Soldier of the Month
by Dennis Moore
Co. K, 21st Wisconsin Infantry
Prescott Boynton was born 1833 in Jefferson, Maine. By 1860 he was living in Manitowoc County. He listed himself as single and his occupation as a lumbarman. On August 15, 1862 Boynton enlisted as a private in company K, 21st Wisconsin Infantry. The 21st Wisconsin was assigned to the Western Theater of War, and while with the 21st, Boynton participated in the Battle of Perryville, Jefferson Pike, Stones River, Chickamauga, Kennesaw Mountain and Peachtree Creek.
On July 18, 1864, Boynton transferred to United States Veteran Volunteer Engineers. He served with them until June 30, 1865, at which time he was mustered out of service.
By 1880, Boynton was married to Anna Boynton and living in Lawrence, Brown County, Wisconsin and continuing his occupation as a lumberman. Sometime around 1890 Boynton and his family returned to Manitowoc and on July 18, 1895 he became a member of Horace M. Walker Post 18, G.A.R. He remained a member for only seven years when in 1902 he took residence at the National Soldiers Home in Montgomery, Ohio, and transferred his G.A.R. membership to a Post at that home. By 1907 he was living at the Soldiers Home at Togus, Kenneber Co., Maine and by 1910 was at the Veterans Home in Pierce, Washington.
Boynton passed away after 1910, probably at Pierce, Washington or possibly another veterans home.