Who Was Heyward Emmell?
Heyward Glover Emmell was a 19 year old clerk in a store in Morristown, New Jersey when the American Civil War started. On October 1, 1861, he took the first step that led him onto the front lines for the next three years. As an infantryman in the 7th Regiment New Jersey Volunteers for 22 months and a stretcher bearer in the Ambulance Corps for 14 months, he witnessed and recorded virtually all the major events and battles of the Army of the Potomac from the Peninsula Campaign to Gettysburg to the Siege of Petersburg. His journal has been published and is available from the Madison Historical Society.
The following is Heyward Emmell's entry from the "Biographical and Genealogical History Of Morris County New Jersey" of 1899:
Heyward G. Emmell
An honored veteran of the Civil war and an enterprising representative of the commercial interests of Morristown, Mr. Emmell was born in this city, on the 24th of December 1841, and is a son of Silas B. and Elmina (Campbell) Emmell. The former was born in Morristown in 1800, and died in the city of his birth in 1883. His father, George Emmell, was a native of Germany and when a young man came to America, taking up his residence on the site of the Methodist church of Morristown. He served as a soldier under Washington in the war of the Revolution, valiantly aiding in the struggle for the independence of the colonies. The father of our subject was engaged in merchandising in his native city for forty years and through the greater part of that period was the owner of the leading dry-goods store. His wife, a native of Morris county, and a most estimable lady, died in 1869, at the age of sixty-one years. Both were members of the First Presbyterian church and were people of the highest respectability, gaining and retaining the regard of many
Heyward G. Emmell spent the days of his boyhood under the parental roof and acquired his education in Morris Academy, one of the old and excellent institutions of learning in the county. He was a young man of nineteen years when the Civil war was inaugurated and with the blood of Revolutionary forefathers coursing in his veins, and with all the patriotic impulses of his nature aroused, he enlisted September 15, 1861, in defense of the Union, as a member of Company K, Seventh New Jersey Volunteers, serving for a term of three years.
When his time had expired he was honorably discharged, October 7, 1864, after having participated in many hotly contested engagements, conspicuous among which may be mentioned the following: Siege of Yorktown, April and May 1862; Williamsburg, Virginia, May 5, 1862; Fair Oaks, June 1 and 2; Bristoe Station, August 27, 1862; Bull Run, August 29 and 30; Chantilly, September 1; Centerville, September 2; Fredericksburg, December 13 and 14; Chancellorsville, May 3 and 4, 1863; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 2 and 3; Wapping Heights, Virginia, July 24; McLean's Ford, October 15; Mine Run, November 29 and 30 and December 1; Wilderness, May 5 to 7; Spotsylvania, May 8 to 11; Spotsylvania Court House, May 12 to 18; North Anna river, May 23 and 24; Tolopotomy creek, Virginia, May 30 and 31; Cold Harbor, June 1 to 5; Petersburg, June 16 to 23; Deep Bottom, Virginia, July 26 and 27; Mine Explosion, Virginia, July 30; engagements on the north bank of the James river, August 14 to 18; Fort Sedgwick, September 10, 1864. At the battle of Chancellorsville he was wounded but otherwise escaped injury during his entire term of service.
After his return from the war Mr. Emmell served as a clerk in the Morristown postoffice for a time, and in 1867 engaged in business as a dealer in books, stationary and picture frames. This he has since followed and has won a large trade, from which he derives a good income. He has excellent business capacity and executive ability, and his careful management has advanced him far on the highway to prosperity.
He was a charter member of the Independent Hose Company, of Morristown fire department, which was organized
on the 6th of August, 1867, and served for two terms of two years each as foreman of the company, holding that position longer than any other member. He is still a member of the company. He belongs to A. T. A. Tolbert Post, No. 24, G. A. R., and is past commander. He holds membership in the First Presbyterian church, and is a member of the
Washington Association of Morristown. Mr. Emmell enjoys the esteem of a large circle of acquaintances, many of whom give him their warm friendship.