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Federal (USV)


David Knox Noyes

(1820 - 1900)

Home State: Wisconsin

Education: Norwich University

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 6th Wisconsin Infantry

Before Antietam

He was a student at Norwich 1842-44 then went to Wisconsin, following his father and brother. He tried lead mining, but was not successful, and he taught school. He volunteered for Mexican War service in 1848, but his unit was not accepted. He studied the law in Dodgeville, was admitted to the bar in March 1847, and then opened a practice and land office in Baraboo. He also founded and operated the Baraboo Rebublic newspaper and had a 320 acre farm. He served a term as State Assemblyman in 1856.

He was appointed First Lieutenant of Company A, 6th Wisconsin Infantry on 26 April 1861. He was promoted to Captain on 12 February 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the foot by an artillery round in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a field hospital where his right foot was amputated. He was admitted to a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD on 9 November and sent on to Washington DC on 11 November. Home in Wisconsin, he served as a recruiter from January 1863 to July 1864, when he was discharged on disability from the 6th Infantry. He returned to active duty and was commissioned Major of the 49th Wisconsin Infantry on 28 January 1865. He was at St. Louis and Rolla, MO, and was on Court Martial service. He was appointed Lieutenant Colonel in November 1865, but mustered out that same month, before taking the rank.

After the War

He founded another newspaper, the Independent, prospered from investments in land, and was postmaster of Baraboo from 1867-83.

References & notes

Service information from State of Wisconsin1. Details from H. E. Cole's A Standard History of Sauk County, Wisconsin (1918) and W. A. Ellis' Norwich University, 1819-1911: Her History, Her Graduates, Her Roll of Honor, Vol. II (1911). Hospital details from the Patient List.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


10/28/1820; Tunbridge, VT


11/24/1900; Baraboo, WI; burial in Walnut Hill Cemetery, Baraboo, WI


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. 494 - 497; Vol. 2, pg. 846  [AotW citation 10257]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #1.392  [AotW citation 21228]