Brother Joseph Conger
2nd Great Uncle
Porter Conger, Private
Porter Conger, Private of 30th Michigan Infantry Company B
Enlisted in the Army as infantryman during the Civil War at age 19. He joined the 3rd Michigan Infantry on 11/26/1864 and was mustered out in Detroit, MI on 6/30/1865. He had 6 children and raised his family in Almont, Michigan.
The Regimental Headquarters of 3rd Michigan Infantry were for some time at Jackson, then moved to Detroit, then a final moved to Fort Gratiot located in Port Huron in St Clair County. On June 30th, 1865, he was mustered out of service, paid off and disbanded.
Porter Conger, Private Union Army Enlisted November 1864 to June 16, 1865. Porter Conger was 160 pounds 5’8” born Apr 24, 1845. Porter Conger was private in Company 3 in the 30th Michigan Volunteer Infantry. He was diagnosed with catarrh and neuralgia on 8/22/1887 and paid $2.00 per month. He was later diagnosed with “disease of the respiratory organs and neuralgia” and paid $4.00 per month on 3/27/1889. Later it became bronchitis, disease of the lung, partial deafness, and general disabilities and paid $6.00 per month 7/9/1890. He married Angeline E. Farmer born in Ohio, age 16, of Ray, Michigan on 1/14/1869 at Armada, MI. Porter was 23 years old. His pension lists two dependent children, Grace 9/11/1903 and Paul 10/8/1906. In 8/14/1900 listed Bessie Conger, Grace Conger and Paul Conger. In the spring of 1865 was taken sick with exposure to severe cold weather and night work at Fort Gratiot. He became horse, increasing sick with bad cough after the war and could do only light labor.
In later life suffered from intercostal neuralgia, bronchial irritations due to nasal catarrh leaving him unable to speak.
From pension record obtained from NARA 2006jcc
More than 90,000 Michigan men, nearly 23 per cent of the state's male population in 1860, served in the United States Civil War. Michigan supplied 31 infantry units, 11 cavalry units, 14 batteries of artillery one unit of engineers and one unit of sharp shooters.
The statistics differ:
More than 2,000,000 Federal Soldiers were under the age of 21 years.
More than 1,000,000 were under the age of 18 years.
More than 800,000 were under the age of 17 years.
More than 200,000 were under the age of 16 years.
More than 100,000 were under the age of 15 years.More than 300 were under the age of 13 years.