James H Davidson


James H Davidson

Hardin County, Ohio, USA
Death 8 Mar 1929 (aged 85)
Milford, Seward County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Milford, Seward County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 59107583 View Source
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Davidson was just 18, and living in Mt. Pleasant, Henry Co., Iowa, when he enlisted as a Private in Co. C of the 4th Iowa Cavalry on Feb 22, 1862. He was mustered into federal service on March 7, 1862.

During the term of his service, Davidson was promoted to 8th Corporal on March 1, 1863; to 7th Corporal on June 10, 1863; to 5th Corporal on Sept 1, 1863; to 3rd Corporal (Musician) on Feb 9, 1864; and finally to 2nd Corporal on Oct 22, 1864.

On Aug 18, 1863, Davidson was taken prisoner near Grenada, Mississippi. He was imprisoned at several different institutions, including Lilly, Belle Isle, Castle Thunder at Richmond, and at Andersonville. While at Andersonville, he escaped twice from the prison pen. Both times he was recaptured by guards using bloodhounds, and returned to custody.

He was paroled from custody in Nov 1864, and sent to a camp for parolees at Columbus, Ohio, where he was later mustered out of the service on March 6, 1865, when the term of his enlistment had expired.

After the war was over, Davidson was one of many inmates from Andersonville called to testify at the trial of notorious camp commandant, Henry Wirz, who was convicted of war crimes and hanged.

He was Post Commander of Winslow Post No. 56 in Milford, and is shown as its last surviving member prior to his death.

In below courtesy of Kathy Monical

"James H. Davidson was born in Hardin county, Ohio, Nov. 26, 1843, and died March 8, 1929, at Milford, Nebraska, having passed his 85th birthday last October.

"He came to Iowa in early manhood locating near Mt. Pleasant. Here he enlisted, in 1861, in the 4th Iowa Cavalry, Company C, serving through the war. He was held in eight different prisons, including Andersonville.

"In1870 he was united in marriage to Emma Jobes and the same year he came west locating on a homestead east of Milford. He knew all the privations and hard times of the pioneer of that day.

"To this marriage was born seven children. One dying in infancy, and another, Mrs. Boshart, who passed away in 1913. Those who are left to mourn his going are: W. H. Davidson of Beatrice, Nebr.; Almer Davidson of Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Frank Kiser of Rosepine, La.; Mrs. Fred Neff of Milford; and Mrs. Bert Buster of Ashland, Nebr.

"When his six children were all small, he moved to Milford, and shortly afterward his wife passed away. With courage and patience he took up the task of bringing up these motherless little ones, and those who mourn for him today, understand the loving self-sacrifice he underwent for them.

"He loved his country, his children and his home. Kindly, patient and thoughtful for all about him, and uncomplaining through all suffering, he tried to find the bright side for us all. His health had been failing for about two years, but he was not seriously stricken until about two weeks ago.

"At the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred Neff, he laid down life's burden, and entered into that rest, is that for those who, having done their best, lays down to well deserved repose. Of his immediate family, there are five children, sixteen grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.

"Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church at 2:30 Sunday, Rev. N. E. Durkee officiating. Burial was in Blue Mound Cemetery where the local American Legion Post had charge of the service.

"Out-of-town relatives who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Davidson of Beatrice Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Buster and family of Ashland, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Johnston and Mr. and Mrs. Vern Jones of Lincoln, Nebr.; Mr. Ivan Way, Mrs. Greeley Asbury, Mrs. Martin Springer and Mrs. Bertie Herrick, all of Waterbury, Nebr.; Mrs. Frank Surber of South Sioux City, Nebr.; and Mrs. Clarence F. Burdg of Cincinnati, Ohio."

Milford Review, Milford, NE, Thur, March 14, 1929


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