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Major General Frederick Salomon

Gen. Frederick SalomonFriedrich Charles Salomon (1826-1897) was born in Halberstadt, Prussia. Trained as a surveyor, he was engaged in the study of architecture in Berlin when he became involved in the Revolution of 1848 and had to leave Germany. He settled in Manitowoc, Wisconsin where he became a land surveyor, held the post of registrar of deeds and then was employed by the Wisconsin-Manitowoc railway as a civil engineer. In 1860 he moved to St. Louis and upon the outbreak of the Civil War entered his brother's (Carl E. Salomon's) 5th Missouri Regiment as a captain. On the expiration of the three months' service, Wisconsin Governor Randall called upon him to organize the 9th Wisconsin Regiment. In fighting against the Cherokee Indians he won such distinction that he was appointed brigadier general and as such he commanded the victorious Union troops at Helena, Arkansas, in the repulse of Holmes' attack on July 4, 1863. He took part in many other battles, including the Battle of Jenkins Ferry, and at the end of the war was breveted major general by Pres. Andrew Johnson.

He located to St. Charles, Missouri after the war and served there as county surveyor and register of lands. By 1887 he had moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he served in federal employment as the U.S. Surveyor General of the Territory of Utah. He died at age 71 years on March 8, 1897 and was buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, with full military honors under the auspices of the James B. McKean G.A.R. Post No. 1.

On October 23, 1927, the City of Manitowoc dedicated a memorial to the Salomon brothers and a granite shaft now marks the courth house square as a token of veneration to them.

For additional information and photos of the Salomon brothers, see Wisconsin's Salomon Brothers in the Civil War by family descendant Kent Salomon.