(1834 - 1902)
Home State: Connecticut
Branch of Service: Infantry
In 1860 he was a farmer at Simsbury in Hartford County, CT. He enlisted and mustered as First Sergeant of Company E, 16th Connecticut Infantry on 7 August 1862.
On the Campaign
He was with his Company in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was promoted to First Lieutenant, probably in December 1862, and was captured, along with most of his regiment, at Plymouth, NC on 20 April 1864. He was a prisoner in Macon, Savannah, and Andersonville, GA, and Charleston and Columbia, SC. He was paroled in March 1865 and was discharged on 15 May 1865.
After the War
By 1870 he was a farmer on his father-in-law's place at Simsbury. In 1880 he was working his own place at Simsbury (and his widowed mother-in-law was living with him); he was there to at least 1900, by then living as an "invalid soldier."
References & notes
His service from Ingersoll.1 His presence at Antietam from his Recollections of Camp and Prison Life (unpublished) from the Simsbury Historical Society. POW details from a piece by Barbara Austen of the Connecticut Historical Society. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860-1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave. Thanks to great-great-grandson James Silliman for his picture, from an excellent photograph in his collection.
His brother Ariel was also in Company E of the 16th and at Antietam. Their younger brother Oliver was killed at Antietam while a Private in the 8th Connecticut Infantry and was buried on the field by his brothers.
He married Julia Salome Chaffee (1839-1923) in October 1857 in Simsbury and they had 9 children. Her mother was a Case.
More on the Web
Alonzo's experience finding and burying his brother Oliver at Antietam is beautifly documented by J.P. Rogers in a post on his blog Oliver Cromwell Case.
See more about Alonzo and his family in the newsletter of the Simsbury Genealogical and Historical Research Society (Winter 2006-07) [PDF].
A collection of 6 of his letters home from various POW camps was sold at auction by Siegel Auctions in 2015.
06/07/1834; Simsbury, CT
05/05/1902; burial in Simsbury Cemetery, Simsbury, CT