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Joel O Martin
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Birth: 1835
Chenango County
New York, USA
Death: Jul. 5, 1877

- Kenneth H. Robison II,
Captain, Co. H, 17th N.Y. Veteran Volunteers.

Joel O. Martin was born in 1837 in McDonough, New York, and spent his early childhood at that place, before being sent to the Academy of Professor Dunlap in Norwich, New York. After completing his studies at that academy he was offered the professorship of mathematics at the Academy and accepted the position, remaining there until the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861.

He enrolled on May 3rd, 1861, at Norwich, New York, for two years service at the age of 25, and was mustered into service as the First Lieutenant of Company H of the 17th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment on May 24th, 1861, being promoted to the rank of Captain of the company on October 24th, 1861. He served with the regiment in the campaigns of the Army of the Potomac in Virginia and Maryland and was wounded in action on August 30th, 1862, at the Battle of Second Manassas, Virginia. He was discharged from further service due to this wounds on February 22nd, 1863.

After recovering he re-enlisted on June 9th, 1863, in New York City, New York, for three years service, and was mustered into service as the First Lieutenant and Regimental Adjutant of 17th New York Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment on June 10th, 1863, being promoted to Major of the Regiment on October 16th, 1863, and later to Lieutenant Colonel on September 1st, 1864. He commanded the regiment following the death of Colonel William T.C. Grower in September of 1864, and led them through General William T. Sherman's March to the Sea in late 1864. As a result of his old wounds from the Battle of Second Manassas he was discharged on January 4th, 1865, per Special Order No. 2, of the Headquarters, Left Wing, Army of Georgia.

He returned to New York, and for a time resided in Utica, New York, before moving to Indianapolis, Indiana, in late 1865, where he became a member of Post No. 72, Grand Army of the Republic, and the Freemasons, being a member of the Ancient Landmarks Lodge No. 319. He was employed as the Secretary of the Masonic Benefit Society, Insurance Company, until his death.

Colonel Martin committed suicide on July 5th, 1877, at Indianapolis, Indiana, following a deep melancholy that resulted from the prostration of business, it was reported that he had stabbed himself over 20 times with a pen-knife, resulting in a punctured lung that lead to his death.
Note: burial: JUL 5,1877
Crown Hill Cemetery
Marion County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Sec: 13, Lot: 46
Created by: John C. Anderson
Record added: Dec 28, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45964998
Joel O Martin
Added by: Rick France
Joel O Martin
Added by: Rick France
Joel O Martin
Added by: Rick France
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Toujours Pret! To the Gallant Lieutenant Colonel of the 17th N.Y. Veteran Volunteers! You are remembered sir.
- Kenneth Robison II
 Added: Jan. 25, 2011

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