John Cummings SholesThese are a few facts about our 2nd Great Uncle who dies on the 3rd day of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Sergeant John Cummings Sholes was born in 1842 in Monroe, New York. He died on Jul. 3rd, 1865
John was a member of Company G, 7th Michigan Calvary which was known as the Michigan Wolverines under the command of George Custer. Which means he was in a horse riding part of the military as opposed to being a ground soldier. Various records say he was in the infantry, but by researching Govt records, the military has him in the Calvary.
There is a meaningful difference between Infantry and Calvary at this point. If he was in the infantry, he would have been on Cemetery Hill, defending from Pickett’s Charge and protecting the cannon emplacements there. There is a monument to this infantry unit on top of Cemetery Hill.
Instead, I have determined that John died fighting Jeb Stuarts regiment, that was trying to come around behind the Union forces. Jeb Stuart commanded a Calvary unit. Stuart was defeated, and the Michigan Wolverines went on to fight in many more battles. John Sholes never left the battle ground. Jeb Stuart went on the make a name for himself in the Confederate Army.
The 7th Michigan was organized in Grand Rapids in 1861. They attended nearly every major battle of the war. They were at the Battle of Antietam, Harper’s Ferry, Battle of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and they were the unit trying to cross the Rappahannock at Fredericksburg on December 11. John was severely wounded in the arm in that battle
John lived in Lapeer Michigan when he volunteered for the militia. His older sister was Wealthy Sholes, who is our great grandmother.