Alexander Besat

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Alexander Besat

  • Birth 11 Mar 1835 Switzerland
  • Death 1899 Calumet County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Burial Gravesville, Calumet County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Memorial ID 49837477

U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles
Name: Alexander Besat
Residence: Charleston, Wisconsin
Age at Enlistment: 23
Enlistment Date: 25 Apr 1861
Rank at enlistment: Private
State Served: Wisconsin
Was POW?: Yes
Was Wounded?: Yes
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company D, Wisconsin 3rd Infantry Regiment on 25 Apr 1861.
Mustered out on 18 Apr 1865.
The Medical and Surgical History of the Civil War

ALEXANDER BESAT, resident at Gravesville, Calumet Co., Wis., a member of G. A. R. Post No. 205, was born March 21, 1835, in Switzerland. He came to America in 1850 and located in the State of New York, where he remained until the fall of 1857, when he came to Wisconsin and located in Fond du Lac county, where he resided until be entered the army.

He was a true son of Switzerland and the danger to the Republic was one which he understood and felt, and he was among the first to seek an opportunity to enroll in defense of his adopted country. He enlisted April 19, 1861, at Waupun in an organization, which was assigned to service as Company D, 3rd Wisconsin Infantry and, before the regiment left the State, orders were issued from the War Department to muster no more three-months men and the members of Company D, as of every other enrolled organization in Wisconsin, with one exception, re-enlisted for the three years service. The regiment left the State July 12th, and went successively to Hagersville, Harper's Ferry, Darnestown and Frederick. He remained there on guard duty until the spring of 1862, when he went to the valley of the Shenandoah with Banks and was in the action at Winchester, where he was taken prisoner. He was in the actions at Antietam, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg and went with his regiment to New York during the draft, and after the transfer of the regiment to the Army of the Cumberland, he veteranized and came to Wisconsin on his furlough. He was next in battle at Resaca and afterwards fought near Dallas and at Pine Knob and was next in action at Peach Tree Creek and went thence to the siege of Atlanta. Mr. Besat was in the trenches under fire until August, 1864, when he was wounded in the left arm which terminated his active military service as his injury was serious and his left hand was amputated. At the battle of Winchester, March 12, 1862, he was taken prisoner and was taken to Belle Isle at Richmond. He was held until paroled in September, 1862, when he was soon after exchanged and rejoined his regiment. During his prison life, he experienced the hardships which the rebels were pleased to inflict on Union soldiers. His food was entirely insufficient and of the poorest description. He relates one incident as follows : There was much sickness and one of his comrades who was supposed to be dead was placed in a coffin and, as he was about to be buried, he suddenly sat up and said that he wanted food instead of burial, but he died not long after. Mr. Besat suffered amputation on the field of Antietam and was sent from the field hospital successively to Nashville, Tenn., New Albany, Ind., Springfield and Madison and was discharged at the latter place April 8, 1865.

After returning to Wisconsin he located in Calumet county where he has since resided. He owns and cultivates a small piece of land and receives a pension. He was married Jan. 21, 1865, to Susan Givrard of Charlestown, Calumet county, who died Dec. 6, 1886, leaving one daughter named Ida L., who was born March 26, 1875. Mr. Besat was married July 2, 1887, to Emma Heale of Stockbridge, Calumet county, and their daughter, Maud M., was born April 11, 1888
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Alexander Besat Chilton Times October 21, 1899

SUDDEN DEATH
Alex. Besat, Formerly a Resident of Charlestown, Dies at Neenah
Friday morning at 6 o'clock, the lifeless body of Alex. Besat, a well known resident of this city, was found lying near the sidewalk on Church Street east of Caroline Street. He was a member of Lewis Post, GAR, and last night, with a delegation of comrades, returned on one of the late interurban cars from Oshkosh where he attended the annual reunion of the Winnebago County Veterans Association. Returning shortly before 12 o'clock, he started directly for home. Officer Ben Leroy accompanied him from the W.C. depot as far as the corner of Church and Caroline streets, where the two men separated.
The deceased was apparently in his usual good health with the exception of a slight affection of the heart which had troubled him for a few weeks past. He wore a plaster on his breast on account of this ailment.
When found this morning, he was lying prostrate on his back and there was no evidence of any struggle before death. Death evidently resulted from heart failure and he died almost instantly. He was found by Lars. Jacobson, who had been working in a stable shortly after 6 o'clock this morning.
He was a member of Company B, Third Wis., and served during the civil war. He was an old settler in Calumet County and of French descent. He came to this city several years ago and has since made this home, with his wife and two daughters on Lagrange Avenue. The elder daughter married a couple of years ago and now resides in Illinois.
A coroner's jury was impaneled by Justice McGinn with Dr. G. L. McDermott as examining physician. The jury was composed of Henry Julius, A. J. Parker, John Baum, M. Sorley, Chas. Sorenson, Wm. Neubauer. The remains were viewed and an adjournment taken until tomorrow afternoon, when a verdict of death from heart failure will be agreed upon.
The deceased was 65 years of age and was held in high esteem by his many friends for his kind-hearted disposition, good-natured manner and steady, upright life.
Funeral services over the remains of Alex Besat will be held Sunday afternoon at the residence, Rev. J. E. Chapin officiating. The remains will be taken to Chilton, Monday for burial.—Neenah Times, Oct. 18th.
On Friday afternoon the Chilton Grand Army Post was notified of the sudden death of Mr. Besat. The news was heard with great sorrow in this community where he was well known. Mr. Besat was for many years a resident of Charlestown and was looked upon as an honorable, upright man and good citizen. He was a kind and indulgent father and no neighbor ever went to him for a favor that he did not grant it if it were in his power to do so. The remains were brought to this city on Monday and taken in charge by the Chilton GAR Post, of which he was an active member for a number of years. A large number of friends followed his remains to the Gravesville cemetery, where they were laid at rest in the silent tomb.


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  • Created by: Rose Mohnsam
  • Added: 16 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49837477
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alexander Besat (11 Mar 1835–1899), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49837477, citing Charlestown Union Cemetery, Gravesville, Calumet County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Rose Mohnsam (contributor 47105797) .