Featured Markers 2014
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Honoring Lansing A. Wilcox, Wisconsin’s Last Surviving Civil War Veteran
When he was born on March 3, 1846, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Lansing A. Wilcox brought with him into this world a legacy that would take more than 105 years to fulfill.
Before he was 18 years old, Lansing A. Wilcox had spent three years with Company F, 4th Wis. Calvary in Baton Rouge, LA. When the Civil War ended, he returned to Wisconsin with the rank of corporal.
After a few restless years of moving about, he finally settled in the Cadott area where he farmed, found work in a sawmill, taught school, and also served as village assessor. In 1902 he was appointed Cadott’s Postmaster, a position he held for 10 years.
He was a member of the GAR Post 183 in Cadott, where he became the last commander from 1946 to his death.
In 1942, when he was 96 years old, he married his fourth wife, 65-year-old Marie Duttle. By then, three other wives and a son had preceded him in death.
He lived his final 18 months at the Grand Army Home in King, Wisconsin, “waiting for the last trumpet to call me home”. On March 3, 1951, he celebrated his 105th birthday with his wife and many members of the Allied Orders of the G.A.R.
When he died September 29, 1951, he was one of five Civil War veterans in the nation, and Wisconsin’s last surviving Civil War Veteran.
Upon his death, he received a military escort from King to where he is now buried beside his first wife, Mary (1841-1926) and his son, at Brooklawn Cemetery in Cadott. An historical marker at the gravesite was erected in 1969.
Thank you, Corporal Wilcox for your service! Happy 168th Birthday!
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