Pvt. Edwin M. DePuy
Source: Edwin DePuy's biography was originally published in the proceedings of the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society of the 28th Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, held 30 June 1904 at Pewaukee, Wisconsin.
Edwin M. DePuy was born April 5, 1825, at Geneseo, Livingston County, New York. At the age of ten he came with his parents to Marshall, Calhoun County, Michigan, then a territory and a wilderness. At the age of eighteen he went to Prairieville, Milwaukee County, now Waukesha County, Wisconsin territory, where he attended school the winter of '43 and '44 at the old log school house of that place, going to Mukwonago, same county, in the spring of 1844.
The year of 1846, at the age of twenty-one, he was the proud owner of 120 acres of land, 60 acres improved, in Mukwonago township. He was married January 28, 1849, to Miss Catherin E. Lyke of the same township.
In the spring of 1850, he, with three others, crossed the plains to California with an ox team, arriving there Sept. 9th, 1850, six months and five days on the trail. In 1852 he traded his farm for the Hotel Mukwonago at that village, and ran the same one year, and then traded the hotel for a farm in East Troy township, Walworth County, Wisconsin. From this farm and home he enlisted August 20, 1862, in Co. J. (later transferred to Co. K.), 28th Regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.
He was with the Regiment (and its history is his history) from start to finish,— three years, one month, and three days,—returning to the old Farm Sept. 23d, 1865.
He left the farm in the fall of 1883 for Waukesha, Wis., and from there to Milwaukee, Wis., and from there to South Milwaukee, Wis., where he now resides.
He is a member of Rufus King Post No. 175 of South Milwaukee, Department of Wisconsin G. A. R. His family now consists of himself, wife, and two youngest daughters, and the latch string is always out for any and all of the old boys of the twenty-eighth Regiment.