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A Blog Remembering the Men and Women of the American Civil War, North & South, people, faces, and a unique culture we will never see again. Photos and stories about the people that lived it, including African American Photographs, pre civil war photos and the period in cultural history that began just after the civil war. The historical info, photos and documents in this blog reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. This blog does not endorse the views expressed in some posts, which may contain materials offensive to some readers, you cannot compare the beliefs and ethical values of the people of the 1800's to the standards of today.
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The events of the war, and the men of the war, are fast fading from the public attention. Its history is growing to be an “Old, Old Story.” Public interest is weakening day by day. The memory of march, and camp, and battle-field, of the long and manly endurance, of the superb and uncomplaining courage, of the mass of sacrifice that redeemed the Nation, is fast dying out. Those who rejoice in the liberty and peace secured by the soldier’s suffering and privation, accept the benefits, but deny or forget the benefactor-1877 National Tribune.
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 amongstrangers. 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.