MICHAEL BON DOLL
LAST LIVING CIVIL WAR VETERAN
Birth: Jun. 6, 1849 Chillicothe Ross County Ohio, USA
At the age of 18, he was living in Des Moines, Enlisted in Company F, Iowa 7th Infantry Regiment on 08 Feb 1865 at Ottumwa, IA..
Was transported to Washington, D. C. (saw President Lincoln), then to NY City where sailed for Beaufort, NC to join troops under Gen. Sherman. Based on muster date he would have participated in the 7th Iowa Infantry's march north from Savannah,GA through the swamps of the Carolina's from Jan 28 1865 - early April 1865.Was at the surrender of Johnston at the Bennett house. Then marched to Washington DC via Richmond. Participated in Grand Review at Washington, D.C. Fall 1865: Mustered out at Louisville, KY on the 12th of July 1865.
Married Martha Ann RUMBLEY at Lynn, IA in September of 1875. They farmed near Decatur, IA and then at Atlantic, IA, and lived in Wiota. His wife died in 1902, and is buried in the Wiota cemetery.
He then homesteaded in Weld Co. Colorado and three years later he took up residence at the Veterans Home in Grand Island for a while. He moved to Beatrice Nebraska and lived there 30 years. He was a member of GAR Rawlins Post 35 in Beatrice, and living at 1112 Pelham street at the time of his death on December 24, 1948, he was the last living civil war veteran and a member of the GAR in Nebraska.
His obituary listed six living children. Survived by four daughters and two sons: Mrs. O.S. HERBERT of Beatrice, NE; Mrs. Harry SIMMONS of Olympia, WA; Mrs. Thad FOCHT of Villisca, IA; Mrs. Lottie YAGER of Beatrice, NE; Ross Bon Doll of Huron, SD; and Roy Bon Doll of Marshalltown, IA.
As a result of his death, the GAR disbanded in Nebraska, the office in the State Capitol was closed and the records were transferred to the Nebraska State Historical Society. This event was noted in many area newspapers at the time. The disbanding of the GAR, Post, Departments and the National Organization was a tradition. The last living member of the GAR in the United States was Albert Woolson, in 1956.
We have to thank Carolyn Delay for uncovering the plaque for Bon Doll which sank beneath the surface and was mowed over for many years. The location of the plaque is now incorporated into the monument with a plaque placed on it, indicating that he was the last Living member in Nebraska. We also thank Phillip Rudebusch, and Norman Weber for the building of the monument.
Ceremony at the Wiota Cemetery near Wiota was held October 19th 2013. Participating in the Ceremony were members of the Allied Orders: the DUVCW, Auxiliary to the SUVCW, relatives which included a Great Granddaughter, and a Great Great Granddaughter and members of the Nebraska SUVCW Camps, and Iowa SUVCW Camps.
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