mystic Chords of Memory
Inspired by Remembrance Day, we introduce these REAL soldiers that fought in the Civil War. We will be adding a new soldier’s information on a regular basis, so be sure to check back. We hope that you will be able to put a face on and remember them as people who lived. They had families, friends, hobbies, experiences and personalities. If you have information about a real soldier of the Civil War, perhaps a family member (pictures can be included) and want to share them, please send us an email so that we can share their history with the world. It is one way for us to remember these brave soldiers.
We present these soldiers:
Abraham Dull was 29 years old when, in September of 1864, he enlisted as a private in Company G, 198 th Pennsylvania Infantry. This new regiment was assigned to the Fifth Corps, where it saw action starting from the siege of Petersburg and on through to Appomattox. It participated in the Grand Review on May 23, 1865 before mustering out.
Dull was married twice. Both marriages eventually ended with the death of his wife. But he was the father of 15 children, who gave him 37 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He moved to Oregon sometime after 1880 in order to be closer to his family.
An active member of the Methodist church for 45 years, Abraham Dull died at his home in 1915 at the age of 82.
Francis Naught, for whom some of us hold a special interest. Born in Illinois in 1838, he was an early Oregon pioneer, coming to the Oregon Territory in 1852, driving a team of oxen to what is now Polk County. He was 14 years old at the time. In November of 1864, Naught traveled to Fort Vancouver to enlist in Company A of the First Oregon Volunteer Infantry.
Now, Oregon at the time faced two big issues. First, there were quite a few secessionists in the State, particularly in the Southern half. So the Union cause needed to be maintained. And second, the whites were often in conflict with the native population. As a member of Company A, Francis Naught saw service at Camp Polk, outside of Sisters, where the modern-day First Oregon has held its “Squaw Creek” event for many years. Reenactors have camped in the same area where Naught camped.
After the war, Naught married three times and lived in Molalla before coming to Oregon City. He was active in Meade Post #2 of the Grand Army of the Republic, which conducted his funeral in November of 1911. He was 73 at the time and was survived by four adult children.
Abraham Edmunds. A native of Canada, at the age of 18 Edmunds enlisted to serve in the Mexican War with the Third Ohio Volunteer Infantry. After the war he moved out west to California. In 1861 he enlisted to serve in the Union Army, but his regiment was never mustered in. So, he moved to Oregon where that same year he met and married Mary Ann Hunsaker. Edmunds then became a Unitarian minister and served a church in Eugene for two years, during which time he wrote and published a journal which he called the Herald of Reform. His biography says—and I’m quoting here—“Rev. Edmunds was a man of strong opinions and held himself in high esteem. . .”
In 1864 Edmunds traveled back east to Washington, DC, where he served in the United States Sanitary Commission. He was 37 years old at the time. With the end of the war a year later, his wife joined him and they moved to Iowa, where they served Unitarian Churches. He pioneered yet another journal, which offered his strong opinions about current events and various politicians of the day.
Moving back to Oregon in 1877, he gained quite a reputation and was nicknamed “the Oregon Mechanic.” Edmunds also became active in the growing labor union movement. He was in Woodland, California, on a speaking tour when he suffered a stroke. Greatly weakened, he returned to Oregon, where he died four months later on May 22, 1879, at the age of 51.
Jesse Graves, who served as a corporal in Company E of the 147 th Illinois Infantry Regiment. The war was nearly over when he enlisted on February 11, 1865, but we should remember that he was barely 18 at the time. It should also be noted that the 147 th Illinois was a brand new regiment, raised to serve for only a year. Most of the service that Graves performed dealt with post-war guerillas in Georgia. He was mustered out in Savanah, Georgia in January, 1866.
He later married, had two sons, and moved to Clackamas, Oregon, where he was a member of Meade Post #2 of the Grand Army of the Republic. He died in 1925, one day before his 78 th birthday.