Private Henry Vilas , Company H.
Henry Vilas(*) (son of Levi
and Esther), born in Chelsea, Vt., removed with his father to Madison,
Wis., in 1851. Graduated at the University of Wisconsin in 1861, received
the degree of A. M. in 1864, and at once enlisted in the volunteer army
for the suppression of the rebellion in the southern states, leaving Camp
Randall, at Madison, in the Twelfth Regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.
At the close of the war,
was mustered out as Capt. of Company "A," Twenty-Third regiment Wisconsin
Volunteer Infantry, being afterward brevetted major by President Lincoln,
for "gallant and meritorious service during the war."
An extended account of
the movements of the different regiments with which he was connected will
be found in Quiner's Military History of Wisconsin.
On his return from the
war, he studied Law, graduated in the Law Department of the University
of Wisconsin, 1869 (LL. B.), and was admitted to the bar, and began practice
the same year.
In 1871, was elected
a member of the common council, but resigned in December of that year on
removing to Appleton, Wis., where he resided at the time of his decease.
During his residence there, he held the office of city attorney.
He died at Milwaukee,
Wis., Nov. 21, 1872, and lies in Forest Hill Cemetery, at Madison, Wis.
History of the Clan MacFarlane, MacFarlan, MacFarland, MacFarlin,
Author: C.M. Little
Call Number: R929.2 M144
(*) From the "Genealogy of the Vilas Family," by Charles H. Vilas,