Civil War Military Service of the
“Uncles” of (David) Jay Webber

HIRAM W. CARPENTER: Enlisted as a Saddler on Aug. 21, 1861, in Company F, 11th Regiment, Pennsylvania Cavalry (108th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers); mustered in at Philadelphia, Pa., on Aug. 27, 1861; discharged in 1864 and re-enlisted as a veteran volunteer; mustered out at Manchester, Va., on Aug. 13, 1865. The Troy Register of Bradford County, Pa., on Thursday, Jan. 22, 1903, reported that “Hiram W. Carpenter of East Smithfield died at his home on Tuesday of last week, of disabilities contracted during an honorable service of four years in the Civil War.”

ABRAHAM DECATUR: Enlisted as a Private at Elmira, N.Y., on July 22, 1862, in Company A, 107th Regiment, New York Infantry; mustered in at Elmira, N.Y., on Aug. 13, 1862; died of disease (Typhoid Fever) at Bolivar Heights, W. Va., on Oct. 13, 1862.

(SAMUEL) OLIVER DECATUR: Enlisted as a Private at Nichols, N.Y., on Dec. 30, 1863 (or on Jan. 1, 1864), in Company H, 5th Regiment, New York Cavalry; discharged at Elmira, N.Y., on Apr. 29, 1864. At the time of his enlistment he was only 16 years old, although he (falsely) gave his age as 19. He was discharged when his true age was discovered. In later years he served in the Regular Army. He enlisted as a Private at Elmira, N.Y., on Aug. 17, 1872, and was mustered into Company E, 22nd Regiment, U.S. Infantry. He was discharged at Fort Abraham Lincoln in the Dakota Territory (now N.D.) on July 19, 1877, by reason of reduction of the Army.

WILLIAM HENRY DECATUR: Enlisted as a Private at Nichols, N.Y., on Dec. 13, 1863, in Company B, 109th Regiment, New York Infantry; mustered in at Owego, N.Y., on Dec. 19, 1863; transferred on May 31 (or June 1), 1865, to Company A, 51st Regiment, New York Infantry; mustered out at Alexandria, Va., on July 25, 1865.

(PHILIP) HORACE DENEGAR: Enlisted as a Private at Clermont, N.Y., on Aug. 21, 1862, in Company G, 128th Regiment, New York Infantry; mustered in at Hudson, N.Y., on Sept. 2, 1862; discharged for disability at New Orleans, La., on Sept. 1, 1863. The disability that warranted his discharge was described as “Anasaica & Mental imbecility – following an attack of Typhus fever in February last.”

SILAS HOWARD: Enlisted as a Private at Union Vale, N.Y., on Sept. 1, 1862, in Company I, 150th Regiment, New York Infantry; mustered in at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Oct. 11, 1862; transferred on Mar. 23, 1864, to the 63rd Company, 2nd Battalion, United States Veteran Reserve Corps; discharged for disability (“Organic disease of the Kidneys”) at Hilton Head, S.C., on Sept. 19, 1864.

GEORGE ELLIS (JR.): Enlisted as a Private at Tioga, N.Y., on Aug. 24, 1864, in Company I, 111th Regiment, New York Infantry; mustered in at Tioga on Aug. 26, 1864; mustered out near Alexandria, Va., on June 4, 1865. He served as a “substitute” for another man who had been drafted, and who paid him the requisite fee to take his place in the Army.

JOHN CHARLES ELLIS: Enlisted as a Private at Nichols, N.Y., on Aug. 12, 1862, in Company K, 109th Regiment, New York Infantry; mustered in at Binghamton, N.Y., on Aug. 18, 1862; deserted from Beltsville, Md., on Jan. 19, 1863. Under the terms of a presidential amnesty proclamation he turned himself in at Elmira, N.Y., on Mar. 26, 1863. He was forwarded to his regiment but never reported for duty.

ANDREW SEYMOUR PETERSON NICHOLS: Enlisted as a Private at Owego, N.Y., on Feb. 8, 1864, in Company I, 50th Regiment, New York Engineers; mustered in on day of enlistment; promoted to Artificer on May 1, 1864; mustered out at Fort Barry, D.C., on June 13, 1865.

JOHN WILLIAM PIERCE: Enlisted as a Private at Candor, N.Y., on May 14, 1861, in Company K, 26th Regiment, New York Infantry; mustered in at Elmira, N.Y., on May 21, 1861; promoted to 3rd Corporal on July 31, 1861; promoted to 2nd Corporal; promoted to 1st Corporal on Dec. 20, 1861; reduced to Private; captured (in conjunction with 2nd Bull Run); paroled on Nov. 8, 1862; wounded at Fredericksburg on Dec. 13, 1862; mustered out at Utica, N.Y., on May 24, 1863. After the 2nd battle of Bull Run he was (mistakenly) reported as “killed in action at Groveton, Va., Aug. 30, ‘62; Body left on Field.” On Nov. 8, 1862 (the date of his parole), he was reported as “Returned from Missing at Bull Run.” At Fredericksburg he “received a wound from the enemy injuring first and second fingers of left hand, taking off the end of the first finger and cripling the second.”

ALFRED RORAPAUGH: Enlisted as a Private at Cincinnatus, N.Y., on Sept. 5, 1864, in Company G, 185th Regiment, New York Infantry; mustered in at Syracuse, N.Y., on Sept. 19, 1864; mustered out at Washington, D.C., on May 30, 1865.

BUELL RORAPAUGH: Enlisted as a Private at Cincinnatus, N.Y., on Aug. 11, 1862, in Company C, 157th Regiment, New York Infantry; mustered in at Hamilton, N.Y., on Aug. 20, 1862; wounded at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863; discharged for disability at Elmira, N.Y., on Mar. 24, 1864. After receiving his wound, Buell was sent to Harewood U.S.A. General Hospital in the District of Columbia. On Dec. 16, 1863, he was attached to the U.S.A. General Hospital in Elmira, N.Y. A notation in the muster rolls there indicates that he was “absent with leave & out since Dec. 26, 63.” When he was eventually discharged, his discharge certificate indicated that he had suffered the “Loss of the right arm at the lower ⅓, the result of a gunshot would received in the line of duty at the Battle of Gettysburg Pa.” The 1896 obituary of Buell’s mother, Lorinda (Hawley) Rorapaugh, states that when, at the battle of Gettysburg, “a shell shattered” Buell’s right arm, “rendering amputation necessary, he was sent to the hospital at Washington, and word came that he must die, as gangrene had developed. This mother, naturally timid, unused to traveling sought the nation’s capitol, had an interview with President Lincoln and Secretary Stanton, secured his discharge, and with a mother’s love and tenderness watched over and nursed him back to health again.”

PETER TEED: Enlisted as a Corporal at Lycoming Co., Pa., in Company B, 8th Regiment, Pennsylvania Cavalry (89th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers); mustered in at Nicetown, Philadelphia, Pa., on July 23, 1861; promoted to Sergeant; discharged for disability on Feb. 16, 1863.

JAMES FORD TOTMAN: Enlisted as a Private at Cortlandville, N.Y., on Aug. 22, 1862, in Company K, 157th Regiment, New York Infantry; mustered in at Hamilton, N.Y., on Sept. 19, 1862; discharged for disability (sickness) at Centreville, Va., on Dec. 23, 1862. In Dec. 1864 he was allowed a pension for “injury to abdomen.” James’s son George B. Totman served with him in the 157th Regiment, as a Private in Company C. George enlisted on Aug. 6, 1862, at Solon, N.Y.; was mustered in on Sept. 19, 1862; and was mustered out at Charleston, S.C., on July 10, 1865.





26th New York Infantry at Ft. Lyon, near Washington, D.C.
(John W. Pierce belonged to this regiment)



An Unknown Company of the 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry
(Hiram W. Carpenter belonged to this regiment)



Camp of the 50th New York Engineers at Rappahannock Station, Va., March 1864
(Andrew S. P. Nichols belonged to this regiment)



50th New York Engineers building a road on the south bank of the North Anna River, near Jericho Mills, Virginia, May 24, 1864



Camp and Church of the 50th New York Engineers at Poplar Grove, near Petersburg, Va.



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