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GAR Personal War Sketches Mart Armstrong Post 202

GAR Personal War Sketches Mart Armstrong Post 202

Did you happen to catch the July issue of Going In-Depth? If not you’re missing out! It’s jammed full of genealogy help and information. Better yet it’s free every month!

You can take a look at it here. While you’re at it flip to page 19. That’s my article on the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). I learned so much researching that article. The little known resources I found locally on Civil War veterans is killer.

Today I’m following up on the Personal Sketches album I referred to in the article. Here’s one page of that fabulous book written in the veteran’s own hand! We get a glimpse into what the war was like for him. What events and people he’ll never forget. It’s his story.

**I did correct the spelling when transcribing this page hoping to make it easier to read. I didn’t change punctuation.**

W. Francis Maltbie
born December 24, 1836 in Centerville, Montgomery County, Ohio

I first entered the service April 20, 1861 at Lima, Ohio. Entered as a private Co. F 20th Regiment OVI and was a private at the close of the war. I was first discharged August 18, 1861 at Columbus Ohio by reason of expiration of term of service. Reenlisted on the 30 day of August 1861was transferred from Co. B 81st OVI to Co. D 81st OVI in December 1864 and was discharged July 13, 1865 Louisville, KY by reason of expiration of term of service.

Record of Service
My first battle was Pittsburg Landing, Tenn – 2nd Corinth Miss in May and June 1862 commonly -??- the Siege of Corinth. 3d battle was the battle at Corinth October 3 and 4th 1862 – 4th Resaca Ga 5th OstaNaula – 6th Lays (Fery) Ferry – 7th Rome Cross Roads. 8Th Dallas. 9Th Kenesaw Mountain. . . 10th Atlanta July 22nd to the 27th the Siege of Atlanta 11th Jonesborrow August 31st 1864. 12th Savannah – 13 Bentonville North Carolina

Record of escapes
I was slightly bruised from a spent shell at Corinth Miss Oct 3d 1862 and another time at the Siege of Atlanta Ga I never was in a hospital and was never taking prisoner

Intimate Comrades
Sumner T Mason, Gidion Ditto, J W Tellier, Thomas A Maltbie, G W Miller, J M Nantshurr, A Fulmer, G W Dirtson

Noted Events (Battle of Pittsburg Landing, Atlanta Campaign. Shermans March
of importance (to the Sea, and through the Carolinas, and Grand Review Washington

Maltbie took the time to record his Civil War service in his GAR post’s book. It was that important to him! Only about a quarter of the members did.

Maltbie page GAR Personal War Sketches Mart Armstrong Post 202

Maltbie page GAR Personal War Sketches Mart Armstrong Post 202

In addition I found a reference to Frank online at the Center for Archival Collections provided by Bowling Green State University. This is another great resource if your ancestors were from northwest Ohio.
William “Frank” Maltbie enlisted as a 24 year old Private in Company B, 81st Ohio Volunteer Infantry on August 30, 1861, mustering into service the same day. Reenlisting as a veteran in 1864, he was transferred to Company D on December 27, 1864 and mustered out with the regiment July 13, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky.
Letter: Lima Weekly Gazette: April 8, 1863

Also in just a few small online look ups I found that Frank came home from the war and married Sue Ballard in October 1869. They lived in a couple small towns in Allen County over the years. Frank farmed and in later years became a “Co. Bible Agent”. In fact his headstone lists him as a reverend. They never had children listed on the census but shared their home with Mary Maltbie and a niece at different times. Maltbie was a proud and active member of the local Mart Armstrong GAR Post 202. Finally at the age of 68 Frank passed away May 5, 1905.

Every Civil War veteran has a story and this is Frank’s story. Make sure you tell your ancestor’s.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. David Lehmann says:

    I second your comment about the valuable resources of BGSU’s Center For Archival Collections at Jerome Library. I found a book there titled “Reminiscences of a Soldier” by my Great-Grandfather’s first cousin Henry G Lehmann. I was allowed to photograph the entire book. It includes two photos of Henry, one in his Civil War uniform and the other in the early 1900’s, when the book was written. It was also signed by Henry to my Great-Great Grandfather’s sister, Sara Lehmann Bach.

    I haven’t found a GAR Post Book telling Henry’s experiences, although I believe he was a member of W.C. Scott Post 100, Van Wert, Ohio. I see him listed as several attending National Encampments.

  2. Cindy,

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today’s Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2013/08/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-august-30.html

    Have a great weekend!

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