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Federal (USV)

Sergeant

Joseph Heathcock

(1841 - 1933)

Home State: Wisconsin

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th Wisconsin Infantry

Before Antietam

He grew up on his father's farm in Linden, and enlisted in Company H, 7th Wisconsin Infantry on 29 August 1861. Promoted Corporal, Sergeant, and First Sergeant.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

Captured in action in the Wilderness, VA on 5 May 1864, and held at Andersonville, GA. He survived captivity and mustered out of service on 3 July 1865.

After the War

Shortly after the war he spent 4 years in Tennessee locating and operating coal mines. He then returned to Linden and farmed and mined zinc and lead on his own land.

References & notes

Basic information from State of Wisconsin1. Life dates from his gravesite on Findagrave, thanks to Don Strube. Andersonville detail from the Park Service's Soldiers and Sailors Database. Personal details from a biographical sketch in J.H. Beer's Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa, and Lafayette, Wisconsin (1901), which includes a photograph of him (facing pg. 624).

Birth

09/17/1841 in WI

Death

09/30/1933 Linden, WI; burial in Linden Cemetery, Linden, WI

Notes

1   State of Wisconsin, Adjutant General's Office, and Chandler P. Chapman, Adj. Gen., Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, 2 volumes, Madison: Democrat Printing Co., State Printers, 1886, Vol. 1, pp. 565 - 566  [AotW citation 10641]