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Submitted Sep 2010 by Ronald Cannon, MA



Ackerman, Charles Holmes 
1831-5 May 1892
Sgt., Co. A, 2 MA Cav.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (Y-4, Lot 19)
Pension No. 702,239

On Thursday night of last week Chas. H. Ackerman, an old resident of Ukiah, died after a short illness, at the age of 60 years. Deceased was a native of Massachusetts and was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. Fort Bragg Advocate 11 May 1892.

1870 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ukiah, p. 235-B (stamped), dwelling 56, family 56, Chas Ackerman; NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 74.

1880 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ukiah, ED 57, p. 201-A (stamped), dwelling 296, family 306, Chas H Ackerman; NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 68.



Out of the brave “California Hundred,” of whose service we have briefly narrated above, but one is a member of Kearsarge Post, and that one is C. H. Ackerman, who was one of the original hundred. He enlisted in San Francisco in 1862. The men were sworn into service as a body, in Platt’s Hall, by Lieut. Col. Ringgold, U. S. A. the Hundred were reviewed by the Mayor in the Plaza, attended Star King Church in a body previous to their departure, went East in December, by steamer, landed in New York and went direct to Readville, Massachusetts, here they were drilled, amounted and at once assigned to active duty in the Federal service as part of the Second Massachusetts Cavalry, of which Charles Russell Lowell was Colonel. The California Hundred, with three Massachusetts companies, composed the First Battalion of the Regiment, and in February reached Yorktown, under command of Major C Crowninshield, where they performed picket and scouting duty, receiving their first baptism of blood at South Anna Bridge, where seventy Californians and twenty Massachusetts men captures 123 of the Forty-fourth North Carolina Infantry, in a dismounted charge upon their earthworks, with the cry of Captain Reed, “Boys, remember California!” ringing in their ears. They joined the regiment in July, 1863, at Centerville, Virginia, and met the Battalion as an organized part of the command. In the meantime, the Battalion of four companies had been recruited in California and gone East, under command of Major D. W. C. Thompson, with Captains Eigenbrodt, DeMerritt, Adams and Manning as company commanders. On May 12th, these companies were ordered to the front with the remainder of the regiment. They were first attached to the Twenty-third Army Corps, and their first service was as pickets on the outposts between Washington and the army of the Potomac, and fighting Mosby’s guerrillas. On June 26th, they joined the army of the Potomac, then under Gen. Joe Hooker. Detailed by Hooker as his special escort, they went with him as far as Harper’s Ferry, when Hooker received notice of being relieved of command. During the six months many battles were fought and victories won. On February 22, 1864, near Drainsville, Virginia, a detachment of Californians was surprised by the rebels. Captain Reed of the Hundred, was in command, and was killed at the head of his troops, with thirteen others. Many were also captured. This was the most disastrous affair of the war to the Californians. Sergeant Ackerman was in the ranks during the full period, and came out without a scratch, although he had three horses shot from under him. He served through the Shenandoah valley campaign under the brave Sheridan, and distinctly remembers “Sheridan’s Ride” to the rescue. Charley says he can hear old Phill’s words of encouragement, which rallied together a fleeing army, and gained one of the grandest victories on record. In this battle his brother, James B., also of the Hundred, was killed. Sergeant Ackerman says that one of the bravest acts of the regiment during the war was when 800 of them went below Hanover Courthouse, within the very jaws of Richmond, and burned South Ann bridge. Was two years and nine months in the service, was in 43 general engagements and was mustered out Orderly-Sergeant of Co. A, Mass. Cav., in 1865. Of the original Hundred only 18 or 20 survive.(Ukiah Independent, 31 July 1886.)

Aiken, William 
25 December 1841 PA- 20 April 1907
Sgt., Co. A, 2 PA Res. Inf. (31 Vol.)
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg

Another Veteran Gone – William Aiken died at his home, after a few months’ illness, on the 20th inst., aged 65 years, 3 months and 26 days. Deceased was a native of Philadelphia, Pa. He enlisted at the breaking out of the Civil war and served till the close. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Second Reserves, spent nine months in Libby prison and was honorably discharged. In company with his youngest brother, Samuel, 22 years ago he set out for California. They lived and worked together at different places in the redwoods. About ten years ago they purchased a piece of land 2 miles north of Cleone. They improved and beautified this with ornamental and fruit trees, shrubbery and flowers, and Mr. Aiken called it “Fairview.” These brothers lived here since in fellowship and affection which increased with passing years. Their devotion to each other was admirable and commendable.
Mr. Aiken lost his hearing while in the army and never recovered it. He was an upright and worthy man, a true patriot and a noble citizen. Those who knew him held him in high esteem and admired the rare qualities of mind and heart which were manifest in his transparent nature.A brief funeral service was conducted at the Fort Bragg cemetery by his intimate friend, Rev. J.S. Ross, on the 2nd inst, where a large number of friends assembled around the grave. His only relative here is his brother who lived with him and who now occupies the home on the hill. Mendocino Beacon 27 April 1907.

1900 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Tenmile River township, ED 77, p. 171-A (stamped), dwelling 50, family 50, William Aiken; NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 93.
Allen, Isaac 
10 Aug 1831-5 Dec 1895
Co. D, 26 Enrolled MO Militia
Hopland Cemetery

I. Allen, a well known citizen and rancher of the Hopland section, died on Thursday of last week. Dispatch Democrat, 13 December 1895.

1860 U.S. census, Cedar County, Missouri, population schedule, Lynn township, Stockton post office, p. 84, dwelling 600, family 600, Isaac Allen; NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 613.

1870 U.S. census, Cedar County, Missouri, population schedule, Lynn township, Stockton post office, p. 70 (stamped), dwelling 191, family 191, Isaac Allen; NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 768.