Heman Warren Allen

Civil War Soldier

Co. G, 96th O.V.I.

by John Quist

      Heman (not Herman) Warren Allen was born in about 1836 in Delaware County, OH. (1)

      His mason and farmer father, Harlowe (not Harlow) David I. Allen, was born on May 1, 1810 in Vermont. (2)  On April 19, 1834 in Berkshire Township, Delaware County, he married Eveline Carpenter, (3) born in Berkshire Township in about 1815. (4)  Eight children were reported born to them, but the dates given were not trustworthy:  Heman, Mary E., Harriet (“Hattie”), Martha, Clermont, Joseph, Frances, and Lucy (“Lou E.”). (5)   Harlowe Allen died in 1862 and was buried in the Galena Cemetery, Berkshire Township. (6)  Following the Civil War, Eveline moved to Chariton, Lucas County, Iowa, where her daughter Mary lived with her husband Lyman Huntley and their children, (7) as well as her other daughters Harriet and Lucy. (8)  Eveline (Carpenter) Allen died in 1881 and was buried there. There is a small gravestone at her grave. (9)  There also is a memorial stone in the Galena Cemetery. (10)

      On August 7, 1862, Heman Allen enlisted as a Private for three years’ service in Delaware County’s Company G, 96th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment (96th O.V.I.). (11

      The regiment was organized at Camp Delaware, Delaware County, which was established on the Fuller farm, one and a half miles south of the town of Delaware, the ground occupied lying between the Columbus Road (now South Sandusky Street) and the Olentangy River. (12)  They were mustered in there on August 19, 1862. (13)  On that same date, Heman Allen was promoted to Hospital Steward. (14)

      The regiment was first ordered to Cincinnati, OH (September 1) and then to Covington, KY and Newport, KY (September 3) to defend Cincinnati against a threatened attack by Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith.  They then moved to Falmouth, KY (October 8), to Nicholasville, KY (October 23), Louisville, KY, and Memphis, TN (November 13-22).  They participated in General William Tecumseh Sherman’s Yazoo River Expedition in MS (December 20-January 3, 1863), including the destruction of railroad and stores, and the first attack on Vicksburg, MS at Chickasaw Bayou, MS (also known as Chickasaw Bluffs and Walnut Hills) (December 26-29).  The regiment participated in the Battle of Arkansas Post, AR on January 9-11, 1863. (15)  In January or February, Heman Allen was hospitalized at Jefferson Barracks, (16) located on the Mississippi River at Lemay, MO, a few miles south of the City of St. Louis.  Construction of the Western Sanitary Commission’s hospital facilities began there in 1862.  By the time it was completed, it could hold 3,000 patients. (17)  Heman Allen succumbed to disease, dying on February 12, 1863. (18)  His body was sent to Ohio and buried at Galena Cemetery. (19)

      Heman’s brother-in-law, Lyman S. Huntley, also was a member of Company G, 96th O.V.I.  He entered the service as a Private on August 6, 1862 and was discharged as a Captain (not mustered) at Mobile, AL on July 7, 1865. (20)


Compiled by John W. Quist

Delaware, Ohio

June 20, 2012



1  “Heman Allen.” 1850 U.S. federal census, Berkshire Township, Delaware
     County, OH

2  “Harlow David I, Allen.” Henion-Shaffer Family Tree, trees.ancestry.com

3  “1834-April 19, Thursday.” Delaware County, OH Marriage Announcements
      from the Ohio Gazette
, Ohio Genealogy Trails,
      genealogytrails.com/ohio/Delaware/delawareco_news2.htm (online)

 4  “Evaline Carpenter Allen.” (Ohio) Find A Grave Memorial, findagrave.com (online)

  “Eveline Carpenter.” Carron_2011_8_8, trees.ancestry.com

6  “Harlowe Allen.” Find A Grave Memorial

 7  “Captain Lyman Southard Huntley.” A Memorial and Biographical Record of
, Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, IL, 1896, page 89

 8  “Eveline Allen.” 1870 U.S. census, Chariton, Lucas County, IA

 9  “Eveline Carpenter Allen.” (Iowa) Find A Grave Memorial

 10  Footnote 4

11  “Heman Allen.” American Civil War Soldiers, ancestry.com (online)

 12  History of Delaware County and Ohio, O.L. Baskin & Co., Chicago, IL, 1880,
       page 300

13  “96th O.V.I.” Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War
       the Rebellion, 1861-
1865, Vol. VII, The Ohio Valley Press, Cincinnati,  OH
       1888,  page 308

 14  “Allen, Heman W.” Company G, 96th O.V.I., Official Roster of the Soldiers of
        the State of Ohio in the 
War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, Vol. VII, page 311

 15  “96th O.V.I.” wikipedia.com (online)


16  Woods, Joseph Thatcher. “Heman Allen,” Services of the Ninety-Sixth Ohio
, Blade  Printing and Paper Co., Toledo, OH, 1874, page 160

17  “Jefferson Barracks Military Post.” wikipedia.com

18  Footnote 11

19  “Heman W. Allen.” Find A Grave Memorial

 20  “Lyman Huntley.” American Civil War Soldiers

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