Bio: Kellogg, John A. (1881)
Contact: crystal@wiclarkcountyhistory.org

Surnames: Kellogg, Quidor, Worthington

----Source: The History of Northern Wisconsin (Marathon County, Wis.) 1881, page 562

GEN. JOHN A. KELLOGG, Wausau, was born in Bethany, Wayne Co., Pa., March 16, 1828, and lived there until 1840, when the family came to Prairie du Sac, Sauk Co., Wis., where his father, Nathaniel Kellogg, died in the Fall of 1856, and his mother, Sarah Quidor Kellogg, died in 1854. John A. Kellogg lived in Prairie du Sac most of the time after his arrival until 1857; from 1853 to 1855, he was engaged in studying law at Madison; he was admitted to the Bar at Baraboo, Sauk County, in 1857, and commenced practice in Prairie du Sac. In the Summer of 1857, he moved to Mauston, Juneau County, living there until April, 1861, when he helped raise Co. K, 6th, Wis. V.I., and was commissioned first lieutenant at the organization of the company, May 3d, 1861; was promoted to captain, Dec. 18, 1864, and assigned to command of the iron brigade in February, 1865; made brigadier general by brevet, for highly meritorious service, April 9, 1866, with rank from April 9, 1865; discharged at Jeffersonville, Ind., July 14, 1865. He was in the battles of Rappahannock Station, Gainesville, second Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, first and second, Chancellorsville, Mine Run, Gettysburg, three days, July 1,2,3, Wilderness, May 5, Hatcher’s Run, Warren’s Raid, Boydton, Plank Road, High Bridge, Five Forks, Appomattox, and commanded the iron brigade that opened the battle of Appomattox. At the battle of the Wilderness, he was wounded and reported dead, but was taken prisoner May 5, 1864, and confined at Lynchburg, Va., then at Danville, Va., at Macon, Ga., then taken to Charleston, S.C., being there from July to Oct. 5, 1864. On the way to Charleston, he jumped from the train in the endeavor to escape, but was pursued by bloodhounds and recaptured, but while being transferred from Charleston to Columbia, he, with four others, escaped (near Branchville, S.C., Oct. 15, 1864), from the train, and finally reached the Federal lines at Calhoun, Ga., Oct. 26, 1864, having traveled a distance of 350 miles from the place where they escaped, and been followed by bloodhounds for eight days. General Kellogg was appointed Pension Agent at La Crosse, Wis., in 1866, and remained there until July, 1875, when he came to Wausau, having resigned his position as United States Pension Agent in April, 1875. He was District Attorney when he entered the service, and was a member of the Wisconsin State Senate in 1879 and 1880. He was married in Prairie du Sac, Oct. 5, 1852, to Adelaide Worthington, who was born in Huntington, Luzerne Co., Pa., and is a daughter of Thomas B. Worthington, who came to Wisconsin about 1849. They have three children – Ida D., Elsie W., and Stella L.

 

 


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