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FREEMAN, WILBERT (Civil War Record & Bio)


Posted By: Linda Linn (email)
Date: 11/11/2009 at 20:31:39

Name: Wilbert S. Freeman
Residence: Sycamore, Illinois
Age at Enlistment: 16
Enlistment Date: 20 Feb 1864
Rank at enlistment: Private
State Served: Illinois
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company B, Illinois 8th Cavalry Regiment on 24 Feb 1864.
Promoted to Full Bugler.
Mustered out on 17 Jul 1865 at Benton Barracks, St Louis, MO.

Birth Date: 6 Jun 1847
Sources: Illinois: Roster of Officers and Enlisted Men
Iowa Department of the Grand Army of the Republic

Wilbert S. Freeman was a native of the Green Mountain State, having been born at Essex, Vermont, on June 6, 1847. When eight years of age he moved with his parents to Illinois where he was residing at the time of the outbreak of the Civil War. Although still a lad of tender years, he enlisted and served as a musician in Company B. Eighth Illinois Cavalry. Upon the completion of his military service, he returned to Illinois and remained there until March, 1869, when he came to Iowa and settled in Plymouth County where he continued to reside until the end of his career in February, 1930.
From 1884 until 1887 Mr. Freeman served as recorder of Plymouth County, and during the years from 1906 to 1915 he served as postmaster at Le Mars. During all the years of his residence in Iowa he was interested in local political affairs and came to be a man widely known and highly respected in the community in which he lived.
Comrade Freeman was a charter member of Mower Post No. 91, of the Grand Army of the Republic, organized at Le Mars on August 26, 1882. He served in various offices of that Post. On June 6, 1923, at the Annual State Encampment at Fort Dodge, he was elected Senior Vice Department Commander, and two days later upon the death of Commander W. W. Gist, he became Department Commander.
Source: The Iowa Department of the Grand Army of the Republic page 153


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