On August 15, 1862 Sylvester reenlisted in Company C of the Michigan 25th Infantry regiment. The 25th regiment was a volunteer regiment that fought in the Civil war. Sylvester was mustered in on September 11, 1862 and mustered out on February 24, 1863 at Bowling Green, KY with a rank of Corporal 2nd class.
Sylvester P. Mason was born on about 1815 in Danube, Herkimer, New York. His father's name was George Mason.
On June 23, 1834, at the age of 19, Sylvester enlisted in the U.S. Army in Albany New York.
Sylvester is noted as having blue eyes, light hair, a fair complexion and a height of 5'6". His occupation is listed as a Clothier. A clothier is a person that makes, sells, or deals in clothes or cloth.
At the time of reenlistment, his occupation is listed as a soldier. He is noted as having blue eyes, light hair, a fair complexion and a height of 5'11 3/4".
Only two years after he reenlisted he was reported as a deserter on October 25, 1842.
Five days after being reported as a deserter, on October 30, 1842, he married Nancy Osmer in Port Huron, St. Clair, Michigan.
Sylvester was apprehended on September 12, 1844 at Fort Gratiot in St. Clair County, Michigan and received a court martial on November 5, 1844 for deserting.
At this point, it sounded like his military career was over, although, he did take a break from his military career to start a family. From 1848 to 1859, Sylvester and Nancy had four children, 3 sons (Robert, Silas and Perry) and 1 daughter (Amelia).
Sylvester returns to Port Huron, St. Clair, Michigan. He and his wife Nancy have two more children, Mary May and Martin Mark Mason. Martin Mark Mason is my maternal second great grandfather.
Lesson Learned: We all have great men in our past! I see Sylvester as a great man, a hero who fought for our county. Just like us, those great men are also human. Yes Sylvester was labeled a deserted, but I would like to think that he deserted because he met the women he was going to marry. With this post I honor my 3rd great grandfather, Sylvester P. Mason.
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