Gurley B Chase

BirthMarch 30, 1839
DeathOct. 8, 1934
CemeteryElwood (Elwood)
PostElwood (Flwood)
Unit4th Michigan Cavalry, Company C

Private Gurley B. Chase

Company C, 4th Michigan Cavalry

Chase was born in Ontario County, New York on March 30, 1839. One Civil War source indicates that Chase was born on April 1, 1840. He was residing in Pavilion (Kalamazoo County), Michigan when he enlisted at Detroit on August 15, 1862. Chase was mustered on August 28, 1862 and served about 34 months. He was mustered out on July 1, 1865 at Nashville, Tennessee.

The 4th Michigan Cavalry was organized and mustered in Detroit on August 28, 1862. During Chase’s enlistment, the regiment was involved in several major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:

Battle of Stone’s River (TN) (December 30-31, 1862 – January 1-3, 1863).

Battle of Chickamauga (GA) (September 19-21, 1863).

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (August 1-16, 1864).

A detachment of the 4th Michigan Cavalry participated in the pursuit and capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Davis was captured at Irwinsville, Georgia on May 10, 1865.

Chase died on October 8, 1934 at the age of 95 years. He is buried in the Elwood Cemetery in Elwood (Gosper County), Nebraska. He was the last member of the Geary Post (#81) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) and the Elwood Post (#198) in Elwood, Nebraska. In addition, he was a member of the Griffin Post (#87) in Stockham and the Glover Post (#111) in Holdrege, Nebraska.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.