he mustered out
May 31, 1865
Solomon Ishmael was born November 14, 1817, in Kentucky to Robert and Mary Adams Ishmael. He was married first to America Manning, and they had six children (including my 3rd great grandmother, Serena Jane Ishmael) before she died in 1860. He married Elizabeth Martin in 1861 and they had six children together.
|Muster roll showing|
According to the various muster rolls, Solomon contracted small pox in around February 1864, and was in the hospital in McMinnville, Tennessee, until at least after the muster roll dated January 14, 1865. His regiment was guarding the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad at McMinnville from December 1863 to July 1864, so that fits in the right timeframe. While he was ill, his company saw much action, including the Battle of Peach Tree Creek and the Battle of Atlanta in Georgia. It appears that he was eventually well enough to rejoin his regiment at some point, as he was mustered out near Washington, D.C, at the end of the war.
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His Civil War documents also give us some personal details about Solomon:
- He was a farmer.
- He was born in Nicholas County, Kentucky (which is corroborated by census documents).
- He had grey eyes and brown hair.
- He was 5'10" tall (or 6' 1/2", depending on which document you look at) and had a medium complexion.
- He was not able to write his own name, and made his "mark" on documents where a signature was required.
- He was generally healthy when he enlisted: he'd been vaccinated, his organs were all "sound and perfectly formed," he was not a drinker and he'd never had "the horrors."
- He enlisted for a period of three years.
- Oddly, several of the documents noted his age as 35, 42, 44 or 45 years old. In truth, he was between 44 and 47 years old during his time of service.
- Prior to joining the Union Army, he had been enlisted in the Kings Regiment of the Missouri State Militia.
|Form for Examining a Recruit|
|Declaration of Recruit|
|Volunteer Enlistment Form. Also includes signature of |
his recruiting officer, Samuel Rooks
(another of my 4th great grandfathers)
77y 1m 5d. "Rest soldier, rest. Thy warfare o'er. Sleep the sleep that knows no breaking. Dream of battlefields no more, days of danger, nights of waking." Co B 23 Mo Inf.
Here's how I'm descended from Solomon J. Ishmael:
Solomon J. Ishmael/America Manning >Serena Jane Ishmael/Thomas J. Rooks >Mary Jane Rooks/Frederick Harmon Brittain >Andrew Lee Brittain/Jessie Luetta Halstead >Woodie Leroy Brittain/Edith Vivian Hunt >William Lee Brittain/Rebecca Elizabeth Bartram >me!