All transcribed from Wyoming Newspaper Project.
Personal stories of their service begin at 30 May 1922
I was looking for information about Melvin Knapp. Thought others might be interested in seeing these.
The Sheridan Daily Enterprise (Wyoming), Monday, 23 August 1920, p. 6
The annual picnic given by the members of the Woman's Relief Corps in honor of the members of the G.A.R. was held at Pioneer Park Saturday afternoon and was voted one of the most successful ever held. Captain Scott Snively acted as toastmaster, a short talk was given by Mayor Camplin, and also a number of other talks were given by members of the G.A.R. and W.R.C. Instrumental numbers were given by the Veteran Drum Corps, and on the whole, it was one of the most delightful of afternoons.
The members of the G.A.R. who were present were Messrs. P. H. Anderson, Co. C, 17th Wisconsin Infantry; Dr. Service, who has been in the U.S. Army for 64 years; Ford McDonaugh, C Co., Third U.S. Infantry; W. E. Dech, G Co., 10 Illinois Infantry; L. G. Green, H Co., 82 Ohio Infantry; Scott K. Snively, M Co., 13 N.Y. Cavalry, K Co., 126 Pa. Infantry; Melvin Knapp, I Co., 36 Iowa Infantry; H. D. Baker, F Co., 4 N.Y.; Samuel Thompson, H Co., 146 Infantry; W. D. Faulkner, Drummer Corps, G. C. Beeway, 26 Mich. Infantry.
The Sheridan Post (Wyoming), Sunday, 6 February 1921, p. 4
Captain Snively Again Elected Post Commander
At the regular meeting of the Grand Army of the Republic yesterday Captain Scott K. Snively was re-elected commander of John Schuler Post No. 67. P. H. Anderson was re-elected quartermaster and officer of the day, L. H. Green was re-elected adjutant, and Adam Miller chaplain. After the business had been transacted, six ladies of the Woman's Relief corps agreeably surprised the old soldiers by coming bearing baskets of delicious edibles. Commissioner Judson Bib's reception room was quickly transformed into a banquet hall and the guests and hostesses feasted right royally. Captain Snively was requested to ask the city officials to be present as guests of honor.
Captain Snively in his usual happy vein presided as toastmaster and Mayor Camplin and Commissioners Svanberg and Bibb responded to calls for a speech with good grace and paid a pleasing tribute to the veterans assembled F. H. Anderson was called upon for a description of Sherman's famed march to the sea while a description of the battle of Antietam won a warm vote of praise from those present. Captain Snively gave a description of General Lee's army as they entered Pennsylvania before the battle of Gettysburg. The remainder of the afternoon was given over to reminiscences and stirring tales of wartime in the years of 1861 to 1865. The generous ladies of the Relief corps were given a rousing vote of thanks for their hospitality. Present were Captain Snively, P. H. Anderson, L. H. Green, Adam Miller, Sam Thompson, R. Lagound, and M. L. Knapp.
The Sheridan Daily Enterprise (Wyoming), Wednesday, 1 June 1921, p. 3
Following the Memorial Day service at the Orpheum theatre yesterday, the members of the John Schuyler Post of the Grand Army Republic were the guests of Mrs. George Lucas at her home on South Tachirgi street. Dinner was served and prepared by the Woman's Relief Corps. The guests included Comrade Captain Scott K. Snively, George Walsner, Dr. Service, Lepon, Faulkner, Knapp, Knowell, and Dr. George F. Klein, who delivered the masterful Memorial Day address.
The following menu was served: Veal loaf with tomato sauce, escalloped potatoes, baked beans, bread and butter sandwiches, strawberry jelly, perfection salad with mayonnaise, ice cream, cake and coffee.
The Sheridan Post (Wyoming), Sunday, 7 August 1921, p. 3
The Sheridan Grand Army of the Republic and Woman's Relief Corps will celebrate their annual picnic at the Pioneer park Tuesday forenoon at ten o'clock, it was announced yesterday at a joint meeting of the W.R.C. and G.A.R. at the office of Commander Snively. One of the features of the affair will be the program by the drum corps with singing of Civil war songs by all and impromptu speeches. One of the features of the program will be an informal talk by A. K. Swearingen, commander of the J.M. Tuttle Post, No. 497 Department of Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic of Ottumwa, Iowa, who will be a special guest of the occasion. The G.A.R. comrades present yesterday included Messrs. Snively, Baker, Gourd, Faulkner, Anderson, Williams, Knapp, and Swearingen.
The Sheridan Daily Enterprise (Wyoming), Tuesday, 9 August 1921, p. 3
The Sheridan Grand Army of the Republic and Woman's Relief Corps will celebrate their annual picnic at the Pioneer park Tuesday forenoon at ten o'clock, it was announced yesterday at a joint meeting of the W.R.C. and G.A.R. at the office of Commander Snively. One of the features of the affair will be the program by the drum corps with singing of Civil War songs by all and impromptu speeches. Another feature of the program will be an informal talk by A. K. Swearingen, commander of the J. M. Tuttle Post, No. 497 Department of Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic at Ottumwa, Iowa, who will be a special guest of the occasion. The G.A.R. comrades present yesterday included Messrs. Snively, Baker, Gourd, Faulkner, Anderson, Williams, Knapp and Swearingen.
The Sheridan Post (Wyoming), Thursday, 19 January 1922, p. 3
Members of the John Schuler Post No. 67, Grand Army of the Republic, and their wives were special guests at the impressive installation services of the Woman's Relief Corps which took place Tuesday afternoon at the Y.W.C.A. Recreation Center. In the absence of the president, Mrs. Rena McCoubrey, Mrs. Bessie Sickler presided. Mrs. C. W. Garbutt acted as installing officer.
The following officers were installed for the ensuing year:
Senior vice president, Mrs. Bessie Sickler.
Junior vice president, Mrs. Antoinette Allen.
Secretary, Mrs. George Lucas.
Treasurer, Mrs. May Garbutt.
Chaplain, Mrs. Gertrude Stowell.
Conductor, Mrs. G. A. Ackerley.
Assistant conductor, Mrs. W. H. Wallace.
Guard, Mrs. G. R. Hollister.
Musician, Mrs. Ella Meyer.
Press correspondent, Mrs. Antoinette Allen.
Captain, Mrs. Bessie Sickler.
Color bearers, Mrs. Knapp and Mrs. W. R. Peril.
The installation services were followed by a social hour. Refreshments were served.
The Sheridan Enterprise (Wyoming), Tuesday, 30 May 1922, pages 1 & 6
Civil War Veterans of John Schuler Post, G.A.R. of Sheridan Have Proud Records of Service to Nation
[Photograph caption: Reading from left ro right, standing: Commander Scott K. Snively, J. W. Faulkner, H. D. Baker, C. E. Spelman. Sitting: Sam Thompson, Fred McDonough, P. H. Anderson, S. W. Service, Melvin Knapp.]
War Histories of Sheridan's G.A.R. Men Show High Service to Nation
Lt. S. W. Service, 95, Now In His 59th Consecutive Year of Service In U.S. Army, Holds Record For Longest Period of Enlistment
Through the co-operation and kindness of Scott K. Snively, commander John Schuler Post, G.A.R., the following paragraph war histories of the members of the G.A. R. post have been compiled.
The first in order is the eventful history of the commander, himself, Scott K. Snively, Co. "K," 126 Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and Co. "M," 13th New York Cavalry:
Scott K. SNIVELY, Commander, John Schuler Post, G.A.R.
On August 2, 1862, having enlisted some months before at Greencastle, Pa., Scott K. Snively was enrolled at Harrisburg as a Corporal to serve 9 months in that capacity, and on May 13, 1863, he was discharged from the service, at that time a corporal in Co. K, 126th Pennsylvania Volunteer infantry, and almost immediately re-enlisted at New York City with Co. M, 12th N.Y. Cavalry.
March 22, 1864, he was enrolled a sergeant. After receiving wounds which incapacitate him for further active service, Sergeant Snively was discharged in July of 1865, with a medical certificate of disability.
Among the more important battles in which he took part while with the Pennsylvania infantry, were the Second Battle of Burr Run, battle of Antietam, a brigade affair following this battle and taking place across the Potomac about 12 miles in Virginia, the battle of Fredericsburg [sic], and the fight at Chancellorsville, where he was struck by a piece of shell which fractured his ankle.
At the battle of Cattlette Station when he was with the cavalry, his left hand was split open.
At the battle of the Lower Shenandoah, which took place 20 miles from Winchester at the time of Sheridan's famous ride, the regiment had become demoralized by the odds which were against them, but immediately upon the arrival of General Sheridan, the army rallied and overran the Confederates.
While with the cavalry regiment, Commander Snively took part in numerous skirmishes with guerilla bands under General Imboden, White and Moseby, which he estimated at fifteen different engagements.
The battle of Piedmont, was a struggle between his regiment and
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a number of guerilla bands under General Mosby, taking place on October 17, 1864, where Sergeant Snively was wounded in a hand to hand fight, being shot at close range, the bullet passing through his lungs and lodging near his right kidney, where a recent X-ray showed it located just above the kidney and near the vertibrae [sic].
Proper medical care brought him through safely and months later he was discharged at Alexander [sic], Va.
S. W. SERVICE, 10th U.S. Army.
Lieutenant S. W. Service, veterinarian, now 95 years old, being born January 1, 1827, served in the year of 1857 as veterinarian to the New York state troops. Shortly after the declaration of was in 1861, he enlisted in the 15th Volunteer Michigan infantry from which he was discharged in 1863 upon the expiration of his two year period. He immediately re-enlisted, this time in the government detective service with the 65th Illinois infantry with which he served for the latter six months of 1863.
At this time Gen. B. H. Grierson was organizing a new regiment, in which Service applied for the position of veterinary surgeon of the 10th Cavalry, U.S. Regulars, and he has been a member of the regular army from that day to this, making over 59 years of consecutive service, probably the only man in the country with such a record.
It is almost impossible to mention the many engagements in which Lt. Service took part as he was in the Civil War, the Indian wars, and in the Spanish American war.
He still holds the position of Lieutenant on the retired pension list on half pay. Lt. Service holds the further distinction of being first to hold the rank of Lieutenant in the Veterinary corps as previous to his promotion, veterinarians were not commissioned. Lt. Service is also a member of the first Veterinarian association organized in the United States.
P. H. ANDERSON, Co. C, 17th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.
P. H. Anderson, now 77 years old, enlisted in December of 1861 at Madison, Wis., in the 17th regiment of Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry from which he was discharged in August of 1865 at Madison.
As a drummer boy, he was seventeen years old at the time he served in the Battle of Shiloh, Miss., Battle of Corinth, Miss., and Black River, Miss. He was also in the engagement at Vicksburg when Gen. Pemberton surrendered to Gen. U. S. Grant.
He saw action at Atlanta, Ga., and at Columbia, S.C., where he was taken prisoner in December of 1864 and was marched to Salisbury, N.C., and from there was shipped on cars, known as the chain gang, to Libby prison where he was kept until April of the following year and when he was paroled and furloughed to Madison. He was never exchanged, but received his discharge at Madison.
One experience of Anderson's, of which he often tells, took place during the battle of Shiloh, when he carried his wounded father off the field. His father recovered and lived to the age of 88 years.
Lowell C. GREEN, Co. H, 82nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
It was in this regiment that Lowell C. Green enlisted in September of 1863, at that time 17 years old, enlisting for three years or the duration of the war.
He took part in several important battles and a number of skirmishes, these engagements including the fight at Buzzard Roost, Ga., and a more important fight at Dalton, Ga.
Green accompanied Sherman on his triumphant march from Chatanooga [sic] to the sea, but was taken prisoner near Blackville, Tenn., and was thrown into Libby prison where he was held for 38 days. He was in Libby prison when the war ended and from here he was sent to Annapolis and from there to Columbus, Ohio, where he received his discharge in May of 1865.
Samuel THOMPSON, Co. H, 146 Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
On September 8, 1864, Samuel Thompson, at that time eighteen years old, received permission from his folks to enlist in the war against the rebellion, enlisting in the 146th regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
In the latter part of the year the regiment was split up all over the state of Illinois on provost guard duty, and was never ordered to the front.
As Thompson puts it, "We were never in any general engagement, which is not our fault if such was a fault."
He was discharged July 12, 1865.
F. W. McDONOUGH, Co. C, 3rd U.S. Cavalry.
Shortly after coming to this country from Ireland, F. W. McDonough found himself enlisting in the regular army on June 9, 1860, at New York City, for a term of five years. From New York they were sent to Carlisle barracks, Pa., and from there to Ft. Union, N.M.
They drew their rations at Bent's Fort on the Arkansas River, and engaged in a number of skirmishes and fights with many of the Indian tribes in that part of the country including the Navajos, Arapahoes, Cheyennes, Kiowas, and the White Mountain Apaches.
He was with Kit Carson at Ft. Crain, N.M., and carried dispatches to Major Longstreet at that time a paymaster in the U.S. Army, who later with many of his men, left the army and joined the cause of the Confederates.
The Texas Confederates in 1861 came up to N.M. from Texas and drove McDonough's regiment back to Ft. Union, the northerners contesting every foot of the way. Here they were joined by the First Colorado Cavalry, and the united forces drove the Texas troops back over the same route, the regiment wintering at Ft. Craig.
From here they were sent to Memphis, Tenn., where they joined the Army of the Cumberland, taking part in the battle of Mission Ridge. McDonough was dispatch bearer for Gen. Frank P. Blair, taking part in many skirmishes.
He was discharged at Little Rock, Ark. Among the incidents he tells of as taking place during his term of service is about the months they put in on the plains when many times they were forced to halt the column and allow immense herds of Buffalo to thunder by.
McDonough was wounded at Little Rock, Arkansas, in anengagement which took place in 1864.
H. D. BAKER, Company F, 4th N.Y. Heavy Artillery.
Harilla D. Baker enlisted in this regiment at Nunda, N.Y., in January of 1864 for the term of three years or the duration of the war, receiving his discharge in October the following year.
Baker took part in a number of important battles including the Battle of the Wilderness, Battle of Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Malvern Hill, North Ann River, and Ream's Station in August of 1864, where he was captured and taken to Libby prison.
Here he was held prisoner for three months and then parolled, taken to Annapolis as he was sick and there exchanged and given a two months' furlough.
Returning to Annapolis he found his regiment and was present when Lee surrendered at Appotomax [sic].
Then as Baker puts it, "I was mustered out at Hart's Island, paid off and honorably discharged and returned home to raise buckwheat."
Melvin KNAPP, Company I, 36th Infantry.
The record of Melvin Knapp begins on August 11, 1862, when he enlisted in this regiment, being place on detached duty as chief clerk in the commissary department.
He was with his regiment, which was a part of the Seventy Army corps of the Western army until his discharge in October 1865.
Among the battles in which he took part were Fort Pemberton, Helena, Little Rock, Elkins Ford, Camden, Marks Mills and Jenkins Ferry.
G. E. Spelman, Company E, 10th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
G. E. SPELMAN, now 79 years old, enlisted with the Massachuetts regiment in 1861 for a term of two years and when his time was up in1863, he re-enlisted with Company K, of the Thirty-seventh. He was given his discharge at David's Island, N.Y., in December 1865.
Among the many battles which Spelman went through were the Battle of Fair Oak, Va., the battle of Fredericksburg, Sailors' Creek and Antietam.
Though there were many other battles and innumerable skirmishes in which he took part, Spelman's failing memory makes it impossible to write a full history of his service during the war, which was one long, severe ordeal.
At the Battle of Sailors' Creek, he was shot at close range, the bullet passing through an inch-thick book which he now has and which was the only thing which saved his life.
As it happened the bullet made such a wound in his left side that Spelman can see his own heart beat.
The Sheridan Enterprise (Wyoming), Tuesday, 30 May 1922, pages 1 & 4
Annual Tribute Paid Hero Dead Sunday Service
Veterans Hear Rev. H. H. Clark In Memorial Address
Memorial tribute to the memory of America's departed war veterans was paid in a special service yesterday morning in the First Christian church by Rev. H. H. Clark, pastor, who was selected by the Grand Army of the Republic to deliver the memorial sermon. Members of the Grand Army of the Republic, the Woman's Relief Corps, the American Legion, the Legion Auxiliary, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Spanish American War Veterans and Auxiliary attended the service in a body. The service was a part of the annual Memorial program of the Veterans' organizations.
Speaking on the subject: "Gratitude and Honor to the Builders of God's Democracy," Rev. Mr. Clark reviewed the glorious accomplishments of America's men and women in arms, and likened it to a service for God, in that American wars had always been for the cause of humanity and civilization.
That those who paid the supreme sacrifice should not have died in vain, Rev. Mr. Clark said was
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possible if American Democracy made future wars impossible.
Veterans' organization attending yesterday's services met at the Salvation Army barracks at 10:30 o'clock and marched to the First Christian church.
Memorial Day Program Tuesday
Sheridan's Memorial Day program, following which the graves of veterans in the Mount Hope cemetery will be decorated begins at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning when the veteran's organization will meet at the City Hall to participate in the parade to the Orpheum theater, where the services will be conducted.
From here the Veterans headed by the Salvation Army band, will march to the Orpheum theater, where the services will begin at 10:30 o'clock.
The order of the parade will be as follows, according to the announcement of Marshal Will G. Metz:
Women's Relief Corps.
Daughters of the American Revolution.
Those unable to march will be furnished with cars.
The program at the Orpheum will open with the Invocation by Dean Samuel E. West of the Episcopal church, followed by the reading of the G.A.R. Ritual by Scott K. Snively, commander G.T.R. [sic].
The address of the day will be given by Attorney Roy Bedford.
This will be followed by the first verse of America, to be sung by the gathering, and by the benediction delivered by Dean West.
At 11:30 cars will be furnished the Veterans and the decoration of the graves in the cemetery will follow, after which the firing squad of the American Legion will fire a volley over the graves of their departed, sleeping comrades.
It is expected that at least 100 Legionnaires will turn out in uniform to pay homage to the dead.
The Sheridan Post (Wyoming), Sunday, 8 October 1922, p. 2
Local and General News.
The Sheridan Post of the Grand Army of the Republic held its monthly meeting yesterday with but five members present, Comrades Scott K. Snively, Baker, P. H. Anderson, Knapp, and P. L. Gourd.
The Sheridan Daily Enterprise (Wyoming), Tuesday, 10 October 1922, p.3
John Schuler Post, G.A.R., held its monthly meeting Saturday afternoon with five members present; Commander Scott K. Snively and Comrades Baker, Anderson, Knapp, and Gourd.