Saturday, May 25, 2013

Theodore Stockton, 160th Ohio Infantry

This week, looking towards Memorial Day, I'll give some background on the men in our family tree who served in the United States Civil War. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was established to honor those who died while serving in either the Union or Confederate armies.


REGIMENT: 160th Ohio Infantry


Theodore was mustered in to a brand new regiment of Ohio volunteers in Zanesville, Ohio on May 2, 1864. The regiment was sent immediately to the Harper's Ferry area and enlisted to guard supply trains at Martinsburg, West Virginia. Harper's Ferry was a strategic location on the railroad in the northern Shenandoah Valley which changed hands eight times over the course of the War. With the capture of 12,419 Union troops by the Confederacy, Harper's Ferry represented the largest capture of United States troops until the Battle of Baatan in World War II. One hundred and fifty four years ago this week, the 160th Ohio was encamped in Newtown, still guarding the Union supply trains. They continued to support operations in and around the Harper's Ferry area during the summer of 1864, living in and working out of the Harper's Ferry trenches. By the summer of 1864, Harper's Ferry was firmly back in the Union grasp where it remained for the duration of the War. The entire regiment was mustered out September 17, 1864 and sent home. *

BORN: January 14, 1846
DIED: April 29, 1899

PARENTS: Delos Sharp Stockton and Rua Malott

SPOUSE: Sarah Jane Winner

CHILDREN: Stella J. Stockton (1869-
                Myrtle Stockton (1874-
                Owen Delos Stockton (1879-1940)
                Carrie Stockton (1883-
                Rosy Stockton (1887-

RELATIONSHIP: Angie Abbate Mood
                               Victor James Abbate, Sr.
                                  Lena May Stockton (Abbate)
                                    Owen Delos Stockton
                                      Theodore Stockton

*Regimental history from the National Park Service

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