Hemenway, Howard Spencer Pvt., 2nd NY Volunteer Cavalry

Howard Spencer Hemenway was born on the 18th of April 1842 in Bristol, Hartford County Connecticut to Nathan and Rachel Spencer Hemenway, Jr.  After the War Between the States on December first of 1865 he married Louisa Matthews in Geauga, Ohio.  They had one child, a son, Hiram Howard Hemenway born the 22nd of November 1867, from which descends this line to the member of the Laura Bella Stoddard Tent 22, Daughter of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865.  He died on the 14th of March 1919 in Ashtabula, Geauga County, Ohio.

On August 9, 1861, this unmarried farmer enlisted for 3 years in Captain Mallory’s Harris Light Cavalry, in Hartford, Connecticut as a private. His company, Company C, was known as the Connecticut Squadron, one of 12 recruited starting in 1861. All twelve companies then became known as the 2nd New York Volunteer Calvary. They fought with the Union Army throughout the entire war (1861-1865).  The 2nd ranked eighth in the list of mounted regiments which lost the most men in action during the war.

Private Howard Hemenway detailed as a waggoner and a teamster starting on July 1, 1862 until the battle of Liberty Mills in which his life would change significantly.  This battle involved General Meade’s Union forces following General Lee’s army in Virginia after they both crossed the Potomac River in Union pursuit of confederates following the battle of Gettysburg. At Liberty Mills, Virginia, on the 23rd of September 1863 the 2nd New York engaged in battle with General Jeb Stuart’s Confederate Cavalry. Hemenway was captured there and confined at Belle Isle on the James River near Richmond, Virginia for five months. For during his capture, he became very ill due to exposure and want of proper food.  He describes himself as a “broken down man sorely afflicted with rheumatism, bronchitis, disease of the kidneys (dropsy), liver enlarged and hardened so as to affect his lungs.” On the 21st of March he was sent to Camp Parole in Annapolis, Maryland spending most of the month of April.  He was then sent to Camp Stoneman in Alexandria May 18th 1864. He rejoined his regiment in July of 1864 but so disabled from his imprisonment that he was no longer able to ride a horse.  Instead, he drove teams to continue his service and fulfill his commitment to the Union.  His received an honorable discharge in New York on September 10, 1864.  He then married Louisa Matthews on the first of December, 1865 in Geauga, Ohio.

Sources: Birth, Death and Marriage Records; Pension Records from the National Archives; Muster Rolls from Company C, Harris Light Cavalry; Wikipedia; Robert J. Trout: After Gettysburg Cavalry Operations July 14 – December 31, 1863; The Union Army: a history of military affairs in the loyal states, 1861-65 – records of the regiments in the Union army – cyclopedia of battles—memoirs of commanders and soldiers, Volume II: New York, Maryland, West Virginia and Ohio. Madison, WI: Federal Pub. Co. 1908.

Respectfully Submitted:  Debbie Nelson Zemer Kendrick

DUV Virtual Meeting – February 12, 2021 Presentation – “Wreaths Across America: What it IS and What it ISN’T”

Our guest to present this program is Brenda Kaesler. Since April of 2015, Brenda has been actively
growing in her role with Wreaths Across America. In 2016 she accepted the
challenge of Co-Location Leader for Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego,
and Location Leader in 2018. Seeing her solution-oriented mindset, Wreaths
Across America invited her to their headquarters in Maine for training and to join
14 other Location Leaders from across the country forming the Solution-Oriented
Wreaths Advisory Team (SWAT).

It was her involvement with WAA that led to becoming a Daughter of the American
Revolution in March 2018. DAR California State Regent Susan Broderick
appointed her the 2020 – 2022 State Vice Chair of Service for Veterans-Wreaths
Across America, and she was recently appointed by the DAR President General to
serve as National Vice Chair of that committee.

Wreaths Across America

Friday, November 22, 2019

The Santa Barbara Cemetery will be an Official Location for the 2019 National Wreaths Across America Day, December 14, 2019.

This holiday season Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War (DUVCW), Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22, will join with millions of volunteers throughout the country to honor our nation’s military veterans by participating in Wreaths Across America Day.  At 10:00 am on December 14th, following a brief ceremony at the Santa Barbara Cemetery located at 901 Channel Drive, wreaths will be distributed amongst the gravesites of Fallen Veterans and those who served in our armed services.  The Santa Barbara Cemetery is one of nearly 2,000 participating locations that come together across the country every year in December to Remember, Honor and Teach.

The public is invited to sponsor the purchase of wreaths for $15 each, volunteer to help distribute wreaths, and is also encouraged to attend the brief ceremony at the Santa Barbara Cemetery. 

Wreaths may be purchased from DUVCW Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22’s “Three for Two” program:  https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/CA0525    

For every two wreaths sponsored, a third will be donated for placement at a veteran’s final resting spot at the beautiful Santa Barbara Cemetery.  The deadline for the purchase of a wreath(s) is December 2, 2019. 

For more information about Wreaths Across America: www.wreathsacrossamerica.org 

For more information about Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War (DUVCW), Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22:  https://duvcwsbar.org

Media contacts:

Amber Caron                                                                                       Mary E Hall

207-513-6457                                                                                     805-895-8589 acaron@wreathsacrossamerica.org