Charles Sidman, Co H
Charles Moss Sidman was born on the 30th day of June, 1831. His parents were John and Mary Quick Sidman. At the time they were living in Syracuse (probably Camillus), New York. His brother was Wesley Case Sidman of Company H also. At some time, the family moved to McArthur, Vinton County, Ohio where Charles married Maria Reynolds, daughter of Benjamin and Susan Shriver Reynolds. Before the war, he was a farmer by occupation
Charles enlisted in Company H on or about September 25, 1861
at Camp Wool, Athens, Ohio. His description is of being
5' 8" tall, light complected with grey eyes and dark hair. . He spent a good portion of his army time as a recruiting officer and does not appear of having been with the Regiment during its advance into Southern Tennessee and Northern Alabama. On May 1, 1862, Sgt. Sidman was with a group of sick soldiers returning to their Regiment when they were overtaken and captured by John Hunt Morgan at Pulaski, Tennessee on May 1, 1862. The Officer in Charge, Capt. Jumper of the 18th, reluctantly surrendered because the group did not have enough weapons to properly defend themselves. It is unclear if Charles was wounded, but he did receive a disability discharge on August 18, 1862. He was not finished with the Civil War however. On May 2, 1864, he entered the service again with the 148th Ohio National Guard and remained until
14 September, 1864.
After the war, he can be found living in McArthur, Vinton County in 1870, York, Athens County in 1880,and by 1900 they were living in Mineral Township, Jasper County, Missouri. Surviving children still living in the home at the at the time of the 1880 census were Serepta (age 21), Frank (age 16), Harriet (age 8), and Mabel (age 4). When he applied for a pension in 1907, he was listed as living in Alba, Jasper County, Missouri. He died approximately six months after filing for the pension on December 21, 1907 and was buried in the Carterville, Missouri Cemetery in his Army uniform.
(Information and permission to use was graciously provided by Rebecca Coomes, January 21, 2005)