Bailey, Hiram Sanford
Age: 33, credited to Jackson, MN
Unit(s): 2nd MN INF, 6th MN INF
Service: enl 6/17/61, Pvt, Co. A, 2nd MN INF, 2LT, CPT Co. C, 6th MN INF 8/16/62, MAJ 11/25/64, m/o 8/19/65, Fort Snelling MN
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Birth: 06/17/1829, Montgomery, VT
Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Jackson, MN
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Findagrave Memorial #: 35625588
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 1/17/1874; widow Jane R., 6/27/1901, MN
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Hiram Bailey was born 17 or 27 June 1829 in Montgomery, VT, the son of Richard and Sally M. Bailey. He attended schools in Montgomery and Waterville, and Bakersfield Academy. He married Jane R. Wheeler, at Richford, Vermont, on 10 March 1852, and in 1853 they moved to Dodge County, Wisconsin, and three years later to Fillmore County, Minnesota, where they lived until the outbreak of the Civil War.
Hiram enlisted 17 June 1861 as a private in Co. A, 2nd Minnesota Infantry, at Fort Snelling. The regiment was on garrison duty at Fort Ripley until September, when it was sent to Kentucky to guard railroad bridges near Lebanon Junction, having been involved at the battle of Mill Springs on 19 July.
Bailey was detailed to recruiting duty at Fort Snelling until 19 July 1862. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant, and ordered to raise a company for the 6th Minnesota Infantry. On 16 Aug 1862 he was commissioned Captain of Co. C just as an Indian war broke out on the Minnesota frontier. His company went to Fort Ridgely, was present in action at the battle of Birch Coolie on 3 September 1862, and Wook Lake on 23 September. Under Gen. Sibley at Camp Release, they recaptured about 300 white women from the Indians and took 500 Indian warriors prisoner. He served on the Board of commissioners to try the Indian prisoners in the spring of 1863, and engaged in several fights with Indians in June 1864. That month the regiment was sent to Helena, Arkansas; Bailey was promoted to Major in October. The regiment was sent to New Orleans in the spring of 1865. Bailey was present at the Mobile Bay campaign, at Spanish Fort, and Fort Blakeley, Alabama. On 26 March, six companies of the 6th Minnesota were present at a brisk skirmish at Sibley's Mills, and later participated in the siege of Fort Blakely, where, on 9 April, he was wounded. Bailey was discharged on 19 August 1865, at Fort Snelling.
After the war, he moved to Jackson County, Minnesota. The county's first election was held in his log cabin. He platted town of Jackson, promoted enterprises and settlement of the county. Among the various local positions he held were county commissioner, court commissioner, superintendent of schools, board of education, and justice of the peace.
He died in Jackson 20 April 1901.
Sources: Revised Roster; familysearch.org; Arthur P. Post, An Illustrated History of Jackson County Minnesota, (Northern History Publishing, Jackson, MN, 1910)