John E Kleven

DeathDec. 21, 1888
CemeteryCulbertson (Culbertson)
PostKleven (Culbertson)
Unit3rd Wisconsin Infantry, Company H

Captain John E Kleven

3rd Wisconsin Infantry, Company H

Kleven was born in 1837. He was living in Wiota (Lafayette County), Wisconsin when he enlisted and mustered in the regiment on April 22, 1861. Kleven served about 51 months. He was mustered out on July 18, 1865 at Madison, Wisconsin. Kleven enlisted as a private and was promoted 5 times during his military career. Early in his tenure, he was promoted to sergeant and first sergeant. He was promoted to 2nd lieutenant on May 15, 1863, to 1st lieutenant on February 4, 1865 and to captain on April 20, 1865.

The 3rd Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Fond du Lac, Wisconsin on June 19, 1861. During Kleven’s enlistment, the unit fought in many major battles and campaigns. Some of them inclue:

Battle of Cedar Mountain (VA) (August 9, 1862). Casualties were 17 killed, 54 wounded, and 10 captured.

Battle of Antietam (VA) (September 17, 1862). Casualties were 27 killed, 189 wounded, and 3 captured.

Battle of Chancellorsville (VA) (May 2-3, 1863). Casualties were 18 killed, 48 wounded, and 2 were captured.

Battle of Gettysburg (PA) (July 1-3, 1863).

Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May 1-September 8, 1864).

Battle of Resaca (GA) (May 14-15, 1864).

Battle of Dallas (GA) (May 25, 1864). Casualties were 14 killed and 100 wounded.

Battle of Peach Tree Creek (GA) (July 19-20, 1864).

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).

General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).

Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).

Campaign of the Carolinas (January-April 1865).

Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 19-21, 1865).

At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).

Kleven died on December 21, 1888. He is buried in the Culbertson Cemetery in Culberton (Hitchcock County), Nebraska. The Kleven Post (#146) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Culbertson was named for him.

The Andreas History of Nebraska includes a history of the town of Culbertson. Kleven was a very prominent early settler in the area. Excerpts from the Andreas Report include:

Along with 3 other settlers, they established the community of Culbertson in 1873.

Kleven was appointed as the first postmaster for the community.

In addition, he was a blacksmith and farmer.

The first birth (1874) in Culbertson was his son.

Doc – Kleven(3WISC).doc

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