Yesterday (January 30th) I wrote about my 2nd great-grandfather, John Wilson Smalley, in the Civil War and mentioned his brother Abner Smalley, who was killed during the War.
Now I will attempt to write about a couple of the other uncles in the War. Really they are 2nd great-grand uncles.
Uncle Luman Chase (2nd great-grand uncle) served in Company E, Illinois 38th Infantry Regiment from 19 Jun 1864 to 14 Oct 1864. He was considered one of the Hundred Days Men. From an article in Wikipedia we learn that this was a nickname for regiments that were raised in 1864 for 100 days of service. They were lightly trained and spent their short term freeing veteran units from routine duty so those units could go to the front lines for combat. Uncle Luman's unit served at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. But even that short service entitled him to become a member of the G.A.R. In his obituary, when he died at Deer Park, Washington (near Spokane) 18 Apr 1832, the headline read: "Taps Sound for Last G.A.R. Veteran."
Luman's brother, Uncle Ralph Chase (2nd great-grand uncle) enlisted as a private on 30 Aug 1862 in Company A, Ohio 23rd Infantry Regiment. His service was quite a lot longer than his brother's, since he was mustered out 30 Jun 1865. Uncle Ralph was living in Leroy Township, Lake County, Ohio, in 1890 and is listed on the Special Schedule of the 1890 Census for Surviving Soldiers, Sailors and Marines and Widows. This states he had applied for a pension since he had contracted rheumatism.