John Henry Goddard, Brookside, Oconto Co., Wis., was born March 12, 1847, at Lowell, Mass. He was still in boyhood, when his parents, John and Ann (Libby) Goddard, came to Wisconsin and located at Pensaukee. His father was born in Lowell and enlisted October 16, 1861, in the 12th Wisconsin Infantry and served three years. The mother was born in Harrison, Maine, and five of their children, four daughters and a soil, are living,
Mr. Goddard enlisted December 24, 1863, in Company F, 12th Wisconsin Infantry, at Madison, as a recruit, and joined his regiment at Vicksburg in March, 1864, and went thence to Cairo. In April, the detail to which he was attached was called up in the night, marched to town and put on a steamer. They arrived at Paducah about, nine in the morning and received no rations until four in the afternoon. Forrest came to Paducah from the massacre of Fort Pillow and, after a struggle, failed to obtain possession of Memphis and withdrew. Mr. Goddard returned to Cairo and, soon after, went up the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers to Clifton and started on a march of 300 miles to Ackworth, Ga., where the regiment was assigned to Sherman's command. Mr. Goddard was in the fights at Kennesaw Mountain, Nickajack Creek, Bald Hill, siege of Atlanta and Jonesboro. He went to Savannah and thence to Pocotalgo was in the actions at Salkahatchie, Orangeburg, Cheraw and Fayetteville and thence to Bentonville, Goldsboro and Raleigh, whence lie went to Washington and participated in the closing scenes. He was discharged at Louisville, July 16, 1865.
He was married May 9, 1868, to Imogene L. Sutton of Brookside, since deceased. Mr. Goddard afterwards married Ida I. Whitney of West Salem, Wis., who died, and he married Hattie L. S. Whitney of the same place. Mr. Goddard has three daughters - Ida I., Fannie E., and Myrtle. The two children of his first wife and the mother died within the same year. The only child of the second wife is also deceased. Mer. Goddard is a farmer and owns considerable real estate in Oconto county; he has a home at Brookside and is a practitioner in the homeopathic school of medicine.