Ashley Carpenter, Warrenville’s First Civil War Casualty

The following excerpts taken from Ashley’s mother, Sarah Warren Carpenter’s notes written in 1895 will fill in the gap between his last entry and his death on November 30, 1862, in Scottsville, Kentucky.

“In ’62 our oldest son Ashley and a boy that had lived in our family 12 years, Robert Corlet, 4 years older than our son, enlisted.  We hoped then the war would soon be over –the regiment was first in Chicago, then at Dixon and then back to Chicago –before leaving Dixon our son was sick so he obtained a furlough and came home for a few days, then they were sent to Kentucky –he had only been from home 2 months –when Ashley was taken sick from hard marching and exposure.  We received a letter from the physician and surgeon of the 105th, Dr. Potter with whom we were well acquainted, saying Ashley is sick –we obliged to push on south, I leave him in the hands of a good physician –and whatever the result, Ashley is all right –he has the confidence and respect of the whole regiment, and is every inch a hero –We soon received a dispatch sent to his brother Philo Carpenter –whose son brought it to us at 11 oclock at night –and at 2 o’clock that morning he was on his way to Chicago hoping to take the morning train south –but could not get his passes and his money changed in time, so had to wait till the evening train –when he arrived at Bowling Green he hurried on to Scottsville as fast as possible, he found Ashley just alive, but past speaking –though they thought he knew he had come had been looking very anxiously for him.  They started as quickly as possible expecting to travel all night, hoping to meet the morning train at Bowling Green but there was a severe thunder storm in the night and they had to stop at the house of a rebel –they arrived in time but it was because the train was delayed 2 hours–the young friend that took care of Ashley was left at Bowling Green sick he only lived 2 weeks–On arriving at Chicago was met by friends, took him to the undertakers and the next forenoon about 40 of our relatives went to see the remains–my husband had three sisters and a brother and I had three sisters living there at that time.  (my husband came home that night and the next afternoon two of my sisters came out with the remains, funeral Friday.  Ashley was the first one of our regiment to be brought home and in a very short time 14 soldiers were laid in our little cemetery at Warrenville.  There was a great many palliating circumstances connected with our son’s sickness and death.  Two of the Captains took great pains to find him a nice place; they got him in to a good union family, merchant in the place, members of the Baptist Church, and their names were Carpenter.  They had 5 sick soldiers at the time they gave him the parlor and took excellent care of him–my husband became very much attached to them–and before the war closed they came up and made us a visit, and we visited them–we corresponded with them as long as they lived, and do yet with the family.  Robert went all through the war and came to us with consumption, lived 5 months.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 30, 1862

30th Sunday  rather a fine cloudy day with the ground covered with snow, spit snow in evening, I did my choars was at the office in morning & at Hoyts came home before noon & choared round some etc called at Hoyts in evening came home about 8 & soon went to bed, Wm McNelly came here about noon & went away a little before 4 & David & the rest left soon after for home.  Ashley Carpenter died today at a Mr Carpenters in Scottsville in Kentucky.  Carpenter got there a little before he died & started home with him in afternoon.  John Billings & Cooper came with him to Bowling Green.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 29, 1862

29th Saturday  rather a fine day with the ground covered with snow, not cold, I did my choars was at store the most of forenoon & at home in afternoon banking house & choaring round was at office in evening, eat some oysters & came home about 9 & went to bed after 10 nearly sick.  David & Eliza McNelly & Wm Ackly came here about dusk & stay all night it snowed tonight, they went to bed about 12.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 28, 1862

28th Friday  rather a fine day snowed some in evening.  I did my choars was at the office the most of the day & evening came home about 9 & went to bed about 10 nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 27, 1862

27th Thursday  rather a fine day snowed a little during the night.  I did my choars was at the office the most of the day & evening came home about 9 & went to bed at 10 Thanksgiven Frank came home from Chicago.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 26, 1862

26th Wednesday  Snowed a little.  I did my choars was at the office all day & in evening came home about 9 & went to bed about 10 nearly sick, Frank went to Chicago.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 25, 1862

25th Tuesday  rather a fine day but cool.  I did my choars was at home all day, at office in the evening, came home about 9 & soon went to bed Jerry Pollard helped me all day to fix my cistern & put a stone on it weighing 6500, Wm McNellys girl was here & her father Elib Potter went back to Boyds.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 24, 1862

24th Monday  rather a fine cool day I did my choars was at the office a part of the day & at home a part of the day came home about 9 & soon went to bed Elib Potter came & stayed all night.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 23, 1862

23rd Sunday  A fine pleasant day & evening,  I did my choars went to the office in morning came back by Hoyts & went to fix a rool on my corn crib did my choars wrote some called at Hoyts a short time came home & washed me & went to bed about 9.”

Civil War Diaries, November 22, 1862

Ashley Carpenter Diary Entry:

Nov. 22  We ate our morning rations & waited for the relief pickets. ”

Hiram Leonard Diary Entry:

22nd Saturday  A fine day with cool air, I did my choars went to the Junction to see Dr McConnel got back a few minutes after 12 eat dinner & helped Knox finish husking corn.  Knox husked all day, was at the office in evening came home a little after 9 & went to bed 10.”