South Dakota Military Data

 

Dakota Cavalry, 1862-1865
Company B


Doane Robinson's encyclopedia of South Dakota
Published by the author, Pierre, S. D., 1925

Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Sara Hemp



The Company Descriptive Book of Company B, Dakota Cavalry, 1862-1865 is not in the War Department and has probably been lost. The following roster was made from memory by Sergeant A. M. English, Second Lieutenant David Benjamin and Thomas Tate in 1899 and is believed to include all men who served in this company:

Officers

William Tripp, Captain, appointed October 21, 1862, was born in Maine in 1819. Was an older half brother of Bartlett Tripp. One of the earliest settlers of Yankton. After muster put of the company he practiced law in Yankton and was an esteemed member of the Yankton Bar. He died in March 1878.

John R. Wood, 1st Lieutenant, appointed October 21, 1862, of Elk Point was born in Montgomery county, N. Y., January 4, 1820. He commanded the escort that conducted the Sawyer wagon road expedition to Montana in 1865 and was held captive by Red Cloud for two weeks. He was appointed 1st Lieutenant Oct. 21. 1862. He died at Elk Point October 29, 1911, being almost 92 years of age.

T. Elwood Clark, 2nd Lieutenant, appointed Sept. 4, 1862, was born at Kennett Square, Penn. In the very early days of the territory he came to Yankton, where he engaged in newspaper work and also in the mercantile business. He was appointed 2nd lieutenant September 4, 1862 and served as such until muster out in 1865. It appears that after the war he lived at Springfield, Mo., and then later moved to Kansas. He died April 8, 1912. at Eureka Springs, Ark.

Noncommissioned Officers:

Elijah K. Robinson, 1st Sergeant.
Josiah R. Sanborn, Sergeant.
Louis St. Onge, Sergeant.
Melancthon U. Hoyt, Sergeant.
Samuel M. Crooks, Sergeant.
Nathan McDaniels, Sergeant.
Norris J. Wallace, Quartermaster Sergeant.
Eli B. Wixson, Commissary Sergeant.
Sterling L. Parker, Corporal.
Myron Sheldon, Corporal.
Charles Leonard, Corporal.
Sherman Clyde, Corporal.
Lawrence Digman, Corporal.
Ferdinand Turgeon, Corporal.
Trobridge R Jewell, Corporal.
John S. Hall, Corporal.
George W. Dimick, Corporal.
Josiah Whitcomb, Farrier.
John Fitzgibbon, Wagoner.
Theodore Oleson, Blacksmith.
William H. H. Fate, Corporal.
William McDermott, Corporal.

Privates

Oliver Allen, age 18 born in Putnam county, Indiana, farmer, enlisted October 3, 1862 under militia recruiting officer Lieut. W. W. Adams at Elk Point. Honorably discharged when company was mustered out at Sioux City, Nov. 15, 1865. Allen then went in company with his uncle, Elijah Robinson to St. Johns, Ia., and from there out west. He has resided of late years at Vancouver, Washington, where he held civil offices,

Henry Arend, age 41, born in Cassel, Germany, farmer, enlisted Nov. 1, 1862, at Elk Point, under Tripp. Honorably discharged when company was mustered out, and returned to his home in Yankton county where he took up land near James river. He was one of the leaders of a strong German colony and settlement whose descendants are there to this day. The pioneer is not now living.

Christopher Arend, age 18, born in Cassel Germany, bugler, enlisted November 3, 1862, at Elk Point under Tripp. Honorably discharged with the company. Eldest son of Henry Arend and a "good boy" and so recognized by his comrades. Returned to his Yankton county home after his discharge, and aided in developing the farm. He died several years ago.

Thomas H. Armstrong, age 23, born in Delaware county. New York. Trapper and civil engineer. Enlisted Feb. 29, 1864, under Provost Marshal G. P. Waldron at Yankton. Was honorably discharged when company was mustered out in 1865. Claimed that he had been a scout under General Sibley in Minnesota in 1862. He located after his discharge in northwest Iowa, married, reared a family, and is probably living in this year (1918) not far from Correctionville, Iowa.

George Bellows, age 21, born in Renfrew, Canada, laborer, enlisted Sept. 8, 1863 at Vermillion under Lt. Bell. Honorably discharged with the company. Comrades can give no information of his subsequent career.

Benjamin Bellows, age 20. Born in Renfrew, Canada. Laborer. Enlisted August 11, 1863 at Vermillion under Capt. L Miner. English and Kingsbury place this man in Company A, which see.

Gilbert B. Bigelow, age 45. Born in Oneida county, N. Y. Enlisted Nov. 18, 1862 at Vermillion under Tripp. Was discharged April 10, 1865 at Yankton Agency by command of Gen. Curtis. Returned to Vermillion. Was a lawyer by profession. Did not marry, and lived much of the time alone. Engaged in politics and was elected to the Territorial House in 1865 and was made speaker at the ensuing session. He accumulated some property at his home town, Vermillion and did some law business; also operated a livery stable. He died at Vermillion about 1903.

John Bradley, age 35. Born in Camp Margaret, Ireland Laborer. Enlisted Sept. 11, 1862 at Yankton under Miner. English and Kingsbury place him in Co. A which see.

Leander Cirdier, (or Cordier) age 41. Born in St. Francis, Canada, farmer. Enlisted at Elk Point, Oct. 3, 1862 under Lt. Adams. Returned to Elk Point after his discharge. Was a kindhearted friend, but lacked energy, and made no headway in life. He died near Sioux City about 1897.

Miles Cowan, age 30. Born in Champlain county, Ohio. Farmer. Enlisted at Yankton under Provost Marshal Waldron and assigned to Co. B., April 11, 1864. A married man from Harrison county, Iowa. Was honorably discharged at mustering out and returned to his wife and farm. He died at his Iowa home—date not given.

Sherman Clyde, age 33, was appointed corporal April 1, 1863. Born at Otsego, N. Y. Farmer. Enlisted at Elk Point, Oct. 11, 1862 under Lt. Adams. Honorably discharged in 1865, and returned to Union county and his farm where he remained until about 1885. He then sold out and bought a farm in the Ozark Mountains, Missouri, where he died about 1897.

Samuel M. Crooks, age 34. Sergeant from April 1, 1863. Born in Beaver county, Penn. Enlisted at Brule Creek, Cole county Sept. 21, 1862 under Lt. Adams. Honorably discharged. Mustered out in 1865. A brief time thereafter Sergeant Crooks and J. R. Sanborn opened and conducted a provision and meat market business at Yankton. Crooks went from this point to Clarinda, Iowa, where he conducted a mercantile business. It was learned from most recent reports that he is living in the province of Columbia, Canada, comfortably situated.

Louis H. Desy, age 35. Born in Montreal, Canada. Farmer. Enlisted Dec. 25, 1862 at Elk Point, under Tripp. Honorably discharged at muster out. Had been a pioneer of Sioux City in 1856, and returned there after the war. He died about the time South Dakota was made a state, 1889. His aged widow was living in Sioux City according to advices up to 1917.

Lawrence Digman, age 22. Born in Ontario county. N. Y. Farmer. Enlisted Nov. 10. 1862 under Capt Gore. Made a corporal April 1, 1863. Honorably discharged in 1865. Returned to Elk Point where he remained for a number of years. He was living at Great Falls. Montana, two years ago, but nothing of his whereabouts has been since obtainable.

George W. Dimick, age 24. Corporal. Born in Washington, N. Y. Laborer. Enlisted Sept. 4, 1862 at Vermillion under Lt Bell. Honorably discharged at muster out. He then returned to Union county and was married, and settled down on his farm in that county where he remained until the time of the opening of the Black Hills in 1877, when he sold out and moved west, finally landing in Vancouver, Washington, where he purchased land which he cultivated with success. He reared a large family and amassed considerable property in his new home where he died in 1914.

James Dormidy, age 40, was born in Carlow, Ireland. Teamster, Enlisted at Elk Point Oct. 3, 1863 under Lt. Adams. Honorably discharged in 1865. Returned to Elk Point where he had a comfortable property, and owned a farm in Woodbury county, Iowa. He died about the time South Dakota became a state, 1889.

John R. Ealey, age 25. Born in Cleveland, Tenn. Farmer. Enlisted March 21, 1863, at Elk Point under Tripp. Honorably discharged at muster out, and located at St, Johns, (now Missouri Valley, Iowa), after leaving the army. Nothing definite concerning Ealey has been learned by his old comrades in arms, but a report has gained circulation and some credit that he met death by violence during the days of lawless excitement in Oklahoma.

Samuel Farnsworth, age 23. Born in Warren county, Ohio. Farmer. Enlisted March 15. 1863, at Elk Point under Capt. Tripp. Honorably discharged and returned to near Woodbine, Iowa and married. Of his life there is no further record obtainable by this chronicler. He died about 1879.

Wm. H. H. Fate, age 22. Corporal. Born in Locking, Ohio. Farmer. Enlisted Sept. 19, 1862, at Brule Creek, under Lt. Adams. Honorably discharged when mustered out. Returned to Brule Creek and was married. His first wife died and he was married a second time. Mr. Fate developed a fine farm, has filled many church and county offices efficiently, and has reared four sons and five daughters, all of whom are living, and the father is yet (1918) while four score years or thereabouts, an active and useful citizen

Nickolas Filling, age 26. Born at Wilmot. N. J. Cooper. Enlisted October 29, 1862 at Yankton under Capt Miner. Nothing further can be learned of this man.

John Fitzgibbon, age 40 Born in Limerick, Ireland Wagoner and mason. Enlisted Oct 3, 1862 at Elk Point under Lt. Bell. Honorably discharged and re¬turned to Sioux City and settled there. Became an esteemed citizen Died there about 1910.

Harmon P Fjeltvet, age 20. Born in Bergen county, Norway. Laborer. Enlisted July 25, 1863 at Vermillion under Lt. Bell. Honorably discharged with the muster out and returned probably to Vermillion. Name also given as Fieltvet. No reliable information regarding his life.

Antone Fleury; age 25. Born in Quebec, Canada, Farmer. Enlisted Oct. 11, 1862 at Elk Point under Lt. Adams. Honorably discharged and returned to his home in Big Sioux township, Union County, where be was married. He was an enterprising farmer and quite successful. He became the father of a numerous and intelligent family. He is living yet on his old homestead now a model farm, an honored octogenarian.

Louis Frick, age 20. Born in Lichtenstein, Germany. Laborer. Enlisted Dec. 13, 1863, at Fort Randall under Capt. Miner. English and Kingsbury place him in Company A, which see.

James J. Furlong, age 21. Born in Tipperary. Ireland. Enlisted Oct. 10, 1862 at Elk Point under Lt. Adams. Honorably discharged. Went to Austin, Minn., and there amassed a fortune as a farmer. He died about 1907.

Wm. F. Furlong, age 20. Born in Tipperary, Ireland. Farmer. Enlisted Oct. 10. 1862 at Elk Point under Lt. Adams. Honorably discharged at muster out. and from what must be considered reliable information he later became insane and was taken to the South Dakota Hospital for the Insane at Yankton. He failed to recover and died there many years ago, or before the end of the last century.

Lewis Gates, age 32. Born in Warren, N. Y. Farmer. Enlisted Oct. 18, 1862 at Elk Point under Lt. Adams. Honorably discharged, and returned to his former home in Iowa. Died at Woodbine, Iowa about 1910.

Hugh Gaughran, age 30. Born in Cavan, Ireland. Farmer. Enlisted Oct. 18. 1862 under Lt. Bell at Elk Point. Honorably discharged when mustered out, and returned to Sioux City, and from that point removed into Nebraska not far from Sioux City, but of his occupation this scribe could obtain no reliable information. He died during the last decade of the 19th century.

Wm. R. Goodfellow, age 25. Born in Wooster, Ohio. Explorer. Enlisted Oct. 3, 1862 under Lt. Adams at Elk Point. Was company clerk and an artistic penman. Was honorably discharged with his company and became clerk at Crow Creek Indian Agency in 1866. Remained there until 1869 when he emigrated in company with Judson LaMoure of Union county to Pembina where he settled and held important subordinate positions in the customs house and also in the U. S. land office. He died at Pembina about the close of the 19th century.

John Gregory, age 14. Born in Jo Daviess county. Ill Farmer. Enlisted July 9, 1864 at Yankton under Provost Marshal Waldron. Honorably discharged with the company. Was known as the "boy soldier." Nothing has been learned of him since his discharge.

John S. Hall, age 19. Corporal. Born in Athens county, Ohio. Farmer. Enlisted March 23, 1863 at Elk Point under Tripp. Honorably discharged at mustering out, and returned to near Woodbine, Iowa, and in 1867 went to Wyoming and Utah and worked on the new Union Pacific railway which was then under construction. Quitting that employment, he returned to Union county and married; became a prosperous farmer; filled county and town offices with efficiency. An allround useful citizen. Resided in 1918 in Woodbine, Iowa.

James T. Hammond, age 18. Born in South Carolina. Farmer. Enlisted March 31, 1863 at Elk Point under Tripp. Was discharged from the hospital at Sioux City quite early in his military career. Was an excellent "boy soldier" and highly respected by his soldier comrades.

Thos. J. Hampton, age 29. Born in South Carolina. Farmer. Enlisted Dec. 21, 1862 at Elk Point under Tripp. Was honorably discharged from the service and went south, probably to Missouri since which time nothing has been learned concerning him.

Wm. C. Homer, age 28. Born in Warren, N. J. Farmer. Enlisted January 21, 1863 at Elk Point under Capt, Tripp. Honorably discharged. Returned to his home near Elk Point where he remained a few years, then sold out and went to Michigan about the year 1908. Returned from Michigan to Union county, and now resides a few miles west of Jefferson in old "Old Union."

Stephen Horton, age 24. Born in Vernon, Mich. Farmer. Enlisted Sept. 19, 1862 at Brule Creek under Adams or Gore. Honorably discharged at mustering out and returned to Brule Creek and married. He built up a fine farm on the Brule. He also reared a large and intelligent family. He died by a supposed accidental shot from a gun in his own hands about 1912.

John Hough, age 18. Born in Bath, Canada. Farmer. Enlisted Dec. 1, 1862, at Yankton under Capt. Tripp. Honorably discharged in 1865, and then spent some time in drifting around, and finally landed at Mitchell, D. T., where he found a wife and settled down. Did an insurance business for a while and was then appointed boss farmer at the Yankton Agency. Returned in a few years to Mitchell where he died of typhoid fever about 1903.

Melancthon U. Hoyt, age 27. Born in Indianapolis, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted Oct. 15, 1862, at Elk Point, under Lt. Adams. Appointed sergeant April 1, 1863. Honorably discharged at time of muster out. Son of Rev. Melancthon Hoyt, early Yankton clergyman, who resided at Yankton. The soldier son was a married man and settled at Yankton and engaged in the mercantile business; was appointed postmaster of Yankton in 1869 by President Grant. Was elected to the Territorial Legislature in 1866, and reelected. Removed for a time to his farm in Nebraska about the time of the Black Hills opening; farmed with good success for a number of years. Finally retired from active pursuits and settled with his son and daughter in Minnehaha county where his son has a farm, is now, 1918, living in Sioux Falls with his daughter.

Ulrich Jarvis, age 30. Born in Montreal, Canada. Farmer. Enlisted at Yankton, February 29, 1864 by Provost Marshal Waldron. Honorably discharged with the company. Was a clerk in Sioux City before enlistment, and a very intelligent and agreeable French gentleman, but what became of him after leaving the service, this reporter has no knowledge.

Trobridge R. Jewell, age 21. Born in Calhoun county, Mich. Farmer. Enlisted Sept. 4, 1862 at Vermillion under Lt. Clark. Honorably discharged in 1865. and returned to the home of his parents near Vermillion, where he remained several years, and then went to Washington Territory. Of his later life the chronicler has no record.

Alexander Keeler, age 21. Born in Armstrong county, Penn. Farmer. Enlisted March 30, 1863 at Elk Point under Capt. Tripp. Honorably discharged at muster out. and went to Greenwood (Yankton Indian Agency) and he may yet be living there.

Daniel Keeley (or Kelley), age 27. Born in Kilkenny, Ireland. Laborer. Enlisted Nov. 6. 1862 at Elk Point under Tripp. Was discharged from the service at the Sioux City hospital, and remained in that place. This chronicler learned that he had died at Sioux City many years ago but cannot approximate the date.

Matthias Larson, age 28. Born in Norway. Farmer. Enlisted Sept. 18, 1862 at Brule Creek under Lt. Adams. Honorably discharged at muster out, and soon thereafter located on land in Yankton county near the mouth of James river. Made a farm, married and reared a family. Is not living.

Ole B. Larson, age 18. Born in Dean, Wisconsin. Laborer. Enlisted July 15, 1863 under Capt. Tripp. Honorably discharged at muster out and settled in Clay or Yankton county on a claim, but am unable to obtain definite information concerning his life.

John B. Larvie, age 29. Born in Quebec, Canada Farmer. Enlisted Feb. 18, 1863, at Elk Point under Capt. Tripp. Honorably discharged at muster out, and returned to Union county where he remained a year or so, and then moved up the Missouri river valley, but to what point this chronicler is not informed. He is not living.

Octave Larvie, age 27. Born in Quebec, Farmer. Enlisted Feb. 15, 1863 at Elk Point under Capt Tripp. Honorably discharged at muster out. Returned to near Jefferson, Union county, and engaged in farming. Married and reared a family. Died about 1908.

Charles Leonard, age 43. Corporal. Born in Cork, Ireland, Laborer, Enlisted February 16, 1863 at Elk Point under Capt, Tripp, Honorably discharged at the time of mustering out. Returned to Sioux City where he accumulated considerable property. He died near the close of the 19th century.

Joseph Lionnais, age 45. Born in Sorrell, Canada. Farmer. Enlisted Oct. 3, 1862 at Elk Point under Lt. Bell. Honorably discharged at muster out. Then returned to Sioux City where he died, date unknown to this scribe. Before his enlistment in Co. B, he had titles to lands now important parts of Sioux City.

Henry McCumber, age 44. Born in Herkimer county. N. Y. Mechanic and farmer. Enlisted Oct. 13. 1862 at Elk Point under Lt. Adams. Honorably discharged at muster out. An almost overage soldier and a Union (Cole) county pioneer settler south of Elk Point. Married many years before his enlistment. Returned to his home and family upon quitting the service, and lived there a number of years when he sold out and tradition has it that he removed to Yankton. Lost track of him since that time.

Daniel W. McDaniels, age 18. Born in St. Claire county. Mich. Farmer. Enlisted Oct. 20, 1862 at Bon Homme under Capt. Fuller. Was honorably discharged with his company. He returned to Bon Homme county with his father. Nathan, where they had land and opened farms in the Choteau creek valley, where they resided for about 10 years, then went west to the Black Hills country, where Daniel took up a ranch in Meade county

Nathan McDaniels, age 44. Enlisted Oct. 20, 1862 at Elk Point under Lt. Clark. Honorably discharged at muster out. Father of Daniel McDaniels; from Bon Homme county. Was a duty sergeant. This chronicler has not been able to learn anything of his later life except that he made his home on Choteau creek and probably went west with his son to Meade county.

Wm. McDermott, age 19. Corporal. Born in Marshall, Ill. Farmer. Enlisted August 20. 186? at Yankton under Capt. Tripp. Honorably discharged at muster out. Went to south central Iowa. Later career unknown.

John McDonough, age 43. Born in Clare County, Ireland. Laborer. Enlisted Oct. 11, 1862 at Elk Point under Lt. Adams. Honorably discharged at muster out and returned to the Irish settlement near Elk Point where he had a homestead. Afterwards sold out and invested in Sioux City property. Nothing further has been learned of his career.

Jacob J. McKnight, age 19. Born in Washington county, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted March 17, 1863 at Elk Point under Capt Tripp. Deserted at the Yankton encampment, or at St. James, Nebraska, while on detail duty, July 30, 1863, and nothing has been learned of his subsequent career.

Cornelius McNamarow, age 28. Born in Clare county. Ireland. Moulder. Enlisted Oct. 3. 1862 at Elk Point under Adams. Honorably discharged at muster out. Returned to his family in Sioux City and engaged in farming on his own land near that city. Have no record of his subsequent career.

Robert Marson, age 33. Born in Cass county, Mich. Farmer. Enlisted March 15, 1863 at Elk Point under Tripp. Discharged Dec. 30, 1863 for physical disability. Marston finally located in Nebraska, but this scribe has not been able to learn of his later career.

George D. Matthieson, age 18. Born in Fall River, Mass. Laborer. Enlisted Nov. 3, 1862 at Elk Point under Capt. Tripp. Honorably discharged with his company. George Matthieson's father was killed in the Spirit Lake massacre in 1857. Mrs. Matthieson, the widow, moved to Bon Homme county, D. T., in 1862, with her three sons, George, Richard and Robert and left Bon Homme and settled in Yankton city in the fall of 1862 during the Indian troubles. George returned to Yankton for a short time and then removed to Fort Pierre and Stanley county and entered upon the rearing of live stock, which he followed with such success that he became very prominent in that industry and correspondingly prosperous. He was well known throughout Dakota and highly regarded. He served in the legislature of 1893 as a member of the House from Stanley county. He died suddenly December 27, 1916 while visiting a married daughter in Faulk county.

Richard W. Matthieson, age 14 Years 7 months. Born at Colesburg,Iowa. Printer. Enlisted Feb. 29, 1864 at Yankton under Provost Marshal Waldron. Honorably discharged at muster out. A younger brother of George. He was one of the Detachment of Company B sent as an escort for the Sawyer wagon road expedition in 1865. Richard returned to Yankton and attended public school for a time and then joined his brother at Fort Pierre in the live stock business, and by diligence and honorable dealings went to the head in that industry. He is yet (1918) among the most prominent and esteemed citizens of the great plains counties.

Martin D. Metcalf, age 39. Born in Courtland. N. Y. Farmer. Enlisted September 11, 1862 at Yankton under Capt Fuller. Resided in Bon Homme county. He was discharged January 9. 1865 at a hospital in Davenport, Iowa, and he probably returned to Bon Homme county, where he had taken a claim before he enlisted, and where he exercised the privileges and authority of a clergyman of the Methodist denomination. Was rather infirm for military service. He came from a section about 25 miles southeast of Sioux City when he immigrated to Dakota. He was a member of one of the early legislatures or was elected Chaplain of the House of Representatives. Was highly respected. Returned in time to Iowa and was lost sight of.

Wm. Metcalf, age 19. Born in Steuben county, N. Y. Farmer. Enlisted Sept. 11, 1862, under Lt. Clark. Residence in Bon Homme County. Honorably discharged at muster out of Co. B. Returned to his claim in Bon Homme county; went back to his early home southwest of Sioux City. Believe he was a son of Martin D. He later became a benedict, built up a good farm and reared a family. He died about 1907 from an injury received by a kick from a horse, at his home near Bronson, Iowa.

Anthony Nelson, age 18. Born in Christiana, Norway. Farmer. Enlisted Sept. 11, 1862, at Vermillion under Lt. Clark. Honorably discharged at muster out. Was with the detachment that escorted the Sawyer wagon road expedition in 1865, and was killed by Indians in Wyoming.

John Nieff (or Ness), age 39. Born in Bavaria. Butcher. Enlisted Oct. 7, 1862 at Elk Point under Lt. Adams. Honorably discharged with the company in 1865 according to acceptable record, but unable to obtain any information of his career since that time.

Bringle Oleson, age 27. Born in Bergen county, Norway. Farmer. Enlisted Oct. 27, 1862 at Elk Point under Tripp. Honorably discharged at muster out. Returned to near Vermillion and died there about 1889.

Colburn Oleson, age 34. Born in Bruren county. Norway. Farmer. Enlisted Sept. 20. 1862 at Brule Creek under Lt. Adams. Discharged August 15. 1864 in hospital at Fort Randall. Located in Clay county near the Yankton county line and not far from Gayville. Reared n family; improved a farm. Died about the beginning of the present century.

James Oleson, age 20. Born in Bergen county. Norway. Farmer. Enlisted Sept. 21, 1862 at Brule Creek under Lt. Adams. Honorably discharged at muster out. Passed the next winter in Wisconsin. Brought his bride with him in the spring and located on Government land on Brule Creek; improved the farm, and was blessed with an interesting family. Died in 1916.

Theodore Oleson, age 35. Blacksmith. Born in Christiana. Norway. Farmer. Enlisted Oct. 21, 1862, at Brule Creek under Lt. Adams. Honorably discharged with his company and located with his family near Clay creek in Clay county soon after leaving the army. Improved a farm. Died about 1908.

Sterling L. Parker, age 33, Corporal. Born in Tioga county, Penn. Farmer. Enlisted Sept. 11, 1862 at Yankton under Lt. Clark. He lived in Civil Bend township, Cole county, upon retiring from the army he returned to Elk, Point and married. He made a farm home near Elk Point, and finally removed to Nebraska, living at various places. He was a gospel minister and during his life in Union county filled various county or town offices. He died at Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1915, at National Soldier's Home.

Fernan Pattee, age 17. Born in Ashtown, Mich. Farmer. Enlisted Feb. 10, 1864 at Fort Randall under Capt. Tripp. Relative of Lt. Col. John Pattee, 7th Iowa Cavalry, then stationed at that post. Honorably discharged at muster out, and probably returned to his Iowa home when the 7th Iowa was mustered out later the same year.

James O. Phelps, age 18. Born in Amity, Penn. Farmer. Enlisted Nov. 24, 1862. at Fort Randall, under Miner. Honorably discharged with the company, but can give no definite information concerning his later career.

Abel R. Phillips, age 18. Born in Racine county, Wisconsin. Farmer. Enlisted Sept. 21. 1862 at Brule Creek, under Lt. Clark. Deserted at Sioux City. Iowa. May 8, 1863, soon after the company was mustered in. but we find that he was judge of probate in Union county in 1864. He was a Brule Creek physician.

General M. Reese, age 18. Born in Miami county, Ohio. Farmer. Enlisted March 15, 1863 at Elk Point under Capt. Tripp. Honorably discharged at muster out. His friends believe upon authentic report that Reese became a gospel minister with western Nebraska as his field.

Baptiste Rendeau (or Reandeau), age 19. Born in St. Thomas, Canada. Farmer. Enlisted Sept. 22, 1862 at 12 Mile House, Union county, under Lt. Adams. Honorably discharged with the company. He returned to Elk Point and engaged in the saloon business. Went to Oklahoma, reporter believes, and died there about 1893.

Thos. Rendeau (or Reandeau), age 23. Born in St. Thomas, Canada. Farmer. Enlisted Oct. 16, 1862 at Elk Point under Lt. Adams. Honorably discharged with the company. Had a comfortable home of his own near Jefferson, Union county. Died, leaving a widow, in 1883.

Miles Rimer, age 34. Born in Jackson county, Indiana. Farmer. Enlisted Oct. 3, 1862 at Elk Point under Lt. Bell. Honorably discharged when mustered out, and returned to St. Johns (Missouri Valley) Iowa to his family. He did not live long after leaving the army.

Fred Robert (or Robeart), age 18, Born in Montreal, Canada, Laborer. Enlisted Sept. 8, 1863 at Fort Randall under Lt Bacon of Company A. It is probable that he was the son of Antoine Robeart of Yankton, who removed from that place to his former home near Council Bluffs, Ia., during these Indian war times. Upon his discharge from the service the son probably joined the family near Council Bluffs. Nothing whatever has come from them since the war days.

Elijah K. Robinson, age 39. Born in Putnam county, Indiana, Carpenter. En¬listed October 3, 1862 at Elk Point under Lt. Bell. Honorably discharged at mus¬ter out. He was orderly sergeant of the company. He returned to St. John, (Missouri Valley), Iowa, when discharged, where he remained a few years, then went to California. He is not living.

George Rose, age 18. Born in Fulton county, Indiana. Farmer. Enlisted Oct. 7, 1862 at Elk Point under Lt, Adams. Was honorably discharged at mustering out, and creditable tradition has it that he went over to the Nebraskians where he became a minister of the gospel with praiseworthy results.

John Rouse, age 22. Born in Sante Fe, New Mexico. Resided in Bon Homme county on a homestead or pre-emption. Enlisted Sept. 8, 1862 at Yankton under Capt. Ziebach. Came from Minnesota to Bon Homme with the Shober colony. Was one of the Sawyer wagon road escort through Montana in 1865, and was reported killed in a skirmish with the Indians. Lt. Wood of Co. B was commanding the detachment.

Louis St. Onge, age 44. Born in Verdure county, Canada. Enlisted Oct. 3, 1862 at Elk Point under Lt. Clark. Sergeant, appointed Oct. 11, 1862. Honorably discharged at muster out. Returned to Sioux City and was seriously injured by a runaway team. He is not now living.

Louis St. Onge, age 21. Born in St. Louis, Mo. Painter. Enlisted May 14, 1864 at Yankton under Provost Marshal Waldron. This young soldier had & fair record and received an honorable discharge at muster put, but what employment he engaged in or whither he went does not appear to have been known by any of his old company comrades who survive in the year 1918.

Josiah R. Sanborn, age 32. Sergeant, appointed Oct. 11, 1862. Born in Chester, Rockingham county, N. H. Lumber dealer. Enlisted Oct. 3, 1862 at Elk Point under Lt. Adams. Honorably discharged on muster out in 1865. Widower with two sons in New Hampshire. After discharge settled in Yankton. Married a Vermont lady. Removed his family to Yankton. Sons about 12 and 15 years of age. The father engaged in the provision business, and later in furniture. Prospered. Held many important offices in church, college and city. Leading citizen with Ward, Tripp, Edmunds. His eldest son, Joe B., now colonel of Illinois militia. Mr. Sanborn died at Yankton before 1905.

William Searfs, age 32, Born in Round. Canada. Farmer. Enlisted Oct. 3, 1862 at Elk Point under Lt. Clark, Died in company quarters at Yankton Agency, D. T, May IS, 1865 of congestion of the lungs,

Myron Sheldon, age 28. Born in Windham county, Vermont. Farmer. Enlisted Oct. 15, 1862 at Elk Point under Lt. Clark. Corporal. Honorably discharged, and returned to his home near Elk Point where he resided with his family until about 1877, when he sold out and moved to Moscow, Idaho. Died about the end of the last century.

John B. Snow, age 18. Born in St. Louis, Mo. Clerk. Enlisted July 25, 1863 at Vermillion under Capt. Tripp. Honorably discharged at muster out in 1865, since which his comrades have no tidings of him.

Wm. W. Snyder, age 21. Born in Coshocton, Ohio. Laborer. Enlisted January 20, 1864 at Fort Randall under Capt. Tripp. Honorably discharged at muster out. Nothing further can be given concerning his career.

John Sorrick, age 18. Born in Warren, Penn. Farmer. Enlisted July 1, 1863 at Yankton under Capt. Tripp. Honorably discharged at muster out. Went to Rock Island, Illinois, after leaving the service, but of his subsequent life this scribe has no information.

Dempster B. Sprague, age 34. Born in Seneca, Ohio. Farmer. Enlisted March 31, 1863 at Elk Point under Capt. Tripp. Honorably discharged at muster out. Was a Sioux Falls pioneer of 1859. He was a teamster in the service, and regarded weak mentally. He died in Yankton about 1870 quite suddenly from the effects of excessive drinking of intoxicants given him by his associates during an early day carnival.

Joseph Stringer, age 28. Born in Otsego county, N. Y. Farmer. Enlisted Oct. 7, 1862 at Elk Point under Lt. Adams. Honorably discharged with his company. Returned to Elk Point and went into business. Sold a variety of goods, keeping something of a department store for about four years. His health failing he removed to Missouri, dying there before the close of the last century.

Hezekiah Townsend, age 44. Born in Yates county, N. Y. Farmer. Enlisted Sept. 18, 1862 at Brule Creek under Lt. Adams. Honorably discharged with his company. Located at farm home for himself and family after quitting the service, just south of Elk Point. About 1876 he went to the Black Hills, but returned again to the old home near Elk Point, where he died early in the present century.

Alexis Travercie, age 23. Born in Woodbury coanty. Iowa. Farmer. Enlisted Dec. 26, 1862 at Elk Point under Capt. Tripp, Honorably discharged and then after a brief time it was believed that Alexis went to an Indian reservation and was lost sight of.

Paul Travercie, age 18. Born in Woodbury county, Iowa, Farmer. Enlisted March 31, 1863 at Elk Point under Capt. Tripp. Honorably discharged at muster out. It was generally understood by his acquaintances in Union county that Paul made his home at Fort Pierre after his discharge from the army and died there.

William Trumbo, age 18. Born in Highland, Ohio. Laborer. Enlisted Sept. 21, 1862 at Vermillion under Lt. Clark. Was honorably discharged at muster out; returned to Vermillion and was married to Miss Eliza Jordan. Improved a farm in Spink township, Union county. Sold it about 1893 and moved to Texas and died there early in the present century. His widow and children are living in Texas.

Ferdinand Turgeon, age 25. Born in Belchase county, Canada. Farmer. Enlisted Dec. 13, 1862 at Elk Point under Capt. Tripp. Honorably discharged and returned to Union county near Sioux City, but have no further knowledge concerning his life.

Joseph W. Vandevier, age 26. Born in Posy county, Indiana. Explorer. Enlisted Nov. 8, 1862 at Elk Point under Capt. Tripp. Was honorably discharged, with his company, and returned to Elk Point where he located a government land claim. Was elected justice of the peace for Elk Point in 1866, and was reelected several times. He was a married man but had only one child—a daughter. He was possessed of a competency when he died about 1910.

Samuel Van Osdel, age 18. Born in Madison county, Indiana. Farmer. Enlisted June 26, 1863 at Yankton under Tripp. A brother of Wm. T. Van Osdel. Samuel is still living in Yankton, 1918.

William T. Van Osdel, age 16. Born in Madison county, Indiana, Mar. 1, 1847. Farmer. Enlisted November 3, 1862 at Elk Point under Capt Tripp. Honorably discharged with the company. Then engaged in farming and freighting until the railroads came. Later took a homestead and three claims and went in for stockraising, at which he was very successful. In later life devoted himself particularly to the buying and selling of live stock. He was married in 1871 to Miss Permelia Morey of New York, and two daughters were born to them. Mr. Van Osdel is still living in Yankton (1918). Berand Verwyk (or Barre) age 40. Born in Germany. Farmer. Enlisted Sept 21, 1862, at Brule Creek under Lt. Adams. Honorably discharged with the company. Returned to Brule Creek, and located a claim on the Sioux Valley near the bluff, two miles below Richland, He became an invalid about 1870, and died at Wm. Frisbie's house. He gave his claim to a German youth named John Holts.

Wallace, Norris J.

John J, Welch, age 41. Born in Middlesex, Mass. Farmer. Enlisted Oct. 9, 1862 at Elk Point under Lt. Adams. Honorably discharged at muster out. Returned to Elk Point and to land where he farmed for several years, and then sold his place and moved to California, where he died about 1903.

Josiah Whitcomb, age 29. Born at Grafton, N. H. Mechanic. Enlisted Oct. 13, 1862 at Elk Point under Lt Bell. Was discharged April 1, 1865 at Yankton Agency by command of General Curtis, March 23, 1865. Returned to Elk Point where he remained for some years, then went west and was killed by hostile Indians.

Henry Will, age 18. Born in Germany. Farmer. Enlisted Sept. 11, 1862, at Yankton under Lt. Clark. Honorably discharged with the company. Mr. Will was highly respected by his comrades. Good soldier and fine social manners. Passed out of sight as soon as discharged, and no tidings have come from him.

Thomas Wilson, age 22. Born in Shelby, Kentucky. Farmer. Enlisted March 31, 1863 at Elk Point under Capt. Tripp. Honorably discharged with the company. Returned to St. Johns, Iowa. Became a farmer and fruit grower. Married and reared a family. Is now a resident of Missouri Valley, Iowa.

Eli B. Wixson, age 29. Born in Wayne, Steuben county, N. Y., May 6, 1833. Farmer. Located at Elk Point July 22, 1859. Enlisted Oct. 3, 1862 at Elk Point under Capt. Tripp. Returned to Elk Point and resided at or near there until his death which occurred a number of years ago. He was married Nov. 30, 1865 to Mrs. Clara E. Christie, nee Cook, and to them were born six children. He was appointed commissary sergeant Oct. 11, 1862. Lorenzo Wood, age 20. Born in Green Lake, Wis. Farmer. Enlisted Oct. 7, 1862 at Elk Point under Lt. Bell Honorably discharged in 1865. Returned to Elk Point, married, secured an excellent quarter section of government land. About 1878 he sold out, and joined a colony of emigrants for Idaho. Wood located at Moscow in that Territory. No further information concerning him can be given in this sketch.

Uriah Wood, age 18. Born in Green Lake, Wisconsin. Farmer. Enlisted Oct 7, 1862 under Lt. Bell Honorably discharged with the company in 1865. Returned to his father's, John R. Wood's home, near Elk Point. He married Jennie Collins, located a tract of government land near Elk Point and developed a farm. He owned and operated a livery at Elk Point. He reared a fine family of sons and daughters. He died October 29, 1916.

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Miscellaneous::: Contributed by Candi Horton from "The Union and Dakotaian, Yankton SD) Saturday June 10, 1865)
A Change - Co B., Dakota Cav., has been released from the duty of escorting the Shyenne Wagon Road Expedition.- 25 men under Lieut. Wood, have been detailed to accompany Col. Sawyer.

 

 

 

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