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Where Did They Go?


Orville S. Gilmore enlisted in 1862 at the age of 18, a recruit destined for Co. A, 6th Vermont. Shortly after enlistment he was taken ill and honorably dischaged a few months later. He went west with his parents in 1865. After making a stop in WI for six weeks,they came to Freeborn, MN, and engaged in farming. He later ran a store in Hartland, MN, and the rest of the time had a store in Freeborn. Five children to Orvile and his wife, Jennie. His son, Otis, is my grandfather. (Nancy Legerski, Bismarck, ND)

Bickford, Charles (6th Infantry, Co. A) moved to MN in 1866 and lived out his life in Albert Lea, MN where my grandfather and my father were born. Charles died in Oct, 1889 of Asthma that he came dow with while serving in the 6th according to his pension records. David Bickford,

Billings, Orlando (13th Infantry, Co. B); Kasson, Minn (Sturetevant 458)

DeFoe, John; we are not sure when John moved to MN, he had uncles in Gentilly, and Red Lake Falls. His wife Mary Ann Franklin, was from New York, and we also do not know if they met there or in MN. A son was born in Atwater in 1869 and a daughter before that, so they were married in 1867 or 1868 in MN. (2nd-great-granddaughter, Genine Smith)

Fox, Moses Dix; returned to Wilmington, Vermont following the end of the war. Following his months in Andersonville Prison however he found life would never be the same. While gone, four siblings had died of diptheria. Only a 14 year old brother had been spared. The old home was too full of painful memories for his parents so they and the younger brother traveled by train to Northfeld Minn. to homestead. Moses soon followed and settled in Stanton, Minn upon his marriage to a Swedish immigrant. She was originally named Stina Cajsa Andersdotter but Americanized to Carrie Rydlund and it was in Stanton Minn that they raised nine children. (Contributed Jordan Fox Glubka, 2nd-great-grandson, Eugene Oregon)

Hatch, Jerome and his brothers who also served in the Civil War (Gonsalvo Cordova Hatch and Marshall Estes Hatch), moved to MN after the war. Gonsalvo was said to have returned to Cabot, Vt. while Jerome remained in MN. He died on15 January 1894 in Litchfield, MN. (his great-grandson, Peter Flood).

McLoud, Jonas and his sons Henry and Morrillo all served in Company G [4th Vermont]. Sometime before 1870 Jonas moved to Steele County, MN where he died sometime after 1883 at which time he was receiving a $4 pension. In 2001 a man in Fredericksberg, VA un-earthed a civil war I.D.tag bearing the name Jonas Galusha McLoud in a site known to have been a Vermont encampment. (his 2nd-great-granddaughter, Connie Trier)

Munson, Jonas Henry (2nd/B) and his wife, Laura Ann Wetmore left Vermont after the war and went to MN where they farmed for a few years and then went to Iowa where they farmed until his retirement. They had 11 children. (his great-granddaughter, Mona Strachan Baran, Orange CA)

Pratt, Robert (5th Inf); Moved to Minneapolis, MN. Became Mayor of Minneapolis for two straight terms. Buried in the same cemetery as Hubert H. Humphrey. He was also the school director. (Jack Mandaville,

Shontell, William; chief of police in Brainard (8 Inf)