Historical records matching Oliver Stebbins
About Oliver Stebbins
Oliver Stebbins was the brother of Amanda Stebbins Kohler. Oliver was from Three Rivers, St. Joseph County, Michigan. His mother was Charlotte Orendorff Stebbins.
At the age of 18, Oliver enlisted in 11th Michigan Infantry Division, Company B, of the Union army, February 17, 1865 for a one year enlistment period. With the war winding down by this time, Oliver probably did not participate in any great battles, but performed his duty well none the less. While in Chattanooga, Oliver died of the measles on April 27, 1865 and was buried in the Chattanooga National Cemetery, grave number 8724.
Below are 3 letters about Oliver. Two of the letters are from John Schroder, who had the next bed to Oliver in the hospital where he was being treated for the measles. One of these letters was to let Charlotte know he was taking care of Oliver as best he could. The second letter from John Schroder, told Charlotte of Oliver's death. The third letter is the letter from the 11th Michigan Infantry informing Charlotte of Oliver's death. The spelling and grammer have been preserved as transcribed.
Chattanooga, Tenn., April the 23 186
Mrs. Stebbins I will let you know about your Oliver he is sick in the Hospital here. he was brought here with the Measles he has got over the Measles and has got Nuemonia in his side and the Bronchetis in the other side it is a hard case I have been here sick with the Measles and am just getting over them I am doing all that I can for your Dear Son he is very thirsty and wants atter every little while I watched him all last night and if he was in his right mind I assure you he will get well my bed is right beside his if he wants any thing he cals on me but I dont know whether he is in his right mind or not I see that he has something to eat every meal for I giv it to him myself I belong to the same regiment that he does. I will write you again in two or three days No more at present
from John Schroder
adress Mr. John Schroder Co J 11th Michigan Inf Chattanooga, Tennessee
Chattanooga, Tenn., April 27th 186
Mrs. Stebinss Dear Madam I sorry to lett you now that your Dear Son is Dead he Deady At 12 oClock at noon the 27 day of April I had sent for boys that he new but they did nott come I fill so if it is mens Duttey to write you and let you no that your Dear Son he has gon whar we all will haf to go up. Dan and I feel for him he was in good spirits for he deay I geaf him a drinck of watter about 10 minnits for he deady and he said to me John I will remember you but he call for me most all the time he never said anney thing about his father wial he was sick he gott one letter from you I read the letter to him and he was glad to hear from you I haf written one letter befor to you But I don no if you haf got it or not I will go and see his garve wen I can gett thar I am som weak yet I will let you no about his garve and wet kind of plays he is buryed from your friend John Schroder
Co J the 11th Mich Infantry
Your Dear Son Close will be sent bey express to you to Michigan he had no money wen he cam to hospitil only 75 cents and it was spent for him he had a Silver ring I hop you will gett his nam is on the ring I was going to sent it to you in a letter but it had to go with his close if God burys men live I will putt som flowers on his garve I was very sick with you Dear Son in the hospitil hear my home is in Butler Branch County Mich
Michigan Vol Infty
April 28, 1865
It is my painful dutty to inform you of the Death of your son. He died in the Hospital in this place yesterday (April 27th 1865) of Rubeola (Measles) He was sent to the Hospital about (3) weeks ago he received as good care as one can get in the Hospl-he was visited by some of the men every day and all was done that surgeons and nurses could do under the circumstances Henry Parker of my Company has visited him together with others
He made one of the best Soldiers in the Regt-always doing his duty when called uppon and was verry much respected by all who knew him especially in his own company
He was steady honest and upright-and everything that makes a Gentleman and soldier and his lost is verry deeply felt by all his comrades and his officers.
He died a good Christian and a good soldier to his country and will be remembered as such by all who knew him. He will be burried in the National Cemetary with Military honors.
The cemetery is beautifully located all are soldiers in this-Department receive as good a burrial as he would north although it is done in a soldiers way
The dispatch which I received read as follows from the doctor in charge
Office USA Genl Hospit Chattanooga Tenn Apl 28 65
Comdg officer Co. B 11th Mich Infty
I have to inform you that private Oliver Stebbins of your Co. died April 27th 65 of Rubeola (Measles)
Effects Knapsack.Great coat,Trousers,Shirt,2 pr drawers,Chest,loaf shoes
Very Respectfully your Obt Sevat John H Phillipes Surgeon USA Volenteers in charge
Anything which I can do heard from you will be done by letting me know His effects and pay will be sent to you through the Surgeon in charge or from Washington D.C.
Your Obt Sevat.
Merle Cook, Ist Lieut. Commanding Co. B
11th Mich Vol Infty