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Capt Thomas Benton Tuttle
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Birth: Feb. 23, 1841
Monroe County
New York, USA
Death: Nov. 18, 1916
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

FATHER: Erastus Lines Tuttle

MOTHER: Anna Rosepha Woodward Tuttle

More information in article below

Mr. Tuttle's occupation at the time of his death was listed as insurance (retired) but he also was the Carthage Post-master at one time.

Tuttle is also documented as the second commander of Carthage Light Guards following Captain Benjamin F Garrison, serving from SEP 1877 till Oct 1879.

Until the 'nineties there was no prescribed uniform for the State Militia and each organization chose and paid for its own equipment, except the rifles which were furnished by the state of Missouri and were of the same pattern as the United States Army used.

The Carthage Light Guard uniform was of cadet gray and the company presented a neat appearance. Captain Garrison was a good drill master and the company attained a high state of proficiency under his captaincy.

On July 6, 1876, a beautiful silk flag was presented to the Light Guard by the citizens of Carthage. A.L. Thomas making the presentation speech. The company gave an annual military ball on the 22nd of February and it was always the social event of the year.

First was Captain Benjamin F Garrison who resigned in 1878 and second, was succeeded by Thomas Benton Tuttle, who after serving as captain about two years resigned, then third William King Caffee was chosen his successor until OCT 1883, then fourth C C Allen till MAR 1887. then fifth was again, William King Caffee till made regimental commander, then sixth November 1890 George H Thomas, seventh, B.B.Allen, from Feb. 23, 1892. eighth Jerome B. Chaffee, from April 28, 1893. nineth John A. McMillan, July 14, 1894 till Aug 9, 1894 (One Month)encourging Colonel Gray to be commander, then tenth Carl Raymond Gray from 10 AUG 1894, then eleventh, again was John Ard McMillan from 25 MAR 1896, during Spanish American war, twelfth being John Harrison Baily from DEC 1899, then thirteenth by William Edwin Hiatt, this with a big thank you to Carthage's Rowland C Diggs, Sr. for his invaluable help.

Mr. Tuttle passed away at age 75 years old of bladder cancer.

Dr. C. M. Ketcham, M.D. was the attending physician.

The death certificate can be viewed at Missouri Digital Archives/death certificates online website.

Henrietta, New York had six sharpshooters in the Civil War. Benton was one of the three who survived the war.

Contributed by Vicki Profitt
Illuminated History published by Wordpress
"Shining a Light on the Soldiers of Monroe County, New York"

The following is an excerpt from a Special Edition of THE CARTHAGE PRESS, May 1905 that profiled many of the prominent citizens of Carthage, Missouri.
Article provided courtesy of The Powers Museum of Carthage

We read:


A Veteran of the Civil War and a Leader in the Republican Party in Missouri

Captain Thomas Benton Tuttle, postmaster of Carthage, was born at Henrietta, Monroe County, New York, February 2, 1841. His ancestry is both interesting and honorable. He is sixth in descent from William and Elizabeth Tuttle, who immigrated from England and landed in Boston in 1636.

Thomas Benton Tuttle, son of Erastus Lines and Ann Rosepha (Woodward) Tuttle, was named for Missouri's great statesman, Senator Thomas H. Benton. He was reared upon the farm, attended the country schools, and at a later period was a student in the public schools of Rochester, N. Y.

Captain Tuttle enlisted in the 6th company, 1st regiment of New York Sharpshooters, a command which was armed at it's own expense with telescope rifles. the sixth and two other companies were attached to the famous "Iron Brigade." In June 1864 while in the rifle pits in front of Petersburg, Virginia, Private Tuttle was commissioned by President Lincoln as First Lieutenant in Company E, 108th Regiment of United States Colored Infantry, and in February of the following year he was promoted by the President to the captaincy of the same company.

Captain Tuttle served twenty-one months as a private and the same time as a commissioned officer, was in the battle of Suffolk, Blackwater, Mine Run, Kelly's Ford, Rappahannock Station, the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Laurel Hill, North Anna, Jericho Ford, Cold Harbor, Locust Grove, Petersburg and several assaults on Petersburg and many minor engagements. He was mustered out of the service at Vicksburg, Mississippi, March 21, 1866

Captain Tuttle came to Carthage in 1870. For two years he followed his trade as a carpenter. In 1872 he established an insurance agency, which proved to be a business success. From 1881 to 1897 he was State agent and adjuster for the State of Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. He had been admitted to the bar in 1873, but he never entered upon a general practice.

Captain Tuttle has served several terms on Republican State Committees, and in 1892 he was a member of the state executive committee of the Republican party. Missourians will always remember that campaign as the most stirring state campaign waged in many years by the two parties. Major William Warner, now United States senator, was the gubernatorial candidate and Captain Tuttle helped to manage his campaign.

In 1898 Captain Tuttle was commissioned postmaster of Carthage by President McKinley. He was then reappointed in 1902 by President Roosevelt there being no opposition whatever. While in the post office, Captain Tuttle has performed the functions of the office to the satisfaction of the government and of the patrons of the office. He was largely instrumental in securing the admirable rural free delivery system in this county and the many improvements in the service are to be attributed to his solicitous care. The captain is a charter member of Stanton Post No. 16 at Carthage. He is now serving his fourth term as post commander. He is a member of the Missouri Commandery of the Loyal Legion, and of the Sons of the American Revolution, a Knight Templar, a member of the I.O.O.F. and of Elks Lodge, Carthage, Missouri.

submitted by Nancy Brewer


From Mornin' Mail:

Capt. Tuttle Appointed

Will Be the Next Postmaster for Carthage-Possesion August 9

Telegraphic information from Washington announces the appointment by the president of Capt. T.B. Tuttle as postmaster at Carthage to succeed B.F. Thomas, the present Democratic incumbent. Capt. Tuttle is now in Washington but is expected home the latter part of the week.

Postmaster Thomas took the office on August 9, 1894, and it is presumed the new appointee will not take possesion until that date this year.

Capt Tuttle is a good business man, energetic and enterprising, and will make an excellent postmaster. He has long been a citizen of Carthage, and has been prominently identified with the city's growth and progress, as well as an indefatigable worker for the success of the Republican party. He is at present commander of Stanton Post G.A.R. of this city and junior vice commander of the department of Missouri of the same order. From a sketch published in connection with the recent G.A.R. encampment held in this city th Press procures this statement of his war record:

"Thomas Benton Tuttle enlisted in the US army, 6th company New York Sharpshooters, August 31, 1862, at Rochester, New York. Served on the Peninsula in Gen. Keyes' Division, then in 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Corps, Army of the Potomac; also in Kentucky and Mississippi. Promoted to first Lieutenant Co. E, 108th U.S.C. Infantry, by President Lincoln, June 14, 1861. Promoted to captain, February 1865, by the president."
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  Katie Haley Tuttle (1844 - 1927)
  Faye Tuttle Waide (1883 - 1970)*
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Park Cemetery
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Bl 32 Lot 192 Sp 7
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Record added: Dec 10, 2010
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