Frank E Wickwire

BirthFeb. 7, 1842
DeathMarch 18, 1934
CemeteryRidge (Fremont)
PostMcPherson (Fremont)
Unit21st Wisconsin Infantry, Company B

Corporal Frank E Wickwire

Company B, 21st Wisconsin Infantry

Wickwire was born in Winslow (Stephenson County), Illinois on February 7, 1842. He was residing in Oshkosh (Winnebago County), Wisconsin when he enlisted and mustered as a corporal on August 11, 1862. He served about 33 months before he received his discharge on June 8, 1865 at Washington DC.

The 21st Wisconsin Infantry was organized and mustered at Oshkosh, Wisconsin on September 5, 1862. During his enlistment the unit fought at the Battle of Perryville (October 8, 1862). The Battle was the bloodiest every fought on Kentucky soil. The unit lost 39 soldiers, 91 were wounded, and 29 were reported as captured or missing. Corporal Wickwire was captured on December 30, 1862 near Jefferson, Tennessee. One Civil War source indicates that Wickwire was sent to the Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia. The length of time that he was imprisoned was not available.

The 21st Wisconsin Infantry was part of General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” in November-December 1864 and participated in the Grand Review of the Troops in Washington DC.

Wickwire died March 18, 1934 at the age of 92 years. He is buried in the Ridge Cemetery in Fremont (Dodge County), Nebraska. Wickwire was a member of the McPherson Post (#4) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Fremont.

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