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Sgt Peter Louis Beaver

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Sgt Peter Louis Beaver

  • Birth 16 Jun 1824 Bedford, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 16 Mar 1894 Spring Green, Sauk County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Burial Spring Green, Sauk County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Memorial ID 9516442

Son of Joshua Christian Beaver and Catherine Havice. Confirmed they had 10 children (possibly 13).

Mr. Beaver was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, June 16, 1824 and was married to Ms. Delilah Swanger, in that state, on 12 December 1848. NOTE: 3 of the Beaver boys married 3 of the Swanger girls. In 1851, they moved to Columbia County, this state and in 1861 to Spring Green, which has been their home ever since.

Peter's siblings were: Thomas Beaver (2nd Wisconsin, Company H), Sampson Beaver--nearly 7 feet tall-- (Gun Corporal, 6th Wisconsin Light Artillary), Henry Beaver (23rd Wisconsin, Company G), John M. Beaver (23rd Wisconsin, Company K) and Frederick Beaver (23rd Wisconsin, Company K). Frederick developed the "Beaver Berry"--strawberry that Christian S. Beaver grew for him. See also: SampsonBeaver and Thomas Beaver
His sister's were: Margaret Jane Beaver Permelia, Sarah and Catharine.

Fifteen children were born to Peter and Delilah; eleven of whom grew to man and womanhood: (1) Christian, Vernon county; (2) Jefferson, Menomonie; (3) John, Baraboo; (4) Thomas, Cedar Falls; (5) Mrs. Delilah Lewis, Richland county; (6) Mrs. Alda Gundlach; (7) Mrs. Louisa Florentina Hutter, Spring Green; and (8) Mrs. Sophia Snyder, Spring Green.

Other children included: (9) Amanda Beaver, (10) Catherine Beaver, (11) Almira (aka) Amelia Beaver--died of diptheria, age 10 months, (12) Caroline Beaver--died of diptheria, age 2 months., (13) Frederick Beaver--died from burns when his clothing caught fire from an open hearth stove, age 16 months, (14) Lavinia Beaver--died at age 2, and (15) Ellen.

Peter was Brevetted First Lieutenant by Gov Fairchild (Wisconsin) for bravery in saving the flag during a key battle. He was discharged July 12th, 1865 as Second Sergeant color bearer.

Citation reads: "TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME, GREETING: Know Ye that I do hereby confer on Peter Beaver late a Sergeant in Company A Thirty-sixth Regiment of Wisconsin Infantry Volunteer the rank of First Lieutenant BY BREVIT, to rank as such from July 1st 1864 in recognition of conspicuous gallantry displayed by him in volunteering to carry the colors in presence of the enemy after the original color guard had all been killed or disabled in action. And I do strictly charge and require all Officers and Soldiers under his command, to obey and respect him accordingly: and he is to observe and follow such orders and directions, from time to time, as he shall receive from me or the future Governor of the State of Wisconsin, and other officers set over him; according to law, and the rules and discipline of War."
In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and caused the Great Seal of the State of Wisconsin to be affixed. Done at Madison, This Eighteenth day of April in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty-Seven" By the Governor Lucius Fairchild, Governor
Secretary of State: James K Proudfit, Adjutant General

A statement in Peter's pension file (from Lt Ripley, once a 1st Sgt in Co A, but promoted to 2nd Lt and transferred to Co D) states: "May 31, 1881, The affidavit made by me from actual knowledge of his disease and I personally know that he was a no. one soldier and done duty when he was not able he was one of the color Sergeants of our Regiment and through his own personally bravery brought off the only flag saved at the Battle of Reams Station, Aug 25, 1864 where our Regiment was nearly all captured. I have no interest in his claim only that justice should be done to all soldiers." Signed: Aug S Ripley, Richland County, Wisconsin.


Peter's OBIT from Spring Green newspaper: "Veteran Of Two Wars Wins The Good Fight"

"Those who have for years watched the lines of T.J. Hungerford Post as the old veterans make their annual march to the Spring Green Cemetery to place the flowers of spring upon the graves of their fallen comrades, will miss one figure, whose white locks, bent form and faltering step have long betokened as much. The stars and stripes which he had borne on many battle fields, and which he gave his early manhoood to protect, draped the casket on Sunday last that holds all that was earthly of Peter Beaver, whose death occurred at his home near the village on the 16th inst. after an illness of a little over a week.

Mr. Beaver was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, June 16th 1824, and was married to Miss Delilah Swanger, in that state, in 1848. In 1851 they moved to Columbia County, this state, and in 1861 to Spring Green, which has been their home ever since.

Deceased leaves his wife and eleven children.

Mr. Beaver was a veteran of wars. On the 6th day of March 1847, he enlisted in his native state of Bedford County, Pennsylvania as fourth corporal in Capt William H. Irwin's Company D, 11th US Infantry, and served in the Mexican War, participating in six battles, until he was honorably discharged in August 16, 1848 from Ft Hamilton, New York. His discharge paper described him as age 22, 5 feet 6 inches tall, brown hair and by occumpation when enlisted, a Cooper.

February 24, 1864, he joined Company A, 36th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry as Second Sergeant (living in Spring Green, Wisconsin), and in July of the same year was breveted First Lieutenant. He was discharged July 12th, 1865 as Second Sergeant color bearer. He joined this army at a time when the aid of such as he was greatly needed, and did good service for his country in ten decisive battles,...them the battles of Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Reams Station, Richmond, and followed Lee until he surrendered.

Here is a history that marked, as truly as finger of time cold have done its works, furrows on the brow of our townsman, caused his step to falter ere the meridian of life was reached, and marked him as one who should fall short of man's allotted days."

The funeral was held from the M.E. church last Sunday, one which occasion Rev. J.E. Webster of that church, and a comrade in the Post of the deceased, paid beautiful tribute to his memory. The funeral was one of the largest ever held in Spring Green, and the church proved too small to hold all who sought admission. The remains were tenderly borne to their final resting place by comrades and his last wishes in this resepect were carried out as full as it were possible to do so.

The death of Mr. Beaver leaves, in Sauk County, three veterans of the Mexican war: James Watson of this village, James Laux, of Plain, and John Roy of Lime Ridge."

The Mexican battles he fought in were: Battle of Cerro Gondo, Contreras, Churubusco, Molino Del Ray, Chapultepec, and Mexico City.


On May 26, 1965, Peter's great-great grandson, Ellsworth Rocque Kramer (son of Evelyn Ruth Beaver and grandson of John Adam Beaver), marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC -- during the bi-centennial of the Grand Review.

According to newspaper accounts, "Then there was Rocque Kramer, 22, an English major at Georgetown University, who learned only three days ago, from an old diary, that his grandfather, (Bvt) 1st Lt Peter Beaver, had marched in the parade 100 years ago. Kramer hurried out to rent a uniform and sword and there he was yesterday, the lone representative of the 36th Wisconsin Regiment, Company A."

Peter was at Appomatox with Grant's Army and witnessed Lee's surrender to end the war. The photo of his great-great grandson was taken when he was standing on the National Mall (pictured here wearing the black hat).

An account in "A Standard History of Sauk County Wisconsin", Vol I (Lewis Publishing Company-Chicago & New York 1918) entitled, "Largest Kiln In The County", Peter Beaver came to Spring Green from Columbus, Columbia County, in 1861, He commenced to burn lime in 1862 but closed his kiln in '63 to enlist for his country's defense in Company A, 36th Regiment. He went on with the lime business on his return from the war burning from three to seven kilns a year to 1867, the great hop year when he burned ten kilns. The kilns contained seven hundred bushels each, and people came from all parts of the country, there being forty teams there at one time and taking all of one kiln in a day. Mr. Beaver kept in the lime business for twenty-one years, and then turned to general farming on the stage road leading from Spring Green to Reedsburg, on Beaver HIll. -- input given by his son, Jeff.

Occupation: stonemason by trade & farmer

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  • Added: 25 Sep 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9516442
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Peter Louis Beaver (16 Jun 1824–16 Mar 1894), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9516442, citing Spring Green Cemetery, Spring Green, Sauk County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Eve Kramer (contributor 46632784) .