G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
1st MINNESOTA VOLUNTEER CAVALRY
Mustered Out: 12/7/63 or 10/63
This twelve company, one year regiment, composed largely of men who had lost wives, children or relatives in the Sioux uprising that rocked Minnesota in August/September, 1862 was also known as the 1st Mn. Mounted Rangers. The initial three company battalion raised was immediately sent to the Minnesota/Dakota frontier and “remained there all winter”.
The rest of the regiment was stationed at “various places within the state.” All suffered from the severe Mn. Winter weather. By the summer of ’63 the “hostiles” had primarily been pushed westward into the Dakota Territories. It was here, during the “Sirocco (or Missouri) Campaign” that the 1st saw combat with Native Americans. While unit losses were small in the engagements, the Dakota prairie environment –intense summer sun, host dusty earth, scorching breezes, and alkaline or brackish drinking water lead to as much or more suffering, sickness and death to man and beast as did the fighting.
Residence: Oranoco, Olmsted Co. Mn. Age: 31 yrs.
Enlisted/Mustered In: 11-6-62 Rank: Pvt.
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Braddock Stocking was born in Madison Co., New York 8/16/31. He married Mary Frances Buley at La Crosse, WI 5/29/54. The couple’s first child Janet S. (1/12/56) died. Two other daughters: Eva L. (12/25/57) and Hattie E. (1/8/66) grew to adulthood. The 6’ farmer’s military career was to prove short. Never considered a “very robust man,” exposure to the harsh Mn. Weather of 12/62 proved deleterious to his health.
According to Pvt. Braddock, while on duty at Ft. Snelling he was part of a detail sent to recover escaped/stolen gov’t. mules. On the way he became “much heated by over exertion.” Returning to the fort with the animals the detail was caught in a sleet/rain storm which resulted in his catching a severe cold which settled in his loins and lead to his developing diseases from which he never fully recovered. By mid-January, 1863 he was confined to the post hospital disabled by “rheumatism, piles (hemorrhoids) and disease of the kidneys. His ailments were to result in his remaining hospitalized through March and receipt of a disability discharge 4/18/63.
Returning to MN Braddock resided in McLeod Co. and, later, held public office as the chairman of the board of commissioners of Shelby Co. In 1903 the Stockings moved to Snohomish Co., most likely to be near the families of their married two daughters. Mrs. Stocking died in 1918.
Braddock’s obituary characterized him as a “man of strong vitality” who “kept his eyesight and intellect” until about two months prior to his death at home on 4/25/22. He was 90.8 year of age. The former trooper was survived by 2 daughters, 4 grand children and 2 great grandchildren.
Buried at Grand Army of the Republic
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