Francis E Versaw

BirthAug. 28, 1843
DeathApril 4, 1931
CemeteryMount Pleasant (Cook)
Unit3rd Michigan Cavalry, Company L

Sergeant Francis Versaw

Company L, 3rd Michigan Cavalry

Versaw was born on August 28, 1843. He was residing in Berrien County, Michigan was when he enlisted on September 20, 1861 at St Joseph, Michigan. Versaw was mustered on October 12, 1861 and served over 4 years. He re-enlisted on January 19, 1864 and was discharged on November 4, 1865 at San Antonio, Texas. Versaw enlisted as a private and was promoted to corporal on January 19, 1862 and to sergeant on April 1, 1864.

He was wounded and taken prisoner on June 5, 1862 near Brownsville, Mississippi. Civil War records indicate that he was held for 1 month and was the only member of the regiment to be wounded and captured that date.

The 3rd Michigan Cavalry was organized at Grand Rapids between August 24 and November 28, 1861. The unit was assigned to duties in Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee during the War. Some of the their battles and campaigns include:

Battle of Corinth (MS) (October 3-4, 1862).

Operations against Fort Blakely and Spanish Fort (AL) (March 26-April 9, 1865).

Scouting on the frontier (TX) (1865 to February 12, 1866).

Versaw died on April 4, 1931 at the age of 87 years. He is buried in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Cook (Johnson County), Nebraska.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.