Archibald “Archie” B. Hunter is my great-grandaunt Margaret Elizabeth Hunter Mielke’s father. Archy was born in 1834 in Ireland to Hugh and Marguerite Hunter and died in 1897 in Ludington, Michigan.
Archie enlisted in the Second Michigan Cavalry, Company K on September 2, 1861 and mustered in on October 2, 1861. On May 10, 1862 he was promoted to the rank of Corporal. He re-enlisted on January 5, 1864 at Mossy Creek, Tennessee and promoted to Sergeant at that time. He mustered out on August 17, 1865 in Macon, Georgia.
The history of the Second Michigan Cavalry is very broad. Check out this site for the history of the 2nd Michigan Cavalry.
After returning home from the was Archy lived in Mason County Michigan, first in Pere Marquette and then later in Ludington. He was a lighthouse keeper and he owned a farm in Amber, Michigan. From all accounts Archy was a very well liked member of the community.
On 19 Jun 1870 he married Jane McCarney and they had 8 children together. Their children were: Hugh (b. 1873), William (1874), Margaret (1875), Archibald Bolton (1877-1953), Mary (1879), Joseph (1880), Elsie (b and d in 1883), and Edwin (1885-1891).
On the 7 Jul 1897, Archie died of an Morphine Overdose. He is buried in Ludington at Lakeview Cemetery Plot #02-001-011-08-01.