At some point, and I don’t know when, the Richmonds left Ashtabula. They apparently headed to Indiana, perhaps to join up with David’s sisters in Lake County, but I can find no trace of them in the 1860 census anywhere. In May 1861, Joshua enlisted in the 12th Indiana Infantry for a one year tour. He was probably about 16, but his age is listed as 18. He is listed as Webster J. (for Joshua) Richmond. He enlisted in Grant County, so that may be where the Richmonds were living, but I can’t find them there.
Two months after Joshua enlisted in the 12th, brother David Richmond enlisted in Company B, 20th Indiana, for a 3 year tour. He enlisted from Lake County, so at this point he at least was a resident.
After Joshua’s one year enlistment with the 12th was finished, he came back to Indiana and immediately reenlisted, this time in the 20th Indiana, B Company, and joined his brother David. I have copies of Joshua’s muster roll, and he was excused for special duty with an ambulance corps for a few months in the fall of 1862. Unfortunately he was with the 20th when they were in Gettysburg the following summer, because he was killed. He is one of the “lucky” soldiers to have his own grave and gravestone at the Gettysburg Cemetery, possibly because his brother was there to identify him.
I have copies of Joshua's compiled military service record, which I ordered from the National Archives. It had his muster records (basically, was this soldier present during this month? and then he could be paid), the casualty sheet, form for examining a recruit (this is very interesting and a bit funny, they ask if you've been sick, have you ever had fits, ever had a head wound, ever had the "horrors," are you in the habit of drinking.....he answered yes to that one), his volunteer enlistment form, and so on.
Also, his name apparently was Webster Joshua Richmond. In his first tour with the 12th, he was known as Webster. All his recruitment papers for the 20th, say Webster J. or Webster, but his muster roll says Joshua, so probably that is the name he preferred.
|Col. John Wheeler||Gettysburg||July 2, 1863|
|George W. Edgerton||Gettysburg||July 2, 1863|
|Horace Fuller||Wilderness||May 5, 1864|
|Lawrence Frantz||Spootsylvania||May 12, 1864|
|John Griesell [Griesel}||David Island||August 16, 1862|
|C. Hazworth||--||May 26, 1863|
|Wm. Johnson||Petersburg||June 18, 1864|
|Albert Kale||Camp Hampton||Dec. 17, 1861|
|Wm. Mutchler||Camp Smith||April 25, 1862|
|P. Mutchler||Washington||July 15, 1862|
|James Merrill||Wilderness||May 5, 1864|
|S. Pangburn||Andersonville||November 6, 1864|
|D. Pinckerton* [Pinkerton]||--||--|
|J. Richmond||Gettysburg||July 2, 1863|
|John F. Torr* [Farr]||Washington||November 24, 1862|
|Isaac Williams||--||July 5, 1863|
|Charles Winters||City Point||June 19, 1864|
Go to Joshua W. Richmond, "Pioneer History Index," for further information.
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