|Birth: ||Feb. 3, 1837|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 30, 1901|
CIVIL WAR VETERAN
6th Mich Inf Co H
Carter, Silas B. residence Eaton Co, Mich., enlisted in Co H 6th Mich Inf on Aug. 20, 1861 in Charlotte, Mich. for 3 years, age 25. Mustered Aug. 20, 1861.. Mustered out Aug. 25 1865 at Kalamazoo, Mich.
While the Sixth expected to become a part of the Army of the Potomac the fortunes of war placed most of its service in the southwest, on the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico. The regiment was recruited for the infantry arm of the service and served as such until July, 1863, when General Banks converted it into a regiment of heavy artillery on account of its valuable and faithful service, his official order stating that the regiment is "to retain, until otherwise officially designated, its infantry number, and to, have the organization, pay, clothing, and equipment prescribed by law and regulations
for troops of the artillery arm."
The regiment therefore is frequently referred to as the " Sixth Infantry " and also as the " Sixth Heavy Artillery."
The regiment spent the winter of 1861-2 in camp at Baltimore, Md., and the following spring was embarked upon steamers for Fortress Monroe, where it arrived Feb.23,1862.
August 5, 1862, the Sixth made a brilliant record in assisting to repulse a heavy attack on the Union forces at Baton Rouge, and in a desperate charge upon the enemy's works captured the flag of the Ninth Louisiana battalion.
In January, 1863, the regiment participated in an expedition under General Weitzel to Bayou Teche,the rebel gunboat "Cotton " and also took part in the expedition against Ponchatoula in March, where the regiment had nine men wounded, but captured a number of the enemy.
The regiment re-assembled at its former camp at Kalamazoo after the expiration of the thirty days furlough and returned to Port Hudson, where it arrived May 11. The sixth moved to Vicksburg, Miss., where it served as engineers, and then moved to White River and soon after to Ashton Ark. The regiment was divided into detachments to serve as heavy artillery and was stationed at Fort Morgan, Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island, and Mobile Bay.
Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers 1861-65
There is a great amount of confusion about his first name with several versions: Lilas, Silas, Linus Lyman.
Minnie M. Foss Carter (1842 - 1921)*
Ada M Carter (1872 - 1890)*
"L.B. Carter / Born / Feb 3, 1837 / Died / Mar. 30, 1901"
Note: west side
Plot: Lot # 389 Row 10 Sec 3A
Created by: DTQuester
Record added: Mar 06, 2010
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