Samuel Watson VanNuys, 18411864 (aged 23 years)

Name
Samuel Watson /VanNuys/
Birth
Source: S1662
Source: Find a Grave
Source: S3871
Death of a paternal grandmother
Burial of a paternal grandmother
Note: Greenwood Cemetery
Birth of a brother
about 1846 (aged 4 years)
Death of a paternal grandfather
Note: Bantas History of Johnson County Indiana 1888 gives Tunis [sic] death date as 1847
Burial of a paternal grandfather
Note: Greenwood Cemetery
Birth of a brother
about 1848 (aged 6 years)
Census
Death of a maternal grandfather
Burial of a maternal grandfather
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Hopewell Presbyterian Church Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 86515219)
Death of a maternal grandmother
Burial of a maternal grandmother
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Hopewell Presbyterian Church Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 86515255)
Birth of a sister
about 1859 (aged 17 years)
Death
Source: S1662
Source: Find a Grave
Source: S3871
Burial
after September 29, 1864 (0 days after death)
Note: Greenlawn Cemetery, Section Pine, Row 20, Stone 12
Family with parents
father
18201894
Birth: August 16, 1820 44 35 Shelby, Kentucky
Death: July 3, 1894Hopewell, Johnson, Indiana
mother
18211872
Birth: December 25, 1821 29 27 New Jersey
Death: April 27, 1872
Marriage MarriageApril 15, 1840
9 months
himself
18411864
Birth: January 22, 1841 20 19 Indiana
Death: September 29, 1864Richmond, Henrico, Virginia
6 years
younger brother
1846
Birth: about 1846 25 24 Indiana
Death:
3 years
younger brother
12 years
younger sister
1859
Birth: about 1859 38 37 Indiana
Death:
Father’s family with Nannie E Ritchie
father
18201894
Birth: August 16, 1820 44 35 Shelby, Kentucky
Death: July 3, 1894Hopewell, Johnson, Indiana
stepmother
18321899
Birth: December 25, 1832
Death: May 21, 1899
Marriage MarriageJanuary 24, 1874Johnson, Indiana
Birth
Source: S1662
Source: Find a Grave
Source: S3871
Census
Death
Source: S1662
Source: Find a Grave
Source: S3871
Burial
Source: Find a Grave
Burial

Greenlawn Cemetery, Section Pine, Row 20, Stone 12

Shared note

"Mr. Vannuys was married April 15, 1840 to Miss Caroline Ditmars, a native of New Jersey, born in 1821, and died in 1872. Of five children born to this union, three are yet living: John D, Charles C. and Mollie Kate. The eldest child, Samuel W., born January 22, 1841, was a soldier in the late war, enlisting in the fall of 1861, Company F, Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He was first made a captain, and at the time of his death, which occurred September 29, 1864, while making a charge at the battle before Richmond, held the rank of assistant adjutant general. He was a true and brave soldier, and a man of rare attainments."
Transcribed by Lois Johnson

In the 1850 US Federall Census for Franklin, Johnson, Indiana, 29-year-old Kentucky-born farmer John H VanNuys owns $3,000 worth of real estate. He and his 28-year-old New Jersey-born wife Caroline [Ditmars] VanNuys have in their household their Indiana-born children, 9-year-old Samuel W and 4-year-old John D, John's brother, 20-year-old Kentucky-born theology student Hervey [John Hervey] Vannuys and 35-year-old Pennsylvania-born Presbyterian clergyman James Galletin.

Samuel Watson VanNuys' tombstone in Greenlawn Cemetery, Franklin, Johnson, Indiana reads "Capt S. Watson Vannuys, A. A. Gen., 3 Brig. 3. Div. 18. A.C., Killed in Battle Before Richmond VA.

Obituary of Samuel Watson Vannuys in the "Franklin Jeffersonian" on Saturday Morning, October 22, 1864.

Capt. Samuel Watson Vannuys

This accomplished and gallant officer was born within the present corporate limits of the city of Franklin, on the 22d day of January, 1841. Consequently he was in the 23d year of his age, when he gave up his life for the life of his Government. Previous to the rebellion, he was preparing himself for a collegiate course; and in the excellent Hopewell Academy, had already made rapid progress in his studies. In many of the important branches of education he had become proficient, and was industriously preparing to enter College when the atrocious rebellion broke out, and patriots were called to the rescue of the Country. He left his school-abandoned his studies and, although, of fine, manly form, and commanding personal appearance, he modestly stepped into the ranks as a common soldier, in the Company of Capt. Lambertson which afterwards formed Company "F," 7th Ind. Vols. He served in this capacity between one and two years, sharing all the dangers and hardships of the field and camp, when all the officers of his Regiment, joined in a recommendation to Governor Morton for his promotion. There being no vacancy in his Regiment, and as there were no new Regiments then forming, his papers were forwarded to Washington, and he was appointed to a first Lieutenancy, in the 4th U.S. Colored Regiment. He accepted the position, and engaged with zeal in the training of these Colored patriots, in the use of firearms, and the duties of the soldier. He was astonished at his success, and their aptness in learning the whole manual of arms. Nor was he long in doubt as to their possession of that indispensible requisite of the soldier - bravery in the face of danger.

Such was his success, in training his Company, that his superior officers became convinced that he was "born to command," and was soon promoted to a Captaincy. He served as Captain but a short time, until he was placed upon the General's staff, and when he was killed, he was Acting Adjutant General of the 4th U.S. Colored Regiment, 3d Brigade 3d Division, 18th Army Corps.

On the 20th of September, a charge upon some rifle pits of the enemy was ordered. General Duncan with his staff and 600 men, were the attacking party. The General was wounded and will, probably, lose a leg. Captain Vannuys was killed, and another staff officer was severely wounded. Four of their five horses were killed, and 390 of the 600 men engaged were either killed or wounded. Captain Vannuys' horse was killed and he led his men on foot to within a very few yards of the rebel pits, when they were met by such a murderous fire, as no men on earth would stand. The men recoiled, and as they turned our Hero received a shot in the neck, severing the carotid artery, and, it is supposed, killing him instantly. The men were Soon rallied and reinforced and returned to the charge and drove the enemy from their works. Although, not more than 20 minutes elapsed between the retreat and the return of the attacking party-the enemy had robbed him of his watch, money and clothes.

Thus fell the gallant Watson Vannuys. His body was embalmed and sent home to his stricken parents and friends, and we had the pleasure of beholding once more, the noble form of the fallen Patriot and Hero.
A FRIEND.