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1890 Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Story County, Iowa

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returned to the field of duty, rejoining his regiment at Chattanooga, Tenn., where the troops were ordered for the campaign. The Seventeenth Regiment was ordered to Tilton, Ga., to guard army supplies, and here they were taken prisoners by the rebels, and were marched through Georgia to Alabama to a small prison, thence to the foul den—Andersonville—where so many brave Union boys suffered and died. After being kept here for about three months he was taken to Lawton, Ga., built on the same principle of Andersonville, but after a very short stay here, he, with his comrades, was hurried on to Savannah, Ga. Here the Confederates learned that Gen. Sherman was on his way to the assistance of their captives, and they were taken to Thomasville, Ga., where they were doubly guarded by the rebel cavalry, so that not a man could with any possibility escape. They were next taken to the thick pine forests of the State, but, finding that Gen. Sherman had changed his plans, they were taken back to Andersonville, a distance of fifteen miles. While on this terrible march many of the Union boys were shot, on account of their inability to keep up with the others. His second incarceration in Andersonville lasted four months, there being in all about 35,000 prisoners there at that time. He, with six others, made his escape from this prison while gathering wood, and by traveling by night, lying in the canebrakes during the day, and with the assistance of the negroes, they succeeded in reaching Savannah, Ga., where they were taken charge of by Gen. Sherman, who sent them to Washington, D. C., thence to the convalescent camp at Alexandria. Here he remained until the Grand Review, held at Washington, after which he went to Davenport, Iowa, and was there mustered out of service August 7, 1865. He had been veteranized at Huntsville, Ala., where his regiment had been detached to act as guard to Gen. McPherson. On the 16th of October, 1871, he was united in marriage to Miss Comfort Lemmons, a native of Indiana, born near Indianapolis, February 17, 1853, and to them a family of four children have been born: Edward C. (aged seventeen), Clara (aged fourteen ), Lubessie (aged ten) and Alice May (aged three). Mr. Hanks has always been a Republican, and Lincoln received his first , presidential vote. He has always given his support to enterprises which have given promise of developing the county, and since his residence here he has seen the country changed from a primitive state to one of the finest agricultural regions in the State.

Charles E. Haverly, miller, and manager of Cambridge City Flouring Mills at Cambridge, Iowa, was originally from the Empire State, his birth occurring in Albany on the 6th of January, 1841, and was the second of thirteen children—six sons and seven daughters—viz.: Infant (died unnamed), Madison (engaged in farming in Dakota, Sully County, and married Miss May Abrams), David M. (is a bookkeeper in Omaha, Neb., and married Miss Hattie Talbott), Katherine (married William Hench, a farmer, and resides in California), Josephine (resides in Iowa County, Iowa, and married A. M. Lyons, a boot and shoe-maker by trade), Sarah (resides in Omaha, Neb., and is the wife of J. B. McDonald, who keeps a restaurant), Jerome (is single and is engaged in mining in New Mexico), Etta (married and resides in Denver, Colo.), Sidney (resides in Des Moines, Iowa), Seldon (resides in California), and Emma (who resides in Stuart, Iowa). The parents of these children were natives of New York State, and the father was a successful tiller of the soil. He died at the age of seventy years. The mother still survives and is seventy-four years of age, although still hale and hearty. She makes her home in Dakota.

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