G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
41st WISCONSIN VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: 6/8/64 Milwaukee, WI
Mustered Out: 9/24/64 Camp Washburn Milwaukee, WI
In the spring of 1864 Union Gen. U.S. Grant’s armies opened the final chapter in America’s War of The Rebellion. In an effort to free up seasoned soldiers for actions in the field each state was requested to raise a number of “100 day” regiments to primarily perform garrison and railroad guard duties.
The 41st was the third, and final, such regiment formed in Wisconsin. On 6/15/64 the 41st left Wisconsin for Memphis, TN. As the unit had only 576 recruits it was not considered a complete regiment and therefore not allowed to elect a colonel.
The 41st only exposure to combat was in support of the 39th and 40th Wisconsin during a confrontation with Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Confederate cavalry. In common with sister regiments, the 41st suffered greatly from disease. Regimental losses: 18 enlisted men died from illness, accidents, etc.
Residence: Menasha, WI Age: 21 yrs.
Enlisted/Mustered In: 5/2 or 3/64 Rank: Cpl.
Mustered Out: 9/17/64
Highest Rank: Cpl.
* NOTE: Alternate spellings of William’s surname include Kitell and Kittel. For our purposes the spelling presented in military records and in the veteran’s obituary is presented herein.
Information, both pre and post Civil War, is very scarce pertaining to corporal Kittell. He was born in New York, most likely in 1843. No additional information is available pertaining to his birth family and formative years.
On 11/19/62 in Neenah, WI, William married Harriet M. DeLong. He and Harriet would produce four children, at least two of whom were living at the time of William’s death in 1900: Waldo (b.1865), Sherman (b. 1867), Fannie K. (b.1871) and Lee W. (b/1886 Peshtigo, WI).
Corporal Kittell’s wartime service tenure was apparently benign. There are no records of illnesses, wounding, attendance or behavioral problems. The Kittell family appears to have resided in at least two locations within Wisconsin. The 1880 U.S. census places them in Mariette, while youngest child, Lee, was born in Pestigo. At some point during 1889 the Kittell’s moved from Wisconsin to the Puget Sound area of Washington Territory/State. Why the move? Available documents do not provide a direct answer. Perhaps, however, it was the lure of gold and other minable riches.
William’s 1900 obituary noted: “He was well known here and in the mountains which he had thoroughly prospected.” William died 8/28/00 after having “suffered for several years from disease of the stomach.” Still, his obituary noted that his illness was not acute and did not appear to having gotten any worse prior to his demise. At the time of his death veteran William Kittell was receiving a $6 per month government pension. Harriet died 12/9/26. At the time of her passing she was receiving $50 per month based on her late husband’s Civil War soldiering. Harriet is buried beside William.
Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
Des Moines, WA
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