US Messick, Nathan S.

Nathan S. Messick


Born: 1827

Birthplace: Cumberland County, New Jersey

Father: Joseph A. Messick 1796 – 1883

Mother: Mary Swayne 1802 –

Wife: Amanda Martin 1830 – 1903
(Buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Red Wing, Minnesota)​


Mary Messick Jaehing 1850 – 1927​
Euphema “Emma” Rena Messick 1853 – 1880​
Elizabeth Ann “Lizzie” Messick Ballou 1858 – 1942​
George Nathan Messick 1860 – 1937​

Occupation before War:

1827 – 1860: Citizen of New Jersey​
1860 – 1863: Citizen of Faribault, Minnesota​

Civil War Career:

1861: 1st Lt. Company G, 1st Minnesota Infantry Regiment​
1861: Served in the Defenses of Washington, D.C.​
1861: Rescued Regimental flag and wrapped around himself Bull Run​
1861 – 1863: Captain of Company G, 1st Minnesota Infantry Regiment​
1861: Served in the Defenses of Edward’s Ferry​
1861: On Leave to visit his family in Faribault, Minnesota​
1862: Served in the Battle of Antietam, Maryland​
1862: Served in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia​
1863: Served in the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia​
1863: Regimental Commander of 1st Minnesota Infantry as of July 2nd
1863: His men were sent to stop the advance at Cemetery Ridge​
1863: Shot and Killed during the 3rd Day of fighting at Gettysburg​

Died: July 3, 1863

Place of Death: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Age at time of Death: 35 or 36 years old

Buried: July 4, 1863 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Burial Place: Gettysburg National Cemetery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
On July 3rd, He commanded this Minnesota regiment for less than 24 hours as all other field and staff officers had fallen. Plus he recieved 2 slight wounds the day before. The mortal wound he recieved on the 3rd was a shell fragment which struck him just above the outside corner of his right eye and exiting behind the right ear