Maj. James B Pond
James B Pond name: Pond, James B
Rank: Maj. 
Branch: Union 
Regiment: Co. C & Reorg. H, 3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Calvary
Cemetery: Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx, New York 
Sec-plot: 70 - 6393 N 
Service: 10/6/1861 - 9/29/1865
Birth: 6/11/1838 Cuba, Allegheny, New York
Death: 6/21/1903 Jersery City, New Jersey
Notes: His brother George, who enlisted from another county, was also a Medal of Honor Winner 
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James B Pond

Medal of Honor Winner
Earned the Medal of Honor during the Civil War for heroism October 06, 1863 at Baxter Springs, Kansas

While in command of two companies of Cavalry near Baxter Springs Kansas, First Lieutenant James Pond and his men were surprised and attacked on October 6, 1863 by a force of enemy guerrillas several times their own number. Lieutenant Pond gallantly rallied his men, and after a severe struggle drove the enemy outside the fortifications. He then went outside the works and, alone and unaided, fired a howitzer three times, throwing the enemy into confusion and causing them to retreat.

Boston Evening Transcript, Monday, June 22, 1903

Major J. B. Pond
Famous Lecture Manager, Printer, Editor and Soldier

Major James Burton Pond, for thirty years a well-known lecture manager, died Sunday at his home in Jersey City, as the result of an operation on June 17, in which his right leg was amputated. He was sixty-five years old. Major Pond was born in Cuba, Allegheny County, N. Y., June 11, 1838. He was a son of Willard Elmer and Clarissa (Woodford) Pond. His boyhood was spent in Wisconsin, where, as he says, the Bible and the Tribune were about the only library advantages he had.

Before he was fifteen years old he ran away from home and secured employment in a country printing office in Fond du Lac, Wis., as printer's devil at $25 a year. Later he worked in Oshkosh and other places. Then he turned up in Kansas, where for three months he carried a rifle with John Brown, alternating his military duties with setting type on the Herald of Freedom. As a journeyman printer he worked in many parts of the country, tramping about and seeing the sights. He was one of the Denver, Colorado, pioneers, and he was also among the first who went to Pike's Peak in 1859.

He organized on Oct. 6, 1861, Company C of the Third Wisconsin Cavalry, and served through the Civil War as captain and finally as major in the regiment. He was one of seventeen survivors of a band of 118 in the Baxter Springs massacre by the guerilla chief Quantrell in 1863.

With James Redpath, Major Pond organized the Redpath Lyceum Bureau, and was the New York representative of the firm's interests. Later he established himself in the business in which he made such a great success. He was the first manager to introduce a military band as a concert attraction, and after the closing of the World's Peace Jubilee in this city in 1872, he managed the famous Gilmore's Band, and made a great success with that organization in a concert tour which embraced most of the larger cities of the country.

During the great popularity which the Gilbert and Sullivan operas enjoyed a few years ago. Major Pond dabbled in the productions of those authors, and made much money, with the "Pirates of Penzance," particularly, having secured the New England rights for its production.

In recent years his particular star was Thompson Seton, a lecturer on wild animals. He brought before the public Tissof's paintings illustrating the life of Christ, which were viewed by thousands, and one of his recent successes was Florizel, the boy violinist, whom he introduced to the American public.

Major Pond was lecture manager for Henry Ward Beecher for eleven years, and he leaves a complete collection of lectures and correspondence of the famous preacher. His first star was Ann Elizabeth Young, one of the great Mormon prophet's wives, who lectured throughout the country, exposing the Latter Day Saints. He was also manager for Mark Twain, Wendell Phillips, Canon Farrar, Ralph Waldo Emerson, T. DeWitt Talmage, Martin Farquhar Tupper, Clara Louise Kellogg, Annie Louise Cary, John B. Gough, and, in fact, almost all the leading American speakers and the Europeans who visited America professionally, and many singers.

Blood poison which affected his heart was the immediate cause of Major Pond's death. The poison developed from an ulcer on his right foot. The leg was amputated at the knee last Wednesday and his condition improved after the operation, but owing to the weakness of the heart, he collapsed on Saturday morning. He became unconscious and remained so almost until the time of his death, at 4:15 yesterday afternoon.

He leaves a widow and two children. Funeral services will be held at his home on Tuesday night. They will be conducted by Rev. Dr. Hillis of Brooklyn and Rev. Dr. Charles Herr of Jersey City. He will be buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

  3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Calvary1

Camp Barstow

Located near the city of Janesville, this camp was established in October of 1861. It was the place of recruitment and training for the 3rd Wisconsin Regiment Cavalry. William A. Barstow, ex-governor of the State of Wisconsin, was the Colonel of the regiment.

The 3rd Wisconsin Calvary organized at Janesville, Wis., November 30, 1861, to January 31, 1862. Mustered in January 28, 1862. Moved to St. Louis, Mo., March 26-28, 1862, and duty at Benton Barracks, Mo., till May 23. Moved to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., May 23-27. Assigned to frontier and provost duty in Kansas till September, 1862. Company "D" at Atchison; Company "G" at Shawnee; Company "L" at Aubrey; Companies "B" and "H" at Fort Leavenworth; Companies "A," "E" and "K" at Leavenworth City. Companies "C," "F," "I" and "M" moved to Fort Scott, Kan., June 12-17. Company "C" stationed at Trading Post till August; Company "I"Organized at Janesville, Wis., November 30, 1861, to January 31, 1862. Mustered in January 28, 1862. Moved to St. Louis, Mo., March 26-28, 1862, and duty at Benton Barracks, Mo., till May 23. Moved to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., May 23-27. Assigned to frontier and provost duty in Kansas till September, 1862. Company "D" at Atchison; Company "G" at Shawnee; Company "L" at Aubrey; Companies "B" and "H" at Fort Leavenworth; Companies "A," "E" and "K" at Leavenworth City. Companies "C," "F," "I" and "M" moved to Fort Scott, Kan., June 12-17. Company "C" stationed at Trading Post till August; Company "I" at Carthage till August. Action at Monticello August 5. Rocky Bluff August 7. Taberville August 11. Expedition to Montevallo August 14-24. Hickory Grove August 23. Regiment assembled at Fort Scott September. Attached to Solomon's 1st Brigade. Herron's 1st Division, Army of the Frontier, Dept. of Missouri. to November, 1862. Cavalry Command, Herron's Division, Army of the Frontier, to June, 1863. District of the Frontier, Dept. of Missouri, to December, 1863. 3rd Brigade, District of the Frontier, to January, 1864. Unassigned, District of the Frontier, 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Arkansas, to April, 1864. Unassigned, Little Rock, Ark., 7th Army Corps, to September, 1864. 4th Brigade, Cavalry Division, 7th Army Corps, to February, 1865. Cavalry Brigade, Post of Little Rock, 7th Army Corps, to April, 1865. Unasslgned, lst Division, 7th Army Corps, to June, 1865. District of South Kansas, to September, 1865.

SERVICE.-Expedition from Fort Leavenworth to Independence August 12-14, 1862. (Cos. "I" and "M" at Fort Scott till May, 1863; also "C" and "G," December, 1862, to July, 1863; Co "G" relieved and ordered to Regiment.) 1st and 3rd Battalions in Blount's Campaign in Missouri and Arkansas against Raines and Parsons September to December, 1862. Cross Hollows September 27-28. Newtonia September 30. Occupation of Newtonia October 4. Canehill November 28. Battle of Prairie Grove , Ark., December 7. Expedition over Boston Mountains to Van Buren, Ark., December 27-29. Dripping Springs December 28. Carthage, Mo., January 13, 1863. Moved to Forsythe, thence to Springfield, Mo. Duty there and at Drywood till June. Scouting in Southwest Counties of Missouri and Northwest Arkansas, and operating against Patty's, Livingston's and Quantrell's guerrillas, with numerous skirmishes in Barton, Jasper and Newton Counties. Action at Carrollton March 2. Yellville March 4. The Island March 30. Clapper's Saw Mill, near Crooked Creek, I. T., March 31 (Detachment). Jackson County April 2. Companies "B," "G," "H," "I" and "M" march to Fort Blount, C. N., as escort to train, May 14-30. Near Fort Gibson May 20 and 25, and near Fort Blount May 30. Regiment moved to Fort Blount June 20-July 5. Action at Cabin Creek July 1-2 (Co. "B"). Honey Springs July 17 and August 22. Perryville August 26. Marias des Cygnes August 31. At Schuyleyville, C. N., till October. Expedition through Jackson, Cass, Johnson and Lafayette Counties September 8-23 (Cos. "B" and "L"). Choctaw Nation October 2. Baxter Springs October 6 (Cos. "C" and "I") Fort Blair, Waldron, October 7. Choctaw Nation October 7. Waldron October 16. Clarksville October 28. Raid from Van Buren to Dallas November 12-22. Duty at Van Buren November, 1863, to March, 1864. Moved to Little Rock March 30-April 16. Veterans on furlough March 30-June 16, then moved to Little Rock via St. Louis, Memphis and Devall's Bluff June 16-July 27. Clarendon July 14 (Non-Veterans). Expedition from Little Rock to Little Red River August 6-16. Hickory Plains and Bull's Bayou August 7. Bull's Bayou and Jacksonport August 26. Pursuit of Shelby's forces August 28-September 7. Expedition from Little Rock to Fort Smith September 25-October 13 (Detachment). Clarksville September 28 and October 19. Expedition from Lewisburg to Benton November 2-3. Duty at Little Rock till April, 1865 (Cos. "B," "E," "G," "H," "I," "K" and "L"). Expedition up White River to Devall's Bluff December 13-15, 1864. Regiment reorganized into 5 Companies April 16, 1865. Moved to Duvall's Bluff April 21, and duty there till June 3. Moved to St. Louis, Mo., June 3, thence to Rolla and Springfield, Mo., and marched to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., July 18-August 3. Mustered out at Fort Leavenworth September 8, 1865.

Companies "A"," "C," "D," "F" and "M" served detached in District of the Border October, 1863, to January, 1864. In District of Kansas to September, 1864. District of South Kansas to April, 1865, and District of North Kansas to September, 1865, serving at different posts in Missouri and Kansas, Sub-District of Fort Scott, at Forts Insley, Mo., Hamer, Mo., Curtis, Mo., McKean, Mo., Pawnee Creek, Kan., etc. Arkansas Creek near Fort Larned November 13, 1863 (Detachment). Dogwood Creek May 16 (Co. "C"). Lane's Prairie, Marian County, May 26. Actions at Montevallo, Mo., June 12, 1864 (Detachment). Big North Fork Creek Mo., June 16 (Co. "C"). Near Dogwood July 7. Osage Mission, Kan., September 26. Operations against Price in Missouri and Arkansas September to November, 1864. Lexington October 19 (Detachment). Near Montevallo October 19. Little Blue October 21. Big Blue River and State Line October 22. Westport October 23. Engagement at the Marmiton or Battle of Charlot October 25. Mine Creek, Little Osage River, October 25. Newtonia October 28. Drywood October 29. Company "A" changed to Company "K," Company "C" to Company "H," Company "D" to Company "I," and Company "M" to Company "G"," April 16, 1865. Companies "F" and "H" on expedition to explore country from Fort Riley, Kan., to Denver, Colo., Smoky Hill Route, March to July, 1865. Mustered out at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., September 29, 1865. Companies "G" and "L" mustered out October 26, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 3 Officers and 61 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 6 Officersand 147 Enlisted men by disease. Total 217.

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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