Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Reedsburg and the Civil War

Looking at the Reedsburg area in 1861, it had a population of 1,200 people, 146 men enlisted for service, 111 during the first year of the war. Thirty-three lost their lives 8 were killed, 5 later died of wounds, 1 as the result of an accident and 19 from diseases. The first Reedsburg man to enter the Union army was Washington I. Carver, a student from Milwaukee who enlisted in Co. B 5th Reg. Wis. In 1861, this company went to Washington and was assigned to General Hancock’s division. He was wounded in 1863, and spent 9 months in hospitals but recovered to join the company on Grant’s march to Richmond. Reedsburg supported the war early as in May 1861, a group of ladies met at the Alba House Hotel to make bandages for the army. Also a Ladies Soldiers Aid Society was organized that met weekly to make and send off supplies and goods to soldiers. Check out our book display for more titles like “Wisconsin in the Civil War” by Frank Klement and “Exploring Civil War Wisconsin” by Brett Barker.

No comments: