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Col William F. Cloud
Birth: 1825
Champaign County
Ohio, USA
Death: Mar. 4, 1905
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA

Civil War Veteran

2 Kansas Calvary

Cloud County Kansas is named after Col. Cloud



Long and Useful Life of Col. William F. Cloud is Ended

The Remains Were Buried Here Today -
A Synopsis of His Martial Career -
Address by Col. Nelson

The body of Col. William F. Cloud, soldier, author and statesman, was laid today in its last resting place in Park Cemetery.
Col. Cloud died at his home in Kansas City Saturday. The remains arrived here last night and after brief funeral services at the Knell Undertaking rooms at 3 o'clock this afternoon conducted by the G.A.R., the interment took place.
The pallbearers were;
Frank Hill
T. B. Tuttle
S. S. Riley
G. C. Howenstein
G. W. Rohm
C. O. Harrington

The chief obsequies were held in Kansas City. A beautiful floral piece was sent by the Confederate veterans of Kansas City and there were numerous floral offerings from friends in Carthage and vicinity.

William F. Cloud was born in Champaign county, Ohio in 1825 and had he lived until the 23rd of this month he would have been 80 years old. He was wedded three times and his third wife survives him.
Three children were born of the first marriage and two, Harry and Will are living. A daughter, Clara, died several years ago.
Harry Cloud resides in Los Angeles, California and Will is at present mining somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. He could not be located and does not know of his father's death.

Col. Cloud came to Carthage at the close of the Civil War, and resided here until some ten or twelve years ago when he moved to Kansas City. He owned considerable property here and occupied his time with his real estate. He represented this district in the state legislature and in 1882 was a nominee of the Republicans of this congressional district to the United States Congress. During his long residence here Col. Cloud was regarded as one of the town's most influential men and was a leading spirit in civic affairs.

The name of Col. William F. Cloud is written in history as that of a brave soldier. When the war with Mexico began he enlisted at Columbus, Ohio and marched from St. Louis to the City of Mexico. After that war he went to Michigan and from there to Emporia, Kansas, about the year 1859. At the breaking out of the Civil War he joined the Second Kansas Infantry with the rank of Major. The enlistments were for three months, which time was spent in skirmishes in Kansas and South Missouri. He was in the battle of Wilson's Creek near Springfield. Later he was transferred to the Second Kansas Cavalry and made it's Colonel - the rank he held throughout the remainder of the war.

During 1862 the regiment was in Missouri, Arkansas and the Indiana Territory. Engagements were fought at Marysville, Cane Hill, Prairie Grove, Cross Hollows and Van Buren, near Fort Smith, Arkansas. Here Col. Cloud led a raid in which five steamboats were burned at the landing. From that point the regiment marched to Springfield, Missouri. The spring of '63 found them at Fort Gibson, Indian Territory. Here the Confederate forces and a number of Indians had surrounded an Indian agent, who had a large amount of money for the payment of annuities to various Indian tribes. With five hundred men, Colonel Cloud dashed through the lines of the enemy, over 15,000 strong, rescued the agent and carried off the four strong boxes containing the money. He escorted the train containing the money from Fort Gibson to Leavenworth. Colonel Cloud was transferred in January 1865 to command detachments sent against marauding Indians in Western Kansas and the Indian Territory. On January 10, 1865 he was mustered out of service.

Colonel Cloud was the author of several magazine articles and books, among them a political history of Mexico from Cortez to Diaz.

At the funeral services yesterday in Kansas City, Colonel W. J. Nelson, a prominent Kansas City attorney and old friend of Colonel Cloud, delivered the funeral oration. Among other things Col. Nelson said:

"His record in the service was that of a true soldier; ever faithful to duty, honored and respected by his comrades, faithful to every trust, an officer in whom his superiors in command could trust with implicit confidence, he had a loyal, patriotic heart and he loved his country.
"Our comrade was a man of more than ordinary experiences in life. He lived and died in an generation noted for it's activities. It's progress is unparalleled in all the history of the past. The age in which he lived was the age that solved and unsolved problems that we inherited from the founders of our government.
"He watched the triumphant solution of the experiment of self government, since which time there has been no restraint upon American progress.
"Onward and upward has been the watchword of our nation and our comrade carried his part. He braved the storm of battle and of frontier life and came off victorious.
"Just how much influence for patriotic devotion he wielded to mold the destiny of the county we know not, we do know he fought a good fight. While he wrought he wrought well."

Col Nelson accompanied the remains here for the burial. Mrs. Cloud was unable to be here on account of ill health.

2nd Wife:
Sarah F. Cloud 
Family links: 
  Elizabeth Howard Cloud (1829 - 1879)
  Clara H Cloud (1858 - 1880)*
*Calculated relationship
Park Cemetery
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Block 13 Lot 24 Space 10
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Record added: Sep 18, 2010
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- Becky Doan
 Added: May. 16, 2015
Rest in Peace American Hero. Merry Christmas.
- S Chaney
 Added: Dec. 18, 2010
"Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."- Helen Keller
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