Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Lawrence Wilson. Soldier Creek, Larned, Glasso Topeka, Kan.

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Lawrence Wilson was born September 2, 1842, in Southington, Trumbull County, Ohio. Farmer boy. Educated in common schools, with exception of a term in Calkins's Commercial College at Oberlin, Ohio.

He enlisted at Perry, Lake County, Ohio, on April 22, 1 861 ; entered Camp Taylor at Cleveland in "Wright's Guards," on the 25th, where the company disbanded April 30; services not accepted. Again enlisted at Painesville, Ohio, June 3, 1861, for a term of three years. Left for Camp Dennison on the 5th ; arrived on the 6th ; assigned to Company D, Seventh Regiment Ohio Infantry, on the 7th, and mustered in on June 19, 1861. Served as private to April I, 1862; as corporal to February 5, 1863; as sergeant to October i, 1863, and as first sergeant to date of discharge.

He participated in battles at Cross Lanes, Virginia, August 26, 1861 ; Kernstown, Virginia, March 23; Port Republic, Virginia, June 9; Cedar Mountain, Virginia. August 9, and Dumfries, Virginia, December 27, 1862 ; Chancellorsville, Virginia, May i, 2 and 3; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July I, 2, and 3, and Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, Tennessee, and Ringgold, Georgia, November 24, 25, and 27, 1863; Resaca and Dallas, Georgia, May 15 and 25, 1864. At battle of Port Republic was struck by missile in right breast, causing a severe contusion; shot through left arm above elbow, in left breast, and right foot at Cedar Mountain, and in right hand at Ringgold.  Pensioned for three gunshot wounds received in battle. He was discharged with his company, July 7, 1864, at Cleveland Ohio, on expiration of term of service.

He was married May 4, 1870, in Washington, D. C, to Miss Mary L. Abbott, of Painesville, Ohio, and four children, one son and three daughters, were born to them.

He was employed as a clerk in the U. S. Treasury Department from March 9, 1865, to June 30, 1870. Gradiialccl in Medical Dcpailinciit of Georgetown College, D. C, class of 1870; practiced medicine and prosecuted claims against the United States until May. 1877; moved to Kansas ; located cattle ranch on Soldier Creek, Comanche County, and was postmaster at Soldier Creek, and resided there until January. 1884; was medical adviser and attendant for his neighbor ranchmen far and near ; located in Larned, Kansas, in drug store until February. 1885; served as agent of Bureau of Animal Industry, U. S. Department of Agriculture, until October, 1885; notary public and real estate and livestock agent until elected mayor of the city of Larned in the springy of 1887; to Glasco, Kansas; president of the Glasco Flouring Mill Company, and operated flouring mill there from October, 1887, until October, 1888; to Topeka. Kansas, and Assistant Adjutant-General, Department of Kansas (with Oklahoma and Indian Territories attached). Grand Army of the Republic, until March. 1890; to Washington, D. C, and reappointed in Treasury Department. May 30. 1890; transferred to the Department of the Interior. September 26, 1890; promoted to medical examiner. June 19, 1897, where yet employed, in the Medical Division of the U. S. Bureau of Pensions.

He is a Mason ; a member of the Soldiers' and Sailors Alliance, of Washington, D. C, and of the Grand Army of  the Republic, and was president of the Twentieth Army Corps Association, and presided at the reunions of that organization during the National Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic at Saint Paul in 1896; at Buffalo, in 1897; at Cincinnati, in 1898, and at Philadelphia, in 1899. when further election as president was declined. Resides at Woodside, Maryland.

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