(1836 - 1864)
Home State: Michigan
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 8th Michigan Infantry
From Niles, he mustered as Lieutenant Colonel of the Eighth Infantry in August 1861 at Detroit, then age 26.
On the Campaign
He commanded the Regiment in place of Colonel William Fenton, but resigned his commission on 27 September.
The rest of the War
He was again mustered as Colonel on 1 May 1863 and led the regiment thereafter until he was killed in action at the Wilderness, VA on 6 May 1864. His body was not recovered and may have been buried on the field.
After the War
A memorial to him is in Silverbrook Cemetery, Niles, MI. GAR Frank Graves Post #64 (1882-1910) in Niles, MI was named for him.
More on the Web
Service data from Michigan in the War.1 His picture here from a portrait painted in 1869, from a daguerrotype, by John Mix Stanly, found in Hassrick & Besaw's Painted Journeys: The Art of John Mix Stanley (2015). The painting is now in the collection of the Universtiry of Arizona Museum of Art, in Tucson. His memorial site is on Findagrave.
1836; Niles, MI
05/06/1864; the Wilderness, VA