Ellery Clark Pike was a resident of Mansfield on September 8, 1862 when he enlisted as a Private in Co. E of the 22nd Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry; he was mustered out on July 7, 1863. He apparently wrote to many family members and friends from 1861 to 1869 as many of the return letters received by him were saved and are in the collection of the Connecticut Historical Society. They provide insight into life on the home front and in the military.
The descriptive muster roll of the 22nd Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry lists his age as 19. No occupation is recorded. He is described as 5’ 11” tall with a light complexion and blue eyes and brown hair. His marital status is single.
He was born on November 21, 1842 in Mansfield to Gardiner C. and Selina (Dunham) Pike. In the 1860 U.S. census in Mansfield, he is a 17 year old farmer in the household of Gardner C. Pike. Ellery Pike married Martha J. Snow December 16, 1865. Children include: Arthur C. Pike, born about 1867; Walter M. Pike, born about 1868; Helen A. Pike, born about 1871; Mabel A. Pike, born about 1872; Herman E. Pike, born about November 1875 and Bertha Cleopatra Pike, born about May, 1880. After his Civil War service, Ellery was a farmer in Mansfield; in the 1880 U.S. census, he was listed as a butcher.
On April 13, 1891, he applied for an invalid pension, No. 1,011,189 that was granted under certificate No. 788,077. His widow applied for a pension on November 24, 1909.
Ellery C. Pike died on October 18, 1909 in Mansfield and is buried at the Spring Hill Cemetery in Mansfield.