Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Nathan Holloway

Nathan Holloway was born in 1840 in Erie County, Ohio.

Nathan left Ohio and headed west, eventually settling in western Michigan where by 1860 he was a farm laborer working for and/or living with G. Wellman, a farmer in Wright, Ottawa County.

He stood 5’6” with brown eyes, sandy hair and a sandy complexion, and was 21 years old and possibly residing in Tallmadge, Ottawa County when he enlisted in Company B on May 13, 1861. He reenlisted on December 23, 1863, at Brandy Station, Virginia, crediting Grand Rapids, was presumably absent on veteran’s furlough in January of 1864 and probably returned to the Regiment on or about the first of February.

He was wounded on May 6, 1864, at the Wilderness, Virginia, and reportedly died from his wounds on May 12 near the Wilderness.

However, it is quite possible that he died in a hospital in New Jersey. In August of 1869 the Grand Rapids Democrat printed the following notice: “Ex-governor [Marcus] Ward, of New Jersey, to whose care was confided many soldiers’ discharges and property of those dying in hospitals, has now in his possession articles belonging to Mathew [sic] Holloway, Co. B, Third Michigan Infantry [two other names follow]. If the friends of these soldiers will address Marcus L. Ward, Room #2, Post Office Building, Newark N. J., they can doubtless secure the relics.”

There is no further record. No pension seems to be available.

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