Boardman Family, ca. 1833 – 1901

Title: Boardman Family, ca. 1833 – 1901
Call Number: Mss-2785
Bulk: .3 cu. ft.
Location: BV, Sh. 113

Historical Note:

Sarah Boardman was a long-time Milwaukee resident.  She was born in New York in 1816.  In 1840, she relocated to Milwaukee and remained there until her death in 1913.  Her only son, Frederick A. Boardman, was born in Fairfield, New York, in March 1832.  He joined the United States Navy in 1849 and served on Commodore Perry’s expedition to Japan and Bayard Taylor’s exploration of the Loo Choo Islands in the 1850s.  When the Civil War began, he enlisted as a private in the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry but was soon promoted to major of the 4th Wisconsin Cavalry Regiment.  He and his unit took part in the battles at New Orleans, Port Hudson, and Vicksburg.  Boardman received promotions to Lieutenant Colonel and finally to Colonel before he was killed in action near Baton Rouge on May 4, 1864.


The records consist primarily of correspondence between Frederick Boardman, his mother and family friend Josiah Noonan.  Also included are correspondence from various relatives and certificates of military commissions.


Administrative Note:

The collection was processed on May 2000 by Kevin Abing.


Box Number

Folder Number

Boardman, Frederick – Correspondence Sent, 1851-1855 1 1
Boardman, Frederick – Correspondence Sent, 1861-1864 1 2
Material Relating to Death of Frederick Boardman, 1864 1 3
Boardman, Frederick – Miscellaneous Military Records

– U.S. Navy Commissions, 1849

– Letter of commendation, 1852

– Copy of General Orders No. 1, May 2, 1864

1 4
Boardman, Sarah Annetta – Correspondence Received, ca. 1833-1873 (most from cousin Lillie Schroeder) 1 5
Boardman, Sarah Annetta – Miscellaneous Records

– Ticket to lecture on experimental chemistry, 1837

– Program, graduation exercises of 7th District                           School, 1892

– Invitation to reception of Ladies of St. Marks, 1895

– Satisfaction of Mortage for residence at 434 Jackson                     St., 1901

1 6

Oversize Items


Certificate, promoting Frederick Boardman to Major, 1861 SM “B”
Certificate, promoting Frederick Boardman to Lieutenant             Colonel, 1863 SM “B”
Certificate, promoting Frederick Boardman to Colonel, 1863       (2 copies) SM “B”
Certificate, Sarah A. Boardman’s election to U.S. Daughters of Eighteen Hundred and Twelve, 1909 SM “B”