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

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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

Post-War Deaths – Company E

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 E.

Name Date of Death City State
Henry G. or C. Bickel 3/24/1911
Herman H. Bockhorst 7/1/1922 Hardesty, OH
Peter H. Bruning or Brunning 7/13/1917 Wright City, MO
Francis M. Campbell 4/22/1925 Troy, MO
William M. Doughty 12/18/1910 Annada, MO
James H. Early 7/5/1919 Roseburg, OR
Jacob H. Eversmeyer 11/17/1932 Warrenton, MO
Benjamin E. Ferry 6/12/1921 Elsberry, MO
August E. Forderhass 2/7/1913 Spokane, WA
Herman Gerdeman 12/28/1914 Lincoln Co., MO
Henry Gerken 1/13/1921 Wright City, MO
August Rrotewohl 1/14/1923 Wright City, MO
Jefferson W. Groshong 2/24/1918 Wright City, MO
Herman J. Heidebrink or Heidbrink 2/4/1927 Higginsville, MO
William Y. Howell 11/6/1927 National Military Home, KS
William M. Hutchinson 12/21/1909 or 12/24/1909
Frederick W. Jeorling or Joerling 8/12/1913 Marthasville, MO
Corydon A. Keithly 9/11/1912 Pomano, MO
Benjamin Kinion 7/26/1924 Ponoma, MO
Richard Kinion 12/10/1928 Troy, MO
John H. Koelling or Knelling 6/14/1926 Warrenton, MO
William B.D. Langford 9/19/1926 Wellsville, MO
Harvey A. Linn 4/13/1918 Angola, KS
Henry C. Niehuse or Niehuss 10/14/1931 Warrenton, MO
Abner V. Poor 3/2/1915 Hardin, IL
Thomas Rhodes or Rhoads 8/31/1914 Foley, MO
Joseph Rinaman 11/20/1902 Troy, MO
Herman H. Schafer 6/16/1909 Wright City, MO
George H. Scheer or Schoer 12/24/1915 Brownington, MO
John F. Schneider 12/3/1915 Summers, AR
Charles Schroder 1/23/1932 Wright City, MO
Elesor (or Eleazer) Zliazar Spyers 5/29/1914 Everton, MO
Henry Steffen or Steffer 5/1/1930 or 1920 Blackwell, OK
William Steffen or Steffon 8/29/1918 Wakefield?, KS
Frederick A. Toedaman or Toeteman 2/6/1930 Independence, MO
Andrew J. Triplett 10/18/1928 New Hope, MO
Henry C. Ulery 1/13/1915 Elsberry, MO
Frederick A. Vite or Vete or Vieth 10/26/1917 Fairbury, NE
Herman or Harman Wernecke or Weineke 1/3/1933 Caldwell, KS

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