Saturday, August 31, 2013

F.D. Ketchum's Aid to Civil War Soldiers

On August 16, 1861 Company E of the 7th Ohio Volunteer Infantry was engaged in the Battle of Cross Lanes, (West) Virginia, during the Civil War. According to the History of Erie County, Ohio, edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich, several men from the Ohio 7th were killed, wounded or captured. Frederick D. Ketchum, a pioneer ship builder from Huron, Ohio, covered expenses related to attending to the wounded soldiers from the 7th Ohio Volunteer Infantry after the devastating battle. F.D. Ketchum's son, George C. Ketchum, was an officer in Company E, of the Ohio 7th and he survived the Battle of Cross Lanes.

Listed below is a list of names of individuals who contributed to repaying F.D. Ketchum for the expenses he paid out for the care of wounded soldiers following the Battle of Cross Lanes.

Transcribed, it reads:



After the Civil War, both F. D. Ketchum and George C. Ketchum moved to Mackinac County, Michigan, where George C. Ketchum served as Probate Judge of Mackinac County from 1873-1877, and as Postmaster, from 1877-1880. Both father and son are buried in the Mackinac Island Protestant Cemetery.

1 comment:

Rob't said...

Thanks for sharing this! Capt Frederick D Ketchum is one of my maternal third great-grandfathers. You can read more about him and his family at my blog, Uncontained Multitudes, at robtsfamily.blogspot.com, using the tags Ketchum or Cherry.
Besides his son, George Cherry Ketchum, whom you mention, another relative of mine in the list of soldiers was William Hopkins Cherry, one of Frederick Ketchum's brothers-in-law. Unfortunately, he did not survive the war, having been killed in a railway accident in 1864.