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 Nathaniel McNeal

Nathaniel McNeal

Birth
Ohio, USA
Death 5 Jan 1927 (aged 81)
McClain County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Mulhall, Logan County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 96582715 · View Source
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Nathaniel McNeal
1845-1927
Union - Ohio
Corporal
Company A
31st Ohio Infantry

Nathaniel was born October 9, 1845 in Muskingum, Ohio. He had four brothers and two sisters.
By 1860 he and the family had moved to Salt Lick, Ohio, where they likely farmed.
On February 17, 1864, he enlisted in the Union army and was mustered into Company A of the 31st Ohio Infantry as a private. This regiment was formed on August 4, 1861 at Camp Chase in Columbus, Ohio. At the time he entered, the regiment was on duty on Chattanooga, Tennessee and he likely joined up with them there. Because he came into the army so late, he probably didn't see a lot of action, but what action he did see was intense.
After arriving in Chattanooga, they marched to Georgia where they fought in the Atlanta Campaign from May 1, to September 8, 1864, This included battles at Kennesaw and Marietta before the battle for Atlanta. They also took part in the Siege of Savannah in December, before marching into the Carolina from January through April of 1865, with major events at Fayetteville, Bentonville and Raleigh after which they accepted the surrender of Johnston and his army.
During this time, he was promoted to corporal. From April 29 to May 20, 1865 they marched to Washington DC and on June 5, 1865 they marched back to camp in Louisville, Kentucky, where they were mustered out of service after wars end on July 20, 1865.
When the war was over, Nathaniel settled in Iowa, in the Iowa City area. In 1870, he married Mary Martin in Webster Iowa. Over time they had five daughters and three sons. Sadly, their last two children died at less than a year old.
McNeal farmed and did odd jobs in the area and moved to several different Iowa locations between 1870 and 1910, including Kendrick, Milford and Denison where he continued doing mainly odd jobs and manual labor.
In 1912 he moved back to Ohio, in Mt. Vernon, where he had a house on 3rd Ave and worked as a driver.
On September 27, 1918 he checked into the Disable Veterans Hospital in Leavenworth, Kansas, suffering from a combination of hardening of the arteries, rheumatism and hemorrhoids. He checked himself out of the hospital on October 21.
After he left the hospital he moved to the Perry area in Oklahoma, to be near family, where he lived out his life and passed away on January 5, 1927 and is buried in the Mulhall cemetery.
An interesting story I came across in the Perry Journal from January of 1926....soon after the war, McNeal loaned a fellow soldier, Sgt. S.F. Stewart, $500 to help start up a business. In 1866 their paths crossed in Chariton, Iowa and McNeal bought a pair of pants from Stewart for $5, on credit. Stewart eventually paid back his loan, with interest and McNeal assumed his debt had been taken out of the interest paid to him. It had not. Years later , at a G.A.R. meeting in Omaha, Ne., the forgotten debt was brought up and McNeal immediately paid it back, with interest...$13.40..it's easy to laugh off that amount of money today, but that was quite a bit back then. Stewart sent him a receipt for the payment with a nice letter of thanks and McNeal considered that his most prized possession.

By Things Forgotten 7-27-2016


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  • Maintained by: Robert "Rob" Weller
  • Originally Created by: RobMinteer57
  • Added: 5 Sep 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 96582715
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Nathaniel McNeal (Oct 1845–5 Jan 1927), Find A Grave Memorial no. 96582715, citing Victor Cemetery, Mulhall, Logan County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Robert "Rob" Weller (contributor 46505507) .