John Buell died 150 years ago



My ancestor John Buell died 150 years ago today at the Battle of Gettysburg.

John was born 28 Feb. 1822 in Batavia, NY to Richard Buell and Eliza North. Sometime in the mid 1840s John moved to Michigan. He married Mary Webster, who was also was originally from New York State on 10 July 1847 in Forest, Genesee County, Michigan. John farmed there and also worked for his brother, Jay, in logging. John and Mary had 2 children; Theodore born in 1849 and Eleanor in 1849. Young Eleanor died 1 July 1850 and her mother Mary a few weeks later on 20 July. John would marry again on 2 Oct. 1861 to Clarissa, the former Mrs. Day.

John enlisted in the Army on 29 Aug. 862 at Detroit. He would serve in Co. K of the 5th Michigan Cavalry. That unit left for Washington, DC, on 4 December of that year. They served in the defense of the capital until June 1863, when they joined the Cavalry Corps of the Army of the Potomac. On 30 June 1963, the 5th Michigan Cavalry took part in the Battle of Hanover (Penn.). They then let for Gettysburg where the battle raged from 1 July to 3 July. It was on that last day at Gettysburg where John died. He was one of the 46,000 and 51,000 casualties. John was buried on the battlefield.

John left his widow, Clarissa, who would eventually receive pension benefits, and a son, Theodore (my ancestor). Theodore must not liked living with a step mother as he returned to NY State by 1865.