Racine Residents

Residents & Civil War

RACINE COUNTY, WISCONSIN

 

Residents & Civil War

RACINE COUNTY, WISCONSIN

During the Civil War, many Racine County residents enlisted or were involved as private citizens during the conflict.   Listed here are some of these residents and a short description of their involvement.  More details about that person can be found by clicking on the name which will take you to their biography.

A complete list of Racine County Civil war enlistees can be found on the Enlistees page.

RESIDENT NAME: ACTIVITY:
Ahrens, Matthias His brother, John enlisted in the Union Army and was killed in the Civil War.
Brown, Olympia Her aunt and uncle, Thomas and Pamela Nathan, were ardent abolitionists.
Collier, Joshua Served with Company G, Second Wisconsin Calvary Volunteers.
Doolittle, James R. Eldest son, Capt. Henry J. Doolittle (1839-1862), was a Civil War officer.
Dutton, Achas P. His knowledge of which Great Lakes captains would aid runaways resulted in freedom for countless slave heading to Canada and safety via the underground railroad.
Erskine, Massena Donated the first $1,000 for Racineís Civil War memorial on Monument Square.
Freeman, Stephan With the outbreak of the Civil war, he put aside all business and personal considerations and in 1861 became connected with Admiral Porterís fleet.
Glover, Josha The Glover episode became a celebrated case elsewhere than in Wisconsin. Here it stirred public excitement to fever pitch and profoundly affected the course of future events in politics.
Hand, Elbert O. Gave his political allegiance to the Whig party until the question of slavery became a foremost one in the minds of the public, when he supported the abolition party.
Harrington, Harriet S. Hattie served as a field nurse during the Civil War and left military service when she was hospitalized in Chicago with inflammatory rheumatism.  Buried in Mound Cemetery.
Hindley, R. C. His father, John C. was connected
with the cotton trade and also engaged in the gun manufacturing business, making guns for the army throughout the period of the Civil war.
Janes, Lorenzo One of his sons, George S., was a member of Company K, Eighth infantry, during the Civil war.
Lewis, William T. Enlisted in the Federal Military Telegraph Corps and was stationed at
Cartersville, Georgia, at the head-quarters of the Fifteenth Army Corps as military telegraph operator and railroad agent.
Meachem John G. Sr. During the Civil War, he served as a surgeon at Camp Utley.
Mitchell, Frank L. His political allegiance was given to the Whig party until the republican party was formed to prevent the further extension of slavery into the north, at which time he espoused the cause and afterward remained a loyal republican.
Moe, Stiles His son, Orin, served as a member of the Heavy Artillery during one year of the Civil war and retired in Burlington, Wisconsin.
Roberts, Winnifred Her husband was a staunch Abolitionist, one of the first movers in the good work of liberating the slaves, and spent much time and money to further that end.
Russell, James His son, James Jr., was a member of the Wisconsin Heavy Artillery and served his time faithfully until the close of the Civil war.
Sanford, A. C. Mr. Sanford was always identified with the anti-slavery party, but never sought after or held a political office.
Thomas, Peter D. Born a slave in Tennessee, he first served as a body servant to Lieutenant Charles B. Nelson of the Fifteenth Wisconsin Infantry and later as a soldier in the Eighteenth U. S. Colored Infantry.  Buried in Mound Cemetery.
Utley, William L. As commander of Wisconsinís Twenty-second Infantry, Colonel William Utley led men from Racine, Rock, Green, and Walworth counties into battle.