1864 November 26: Polk County’s “Truly Patriotic Record” in Supporting the War Effort
The following lists of men from Polk County serving in the Civil War comes from the November 26, 1864, issues of The Polk County Press. The lists have been broken into two posts with the second half following tomorrow. In the lists, an asterisk (*) means that man died of disease; a cross (†) means the man was killed in action. Several other symbols are used but may mean something different depending on the town or village list it is used in; look for the meaning at the end of each particular list.
WHAT POLK COUNTY HAS
Done Towards Suppressing the
A TRULY PATRIOTIC RECORD.
We have taken pains to collect the following facts and figures, for the purpose of showing what our county has done towards sustaining the Administration in its efforts to punish the enemy, and save the Union.
When we take into consideration the number of our citizens, and the amount of capital and the means at our disposal, we feel confident that we make no brazen boast when we say “we challenge competition.”
With a population of not over fourteen hundred souls, we have furnished as many men, and as much money, as any like number of people in the state. We have labored under many disadvantages, such as poverty, an exposed frontier, the hardships of a new country, the condition and location of our settlers, they being scattered over a large tract of wild, unimproved country, making it almost a necessity for them to remain at home and support their families, the scarcety [sic] of men with which to prosecute the only business which tends to support the people—that of lumbering,—and many other minor items which we have not space to mention. Still with all these things to contend with we have done all that we have been called upon to do, and a great deal more, and can point with a just pride to our record.
During nearly four years of war, we have held our own as regards our improvements, and have done much towards making the “wilderness blossom as a rose.” Our farmers have toiled manfully, our lumbermen worked unceasingly, and our mechanics have prosecuted their work of building up our villages and improving our settlements with an industry highly commendable. Polk County during all these years of war and civil commotion, has prospered, not to that degree which we feel confident would have crowned the efforts of our people had there been no war—but still prospered well. But to our ballance [sic] sheet.
The town of Alden comes first on the list. The following is its statement :
TOWN OF ALDEN.
NO. AND NAMES OF VOLUNTEERS, COMPANY AND REGIMENT.
Company A, 30th Wis. Vol.
Joseph Vassau, .James W. Dean,
Charles Cook, .Andrew A. Kelly,
S. D. Starkweather.
Company D, 30th Wis. Vol.
Tenth Wis. Battery.
* W. W. Williams.
First Wisconsin Vol. Infantry.
Fifth Minnesota Vol.
Henry A. Jones,
Company G, 4th Wis. Cavalry.
Wallace Hones, Frank Jones.
Seventh Wisconsin Infantry, Veterans
A. H. Connor.
DRAFTED MEN HELD TO SERVICE AND COMMUTED.
Philip Beal, and James Bennet commuted. B. H. Connor, Chas. Vassau, P. H. Wilson, held to service.
Number of drafted men held and commuted, five. No. of Volunteers twelve. Total No. men furnished 17.
Am’t of town and private bounties $600.
* Died of Disease. ¦ Enlisted for Saint Croix Falls.
TOWN OF FARMINGTON.
NO. AND NAMES OF VOLUNTEERS.
Co. D, 2d Wis.Cavalry, 1st Battalion.
Jerome Fish, * Samuel Ramsey,
Michael Kreiner, * Louis Fish,
S. B. Clark.
Co. G, Fourth Wis. Cavalry.
J. W. S. Nason, Vet, . * Francis Danforth,
Chas. S. Fenlason, Vet, . J. E. Nelson, Vet.
Co. F, First Wis. Vol. In.
Ebeneezer Moore, Shannon Swesoy. †
Co. K, 5th Wis. Vol.
F. H. Seavey.
Tenth Wisconsin Battery.
Chas. Tweksbury, .Michael Herrold,
James B. Wright, John Fathke,
David Turcott, .Francis Pigenot,
John Moore, .Wm. Wright.
Co. A, Thirtieth Wis. Vol.
Theo. Scott, .Charles Scott,
Co. A, Eighth Minn. Vol.
Cos. G & F, Seventh Wis. Vol.
Geo. W. Davis, .E. D. Whitney,
† Peter Francis.
Co. I, 44th Wis. Vol.
M. H. Peaslee, .Samuel Tweksbury,
C. F. Nason, .Seth Ayers.
First Minnesota Battery.
Lieut. Joseph Allen. *
Co. C, 6th Wis. Vol.
Melvin McAdams, Veteran.
DRAFTED AND COMMUTED.
E. Creech, commuted.
Henry Demling, Veit Griger, Julius Dohm, held to service.
Whole number of Volunteers including veteran enlistments, 37. Number by draft, 4. Total 41.
Am’t of town and private bounty, $3,000.
* Died of disease. † Killed.
TOWN OF LINCOLN.
NO. AND NAMES OF VOLUNTEERS.
Geo. Watson, Wm. Colborn, Wm. Ahl, Co. A, 30th Wis. Vol.
D. O. Thing, Co. I, 6th Minnesota Vol.
Atilla Hinson, Co. G, 4th Cavalry.
DRAFTED AND COMMUTED.
H. Fay, Wm. Parks, B. M. Lane.—Commuted and held to service.
Whole No. of Volunteers, 5. By draft 3. Total number of men furnished, 8.
Amount of town bounty $200.
TOWN OF STERLING.
NAMES OF VOLUNTEERS.
Wm. Cowan, of 1st Wisconsin volunteers.
In Minnesota Regiments.—W. R. Cowan, Philander Cowan, Calvin Cowan, Charles Hoskiss, Adam Florshutz, Joel Hickerson,
In Wisconsin Regiments.—Peter Turgerson, Perry Hickerson, Geo. Howell, Alexas La Prairie, John Cadotte, and 3 half-breeds, names unkown.
James T. Cragin, drafted and commuted.
Total number of men furnished 16.
Amount of bounty, town and private, one thousand dollars.
(Continued in tomorrow’s post)