Recently, I've been posting about the Aultman and Mims families. Ella Aultman Mims was my 1st cousin, 4x removed-in-law. Her parents were Emanuel and Mary Aultman. While researching cousin Ella, I would often come across information regarding her parents. This is because Ella lost her husband, Emmett J. Mims, less than a year after they were married. While Emmett was laid to rest in Fort Valley, Georgia, Ella and her infant son returned to her parents' home. She never re-married, and lived with or near her parents for the rest of their lives. In fact, I found Ella's small granite marker in Hillcrest Cemetery, Reynolds, Taylor County, Georgia because I noticed her parents' zinc marker from afar. She was buried next to them.
While viewing and photographing the zinc grave marker for Emanuel and Mary Aultman, I noticed an iron Southern Cross of Honor at the foot of Emanuel's grave. There is no mention of his Confederate service on his marker, however. Obituaries for Emanual Aultman (usually referred to as Capt. Emanuel Aultman) state he served through the Civil War.
A quick search of Ancestry's U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles database show Emanuel Aultman, a resident of Houston County, enlisted 27 May 1861 as 2nd Sergt. in Co C, GA 6th Infantry Regiment. He was mustered out 3 July 1861. Knowing that units are often reorganized and restructured, I figured Emanuel re-enlisted or attached himself somehow to another company.
A jaunt to Footnote revealed a bigger story. It turns out, three Aultmans enlisted into the same company on the same day, 27 May 1861: Emanuel, John D., and Solomon. Emanuel and Solomon were sons of John Dawson and Caron Aultman. John D. might have been a brother of Emanuel and Solomon, but some say he was the son of Russell Aultman, indeed a brother of Emanuel and Solomon. My research has only begun, and I cannot say for sure.
Nonetheless, each Aultman has a story. Solomon was discharged October 1861 with a surgeon certificate of disability, but no details have yet been found. Wendell Croom's War-History of Company "C" states Private Solomon Aultman was among those "discharged on account of age and physical infirmities."
John D. Aultman died at a Virginia hospital November 1862 of typhoid disease contracted in the service.
Emanuel Aultman's Georgia Confederate Civil War Soldier file was more detailed and quite interesting. It seems that when his service cards were being compiled, there was some confusion as to what had happened to him. The first "Statement of Service Reference Slip" states Emanuel was not listed with his full name, but as "E. Aultman" on the muster roll for Co C, 6th Regt, GA Inf. The only roll on which he was found was for 30 June 1861, and he was absent on furlough granted 18 June. He was not found on subsequent rolls in Companies C or E through 30 April 1864.
The next page state [uncarded?] reems show Emanuel Aultman, Sergt. Co C, 6 GA Inf, C.S.A. recommended for discharge by the surgeon of the regt by reason of Epileptic fits 3 July 1861. It continues by saying no record of discharge found; no later record found.
That would have satisfied me, but there is more! A "Discharge on Surgeon's Certificate" was found:
Emanuel Aultman, 2nd Sergt, 6th GA, "Beauregard Vol." Comp C
Disease: Epileptic Convulsions
"Emanuel Aultman 2d sargent in the "Beauregard Volunteers" 6th regt Georgia Vol. was seized while on duty about two weeks ago with an epileptic fit, which lasted him for an hour, or more. I have attended him for such attacks previous to his going into service, and know that he is subject to them. He has ben on furlow at home for the past two weeks -- and I am informed that he has had several attacks during that time. Such attacks are apt to be increased, or brought on by an unusual excitement of [merit?]. And as such causes would frequently exist in the army I recommend that he be discharged from service. - C. H. Richardson, Surgeon 6th GA Regt"
I had not come across anything like this in my research before. It's neat information to find! While Emanuel Aultman was not fit for combat, his epilepsy did not stop him from having an otherwise long and productive life. He engaged in mercantile and agricultural pursuits for the remainder of his 85+ years, and an obituary from The Butler Herald states, "he left his family in good circumstances as he had accumulated a liberal share of this world's goods."
I "spotlighted" Emanuel's Discharge on Surgeon's Certificate at Footnote, and you can view it here.