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Jerry E. Flint (1840-1909)

Flint letter photo001Jeremiah “Jerry” Eliphalet Flint was born March 4, 1840, in Eden, Vermont, and died May 3, 1909, in Warren (Marshall County), Minnesota, having left River Falls for good in June of 1902.

Jerry served in Company G of the 4th Wisconsin Infantry/Cavalry Regiment during the Civil War—the Hudson City Guards—from April 22, 1861, to May 28, 1866.  He was promoted first to corporal, then sergeant, to 2nd lieutenant on May 24, 1864, and to first lieutenant on February 25, 1865.

Many of his Civil War letters that he wrote to his mother and his brother, Phineas, in River Falls are preserved in the Jerry E. Flint Papers, River Falls Mss. BN, in the University Archives and Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Following are two obituaries that appear in The River Falls Journal.  Although not credited, the second one appears to be from a Wheaton, Minnesota, newspaper.

From the May 6, 1909, issue of The River Falls Journal:

In Memoriam

Jeremiah E. Flint, best known to his friends as “Jerry,” was born in Eden, Vermont, March 4th, 1840.  Longfellow says:—

“There is no death! what seems so is transition;
This life of mortal breath
Is but the suburb of the life elysian,
Whose portal we call death.”

On the morning of May 3d, 1909, Jerry heard and answered the summons to enter that “life elysian.”

In 1854 Jerry with his widowed mother, one brother and a sister, came with a large circle of relatives to River Falls.  Here he lived until the opening of the Civil War, when he was among the first to respond to Abraham Lincoln’s call for men.  He enlisted in the 4th Wisconsin Infantry, which was very soon mounted and became the 4th Wisconsin Cavalry.  Jerry served as a soldier in this Regiment during the five years of war.

On his return, he lived with his mother, until her death in 1872, since which time his home in River Falls has been with his cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Pratt

Thirteen years he was our genial Postmaster.  His business interests in the West have taken him away many times, for months, but when he was at home, it was always River Falls.

He was ever ready—a ” tower of strength”—tender and true, to his friends in trouble.

Christ said to his disciples: ” I have called you friends,” as though there could be no higher name given them.  There are many who have called Jerry friend, and in all these various circles, in which he has moved, he will be missed.

The once large circle of relatives are ” gathering homeward one by one.”

To-day we laid our friend to rest under the flag he loved so well and under the flowers placed by loving hands.

The night cometh; when next we meet, it will be “Good Morning.”

River Falls, May 5th, 1909

From the May 13, 1909, issue of The River Falls Journal:

Jeremiah E. Flint Dead

Search the Minnesota Veterans Graves Registration Index, which includes only those soldiers buried in Minnesota (so it does not include Jerry). “The veterans grave registration program in Minnesota began in 1927 when the Adjutant General was given the duty of maintaining a registry of veterans’ graves in Minnesota. In 1947 the burden of registry was placed on the embalming and funeral services, which were required to send information to the Department of Veterans Affair.” The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) have a national database of burials of Union Civil War soldiers. “The SUVCW National Graves Registration Project was established in 1996. Since then, hundreds of dedicated people from within and without our Order have graciously devoted thousands of hours of their time and energy visiting cemeteries, recording, verifying, researching and entering the final resting places of Civil War veterans.”  Jerry is listed in this database; he is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls.

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