The Norman Brothers

Larry Ligget writes:
"My son, Kris, and I have the Indiana in the Civil War site. My family hails from not-so-far from Newark, Ohio. I have a wonderful picture of two brothers (my "cousins") Amos and Artelius Norman, taken on April 15, 1864, while they were on Veteran's Furlough. Their demeanor and clothes are so interesting. Lieutenant Amos Norman was a member of Co. B, 78th Ohio Infantry and his older brother, Artelius, was a 1st Sergeant in Co. G, 32nd Ohio Infantry. Both were from Hopewell Township, Muskingum County (near Mt. Sterling).
The picture of the two brothers was taken while they were on Veteran's furlough, April 15, 1864. Amos (on the left) was 21 years old and his brother Artelius (right) was 24. The first time Amos ever voted he voted for Abraham Lincoln. He was very proud of this and often spoke of it. At the time of this photograph Amos was a Corporal (date of promotion: March 1864). Later, he became a 2nd Lieut. in Co. B, 78th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (date of promotion: March 24, 1865). At the Battle of Raymond Amos's knapsack was shot off his back, and his elbow was hit by a spent mini ball. No serious damage was done, but his arm was numb for quite some time. He was at Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth, Champion's Hill, Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, and Savannah--to name a few places. Amos married Mary Ann Sherrard and they had 6 children. He was an active member of Hamilton Post, No. 311, Grand Army of the Republic, Brownsville, Ohio. Amos died in 1930 and was buried in the Mt. Sterling Cemetery, Muskingum County, Ohio.
Artelius (called "Doc" by his friends) was in Co. G, 32nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. As you know, the 32nd was captured September 15, 1862, at Harper's Ferry (thanks to good old AP Hill). This was a great embarassment to the 32nd, and they became eager to vindicate themselves. I have read they did so at Champion's Hill. Artelius was at Cheat Mountain Summit (under Nathan Kimball, a fine Hoosier commander), Harper's Ferry, Jackson (MS), Vicksburg, Atlanta, and more. During Uncle Billy's march to the sea, Artelius's foot was injured and he claimed he marched the entire distance from Atlanta to Savannah with one boot on and one boot off. Both brothers--Amos and Artelius--were at Bennett's Place. After the war Artelius moved to Illinois to live with his Uncle Lemuel Ligget in Cumberland County. Soon, he moved to Tremont, Illinois (Tazwell County) and married Charlotte Brewester in 1870. They spent some time in the Dakota Territory but returned to Tremont, Illinois, where he continued working as a shoemaker (maybe he learned something while he was Marching Across Georgia shoeless). Artelius died in 1893 and was buried in Tazwell.
I also have a neat picture of Amos taken April, 4, 1861 (of course, eight days before the firing upon of Fort Sumter). He is in a great-coat, wearing a kepi and armed with some sort of a pumpkin hurler. He was, obviously, ready to go. He was 18 years old. I am told he won this photograph as a prize. He was attending a local fair, won the 2nd place prize, and got his picture taken in uniform. This exemplifies the mood of the country on the eve of Fort Sumter. It is obvious that Ohio men (boys) were ready for a fight. On the inside of the picture case it is written that "Mr. Grieze" took the picture.

Amos's and Artelius's mother was Charlotte Ligget, my great-great-great Aunt. The Liggets moved from Pennsylvania to Muskingum County, Ohio, in 1813. My line left Muskingum County for Clark County, Illinois, in 1852. It was a trip of a little more than 300 miles and it took them 30 days by wagon. I have one piece of furniture that came on the wagon (a nice night stand, professionally dated to have been made before 1800--feather painted). At one time Amos Norman had purchased a wagon and had everything loaded and ready to leave the hills of Muskingum County behind to be with my family in the prairie of Illinois. He was going to take his aged mother with them. At the last moment Charlotte decided she couldn't make the trip, that she was too old. Amos's brothers signed over quit claim deeds to him for the farm, and Amos stayed in Ohio with his mom and family."

Larry Ligget / Terre Haute, IN

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