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McDonald, Henry J.


Posted By: Daniel K. Higginbottom (email)
Date: 11/14/2014 at 16:26:52

McDONALD, H. J.-Farmer and stock-raiser, section. 17 (Madison Twp.), P. O. Polk City. Was born in Middlesex county, New Jersey, September 26, 1834, and was raised there, and also received his education in the schools of that State. When thirteen years of age, he engaged as accountant in a store, which he followed for some time, and then engaged in the mercantile business. At the outbreak of the war, he enlisted as a private, in company A, Eleventh regular Connecticut volunteers, July 5th, 1861, and served till January, 1866, and was made second lieutenant, at the battle of Newbern, and at the battle of Anteitem was promoted to first lieutenancy, and at Fredericksburg, as captain. Major at Fort Darling, and afterwards promoted to lieutenant-colonel, and was honorably discharged as such. He was a prisoner of war for thirteen months, and he also received the appointments of inspector-general and provost-marshal on N. M. Curtis' staff, and after the war he returned to New Jersey, where he remained for two years, and then came to his present home of 140 acres. He has held the offices of trustee and assessor of his township. His marriage was in New Jersey, August 19th, 1860, to Miss Carrie L. Tindell, of that State. They have one son, Harry, deceased, and one adopted daughter, Mary.

Source: "The History of Polk County, Iowa," p. 1031. Des Moines, Union Historical Company, 1880.


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