Friday, November 12, 2010

David Stone

David Stone was born in 1835.

David was 26 years old and possibly living in Muskegon County, Michigan, when he enlisted in Company H on May 6, 1861. (Company H, formerly the “Muskegon Rangers,” was made up largely of men from the vicinity of Muskegon and Newaygo counties.)

He was reportedly killed in action on May 5, 1862, at Williamsburg, Virginia, but there is no mention of his being killed during the conflict in any reports by men of the Old Third after the battle. Indeed, George Vanderpool, of Company H who kept a diary makes no mention of David’s death and given that he would have been the first man to die in action from that company it would undoubtedly have been worth noting at the time. Moreover, none of the other frequent correspondents mention this either. Furthermore, it does appear that David probably died of typhoid fever, probably the at the regimental hospital near Yorktown. According to Surgeon Zenas Bliss of the Third Michigan, in his official report of that period, he noted six deaths by typhoid fever occuring during the period of about four to five weeks that the regiment was in camp near Yorktown.

In any case, David was presumably buried among the unknown soldiers either at Williamsburg or Yorktown.

No pension seems to be available.

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