|Birth||April 30, 1840|
|Death||July 2, 1940|
|Unit||14th New Hampshire Infantry, Company C|
Private Julius O Stone
Company C, 14th New Hampshire Infantry
Stone was born in Fitzwilliam (Cheshire County), New Hampshire on April 30, 1840. He was residing in Fitzwilliam when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on December 15, 1863. Stone served about 19 months and was mustered out on July 8, 1865 at Savannah, Georgia.
The 14th New Hampshire Infantry was organized and mustered at Concord, New Hampshire on September 24, 1862. During Stone’s enlistment the outfit was assigned to General Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley (VA) Campaign between August and December 1864. The unit suffered heavy casualties in two battles in that campaign:
Battle of Winchester (also called Opequan). The regiment lost 33 soldiers, 109 were wounded, 9 were captured, and 3 were report missing on September 19, 1864.
Battle of Cedar Creek. On October 19, 1864, the regiment lost 7 soldiers, 32 were wounded, and 10 captured.
The unit was sent to Savannah, Georgia in January 1865 and performed provost duties until May 1865. The regiment was mustered out on July 8, 1865.
Stone died on July 2, 1940 at the age of 100 years. He is buried in the Stone Cemetery near Wilsonville (Furnas County), Nebraska. Stone was the last member of the Plumb Post (#204) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Wilsonville.
Eula Brown of the Furnas County Historical Society provided additional documentation regarding Stone’s life after the Civil War. Items from his obituary include:
Stone married Olive Bourne in 1858. The couple had 11 children.
The Stone family moved to Marion (Linn County), Iowa in 1867.
After 8 years, the couple relocated to Wilsonville in 1875.
He homesteaded ½ mile west of Wilsonville and lived in the area for the balance of his life.
Stone’s first wife died in 1917. He married his 2nd wife in 1919 and she died in 1927. He married for the 3rd time in 1935. At the time of his death, he had 33 grandchildren, 66 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great grandchildren.
In 1936, Judge Bayard H Paine interviewed Stone four years before his death. The Beaver City Times Tribune ran an article detailing many experiences from Stone’s life. Some items from that article include:
Stone’s unit served under General Phil Sheridan during the Shenandoah Valley Campaign. He fought in many battles which resulted in hand-to-hand combat. Fortunately, Stone was never wounded or injured during his military service.
He left his wife and his first son when he enlisted in the 14th New Hampshire Infantry.
In 1878 Stone’s sod house provided protection for many settlers from a band of Cheyenne Indians which were moving through the area. Stone indicated than 200 wagons came to his place and stayed from two to three weeks.
Judge Paine indicated that Stone could still read at the age of 96 years and he had a “steady hand” when he signed his name.
Sources used for compiling this profile include:
Grand Army of the Republic Website.
Civil War Historical Data Systems.
National Park Service Website.
Sons of the Union Veterans Website.
Obituary of Julius O Stone.
Interview conducted by Judge Paine.
Doc – Stone(14NH).doc
Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.