Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - Howard Shadinger

Howard Shadinger

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

Unit History

  • 2nd Minnesota Cavalry F

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Howard Shadinger
Full Unit History

Organized: Fall & Winter 1863
Mustered In: January, 1864
Mustered Out: Fall, 1865 to 5/4/66

Regimental History


   During the summer of 1862 Minnesota ran red with the blood of settlers massacred by tribes of the Sioux Indian nation.  Formed the following year; the 2nd, a twelve-month regiment was first assigned to Minnesota garrison duty, the monotony, of which was broken by occasional expeditions to pursue wandering Indian bands.

   In July, 1864 the unit was part of a larger infantry/cavalry grouping which rendezvoused at Ft. Sully on the Missouri River and subsequently drove the Indians from their camp on the Cannon Ball River.  Shortly thereafter the 2nd did effective work in the battle of Tahkahokuty Mountain where 5000 Indians were strongly posted in the hills and ravines.

   In early August the unit was involved in a two-day engagement known as the battle of the Little Missouri.  The remainder of the summer and early fall were taken up with slight engagements with the hostiles plus a relief mission to save a party of 50 cavalrymen escorting an emigrant wagon train west.

   In early October, various companies of the 2nd were assigned garrison and patrol duty at forts Wadsworth, Abercrombie, Ripley, Ridgley and several smaller posts.  Companies of the regiment-having never fired a shot at Johnny Reb- were then mustered out of service as fast as regulars could take their place.  

Soldier History

Residence: Inf. Not Available   Age: 37. 10 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 12/2/63   Rank: Pvt.
Mustered Out: 12/2/65 Ft. Snelling, MN
Highest Rank: Pvt.

Family History


Howard Shadinger was born 2/28/25 in Bucks Co., PA the son of John Shadinger (6/18/1796/Bucks Co. PA died 4/29/1872/ Miami Co. IN) and Elizabeth Wismer (1/22/1801/Bucks co. PA died 11/29/1875/Miami Co. IN). Howard had nine siblings Susan (1823/PA)  Sarah (1823/PA), Clymer 1827/PA) , Abner (1831/OH), Andrew (1833/OH), William (1835/OH), Hiram (1838/OH), Louisa (1840/IN), Minerva (1844/IN).  A few months after Howards birth the Shadinger family removed to Dakota Co. MN and then on to Sibley County, MN. The Shadinger family were farmers.

Private Shadinger’s first military experience came not in the War of The Rebellion, but the Mexican War.  It appears he served in Co. “F” First Indiana Volunteer Infantry from June, 1846 to June, 1847.  He enlisted at Peru, Indiana and was discharged at New Orleans, LA after which he applied for title to government bounty land.

On 12/20/50, in Cass Co., Indiana Howard married Mary Amanda Cox daughter of Jacob Wismer (1751/PA died 1837/Bucks Co. PA) and Susan Delp (1761/PA died 12/15/1827/ Weavetown, PA).  This union would produce nine children Louisa Minerva (9/5/1851/ Miami Co. IN), Sarah Elizabeth (10/7/1853 Miami Co.IN) and after the birth of their first son, John H. (4/1/1855 Miami Co. IN), the family moved to Dakota Co. Minnesota.  It was there the other six Shadinger children were born Isaac Benson (6/25/1857 Dakota Co. MN died 1860/MN) Minnie Gertrude (2/2/1859 Dakota Co. MN), William Oscar (10/1/1861 Dakota Co. MN died 1863/MN) Celia May (1/17/1867 Dakota Co. MN), Grace Etta (1875/Rice Co. MN died 1875/MN), and Guy Howard (8/24/1877 Sibley Co. MN). 

Howard, a 5’8” farmer enlisted in his second war, at age thirty seven he was far above the 26.5 median age for a Civil War soldier.  Still, age appears to have not proved hazardous to his survival because beyond not suffering combat wounds, there are no pension notations about his being stricken by significant illnesses and the 1890 Veterans census does not note any serious disability.

The War between The States over, the Shadingers remained in Minnesota residing in three separate locations.  At some point during this period Howard adopted the trade of “bricklayer and mason.”  He and his father John had adjoining farms in Dakota, MN until John retired and he and his wife removed to Glencoe MN leaving the farms to son Howard.  In 1902, the Union vet and family sold the Minnesota farms and moved away from the bitter cold winters of Minnesota settling in Snohomish, WA.


Mary died on 4/3/14.  After Mary’s death Howard, who had apparently remained “remarkably active for his years,” took sick and died 6/30/14.  Cause of death was noted as “old age and bronchitis.”  At age 89.3 Howard, before passing, was the oldest member of the Morton Post G.A.R.  While he had been receiving a government disability stipend of $30 per month, his son later petitioned the U.S. for payment of $260.50 in outstanding bills.  It is not known if the request was granted. 


Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
Row: 16
Site: 6

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