G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
2nd MINNESOTA VOLUNTEER CAVALRY
Organized: Fall & Winter 1863
Mustered In: January, 1864
Mustered Out: Fall, 1865 to 5/4/66
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.
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.
Howard Shadinger was born 2/28/25 in Bucks Co., PA. No information is available on his birth family or formative years. 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. After the birth of their first child, John H. (circa 1855), the family moved to Minnesota. It was there the other four Shadinger children who would survive infancy were born: Hattie (circa 1867), Gail (circa 1890), Asa C. (circa 1894), Max (circa 1898), and Greta (circa 1900).
When 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.
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.” In 1902, the Union vet and family resettled in Snohomish, WA. Most likely the move was made to be near the families of adult children living in the area.
It was here on 4/3/14 Mary died. 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 know if the request was granted.
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
Kent & Kim Nyberg
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