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FAMILIES and BIOGRAPHIES
Descendants of Patrick Pigeon
Generation No. 1
1. Patrick2 Pigeon (Patrick1) was born March 17, 1842 in County Cork,
Ireland, Europe, and died October 11, 1919 in Marathon Co Home, Wausau,
Marathon Co, WI; bu Pine Grove Cemetery. He married Julia May Bressett
May 11, 1864 in Wausau, Marathon Co, WI, daughter of Francis Bressett
and Wealthy Sylvester. She was born February 17, 1845 in Weston,
Marathon Co, WI, and died December 19, 1917
in 610 Jackson St, Wausau, Marathon Co, WI; bu Pine Grove Cemetery.
1860 Census; Village of Oconto, Oconto Co. 19 July 1860, Vol. 1, page
House 358, Family 304; George Haggerson, 32, shoe worker, England.
Sarah, 27, Ireland. William J. ,9, NY. George, 5, NY. Margaret J., 3,
WI. Elizabeth 3/12, WI. Mary Pigeon, 50, Servant girl, Ireland. Patrick
Pigeon, 16, Laborer, Ireland.
1880 Census: PIGEON, PATRICK, W M AGE 35, Marathon Co., Weston Town.
Julia W 34 WI. George P, S 12 WI. Francis J., S 11 WI. William S 9 WI.
Charles M, S 7 WI. Lucy A., D 5 WI. Homer L., S 4 WI. Joseph S 2 WI.
Welthy D 7/12 WI. Patrick works in a saw mill and has worked 2 months
during the Census year. He can not read or write. Both of his parent's
birthplaces are listed as Ireland.
Wisconsin Census, 1890
Year - 1890
Surname - PIGEON
Given Name(s) - PATRICK
County - Marathon County
State - WI
Page - 001
Township or Other Info -E.D. 126 Weston
Record Type - I
Database - 1890 Veterans Schedule
ID# - WI09627069
Daily Record-Herald, Monday, October 13, 1919
PIGEON: Resident of Wausau for Sixth-five Years Passes Away
Saturday at County Hospital: Patrick Pigeon, a resident of Wausau about
sixty-five years, died Saturday at the Marathon County Hospital, where
he had been receiving treatment. Funeral services will be conducted at
Tuesday afternoon at the Barden Undertaking Parlors on Sixth Street by
the Rev. D. J. Williams. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery.
The deceased was seventy-seven years of age.
Patrick Pigeon was born in County Cork, Ireland in 1842. He came to
States during the 1850's and settled in Oconto, Oconto County, WI.
known of his parents, but it is remembered that he had two sisters who
came to America to visit him and then returned to Ireland. (Is Mary one
See 1860 Census above.)
Civil War Record
On 2 July 1861, Patrick enlists at Camp Utley, near Racine, in Company
A of the
4th Regiment of Wisconsin Cavalry Volunteers for a three-year term. He
years old. On 5 July 1861, the 3rd and 4th Regiments were to report to
Williamsport, MD via Chambersburg, PA to be part of Maj. Gen.
Patterson's command at Martinsburg, VA (now WV).
On 27 July 1861, the 4th Regiment is in Baltimore, MD as part of Maj.
A. Dix's Army of the Potomac.
On 7 August 1861, the 4th Regiment's home base is Fort McHenry, Patrick
currently serving at the Relay House, 9 miles from Baltimore at the
the B & O Railroad and the Washington branch. It is also
deserted on this date in Baltimore, MD and that on 20 November 1861 he
absent from his post and sent to Fort McHenry under arrest.
On 8 November 1861, the 4th Regiment is sent to Worcester Co., MD,
Accomoc, VA. (Accomoc is about 15 miles south of the MD border on the
On 23 February 1862, Patrick's Troup is at Fort Monroe (near
Baltimore?); he is
assigned to Maj. Gen. Ben F. Butler's U.S. Volunteers and sent south on
the ship Great Republic or the steamer Mississippi, arriving at Ship
in March or April 1862. Each troop carried either their camp kettles,
mess pans, cups, plates, knives & forks and each solider his
knapsack, overcoat, blanket, one extra shirt, pair of drawers, pair of
shoes, canteen and in his haversack four days cooked rations and 40
rounds of ammo in his cartridge box. (Apparently Patrick's record made
him a prime candidate to be volunteered.)
On 21 April 1862, Patrick is court marshaled on board the steamer
On 29 April 1862, they are participating in the bombardment and capture
Jackson and Fort Saint Philip at the entrance way to the main channel
On 8 May 1862 they land in New Orleans and by 9 June 1862 are near
Baton Rouge where they fight the 5 - 9 August 1862 engagement.
On 7 September 1862 they are at the Saint Charles Court House and Camp
Carrelleton where Patrick is reported in trouble and confined again.
The Co. A
4the Reg't WI Inf. company muster rolls show Patrick absent without
leave Sept & Oct 1862. The rolls for Nov 1862 through April
shows Patrick confined at Carrallton, LA under the Sentence of General
Court Martial. The roll for May & June 1863 shows "Sentenced to
years imprisonment in Fort Jackson by G.C.M.
Nov. 27/63". An undated roll shows Patrick deserted May 25, 1863 at
Morganza, La. The last roll for Patrick, Sept & Oct 1863 says
"absent in arrest under sentence of G.C.M. Nov 27/62.
General Order No. 25: The following (4th Wisconsin Cavalry) regiments
batteries participated in these campaigns: 5 August 1862, Baton Rouge;
October 1862, Georgia Landing; 14 January 1863, Colton; 12 April 1863,
Bisland; 14 April 1863, Irish Bend; 21 May 1863, Plains Store; 3 June
1863, Clinton; 21 June 1863, La Fourche.
On 24 May 1863 Port Hudson is invested, assaulted on 27 May and 14
and surrendered on 7 July 1863.
On 13 July 1863 they are at Cox's Plantation.
The 4th Wisconsin Calvary spent the rest of 1863 in this area
and by the first half of
1864 moved into Morganza and participated in the expedition to Clinton,
Greensburgh, Osyka and Camp Moore in October 1864. In 1865 they went
last duty that victory imposed,
the commanding general summons the bold men of the corps to
organization of a
storming column of 1000 men, to vindicate the flag of the Union and the
memory of its
defenders who have fallen! Let them come forward! Storming party at
AL the to West Point MS, Columbus, MS and Vicksburg, MS in June.
Wisconsin Veterans Museum
Wisconsin Infantry Cavalry
Fourth Wisconsin Cavalry was organized as the 4th Wisconsin Infantry
Regiment at Camp
Utley, Racine, WI, and mustered into the service of the United States
on the July 2nd,
1861. It left the state on the 15th of July, proceeding to Baltimore,
MD, and into camp
at the Relay House, MD, and August 5, 1861, remaining on duty there
until early in
November when the regiment was transferred to Baltimore. It remained
there until the
latter part of February 1862, when it proceeded to Newport News, VA,
point the Fourth embarked on the 6th of March to join the "Army of the
arrived at Ship Island below New Orleans March 12, 1862, and landed in
New Orleans on May
1st. It was at once assigned to active service and took part with an
the Mississippi River against Vicksburg in May, and another in June,
and with this force
occupied Baton Rouge, LA, a little later in the year. The forces there
were employed in
successful expeditions during that winter, and in May were collected
with a view of capturing
Port Hudson, LA, in which siege and sanguinary contest the Fourth participated
May 21 to July 8,1863. This was the last service of the Fourth as a
the 1st of September 1863, the regiment was by order of the War
Department equipped as a
cavalry regiment. Thereafter the Fourth regiment was actively and
almost constantly engaged
in scouting, picketing and accompanying expeditions of various points
in Louisiana and
Mississippi until July, 1865, when with other troops it was transferred
to Texas near the Rio
Grande. Companies of the regiment were detached to guard different
points along the line
of that river, and the whole command remained in this service until the
latter part of May,
1866, when the regiment was transferred to Madison, WI, which place was
14th and the regiment was soon thereafter mustered out of service of
the United States and
history above was adopted from Charles E. Estabrook, ed., Records and
Military Organizations, (Madison, 1914).
Patrick went home (deserted) shortly after the Port Hudson campaign.
was reported that he was mustered out, deserted, on 16 June 1863 at
the OFFICIAL RECORDS OF THE UNION AND CONFEDERATE ARMIES
THE WAR OF THE REBELLION, Series 1, Volume 26, pages 57 - 66,
Orders No. 49,
Dept. of the Gulf, 19th A.C., Before Port Hudson, June 15, 1863.
commanding general congratulates the troops before Port Hudson upon the
advance made upon the enemy's works, and is confident of an immediate
issue of the contest. We are at all points upon the threshold of his
fortifications. One more
advance and they are ours! Dealing with the Officers
who lead the column of victory in this last assault may be assured ofthe just
recognition of their services by promotion, and every officer and
solider who its
perils and its glory shall receive a medal fit to commemorate the first
grand success of the
campaign of 1863 for the Freedom of the Mississippi. His name will be
place in the
general orders upon the Roll of Honor.
commanders will at once report the names of the officers and men who may
volunteer for this service, in order that the organization of the column
be completed without delay.
the command of Major-General Banks:
B. IRWIN, Assistant Adjutant General"
list of "Officers and men who volunteered for the storming party of PortHudson,
La., under General Orders, No. 49, Headquarters Department of the Gulf,
15, 1863." follows, it contained 154 names, under Fourth Wisconsin is
Private Patrick Pigeon, Co. A.
1976 I wrote the National Archives and the Department of the Army, no
record of how this special medal looked. The only officially
authorized medal during the Civil War was the Medal of Honor. I have not
contacted a Civil War Round Table group; they may be able to lead one
description/picture of this medal.
RE: Civil War Veterans
98-11-24 17:54:18 EST
P1474@aol.com (EMX -P1474 (052))
Mr. Robert Pigeon,
you for your recent query to the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. I have found
the following information in our Civil War database concerning your request.
4th Wisconsin Cavalry, Co. A
Residence - Racine, WI
Enlisted July 2, 1861
Deserted June 16, 1863
1861 and 1863, the 4th Wisconsin Cavalry, Co. A served in Louisiana and
Mississippi, including the first and the second battle of Vicksburg. I
this veteran in the 1885 Wisconsin veterans census living at Schofield, serving
with Co. A, no regiment shown.
the Red and Blue Book record books, State Historical Society of WI,
Pigeon was (at enlistment) age 19, single, a laborer, 5'3" with brown
a ruddy complexion.
from the article "Ontonagon County in the Civil War" by Charles
reprinted spring of 1999.
1862 as a further inducement, President Lincoln set the enlistment
bounty at $50.
1863 the War Department allowed $15 to the agents for each recruit
secured and a bounty
for $302 for enlistment and $402 for re-enlistment. Meanwhile the State
Legislature, Michigan, authorized a $40 bounty and in 1864 it was
raised to $100 for a
one-year enrollment for $200 for two years and $300 for three years.
paid a $40 then a $146 and finally a $400 bounty.
suspect that Wisconsin had a similar program that Patrick participated
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