Joseph Dunn

Joseph Dunn was born 1843 Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, probably the son of Thomas (b. 1800) and Mary F. (b. 1802).

Joseph’s parents were both born in Ireland and presumably married there before immigrating to America sometime between 1831 and 1833 when they settled in New York. Between 1835 and 1838 they moved to Connecticut then on to Pennsylvania by 1843. The family remained in Pennsylvania for just a few years before emigrating westward and settling in Wisconsin between 1845 and 1848. By 1850 Joseph was attending school with two of his older siblings and living with his family in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, where his father worked as a laborer. By 1860 his parents and several siblings were living in Richfield, Washington County, Wisconsin. Before the war Joseph apparently worked in the lumber industry across the lake in Manistee, Manistee County, Michigan.

At some point before 1864 Joseph may have enlisted in the Fifth Wisconsin infantry, although this is by no means certain.

In any case, Joseph stood 5’7” with dark eyes, brown hair and a light complexion, and was a 21-year-old lumberman working in Manistee, Manistee County, when he enlisted at the age of 21 in Company I on February 6, 1864, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, crediting Manistee, and was mustered the same day. He joined the Regiment on February 17 at Camp Bullock, Virginia, and was wounded in the left side of his face probably on May 6, 1864, at the Wilderness, Virginia. He was admitted to Emory general hospital in Washington, DC, on May 11, and was probably a provost guard at Division headquarters when he was transferred to Company I, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864. He was mustered out on July 5, 1865, at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

It is not known if Joseph ever returned to Michigan. He did return to Wisconsin, and by 1890 he was living in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. Sometime around 1900 was a resident in the Northwestern Branch National Military Home in Milwaukee.

In 1880 Joseph applied for and received a pension (no. 458834). He was also a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association.

Joseph was probably a resident of the National Home in Milwaukee when he died on September 26, 1906, at the National Home and was buried in Wood National Cemetery in Milwaukee, section 16, grave no. 87.