek Bridge July 27 (Detachment). Cumberland, Md., August 1 (1 Co.). New Creek August 4 (2 Cos.). Bulltown August 20 (Detachment). Sutton August 24 (Detachment). Nutter Hill August 27 (Detachment). New Creek November 28 (Detachment). Mustered out June 10, 1865. LOSSES [Source: Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, by Frederick Dyer] Regiment lost during service 8 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 167 Enlisted men by disease. Total 177. BIBLIOGRAPHY U.S. Army Military History Institute References: Dyer, Frederick H.; A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. Vol. 2. Dayton, OH: Morningside, 1979. Ref. See pp. 1662-63 (2 photocopied pages) for a concise summary of the regiment's service. Lang, Theodore F.; Loyal West Virginia from 1861 to 1865.... Baltimore: Deutsch, 1895. E536L27. See pp. 254-60 (7 photocopied pages) for a roster of officers and brief regimental history. Photo Archive includes images of individuals of this unit. The following pertinent personal papers are in the Institute's Manuscript Archive: Casseday, George - CWMiscColl

Note: During the skirmish at Sutton, West Virginia on August 26, 1863, in which companies "G" and "I" particpated, Henry H. King was mustered as present in Company G.


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