Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - William Bigelow

William Henry Bigelow

Representing: Union

Unit History

  • 10th Minnesota Cavalry G

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William Bigelow
Full Unit History

Organized: Summer, 1862
Mustered In: By Companies At Different Dates
Mustered Out: 8/18/65 Ft. Snelling, MN

Regimental History


The 10th, a three year western theater infantry unit was formed during the summer of 1862.  During its tenure it fought in two wars, one of which was a war within a war.

In 1861 civil war had erupted in America. A year later, in 1862, Native American Indian tribes began a bloody uprising on the country’s western frontier - Minnesota and The Dakotas. Before dealing with Johnny Reb, the 10th had to face red skinned hostiles.

During the latter part of 1862 men of the 10th assisted in the defense of New Ulm MN. Others helped defend Ft. Ridgley (SW area of MN near Dakota Indian Res.) and took part in the battle of Wood Lake. Another group guarded Native American prisoners on the Yellow Medicine agency. Scouting and burial details preceded companies "A", "B", "F", "G" and "H" being present during the 12/26/62 mass execution of convicted hostiles ad Mankato, MN.  The regiment then settled into winter quarters at Ft. Ridgley and on the Winnebago reservation.

In June, 1863 the regiment left Camp Pope IA with an expedition to the Missouri River.   That sortie saw engagements at Big Mound and Dead Buffalo Lake. The latter clash saw 4000 Indians assault the troops flanking them on both sides. After this the 10th moved to Ft. Snelling where it was furloughed.  Provost (military police) and garrison duty at Ft. Snelling followed.

On 4/22/64 the 10th turned its attention to Johnny Reb as elements of the regiment were ordered to Columbus, KY and to Island No. 10 in Mississippi (on Kentucky bend on MS River).  Ordered to Memphis, TN that June, the regiment participated in several expeditions before being held in reserve during the battle of Tupelo, MS.

After Tupelo the regiment pursued the forces under Confederate generals Forrest and Price. Encamping at Nashville, TN the unit fought in the battle of that place on 12/15 - 16/64. During that action it participated in the charge upon the enemy's principal positions forcing back the Rebels at the point of the bayonet. Of the maneuver Union Gen. Thomas called it "the handsomest feat of arms (I) ever saw.: During two days of fighting the 10th lost nearly 70 men.

1865. After winter quartering at Eastport, TN (West banks of the TN River) the 10th was sent to Alabama to take part in the siege of Mobile. After the fall of that city it moved to Montgomery, AL and to Meridian, MS before returning to Minnesota for final muster. 


Officers Killed Or Mortally Wounded: 2; Officers Died Of Disease, Accidents, Etc.:4; Enlisted Men Killed Or Mortally Wounded: 35; Enlisted Men Died Of Disease, Accidents, Etc.:111.

Soldier History

Residence: Le Sueur Le Sueur Co., MN   Age:
Enlisted/Enrolled: 9/16/62 Le Sueur Le Sueur Co., MN   Rank: Pvt.
Mustered In: 9/16/62 Le Sueur Le Sueur Co., MN
Mustered Out: 8/19/65 Ft. Snelling, MN
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Rank At Discharge: Pvt.

Family History

Seattle GAR explanation.

There are over 650 Union veterans buried in the Seattle, G.A.R. Cemetery. In early 2020, an Island County, WA teacher expressed interest in beginning a long-term project in which middle school students would create birth - to - death biographical profiles on those vets. 

In this vein, a number of veterans were chosen to become the initial focus  of this exercise. The Covid 19 medical pandemic, however, has resulted in this project being placed on hold. It is hoped that at some point in the future, students, or others will be able to complete biographies on some or  all of these veterans. 


Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Seattle

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