Biography of Simon H. Drum & Family
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





SIMON H. DRUM, deceased. Born in Westmoreland Co., Penn., in 1807; graduated at West Point, and promoted Brevet 2d Lieutenant, 4th Artillery, July 1, 1830; 2d Lieutenant, July 1, 1830; Assistant Instructor of Infantry Tactics Military Academy, from Aug. 30, 1830, to June 18, 1832; 1st Lieutenant, Aug. 31, 1836, Captain staff, June 29, 1846; Captain 4th Artillery, Aug. 18, 1846; vacated staff commission, Aug. 18, 1846; killed Sept. 13, 1847, in the assault of the city of Mexico (within the Belen Gate), while directing the fire of a captured nine pounder that he had added to the battery of heavy artillery which he commanded throughout the action with consummate skill, indomitable energy and most conspicuous gallantry. Capt. Drum also served in the Seminole war in Florida; his remains rest in Fern Cliff Cemetery, near Springfield.

William F. Drum, son of Capt. Simon H. Drum, 4th Artillery, born in Fort Columbus, New York Harbor; lived in Springfield, Ohio, from 1845 to 1855; served as private in 2d O. V. I., July, 1861; appointed 2d Lieutenant, 2d U. S. I., Aug. 5, 1861; promoted 1st Lieutenant Oct. 9, 1861, and Captain May 1, 1863; breveted Major U. S. Army " for gallant service during the campaign of 1864, before Richmond, Va.," and Lieutenant Colonel U. S. Army, "for gallant and meritorious services at the battle of Five Forks, Va." Received leave of absence from the regular army in 1865, to accept command in the volunteer service. Mustered in as Lieutenant Colonel 5th N. Y. V. I., April 1, 1865; and Colonel of the same regiment May 29, 1865. Mustered out of the volunteer service Aug. 21, 1865. During the war of the rebellion, Capt. Drum participated in most of the engagements of his department. Since the war, Capt. Drum has served in the following States and Territories, viz., Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Idaho, Oregon, Massachusetts and Washington; his present station is Fort Colville, Washington Territory.

Simon Henry Drum, son of Capt. Simon Henry Drum, was born in Fort Gratiot, Michigan, but lived in Springfield, Ohio, from 1846 to 1859. Since the last date he has resided in Minnesota.

Andrew B. Drum, son of Capt. Simon H. Drum, was born at Madison Barracks, New York, but has resided almost continuously in Springfield, Ohio, since 1846. Served three months in 16th O. V. L, in 1861, and fifteen months in the 5th O. V. C., from which regiment he was discharged on account of disease contracted in line of duty. During the war of the rebellion, he participated in the campaigns of West Virginia, 1861, and Army of the Tennessee in 1862 and 1863.

Thomas L. Drum, son of Capt, Simon H. Drum, was born in Fort Maryland, but resided since 1846 in Springfield, Ohio, until recently. Served one year in the 60th O. V. I.; three years in the 11th O. V. C. He participated in the battle of Harper's Ferry, where he was taken prisoner, and in a number of skirmishes with the Indians on the plains. He now resides in Minnesota. Mrs. Agnes Drum Rinehart (widow of Capt. Levi. M. Rinehart, deceased), was born on Governor's Island, New York Harbor, Oct. 7, 1835. She was married to Capt. Rinehart Oct. 7, 1856. Their children are two daughters, viz., Maria E. and Effie R. The following is a copy of the tribute of respect by the officers of the 11th O. V. C., for their late comrade, Levi Monroe Rinehart, presented Feb. 15, 1865, at Fort Laramie, Idaho Territory: "God in the manifestation of His all wise providence has taken from our little band Capt. Levi M. Rinehart, and, while we bow in humble submission to His will, we still sincerely feel that the void thus created in our little circle will remain long unfilled. His manly form no longer moves among us; but in the greenest spot of our memory will long live the remembrance of the honorable uprightness of his character, and the frank, open generosity of his society. As a patriot, as a warm loyal Union loving man, we knew him brave to a fault. His character as an officer and a soldier is best expressed in his last telegram to his commanding officer. This telegram was written upon the eve of his departure upon the expedition which ended in his death, and concluded thus: If you have any other duty for me to perform, please command me. And those words, so characteristic of him, were perhaps the last he ever wrote a noble sentence, emanating from a noble, brave and generous heart."

Signed, George C. Underhill, Surgeon; Thomas P. Clarke, Captain; and Henry E. Averill, 1st Lieutenant; Committee 11th O. V. C.

Capt. Rinehart was killed in a skirmish with some Cheyenne Indians on the North Platte, near Deer Creek, on the morning of the 13th of February, 1865, meeting his death as becomes a brave soldier in the lead of his party."

Signed, William O. Collin, Lieutenant Colonel Commanding, President; and Capt. Thomas P. Clarke, Secretary.

Capt. Rinehart was born in Cambridge, Ohio, Aug. 9, 1835. In 1861, he answered his country's first call for men, and enlisted in the 16th O. V. I. for three months. In February, 1862, enlisted in the 60th O. V. I. for one year; he was taken prisoner at Harper's Ferry, Va. After being held as a prisoner of war some three months, he was exchanged. In the spring of 1863, he raised a company of cavalry and was assigned to the 11th O. V. C., sent out on the frontier.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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