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Federal (USV)


Jonas Seaman, Jr.

(c. 1816 - 1889)

Home State: Ohio

Command Billet: Commanding Detachment

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: Third Independant Company, Ohio Cavalry

Before Antietam

Giving his age as 20 (probably 17) and occupation as "turner" - a toolmaker and industrial metalworker - he enlisted in Cincinnati, OH on 28 May 1833 as a Private in Company (Troop) D, United States Dragoons. He was discharged at the end of his term on 28 May 1836 at Camp Sabine, LA. He served again, during the Mexican War (1846-48), enrolling as 2nd Lieutenant (or "Assistant Lieutenant") of Company A, First Tennessee Mounted Infantry at Hickory Withe, TN on 9 June 1846, and he mustered out in New Orleans on 31 May 1847.

In 1860 he was a 45 year old clerk living with boot & shoe merchant Robert James and family in Cincinnati, OH. He enlisted on 4 July 1861 as First (or Orderly) Sergeant in the 3rd Company, Ohio Cavalry - also known as Pfau's Cincinnati Cavalry. He was appointed First Lieutenant on 10 March 1862.

On the Campaign

He commanded his Company in Maryland.

The rest of the War

He resigned his commission and was discharged for disability on 6 December 1863. He enlisted again, possibly drafted, as a Private in Company F, 51st Ohio Infantry on 6 October 1864 and was mustered out at Camp Dennison, OH on 1 August 1865.

After the War

He was again a turner in Cincinnati, OH. On 19 March 1874 he was admitted to the Soldier's Home in Dayton, OH, and he died there of a cerebral hemorrhage on 28 August 1889.

References & notes

His service from the Ohio Roster,1 Mexican War Veterans,2 his Mexican War Compiled Service Record, via fold3, and the Registers.3 Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860, and the Registers of the United States National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. His gravesite is on Findagrave; his government stone has him in the 3rd Ohio Battery.

He married Mary Cart (1819-). He married again, Dimanda Mills (1841-1880) in March 1863 in Kanawha County (VA, now West Virginia).

More on the Web

The Golden Lamb in Lebanon, OH, established by his father in 1803, is said to be the oldest continuously operating business, or at least hotel, in Ohio.


c. 1816; Deerfield, OH


08/28/1889; burial in Dayton National Cemetery, Dayton, OH


1   State of Ohio, Roster Commission, Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, 12 Volumes, Akron: The Werner Company, 1893-95, Vol. XI, pg. 697  [AotW citation 17089]

2   Robarts, William Hugh, Mexican War Veterans: a Complete Roster of the Regular and Volunteer troops in the War between the United States and Mexico, from 1846 to 1848, Washington, DC: Brentano's, 1887, pg. 72  [AotW citation 29485]

3   US Army, Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914, Washington, DC: National Archives, 1956, Vol. 038, pg. 178  [AotW citation 29486]