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Edgar A. Meacham (1832-1884)

Edgar A. Meacham, from Prescott, was the 1st lieutenant and then captain of Company F, 30th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment.  He was commissioned 1st lieutenant on September 15, 1862, promoted to captain on November 17, 1862, and mustered out on September 20, 1865.

Edgar’s brother, Cornelius E. Meacham, served in Company A of the 12th Wisconsin Infantry—the Lyon Light Guards from Prescott.

Following is a short biography of Meacham from the History of Washington County and the St. Croix Valley, Minneapolis: North Star Publishing Company, 1881 (available in the UWRF Archives), page 263.

Captain Edgar A. Meacham, born May 31st, 1832, at Brandon, Vermont.  Here his childhood days were passed, and on attaining majority he began the mercantile trade at his native place, continuing until removing with his parent, to Prescott in 1856.  On their arrival, he, in company with his father, Col. A. A. Meacham, purchased a steam saw-mill, which they operated one year; then sold, and established a sash and door factory.  In 1871 his father disposed of his interest to another son.  Mr. Meacham, in 1876, opened a general store in this place and formed a partnership with his son, Edgar L.  He enlisted in 1861, and was appointed first lieutenant of Company F, Thirtieth Wisconsin; the next year was promoted to the rank of captain of the same company, receiving his discharge at Camp Randall in October, 1865.  He was united in marriage with Eliza Belknap in 1854.  They are the parents of four children living.

Following is his obituary from the River Falls Journal of August 2, 1884:

DIED.—On the morning of the 19th inst., Mr. Edgar A. Meacham, of heart disease. The funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon at the house. Capt. Meacham has long been a resident of Prescott and leaves a large number of friends and relatives who regret his departure.

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