Alfonso A. Maxim
First Lieutenant, United States Army
A. Maxim, First Lieutenant, United States Army. R.O.M., 10th Michigan
Volunteer Cavalry. May 22, 1842-July 25, 1915.
Buried with him is his wife, Elizabeth M. Cooper Maxim, 2 February 1847-7 March 1904.
Section 3, Arlington National Cemetery.
Photo Courtesy of Terry Wantz
The rendezvous of the Tenth Cavalry was at Grand Rapids, and was raised under the direction of Colonel Thaddeus Foote of the Sixth Michigan Cavalry. Its recruitment commenced July 4, 1863, then was mustered into the United States service on the 18th. of November, having on its rolls 912 officers and men.
They were mustered out of the service, returned to Michigan, arriving at Jackson on November 15, 1865, to be paid off and disbanded.
10th Cavalry: Total enrollment, 2050; Killed in action, 20; Died of wounds, 11- Died of disease, 240.
Boulder with a bronze plaque, on the Central High School grounds, Fountain Street, between Prospect and College avenues, N. E., Grand Rapids. The inscription reads:
In honor of the loyal service of the 6th, 7th,
and 10th Regiments, Michigan Cavalry Volunteers, 1862-1864, Battery K,
13th Battery. Camp Kellogg and Camp Lee were located within the present
boundary limits of Bridge, Union, Lyon and Prospect streets. This memorial
is placed by the city of Grand Rapids and the Sophie de Marsac Campau Chapter,
Daughters of the American Revolution, October 14, 1912.
Alfonso A. Maxim was the son of Alfred A. Maxim and Juliet E. Holcom (sic). Alfonso married Eliza Cooper. To them four children were born: Mary, John, Martha and Grace. Mary (sometimes referred to as May), married Charles Smith.
Charles was born in Sweden. To Mary and Charles were born three children: Laura, Louisa and Milton Maxim Smith. Milton was inducted into the U.S. Army to serve in the First World War in an artillery unit. Fortunately, when he arrived in France, his unit was given artillery pieces for which his unit had not trained. By the time they had been trained to use the equipment available in-country, the armistice had been signed. Milton returned to the States and worked for many years for the telephone company in the North and Northwest. Milton married Madeleine Claire Dowdall of San Francisco, the daughter of Richard Dowdall and Catherine Bayliss. To them two daughters were born: Madeleine Marie Smith and my mother, Claire Louise Smith Walling.
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