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PVT: SYLVESTER STRONG of the 23rd Wisconsin Infantry of Company G. Civil War Veteran of Monterey County.

Sylvester Strong was born in Union City, Michigan on October 7, 1843. During the Civil War, he enlisted into the 23rd Wisconsin Infantry, Company G as a Private on August 5, 1862; he saw major action during the Siege of Vicksburg. He was wounded. He returned to service as a Sergeant and as a Regimental Clerk.

According to his obituary he served to the end of the war, with no specific mustered out date mentioned. He went to Minneapolis and became very successful in the Grain business and became one of the first members of the Chamber of Commerce of that city. In 1901 he moved to Palo Alto, California and later in 1906 retired to the coastal city of Pacific Grove, California. He was married (name of Wife is unknown at this time) , a son – George, and a daughter- Virginia. Sylvester Strong answered final muster on August 4, 1923, he passed away at his home on 165 Carmel Ave, Pacific Grove. He was a member of the Lucius Fairchild GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Post # 179, based out of Pacific Grove, California.

The following transcription is from the “Peninsula Daily Herald” August 6th, 1923.

STRONG, SYLVESTER (1843-1923) Pacific Grove, El Carmelo Cemetery 
(Peninsula Daily Herald Autust 6, 1923) 
Sylvester Strong Passes in Grove 
Sylvester Strong, a real estate and insurance dealer in Pacific Grove form many years, passed away at his home at 165 Carmel Avenue Saturday afternoon. He was 79 years of age.

Strong was born in Union City, Michigan, October 7, 1843. He enlisted in the Twenty-third Wisconsin Infantry, August 5, 1862, although not quite 18 years of age. He saw much service before Vicksburg, was wounded, but later went back into the service as a sergeant and regimental clerk.

Following the war he became very prominent in the grain business in Minneapolis. He was one of the first members of the chamber of commerce of that city.

Strong retired from business and came to California in 1901, settling at Palo Alto. He moved to Pacific Grove in 1906 and has been engaged in the real estate and insurance business since that time.

The deceased is survived by his wife, a son George Strong, a daughter, Mrs. Virginia Johns, of Seattle, and two grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. from Paul’s Undertaking Parlors. The service will be in charge of the Grand Army of the Republic, of which the deceased was a member. Rev. Orville Coats pastor of the New Monterey Baptist church, will officiate.

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Compiled and Submitted: by Tim P. Reese, PCC  
Camp Abe Lincoln #10 based out of Santa Cruz, Ca  
Dept. of Calif. and Pacific  
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War  
Sep 2009