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Vilas, Henry


Age: 0, credited to Chelsea, VT
Unit(s): 12th WI INF, 23rd WI INF
Service: enl, QMSGT, 12th WI INF, 11/7/61, pr SGTMAJ 5/1/62, comn 2LT 8/7/62, 1LT 2/26/63, CAPT 9/6/63, tr to Co. A, 23rd WI INF, Bvt MAJ for "gallant and meritorious service during the war."

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Birth: 05/24/1842, Chelsea, VT
Death: 11/21/1872

Burial: Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, WI
Marker/Plot: Not Recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 14524644


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, WI

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Henry Vilas

Henry was born in Chelsea, Orange county, Vermont, May 24, 1842.

He removed, with his father, to Madison, Wisconsin, in 1851. Graduated at the University of Wisconsin in 1861, (A. M. 1864), and at once enlisted in the volunteer army for the suppression of the rebellion in the southern states, leaving Camp Randall, at Madison, in the twelfth regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. At the close of the war, was mustered out as captain of company "A," twenty-third regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, being afterwards brevetted major by President Lincoln, for "gallant and meritorious service during the war."

An extended account of the movements of the different regiments with which he was connected will be found in Quiner's Military History of Wisconsin.

On his return from the war, he studied law, graduated in the Law Department of the University of Wisconsin in 1869, (LL. B.), and was admitted to the bar, and began practice at Madison, the same year.

In 1871, he was elected a member of the common council, but resigned in December of that year on removing to Appleton, Wisconsin, where he resided at the time of his decease. During his residence there, he held the office of city attorney.

He died at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Nov. 21, 1872, and was buried in the Forest Hill Cemetery, at Madison.

C. H. Vilas, editor, A Genealogy of the Descendants of Peter Vilas, (By the Editor, Madison, WI, 1875), pp. 156-157.