|Birth: ||Apr. 22, 1839|
|Death: ||Jun. 23, 1939|
Levi enlisted as a Private on 4 Aug 1862 in Co. I, 67th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was promoted to Full Corporal 14 Oct 1864.
Levi started a diary 24 Mar 1864 after a reenlistment furlough. In May of that year, combat became more frequent.
-Dated May 10, 1864. "Camped within five miles of Petersburg fighting in the front bringing in some wounded tore up about five miles of the Petersburg and Richmond railroad. Rebels in the rear got into a fight - drove the rebels. Took a prisoner."
-Dated Wednesday, May 11. "Come back to camp last night brought in 10 Rebbel prisoners today moved headquarters. Out of rations pretty well used up from the fatigues of our march."
-Dated Sunday, 15 May 1864 "Fighting still gowing on don't gain mutch ground Rebbels charging on our lines every once and while but gets repulsed every time. Still bringing in wounded. Out of rations and tired. Health good."
-Dated Monday, May 16, 1864. "This morning very foggy. Rebels take advantage of it, and make two or three successful charges on our lines with superior force. Ordered to retreat just got away in time without being captured..."
-Dated 15 Aug 1864 "Recrossed this morning and crossed back again on another pontoon opposite four mile crick. Fighting gowing on in the front bringing back a great many wounded today very warm and sultry."
-Dated 16 Aug 1864 " Our troops still advancing verry heavy fighting at the front bringing back a great many wounded. Our brigade charged on the rebs and took 230 pris 2 stand of colers..."
(Note with auction notice: The Army of the Potomac went riding after the shattered Army of Northern Virginia, and McConkey had the shotgun seat.)
Dated Sat, April 8, 1865, "Continued our march found no enemy in our front marched to cut off Gen. Lee halter about 12 o'clock at night after marching about 37 miles.
-Dated Sun, April 9, 1965 Under arms this morning at 3 o'clock ordered forward went about 3 miles and got on the extreme right flank of Gen. Lee southwest of Appomattox St House where our cavalry was skirmishing with the enemy. We was immediately pushed forward on the double quick & was formed in line of battle. Our cavalry immediately fell back and was immediately checked the enemy's advance. By this time we had them entirely cut off from the south. Our lines was immediately ordered forward. Our lines was gradually closing in on them when we was ordered to halt, in a short time we received news that Lee & his whole Army had surrendered. We all pointed our guns into the air & discharged them, in fact we was so overjoyed we knew not what to doe being very tired we immediately went into camp. This evening our men issued 27 thousand rations to the Confederate Army...."
(Note with auction notice: McConkey includes only a brief reference to the assassination of President Lincoln, and his diary ends with his discharge on June 22, 1865. The two tintypes included with this collection are first a classic image of two Civil War soldiers in uniform, one a Corporal (McConkey?), the other a man with a revolver prominently displayed, and second a gem tintype in pinback frame depicting an older man.)
Personal note: The tintype of the older man is Levi McConkey. I have several photos with which I compared it. I am reasonably sure, the photo with the two soldiers is of Levi and his younger brother, Isaiah, who entered the war in 1864 after he turned 18 years of age.
Both Levi and his brother, Isaiah, were at the Appomattox surrender of General Lee on 9 April 1965. Levi mustered out 22 Jun 1865 at Richmond, Virginia.
The diary was sold at auction in Dec, 2011. The Ohio Historical Society has it in their collection.
On 7 Jan 1869 he married Emily Caroline Minnich at her parent's (Peter and Catherine Minich) home in Spring Hill (now Tedrow), Fulton, Ohio. Emily was a sister of my Great Grandmother Louisa Ellen Minnich Clingaman, who also was married to a Civil War veteran, Daniel A. "Uncle Dan" Clingaman
William McConkey (1814 - 1852)
Rachel Miley Wells (1819 - 1909)
Emily Caroline Minnich McConkey (1842 - 1913)
Maintained by: Judy Miller
Originally Created by: gabbybug
Record added: Jun 01, 2004
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