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Alanson D Beardsley
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Birth: Jul. 14, 1844
Macomb County
Michigan, USA
Death: May 22, 1922
Shiawassee County
Michigan, USA

22nd Reg Mich Inf Co B

Beardsley, Alanson, Residence Shelby, Macomb, Mich. Enlisted in company B, Twenty-second Infantry, Aug. 9, 1862 at Disco, (once named area in Shelby Twp, Macomb Co., Mich)for 3 years, age 19. Mustered Aug. 14 1862. Mustered out at Nashville, Tenn., June 26, 1865.

History: On July 15, 1862, Governor Austin Blair issued General Order No. 154, directing the raising of six Regiments of Infantry, designated the Fifth Congressional District, composed of the counties of Livingston, Lapeer, Macomb St. Clair and Sanilac as the territory in which the Twenty-second Michigan Infantry Volunteers should be recruited, naming Pontiac as the place of rendezvous, and appointing ex-Governor Moses Wisner as Commandant of Camp. On August 8, 1862, service.

September 4, 1862, the regiment left its camp on the Fair Grounds at Pontiac, and marched 1000 strong to the rail-road depot, and took the cars for Detroit. Late that evening it took boat for Cleveland, at which place it arrived on the morning of September 5th. Here the regiment had its first issue of the rations on the march.

Company H was ordered forward as skirmishers, to "feel the enemy," without a round of ammunition, which it proceeded to do until relieved by troops provided with ammunition; this line of battle was formed on a knoll in the center of a field of cabbage, and this first experience of the regiment in war was dubbed by the men as the "Battle of Cabbage Hill." After it was all over, the men laughed heartily, but while "the battle was on," it did not appear so funny.

At 2:00 p. m. of that day, Colonel Wisner left
Cynthiana with the regiment and a battery, arriving in Paris at 7:00 p. m., making the march of eighteen miles in five hours; this was quick time for infantry, and a cavalry regiment dubbed the Twenty-second "The Marching Regiment."

This regiment was without proper food, shelter or ammunition some of the time, the weather conditions contributed to their continued discomfort. Roads with knee deep mud that mired down all the equipment. Even so, with the 22nd there was a common saying "that if anything was to be built, from a watch to a saw-mill, a Michigan regiment could build it," and the Twenty-second Michigan was not an exception to the rule--it never was idle,
and none accomplished more when they worked than did the men of the Twenty-second Michigan.

The regiment remained in this brigade from the date of its organization until the close of the Atlanta campaign. During that time there was almost continuous battle; the days on which there was no fighting were the exception.

On June 21, 1865, the regiment received orders to proceed to Nashville, Tenn., for the muster out of all its men whose term of service would expire on or before October 1, 1865.

Information taken from Records of service of Michigan volunteers in the Civil War.

1880 US Census: Alanson age 35, is a widower with 4 children: Lucina-1863; Edmond-1866; Frederick-1871; Almond-1877; living with him in Dansville, Ingham, Michigan.

1910 US Census: Alanson is married to Permillia and living in Owosso, Shiawasse, Michigan.

1920 Census Alanson was 75 yrs old, widowed and living in Shiawassee Co, Michigan. Also Clara D. Cowell-58y-widowed, living at same address.

Name: Alanson Beardsley
Beneficiary's Name:
Beneficiary 2 Name:
Event Type: Pension
Event Date: 1907-1933
Event Place: United States
Form Type: Army Invalid
Death Date: 22 May 1922
Affiliate Publication Title: Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933
Affiliate Publication Number: M850
Affiliate Film Number: 133
GS Film number: 1634168
Digital Folder Number: 004691511
Image Number: 00040
Family links: 
  Betsey E. Brown Beardsley (1844 - 1880)
  Permellia Wellman Beardsley (1848 - 1918)*
  Lucina Huldah Beardsley Hawcroft (1863 - 1899)*
  Edward W. Beardsley (1866 - 1949)*
  Almond L Beardsley (1877 - 1894)*
*Calculated relationship
"Alanson D. 1844 - 19__"

"BEARDSLEY" family monument
Fairview Cemetery
Ingham County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Lot 150 Row 5 Sec 2A
Created by: DTQuester
Record added: Oct 12, 2009
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Alanson D Beardsley
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Alanson D Beardsley
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Alanson D Beardsley
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