Trooper James M. Darling, Co. E, 1st Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry

James M. Darling was born in Jefferson County, Vermont.  He volunteered for service in the 7th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, Co. I, on August 2, 1861, but was discharged due to disability on November 21, 1862.  He again volunteered for service in the Federal Army this time in the 1st Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry at Wautoma, Wisconsin, on January 1, 1864.  Darling was mustered into Company E at Madison on January 16, 1864, whereupon he received $60 of a $240 enlistment bounty.  The 35-year-old farmer stood 5’ 10” tall and had blue eyes, sandy complexion and dark hair.  In the “May-June 1864 Detachment Muster Roll” he was “detailed as orderly at Headquarters Military Division of Mississippi for Chief Engineer” at Nashville (Darling would serve in this capacity until his muster out).   On August 21, 1864, Darling requested a “furlough for thirty days on account of dangerous sickness in his family:”

Colonel: I have the honor to respectfully request a furlough for the period of thirty days for the following reasons. Viz. My wife is dangerously sick and among strangers.  I therefore wish to go home, that I may place her in a situation where she will be better taken care of than she can be where she now is.  I desire thirty (30) days because my house is in the northern part of the state of Wisconsin and a part of the distance will need to be traveled by stage, or private conveyance.

Hoping my request may meet with your approval I have the honor to be colonel Very Respectfully Your Obd. Servt.James M. Darling Private 1st Wis. Cavy.

Darling’s request was, thankfully, “approved and recommended” by Captain William Le Baron Jenney.  Trooper Darling, who “never joined his company,” was mustered out at Nashville on May 27, 1865.

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