American Civil War Soldiers
Enlistment Date:22 Apr 1861
Enlisted as a Private on 22 April 1861.
Enlisted in Company G, 4th Cavalry Regiment Wisconsin on 22 Apr 1861.
Mustered Out Company G, 4th Cavalry Regiment Wisconsin on 2 Jul 1864.
G EORGE ALLEN, of Waupaca, Wis., and a member of G. A. R. Post No. 21, was born Feb. 25, 1820, in Star-bridge, Worcester Co., Mass. His parents, Timothy and Theresa (Marsh) Allen, were members of the Puritan families who were of stock which settled Massachusetts when it was the " Bay Colony." Ethan Allen of colonial fame, was a member of one branch of the family and General T. S. Allen, a hero of the civil war, whose sketch is to be found on another page, is also connected with them in ancestral origin. The parents of Mr. Allen removed from Massachusetts to Madison Co., New York, when the son was six years old, and the mother died there. His father removed later to Vinland, Wisconsin in 1847, and died there, aged 66 years. Their family surviving, included three sons and three daughters. Mr. Allen of this account is the youngest. He was brought up according to the manner common in the training of a New England boy- and was 26 when he accompanied his father to Wisconsin. He bought land in Winnebago county and in 1846 returned to his native State, where he was a resident until 1848. While there, he was married to Julia Ann, daughter of Merrick Richmond. They removed to Wisconsin in the year of their marriage and were pioneers of Winnebago county. They encountered all the peculiar privations and hardships incident to that period of the history of the Badger State and remained in Winnebago county until 1855 when they removed to Dayton, Waupaca county and engaged in the business of agriculturists. Sep. 13, 1861, Mr. Allen enlisted in Company A, 8th Wisconsin Infantry, at Waupaca, for three years. (This was the Eagle Regiment, and all the world knows the history and fables about "Old Abe," the kingly bird that went through the war with the command, became the property of the State of Wisconsin and died at Madison in 1882.) The 8th left Wisconsin for the front October 12th for Missouri. The first engagement with the rebels in which Mr. Allen was engaged, was at Frederickstown, where Jeff Thompson was routed and driven. He was afterwards occupied with guard duty until March of the next year, AA hen the regiment was transferred to the command of General Pope. It was assigned to duty in the vicinity of New Madrid, and in April went to the pursuit of the rebels who were flying after the fight at Island No. 10. The command was afterwards in the vicinity of Corinth and Mr. Allen fought in the battle of Farmington. June 20, 1862, he was taken sick and went to Camp Clear Creek and, with other sick, was transferred to Iuka. After becoming convalescent he was detailed for detached duty and was in charge of the sick who were sent away from Iuka when Bragg made his famous raid into Tennessee after supplies for his famishing army, going to Jackson, Tenn. In the spring of 1863 he went, under orders, to rejoin his regiment at Vicksburg. He reached Memphis and was there detained by General Hurlburt and received honorable discharge. He was released from military duty Sep. 16, 1864, on the expiration of his term. His disease was scurvy, contracted in the first months of his connection with the army and he was so badly afflicted with it that they would not permit him to veteranize and he returned home when discharged. He resumed farming after his return to Wisconsin and was occupied in that business until 1880, when he removed to the city of Waupaca, since his place of abode. His only son, Merrick Timothy Allen, has since been engaged in the management of the farm. Mr. and Mr. Allen are well and favorably regarded in the community of which they are members. He was a good soldier and has been a good citizen. He was interested in the issues on the battle field and was forbidden to participate to greater extent than he did, on account of his physical condition.
Co G 4 Regt Wis Cav
Created by: Rose Mohnsam
Record added: Jan 05, 2011
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