A Civil War Soldier: Pvt. Levi L. HIGBY (1842 – 1862)

How Related: Brother of my adoptive 2nd-great-grandmother, Anna M. “Annie” HIGBY

Born: 10 January 1842 in Bedford, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio

Parents: Stephen HIGBY (1810 – 1873) and Hannah “Matilda” OSBORNE (1822 – 1893)

Siblings: Levi was the eldest of 11 children:

  • Albina (1842 – 1852)
  • Philemon S. (1846 – 1876)
  • Lafayette C. (1848 – 1908)
  • Albert (1850 – bef. 1856)
  • Carey W. (1853 – 1909)
  • Frank M. (1854 – aft. 1925)
  • Albert W. (1856 – 1921)
  • Amos O. (1858 – 1859)
  • Anna M. “Annie” (1861 – 1903) – my ancestor
  • Frederick Alonzo (1865 – 1920)

Married: never

Children: none

Source: Civil War Pension Index Card of Levi L. Higby. Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900. National Archives and Records Administration. Publication T289. Digital image purchased at Footnote [http://www.footnote.com/].

Enlisted: 12 August 1861 at Schoolcraft, Kalamazoo Co., Michigan; private. Enlisted 20 August 1861 in Co. G, 6th Michigan Heavy Artillery

Side served: Union

History of Unit: 6th Michigan Heavy Artillery

Discharged: Died of disease while serving with the 6th Michigan Infantry

Biography or Information of Interest: I’m not a military historian, so I can’t tell for certain, but it appears that the heavy artillery regiment that Levi served with was assigned to the 6th Michigan Infantry at the time of his death. His widowed mother applied for his pension benefits in 1879.

Died: 20 November 1862 of disease in Carrollton, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Buried: Chalmette National Cemetery, Arabi, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. He appears to also have a monument in the Higby family plot in Westchester Cemetery, Byron Twp., Kent Co., Michigan.


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