Levi Blanchard, foreground, a member of the Ben Sheldon
G. A. R. Post in Brandon.
Civil War Veterans
ROSENDALE MEMORIAL DAY, 1916
Information courtesy of Neil Giffey; photo from Carrie Griffith's and Harriet
Scheid's 1974 history of Rosendale, courtesy of Neil Giffey and Betty Dahlke.
Rosendale area veterans posed for this photograph following the village's Memorial Day
parade in 1916. Pictured from left to right in front of the UCC church residence are:
John Giffey: Pvt. Co. H, 35th Wis Vol. Inf., credited to Lamartine, enlisted in Fond du
Volney Brown: Pvt. Co. B, 1st Wis. Cav., 8/27/1864-7/19/1865
Lee (Levi P.) Blanchard, Pvt. Co I, 2nd Wis. Cav., enlisted in Herman,
Clark C. Kenyon: Cpl. Co. H, 32nd Wis. Vol. Inf., enlisted in and credited to
Herman Giffey: Pvt. 17th Wis. Vol. Inf., from Springvale, enlisted in Richfield,
Washington Co., 10/4/1864-7/14/1865
Neil Giffey provides the following information about his grandfather, Herman Giffey:
Pvt. 17th WI Vol. Infantry, enl, from town of Richfield, Washington Co.Oct 4, 1864 M.
O. July 14, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky. "Were assigned to 17th WI Vol. Infantrybut
never joined the regiment; they were temporarily attached to the Dept. of the Cumberland,
and at the Battle of Kingston [Kinston], N. C. Mar. 10, 1865 they, under command of Col.
C. J. Upham, 15th Conn.Vol. Inf. were mostly killed, captured or wounded; nothing further
is known respecting them." [From remarks on M. O. Roll of Detachment, dated July 14,
Herman Giffey was was wounded and captured at Kinston and was held as a prisoner of war
in Libby Prison, Richmond.
Following the war, Giffey was a member of the Ben Sheldon GAR Post in Brandon and
later became Commander of the Post.