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Friday, May 25, 2007

Darius J. Pettis, Civil War Veteran

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On August 16, 1864, at the age of 26, my great-great grandfather, Darius J. Pettis, left his job as a clerk in the city of Winona and enlisted as a Private in the 11th Regiment of the Minnesota Infantry. At the time of his enlistment, his wife was less than two months away from giving birth to their second child. While Darius served, Katharine and the children stayed with her father, Ezekiel Efner, in Lyndon, Wisconsin.

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Darius served in Company I. He was promoted to Sergeant on September 6, three weeks after mustering in. He served in that capacity until mustering out the following June 26, 1865.

Rufus Davenport's Narrative of the Eleventh Regiment, below, is a very readable account of the experiences Darius shared during his service.


Juliane's granddaughter said...

Do you need to be checking Honest Abe Lincoln's genealogy to compare to your Pettis genealogy? There sure is a resemblance here to Abe! Great presentation and I like how you incorporated his photo into the volunteer enlistment record.

T.K. said...

Thanks, Jul's!

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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