Lt. Jacob Stull Galentine,
Civil War Veteran
May 26, 2014
Immediately Followed American Legion Parade and Ceremony at the
Pine Hill Cemetery, Rush, NY
Born August 12, 1835, Jacob Stull Galentine was a native son of Rush. His parents were John Galentine and Isabel Stull. His mother, Isabel, was born in Rush to Jacob Stull and Susannah Price Stull, both very early settlers of Rush. Jacob’s father, John Galentine, was also an early Rush settler who served as Justice of the Peace, Deputy Sherriff, and helped construct the Erie Canal. John and Isabel Stull Galentine had four children: Edwin, Jacob, Augusta Jane and Mary.
Jacob was educated in the Rush District Schools and Genesee Wesleyan Seminary in Lima. He became a teacher in Michigan and later taught two terms in Rush. At age 28, he enlisted in the 136th NY Infantry, Company I, as a private. He was married to Anna Calligan and the father of two young children, John and Isabel. He mustered into service September 6, 1862 at Portage. He was promoted to First Lieutenant and Quartermaster on January 23, 1863. He was detached from field service to take charge of transporting the troops to Nashville. Along with the NY 136th, Jacob Stull Galentine served in the second Battle of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge, Resaca and Atlanta. He mustered out June 13, 1865 at Rochester.
Living his adult years in Lima, Jacob continued serving his community throughout his life. He served as Justice of the Peace, Town Assessor, Town Supervisor and was a member of the Livingston Board of Supervisors for many years. He was also a farmer, photographer and an auctioneer.
Following the American Legion Ceremony at Rush Pine Hill Cemetery on Memorial Day, there was a special
graveside service for Lt. Jacob Stull Galentine. His final resting place has been without a marker and a VA
headstone was installed this spring. The Sons of the Union Veterans, led by Lincoln Camp Commander,
Charles Smeltzer, along with Civil War re-enactors, conducted the service. Civil War era music was provided
by Phyllis Smeltzer on a period pump organ. A display of Civil War memorabilia by the historian of the NY
136th, was also available for viewing after the ceremony.
This was a unique opportunity to recognize a Rush native who served his country and his community
throughout his life.