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Elisha Strong Kellogg
Birth: Nov. 27, 1824
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Jun. 1, 1864
Cold Harbor
Richmond County
Virginia, USA

Civil War Union Army Officer. Once a sailor in the British Merchant Fleet, he prospected for gold in California, after which he settled and married in Winsted, Connecticut. Here he would make his living and a machinest and tool maker. However with the outbreak of the war between the states and following President Lincoln's call of July 1, 1862 for 300,000 volunteers to serve for 3 years, he enlisted with the 19th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry and was mustered into United States service on September 11, 1862 as the regiment's Lieutenant Colonel. Red-faced and a bit of a bully on the parade ground, he was generally respected by his men and the feeling was generally mutual, and he and his men came to care about one another. When the regimental Colonel fell ill in the fall of 1863 and was completely incapacitated Kellogg ascended to the full colonelcy of the unit. Soon after the regiment was designated by the War Department as the 2d Conncecticut Heavy Artillery and recruited began to that order. However with this assignment came the intense boredom of garrison duty around Washington. But in the spring of 1864, General Ulysses S. Grant needing new man-power to replace the previous years casualties and men who had gone home following the expiration of their terms of service, called on the "heavies" to come into Virginia and join the fight. Their welcome by the battle hardened veterans however would prove to be less than cordial, often being derided and "paper-collar" or "band-box soldiers." But on June 1, 1864, Kellogg and the men of the 2d Connecticut Heavy Artillery would have their chance to prove they were no cowards, and they were no "band-box regiment," for they would be called on to the lead the charge on the army's right flank against the Confederate breastworks at Cold Harbor, Virginia. His instructions to his men speak of the gallantry of his character. He stepped in front of his men and said, "Now men, go in steady, keep cool and until I order you to charge, then go in arms a-port with a yell. Not a man of you fire until we are within the enemies breastworks. I shall be with you." At 5 p.m. Colonel Kellogg, the merchant sailor, gold-prospector, and tool maker led his men from their cover toward the rebel entrenchments. The first volley from the rebels was high and the bullets passed over their heads. Knowing that his men would not be so fortunate the second time, Kellogg ordered his men to lie down just as the enemy prepared to fire. The command worked and the fire passed over their heads and the 2d resumed its march. Kellogg and his men scattered the men in the first line of entrenchments and made it to within 20 feet of the second line of works when the confederates stood up and fired deliberatley into the ranks of the 2d Connecticut Heavy Artillery. Even though he sensed the futility of the moment Kellogg valiantly contiued to urge his men to the fight and duty his duty with the fire coming in on them from both front and flank. Sensing the need to find better cover for his men, the knightly soldier hollered the order, "about-face." However this would be his last order and his last words for just as he spoke them he fell dead with two bullet wounds to the head, his body literally falling atop the rebel parapet. After the battle his body was returned home to Winsted, Connecticut and interred in a quiet corner of Forest View Cemetery.  (bio by: Keith Fales) 
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  Polly Garrett Brown Kellogg (1828 - 1902)*
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Forest View Cemetery
Litchfield County
Connecticut, USA
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Originally Created by: Keith Fales
Record added: Jul 05, 2002
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