Monday, October 24, 2016

Lewis Mushrush Civil War Veteran

Lawrence County News May 21, 1931
Civil War Veteran has Two Discharges

Lewis Mushrush, of Chauncey, one of the few survivors of the stirring days of the 1860’s, has a unique souvenir of the time that tried men’s souls. It is the original discharge given him at the conclusion of his three year term of enlistment and his final discharge at the close of the war. Mr. Mushrush was in Lawrenceville, Monday, exhibiting his two discharges and inquiring if any other veteran in the county had the similar experience of having two discharges from the military service of the country.

Mr. Mushrush was born in Coshocton, Ohio, and enlisted from Crawford County when he lacked one month of having his 16th birthday. His first enlistment was in Co. C 63rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Captain William M. Boughan, commanding. After two years and one month of service he was discharged in consideration that he would reenlist for the duration of the war. His first discharge is dated December 31, 1863, at Huntsville, Alabama.

On January 4, 1864 he enlisted as a veteran with the rank of 1st Corporal at Huntsville, Alabama in the same company under command of Capt. John Snuffin, Capt. Boughan having served his time and returned to his home in Richland County.

Mr. Mushrush was with Sherman on his famous march to the sea and later took part in the grand parade in Washington, DC, at the close of the war. His final discharge was issued at Louisville, Ky. July 13, 1865.

In spite of his 86 years, Mr. Mushrush is enjoying very good health and says he is able to drive a car, for which he is thankful as it allows him the very great privilege of getting around without bothering his friends when he desires to go anywhere. 

Following his discharge from the Army he returned to Crawford county where he lived on a farm until about ten years ago when he retired from active life and purchased a home in Chauncey, which he still owns. At present he is making his home with his daughter, Mrs. May Mills in Olney. He also has a daughter, Myrtle Waggoner, living in Washington and two sons – Andrew who lives in the old farm in Crawford County and Lewis C, who lives in Denver Colorado.

Mr. Mushrush is planning to attend the memorial services to be held in this city next Sunday, at which time it is hoped all the remaining veterans who live in Lawrence County  will be present. According to JH Highsmith, there are seventeen of the “Boys of 61” in this county, a pitifully small number compared to the vast throng that answered their Country’s call in 1861.The only ones living in Lawrenceville are George W. Mills and Robert  Berkshire both whom are  getting very feeble.