Mazomanie honors one of their own

Charles Francis Moulton

Last month there was a dedication ceremony for a Last Soldier Marker, for Charles F. Moulton, 40th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment, from the Civil War, in the Mazomanie Cemetery.

Here is his story.


Charles Francis Moulton first enlisted from Mazomanie as a musician on May 13, 1864 in Company K of the 40th Wisconsin Infantry. His Uncle Henry served in the same unit at the same time. Charles’ term expired on September 16, 1864 and he reenlisted three days later from Caledonia, WI as a Private in Company F of the 1st Heavy Artillery Regiment of Wisconsin. His father, Stillman Moulton served in the same unit at the same time, both mustering out on June 26, 1865. Charles was born May 20, 1849 in Rochester Township, Racine County, WI, the oldest son of Mary Jane Jones and Stillman Moulton. The 1850 US Census finds the one year old living there with his parents. After the war he returned to Mazomanie and was a 21 year old stonemason with his father there at the 1870 US Census. Charles married Maine-born Lucy Mitchell (1853-1932) in Mazomanie on October 30, 1879. He was a Mazomanie insurance agent in 1880. Then he was a hardware salesman in Madison (1900), Ashland (1910) and Watertown, WI (1920). He was very active in the Wisconsin Grand Army of the Republic. Charles was also a Dane County, WI sheriff and served as sergeant-of-arms in the Wisconsin Assembly in Madison. He died in Milwaukee on January 30, 1940. Charles is buried in the Mazomanie Cemetery. Lucy and Charles had one child, son Frank.

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