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Dundy County - Civil War Veterans
The American Civil War (1861–1865), in the United States often referred to as simply the Civil War and sometimes called the "War Between the States", was a civil war fought over the secession of the Confederate States. Eleven southern slave states declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America ("the Confederacy"); the other 25 states supported the federal government ("the Union"). After four years of warfare, mostly within the Southern states, the Confederacy surrendered and slavery was abolished everywhere in the nation. Issues that led to war were partially resolved in the Reconstruction Era that followed, though others remained unresolved.
--Wikipedia

Listed below are the Dundy County men who served during the Civil War
G. Althouse
W. J. Baney
Platte Baylis
David Benson
(Service Profile)
Billy Brown Mr. Bruhan John Corey George Drummond
J. H. Ferman
(Service Profile)
J. H. Frazell W. S. Frazell Andy Gilbert
James Gray
 (Bio)   (Service Profile)
Thomas Hamilton J. H. Harper Mr. Hawks
Pike Jones J. R. King John Leslie Mr. Lynch
Schuyler Mudge  John Newberry A. H. Nordyke
(Bio)
S. M. Page
M. H. Pierce Benson Plymate O. I. Pringle J. S. Prouty
Bill Pugh Judd Stevens R. D. Stotler Charles Smith
 (Service Profile)
Chet Thompson GeorgeWeikel
(Service Profile)
Lee L. West G. M. Williams
John Wright John Yonker

John Bullock Pettit
served in Illinois Regiment
(Service Profile)
George W. Sherbondy
(Service Profile)


Dundy County World War I
Dundy County World War II
Dundy County Gold Star Boys
Dundy County Military
Memorial Day Parade 1894


If you know of a veteran from Dundy County that is not listed here, please contact the Dundy County Host.  We would like to include all veterans.
Private David Benson
Company I, 80th Ohio Infantry


Benson was born on January 10, 1842. He enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on October 14, 1862. Benson served 9 months with the unit. He was discharged on July 14, 1863 at Vicksburg, Mississippi.

The 80th Ohio Infantry was organized at Canal Dover, Ohio between October 1861 and February 1862. During Benson’s enlistment the unit was involved in several major battles. Some of them include:
  • Battle of Iuka (MS) (September 19, 1862).
  • Battle of Corinth (MS) (October 3-4, 1862). Regimental losses were 7 killed, 24 wounded, and 9 were captured.
  • Battle of Champion’s Hill (MS) (May 16, 1863).
  • Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (June 6-July 4, 1863).
Benson died on April 6, 1932 at the age of 90 years. He is buried in the Hiawatha Cemetery in Dundy County, Nebraska. He was one of the last members of the Sackett Post (#285) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Haigler, Nebraska. In addition, he was a member of the Champion Post (#301) of the GAR in Imperial, Nebraska.
Private James Gray
Company F, 25th Illinois Infantry
Company K, 15th New York Cavalry


Gray was born in Ireland on November 26, 1840. He was living in Loda (Iroquois County), Illinois when he enlisted in the 25th Illinois Infantry on June 4, 1861. The 20 year old farmer was mustered in the unit on August 6, 1861 and served over 3 years. He was mustered out on September 5, 1864 at Springfield, Illinois. Gray rejoined the military as a member of the 15th New York Cavalry. He enlisted and was mustered on September 17, 1864 and served 9 months. He was mustered out of the 2nd unit on June 12, 1865 at Alexandria, Virginia.

The 25th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at St Louis on August 4, 1861. During his enlistment, the unit was involved in several major battles. Some of them include:
  • Battle of Pea Ridge (AK) (March 6-8, 1862).
  • Siege of Corinth (MS) (April 29-May 30, 1862).
  • Battle of Stone’s River (TN) (December 30-31, 1862 – January 1-3, 1863).
  • Battle of Chickamauga (GA) (September 19-20, 1863).
  • Atlanta (GA) Campaign (June 7-August 1, 1864).
  • Assault on Kenesaw Mountain (GA) (June 27, 1864).
  • Battle of Peach Tree Creek (GA) (July 19-20, 1864).
Gray joined the 15th New York Cavalry in the latter stages of the Civil War. The unit was assigned to the Appomattox Campaign (VA) (March 28-April 9, 1865) and was involved in several major battles and military operations. Some of them include:
  • Battle of Five Forks (VA) (April 1, 1865).
  • Fall of Petersburg (VA) (April 2, 1865).
  • Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House (VA) (April 9, 1865).
  • Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (April 9, 1865).
Gray died on January 3, 1923 at the age of 82 years. He is buried in the Haigler Cemetery in Haigler (Dundy County), Nebraska. He was the last member of the Sackett Post (#285) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Haigler.
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Corporal James H. Ferman
Company H, 1st Iowa Cavalry

Ferman was born in Illinois on August 15, 1838. He was living in Albia (Monroe County), Iowa when he enlisted on June 13, 1861. He was mustered on August 3, 1861 and served over 3 years. He was promoted to corporal on June 1, 1863 and received two additional promotions within the rank of corporal.  Ferman was mustered out of the outfit at Davenport, Iowa on September 9, 1864.

The 1st Iowa Cavalry was organized at Davenport, Iowa in August and September, 1861. The unit was assigned to several southern and central states during the Civil War. Most of its’ duty was in Arkansas. The regiment fought at the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry (AK) on April 30, 1864.

Ferman died on March 31, 1933 at the age of 94 years. He is buried in the Benkelman Cemetery in Benkleman (Dundy County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Edwards Post (#217) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Benkelman. In addition, he was a member of the Garfield Post (#80) Post of the GAR in Red Cloud, Nebraska.
Private Charles W Smith
Company B, 46th Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864)

Smith was born in New York on November 17, 1844. He was residing in Tabor (Mils County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on May 21, 1864. Smith was mustered in on June 10, 1864. He served a little over 3 months and was mustered out of the regiment on September 23, 1864.

The 46th Iowa Infantry was organized at Davenport, Iowa on June 10, 1864 for 100 days of service. It was sent to Tennessee and performed guard duty on the Memphis & Charleston Railroad.

Smith died on March 29, 1932 at the age of 87 years. He is buried in the Benkelman Cemetery in Benkelman (Dundy County), Nebraska. He was one of the last members of the Sackett Post (#285) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Haigler, Nebraska.

Sergeant John Bullock Pettit
Company E. 112th Regiment of Illinois 

John Bullock Pettit was born in New York State on February 20, 1825.  He married Delana Watson and eight children were born to this marriage.  Delana died in 1867 after the family had moved to Illinois.  In October 1868 he married Caroline Ottman and five children were born to this union.  

Information in the Department of the Interior Bureau of Pension Records shows that John enlisted on August 12, 1862, in Company E, 112th Regiment of Illinois Infantry Volunteers, commanded by Col. Thomas Henderson, when the call came from Lincoln for men to fight in the Civil War.  John was promoted to Sergeant and was honorably discharged at Springfield, Illinois on February 17, 1865.  During this time of war, John, in his line of duty at Lexinton Kentucky, on or about the first of January 1863, came down with typhoid fever and was not placed in hospital but treated in quarters on his own request.  He improved somewhat in bodily health, but during the winter, sores broke out on his left leg.  He remained there four weeks and then joined his regiment in Kentucky.  He also was in service with his regiment in Knoxville, Tennessee and in Geogia.  In the latter part of 1864, he was sent to hospital at Springfield Illinois and remained there until his final discharge.

In 1880 the family moved to Blair, Nebraska and then to Cheyenne County, Kansas in 1895.  This was their home until John died on June 15, 1906.  He is buried in the Benkelman Cemetery.


Pvt. George Weikel
Company K. 1st Cavalry Regiment

George enlisted June 13, 1861 and was mustered to K Co at Burlington, Iowa on Aug 17, 1861.  He reenlisted on Feb 24, 1864.   Battle history of the Company, while fairly active, was mostly small scale actions in Arkansas and Missouri.   His service record has a notation of "Distinguished Service."

K Company was assigned occupation duty at Austin, Texas after Lee's surrender at Appomattox  in Apr of 1865.  The unit was mustered out at Austin on Feb 15, 1866 with the veterans  returning to Davenport, Iowa on Mar 13 for discharge.  George returned home at Clermont, Iowa after discharge, moved to Montana Territory in 1871, back to Iowa several years later, to Nebraska at Furnas in 1884 and then Kansas or Nebraska at Cherokee Run prior to his death in 1891.  George is buried at the Haigler Cemetery.

Pvt. George W. Sherbondy
Company I. 111th Ohio Infantry
Veteran Reserve Corp
George W. Sherbondy was born August 16, 1830, Died September 20, 1914 and is buried in the Benkelman Cemetery
Military History:  Allegiance-Union.  Home State was Ohio
George was 28 years old when he enlisted on August 21, 1862, as a private and mustered into Co. I, 111th Ohio Infantry.  On March 8, 1865 he was transferred into the veteran Reserve Corps and was mustered out of service on June 26, 1865 at Washington, D.C.  The 11th Ohio Infantry saw action at Huff's Ferry, Loudon Creek, Campbell's Station, Knoxville, Blain's Cross Roads and Danridge.  Soldier Details found in the U.S. National Park Service, Film Number M552, Roll 98