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Sergeant Major Nathan Connel Littler



        Nathan Connel Littler was 31 when he enlisted in Company I of the 73rd Ohio Infantry. He stood 5' 9 1/2" tall, had light complexion, sandy hair and gray eyes. He was a tailor before the war.
        His service record includes:

Enlisted:   10/31/61 at Lyndon, Ohio as a private, Company I
Promoted:   12/24/62 to sergeant (does not say 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th)
Discharged: 12/31/63 end of enlistment
Reenlist:   1/1/64 as private, Company I, 73rd OVVI
Promoted:   1/1/64 to sergeant
Promoted:   1/1/65 to 1st Sergeant, Company I
Promoted:   6/1/65 to Sergeant Major, Non-commissioned Staff, 73rd OVI
Discharged: 7/20/65 end of service

        In September 1864, Nathan Connel Littler traveled from Atlanta to Nashville to appear before an examining board for officers of the U.S. Colored Troops. The request for his pass was written by the LTC (name unreadable) commanding and was made to Captain Schofield, 20th Army Corps Provost Marshall. I guess that since he was still with the regiment in 1865 that he didn't make it.
        On the muster roll for July - August '63, there's the note:
"One shelter Tent thrown away on the March April 28 '63. $3.25".
It was also noted twice that he owed the sutler, A. P. Story, $6.00.
        Connel died in Athens, Ohio on October 2, 1885. Death was unknown with the exception that he died at the mental asylum in Athens. In his widow's pension file a doctor reports that he was at the asylum due to a head injury.

Information by Steve & Kindra Burt: skburt@foto.infi.net


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