Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable

Civil War Education, Remembrance and Preservation

Captain Nelson F. Bolton

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Captain Bolton Celebrates Anniversary in Company
With Comrades on His Ranch Near Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Wednesday, March 6. 1907—Captain N. F. Bolton, a pioneer resident of Clarke County, celebrated his 80th birthday March 1. A number of fellow comrades of Ellsworth Post No. 2, G. A. R., spent the afternoon with him on his farm two miles from Vancouver. The average age of the eight old soldiers present was more than 70 years. Captain Bolton served four years in the United States army--one in the Mexican War and three in the Civil War. In the Mexican War he was a private in Company H, of the Second Indiana Regiment. He fought at Buena Vista in the brigade commanded by Brigadier-General Joseph Lane, first territorial governor of the Oregon Territory and father of Mayor Lane of Portland, Ore. In the Civil War he was captain of Company D, Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He fought at Shiloh and was in the Vicksburg campaign with Grant. He was mustered out July 30, 1864 at Baton Rouge, La. Bolton came to Clarke County in 1874 and has been engaged in ranching ever since. He is still hale and hearty and does almost all his own work of the farm.