Capt Leonard H Hunt

Capt Leonard H Hunt

Birth
Manchester, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
Death 24 Jan 1906 (aged 65)
Lowell, Kent County, Michigan, USA
Burial Lowell, Kent County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 46693961 · View Source
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Captain Leonard H. Hunt of Lowell, Michigan
Veteran Leonard Hunt had served prior to joining the 26th Michigan in Co. C. of the 1st Michigan L.A.N. He enlisted further in the U.S. Civil War with Co. I. of the 26th MI as Second Lieutenant on August 15, 1862, at the age of 22. He was promoted 1st Lieutenant on Dec. 23, 1863, and was wounded in action at Todd's Tavern near Spotsylvania.

Near Petersburg, Lt. Leonard Hunt of Co. I. 26th Michigan had learned that his wife, Annie, was in fatal health. He was granted leave and attempted to walk from camp near Petersburg to City Point on the James River. Weakened from his many battles and stricken by colic, he was forced to return to camp where his brother-in-law, Sgt. Arvine Hunter, then accompanied him by ambulance to City Point. Twenty-year-old Annie Hunt died in Lowell that same day in 1864.

Lt. Leonard Hunt never made another entry in his diary. Despite efforts to extend his leave because of his own failing health, Hunt returned to the field and resumed his post. By the end of the year Michigan Governor Austin Blair [ Find A Grave Memorial# 6248000 ] would appoint Leonard H. Hunt to the rank of captain in the 26th Michigan. He was promoted Acting Quartermaster, and soon commissioned Captain of Co. I, 26th Michigan Sept. 26, 1864. His certificate was signed by Michigan Governor Austin Blair and is held in reserve at the State Archives of Michigan.

Captain Hunt served until he was discharged in March of 1865 due to disability from chronic illness. His signature is later featured on the G.A.R. charter for Lowell, Michigan. Born on August 13, 1840, Captain Leonard Hunt died in 1906 and is buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Kent County, Michigan. His officer's sword from Spotsylvania is held at the State Museum of Michigan in Lansing and his image has been carefully preserved in the State Archives


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  • Maintained by: Sandy VanderTol
  • Originally Created by: L.G. Overmyer
  • Added: 14 Jan 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 46693961
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Leonard H Hunt (13 Aug 1840–24 Jan 1906), Find a Grave Memorial no. 46693961, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Lowell, Kent County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Sandy VanderTol (contributor 47946311) .