THE CIVIL WAR
Gabriel Bouck

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Description albumen print on card mount of Captain Gabriel Bouck
Year Range from 1861
Event Civil War
Year range to 1861
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper/Ink
Neg # 20414
Notes Albumen print on card mount of Three-quarter standing view of Captain Gabriel Bouck, Company E, 2nd Wisconsin Infantry (Iron Brigade) wearing officer's blue uniform consisting of frock coat, trousers, sword belt, sash, foot officer's sword and uniform hat with plume and eagle pin resting on table. Bouck raised Company E in April 21, 1861 in Oshkosh. Although unidentified, this image is inscribed "Jeff Davis", (Confederate president) but the man appears to be Bouck. A September 22, 1864 newspaper called Bouck "one of those loyal Democrats who is always disparaging and finding fault with everything which is done for the supression of the rebellion; in whose view the arrest of the foul treason-monger like Vallandingham or the Emancipation Proclamation is an infringement of the Constitution more appalling than the establishment of Jeff Davis' Confederacy.." This could explain the "Jeff Davis" inscription on the photograph.
Gabriel Bouck was born on Dec. 16, 1828 at Fulton, Schoharie County, New York. He was a son of William C. and Catherine (Lawyer) Bouck. William was elected as Governor of New York in 1842. Governor. Bouck and his wife had eight children: James Madison; Joseph William, born on Oct. 27, 1809; Christian, born on May 14, 1818; Gabriel; Charles, born on Sept. 9, 1829; Catherine, born on July 11, 1820, married Erskine Danforth; Caroline, married Dr. Volney Danforth; and Anna, born on Dec. 29, 1814, married Lyman Sanford. Gabriel was educated at Hartwick, Schoharie and Albany, New York. He graduated from Union College with the class of 1847 and prepared himself for the legal profession. Gabe studied law in the offices of Daniel S. Dickson at Binghamton, New York. He removed to Wisconsin and settled at Milwaukee in Sept. 1848. In 1849 he moved to Oshkosh, Winnebago County to practice his profession. Gabe was Wisconsin Attorney General from 1858-9 and served in the General Assembly in both 1860 and 1874. He was listed in the 1860 federal census as residing in the third ward of the city of Oshkosh. Gabriel Bouck raised Company E, 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry in April 21, 1861 in Oshkosh. He resigned on April 29, 1862 to accept a commission as Colonel of the 18th Wisconsin Infantry. He resigned on January 4, 1864. He ran against Philetus Sawyer in the fall of 1864 for a seat in the US House of Representatives and was defeated. Bouck became a noted Oshkosh lawyer and politician who was active in founding two G.A.R. posts in Oshkosh. The Oshkosh Guard, Company B (later of the 2nd Wisconsin National Guard) was formed in Oshkosh Wisconsin on March 25, 1876 under Captain Gabe Bouck. He was involved in the GAR and when Oshkosh Post No. 10 split up, he lead the faction that formed the John W. Scott Post No. 241 and was a Charter Member in 1887. He was listed in the Oshkosh City Directories as a lawyer boarding at the Seymour House in Oshkosh and for many years was the head of Bouck & Hilton Attorneys at Law. After the Seymour was destroyed by fire, he moved into the Athearn Hotel. He served as a Democratic member of the 45th and 46th Congress at Washington. He died on February 21, 1904 in Oshkosh, WI.
Object ID P2000.18.7
Object Name carte de visite
People Bouck, Gabriel
Place Washington, DC
Print size H=4 W=2 1/2 in
Subjects Civil War
Soldiers
Officers
2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Iron Brigade
Politicians
Lawyers
Title Gabriel Bouck
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