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BARSTOW, William A., governor of Wisconsin, born in 1811; died in Leavenworth, Kansas, 14 December 1865. He was governor of Wisconsin from January 1854, to January 1856. When the civil war began he called upon General Fremont, then commander of the western department, and offered to raise a cavalry regiment in Wisconsin. After raising it he was made colonel, and the regiment served with credit in the southwest; but, owing to the failing health of Colonel Barstow, during most of his military term he was sitting on courts-martial at St. Louis, where he rendered valuable service. On 13 March 1865, he was brevetted Brigadier-General of volunteers.
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