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Fitzgibbon and the 14th Michigan Infantry

Fitzgibbon and the 14th Michigan Infantry

William Morris (View posts)
Posted: 3 Feb 2005 3:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Fitzgibbon
I am looking for information on Thomas C. Fitzgibbon who served as a Major, in the American Civil War 14th Regiment Michigan Volunteer Infantry, "The Irish Volunteers." I understand he had been previously employed as a U S Mail agent on the Detroit and Milwaukee Railroad and was a resident of Detroit.

Re: Fitzgibbon and the 14th Michigan Infantry

Steve Schreiter (View posts)
Posted: 22 Feb 2005 2:11AM GMT
Classification: Query
According to a article in the Portage Wisconsin newspaper, Thomas Fitzgibbon, a widowerr, volunteered for the Civil war as a officer taking his 13 year old son with him as a drummer.
He does not appear in any of the Wisconsin records.

I have not been able to locate him after the war. Article suggests he may be living in Pennsylvania.

Re: Fitzgibbon and the 14th Michigan Infantry

William Morris (View posts)
Posted: 22 Feb 2005 3:33PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Fitzgibbon
Thank you for your answer on T.C. Fitzgibbon. It would seem to explain his absence from Detroit after 1866. It is true that Thomas enlisted as a Captain in the 14th Michigan in late 1861 at the age of 27. I suppose it could be possible for him to have a 13 year old son then but perhaps, if this is the same man, the son joined him a bit later?

I am wondering about the article you mentioned. Is it available on line? Any idea when it was written?

Again, thanks much for sharing what you found.

Re: Fitzgibbon and the 14th Michigan Infantry

Steve Schreiter (View posts)
Posted: 22 Feb 2005 9:15PM GMT
Classification: Query
Article is titled "A Happy Meeting" and was published in the Portage Wisconsin newspaper of Saturday, Jan 18, 1879. A condensed version was later published in the Milwaukee Sentinel. Its not on line to the best of my knowledge. If you would like a copy let me know where to send it.
I have been looking for Thomas for several years, his son Henry is my great grandfather.
Have you been able to locate Thomas in Detroit before the war? He is in Pewaukee, Waukesha Cty Wisconsin for the 1855 State Census but only his wife and childen are listed for the 1860 Census.

Re: Fitzgibbon and the 14th Michigan Infantry

William Morris (View posts)
Posted: 22 Feb 2005 10:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
I found Thomas living in Detroit at the opening of the Civil War and employed as a U.S. Mail Agent on the Detroit and Milwaukee Railroad. Apparently that line connected with a ferry that took passengers over Lake Michigan. He was also involved with the publication of two Detroit area Catholic Newspapers. During the war he also acted as an editor of his regimental newspaper, The Sentinel. He was severely wounded under unusual circumstances late in the war and eventually returned to Detroit in 1865. I find no record of him there after 1866. I also sent a note to your email address of record

Re: Fitzgibbon and the 14th Michigan Infantry

William Morris (View posts)
Posted: 23 Feb 2005 9:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
I now believe we are talking about two different people. Please review the following abstracts...

Journal of the Senate Jan. 5 1866]

Mr Howard presented a memorial of Sarah Fitzgibbon, widow of Major Fitzgibbon, of the 14th regiment Michigan infantry, praying a pension; which was referred to the committee on Pensions.

39th CONGRESS 1st Session S.82.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
January 18, 1865
Mr. Lane, of Indiana, from the Committee on Pensions, reported the following bill; which was read and passed to a second reading.
A BILL Granting a pension to Sarah Fitzgibbon
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he hereby is, authorized and directed to place the name of Sarah Fitzgibbon, widow of Thomas C. Fitzgibbon, late major of the fourteenth Michigan volunteer infantry, upon the pension rolls, at twenty-five dollars per month from the first day of May, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-five, subject to the limitations and restrictions now imposed by existing pension laws.

Re: Fitzgibbon and the 14th Michigan Infantry

Steve Schreiter (View posts)
Posted: 24 Feb 2005 2:56AM GMT
Classification: Query
1890 Veterans Census included "Sara" wife of Thomas C. Fitzgibbon, Major, 14th Michigan Inf. Oct 1861 - May 1865. Location is Springfield, Massachusetts.

Found several stories about Mr. Fitzgibbon in the online copy of "Michigan in the War" Book says he was mustered out on Feb 13, 1865.

Re: Fitzgibbon and the 14th Michigan Infantry

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 8:46PM GMT
Classification: Query
I see Captain Thomas Fitzgibbons sword was sold at David Taylors antique store in Ohio recently for $11,000. The catalog states that Captain Fitzgibbon was shot carrying a flag of truce to Johnston from Sherman, at the end of the war. The Confederates apologised and tried to save his life, but he passed away.
I was interested in buying the sword as I am a Civil War fan from Ireland.....but $11,000 is a big sum for a collectible.
my e mail is mick@adcbarcode.com
Mick Heavey, Dublin, Ireland.

Re: Fitzgibbon and the 14th Michigan Infantry

Posted: 24 Apr 2011 3:26PM GMT
Classification: Query
He was court-martialed twice

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