Greetings from Montreal.
My name is Bradford Dean and I only just begun researching my family history on my father's side who were for the most part farmers with large families. My great great grandfather Henry Dean was born in Newfoundland and moved to Maine, then moved again to Wisconsin, Portage county, where he had 8 children, the first born Benjamin was 18 in the census of 1860. As many young farmers in Wisconsin he answered the call for volunteers by the new President Abraham Lincoln. Benjamin volunteered into the 16th Wisconsin regiment, company H. He took part in the battle of Shiloh and was reported missing April 6. He was taken prisoner and was held in Macon Georgia where he died shortly thereafter in August 4. Quite probably he died of disease. His grave is as yet unknown to me and I have to wonder how hard the news must have been for his parents or even if they knew where to find his remains.
I've read the battle of Shiloh as of yesterday with special attention given to the fate of the Wis 16th where my great grand uncle fought and bled among those who still remained in Prentiss' withering division all of whom he must have regarded as his friends. His younger brother Alexander of 3 years, my great grandfather, could not have remembered him. In fact no one mentioned we had a civil war combatant when growing up. Maybe his loss was too painful to mention by his immediate family. I'm grateful nevertheless to learn about him and perhaps to be able to be the first to locate his grave and pay homage and to thank him for his service.