This moving tribute to Samuel J. Dick, “Our only son,” is in Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus.
Samuel J. Dick tombstone, Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio. Photo by Amy Crow, taken 2 April 2007; all rights reserved.
“Our only Son / Saml. J. Dick / 1st. Lieut. 18th U.S.I. / born / Dec. 28, 1836 / killed / Dec. 28, 1864”
Samuel J. Dick was born in Pennsylvania. In 1860, 23-year-old Samuel was living in the 3rd Ward of Columbus with Joseph (age 56) and Martha (age 54) Dick. The only other person with that surname living in the household was 19-year-old Jennie.(1) Although it isn’t proof, my theory is that Joseph and Martha were Samuel’s parents.
Samuel enlisted in the 18th U.S. Infantry in 1861 and became a 2nd Lieutenant in June 1862. He was “engaged in battle at Murfreesboro’, action of Hoover’s Gap, and battle of Chickamauga. Mustering Officer of a Division, 14th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, 1863 and 1864. Engaged at the siege of Chattanooga, Atlanta campaign, and in several Cavalry actions.(2) He died of disease in Nashville, Tennessee on December 28, 1864.(3)
Samuel’s mother applied for a pension based on her son’s service on 12 June 1865 (application 97401). The pension index card does not list a certificate number, likely indicated that her pension claim was denied.(4)
1. Joseph Dick household, 1860 federal census (population), Columbus, Franklin Co., Ohio, p. 202, nos. 1163/1273. Image viewed on FamilySearch.org.
2. Guy V. Henry, Military Records of Civilian Appointments in the United States Army, vol. II, (New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1873), 79.
3. Thomas V. Van Horne, George Henry Thomas, and Edward Ruger, History of the Army of the Cumberland (Cincinnati, OH: R. Clarke, 1875), 437.
4. Samuel J. Dick, Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900, National Archives publication T289. Image viewed on Footnote.com.