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Term: De Groat, Col. Charles H. (1838-1904)

Definition:

b. Cortland, New York, April 3,1838
d. Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, August 15, 1904

Charles H. De Groat was colonel of the 32nd Wisconsin Infantry during the Civil War and, afterward, a prominent Fond du Lac manufacturer.

Early Years

Charles H. De Groat was born on March 14, 1838, in upstate New York, and came west as a teenager. In 1852 he settled in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

Civil War

De Groat enlisted in Co. K, 1st Wisconsin Infantry, in September 1861. After a year, he returned to Fond du Lac to recruit a new company for a new regiment. He raised Co. A, 32nd Wisconsin Infantry, with men from the Fond du Lac area and was elected its captain. He was promoted to major in April 1863 and became colonel on July 27, 1864, during the Siege of Atlanta.

The 32nd Infantry left Oshkosh on September 30, 1862. It served in and around Memphis, Tennessee, for the next year. As Union forces pushed south, De Groat helped lead it through various small battles in Tennessee and Georgia until the Siege of Atlanta during the summer of 1864.

After Atlanta fell, De Groat was responsible for pacifying neighboring regions of Georgia. He then joined Sherman’s March to the Sea in the fall of 1864. He commanded his regiment as it crossed the South, turned north from Savannah, Georgia, and occupied North Carolina. He was brevetted a brigadier general on March 13, 1865, and mustered out on June 12th.

Postwar Life

After returning to Wisconsin, De Groat farmed for a year.  He then moved into Fond du Lac in 1866, serving as county clerk for four years. He moved west to Salt Lake City from 1870-1874. In 1874 he returned to Wisconsin. He ran several companies in succession that manufactured engines, mill machinery, and agricultural implements. On August 11, 1904, DeGroat died in Fond du Lac.

Links to Learn More

History of the 32nd Infantry from E.B. Quiner's book, "Military History of Wisconsin" (Chicago, 1866)

View original documents about Col. Charles De Groat

[Source: Fond du Lac Reporter, August 16, 1904 and November 3, 1932; Proceedings, State Historical Society of Wisconsin (Madison, 1905): vol. 52, page; E.B. Quiner, The Military History of Wisconsin (Chicago, 1866)]

124 records found

Dablon (D'Ablon), Fr. Claude, 1619-1697.
Dafoe, Willem 1955 -
Daggett, Samuel Slater 1812 - 1868
Dahl, Andreas Larsen, 1844-1923
Dahl, Ole Rasmussen, 1817 - 1882
Dahl, Theodor Halvorson 1845 - 1923
Dahle, Herman Bjorn 1855 - 1920
Dailey, Jr., Paul 1915
Dailey, Lt. Col. Dennis B. (1840-1898)
Daland, William Clifton 1860 - 1921
Daly, Tyne 1946 -
Damann, Theodore 1869 - 1946
Damon, Harold E. 1885
Dandeneau, Marcel 1931
Dane, Nathan, 1752-1835.
Danes in Wisconsin
Daniells, William Willard 1840 - 1912
Daniels, Edward 1828 - 1916
Daniels, Newell 1828 - 1904
Dankoler, Harry Edward 1863 - 1955
Darling, Alberta 1944
Darling, Mason C. 1801 - 1866
Darms, John Martin George 1873 - 1946
Davidson, James Henry 1858 - 1918
Davidson, James O. 1854 - 1922
Davidson, John Nelson 1848 - 1945
Davidson, Thomas 1828 - 1895
Davidson, William Fuson ["Commodore"] 1825 - 1887
Davies, John Eugene 1839 - 1900
Davis, Glenn R. 1914 - 1988
Davis, J. Mac 1952
Davis, Jefferson (in Wisconsin)
Davis, John Jefferson 1852 - 1937
Dawes, Col. Rufus R. (1838-1899)
Day, Laurence J. 1913
Day, Roland B. 1919
De Groat, Col. Charles H. (1838-1904)
de Langlade, Charles
De Peyster, Arent Schuyler, 1736 - 1822
De Weerdt, Esther Hurley [Mrs. Ole N.] 1892 - 1953
Dean, Robert W. 1923
Dearholt, Hoyt E. 1879 - 1939
Decker, Russell S. 1953
Decorah family
Decorah, Old, 1746?-1836, Ho-Chunk chief
Decorah, One-Eyed, 1772?-1864, Ho-Chunk chief
Decorah, Spoon, 1730?-1816?, Ho-Chunk chief
Decorah, Waukon, 1780?-1868, Ho-Chunk chief
Deer, Ada, 1935 --
Deering, A.A. 1888
Deininger, David G. 1947
Deitz (Dietz), John F. 1861 - 1924
Dekoven, James 1831 - 1879
Delong, Delmar E. 1931
Delwiche, Edmond Joseph 1874 - 1950
Dempsey, Chester E. 1896
Dempsey, Edward Joseph 1878 - 1956
Densmore, James 1820 - 1889
Derenthal, Oderic Ignaz 1856 - 1934
Derleth, August, 1909 - 1971
Desmond, Humphrey Joseph 1858 - 1932
Dessert, Joseph 1819 - 1910
Deuster, Peter Victor 1831 - 1904
Devitt, James C. 1929
Dewey, Nelson 1813 - 1889
Dicke, Peter Henry 1822 - 1911
Dickson, Robert 1765 - 1823
Dieterich, William Herbert 1897
Dietrichson, Johannes Wilhelm Christian 1815 - 188
Dietz, Carl [Petrius?] 1875 - 1957
Dilweg, Gary T. 1937
Dingee, William W. 1831 - 1919
Dionesopulos, Frank G. 1935
Disciples of Christ in Wisconsin
Dixon, Luther Swift 1825 - 1891
Doar, William Thomas 1882 - 1952
Dobyns, John P. 1944
Dodd, John Morris 1866 - 1950
Dodge, Henry 1782 - 1867
Dodge, Joseph Thompson 1823 - 1904
Dodge, Joshua Eric 1854 - 1921
Doe, Joseph Bodwell 1855 - 1925
Doer, Clifford E. 1920
Doerfler, Christian 1862 - 1934
Doll, William De Berge 1897 - 1945
Domschke, Bernard ["Domschcke","Bernhard"] 1827 -
Donald, John Sweet 1869 - 1934
Donnelly, Davis A. 1927
Donoghue, Sheehan 1943
Donohue, Jerry Jr. 1885 - 1943
Doolittle, James Rood 1815 - 1897
Dorff, Eugene 1930
Dorman, Henry
Dorr, Clifford E. 1920
Doty, James Duane 1799 - 1865
Doud, Reuben G. 1830 - 1877
Doudna, Edgar George 1877 - 1948
Dousman, Hercules Louis 1800 - 1868
Dousman, John Barrickman 1807 - 1868
Downer, Jason 1813 - 1883
Doyle, Jessica Laird, 1945-
Doyle, Jim 1945
Draheim, William A. 1898
Draper, Lyman Copeland 1815 - 1891
Dreyfus, Lee Sherman 1926-2008
Drzewiecki, Gary F. 1954
Dubay [Dube), John Baptiste 1810 - 1887
Dubuque, Julien, 1762-1810
Ducharme, Dominique 1765 - 1853
Dudgeon, Matthew Simpson 1871 - 1949
Dueholm, Robert M. 1945
Duff, Marc C. 1961
Duffey, Thomas J. 1927
Dugdale, Robert Iliff 1868 - 1956
Duggar, Benjamin Minge 1872 - 1956
Duluth [Dulhut], Daniel Greysolon Sieur 1636 - 171
Dunn, Charles 1799 - 1872
Duren, Joanne M. 1931
Durkee, Charles 1805 - 1870
Durward, Bernard Isaac 1817 - 1902
Dutch in Wisconsin
Dutton, Brother Joseph 1843 - 1931
Dwinnell, Soloman Ashley 1812 - 1879
Dykstra, Clarence Addison 1883 - 1950

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