Brig. General James Bintliff
James Bintliff name: Bintliff, James
Rank: Brig. General 
Branch: Union 
Regiment: Co. G - F & S, 38th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry
Cemetery: Oakhill Cemetery, Janesville, Rock, Wisconsin 
Sec-plot: 125-8 
Service: 8/1/1862 - 6/26/1865
Birth: 1824 Yorkshire, England
Death: 3/16/1901 Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Notes: His mother was Maria (Hanson) Bintliff, born 5/19/1790, died 9/3/1880 in Janesville. By the time James arrives in Wisconsin, his mother appears to be a widow. His father's name was Gershan. Brother's Gershan and Albert also served in the war. Gershan is buried in Hennepin County, MN, GAR Cemetery, section 16-89-10 and Albert in the family plot in Janesville. His wife was Harriett Snok who was born in 1830 and died in 1927. His son James Wilkins Bintliff, also buried in the family plot, was born in 1857 and died in 1882. The 1860 and 1870 census shows James and family in Monroe, Green County , 1860 as an attorney, 1870 as a merchant selling books. Son Edward was born about 1840 in New York. On Dec 27 1877, daughter Ida married Lonzo Searles Morrill in Monroe. Brother Gershan married Mary C Perrine on Sep 20 1855 in Monroe. 
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James Bintliff

Monroe Sentinel (Green County Wisconsin)
Aug. 27, 1862

Early on Monday morning, an immense crowd of people assembled in the public square to take leave of their friends in Captain Bintliff’s company which was to leave for camp at 8:00. The company formed in front of McKey’s Hall at 7:15 and after answering to their names they were marched to the depot where a special train was waiting for them. Their friends accompanied them to the cars, unwilling to leave them until compelled by necessity. The parting scenes were very affecting—not that many tears were shed but firmly compressed lips and quivering nerves of the face showed emotions deep and sacred. The Monroe Brass Band was present and played a solemn farewell air as the cars moved slowly off. The company goes to camp at Racine by way of Milwaukee.

Monroe Sentinel (Green County Wisconsin)
October 22, 1862

A letter received from Capt. Bintliff by his family on Monday evening, Oct. 12 states that they were marching southward and had left Williamstown about forty miles from Cincinnati. The members of his company were enjoying general good health. As this letter was written four days after the Battle of Perryville, our readers will see that the rumor of Captain Bintliff’s being killed in that battle has no foundation. The dead man was a Captain Bentley of the 21st Regiment.

The Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh Wisconsin)
March 18, 1901

The death is announced in Chicago of James Bintliff, a former well known Wisconsin man. He settled in Monroe of this state in 1851, was a banker and editor of the Milwaukee* Sentinel for a time, entered the Army in 1861 and became a Brigadier General, and after the war, located at Janesville where for eight years he edited the Janesville Gazette. In 1878 he moved to Darlington and edited the Republican at that place until he disposed of it to J.G. Monahan. General Bintliff was a man of much force of character and had held many official places or trust and responsibility. He was a native of Yorkshire England, where he was born in 1824.

* This should read Monroe Sentinel

Soldier, newspaperman, politician, b. near Halifax, England. He moved to New York in 1842, and came to Green County in 1851. He was co-editor of the Monroe Sentinel (1860-1865), the Janesville Daily Gazette (1870-1877), and the Darlington Republican (1878-1885). During the Civil War he rose from the rank of captain of the 22nd Wisconsin Volunteer Regiment to that of brevet brigadier general. He was a delegate to the Republican conventions of 1868 and 1872. In 1876 he was appointed to the state board of health and served until 1883; he was also a member of the state board of supervision, governing charitable, reformatory, and penal institutions (1881-1886). Hist. of Green Co., (Springfield, Ill., 1884); E. B. Quiner, Military Hist. of Wis. (Chicago, 1866); Monroe Sentinel, Mar. 20, 1901.

Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography

His home in Monroe (723 18th Ave., Monroe ) is in the Natioanl Register of Historic Places.

Enlisted as a Captain on 11 August 1862 at the age of 39.
Commission in Company G, 22nd Infantry Regiment Wisconsin on 11 Aug 1862.
Resigned Company G, 22nd Infantry Regiment Wisconsin on 27 Dec 1863.
Promoted to Full Colonel (As of 38th WI Inf) on 8 Mar 1864.
Commission in Company S, 38th Infantry Regiment Wisconsin on 27 Apr 1864.
Promoted to Brevet Brigadier-General on 2 Apr 1865.
Mustered Out Company S, 38th Infantry Regiment Wisconsin on 26 Jun 1865.

  38th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry1

Companies "A," "B," "C" and "D" organized at Madison, Wis., and mustered in April 15, 1864. Moved to Washington, D. C., May 3-7. Attached to Casey's Provisional Brigade, 22nd Army Corps, May, 1864. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to September, 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, to July, 1865.

SERVICE.-Camp at Arlington, Va., till May 30, 1864. Moved to White House, Va, May 30-June 1. Battalion temporarily attached to 1st Minnesota Infantry. Guard supply train to Cold Harbor June 9. Cold Harbor June 10-12. Movement across James River to Petersburg June 12-15. Assaults on Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. (Co. "E" joined July 26, 1864.) Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30, 1864. Weldon Railroad August 18-21. Poplar Springs Church September 29-October 2. Boydton Plank Road , Hatcher's Run, October 27-28. (Companies "F," "G," "H," "I" and "K" joined October 1, 1864. Received Rebel Peace Commissioners Stephens, Hunter, Campbell and Hatch through lines under flag of truce January 29, 1865. Fort Stedman , Petersburg, March 25. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2. Occupation of Petersburg April 3. Pursuit of Lee April 3-9. Moved to Washington, D. C., April 21-25. Grand Review May 28. 2nd Battalion mustered out June 6, 1865. 1st Battalion on duty at Arsenal, Washington, during trial and execution of President Lincoln's assassins. Mustered out July 26, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 1 Officer and 56 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 56 Enlisted men by disease. Total 113.

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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