John Converse Starkweather
|John Converse Starkweather|
John Converse Starkweather (1829-1890)
February 23, 1829|
Cooperstown, New York
|Died||November 15, 1890
|Allegiance||United States of America
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
Early life and career
John C. Starkweather was born in Cooperstown, New York, the eldest son of George A. Starkweather and Elizabeth (Converse) Starkweather. He married Louisa A. Hallett, the daughter of William P. and Rachel Ray Hallet.
On May 17, 1861, he was made colonel of the 1st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment (3 Months) and took part in the battles of Battle of Hoke's Run (also known as Falling Waters), July 2, 1861, and of Edmunds Ferry, July 29, 1861. He was mustered out on August 21, 1861.
Re-organizing his regiment for three years, by special order of the War Department, he again enlisted and served in Kentucky and northern Alabama. In command of a brigade, he participated credibly in the Battle of Perryville, October 8, 1862. He was also engaged in the Battle of Stones River and the Battle of Chickamauga where he was wounded. He was promoted to brigadier general on July 17, 1863.
He served in the court-martial that tried General William Alexander Hammond, Surgeon General of the United States Army, and after commanding several posts in Tennessee and Alabama, he was mustered out of the army on May 11, 1865.
He and his wife Louisa had six children—Walter Augustus, George Anson, Mabel Ray, Rachel Field, Francis Morgan, and Bessie Bush.
- Starkweather, Carlton Lee, M.D., Robert Starkweather and his Descendants, Knapp, Peck and Thomson, 1904.