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Sylvanus Cass
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Birth: Apr. 8, 1834
Ohio, USA
Death: May 18, 1909
Muskingum County
Ohio, USA

A Civil War veteran. Pension File Number 253677
Slyvanus Cass, of Dresden, Ohio, 27 years old, enlisted on 22 April 1861 as a Private in Company K, 16th Regiment, Ohio Volunteers, He was Mustered Out on 18 August 1861 at Columbus, Ohio. Enrolled 29 July 1862, Company F, 97 Regiment, Ohio Volunteers, he was 28 years old, and was discharged 8 December 1862 as a Sergant. Enrolled under the name of Sylvanus Cass, 9 June 1864 in Company B, 126 Regiment, Ohio Volunteers, Infantry, and was honorably discharged at Washington, on the 25th day of June, 1865.
1. First wife's name Lavina, died 14 September 1881
2. Present wife Ida nee Wheeler, married 4 November 1886 by Jones, M. G.
3. Copy of Marriage License of record in Probate Court, Coshocton. Ohio.
4. Former wife, Lavinia, died 14 September 1881 at Dresden, Ohio.
5. Children: Alice, 2 April 1855
Florence, 3 February 1857
Eurma, 29 March 1859
Calvin, 18 December 1864
Charles, 16 April 1866
Carson, 28 June 1868
William, 22 October 1870
6. Declaration for Original Invalid Pension
On 28 November 1881, Sylvanus Cass, aged 47 years old, a resident of Dresden, Muskingum County, Ohio; stated that he enrolled on the 9th day of June 1864, in Company B, 126 Regiment, Ohio, Infantry Volunteers commanded by 2nd Lieutant S. P. Swank and was honorably discharged near Washington on 25 June 1865, age 30 years. At Winchester, Virginia, 19 September 1864 he was shot by a Muinie Ball, on the lower point of the right shoulder blade, while making a charge in the Battle at Winchester, Va. "That said wound is growing very painful, and can scarcly raise my said right arm above my head." He was treated at St. Chestnut Hill near Philadelphia, and stayed there untill sent back to his Regiment in the following spring.
7. Bureau of Pensions, dated 23 November 1907. Sylvanus Cass who was a Private in Company B, 126 Regiment, Ohio, Volunteer Infantry is entitled to a pension of $15.00 per month commencing 21 February 1907.
8. State of Ohio
County of Muskingum
On this 15th day of July A. D. 1890 personally appeared before the undersigned authority Sylvanus Cass, aged Fifty-Six years, who being by me duly sworn according to law makes the following declaration in order to obtain the pension provided by the Act of Congress of date June 27 A. D. 1890. That he is the identical Sylvanus Cass who was enrolled as Private in Company B. 126 Regiment of Ohio Volunteers on the ninth day of June A. D. 1864 to serve three years and was honorably discharged said service near Washington on the Twenty fifth day of June A. D. 1865.
That while in the line of his duty at the battle of Winchester, Virginia in the service aforsaid he received a gunshot wound in right shoulder, for further description and proof thereof he herby refers to the evidence already on file and for which he is pensioned. Number of Pension Certificate Increase No. 253677. That he is further disabled by Chronic Diarrhea and Piles also contracted in the service aforesaid and which is more fully stated in his claim for increase pension.
That the said wound and disease are not the result of or in any way prolonged or aggravated by vicious habits nor the results thereof.
That he hereby appoints John W. P. Reid of Dresden, Muskingum County, Ohio his true and lawful Attorney tp prosecute his claim.
That his present post office address is Sylvanus Cass, Dresden, County of Muskingum and State of Ohio.
Signed: Sylvanus Cass
9. Bureau of Pensions, Finance Division, Washington D. C. 16 June 1909
Sylvanus Cass, file number 253677, Company B, 126 Ohio Infantry, U. S. Pension Agent, Columbus.
U. S. Pension Agent
Sir: You are hereby directed to drop from the roll the name of the above described pensioner who died 18 May 1909.
Commissioner of Pensions.
Sir: The name of the above described pensioner, who was last paid at $15.00 per month to 4 March 1909, has this day been dropped from the roll of this agency.

(Three Months)
Sixteenth Infantry. - (Three Months' Service.) Col., James Irvine; Lieut .-Col., John S. Fulton; Maj., George W. Bailey. The companies composing this regiment were recruited in central Ohio. A and D were enrolled on April 20, 1861, at Wooster; E, April 23, at Springfield; F, April 16, at New Philadelphia; G, April 22, at Millersburg; H, April 20 at Cambridge; I, April 22, at Bellville, and K, April 22, at Dresden. A few days later they reported at Camp Jackson, Columbus, where the regimental organizat ion was formed and the equipment of the regiment was begun. The regiment was named the "Carrington Guards" in honor of Adjt. Gen. Carrington, who intended to take it to the field. He presented a fine stand of colors of embroidered silk, and in presenting the same took from his pocket a small piece of wood, saying, "This splinter is a fragment of the Fort Sumter flag staff, which Maj. Anderson recently gave me here in Columbus, while on his way from the surrendered fort to his home in Kentucky. I give it to the "Carrington Guards" and shall have it inserted in the top of your regimental flag staff so that you shall carry over your heads the sacred memento, and may you never surrender it to traitors." The regiment was mustered into the service of the State of Ohio on May 10, 11 a nd 12, for three months. The resident having issued his proclamation for 300,000 troops for three years, the regiment was promptly transferred to the U. S. service. On or about May 25 it left for West Virginia, where it was actively engaged in guarding the Baltimore & Ohio railroad, the enemy having killed citizens and burned bridges in the vicinity of Farmington and Fairmount. It then proceeded to Grafton, and a battalion became actively engaged before Philippi, at Laurel hill and Carrick's ford. The remainder of the regiment on the Baltimore & Ohio railroad did equally honorable duty in the expedition of Romney and Red House, and in making a successful issue of the West Virginia campaign, with a loss of 1 man killed and 2 who died of disease. The term of enlistment having expired it was ordered home to be mustered out, which was done on Aug. 18, 1861.

Source: The Union Army, Vol. 2

28 years old. Enlisted on 29 July 1862 as a Private. On 1 September 1862 he mustered into "F" Co. OH 97th Infantry. He was discharged for disability on 28 December 1862 at Gallatin, Tennessee.
Sources: - Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio.

(Three Year s)
Ninety-seventh Infantry. - Col., John Q. Lane; Lieut. Col., Milton Barne s; Maj., James W. Moore. This regiment was organized at Zanesville, Sept. 2, 1862, to serve for three years. It moved by rail to Covington heights, opposite Cincinnati, and during the Kirby Smith raid was in position near Fort Mitchel, 3 miles from the Ohio river. At the battle of Perryville it was with the main part of Buell's army and it assisted in holding in check and driving back the Confederate forces in an attempt to turn the Union right. It was with the army at the battle of Stone's river, and in that engagement lost 25 men killed and wounded. In the battle of Missionary ridge the regiment lost 156 officers and men killed and wounded. It remained in East Tennessee the following winter and in May, 1864 entered upon the Atlanta campaign. It participated in an un-successful charge on Rocky Face ridge, with slight loss, was under constant fire for two days at Resaca, and at Adairsville it had a sharp fight, losing 20 men in less than 15 minutes. At Dallas it was under constant fire from May 25 to June 5. At Kennesaw mountain it made a charge on the enemy's position and with the assistance of the 28th Ky. drove his outposts into his second line of works. On June 22 the regiment was ordered to drive in the Confederate outposts and of 153 men who were sent forward to perform that duty 112 were either killed or wounded in the space of 30 minutes. On June 27 a general charge was made on Kennesaw mountain and in this disastrous affair the regiment lost 35 men killed and wounded. At Peachtree creek seven determined charges were made against the point held by the regiment, but the little band of less than 300 men stood firm and so pleased were Gens. Howard and Newton that they sought out the regiment and personally thanked the men for their bravery in standing up against the dreadful shock of the Confederate charges on the left. In addition an order was issued exempting the regiment from all further picket and fatigue duty during the campaign. The regiment participated in the action at Jonesboro and assisted in driving the enemy back to lovejoy's Station. Following Hood into Tennessee it fought at Spring Hill, Franklin and Nashville and in the last engagement participated in two daring charges. The regiment spent the following winter in Alabama and after news had been received of the surrender of Lee, returned to Nashville. The members whose term of service would have expired previous to Oct. 1, 1865, were mustered out on June 10, and the remaining members were transferred to the 26th Ohio infantry. During its term of service the 97th lost 113 officers and men killed and 560 wounded.

Source: The Union Army, Vol. 2 
Family links: 
  Luke Cass (1796 - 1849)
  Lucinda Cass (1800 - 1847)
  Ada Cass (1846 - 1924)*
  Malvina Wolford Cass (1835 - 1881)*
  Calvin E Cass (1866 - 1928)*
  Sarah Jane Cass Coats (1824 - 1844)*
  Andrew J. Cass (1825 - 1881)*
  Sylvanus Cass (1834 - 1909)
  Charles H. Cass (1836 - 1906)*
  Benjamin Coats (1844 - 1946)**
*Calculated relationship
Dresden Cemetery
Muskingum County
Ohio, USA
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Record added: Jun 16, 2010
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Sylvanus Cass
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