Minor Sherwood Rice

Company E, 42nd Wisconsin Infantry


Grandfather of Charlotte Weber


Minor Sherwood Rice died at the age of 89 on Friday, May 14, 1939, in Ogensburg, WI.  He was born in Russell, New York, on April 20, 1848.  In 1855, the family settled in Little Wolf Township, Waupaca County, Wisconsin and there being no schools, Minor attended to his studies in St. Lawrence Township until, at the age of 13, he was compelled to give up schooling and and help on the family farm.

Minor ran away and enlisted in Company E of the 42nd Wisconsin on August 24, 1864.  He refused a $2000 offer to go in as a substitute, preferring instead to go in for himself.  His company was sent to Springfield, IL where they remained until the spring of 1865.  While there, he was selected to be part of a detachment assigned to conduct prisoners to Nashville, TN, however, the Battle of Nashville had been fought and finding the place overrun with wounded, they were sent to Governor's Island, New York.  Enroute he contracted black measles which he attempted to conceal, lest he be sent back to Camp Butler. 

On his arrival, his illness was detected and he spent some time in the pesthouse before being placed in a hospital with others suffering the same fate.  He remained there for two months!  At the close of the war, he returned to Madison where he received his discharge in June 1865.

Minor was married in 1868 and eventually became the father of nine children.  He was a farmer for over fifty years.  Upon the death of his first wife, he married again in Waupaca.

Mr. Rice was a member of the James A. Garfield Post #21 of the Grand Army of the Republic.  He was one of the three remaining Veterans in the Post at the time of his death.

Minor is Buried in Park Cemetery in Ogdensburg, Wisconsin.



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