Isaac Mickey

Isaac Mickey

Louisa County, Iowa, USA
Death 7 Dec 1909 (aged 74)
Fredonia, Louisa County, Iowa, USA
Burial Fredonia, Louisa County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 38219781 · View Source
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Veteran Civil War - Co. F, 25th Iowa Infantry
Isaac was the son of John R Mickey. He married Mary Virginia.

Isaac was the son of Robert Mickey and Susan Wasson (1813-1898). He married Mary V Lambert on 26 May 1868 in Wapello, Ia. They were the parents of Eunice Lavina (1869-1936, Charles Wagner), James D, Peter, Mahala F (1873-1900, McCleary), and Jesse L.

Muscatine Journal - Wednesday, December 8, 1909 - Columbus Junction, Ia., Dec. 8 — Lying face downwards on the floor of his shanty in Fredonia the lifeless, frozen body of Isaac Mickey, an aged eccentric character, for years a familiar figure on the streets of this place and in Fredonia, whose name is written in the glowing letters of praise by his superior officers in the records of the civil war, was found yesterday afternoon.

Mickey who daringly braved the withering fire of the rebel lines, lived to meet his end amidst humble surroundings and alone. Neighbors missing him and observing no tracks about his shanty in the snow that fell Monday night, yesterday afternoon broke into the house and found the body on the floor. Help was summoned and upon the arrival of the undertaker the remains were carried to the nearby home of the wife from whom he
had been separated.

Mickey's war record was a brilliant one. He was a member of Co. F. of the 25th Iowa Infantry, and also served as an independent scout. Colonel George A. Stone in his official report of the fight at Vicksburg wrote: "Officers and men of my regimen behaved well and I shall not particularize by mentioning any save Private Mickey of Co. F. who when I called for some one to volunteer to carry an order for me past a line exposed to the enemy’s entire line of sharpshooters, responded at once to the call, carried the message and returned when the order was executed."

General Sherman also spoke highly of Mickey’s bravery. Ingersoll in his “Iowa and the Rebellion" spoke of this effort as a "daring exploit by Private Isaac Mickey performed on the trying day of the assault," and H.M. Byers in "Iowa in War Times" makes special mention of this same act of bravery. Mickey is also said to have at one time when haste was necessary in recalling a detachment of his regiment from Columbus City to Mt Pleasant, Iowa, where the regiment was in camp, ridden the distance of about 32 miles in about three hours, carrying the word to his comrades in time to allow them to rejoin their regiment before the command moved south as it had been ordered to do.

Neighbors Find Body. Fredonia, Ia. Dee. 8 — Isaac Mickey, an aged resident of this place, was found dead at his home Tuesday afternoon by neighbors, who became alarmed by not seeing him around. Mickey, who was an eccentric old man, lived alone in his shanty. He had not been seen since Monday morning and had presumably been dead since Monday afternoon or evening. When found he was lying on the floor, face downward with one shoe off, and in his tightly clenched hands was found a piece of twine or cord. His death evidently was sudden and is believed to have been due to an attack of heart trouble.

Mr. Mickey was an old soldier, having served nearly three years in Company F, Twenty-fifth Iowa.

He was born in Louisa county, near Morning Sun. Oct. ll, 1835, and had spent his entire life with the exception of the time served in the civil war, in Louisa county. He was married at Wapello, Ia., in 1868, to Mary V. Lambert, who, with four children, survive him.

The children are: Mrs. Charles Wagner, of near here; P.B., of near Wapello; James, who lives near Muscatine, and Jesse.

One daughter, Mrs. Mahala McCleary, died several years ago in Galena, Kan. The arrangements for the funeral have not yet been announced.

Burlington Hawk Eye - Wednesday, December 8, 1909 - ODD CHARACTER GONE, Old Isaac Mickey of Fredonia Dies Alone.
FOUGHT UNDER GEN. GRANT, Veteran of Civil War Will Be Missed By Citizens of His Own Town and Columbus Junction.

Columbus Junction, Iowa, Dec. 6 — Isaac Mickey, an old man who lived across the river in Fredonia, was found dead this afternoon by some neighbors who went into his house to look for him. Nothing about the lifeless body indicated the cause of death and as Mr. Mickey was almost eighty years old it is probable that he died simply from old age. There were no evidences of foul play.

Was a Queer Character. Mr. Mickey was rather a unique character at Columbus Junction. He was married, and while he and his wife lived in the same town, they did not live in the same house. Mr. Mickey had lived entirely by himself for a number of years.

It was his custom to walk along the streets of either Fredonia or Columbus Junction all day long, accosting everyone he met and accusing them of being "stuck up" or telling them they were "putting on airs."

Was an Old Soldier. Mr. Mickey was a veteran of the civil war, enlisting from Iowa. He was at the siege of Vicksburg and delighted in telling war stories, and he told them well. He had not done any active work for some years, but lived on his old soldier’s pension.

Conributed by L Fobes -
Co. F, 25th IA. Inf., Civil War Veteran,
h/o Mary Virginia,
s/o John R. Mickey,
p/o James D., Unie, Peter Bamford, Jesse & Mahaila

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  • Created by: Geo Clinton
  • Added: 11 Jun 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 38219781
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Isaac Mickey (11 Oct 1835–7 Dec 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 38219781, citing Fredonia Cemetery, Fredonia, Louisa County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Geo Clinton (contributor 46936067) .