Christopher Nash joins the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (under Edmond Nash)
It was my pleasure as Camp Chaplain to initiate into the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War my son Timothy Nash and grandson Christopher Nash (as descendants of Edmond Nash). Both also became members of my local camp upon taking the oath (Camp 2, General Israel B. Richardson, Department of Michigan). Tim joined July 25, 2002. Unlike when my other son Nathan Nash was initiated into the SUVCW, I didn’t have a speech prepared. However, for Christopher I did. His joining was extra special because he was being initiated as a junior member due to his age (8 years old). He was my camp’s first junior member. The speech given was as follows:
February 23, 2006
Dedication to Edmond Nash
Upon the joining of Christopher Nash as a Junior Member to the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War:
Edmond Nash was Christopher’s fourth great-grandfather. He was one of four of our family ancestors who served in the Union Army in the Civil War. Some others were: Matthias Judd, William A. Nash, and James Swallows. At least fourteen other ancestors joined for Confederate service. Christopher, you do honor our family and Edmond Nash tonight by being here for the purpose of joining the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. You are part of a long line of our ancestors who served our country both in times of war and of peace. Although you are but eight years old, your youth should not be discounted. Christopher, you remember being in Andrew Jackson’s home in Tennessee in 2005. He was only thirteen years old when he participated in the American Revolution. Your sixth great-grandfather John Judd was also thirteen when he held the troop’s horses at King’s Mountain during that pivotal battle. It may also surprise you to learn that the youngest Civil War soldier to serve was Edward Black. At age eight years and two months, he was enlisted as a musician in Company L of the 21st Indiana Volunteer Infantry.
Edmond Nash was nineteen years old when he enlisted in the Union Army. He was a farmer. He is described in the record as being 5’ 10” inches with brown eyes, black hair, and a fair complexion. We speculate that maybe he longed for adventure off the farm for the “glories” of war. Although he didn’t know it when he enlisted February 1, 1865, the war would soon be over. He was in the army for only seven months. Christopher, he was in the Mounted Infantry- which means he rode a horse and was well-schooled in going up and down those hills-in the very same area you road that horse in Cookeville last summer. You’re just a “chip off the old block!” Following his Civil War service, Edmond returned to White County, Tennessee. In 1867 he married Susannah Hitchcock. They had eleven children. Edmond Nash died at age 95. He has a G.A.R. grave marker to denote his military service. Christopher, may you like your grandpa Edmond, love your country, live long, and have a blessed life.
Christopher had a great time that night. He wore a kepi with cavalry insignia and had a toy musket. The camp members received him with open arms. Christopher was given by Senior Vice Commander Miller a home-made replica of a Civil War minie ball and two posters. His uncle Nathan Nash attended the initiation and served to photograph the event. It was a particularly proud moment for me when Christopher signed his name in the camp roll book. I had been instructing Christopher in the matter of the Civil War and Edmond Nash’s service. Christopher learned also about Abraham Lincoln. It is my hope that this experience will be the start of a life long passion for Christopher.