Charles Lindquist

Company C, 42nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry

Charles Lindquist was born in Sweden , November 5, 1833. He grew to manhood in the land of his birth, and emigrated to this country in the spring of 1859, settling at first at Andover, Illinois.  On August 22, 1861, he enlisted in Co. C, 42nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and at the expiration of his enlistment, he re enlisted January 1, 1864, as a veteran in the same company, was promoted to Corporal, and honorably discharged at Springfield, Illinois January 12, 1866. The 42nd Illinois Infantry participated in the battles of New Madrid, Island No. 10, Siege of Corinth, Farmington, Columbia, Stone River,  Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Rocky Face Ridge, Recaca, Adairsville, Dallas, Kenesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, Siege of Atlanta, Jonesboro, Lovejoy, Spring Hill, Franklin, Nashville and minor battles.

He was wounded three different times during the war; at Farmington by a gunshot wound in both legs, May 9, 1862, and confined in the Regimental hospital there for some time; at Stone River by a gunshot in the thigh; and at Recaca, where he was wounded in the breast by a shell, breaking two bones. At Stone River he was also captured and confined in Libby Prison thirty-one days, receiving his parole February10, 1863. He had also been confined in the hospital at St. Louis in November 1861, on account of fever. His army service extended over four and a half years, and he was always interesting at the annual campfires with happy descriptions of the varied experiences he had endured in his long and active participation in the great civil conflict. After his discharge from the service, he returned to Andover, Illinois where he married on February 14, 1866, to Mary S. Johnson, who died March 16, 1872, after a happy married life of six years, He was again married to Josephine Francin, who died February 11, 1877. He was the father of seven children, four sons and a daughter by his first marriage, and two daughters by his second marriage. One son, August, preceded him in death April 19, 1916. The others, Jonas A. Lindquist of Gowrie, Iowa; Mary Lindquist of Dayton, Iowa; C. E. Lindquist; G. L. Lindquist and Sara Lindquist, all of Fort Dodge, Iowa and Mrs. C. A. Christopherson of Knierm, Iowa, survive with eleven grandchildren, a great grandchild, two brothers and two sisters to mourn his passing. In 1893 he came to Dayton, Iowa. For many years he had been Secretary of the Scandinavian Insurance Company.

He passed away at his home in Dayton, Iowa February1, 1919, at the ripe age of 85 years, 3 months, and 12 days.   At his funeral an escort of returned soldier boys accompanied his remains, six of them acting as pallbearers. He was laid to rest in the Dayton Cemetery, Dayton, Iowa.

Submitted by Dean Lindquist

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