Stone, Lyman H.
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Birth: About 1821, Berkshire, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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Lyman Hawley Stone was born in East Berkshire, in 1821 or 1823. In 1840, he was a student at the Franklin Country Grammar School in St. Albans. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1845, and Woodstock Medical School in 1846, and was initially employed at the Bellevue Hospital, in New York City, as an Assistant Resident Physician, until late 1847. Based on his experiences at Bellevue, he published an article in the New York Journal of Medicine (1848, x:168) entitled: "Remarks on Typhus or ship Fever as Observed at Bellevue Hospital in the Spring and Summer of 1847."
Stone received a commission as Acting Assistant Surgeon, U.S. Army, on 13 December 1847, reported for duty at Fort Jay, New York, on 1 January 1848, and transferred the same day to the army in Mexico for duty with the 3rd US Infantry. His pre-Civil War career was varied. He served in Mexico until July 1848. After temporary duty in East Pascagoula, MS until October 1848, he was in various locations in Texas and New Mexico until July 1852, when he was arrested and suspended. The United Service Journal (v. vi, no. 4, p. 30, dtd 8 January 1853) provided details.
"Assistant Surgeon Lyman H. Stone, of the United States Army, who was tried by a court-martial for commencing an altercation with and striking Lieutenant Schroeder, of the Third Infantry, whilst in the act of eating his breakfast, &c., has been sentenced to be reprimanded in general orders--to forfeit his pay proper for two years--to be suspended from rank during that time retaining his present number on the list, and to be deprived of all increased pay, allowances, promotions of advantages, which would otherwise accrue to him in virtue of two years service."
His suspension was short-lived, because he reported for duty at Smyrna, Florida on 20 July 1853, transferring four months later to For Washita, Choctaw Nation (Arkansas), where he spent the next five years. In July 1858, Platte Bridge, Nebraska, participated in the Utah Expedition, and was also stationed at Prairie Dog Creek until September 1859, with the 4th US Artillery.
Stone was suspended and on leave for the next year, then stationed at Fort Randall until May 1861, when he was promoted to Surgeon. He was attached to General McDowell's command at First Bull Run, when he was taken prisoner on 29 July, and taken to Libby prison in Richmond.
On 5 August 1861, uncharacteristly drunk, Surgeon Stone was involved in an incident which was broken up by prison Commandant Lieutenant David Todd, who was a half-brother of President Lincoln's wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. Released in July 1862, Stone was discharged the following September.
Stone was commissioned 1st Lieutenant, Co. D, 1st US Colored Cavalry, probably in December 1863, when the regiment was organized. He was promoted to captain 22 April 1864, was involved in the battle of Cold Harbor, and saw service during the siege of Petersburg. Stone was assigned to Newport News, Va., from at least September 1864 to January 1865. He was mustered out on 4 February 1866. This portion of his career appears to mirror that of the regiment, to wit:
Organized at Camp Hamilton, Va., December 22, 1863. Attached to Fort Monroe, Va., Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, to April, 1864. Unattached Williamsburg, Va., Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, to June, 1864. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 18th Corps, Army of the James, to August, 1864. Defenses of Portsmouth Va., District of Eastern Virginia, to May, 1865. Cavalry Brigade, 25th Corps, Dept. of Virginia and Dept. of Texas, to February, 1866.
SERVICE.--Duty at Fort Monroe and Williamsburg, Va., until May, 1864. Reconnaissance in Kings and Queens county February, 1864. Butler's operations on south side of James River and against Petersburg and Richmond May 4-28. Capture of Bermuda Hundred and City Point May 5. Swift Creek May 8-10. Operations against Fort Darling May 12-16. Actions at Drury's Bluff May 10-14-15 and 16. In trenches at Bermuda Hundred until June 18. Bayler's Farm June 15. Assaults on Petersburg June 16-19. Siege of Petersburg until August. Action at Deep Bottom July 27-28. Ordered to Fort Monroe August 3. Duty at Newport News and at Portsmouth and in District of Eastern Virginia until May, 1865. Cos. "E" and "I" Detached at Fort Powhatan and Harrison's Landing August, 1864, to May, 1865. Moved to City Point, Va., thence sailed for Texas June 10. Duty on the Rio Grande and at various points in Texas until February, 1866. Mustered out February 4, 1866.
One source says Stone died between 1875 and 1880. In the 1890 Census Special Schedule of Veterans and Widows', Stone's widow was living in Trenton, New Jersey. His actual date of death and final resting place have not been determined.
Listed as a student at Franklin County Grammar School, St. Albans, in 1840, from East Berkshire; http://www.nekg-vt.com/schools/school_st-albans.htm
General Catalogue of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, Burlington, Vermont, 1791-1900, Free Press Association, Burlington, 1901), p. 81
Source: Robert J. Carlisle, M.D. An Account of Bellevue Hospital with a Catalogue of the Medical and Surgial Staff from 1736 to 1894.
The Society of the Alumni of Bellevue Hospital, New York, 1893, pp. 43, 146.
William H. Jeffrey, RICHMOND PRISONS 1861-1862, Compiled from the Original Records Kept by the Confederate Government, Journals kept by Union Prioners of War, Together with the Name, Rank, Company, Regiment and State of the Four Thousand Who Were Confined There, (The Republican Press, St. Johnsbury, Vt., 1893), pp. 13-15.
Guy Vernor Henry, Military record of civilian appointments in the United States army, (D. Van Nostrand, New York, 1873), p. 194
U.S., Returns from Military Posts, 1806-1916.