Members Pictured: ( Numbers below correspond
with numbers on Photograph )
Joe Gould Post, No.145, G.A.R., Phoenix, New York
On Jan.15, 1880, at a meeting of honorably discharged soldiers and sailors, held in the office of Capt. James Barnes in Phoenix, Capt. S.O. Howard was elected chairman and H.A.Brainard, secretary…Mar.19,1880 pursuant of an order of the Department Commander, Comrade C.A. Weaver of Syracuse ( Post Lilly ), assisted by Comrade Fred Tallman, proceeded to muster in the Post…The following comrades were enrolled:
James Barnes, James Spaulding, Adelbert P. Hart, W.E. Sparrow, Henry A. Brainard, Peter Lapoint, E.L. Arnold, Wm. W. Osborne, Ira Burgess, Chas. W. Sherman, Oscar O. Howard, J.A.Henley, Milo Weller, George W. Howard, Austin Case, Rev. James Dean. One week later…the name of Joe Gould was adopted in honor of Joe Gould, the first soldier to be buried in Phoenix Cemetery.
The following have served as commander:
Mr. Henderson is a veteran of the civil war and he appears in the group of Joe Gould Post, of which he is an ex-commander. He was born in Syracuse Aug. 27, 1845 and was 17 years old when he enlisted, Aug 9, 1862, serving three years to the day, being discharged Aug 9, 1865. Participating in some of the bloodiest contests, he was at Antietam, Chancellorsville, South Mountain, second fight of Fredericksburgh ( Mary's Heights ), Gettysburgh, The Wilderness,Spottsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor,Winchester, Cedar Creek, Waynesboro, and Richmond ( Petersburgh campaign).
Notwithstanding his commanding stature, which one might suppose would have been an easy mark for the enemy, he was struck only once, then losing part of his foot, but not any of his height; and he returned home to subsequently become a resident of Phoenix where is has served the community faithfully as a constable, the position he now occupies and to which he was elected several times-in 1877 for three years; in 1894, ' 96,' 98,1900 and 1902."
Source: "Grip's" Historical Souvenir of Phoenix & Vicinity Series No.14, 1902. bbt2000
Many thanks to Berit Taggart, at: BeritM@aol.com, who contributed these articles and the photograph, from "Grips", 1902.
2000 Berit Taggart / Laura Perkins