Calvin N Deem

b. 30 March 1838, d. 13 January 1930

Father*Isaac G Deem b. 1805, d. 1854
Mother*Nancy Lee Enoch b. c 1810, d. a 1860
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Milit-Beg*Calvin N Deem began military service at Civil War: C; 7th Reg Inf Vols. 
Note*He Moved to Ohio while the rest of the family members lived in Wirt/Wood Counties. 1850 Census, Wirt County, living with parents and siblings. 
Birth*He was born on 30 March 1838 at Elizabeth Wirt Co, (W)Va. 
Military*Served in the military in 1861; CALVIN N DEEM’S UNION SERVICE
When the Civil War broke out, like much of western Virginia, Calvin chose to serve the Union. In 1861 he joined Company C of the 7th West Virginia Infantry. This regiment is known as the “bloody seventh” because it fought in so many of the major battles and lost so many men. Calvin served for the duration of the war as a Private.

Organized at Portland, Cameron, Grafton, Wheeling, Morgantown and Greenland, W. Va., July 16 to December 3, 1861. Attached to Railroad District, West Virginia, to January, 1862. 1st Brigade, Landers' Division, Army Potomac, to March, 1862. 1st Brigade, Shields' 2nd Division, Banks' 5th Army Corps and Dept. of the Shenandoah, to May, 1862. 1st Brigade, Shields' Division, Dept. of the Rappahannock, to June, 1862. Kimball's Independent Brigade, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to September, 1862. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army Potomac, to March, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps, to June, 1865.

SERVICE.-Moved to Romney, W. Va., and duty there till January 10, 1862. Skirmish at Romney, Mill Creek Mills, October 26, 1861. Expedition to Blue's Gap January 6-7, 1862. Hanging Rock, Blue's Gap, January 7. At Paw Paw Tunnel till March 4. Advance on Winchester March 4-15. Battle of Winchester March 23. Cedar Creek March 25. Woodstock April 1. Edenburg April 2. Columbia Furnace April 16. Occupation of Mt. Jackson April 17. March to Fredericksburg, Va., May 12-22. Ravenswood May 15. March to Front Royal May 25-30. Front Royal May 30. Expedition to Luray June 3-7. Forced march to Port Republic June 8-9. Battle of Port Republic June 9 (Reserve). Moved to Alexandria June 29, thence to Harrison's Landing June 30-July 2. Haxall's, Herring Creek, Chickahominy Swamp, July 3-5. Moved to Alexandria, thence to Centreville August 16-29. Plains of Manassas August 29-30. Germantown September 1. Maryland Campaign September 6-22. Battles of South Mountain, Md., September 14; Antietam September 16-17. Moved to Harper's Ferry, W. Va., September 22, and duty there till October 30. Reconnoissance to Leesburg October 1-2. Advance up Loudoun Valley and march to Falmouth, Va., October 30-November 18. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15. Duty at Falmouth till April. "Mud March" January 20-24. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 1-3. Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap, Va., July 5-24. Duty on line of the Rappahannock till September. Advance from line of the Rappahannock to the Rapidan September 13-17. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Auburn and Bristoe October 14. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Kelly's Ford November 7. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Robertson's Tavern November 27. Mine Run November 28-30. Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7, 1864. Morton's Ford February 6-7. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James May 3-June 15. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Laurel Hill May 8; Spottsylvania May 8-12; Po River May 10; Spottsylvania Court House May 12-21. Assault on the Salient or "Bloody Angle" May 12. North Anna River May 23-26. 0n line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Before Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23, 1864. Demonstration north of the James July 27-29. Deep Bottom July 27-28. Demonstration north of the James August 13-20. Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom, August 14-18. Ream's Station August 25. Poplar Springs Church September 29-October 1. Yellow House October 1-3. Hatcher's Run October 27-28. Raid on Weldon Railroad December 7-12. Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run, February 5-7, 1865. Watkins' House March 25. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Boydton and White Oak Roads March 30-31. Crow's House March 31. Fall of Petersburg April 2.Sailor's Creek April 6. Farmville and High Bridge April 7. Clover Hill, Appomattox Court House, April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. March to Washington, D. C., May 1-12. Grand Review May 23. Moved to Louisville, Ky., June. Mustered out July 1, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 9 Officers and 133 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 4 Officers and 154 Enlisted men by disease. Total 300.

Calvin’s brother Commodore Deem chose to serve the Confederacy in the 19th Virginia Cavalry. On 11 February 1865, having reached the rank of Sergeant, Commodore was in Wirt County, West Virginia. Family stories indicate that he came home to visit his sick mother, whereupon his brother Calvin notified Union soldiers that Commodore was at home. Commodore hid under his mother's bed; but to no avail. The Union soldiers drug him out from under the bed and sent him to a Union prison camp. It was there that Commodore contracted tuberculosis which caused his death some years later.

Honorable Discharge Medal
DEEM, CALVIN N., Company "C" 7th Regiment W.Va. Infantry Volunteers. Class I medal is owned by David Deem, cousin of Calvin Deem.

After the Civil War, Calvin moved to Ohio where he was a carpenter and Marshall of Madisonville, Ohio. He is buried in Laurel Cemetery in the soldiers plot for Civil War veterans. 
Marriage*He married Marilda "Lilly" Stevens, daughter of John Stevens, on 25 December 1866 at Cincinnati, Hamilton Co OH. 
Death*Calvin N Deem died on 13 January 1930 at Madisonville, Hamilton Co OH, at age 91. 
Burial*He was buried on 15 January 1930 at Laurel Cemetery, Madisonville, OH. 
Headstone*Headstone on 16 January 1930 at Laurel Cemetery, Madisonville, OH.
NoteHe Parkersburg News

Local veteran receives marker

CINCINNATI - An Elizabeth native and Civil War veteran will receive a grave marker during a ceremony in May at Laurel Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The ceremony, which will be held 2 p.m. May 24, is for Calvin N. Deem who served in the 6th and 7th West Virginia Infantry Regiments during the Civil War. His grave has been unmarked since his death in 1930 at the age of 92, said relative Robert S. Vail of Titusville, Fla.

Vail, a 49-year-old U.S. Army retiree, was born in Parkersburg and graduated from Belpre High School in 1977.

''I have always been interested in genealogy,'' he said. ''I seriously became involved in genealogy after my retirement from the Army in 1997.

''Since then I have self-published a genealogy book on my branch of the Vail Family. I am also related to the Deem family, who are considered by many as one of the founding families of Wood, Wirt and Ritchie counties. My grandmother was born Beulah Deem, the daughter of John William Deem and Mary Okley McHenry.''

Although he is not a direct descendant of Calvin Deem, Vail (who is a second cousin, five times removed) said he was doing research into his side of the Deem family and found Calvin's name.

''I had seen it before in a listing of unclaimed Civil War service medals that the atate of West Virginia issued to all of its Union veterans after the Civil War,'' Vail said. ''(The next time) I saw that the medal had been claimed, so I went about searching for the claimant as well as tracing his family history.''

He worked on tracking down Calvin Deem's final resting places, which led him to Laurel Cemetery.

''While I was trying to verify the location of where Calvin Deem was buried, I came across a Web site that listed people buried in Laurel Cemetery in Cincinnati Ohio,'' Vail said. ''When I did not see Calvin's name listed, I contacted the list owner regarding it.''

The list belonged to a Lori Chaffin who agreed to go out to the cemetery and walk the grounds to ensure she did not miss anything.

''She came back and stated that she had spoken to the secretary of the cemetery, Betty Mullaney,'' Vail said. ''Betty explained to Lori that Calvin was indeed buried in the cemetery, but that his grave was unmarked.

''When I was told this I was dumfounded. I couldn't understand why a veterans grave had remain unmarked for 78 years. I knew what to do at that moment. I contacted some other people on the Internet who do West Virginia Civil War research and found out the units that Calvin was assigned to. I was also provided with his pension record as well as unit rolls showing Calvin being assigned. I submitted these records along with a request to the Veterans Administration, requesting a marker for Calvin Deem.''

The Veterans Administration will provide these markers free of charge so long as proof of service is provided.

The marker was quickly approved on Nov. 10, 2008, but it would not arrive in time for a Veterans Day ceremony.

''So Lori and I decided that we would try to hold a ceremony over the Memorial Day weekend,'' Vail said. ''I contacted the Ohio Valley Civil War Association and they initially stated they would be happy to participate. I also contacted Ruth Buswald of the Madisonville Community Council and they have agreed to place the ceremony on their Bicentennial schedule of events.

''I also contacted Adith Spencer with the Wirt County Historical Society and informed them of what was transpiring and if they wanted to be in on it in some shape of form. They are excited about it ,and I am awaiting their response. And finally, I contacted Denny Brown, camp commander of Lytle Camp 10, Sons of Union Civil War Veterans, who have agreed to plan, organize and perform the dedication ceremony.''

After almost 80 years, Vail felt it was time Deem had a proper grave marker.

''I did this simply for the fact that a veteran of the Civil War, who I am related to should not be laying in a unmarked grave when I had the ability to give him one,'' he said. on 15 April 2009 at Parkersburg, Wood County, WV. 
NoteHe Civil War veteran to be recognized

This Memorial Day weekend his service will finally be honored with a headstone and dedication ceremony.

The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 24, at Laurel Cemetery on Roe Street in Madisonville.

"He deserves to be remembered," said genealogist and former Madisonville resident Lori Chaffin. "I'm awed by the whole thing."

Deem was a private serving in the Union infantry in West Virginia. He moved to the Madisonville area following the war.

"To me (the marker) is an honor well-deserved," said Ruth Ann Busald, chair of the Madisonville History Committee.

The dedication also is part of Madisonville's bicentennial celebration this year.

Army veteran and Florida resident Robert Vail obtained the marker after finding Deem, who was an ancestor of his, did not have a headstone.

West Chester resident Denny Brown helped plan the dedication through his association with the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Lytle Camp #10.

Brown, who is a camp commander, said the ceremony holds a special significance to him as well. He had two great-great-grandfathers who served with the Union army during the Civil War.

Brown said this type of recognition brings to mind just how much these individuals gave up for their beliefs.

Civil War re-enactors will serve as Color Guard and provide a musket salute during the ceremony. on 13 May 2009 at The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati, OH.


Marilda "Lilly" Stevens b. 30 March 1838, d. 13 January 1930

Last Edited27 Aug 2009