BALDWIN - Major Elisha G. Baldwin
Last of the Original Captains of 141st New York Volunteers
Major Elisha G. Baldwin, a Brave Officer, Survived all his Brother Captains of the Recruit, but Rests at Last
The funeral of Elisha G. Baldwin will take place tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at the late residence, No. 207 Spaulding street. His demise was primarily due to paralysis, the hand of death touching the body at 4:30 o'clock Friday afternoon. Elisha Baldwin was born in Rush Run hotel at Ridgebury, Bradford county, Pa., September 8, 1833. He was a son of Lathrupt Baldwin, born in Newtown [Elmira] January 14, 1794, and Sally Griswold Baldwin, born in Chemung, February 17, 1796. The grandfather of Elisha was Isaac Baldwin, Jr. of Norwich, Conn., who was born there in 1776, and came to Chemung valley in its early settlement. The father of Elisha and his family moved to Elmira, or rather returned, for they had once resided here, in 18434, and lived in the old courthouse on Lake street. Later the building became the city hall, and was moved to Market street. It is now occupied by the Alpha club, and owned by the B.P.O.E. At the age of twelve years Elisha left his father's bed and board, and went to work for William Jenkins, down the river road. That was in 1845. During the winter of 1850 he attended the Elmira academy. His brother, Lathrop, and Charles Fairman conducted the Elmira Republican. He went in to his brother's print shop in March, 1850, and remained there five years. Subsequently he was foreman of the Republican. On October 23, 1855, he married Elizabeth Curtis, at Charles Fairman's residence on High street. In 1856 he left the Republican and became foreman on the Advertiser, remaining there until 1862. O his army and subsequent service he recently wrote the following, which was found in his diary:
In August, 1862, in company with James McMillan and Robert F. Stewart,
we opened a recruiting office on Lake street, and in one week went into
barracks with a full company of 100 men and three officers. and we were
Company C, 141st New York Volunteers. My brother, Lathrop, was mortally
wounded at Peach Tree Creek, July 20, 1864. All the officers except myself
and one second lieutenant of my regiment having been killed or wounded
in this battle I could remain with my dying brother but a short time, and
I never saw him any more. Lathrop was buried in Woodlawn cemetery, and
his memory is perpetuated in the naming of the Baldwin post in his honor.
During the last days of the war I was on duty in Elmira under General B.F.
Tracy. After the war I went into the oil country, where I stayed until
1867, when I returned to Elmira. Then I went again into the Advertiser
office, after a short try at the insurance business, and the paper was
then published by Seymour Fairman. Luther Caldwell and Colonel James S.
Thurston. I was placed in charge of the press, and continued there until
1869, when I received an appointment as assistant assessor of internal
revenue. I.S. Copeland, who was by helper as pressman, succeeded me in
that position. I remained in the revenue office until 1877, when I was
succeeded by Captain E.T. Walker, when I opened an insurance office with
Joseph A. Barney, afterwards Baldwin & Dumars, then Baldwin & G.
Fred Potter, coming up to the present successor, C.C. Keeton.
In 1882 Mr. Baldwin went to Dakota, where he lived until about two years ago, returning to Elmira to pass the remainder. Those of his immediate family who survive are his widow, who is a sister of Mrs. H.W. Magowan; a widowed daughter, Mrs. Warren Hastings Wasson, who was Allie, living with her parents; Mrs. Harry E. Goodrich, who was Josie, of Fargo, N.D.; Mrs. Elmira Knapp, of Elmira, mother of Mrs. Frane Wormley and of Mrs. Clara Smith, as his sole surviving sister. Rev. R. Lew Williams will officiate at the services at the house. Baldwin post No.6, GAR, will carry out its ritual. - Sunday Telegram, July 8, 1906
I have noticed there is continuing interest with the 141st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry on the list. I have the book "The Regimental History of the 141st PVI", written by Rev. David Craft. It has a list of the soldiers who served in the 141st in the back, they are listed by individual companies. If there is any mention of the individual soldier by name in the text of the book, then a page number was placed next to their name in the company list so that one could go directly to that page and read about the soldier. I would be willing to serve as a look up person for those wishing to search for relatives who served in the 141st PVI. I have my name listed on many Civil War sites on the internet as a look-up person for the Regiment and I'd be happy to do it for those on this site as well.
Published On 6/8/98 6
By Joyce M. Tice
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