Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
Purdy, Helen M.
Charlotte Owisconsin Van Cleve, pp. 16-17 PDF (402.2 KB)
child to be born in the state. The officers of the fort welcomed the little stranger and were the ones who be- stowed the name of Owisconsin on the newcomer. She was called the daughter of the regiment. Some years later her father was ordered to Fort Winnebago, leaving the daughter in school at St. Louis. Later she came to the fort, arriving just at sunset and the flag was being lowered. A fine looking soldier was lowering the flag. Enquiring of her father who the fine looking soldier was, she was told it was Lieutenant Van Cleve. Two years later she became his wife and enjoyed a long happy wed- ded life. Lieutenant Van Cleve was a gallant officer in the Civil war, became a Colonel of the 2nd Minnesota and retired with the rank of Major General. Their home for many years was at Minneapolis, yet she always looked back to Wisconsin as her early home. Her life was devoted to good works. She was a teacher, author and philanthropist. Her noble deeds have been a blessing to every community where her lot had been cast. She was married to Lieutenant Van Cleve March 22, 1836 at Fort Winnebago. In 1897 Mrs. Van Cleve visited Portage by invita- tion of the ladies and was taken to the spot where Fort Winnebago once stood and drank from the same well which so many years before furnished water for the fort, and which is still in use. She was disappointed to find the old fort had entirely disappeared, even the flag staff was missing where she first saw the young officer who became her husband two years later. One of her books "Three Score Years and Ten" tells of the arrival at Fort Winnebago where kind friends gave them a hearty welcome and where she spent several happy years. The last years of her life were spent with her son at Minneapolis. I have not been able to learn the date of her death. Her father, Major Nathan Clark died at Fort Winnebago, was buried in the cemetery there and afterwards taken to Connecticut. 17 4 I
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