|Death: ||Sep. 10, 1866|
Corporal Ransom P. Finney was from Emerson and enlisted in Marshall at the age of 18 into Co. K. 26th MI. At the end of the war he became Sergeant on May 1, 1865, and was discharged at Alexandria, Virginia by Special Order No. 140 on June 13, 1865. He is buried in the Ithaca Cemetery in Gratiot County, Michigan.
Also, of his family - Corporal Butler J. Finney of Emerson had enlisted on August 14, 1862, in Jackson at the age of 21 into Co. G. He survived the war and was discharged under Special Order No. 140, dated June 3, 1865. Butler later moved to Kansas and died on September 1, 1877, buried in the West Hope Cemetery at Scottsville, Jewell County, Kansas.
During the war, In the field near Cold Harbor, Virginia, Captain Lafayette Church, Chaplain of the 26th Michigan, wrote, "The Johnny's, as everyone here calls the Rebs, made a charge upon our pickets who are concealed in rifle pits in the afternoon yesterday and found they had got in a scrape. Our men lay quiet until they came close up and then they poured their fire into them. About twenty were captured. Butler Finney with one other of his Co that was with him captured a Rebel Lieut. and kept him in the rifle pit with them until after dark and then sent him to the rear. For an hour at the time of the charge, the firing on both sides was most furious…"
26th Michigan service included: Camp Jackson, Alexandria, Washington, Suffolk, the New York Draft Riots, Mine Run, Wilderness, Po River, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Totopotomoy, Cold Harbor, Petersburg including Deep Bottom, Ream's Station, Cedar Level Station, White Oak Swamp & Hatcher's Run, Fort Fisher, Sayler's Creek & Farmville, Appomattox and The Grand Review.
Skirmish Regiment for the Union 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Corps
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Originally Created by: L.G. Overmyer
Record added: Feb 21, 2010
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