Seth Gilbert Evans
1842 - Death Unknown


The Pearce Civil War Collection currently houses the Seth Gilbert Evans Papers, which consists of 170 items of correspondence and military documents spanning from October 1861 through 1876.
Captain Seth Gilbert Evans of the New York State Militia, where he served as an ordinance officer following the war. During the war, he achieved the rank of 1st Sergeant in the 57th New York Volunteer Infantry as well as in the ambulance corps and commissary department.


Seth Gilbert Evans was born in Oxford, Grafton County, New Hampshire, on September 16, 1842, to Mr. Seth G. Evans (1803-1856) and Mrs. Hannah L. Hodgkins Evans (1807-1871). Sergeant Seth Gilbert Evans enlisted in the 57th New York Infantry, Co. C, in Brooklyn, New York, at the age of 19, in October 1861. Over the next three years, Evans would maintain a correspondence with his mother and sisters at home, telling of camp life and battle experiences from almost every location the Army of the Potomac made camp. On March 1, 1864, Evans was promoted to the rank of 1st Sergeant. He served with the ambulance corps as well as with the commissary department. He saw action at Seven Pines and throughout the Peninsular Campaign, and produced a nearly constant stream of communication with his loved ones at home. On various occasions, Evans described the life of a soldier in camp, especially in the winter. The 57th New York also saw action in such battles as Antietam, Fredericksburg (being part of General Winfield Scott Hancock's 2nd Corps), Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Spottlsylvania, and the Wilderness, and documented the coming and going of the Lincoln's generals.

Later in 1864, while outside of Petersburg and only months before his three-year volunteer term expired, Evans contracted dysentery and possibly suffered sunstroke. His last letters were written from a hospital in Washington, D.C. He was mustered out of service on October 14, 1864, and supposedly returned home to New York. He married Ms. Mary Emma Frederick on June 17, 1868. Two children are known to have been produced by this union: Frank Frederick Evans, born October 6, 1870, and Charles Gordon Evans, born June 6, 1873. In June of 1876, Evans was honorably discharged from the New York State Militia where he had served as Captain, Ordinance Officer. According to the History of Charlestown, NH by Rev. Henry H. Saunderson, written in 1876, Evans continued to reside in Brooklyn, New York. His death date and location of his burial could not be identified at this time.