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Odd Wisconsin Archive

A Pioneer Thanksgiving

In the township of Alto, in Fond du Lac County, a starving family truly had something to be grateful for in November 1850. In this memoir, James Pond recalls the destitution he and his family faced one Thanksgiving in his childhood, and how relief appeared from a most unexpected quarter.

Pond went on to fight as a teenager with the Abolitionists in "Bloody Kansas," served as a lieutenant in Wisconsin's 3rd Cavalry during the Civil War, and won the Congressional Medal of Honor for fighting back against the massacre at Baxter's Springs on October 6, 1863.

:: Posted in Curiosities on November 20, 2012
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