Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. As a member of the Madison, Wisconsin Convention of September 5, 1855, he was one of the founders of the Republican party. He became a lawyer in 1857 and was elected District Attorney of Juneau County, Wisconsin in November of 1860. With the beginning of the Civil War, he became a 1st Lieutenant in the 6th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry and served until January of 1863 when he was made Adjutant General of the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, I Corps (known famously as the "Iron Brigade"), of which the 6th Wisconsin was a part. In January of 1864 he returned to duty with his regiment. During the Battle of the Wilderness from May 5 to May 7, 1864, he was captured by Confederates. Imprisoned at Lynchburg and Danville in Virginia, and Charleston in South Carolina, when being transported to Columbia, South Carolina, he escaped by jumping from a rapidly moving train. In November of 1864, he was commissioned Colonel of the 6th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry and in February of 1865 he was given command of the Iron Brigade. He led that unit in pursuit of General Robert E. Lee at the end of the war in the Battles of Hatcher's Run, Boyden Plank Road, Gravel Run, Five Forks, High Bridge, and Appomattox. On April 9, 1865 he was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers, "for highly meritorious services during the campaign terminating with the surrender of the insurgent army under General Robert E. Lee." After the war, he practiced law and was appointed United States pension agent in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. From 1879 to 1880 he represented his district in the Wisconsin State Senate.
Bio by: Thomas Fisher
Adelaide W. Worthington Kellogg
1833–1912 (m. 1852)