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Federal (USV)


Addison A. Townsend

(1830 - 1926)

Home State: Wisconsin

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd Wisconsin Infantry

Before Antietam

From Shullsburg, he enlisted in Company I, 3rd Wisconsin Infantry as Corporal on 2 June 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was discharged 22 April 1863 for disability.

After the War

He was a miner (with his father Abasalom, 1810-1888) to about 1871, sold farm implements to 1877, and was an insurance agent. He was Village Marshal, Deputy Sheriff and Sheriff, and Deputy United States Marshal. He was president of the Third Wisconsin Veteran Volunteer Association and was a charter member of the Thomas H. Oates G.A.R. Post 96 in Shullsburg. He was a resident of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (probably the Northwestern Branch, in Milwaukee) by 1920. He may have transferred to the Western Branch in Leavenworth, KS in 1922.

References & notes

Basic information from Bryant1. Details from Butterfield's History Of Lafayette County ... (1881) and family genealogists. His memorial is on Findagrave. The Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison has a post-War photograph (c. 1904) of him in their collection.


08/20/1838; Shullsburg, WI


04/04/1926; Lafayette County, WI; burial in cremated, no gravesite


1   Bryant, Edwin Eustace, History of the Third Regiment of Wisconsin Veteran Volunteer Infantry 1861-1865, Madison: Arthur H Clark Co. for the Veteran Association of the Regiment, 1891, pg. 441  [AotW citation 15856]