G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
19th WISCONSIN VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: Winter 1861/62 Camp Utley Racine, WI
Mustered In: 4/30/62 Camp Randall Madison, WI
Mustered Out: 8/9/65 Richmond, VA
The 19th, a three-year unit, was assigned to guard Confederate prisoners from Fort Donelson, TN before receiving federal muster. It finally left the state in June, 1862 for garrison duty at Norfolk, VA. This assignment would last until April, 1863. Duty at West Point, Yorktown and Newport News followed.
The year ended with companies serving outpost and picket duty near New Berne, NC. In April, 1864 the regiment returned to Yorktown and advanced upon forts Darling and Jackson before being forced to fall back in good order.
Mid-year found the 19th in the trenches around Petersburg, VA.
During an October engagement at Fair Oaks, out of 200 men engaged, 136 were wounded or captured. The 19th then went on picket duty in front of Richmond, VA. April 3, 1865 saw the 19th enter Richmond and plant the regimental colors upon the City Hall. The unit served provost (military police) duty at Richmond, Fredericksburg and Warranton until receiving final muster.
Residence: Baraboo, WI Age: 19.4 Yrs.
Enrolled: 12/30/61 Baraboo, WI Rank: Pvt./Sgt..
Mustered Out: 4/29/64 Madison, WI
Highest Rank: Sgt.
Robert T. Warner was born 8/12/42 in Plymouth, Connecticut. He had at least two siblings, a brother, Edwin C. (b.8/15/46) and a sister, Mary E. (b. unk.) No additional information is available on his birth family or formative years. In 1861 the 5’6” teenaged farmer entered the U.S. Army. Records are unclear if he enlisted as a Private and rose to the rank of sergeant or enlisted as a sergeant and remained at that rank.
In either case, disease would prove to be Robert’s most formidable foe during his period of military service. According to his telling, malarial fever, contracted around Yorktown, VA hospitalized him for a number of months and continued to plague him the remainder of his life. Because of this disability Robert was awarded a government pension which amounted to $50 per month at the time of his death.
Leaving the military Robert returned to Baraboo, Wisconsin. He remained there until removing to Bourbon Co., KS in 1867. The former Union soldier stayed in Kansas until 1871, and then moved back to Baraboo. During this period, on 3/4/74, he married previously wed Annie Elizabeth Peck (nee Bacon). In 1878 the Warners settled in Watertown, Dakota Territory. They divorced there in March/April, 1879 without having produced children
On 6/17/82, also in Watertown, Robert remarried to Mary Francis Cobb. Robert and Mary headed west to San Diego, CA in 1884/85, returned to Watertown until 1892, then settled in Rush Springs Dakota Territory between 1892 and 1893. In 1893 Robert and Mary divorced. Again, the union had not produced children. That same year Robert once more returned to Watertown. In 1894 Robert spent a year or less in Fairfax, MN before once more returning to Watertown.
He would remain there until 1903 when he moved to Everett, WA. Likely the move to the Puget Sound area was made because both his younger brother and a former law associate lived in Puget Sound area. Here it should be noted that at some point following the Civil War Robert became an attorney. Documents are silent as to whether this was due to attending law school or by becoming involved in a frontier practice. During one of his settlements in Watertown he was associated with a Mr. Gordon who was later a Seattle judge.
Locally, Robert was a member of the Snohomish Bar Association. His name has been found on at least one set of pension papers pertaining to fellow Civil War veteran Joseph E. Lemons. Robert reportedly continued his law practice until death. Robert died in March, 28 1924 at the Everett home of his brother Edwin. As there is no death certificate available, the cause of his passing is not known. He was age 81.7 years.
Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
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