The Stamford Historical Society Presents
Civil War: At Home and in the Field
a 2003 Exhibit and more
Biographies of Soldiers whose Images are Shown in the Exhibit
S Avery enlisted on January 3, 1862. He was mustered into the service
of Co. B of the 13th CT Volunteer infantry as a private on January
11. His tenure of service was only a year since he was discharged due
to physical disabilities on January 14, 1863. (Aaron Avery is at right in the photo.)
G. Brady enlisted on May 7, 1861 and was mustered into the 3rd Connecticut
Volunteers on May 14, 1861, serving as Lt. Col. until mustered out
on August 12, 1861. In August, 1862 he was authorized to recruit a
company of volunteers in Stamford which he quickly accomplished and
was promoted to Major of Co. B, 17th Connecticut. At the Battle of
Gettysburg. Major Brady assumed temporary command of the Regiment upon
the death of Lt. Col. Douglas Fowler on July 1, 1863. Brady was wounded
on July 2. He was discharged for disability October 21, 1863.
at West Point as a member of the class of 1861, Samuel Peter Ferris
graduated at the rank of 2nd Lieutenant and joined the 8th US Infantry.
He was with this regiment at the 1st
Battle of Bull Run on June 21, 1861. He enlisted into the volunteer
regiment on October 18, 1862. He was mustered in as Colonel of the
28th CT Volunteer Infantry on November 15, 1862. He had served in the
US Army prior. He was promoted from 1st Lieutenant of the Regular US
Infantry on November 15, 1862. He was made Brevet Captain on June 14,
1863 and Mustered out of Volunteer Service on August 28, 1863. He later
served as Brevet Major of the US Army reaching this rank on October
28, 1864. He later became Captain of the 30th Regiment of the US Infantry
on July 28, 1866.
Benjamin Greaves enlisted on September 11, 1861 and was mustered into
Company G of the 10th CT Volunteer Infantry on October 2 at the rank
of Corporal. He was promoted to 1st Sergeant on January 1, 1862. He was
later promoted to 2d Lieutenant on May 20 1862 and then 1st Lieutenant
on August 23, 1862. He made Captain on October 30, 1862. He was discharged
after a long service on October 25, 1864.
first enlisted on April 25, 1861. He was mustered into Co. F 3rd CT
Volunteer Infantry as a private on May 14, 1861. He reenlisted on July
25, 1862. He was mustered into Co. B of the 17th CT Volunteer infantry
as a Sergeant on August 28, 1862. He was promoted to 1st Sergeant shortly
thereafter on September 3, 1862. He was again promoted to 1st Lieutenant
of Co. B on October 10, 1863 and finally to Captain, although he was
not mustered, on June 29 1865. He was mustered out of the service on
July 19, 1865.
Hobbie was on of six brothers, the sons of Harvey Hobby, all of whom
enrolled into the volunteer service. He enlisted on April 25, 1861
and on May 14 1861 was mustered into the 3rd CT Volunteer Infantry
at the rank of 1st Sergeant. He reenlisted on July 18, 1862. He was
mustered in the second time as 1st Lieutenant of Company B of the 17th
CT Volunteer Infantry on August 28, 1862. He was promoted to Captain
on August 29, 1862. He was wounded on May 2, 1863 at Brooks Station, Chancellorsville,
Virginia, and was later captured on May 19, 1864 at Welaka, Florida.
He was finally paroled on November 18, 1864 and mustered out on July
Charles Hobbie as veteran
Provost enlisted on August 22, 1861. He was mustered into Co D of the
6th CT Infantry as a Sergeant on September 5, 1861. He was promoted
1st Sergeant on March 1, 1863. He reenlisted on December 24, 1863 and
was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant of Co. I of the 6th on April 8, 1864.
He was wounded on May 16, 1864 at Drewry’s
Bluff, Virginia. On June 18, 1864 he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant
of Co. E of the 6th. He was discharged September 23, 1864. He was awarded
a Medal of Honor for his service during the Union assault on Fort Wagner,
from Picturesque Stamford 1892
three brothers, all of whom joined the volunteer regiments, George
Scofield enlisted April 25, 1861. He was mustered into Co. F of the
3rd CT Volunteer
Infantry as a Private on May 14. He reenlisted on July 24, 1862. He
was mustered into Co. B of the 17th CT Volunteer Infantry as a Sergeant
on August 28, 1862. He
was captured May 19, l864 in Welaka, FL, paroled November l8, l864 and mustered
out July 19, l865.
Walter Keeler Scofield, Physician,
Naval Medical Officer. (1839-1910)
One of three
sons of Deacon Alfred Scofield who served in the Navy, Dr. Scofield's illustrious
navy career began with his assignment in 1861 as assistant surgeon on the
U.S. gunboat Sagamore, interrupting his studies at Yale Medical
School. The Sagamore was on blockade duty in Florida waters and
participated in raids along the Florida cost. In 1864 he was assigned to
the steamer Union. For many months his skill as a surgeon was employed
in caring for the sick and wounded in various hospitals in New Orleans, Key
West and Pensacola.
By the end of
the war he was on the staff of the naval hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. Remaining
in the navy, he was allowed to complete his medical studies at Columbia University.
In the years
following the war, Dr. Scofield was stationed in China, Japan, South America,
Africa and Europe. He was a guest at the palace of the Czar in St. Petersburg
as a member of the Fox Commission in 1866 to thank the Russian people for
their assistance to the Union.
Dr. Scofield married Mary Candee and had six children. They established a home
base in Stamford when the children were young.
A quiet, cultured man with an extensive knowledge of world affairs, Dr. Scofield
spoke six languages fluently. He reached the highest rank a surgeon can attain
in the naval service that of rear admiral. He retired in 1901 and spent his summers
in Stamford; his winters in Florida and Cuba.
The Scofield Siblings
first enlisted on September 19, 1861. He was mustered into Company
G of the 10th CT Volunteer Infantry on October 2 at the rank Sergeant.
The Stamford Baptist Church Sunday School students presented their
former teacher with a sword to honor him. He was promoted 1st Sergeant
on May 21, 1862. He rose to 2d Lieutenant on September 18, 1862 although
was not mustered as such. He was wounded on December 14, 1862 at Kingston,
North Carolina. He was later promoted to 1st Lieutenant of Company
C on January 7, 1863 but was not mustered. He died January 11, 1863
of wounds and action received at the Battle of Kingston, North Carolina.
was one of five brothers all of whom joined volunteer regiments during
the Civil War. He enlisted on August 22, 1861 and was mustered into
Company D of the 6th CT Infantry on September 5, 1861 at the rank of
2d Lieutenant. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on October 19, 1862.
He became Captain of Company C of the 6th on March 3, 1864. He was
wounded August 16, 1864 at Deep Run, Virginia. He was discharged December
Oil painting on canvas
of Captain Waterbury
in a classic Civil War period wood and gold leaf frame.
Waterbury enlisted on April 25, 1861 as a sergeant and was mustered
into Co. F 3rd, Conn. Vol. Infantry. He was mustered out on August
12, 1861 at Hartford.
21, 1862 he was commissioned as 2nd Lieut., Co. B, 17th Conn. Vol.
Infantry and was quickly promoted to 1st Lieut. On May 2, 1863 at the
Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia he was captured and sent to Libby
Prison in Richmond where he remained for a month before being released
by exchange, rejoining his regiment in time to engage in the Battle
of Gettysburg, July 1-4, 1863.
he was promoted to Captain and transferred to Co. I where he was put
in charge of the recruiting camp at New Haven. One of his main duties
was safely conveying recruits to the centers of action in Virginia,
Hilton Head, Charleston and New Orleans. This was sometimes risky business
as bounty jumpers became more numerous at recruiting stations as the
war lingered on. He had a very successful record - losing only one
recruit out of the hundreds he and his trusty guard delivered to the
being mustered out on July 19, 1865 Capt. Waterbury returned to Stamford
and to his position as partner in J. L. Lockwood & Co., a large
tin, stove, sheet iron and house furnishing business. It was the same
firm he had come to as a young boy from Darien to learn the tinsmith
Waterbury died on November 14, 1886. He and his wife, Adelaide, are
buried in New Woodland Cemetery.