Thursday, July 12, 2012

Bovina in the Civil War - Soldier Biographies VII

James Boswean Lee does not show up in any military records but he is considered to be a Civil War veteran.  Lee, born in Ohio, came to Bovina in 1856 as the pastor of the Bovina United Presbyterian Church.  In the summer of 1864, answering a call from General Grant for chaplains, he was chosen as one of 3000 special chaplains.  He served in the 18th Army Corp, spending his time very close to battle.  Lee provided food and medicines to soldiers during the siege of Petersburg, Virginia.  He also helped with the sick and wounded and buried the dead.  Lee returned to Bovina in September to bring back Rev. Robinson of Delhi because Robinson had contracted 'camp fever.'  Lee contracted the same illness on his return and was ill for several weeks.  Lee recovered and was pastor in Bovina until 1888.  He returned to Bovina after his retirement from the ministry in 1904 and died there in 1914, age 81.  Rev. Lee is buried in Bovina.

Thomas A. Lee was born in 1845, the son of Alphonso Lee and Adelia Howland.  In 1860 he was living with his parents.  In July 1861, he enlisted in the 3rd NY Cavalry as a private.  He re-enlisted in December 1863, transferring from Company E to Company F.  In July 1865, he transferred to Company H, First NY Mounted Rifles but had deserted by the 1st of August in Portsmouth, Virginia. Further information on Thomas A. Lee is lacking. 

Thomas H. Lee was born in July 1843 in Cadiz, Ohio.  He was living with his brother, the Reverend James B. Lee, in Bovina in 1860.  He enlisted in August 1862, joining the 144th NY Volunteers, company E.  Promoted to corporal in July 1863, Thomas became a sergeant in December of that year.  He mustered out with his company on June 25, 1865 at Hilton Head, SC.  After the war, he married and was living in Red Oak, Iowa at his death in August 1891.

Thomas J. Liddle was born August 7, 1841 in Delaware County.  He was living with his father in Bovina in 1860.  In September 1862 he joined the 144th New York Volunteers and served with the 144th until he was mustered out on June 25, 1865.  In 1866, in company with Thomas H. Coulter, he left New York state for the west. Traveling by train as far as Omaha, they took a boat on the Missouri river for Fort Benton, Montana.  Thomas ranched, mined and carried mail in Montana for two years.  Coulter stayed in Montana, but Liddle set out for Puget Sound in Washington State in 1868. He went as far as Walla Walla and settled as a farmer in Colfax in Whitman County in eastern Washington State.  In 1872, he married Martha Ann Starr in Colfax, with whom he had seven children.  Thomas died in Colfax in 1928. 

Andrew B. Lull was born in Otsego County in August 1843.  His family moved to Bovina sometime before 1860.  On August 27, 1862, he enlisted in the 144th New York volunteers as a private, mustering out with his company on June 25, 1865.  Andrew left New York State sometime after the end of his military service, settling in New Jersey.  He married a Miss Elberson in Mount Holly, NJ in 1871.  He was widowed and in 1893, married in Glassboro, NJ Georgiana Killyard.  He died in March 1895 in Glassboro.

James Lunn was born in 1844 in Bovina, though other information says he was born in Andes.  He appears to have spent much of his life before and after the war in Andes.  He enlisted in September 1862 in the 144th New York Volunteers as a private.  James was a farmer in Andes after the war but by 1910, he was living in Bovina working as a stone mason.  He died in December 1917 in Lake Delaware and is buried in Andes.  His widow filed a pension claim in January 1918.

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