Caleb S. Pratt
|Caleb S. Pratt|
Photograph by Black, Boston, Mass.
|Died||August 10, 1861|
|Allegiance|| United States
|Years of service||1861|
|Unit||Company D Kansas 1st Infantry Regiment|
|Battle of Wilson's Creek||Battle of Wilson's Creek|
Caleb S. Pratt was a primary person involved in Bleeding Kansas. He testified before the Committee of Elections regarding the Troubles in Kansas, 1856 specific to voting irregularities in the Election of March 30, 1855 Lawrence, Kansas.
On August 10, 1861, he was killed at the Battle of Wilson's Creek.
Caleb S. Pratt was born 1832, Boston, Suffolk, MA. He arrived in Lawrence Kansas in 1853 and engaged in the real estate business. From 1858 until his death he held the office of county clerk. He also served as city cerk for several years. Captain Frank B. Swift, James C. Horton, Edward D. Thompson, and Caleb S. Pratt, led a large company from Lawrence to the Bickerton farm, where "Old Sacramento" - a cannon captured by Colonel Doniphan at the battle of Sacramento, brought by the Border-Ruffians into Kansas, and from them captured by the Free-State men-was buried. They dug up this cannon and carried it to Lawrence, where it was fired all night in honor of the admission of Kansas.
He was a founding member of The Stubbs, a militia company that was organized on April 16, 1855 to protect Lawrence and the people of Kansas Territory.
On February 9, 1861, Caleb S. Pratt, county clerk of Douglas county, administered the oath of office to the state's first governor.
3 Jun 1861 he enlisted and was Commissioned Second Lieutenant of Company D of Kansas 1st Infantry Regiment.
10 Aug 1861 he was killed in action at Wilson's Creek, Greene, Missouri.
On April 10th 2004, there was a ceremony for the Interment for Unknown Union Soldiers in Springfield National Cemetery.
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