Pvt Frank E. Dano
Frank E. Dano name: Dano, Frank E.
aka:  Dano, Francis E 
Rank: Pvt 
Branch: Union 
Regiment: Co. B, 12th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry
Cemetery: Oakhill Cemetery, Janesville, Rock, Wisconsin 
Sec-plot: 141-5-1 
Service: 9/4/1861 - 7/16/1865
Birth: 2/16/1810 Suffolk, Boston, Massachusetts
Death: 1/6/1895 Janesville, Rock, Wisconsin
Notes: His wife was Saraphina Palmer (married 14 Aug 1831), headstone as ''Rorey'' who died 2 Jul 1884 also in Janesville.  
 
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Francis Dano, of Janesville, one of the pioneer settlers of Rock County, of 1844, is a native of Boston, Mass., born Feb. 16, 1810. His father, Francis Dano, was a native of France, and when a young man emigrated to Boston, where he married Miss Betsey Vose, a native of that city, an a daughter of Emeliah Vose. Her father was a soldier in the War of the Revolution, and was commissioned officer under Gen. Washington. The family is of English descent, and was founded in this country during the early days of New England history. In fact, Boston has been the home of the VOSE family for many generations, and numerous are its representatives, who still reside in that city.

Francis Dano Sr., and his wife removed from Boston to Vermont, when our subject was a lad of four years, and settled in the city of Vergennes. There they resided for many years until after the mother's death, when the father removed to another part of the State, where his own death occurred. They were the parents of four children, two sons and two daughters, though our subject is the only one now living. The other members of the family were Eliza, who died in early life; Jane, (deceased) wife of a Mr. Richards, of Rock County; William died in Sauk County, Wis., in the fall of 1886, leaving a family of seven children.

When fifteen years of age our subject was apprenticed to the trade of a blacksmith, which he made his principal occupation while residing in the East. On the 14th day of August, 1831, in Waybridge, Vt., Mr. Dano was united in marriage Sarahphina Palmer, a native of the Green Mountain State. About two years after their marriage they removed to Monroe County, N.Y., where Mr. Dano worked at his trade. A number of years having passed, in which he accumulated a few hundred dollars as the result of his labor, he resolved to come West and invest it in real estate, where land was cheaper than in the older and more settles States of the East. Receiving favorable accounts of Rock County, Wis., from neighbors and friends, who had made this county their home, he decided to make Janesville his objective point, and the autumn of 1844, found him in this city, then a hamlet containing about 400 inhabitants. The methods of traveling forty-five years ago were quite different from the present luxurious mode. Mr. Dano accompanied by his wife and three children, left his home in Ogden, Monroe Co., N.Y., going by way of the Erie Canal to Buffalo, and then by steamer around the Lakes to Milwaukee, whence he transferred his family and effects by team to Janesville.

The journey which can now be accomplished in a day then required a week. After arriving in this city, Mr. Dano engaged in blacksmithing, which he has followed in connection with various other occupations continuously since. His wife who accompanied him on this tedious journey and who shared with him the trials and privations of pioneer life, and for over fifty-seven years was a true helpmate to him, died July 2, 1884. They were the parents of four children, namely: Jane Ann, who is now the widow of Garrett Ostrander; Francis E.; Ellen V., wife of O. E. Newton; and Ernest A., the youngest of the family.

On the 30th day of November, 1885, Mr. Dano was married to Mrs. Eunice PAYNE, widow of Charles Howard Payne. Her maiden name was Eunice Preston, daughter of Charles and Betsy (Blanding) Preston, and she was born in the town of Hopewell, Ontario Co., N.Y. For many years she resided in Corning, N.Y., and in 1862 came to Janesville. The following year, she wedded Mr. Payne, who died in May, 1884.

For the long period of forty-five years, Mr. Dano has been a resident of Janesville, and has witnessed its growth from a mere village to one of Wisconsin's most prosperous and growing cities. In early life, in his political sentiments, he supported the Whig party, but when the Republican party was formed, joined that organization, with which he has since been identified. In religious belief, Mr. Dano and wife are Baptists, and have long been connected with the church of that name. Thus we have given a brief sketch of one of Janesville's oldest and most highly esteemed citizens, who is well worthy a place in the permanent record of the old settlers of Rock County.

Source: The Portrait and Biographical Album of Rock County, Wis. (c)1889, pp. 224-225


  12th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry1

Organized in Madison, Wis., October 18 to December 13, 1861. Left State for Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, January 11, 1862. At Weston, Mo., till February 15. Reach Fort Leavenworth February 16. Attached to Dept. of Kansas to June, 1862. District of Columbus, Ky., Dept. of the Tennessee, to October, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 4th Division, District of Jackson, Tenn., to November, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 4th Division, Right Wing 13th Army Corps (Old), Dept. of the Tennessee, to December, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 4th Division, 17th Army Corps, to January. 1863. 3rd Brigade, 4th Division, 16th Army Corps. to July, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 4th Division, 13th Army Corps, to August, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 4th Division, 17th Army Corps, to April, 1864. 1st Brigade, 4th Division, 17th Army Corps, to July. 1864. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 17th Army Corps, to July, 1865.

March from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Scott, Kansas, March 1-7, 1862, and duty there till March 27. Ordered to Lawrence, Kansas, March 27, thence to Fort Riley April 20 and to Fort Leavenworth May 27. Moved to St. Louis, Mo., thence to Columbus, Ky., May 29-June 2. Repairing Mobile & Ohio Railroad and duty at Union City and Humboldt, Tenn., till October 1. Moved to Bolivar October 1 and duty there till November 2. Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign, operations on the Mississippi Central Railroad, November 2, 1862, to January 10, 1863. Reconnoissance from La Grange toward Hilly Springs November 8, 1862. Moved to Lumpkin's Mills December 24, thence march to Colliersville, Tenn., via Holly Springs, Moscow and Lafayette, and guard duty along Memphis & Charleston Railroad till March 14, 1863. Moved to Memphis and duty there till May. Expedition to Coldwater River April 18-24. Hernando April 18. Perry's Ferry, Coldwater River, April 19. Ordered to Vicksburg, Miss., May 11. Siege of Vicksburg , Miss., May 22-July 4. Advance on Jackson, Miss., July 4-10. Siege of Jackson July 10-17. Duty at Vicksburg till August 15. Ordered to Natchez, Miss., August 15, and duty there till November 22. Expedition to Harrisonburg September 1-8. Near Harrisonburg and capture of Fort Beauregard September 4. Ordered to Vicksburg, Miss., November 22 and duty there till February, 1864. Meridian Campaign February 3-March 2. Champion's Hill and Bolton's Depot February 4. Canton February 29. Veterans on furlough till May. Non-veterans on duty at Vicksburg till April, then join Regiment at Cairo, Ill. Moved to Clifton, Tenn., May 5-14, thence march to Ackworth, Ga., via Huntsville and Decatur, Ala., and Rome, Ga., May 14-June 8. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 8 to September 8. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Nickajack Creek July 2-5. Howell's Ferry July 5. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Nickajack Creek July 6-8. Leggett's or Bald Hill July 20-21. Atlanta July 22. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. FACE="Courier Ezra Chapel, July 28. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro , August 31-September 1. Lovejoy Station September 2-6. Operations against Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama September 30-November 3. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. Pocotaligo, S. C., January 14. Salkehatchie Swamp, February 2-5. Binnaker's Swamp, South Edisto River, February 9. Orangeburg February 11-12. Columbia February 16-17. Battle of Bentonville, N. C., March 19-21. Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 10-14. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D. C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 19. Grand Review May 24. Moved to Louisville, Ky., June. Mustered out July 20, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 3 Officers and 93 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 Officers and 224 Enlisted men by disease. Total 323.

1 Source: National Park Service, Soldiers and Sailors System; "A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion" by Frederick H. Dyer,Cosmas; An Army for Empire : The United States Army in the Spanish American War by A. Graham, (Shippensburg, PA: White Mane Publishing Co., 1993).

 
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