Richard E Arthur

Richard E Arthur

New York, USA
Death 23 Jan 1909 (aged 65–66)
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Saranac, Ionia County, Michigan, USA
Plot 144
Memorial ID 33666112 · View Source
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Enlisted at Grand Rapids, Michigan May 13, 1861 mustered in June 10, 1861 as Private with Co. D. 3rd Michigan Infantry promoted to Full Corporal promoted to Full Sergeant July 15, 1863 mustered out May 15, 1864 as 1st Sergeant.

son of William B Arthur (1811-) & Polly Bostwick (1811-)

m. Lydia L Branson (1847-1905) on 11 December 1866 at Berlin, Ionia Co, MI

children of Lydia & Richard:
Jennie Arthur (1867-1879)
Hugh Arthur (1869-1881)
Lizzie Arthur (1875-)
Lyda A Arthur (1877-)
Thomas Arthur (1879-1948)
John W Arthur (1883-)
Fred Arthur (1885-1914)


Richard was possibly residing in Boston in July of 1860 when he and his older brother Edmund joined the Boston Light Artillery -- also known as the Boston Light Guard -- under the command of Captain Moses Houghton. (The BLA was a local militia company comprise mostly of men from the western side of Ionia County and many of whose members would serve as the nucleus for Company D of the Third Michigan infantry, which was composed in large part of men who came from western Ionia County and Eaton County and which would be organized in Grand Rapids in the spring of 1861. Indeed, Captain Houghton would also command Company D, Third Michigan.)

Richard stood 5’8” with gray eyes, light hair and a dark complexion and was 18 years old and probably still living in Ionia County when he enlisted in Company D on May 13, 1861 (Edmund Arthur would join Company D in December).

From January of 1862 through June of 1863 Richard was present for duty. He was promoted to First Sergeant on May 4, 1863, replacing Hiel Clark who had been killed at Chancellorsville on May 3, 1863, and was awarded the Kearny Cross for his participation in the battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia on May 3, 1863.

Richard was wounded in the left leg while the regiment was engaged in the Peach Orchard on July 2, 1863, at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He remained hospitalized until May 25, 1864, when he was discharged at Jarvis general hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. His discharge paper noted that he suffered from a compound comminuted fracture of the left thigh caused by a musket ball and the bone had united and the wound was nearly healed, but that he was not eligible for the VRC “as his time soon expires.”
Following his discharge from the army Richard returned to Michigan and may have lived briefly in Grand Rapids. He soon returned to Saranac where he was living in 1865 when he applied for and received a pension (no. 53622), dated November of 1865, drawing $6.00 per month.

He was married to Michigan Lydia E. Branson (1842-1905) on December 11, 1866, in Berlin (Saranac), Ionia County, and they had at least seven children: Jennie (b. 1867), Hugh (b. 1869), Lizzie (b. 1875), Lydia (b. 1877), Thomas (b. 1879), John (b. 1883) and Frederick (b. 1885).

By 1870 Richard was working as a laborer and living with his wife and children in Berlin (Saranac). By 1880 Richard was working as a laborer and living with his wife and children in Boston, Ionia County.

Richard was a member of Grand Army of the Republic Clark Post No. 153 in Saranac, and he was still living in Saranac in 1882 when he became a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association.

He remained in Saranac through 1888 but by 1890 he was living in Ontonagon, Ontonagon County, Michigan, and indeed in 1891 he bought 121 acres of land in Ontonagon County. There is some evidence that by 1894 he had settled in Polkton, Ottawa County, Michigan by 1894, but that is by no means certain. In 1902 he was living in Texola , Greer County, Oklahoma, and probably around 1907 as well although he soon afterwards returned to Saranac. Richard was probably still living in Saranac when he died of pneumonia on January 23, 1909, probably in Saranac. He was buried in Saranac cemetery: lot 144.

Ionia Standard, 29 Jan 1909

Quite a number from here attended the funeral of Richard Arthur, who died at Milwaukee last Saturday. Burial at Saranac.

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