August 2015 Book Update

Hello folks, after getting married this spring and the associated chaos related to moving to a new home, I’m finally getting a little time to work on the 49th again.  My research materials have actually made it out of the garage and into my office and are available for use again.  For the last few weeks I’ve been working on locating the graves of members of the regiment that died during the war.  Then, I’ll get back to the series of posts on post-war deaths of unit members that were noted in their pension records.

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Death of Levi Pennington

150 years ago today, Private Levi Pennington, of Company A, died of congestion of the brain and liver in Columbia, Missouri.  When he enlisted at the age of 17 he was a farmer living in Warren County.  He is buried in the Pennington Cemetery in Truxton, Lincoln County, Missouri.

Source: Columbia Missouri Statesman, December 16, 1864; 49th Missouri Infantry service records.

Private Henry T. Lefaivre – The First Loss due to Combat

October represents the 175th anniversary of first campaign in which the 49th participated. Arriving in Jefferson City on October 3rd, 1865, the 49th began constructing earthworks to protect the city from Sterling Price’s approaching army.

On October 6th parts of the 49th apparently skirmished with the rebels near Moreau Creek and Private Henry T. Lefaivre, a 15-year old farmer in Company G, suffered a serious gunshot wound to his right leg from which he died on the 9th. He was buried in the small National Cemetery in Jefferson City. He has the unfortunate distinction of being the first soldier in the regiment to die while in service.

While the gravestone records the name “Lafeth” and enlistment records give his age as 17, a receipt signed by his father for $50 bounty based on his son’s service indicates that the proper surname is “Lefaivre” and that he was 15 when he joined the unit.

Post-War Deaths – Company F

The National Archives contains pension records for many soldiers of the 49th Missouri which are kept in separate files from their military records. The index to these records often recorded the date and place of death of soldiers receiving pensions and I have abstracted that data, when available, for the men of Company F.

Name Date of Death City State
William Simpson 6/15?/1924 Banqert? MO
John O. Senor 10/17/1918 Whitesboro TX
John W. Russell 7/23/1916 Fulton MO
Richmond Roberts 9/12/1912 Harrisburg MO
William Ray 9/7/1877 Boone Co. MO
William Rankins 8/4/1911
James W. or H. Pratt 4/7/1928 Mexico MO
Robert F. Murray 11/24/1928 Gatesville TX
Isaac Litteral or Littrell 10/12/1932 Wilson AR
John Lanihan 5/14/1911
Patrick Lanahan or Lanihan 5/14/1911
Leopold Kempinsky 11/23/1921 Portland OR
Asberry or Asbury Hicks 1/4/1925 Trinidad CO
John E. Harland 3/21/1920 o 1930? Baylor Co. TX
Sidney Grindstaff 9/6/1916 McBaine MO
Lewis Golding 5/14/1929 Oakland CA
Lucius L. Dykeman 5/20/1931 St. James MO
William P. Dunlap or Dunlop 12/20/1922 Soldiers Home CA
James M. Coonce or Cooles 7/26/1869 Tebbettes MA
Joseph P. Chiles 7/16/1921 Pendleton MO
Joseph Chase 2/25/1918 Columbia MO
Hermann Bybee 11/8/1909
George W. Barry 9/23/1913
Henry P. Aubrey 7/16/1921 Little Rock AR
James Ambrose 3/25/1916 Howard Co MO