The Last Soldier Project: Bayfield County
David A. Monroe

David Monroe, 98, the last Civil war veteran left in Bayfield county, died Thursday night (March 8, 1945) at his home in Washburn where he had lived for 42 years.

He enlisted on July 10, 1863 at Clayton, NY as a private (note his name is spelled "Munroe" in service records) and was mustered into "M" Co., New York 20th Cavalry on Sept. 30, 1863. He was promoted to corporal on Oct. 22, 1864 and mustered out on July 31, 1865 at Manchester, VA.

According to his obituary, Monroe volunteered for Civil War service when he was 16 years old. He was with the first Union troops which entered Richmond, Va.

He may have been born in Canada, according to New York military records, but he listed his birthplace as "New York" in the 1910 U.S. Census. In the Ashland, Wisconsin, City Directory for 1917 his occupation was listed as "cruiser."

He was buried in Woodland Cemetery, Washburn, Bayfield Co.

Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa) Friday, 09 Mar 1945
Find A Grave #46233519 U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963 [database on-line] 1940 U.S. Census, Washburn, Bayfield, Wisconsin; Roll: T627_4458; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 4-30 [database on-line] 1910 U.S. Census, Washburn Ward 6, Bayfield, Wisconsin; Roll: T624_1700; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 0037; FHL microfilm: 1375713 [database on-line] New York, Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900 [database on-line]

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Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Department of Wisconsin


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