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Title:  William Badger

Dates: 1865-1889

Collection Number:  MSS 10762

Quantity: .5 foot

Abstract: The papers are organized chronologically and consist of military records and correspondence. Badger was quartermaster of the Army's 6th Infantry stationed at Standing Rock and Fort Rice (DT) and the military records document his duties as quartermaster.  These records include requisitions, receipt rolls, records of deserted soldiers, clothing return forms and miscellaneous forms. The personal correspondence in the collection includes discussions of political rivalries in New Hampshire and letters from his son William C. Badger who worked in the meat packing and selling business in Chicago.

Provenance:  The collection was donated to the State Historical Society of North Dakota by Richard Popp of the South Dakota State Historical Society on October 20, 1998. The collection had been transferred to South Dakota from the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University on April 9, 1998.

Property rights:  The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to the collection.

Copyrights:  Copyrights to materials in this collection remain with the donor, publisher, author, or author's heirs.  Researchers should consult the 1976 Copyright Act, Public Law 94-553, Title 17, U.S. Code and an archivist at this repository if clarification of copyright requirements is needed.

Access: This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

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William Badger was born ca. 1826 to (Governor) William and Hannah Pearson (Cogswell) Badger in Gilmanton (NH). After graduating from Dartmouth College, he enlisted in Co. B, 9th Regiment, US Volunteers in 1861 as a captain. He served until 1866. Later he served as Quartermaster of the 6th Infantry US Army at Standing Rock and Fort Rice (DT). He married Harriet A Cilley in Gilmanton on June 4, 1856. He was a businessman in NH, involved in a meat packing and selling business. His son, William C., moved to North Dakota, where he started a meat packing and ice business and was the proprietor of Long Lake Creek Stock Ranch. William Badger was a member of GAR Post # 26 (Thomas G Stevenson) in Roxbury, MA. He died May 11, 1897 in Jamaica Plain, MA.

“Badger Surnames.” Belmont NH Heritage Through the Years. Accessed 27 August 2013 at

Biographical sketch provided by the Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University (see MSS 10762 case file).

“Col. William Badger.” Accessed 27 August 2013 at

Federal Census Records, Accessed  27 August 2013 at
“New Hampshire, Marriage Records Index, 1637-1947.” Accessed  27 August 2013 at
“William Badger.” Find a Grave. Accessed 27 August 2013 at


Box 1:
1 9th Infantry US Vet. Vol., Co. B 1865
2 6th Infantry 1875
3 6th Infantry 1876
4 6th Infantry 1877
5 6th Infantry 1878
6 6th Infantry 1880-1886
7 Personal correspondence 1889

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