Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Artemus Able Hastings 1836 – 1864

Artemus Hastings was the son of Asa and Anna (Goddard) Hastings born 1836.  He and younger brother Rufus enlisted in the 93rd New York Volunteer Infantry on November 15, 1861.  Following the Peninsula Campaign the 93rd was assigned to Provost Marshall Duty.  They served the commanding General of the Army of the Potomac until the spring of 1864.  Provost Marshall Duty kept them out of the fighting but did not keep them out of harm’s way.  At the Battle of Gettysburg they were serving General Meade.  In the morning of the third day of battle the Confederate Army prepared for Pickett’s charge with an artillery barrage.  Many of their shells overshot the Union troops landing in the camp of General Meade.
In March of 1864 Artemus reenlisted in the 93rd NYV.  Many of the original volunteers did not re-enlist leaving the Union Army with a shortage of veteran soldiers.  The 93rd was thus reassigned to Winfield Scott Hancock’s Second Corp, David B. Birney’s Third Division, Alexander Hays’ Second Brigade.  There first action was in the opening Battle of 1864 at the Wilderness.  Late in the day of May 5, 1864 the 93rd was pushed into action to prevent a Confederate break through at the Plank Road.
The Regimental History tells a story of the soldiers drinking their coffee after dark on that first night of the battle.  Artemus and other members of Company A were wondering “how many of them would be around for coffee on the next night.”  Details about Artemus end at this point but records show that he served, at times, leading his Company with the regimental colors.  On May 6th, the second day of the battle, the 93rd and the Second Corp made a major push driving the Confederate Army three miles backward until General Longstreet arrived on the scene.  At some point during this action Artemus was killed.  His body was never recovered from the Wilderness Battle field.  This was the battlefield where canon fire ignited the brush and undergrowth leaving the battlefield in flames.  Many wounded soldiers were consumed by these flames.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Gideon A. Hastings & David Robinson Hastings

Gideon A. Hastings (1821 – 1905) was the oldest son of John and Abigail (Straw) Hastings.  He is descended from my 5th Great Grandfather and is my third cousin.  He enlisted in Company A, 12th Maine Infantry on November 15, 1861 as a Captain.  He was promoted to the rank of Major on July 31, 1862.  Gideon served in the Army of the Gulf and later in the Army of the Shenandoah under General Sheridan.  After the War he was appointed Provost Judge in Savannah, Georgia.  He also served as Marshall of West Georgia.  Afterwards he was detailed to serve in the Freedman’s Bureau for Southwestern Georgia with headquarters in Albany, GA.  He was mustered out of the Army April 26, 1866.

David R. Hastings (1823 - ) was the second son of John and Abigail (Straw) Hastings.  He enlisted in Company A, 12th Maine Infantry on November 15, 1861 as a Major.  He resigned on June 15, 1862.

The 12th Maine Infantry was a part of the Army of the Gulf and were at the surrender of New Orleans.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Joseph Atwood Hastings 1827 to 1901

 Joseph was the son of Asa and Anna (Goddard) Hastings.  He was one of four brothers who enlisted in the Union Army.

Enlisted on July 24, 1862 at Horicon, New York as a Private.
On August 18, 1862 he mustered into "D" Co. New York 118th Infantry
He was Mustered Out on June 13 1865 at Richmond, Virginia
* Private (Reduced to ranks)
* Sergt 8/29/1862
* Sergt 3/29/1863
Brevetted to Lieutenant after the War

Joseph was the Color Sergeant for the 118th NYV.  The average soldier in the Union Army was 5’ 7” tall.  Joseph was 6’6” tall.  It has been said that the colors of the 118th were held higher than any other Union regiment.  Joseph requested two pairs of pants from the Quarter Master and sewed them together to make a pair to fit his long legs.  The Regimental history notes that the colors of the 118th were never captured by the rebel army but on more than one occasion that was due only to the long legs of Joe Hastings.
It has been noted that President Lincoln loved to talk with men of his stature.  The 118th NYV was one of the first regiments to enter Richmond when it fell.  President Lincoln visited Richmond shortly thereafter.  I have often wondered if Joseph may have met the President at that time.

The GAR unit in Bolton Landing, New York was named after Joseph A. Hastings.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

James M Hastings 1832 to 1864

James Hastings was one of four sons of Asa and Anna (Goddard) Hastings who fought in the Civil War.  James enlisted in Co. D, 118th New York Volunteer Infantry.  James’ health was bad during most of his military career.  On October 28, 1863 he was transferred to 14th Veteran Reserve Corp.  He was promoted to the rank of Sgt with the VRC. 
James died of disease on December 14, 1864 in Washington, D.C.  It was about this time that the cemeteries in and around Washington were becoming filled with the casualties from the war.  A new National cemetery was opened at Arlington and James was one of the first to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Grave site is at Section 13, Site 6159