While going through the process of entering Ellingwood family

information from Florence O'connor's book to my Ancestry.com

family tree, I have come across entries that have piqued my

curiosity. I always keep in mind that Florence did all her research

the old fashioned PC (pre-computer) way and didn't have the

online resources I use today available to her, so I try to find

what I can and fill in the blanks, so to speak.

One such entry concerns Charles O.Ellingwood, son of Isaac Harris

Ellingwood and Columbia Briggs and nephew of my ancestor Asa

Freeman Ellingwood. In the book, Florence says:

"Their oldest son, Charles born 1845/6 died at the age of 19yrs. in

Kentucky during the Civil War." (p37)

I read that and wondered where and how he died. Was he killed in action

or did he die of illness? I decided to see what I could find out.

First I did a search for Charles on the FamilySearch Record Search site

but other than an entry for the !850 Federal Census when Charles was

five years old I found no information. Next I went to Footnote.com and

entered "Charles O. Ellingwood" and "New Hampshire". I found an

image on "The Civil War and Later Veterans Pension Index" that

shows that his mother, (Columbia Briggs Ellingwood)received a payment

of $188.31on 1Oct 1866.It also lists Charles' military unit as Company

E in the 9th New Hampshire Infantry.

From there I went back to Ancestry.com and clicked on "Search historical

records". The second entry on the next screen was from "U.S. Civil War

Soldier Records and Profiles" and from that I learned that Charles was

18 years old when he enlisted on 21 Dec 1863 with the rank of private

and that he was mustered out on 13Mar 1864 at Camp Burnside,


"Mustered out"? Was that an euphemism for "died"?

There was a link to "American Civil War Regiments" for the 9th New

Hampshire Infantry which included a regimental history written by

"GEORCE L. WAKEFIELD, late Sergeant Company C, Ninth Regiment,

New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry." Apparently the regiment had been

depleted by illness during the final months of 1863 before Charles enlisted

and depending on travel conditions he probably didn't actually arrive until

sometime in January when the regiment had been issued the new

Springfield rifles and was once more on the move. On Feb 27 it was

ordered to Knoxville, Tennessee to escort an artillery unit but I don't

think Charles was with them. I found his name on a list of the regiment's

soldiers and finally verified that "mustered out" meant he had died of

disease at Camp Burnside.

I went back to the "historical records" page and the third and fourth

entries for Charles were from "U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006".

Charles was buried on the same day he died and his remains now rest in

Section B Site 661 of the Mill Springs National Cemetery in Nancy,


There's a photograph of Charles online, but out of respect of the owner's

copyright I won't post it here. It shows a young man like so many others

before and after him posing proudly in his uniform, ready to go off and

fight for his country. A few months later, he was gone.

Charles O. Ellingwood is my first cousin 3 times removed, and now, as

Paul Harvey used to say, I know the rest of his story.

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Comment by Mary L Ennis on August 7, 2010 at 8:26pm
Hi, Bill.
What a great story!!! Florence's book is such a wealth of information and so very well written - probably the most interesting family history book I've read. Have printed your article and will add to my Ellingwood collection.

Mary Ennis
Comment by Bill West on August 7, 2010 at 11:42pm
Hi Mary,
Glad you liked the post. And I agree, Florence's book is a treasure.

Comment by Mary L Ennis on August 21, 2010 at 8:10pm
Bill, just wanted to let you know I had my cousin set up a Lowell page on FB (Lowell Family of Buckfield, Maine). We've added a few old photos and I'll be adding more plus info as time goes on. I got the idea from the Ellingwood page and decided we were not to be outdone!!!!!

Mary Ennis
Comment by Bill West on August 26, 2010 at 9:05pm
Good for you, Mary! I might set up pages for some of my other lines!


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