Minnesota Battle Flag Theodore C. Bardwell

Name: Theodore C. Bardwell
Company: A
Discharged for disability; died while en route home.
  • Date:  April 11, 1840
  • Place: Pennsylvania
Mustered In
  • Date: February 4, 1862
  • Rank: Private
  • Age: 21
  • Residence prior to military service: Pennsylvania; Utica, Winnebago County, Wisconsin; Mantorville Township, Dodge County, Minnesota
  • Vocation prior to military service: Farmer
  • Date: November 14, 1862
  • Place:  while en route home
  • Burial:  Milton Cemetery, Milton Township, Dodge County, Minnesota
Mustered Out
  • Date: October 28, 1862
  • Rank: Private
  • Age: 22

Theodore Bardwell Biography and Civil War Narrative

Theodore Bardwell was born April 11, 1840, in Pennsylvania. He was the son of Hiram (born January 2, 1805, in Pennsylvania) and Emma (born February 3, 1813, in New York) Bardwell. Hiram and Emma had at least eight children:
The 1850 U.S. Census shows the Hiram Bardwell family living in Utica, Winnebago County, Wisconsin. Hiram's occupation was listed as farmer. At the time of the 1860 U.S. Census, the Hiram Bardwell family had moved to and were farming in Mantorville Township, Dodge County, Minnesota.

Theodore's brother, Lemuel, and his cousin, Tracy Bardwell, both enlisted in the 5th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment on Thursday, December 19, 1861. On Tuesday, February 4, 1862, Theodore also enlisted as a Private in Company A of the 5th Minnesota.

On Saturday, May 24, 1862, Companies A, E, F, G, H, I, and K of the 5th Minnesota Volunteers reported to General John Pope near Corinth, Mississippi. Companies B, C, and D remained in Minnesota to serve garrison duty at Forts Ridgely, Ripley, and Abercrombie. Private Bardwell's Company A and the rest of the 5th Minnesota troops in the south were attached to the Second Brigade (Plummer), Second Division (Stanley) of the Right Wing (Rosecrans), Army of Mississippi. They were immediately put into action with the Siege of Corinth (May 26-30), where they engaged in fighting at Farmington, Mississippi on Wednesday, May 28.

Following the Battle of Farmington, Theodore Bardwell and his comrades were sent on "a succession of forced marches in an effort to outstrip and outflank a column of retreating rebels who had evacuated Corinth. The participants in that campaign will ever retain a vivid recollection of those terrible marches under the scorching rays of that Mississippi sun." (
Lucius F. Hubbard in Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars, Vol. I, p. 261). The regiment returned to the vicinity of Corinth, Mississippi on Thursday, June 12 and remained some time in Camp Clear Creek. Hubbard would later describe the conditions:

The regiment did not enjoy life much at Camp Clear Creek. It was an unhealthy locality. Disease lurked in the earth and in the air, and its seeds became implanted in the constitutions of many of the men. Since the war, the writer [Hubbard] has been much impressed, when furnishing certificates in support of applications for pensions made by members of the regiment, by the large proportion who trace their disability to disease contracted while on duty at Camp Clear Creek, Miss.

They participated in an expedition to Rienzi, Mississippi, from July 3 to August 18, after which they guarded the Memphis and Charleston Railroad at Tuscumbia, Alabama from August 22 to September 13. Returning to Mississippi, Bardwell's Company A was present at the Battle of Iuka on Friday, September 19, but was held in reserve along with the rest of the 5th Minnesota Regiment.

On Saturday, October 4, the 5th Minnesota played a critical role in turning back the Confederates at the Battle of Corinth. Whether or not Private Theodore Bardwell was healthy enough to participate in the Battle of Corinth is unknown. About three weeks later, on Tuesday, October 28, he was discharged for disability. While en route home on Friday, November 14, 1862, Theodore C. died. He was buried in Milton Cemetery, Milton Township, Dodge County, Minnesota. His brother, Lemuel, was also discharged for disability on December 9, 1862, but he recovered from his illness and returned to Minnesota.

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