Saturday, December 4, 2010

Col. William F. Cloud.

William F. Cloud.

Birth: 1825, Champaign County, Ohio.
Death: Mar. 4, 1905, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri.
Burial: Park Cemetery, Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, Plot: Block 13 Lot 24 Space 10.

Wife was Elizabeth Howard Cloud (1829 - 1879).
Children: Clara H Cloud (1858 - 1880.

Tenth Regiment Kansas Volunteers - Infantry
Field and Staff

Colonel Cloud William F., Home Emporia, Mustered in March 28, 1862 ,Transferred to 2d K. V. C. June 1, 1862.

The name of Col. William F. Cloud is written in history as that of a brave soldier. When the war with Mexico began he enlisted at Columbus, Ohio and marched from St. Louis to the City of Mexico. After that war he went to Michigan and from there to Emporia, Kansas, about the year 1859. At the breaking out of the Civil War he joined the Second Kansas Infantry with the rank of Major. The enlistments were for three months, which time was spent in skirmishes in Kansas and South Missouri. He was in the battle of Wilson's Creek near Springfield. Later he was transferred to the Second Kansas Cavalry and made it's Colonel - the rank he held throughout the remainder of the war.

During 1862 the regiment was in Missouri, Arkansas and the Indiana Territory. Engagements were fought at Marysville, Cane Hill, Prairie Grove, Cross Hollows and Van Buren, near Fort Smith, Arkansas. Here Col. Cloud led a raid in which five steamboats were burned at the landing. From that point the regiment marched to Springfield, Missouri. The spring of '63 found them at Fort Gibson, Indian Territory. Here the Confederate forces and a number of Indianas had surrounded an Indian agent, who had a large amount of money for the payment of annuities to various indian tribes. With five hundred men, Colonel Cloud dashed through the lines of the enemy, over 15,000 strong, rescued the agent and carried off the four strong boxes containing the money. He escorted the train containing the money from Fort Gibson to Leavenworth. Colonel Cloud was transferred in January 1865 to command detachments sent against marauding Indians in Western Kansas and the Indian Territory. On January 10, 1865 he was mustered out of service.

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