Thayer, Julius

From Helderberg Hilltowns of Albany County, NY


Julius Thayer was born in Westerlo, Albany County, NY in about 1835.[1] Julius was born on October 15, 1836, a son of Amasa Thayer(1799-1849) and Wata Smith(1800-1876). He was a twin to his sister, Julia.

Marriage & Children

Julius never married.


Julius worked as a farmer before he served during the Civil War.[1] After his service, he became a teacher.

Military Service

Residence: Westerlo[2]
Place of Birth: Westerlo, NY[2]
Date of Birth: 15 Oct 1836[2]
Names of Parents: Amasa (Thayer) and Wata Smith[2]
Marital Status: Single[2]
Occupation: Farmer[2]
Term of Enlistment: 3 years[2]
Bounty Received: $50.00[2]
Enlistment Date: 2 Aug 1862[1]
Enlistment Place: Westerlo, NY
Enlistment Rank: Private[1]
State Served: New York
Regiment: 7th Regiment NY Heavy Artillery[1]
Company: Company K[1]
Promotion Date: 18 Aug 1862[1]
Promotion Rank: Sergeant[1]
Promotion Date: 23 Dec 1863[1]
Promotion Rank: First Sergeant[1]
Promotion Date: 1 Feb 1864[1]
Promotion Rank: Second Lieutenant[1]
Promotion Date: 27 Dec 1864[1]
Promotion Rank: First Lieutenant[1]
Muster Out Date: 17 June 1865[1]
Muster Out Place: Baltimore, MD
Additional Remarks: Enlisted at the age of 27[3]. "Promoted to Sergt-Aug 20th, 1862 to 2 Lieunt-Dec 16th, 1863, 1st Lieut 1864. Was in all the engagements of the Army of the Potomac from the crossing of the Rapidan to the evacuation of Petersburg. Discharged June 16 1865-PO Westerlo, Albany Co."[2]

Born in Westerlo, NY, Age 27, Farmer, Black eyes, Brown hair, Light complexion, 5'8" tall.[4]

Sources Used: Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of NY for the year 1898; Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998; Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War

Military Experience

Lt. Julius Thayer was remembered for his service three decades later by Private Milo H. Clark, who was also in Company K.[5]


Julius died in 1898 and was buried at the Westerlo Rural Cemetery in Westerlo.

Julius Thayer monument at the Westerlo Rural Cemetery. Photo courtesy of Russ


South Westerlo, N. Y.. May 7, ‘98.

Having been called upon as a post to accept the inevitable, and to surrender to an enemy that none can put to rout or bring to a halt In his conquering march, we wonld bow submissively to the providence that has "mustered out" another of our noble comrades and promoted him from the office of Quarter Master in our post, to a "king and priest" of the Most High, the Grand Commander of the armies of heaven and earth.

Inasmuch as it has pleased Him in whom we live and have our being, to take our comrade, our fellow soldier and our brother. Julius Thayer, to tbe eternal camping grounds of the Celestial City, therefore be it

Resolved, 1st. that we as a post of the G.A.R. need the Divine help to say in our application, "Thy will be done," That while we mourn our loss, we would pray for grace to keep our eyes on "the mark for the prize of the high calling" that will unite again these broken links, Beyond the rock waste and river Beyond the frost chain and the fever, Beyond the ever and the never. In Heaven.

Resolved, 2nd. That we give good heed to the Scripture chosen by the Rev’d brother at the funeral of our comrade, viz: “so teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom”

Resolved, 3d, That we as Comrades will ever hold in grateful remembrance, tbe love and loyalty that our deceased comrade, Juliu B Thayer, as one of the charter members of our post, as our Senior Vice Commander for nearly two years, as Quartermaster since Jan'y last, and as a soldier and comrade, and pledge our selves to still touch elbows with love and devotion to our order, as we march on. faithful unto death, when we too shall 'ground arms.'

Resolved, 4th,That we extend our warmest sympathies to the sorrowing members of the family circle, who will feel most keenly the pain of separation occasioned by the removal of their quiet relative, who was for many years at home, being in failing health. May the promise be verified to them all, 'Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted. '

Resolved, 5th, That a copy of these expressions be given to the family, with the assurance that we as comrades of Post 580, G. A. R. shall always feel a special Interest in their best welfare, and shall regard them as our warm friends. That those items be spread upon the minutes of the Post, and that we hereby express our hearty appreciation and sincere thanks to Mrs, Fanny Faulkner for the very acceptable decorations of mourning that she placed in our Post hall, in memory of our deceased comrade.

Approved by order of the Post.
C. M. BOOTH, Committee.


Altamont Enterprise, May 29, 1898

Additional Research Notes

Additional Media

Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
  3. Annual Report of the Adjutant-General
  4. NY Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, Military databases
  5. May 19, 1898 Deposition of Milo H. Clark in NYC before John T. Clements, case number 841,323, Milo H. Clark pension records at Dept of VA Regional Office, Washington, DC