Silas Myron Dutton (1824 - 1913) MP

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Birthplace: Hannibal, NY, USA
Death: Died in Denver, CO, USA
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He served as a Private in Companies C and D, 2nd Colorado Cavalry.

In 1870 he and wife Hattie L. were in Lacon, Illinois. He was working as a nursery man. He seems to have left his wife about 1880. In 1880 his wife was living in LaSalle, Illinois, but was not enumerated in the household. In 1883 he appears on a list of Civil War pensioners (Certificate No. 78,135) living in Greeley, Nebraska, having had a gun shot wound in his right arm. He was receiving $14/month. He filed for an invalid's pension on 21 February 1886. His name appears on an undated list of of Nebraska G.A.R. members at Post No. 12, Sidney, Nebraska. In 1895 he was living alone in Leavenworth, Kansas, and working as a nursery man. He reported that he had come to Kansas from Nebraska. In 1900 he was living at Fremont, Nebraska, and working as a day laborer. He reported that he was single. On the same census, his wife reported that she was a widow. In 1910, he was living in the Lakeside neighborhood at 4460 Xavier Street in Denver, Colorado. He was a gardener, but not working. He reported that he was a widower. He died before 4 August 1913, his burial date. According to Riverside Cemetery caretaker, the mortuary, Orahood, was not a usual Denver mortuary, so Silas might have died in one of the mountain communities west of Denver.

2nd Colorado Cavalry

"The 2nd Colorado Cavalry was formed in November 1863, by consolidation of the incomplete 2nd Colorado Infantry and 3rd Colorado Infantry. The first and only colonel of the regiment was James H. Ford; Theodore Dodd was the lieutenant colonel. At the time of consolidation, Company A of the 2nd Colorado Infantry (Dodd's former company) became Company B of the 2nd Colorado Cavalry. Company B of the 2nd Colorado Infantry (originally Ford's Independent Company) became Company A of the 2nd Colorado Cavalry, in a move which has confused researchers for more than a century. Abstracts of records of men who served in the independent companies, infantry regiments, and the cavalry regiment generally list all three affiliations.

"In January, 1864, the 2nd Colorado Cavalry was ordered to the Missouri border counties of Jackson, Cass, and Bates, (part of the new Department of Kansas), to relieve Kansas troops defending against Confederate "bushwhackers," loosely-organized guerillas. Beginning in late April, 1864, the regiment fought several skirmishes with bushwhackers throughout the summer months, while John Evans, the new governor of Colorado Territory, pleaded for their return to Colorado. Just as the 2nd Colorado prepared to return for Indian-fighting duty in Colorado, the Confederate General Sterling Price began his invasion of Missouri. The 2nd Colorado was attached to the Union force raised to repel the invasion, and took part in the battles of the Little Blue, Westport, Marais des Cygnes, and Mine Creek in October, 1864. When Price withdrew, the 2nd Colorado was part of the pursuit, meeting him for the last time near Fayetteville, Arkansas, in November, 1864.

"The 2nd Colorado Cavalry was moved to Fort Leavenworth (Kansas) in December, 1864, where Colonel Ford, with the brevet rank of Brigadier General, commanded the military District of the Upper Arkansas. As the first companies of the regiment began to muster out in December, the remaining troops moved to Fort Riley, Kansas. As the Indian war which began the previous summer continued, the 2nd Colorado was largely devoted to escorting supply and wagon trains across Kansas, and occasional skirmishes with Indians.

"The Independent Battery raised at the same time as the 2nd Infantry regiment remained with the 2nd Colorado after the summer of 1864, until it mustered out in August 1865. The last troops of the 2nd Colorado Cavalry were mustered out in September 1865. Records of this regiment in the Colorado State Archives include muster rolls, transcripts of records, and casualty records." [Colorado Volunteers Civil War, http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/civwar/civilwar.html, visited Nov. 3, 2008.]

"SERVICE.--Organizing Regiment at Benton Barracks, Mo., until January, 1864. Companies "F," "G," "H" and "K" on duty in Colorado at Fort Lyon and other points until November 26, 1863. March to Fort Riley, Kansas, November 26-December 25, thence to Kansas City, Mo., January 6, 1864. Regiment moved from St. Louis, Mo., to Dresden January 16, 1864, thence to Kansas City February 15-20. Assigned to duty in 4th Sub-District of Central Missouri, consisting of Cass, Johnston, Bates and Vernon Counties, Mo., and engaged in protecting borders of Kansas and operations against guerrillas, with almost constant fighting by detachments, until October, 1864. Operating from Kansas City, Independence, Westport, Hickman's Mills, Pleasant Hill and Harrisonville. Skirmish at Dayton, Mo., April 27. Skirmishes in Johnson County April 28-30. Skirmish at Sin Hills April 29 and May 21. Affair at Blue River May 21 (Detachment). Pleasant Hill May 28. Scout on the Osage June 8-19 (Cos. "I" and "L"). Scout from Pleasant Hill June 14-16 (Cos. "D," "I," "K" and "M"). Expedition from Kansas City into Missouri June 18-20 (Cos. "I," "K" and "M"). Operations in Western Missouri July 6-30. Near the Little Blue, Jackson County, July 6 (Co. "C"). Camden Point July 13. Near Fredericksburg July 14. Fayette Road, near Helmsville, July 16. Fredericksburg July 17. Scout on South Platte River, Colo., July 17-28 (Detachment). Ragtown July 20. Camden Point July 22. Union Mills July 22. Pleasant Hill July 25. Near Independence August 1 (Detachment). Scout on Independence Road to Gunter's Mills August 1-3 (Cos. "F," "G," "I," "K" and "L"). Scout from Independence to Lafayette County August 2-8 (Detachment). Scout from Independence to Lafayette and Jackson Counties August 13-18 (Cos. "C," "D," "F," "I," "K" and "M"). Operations in Lafayette, Howard and Saline Counties Aug. 13-22. Engagement, Canadian River, I. T., August 21 (Detachment). Scouts in Jackson and Cass Counties August 25-29 (Co. "D"). Skirmish near Pleasant Hill August 26 (Co. "D"). Operations against Price's Invasion August 29-December 2. Scouts on Little Blue, Jackson County, September 2-10 (Co. "A"). Walnut Creek September 25. Skirmish near Pleasant Hill September 26. Regiment concentrated at Pleasant Hill October 1, and cover Independence and front of the Army of the Border. Near Lexington October 17 (Cos. "C," "E," "G," "K" and "L"). Lexington October 19. Battle of Little Blue October 21. Pursuit of Price October 21-28. Independence and State Line October 22. Big Blue and Westport October 23. Marias Des Cygnes, Mine Creek, Little Osage River, October 25. Newtonia October 28. Moved to District of the Upper Arkansas December 22, and engaged in operations against Indians about Fort Riley, Fort Zarah, Fort Ellsworth and Fort Larned until September, 1865. Skirmish at Godfrey's Ranch, Colo., January 14, 1865 (Detachment). Operations on Overland Stage Route from Denver to Julesburg, Colo., January 14-25 (Detachment). Skirmish at Fort Zarah February 1 (Co. "C"). Scout from Fort Larned to Crooked Creek March 9 (Detachment). Near Fort Zarah April 23 (Detachment). Pawnee Rock May 20 (Detachment). Cow Creek Station, Plum Butte and Pawnee Rock June 12 (Detachments). Mustered out at Leavenworth, Kansas, September 23, 1865." [The 2nd Colorado Cavalry Regiment, http://www.mycivilwar.com/regiments/usa-west/co_cav_reg_02.htm, visited Nov. 4, 2008.]

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Silas Dutton's Timeline

1824
December 21, 1824
Hannibal, NY, USA
1856
February 14, 1856
Age 31
Kankakee, IL, USA
1870
1870
Age 45
IL, USA
1870
Age 45
1876
1876
Age 51
IL, USA
1913
August 14, 1913
Age 88
Denver, CO, USA
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Commerce City, CO, USA