Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - John King

John R. King

Representing: Union
G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA


Unit History

  • 9th Minnesota Infantry A

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John  King
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6th MINNESOTA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: Summer/Fall 1862
Mustered In: Fall 1862 Camp Release/Ft. Snelling, MN
Mustered Out: 8/19/65 Ft. Snelling, MN

Regimental History

REGIMENTAL HISTORY:

 

  The 6th, a three year regiment, was organized at Ft. Snelling, Minnesota during the summer of 1862 and mustered in by companies throughout the fall (Co. A 1/1 at Camp Release).  It was in August of that year that Minnesota suddenly ran red with the blood of white settlers because of an uprising of the Sioux tribes. In this hour of crisis four of the 6th’s initial companies plus “such civilians as would join” were immediately ordered to Ft. Ridgley.

  During this movement Co. A and a group of “civilian cavalry” was detached as a burial detail. Encamping at Birch Coolie, about 4 o’clock the next morning the assemblage was attacked by 500 Indians. The subsequent “battle” (9/1-2-3) lasted until a rescue party, using artillery, drove away the hostiles. Loss to the 6th group: 23 killed, 45 wounded and the death of all 87 their horses.

  Other than accompanying General Sibley’s expedition against the hostiles into the Dakotas (6/16-9/23/63), the 6th remained garrisoned throughout Minnesota until 6/9/64 when it was consolidated and shipped to Helena, AR to fight secessech. The move from the relatively harsh weather of the N.W. frontier to the disease-producing climate of the south proved medically disastrous.

  Arriving in Arkansas 940 strong, the months ahead saw disease waste away the 6th to a point where, at one point, only 26 men reported for duty. As a result of this wastage, in 10/64 the unit was assigned provost guard duty in St. Louis, Mo. 

  Later, in 3/65 a revitalized 6th was sent to Louisiana where it landed at Dauphin Island and participated in the capture of Fort Blakely. The unit then moved to Montgomery, Alabama where it remained until 7/65. After this the 6th returned to Minnesota for final muster. 

Soldier History

SOLDIER:
Residence: Winona, MN   Age: 25 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 7/25/62   Rank: Pvt.
Mustered In: 10/1/62
Discharged: 4/13/64 Ft. Ridgley, MN
Highest Rank: Pvt.

Family History

REGIMENTAL HISTORY:

 

  The 6th, a three year regiment, was organized at Ft. Snelling, Minnesota during the summer of 1862 and mustered in by companies throughout the fall (Co. A 1/1 at Camp Release).  It was in August of that year that Minnesota suddenly ran red with the blood of white settlers because of an uprising of the Sioux tribes. In this hour of crisis four of the 6th’s initial companies plus “such civilians as would join” were immediately ordered to Ft. Ridgley.

   During this movement Co. A and a group of “civilian cavalry” was detached as a burial detail. Encamping at Birch Coolie, about 4 o’clock the next morning the assemblage was attacked by 500 Indians. The subsequent “battle” (9/1-2-3) lasted until a rescue party, using artillery, drove away the hostiles. Loss to the 6th group: 23 killed, 45 wounded and the death of all 87 their horses.

   Other than accompanying General Sibley’s expedition against the hostiles into the Dakotas (6/16-9/23/63), the 6th remained garrisoned throughout Minnesota until 6/9/64 when it was consolidated and shipped to Helena, AR to fight secessech. The move from the relatively harsh weather of the N.W. frontier to the disease-producing climate of the south proved medically disastrous.

   Arriving in Arkansas 940 strong, the months ahead saw disease waste away the 6th to a point where, at one point, only 26 men reported for duty. As a result of this wastage, in 10/64 the unit was assigned provost guard duty in St. Louis, Mo. 

   Later, in 3/65 a revitalized 6th was sent to Louisiana where it landed at Dauphin Island and participated in the capture of Fort Blakely. The unit then moved to Montgomery, Alabama where it remained until 7/65. After this the 6th returned to Minnesota for final muster. 

Cemetery

Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
Row: 12
Site: 4

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