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Pvt Lester Stevens
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Birth: Apr. 4, 1841
Noble County
Ohio, USA
Death: Sep. 13, 1895
Healdsburg
Sonoma County
California, USA

Co. B, 16th Wis. Inf.

Parts taken from Obituary
Healdsburg Tribune
19 September 1895 pg 1:1

At age of five moved to Washington County, Ohio and then ten years after moved with his family to Wanshara, Wisconsin. Went to public school there and then to State Normal School where he graduated with High Honors.

He enlisted on the 10th May 1861 becoming a member of Company G, 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers. After his first engagement of Bull Run he went South with his company whose destination being Baltimore, Maryland. The following Spring they were dispatched to Fortress Monroe during the Peninsular Campaign. His company after this Campaign fell under the command of General Hancock and entered battle at Williamsburg in the seven day conflict. At Malvern Hill this contingent did some very heroic and valorous fighting.

His own account of his service

"When the army was ordered back to Alexandria, Mr. Stevens was taken sick and went into the hospital at Baltimore. He was discharged from there at the end of five weeks and sent home, remaining there a year, when he went to Madison and reenlisted, being assigned to Company B, 16th Wisconsin and was made a Corporal. They were ordered to join Sherman's forces in Clifton, Tennessee, and overtook the great General's army at Big Shanty on the Famous Atlanta Campaign. He participated in the Battle of Kenesaw Mountain."

During that memorable three day fight in Atlanta he was wounded in the Left arm and left lung in the charge upon and capture of Leggett's Hill by the Union Army. The ball that had struck his left lung missed his heart by just two inches, tearing away two ribs and badly lacerating his side. Upon receiving these injury's he was taken away to his hospital in Marietta and was then sent home for a 30 day furlough. At the end of his furlough was granted a discharge.

After his discharge he took up the study of Medicine which he continued for two years when he entered the Rush Medical College in Chicago. He then came to Solano County, California in 1869 where he taught school for a year. In about 1871 he came in Sonoma County where he taught in different schools in the vicinity.

He belonged to Rod Matheson Post #16, G.A.R. he was a honored member of Roanoke Circle #4, Ladies of the G.A.R. of which society he was one of the first five comrades admitted. He was a worthy Odd Fellow, belonging to Healdsburg Lodge #64, a member of Healdsburg Encampment #56, I.O.O.F and Rebekah Degree Lodge #78.

 
 
Burial:
Oak Mound Cemetery
Healdsburg
Sonoma County
California, USA
Plot: Math Civil War Vets
 
Maintained by: Kyle Eddinger
Originally Created by: Susan Faught (inactive)
Record added: Jun 10, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38155293
Pvt Lester Stevens
Added by: Susan Faught (inactive)
 
Pvt Lester Stevens
Added by: Susan Faught (inactive)
 
Pvt Lester Stevens
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