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Capt Mahlon Black
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Birth: Oct. 4, 1820
Death: Oct. 25, 1901

US Sharpshooter, Civil War; Representative in the territorial legislature, Hennepin County Auditor, Postmaster and Mayor of Stillwater.

He was born in Hamilton County, Ohio on Oct 4, 1820. He came to Stillwater in 1847 and engaged in surveying and lumbering. He was a Representative in the territorial legislature in 1849, 1852 and 1857. He was the Postmaster of Stillwater from 1857-61 and Mayor from 1860-61.

He was 41 years old when he entered the service. On Jan. 2, 1862, he was mustered in to 2nd Company of Minnesota Sharpshooters. The Company was raised in St Paul to become a part of Berdan's corps of US Sharpshooters. It began service on March 20, 1862, with 100 men and 3 officers. He began his service as the company's 1st Sergeant. On Feb 20, 1863, he was discharged to accept a promotion to 2nd Lieutenant. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on July 14, 1863, and later promoted to Captain. The unit served with the 1st US Sharpshooters in the Army of the Potomac and, being the eleventh company, was known as Company L. On May 30, 1862, the company was assigned to duty with the First Minnesota and was thus detached from Berdan's unit. This was on the first day of the battle of Fair Oaks. Here again, they were effectively the eleventh company in the First Regiment so they continued to be known as "Company L". From May 30, 1862, until Nov. 23, 1863, the company was attached to the First Minnesota Infantry, though at times was pulled away for service elsewhere, such as during the Battle of Gettysburg.

In November of 1863, they were detailed as provost guard and never returned to service with the First, which went back to Minnesota in February, 1864. The unit saw hard service. When formally mustered out on March 19, 1865, there were only 30 men left in the company. Eighteen men re-enlisted and were transferred to Companies A and C of the First Battalion of Minnesota Infantry, the successor to the First Minnesota Infantry. Black was one of the eighteen who re-enlisted and was transferred to the First Minnesota Battalion. Mahlon was mustered out with the Battalion on Jan 3, 1865.

In 1867, Mahlon moved to Minneapolis. He served as Auditor of Hennepin County from 1874-78. He was a member of the George N Morgan Post #4. He died in Minneapolis on Oct 25, 1901. His home address at the time was 812 4th Ave South. He was 80 years old at the time of his death. He was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Minneapolis.

-Biography from Wayne Jorgenson, First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry web site, ed. Cindy Coffin. Used with permission.


NOTE: Some documentation incorrectly states that Mahlon Black was buried at the Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. He was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, not Lakewood.

Keller, Rachel. Friends of Oak Hill Cemetery, Minneapolis; researcher and marker photographer.

Minnesota Historical Society Collections, Vol XIV, 1912, MHS, p 58.

Roll of the Dead 1886 - 1906, Department of Minnesota, Grand Army of the Republic, Antona Hawkins Richardson, Paduan Prison, St. Paul, MN., 2000, p 14.
Family links: 
  David Black (1794 - 1846)
  Rachel Hunter Black (____ - 1864)
  Jane M Stough Black (1830 - 1920)*
  Emma Helena Black (1852 - 1931)*
  William Black (____ - 1842)*
  Mathias Black (____ - 1902)*
  Mahlon Black (1820 - 1901)
  Julia M Black Klink (1825 - 1864)*
  Elizabeth Black Rickoff (1826 - 1852)*
  Catharine Black Clason (1829 - 1865)*
  Foster Black (1836 - 1876)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Hill Cemetery
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: 1st Addition, Block 15, Lot 4, Space 1
Created by: Cindy K. Coffin
Record added: May 09, 2009
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Capt Mahlon Black
Added by: Cindy K. Coffin
Capt Mahlon Black
Added by: Rachel Keller
Capt Mahlon Black
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- Friends of Oak Hill Cemetery of Minneapolis
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- Cindy K. Coffin
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- Tom Mauer
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