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Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson


American Civil War Research Database, Historical Data Systems

Thomas Hart Benton Martin, residence not listed, 26 years old. Enlisted on 11/28/1861 at Ithaca, NY as a Private. On 12/13/1861 he mustered into "Batty M" Co. NY 3rd Light Artillery He Re-enlisted on 12/31/1863.


  • Corpl 3/15/1863 (Estimated day)
  • Sergt 12/31/1863
  • 2nd Lieut 5/1/1865 (As of Battery B)

Intra Regimental Company Transfers: 5/1/1865 from company M to company B.

He was Mustered Out on 7/13/1865 at Syracuse, NY.

This regiment was accepted by the State for a service of two years as a regiment of infantry, and designated the 19th Regiment, May 17, 1861. It was organized at Elmira, and there mustered in the service of the United States.

Battery M, Capt. James V. White. This company was originally organized for the 76th Infantry, as Company I. January 24, 1862, it was transferred to the 3d Artillery, and completed by consolidating with it Captain Hanson's and another company, recruited for the Cherry Valley Regiment. It was recruited principally at Albany, Schenectady, Broadalbin, Elmira, Cherry Valley, Bainbridge, Newfield, Ithaca, Milford, Unadilla, Braman's Cove, Sanford, Hartwick and Cayuta; organized at Albany and there mustered in the service of the United States for three years, January 18, 1862. At the expiration of its term of service those entitled thereto were discharged and the battery continued in service. It joined the regiment February 22, 1862, and served in North Carolina, and the 18th Corps, from March, 1862; at and near Fort Monroe, Va., from October, 1863; in Heckman's Division, 18th Corps, from January, 1864; in the 1st Division, 18th Corps, from March, 1864; in the 3d Division, 18th Corps, Army of the James, from May, 1864; in the Artillery Brigade, 18th Corps, from June, 1864, and in that of the 24th Corps from December, 1864. Commanded by Capt. John H. Howell, it was mustered out at Richmond, Va., June 26, 1865.

Battery B. This company was converted into a light battery in May, 1862, and served in the 18th Corps in North Carolina from March, 1862; in the Artillery Brigade, 18th Corps, from December, 1862, and in South Carolina, 10th Corps, from January, 1863. It was mustered out July 13, 1865, at Syracuse, under Capt. Thomas J. Mersereau.

Santa Cruz Surf (August 20, 1887)


Tom Martin and family, after eleven years residence in the State of new York, returned on Tuesday to their old home in Soquel.

Mr. Martin has returned to stay, and is perfectly satisfied that there is no place like Santa Cruz County for a home. He has commenced to tear down and remove the unsightly buildings and shed on the property in town and intends to put the property in fine condition. Among the enterprises that he has in view is the establishment of a fruit dryer and box factory.

Tom is a live man and well confident that the undertakings that he has in view all result beneficially to himself and the community.

Editor's Note: This article pertains to a Thomas Martin who we believe is T.H.B. Martin.

Santa Cruz Surf (August 27, 1887)

DIED: MARTIN at Soquel, T.H.B. Martin, a native of New York aged 52 years.

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