Private Silas Springer, Co. E, 16th Kentucky Infantry, USA

1824

  • Silas Springer was born in Washington County, OH.

1850

  • August 26: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Lewis County, KY showed Silas, a farmer, and Rebecca living with their two young daughters: Elizabeth and Nancy.

1860

  • July 3: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Lewis County, KY showed Silas, a farm laborer, and Rebecca living with their children: Nancy, Linda, Thomas, Lucinda, Albert, John and George.

1862

  • January: Silas Springer enlisted in the U.S. Army at Camp Lee.
  • February 28 to December: Company Muster Rolls: Present.

1863

  • January to December: Company Muster Rolls. Present.

1864

  • January 1: Re-enlisted as a Veteran Volunteer.           
  • January & February: Company Muster Roll. Present. Remarks “Veteran Transferred from Co. K Jan 1, 1864.”
  • February 5: Appears on M. and D. Roll of Veteran Volunteers/Louisville, KY. Bounty Paid: $60.00 Due: $340.00. Remarks “Reenlisted as Vet. Vols under G.O. 191 of 1863 W.D.”
  • March to June: Company Muster Roll. Present. Remarks “Vet.”
  • July & August:  Company Muster Roll. Absent. Remarks “Vet Sent to division hospital sick July 23rd 1864.”
  • September & October:  Company Muster Roll. Present. Remarks “Vet.”
  • November 30: Silas was taken prisoner of war while fighting in the Battle of Franklin.
  • November & December: Company Muster Roll. Absent. Remarks “Vet Prisoner of war captured Nov. 30 1864.”

1865

  • January & February:  Company Muster Roll.  Absent. Remarks “Vet prisoner of war captured near Nashville Tenn Nov 30, 1864.”
  • March & April: Company Muster Roll.  Absent.  Remarks “Vet Missing in action Nov 29. 1864”
  • April 27:  Silas was killed in the Sultana explosion.

1891

  • August 13: A “minor” dependents pension was filed for minor “Nancy Mason.”

1894

  • April 24: Silas' wife Rebecca filed for a military widows pension.