30th WISCONSIN VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: Fall, 1862 Camp Randall Madison, WI
Mustered In: 10/21/62 Camp Randall Madison, WI
Mustered Out: 9/20/65 Louisville, KY
The 30th, a three year western theater infantry regiment was formed at Camp Randall located in Madison, WI. It remained in-state until May, 1863 when four companies were ordered to the upper Missouri River to act as guards for transports accompanying the Indian expedition from Sioux City, IA to Fort Pierre in the Dakotas. Two other companies were sent to Superior and Bayfield to keep close watch on the Chippewa Indians. That August detached companies were used for maintaining order during the enrollment under the conscription act, others furnished guards for conscripts, recruits and deserters. The winter of 1863/'64 was spent in Wisconsin.
During March, 1864 detachments of the 30th were ordered to various posts in Minnesota and the Dakotas. That spring and summer was spent campaigning against Indians, guarding emigrants, making difficult marches through wild country and participating in a number of engagements.
In October, 1864 a number of companies including "C" were stationed at Ft. Rice in the Dakotas. A second group was assigned to Ft. Wadsworth NY while a third contingent was assigned to Ft. Union NM. All but one company were reunited at Louisville, KY before year's end.
Following the regiment’s coming together it was used in prison guard duty, as provost (military police) guard at Louisville as well as garrisoning Frankfort and Georgetown by detachments. These assignments continued through the winter and into the spring of 1865.
The regiment was mustered out of Federal service on 9/20/65.
Officers Killed Or Mortally Wounded: 0; Officers Died Of Disease, Accidents, Etc.: 2; Enlisted Men Killed Or Mortally Wounded: 2; Enlisted Men Died Of Disease, Accidents, Etc.: 65.
Residence: Galesville, WI Age: 21.11 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 8/11/62 Rank: Cprl.
Mustered In: 8/11/62
Mustered Out: 8/24/65
Highest Rank: Sgt.
Rank At Discharge: Sgt.
NOTE: The birth - to - death biographical profile of John Faulds was created in September, 2020 during the Covid-19 medical pandemic. It contains less depth and detail than other biographs found within this website because military, pension and other veteran-related files housed in Washington, D.C.'s National Archives were not accessible. Hopefully, on some future date these files will be obtained and the information therein added to the narrative which follows.
John A. Faulds was born 8/17/40 in Paisley, Scotland. His parents were Peter Andrew (b. 1817 Scotland - d. 1876 U.S.) and Mary (nee Arrol b. 1815 Scotland- d. 1886 U.S.) Faulds. As best as can be determined John likely came to America with his parents circa 1851 when he was about eleven years old. No information is presently available pertaining to other Faulds children.
The first we learn about John in the U.S. comes from 8/11/62 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. At that time he was residing in Galesville, WI.
Corporal Faulds' unit was Company "C" of the 30th Wisconsin Infantry. As for his term of enlistment, until his military service records can be obtained all we can say about his period of service is that he advanced in rank from corporal to sergeant and he survived The War.
On 9/1/63, while in the army, John married in Monroe Co., WI. His bride was Nancy A. Winship (b. 8/12/41 NY).
John and Nancy produced four children: Cora (b. 1868 WI), Arrol (b. 1869 WI), Eveline "Eva" M. (b. 1873 MN) and Earl W. (b. 1876 MN).
Based on available documents, upon John's return from The War he and Nancy settled in Galesville, WI. By 1870, however, they were farming in Trempealeau, Trempealeau County, WI. Five years later they had quitted Wisconsin in favor of Otter Tail County, MN. Five years after that, in 1880 their Otter Tail County community of residence was specified to be Pelican (Rapids). At that time John's occupation was noted as "hotel keeper."
On 6/12/84, while in Minnesota John began the paperwork necessary to obtain a U.S. Government disability pension based on his days of Civil War soldiering. According existing documentation, such a stipend was granted with the monthly payment being a sizeable $90 by the date of his death.
Sadly, 48.2 year old Nancy Faulds died in Pelican Rapids on 10/28/89. No details are available pertaining her passing. She was buried in Lake View Cemetery located in Pelican Rapids Otter Tail County, MN.
After Nancy's death John continued farming in Pelican Rapids. Noted as being in his home during 1895 was daughter Eva and son Earl.
In Otter Tail County, John remarried on 12/9/99. The second Mrs. Faulds was the previously wed Blanche Dressler (nee Baird b. 4/8/60 WI). In 1900 she would report to U.S. Census officials that via her prior marriage she had given birth to two children, both of whom were then living. Presently there is no documentation indicating Blanche and John produced children.
During the 1900 U.S. Census tallied Blanche residing in Pelican Rapids. She noted that she was married, but, strangely, there was no one else registered as residing in her home.
By 1910 John and Blanche had moved from Minnesota to Brandon Coos Co., OR. What had prompted the westwardly move and when it had been made are currently unknowns. Under their roof was Blanche's mother, Adela.
A decade later, in 1920 the Faulds were still in Coos County, but then listed their residential community as Two Mile. No occupation was listed for John, so likely, by that time he was retired. The U.S. Census of 1920 would be the last for both John and Blanche.
What had drawn the Faulds there and when they arrived in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA is not known, but as of April, 1929 Blanche and John were residing at West 1411 Garland Avenue in that eastern Washington city.
It appears Blanche became ill in late January, 1929. She succumbed on 4/30/29. Cause of death was listed as myocarditis (heart disease) with senility and influenza contributing. It appears her remains may have been cremated and her ashes spread 5/3/29 along the banks of the Spokane River in that city's Riverside Park.
Interestingly, according to his Washington State Certificate of Death, John was not present at the death of his wife or the disposal of her earthly remains. He died on 5/2/29 on the other side of Washington State in the home of his son Earl located at 1309 Broadway Ave. Everett, Snohomish Co., WA. The cause of his passing was listed as senile (bronchial) pneumonia with "old age" contributing.
Although he may have died in Everett John was not buried there. Instead, his remains were/are interred on 5/5/29 some miles south of there in the Carnation Cemetery located in Carnation King County, WA. Why Carnation? This part of his story remains to be told.
Buried at Carnation Cemetery aka Tolt
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