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Eli Easterwood
Birth: 1832
Death: Jun. 15, 1864

Eli Easterwood
Co I 91st Indiana
Residence at time of enlistment was Halbert, Martin Co., Indiana. Mustered into service Feb. 9, 1864. He sent a letter home on May 24, 1864, from his camp at Cleveland, Tennessee. His Company, Co I, arrived at the battle front June 4, 1864, and the 91st Indiana was assigned to the First Brigade, Second Division, Twenty-third Army Corps.

Killed in action June 15, 1864, at battle of Gilgal Church within days of arriving at the front. He was originally buried well behind the line of battle on J Berry Kemp's farm 3 miles north of Lost Mountain and west of Pine Mountain. This is near the Davis Crossroads which was Gen. Schofield's headquarters during that time. Although he had a proper burial, no headboard was found to identify him. He was interred at Marietta National Cemetery in grave D-787 on April 3, 1867. Another man of the 91st Indiana was killed June 15, 1864, Frederick Schwartz, of Company A, and was re-interred to grave H-8752.

No. 314. Report of Col. John Mehringer, Ninety-first Indiana Infantry, of operations June 2-July 7. Headquarters Ninety-first Indiana Volunteers,
In the Field, Georgia, July 7, 1864.
Captain: According to instructions from headquarters, I have the honor to make the following report of the part taken by the Ninety-first Indiana Volunteers since June 2, 1864:

On the 3d day of June the regiment left Kingston, Ga., having been assigned to the Provisional Brigade, under command of Colonel Byrd, of the First Tennessee Infantry; marched to Raccoon Creek, a distance of thirteen miles; went into camp for the night. On the morning of the 3d of June resumed our march and arrived at the front at 5 p.m. the same day. On the 4th of June the regiment was assigned to the First Brigade, Second Division, Twenty-third Army Corps, commanded by Colonel Cooper, Sixth Tennessee Infantry. June 5, one company (B) was sent out on skirmish line; Lieutenant-Colonel Butterfield assigned to the command of Forty-fifth Ohio Infantry.

June 6, changed position; went in front of Third Brigade. June 7, received marching orders; moved about two miles west; went into camp and remained until June 10, at which time received orders to march; moved about three miles south; took position and remained until June 15 under fire from the enemy; received orders to advance, crossed an open field, took possession of the enemy's works; afterward made a charge on the enemy, advancing within 150 to 200 yards of the enemy's battery; delivered one volley and retired and threw up works for the night. Had 2 men killed and 6 wounded. June 16, advanced again over the same ground; 1 man wounded. On the 17th, 18th, and 19th advanced some three miles, driving the enemy.

June 20 and 21 remained in the rear. June 22, advanced about three miles. June 23, took position and threw up works, and remained until June 25. On the night of the 25th advanced some 200 yards; put up new works. June 26, 1 man wounded. June 27, 3 men wounded. June 28, 1 man wounded. Remained in said works until July 1.

Received marching orders July 1, 3 a.m.; moved to extreme right, and, after halting a few minutes, advanced in line of battle, driving the enemy about two miles; went into camp and threw up works for the night. July 2, moved a short distance to the rear; drew new guns and went into camp for the night, where we remained until July 6; received marching orders; moved about four miles to the left.

Total loss, 2 men killed, 3 commissioned officers and 23 enlisted men wounded.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOHN MEHRINGER, Colonel, Commanding Regiment.
Capt. T. D. Edington,
A. A. A. G., 1st Brig., 2d Div., 23d Army Corps.



No. 315. Report of Lieut. Col. Charles H. Butterfield, Ninety-jirst Indiana Infantry, of operations June 4-July 31. Hdqrs. Ninety-first Indiana Volunteer Infantry, Before Atlanta, Ga., July 31, 1864.

Lieutenant: In compliance with instructions from division headquarters, I have the honor to submit the following report of the Ninety-first Indiana Volunteer Infantry:

The regiment was assigned to the First Brigade, Second Division, Twenty-third Army Corps, June 4, 1864, and participated in its various movements until June 10, at which time it was put in position in front of the enemy's works, which were situated on Pine Ridge. The regiment remained in this position until the morning of June 15, up to which time no casualties occurred. The enemy having been driven from his works, orders were received to move, and the Ninety-first, in company with the other regiments of the brigade, advanced in line of battle and took possession of the rebel works at 3 p.m. June 15. At 4 p.m. of the same day, in obedience to orders from the brigade commander, the regiment advanced with the brigade a distance of half a mile, driving the enemy and sustaining a loss of 8 men killed and wounded. As this advance was merely a demonstration, the regiment was ordered to fall back to its line of works, where it remained until June 16, when another advance was made over the same ground under a brisk fire from the enemy's skirmishers, a number of whom were killed and taken prisoners in our front. After having advanced half a mile the regiment halted and threw up works, where it remained until the next morning, June 17...


I have not been able to find out why both Col. Mehringer and Lt. Col. Butterfield were signed as commanding the 91st Indiana. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Mary Ann Trader Easterwood (1835 - 1897)*
 
 Children:
  Isabel Anna Easterwood Hickner (1855 - 1892)*
  John Easterwood (1856 - 1915)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Marietta National Cemetery
Marietta
Cobb County
Georgia, USA
Plot: D-3009 (787)
 
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